Helen Lambeth, Center Director
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Thank you for choosing Highwoods Park KinderCare! We know that the first five years of life are the most important to build a strong, healthy foundation and we are committed to meet your child’s early childhood educational, social and developmental needs in our nurturing environment! The information you find here will help you to become familiar with all the great things that are happening at our school. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 919.850.0234 or stop by our school any time. Once again, thank you for choosing Highwoods Park KinderCare, we look forward to seeing with you soon.
Helen Lambeth, Center Director
Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.
Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.
As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.
At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.
As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.
Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.
Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.
Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.
The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.
Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.
Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather
Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.
Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter
For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside.
At the Highwoods Park KinderCare we work together, learn together, aspire together and laugh together. We gain strength from each other, help each other and most of all empower each other… all of that with one common goal - to make our school the BEST educational environment for children.
Children should be taught how to think, not what to think. - Margaret Mead
Helen began her career in the field of Early Childhood Education as a Prekindergarten teacher, followed by roles as director of large child development centers, instructor in the early childhood department in the state's community college system, as well as a licensing consultant for the state of North Carolina's Division of Child Development. Each role has provided Helen with a unique insight to all facets of Early Childhood Education. It is Helen's diverse experience that allows her to provide the best training for her team and ensure the highest quality care for each child enrolled in our program.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. – Buddha
Ms. Justina has been working with children for the past nine years. Prior to joining us at KinderCare she was a Pre-k Teacher and a Developmental Therapist for children with Autism, Intellectual and Developmental Delays. Justina loves coming to school each day and seeing the smiles of all the children that walk through our door. Being able to build meaningful relationships with the children and families of the center is what she loves most about working here. Justina is married and a proud mother of a 18 month old daughter Katherine and 3 year old daughter Sophia. Justina feels that the most important part of working with children is building trust and making strong connections with each child and their family. Once that bond has been created, learning and developmental growth comes naturally.
I enjoy coming to work each day seeing the beautiful smiles on the children's faces. That's the starting point of their development and I'm glad that I can help with that process.
Ms. Cassandra has been with KinderCare since 2006 and has taught in many classrooms. She has found her "home" in the infant classroom where she is surrounded by coos and smiles everyday. Her organization, pro-activeness and love of babies make her a great infant teacher. Ms. Cassandra attended Wake Tech in 2008 to obtained her Early Childhood Credentials. She enjoys modifying the classroom so the children can participate in all learning adventures as the curriculum changes. She makes sure all activities are displayed through pictures around the class.
We have fun while we are learning!
Ms. Amber has been with the company since 2012. She has been working at the Highwoods Park KinderCare since 2013. Ms. Amber obtained her Bachelor's degree in Education from Penn State University. She loves being in the Infant classroom watching the babies grow into themselves. In her spare time she enjoys shopping and spending time with her husband and family.
Ms. Ann celebrates each day with her toddlers. Her enthusiasm for life make learning fun and exciting for the one year old children in her care. Ms. Ann effectively uses our state-of-the-art curriculum to challenge each child while rewarding everyday milestones.
I love watching how the children learn and grow.
Ms. Regina joined KinderCare in July of 2016. She has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood as well as her CPR and SIDS certificate. She comes with more than 11 years of experience working with young children. She is currently working in the toddler classroom. She loves being a positive role-model and making a difference in children's lives. She enjoys watching how her students learn and grow.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading and doing Zumba.
Ever since I started working in childhood I have absolutely enjoyed it. I have worked with 2 year olds from the beginning and just watching all of the independence and many different personalities from each individual child has been awesome experience not only do they learn from me, I learn from them as well.
Ms. Danielle embraces each day with a quiet smile. She thrives at curriculum implementation and providing a stimulating environment for the two year old children in her class. Her creativity is evident, as is the amount of learning each child receives each day.
Ms. Danielle has been working with KinderCare since 2001. She has her North Carolina Childhood Education Credentials and is in the process of receiving her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood. She loves watching her children enjoy any hands on experiences that they are able to do on their own. She can't imagine anything better than helping a young mind grow and learn.
There is nothing more rewarding than that moment when you see in your students eyes that the lesson "clicked" and they get it.
Ms. Sara Beth has attended Norwalk Community College and Southern CT State University. She received her Child Development Associates. She also holds her certificate in First- aid and CPR.
Sara Beth has been a long time teacher and loves always trying new creative things in her classroom.
She feels like always learning and growing is not only important for her students but for herself too. She feels that teaching is not just a job it is a passion.
They inspire you, hey entertain you, and you end up learning a ton even when you don't know it. Nicholas Sparks, Dear John.
Ms. Candace is a breath of fresh air in the Pre- Kindergarten classroom. Her smiles brightens the children's day and brings joy where ever she goes. Ms. Candace is currently enrolled in school to obtain her degree in Early Childhood Education. She brings her enthusiasm for learning to the classroom and makes every moment a moment of discovery for the chidren in her care.
Ms. Candace is also the Learning Adventure teacher.
I want to make a difference in a child's life.
Ms. Erika is originally from Rochester, NY. She moved here in the 5th grade and has lived here ever since. She graduated from East Wake High School in Wendell and attended the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Ms. Erika has been at the Highwoods Park KinderCare center since May and transferred from Millbrook KinderCare Center to be able to be with her daughter. Her personal goal for her classroom is to challenge students and watch them grow to their full potential.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -Gandhi.
Angel attended The University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 2007 until 2010 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Instead of teaching immediately in the U.S after graduating from school, Angela traveled to South Korea where she taught English for three and a half years.
Angela has been a teacher at KinderCare since July of 2015.
Some unique things that Angela does with the School Age children are creative learning experiences that allow them to come up with their own unique ideas.
Seeing the joy on each child's face when he or she accomplishes a task is pure pleasure to me.
Ms. Sandra grew up in Orange County and went to Alamance Community College where she earned a degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Sandra began her career in education as a teacher with the Alamance Community College Daycare. She is married and has one son.
Ms. Sandra has been with KinderCare since 2005. She has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked in the classroom as well as an assistant helping the teachers make things for their rooms. She is currently helping in the kitchen by providing delicious and nutrition meals to all the children!
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!
Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes.
Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines
The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places.
Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.
Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
Your family's health and safety is our primary concern! Our school offers a secure, keypad entry, fenced in playgrounds and all staff members are certified in CPR, First Aid and SIDS prevention.
Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and though the various training opportunities in the community.
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