Patty Maciel, Center Director
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited - nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.
Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)
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.
Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)
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.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)
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.
Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)
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.
Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)
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.
Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)
As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.
Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)
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.
Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
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.
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
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.
The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.
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.
Phonics & Reading Adventures
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.
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
My daughter has been enrolled at the Mission Grove KinderCare since she was six months old and in the infant room. She is now a few weeks short of four years old. I have seen a lot of changes over the past three and half years, not just in staffing, but also in the Center itself. Most of these changes have come in the last year or so, when the decision was made to combine Miss Dorrie and Miss Trina’s classrooms. This opened up the front room of the center, where all the kids, from twos to school-age congregated in the morning and where Miss Trina’s students would then carry out their school day. This room has now become the heart of the Center, a focused area for the Learning Adventures Programs like Math, Phonics, Cooking, and Music. The creation of the Learning Adventure room has definitely helped the Center feel more like a concentrated place of learning. The clean, simple, and streamlined décor is a welcome change and I feel a renewed sense of pride in the school when I walk through the doors. I appreciate Miss Heather and Miss Lissette seeing opportunities for change and embracing them and allowing the teacher’s themselves to take a very active role in restructuring the physical classroom environment. From a Parent’s Perspective, I am proud to say my daughter is a student the Mission Grove KinderCare and I look forward to seeing the progress the Center continues to make.
A Parent's Perspective - KinderCare Parent
We first met Ms. Janice in June 2011, but I feel like I have known her for much longer. You see at least once a week during our lunch break at work my friend and colleague, Shelley, would be talking about her daughter’s fabulous preschool teacher and how much her daughter was growing and learning. She spoke with affection and gratitude about Ms. Janice. In contrast, during this time my son was in a less than ideal preschool/daycare situation and I felt awful having to send him to a place where he had begun to feel anxiety to the point where he began to have a stuttering problem and accidents. Shelley’s praise of Ms. Janice and Kindercare convinced me that we needed Ms. Janice in our life too. From the moment we met Ms. Janice I knew she was everything and more that Shelley had said about her. She is patient, passionate, enthusiastic, joyful, and it is extremely evident that she truly loves the kids and teaching them. Within weeks of having Ms. Janice as a teacher our son’s self confidence returned, the stuttering and accidents disappeared and he was awing us with the things he was learning. We were thrilled with all of this, but a true testament to Ms. Janice and how wonderful she is was when our son, while having the time of his young life on our family vacation said, “I can’t wait to go back to school when we get home, I miss Ms. Janice and my school.” In addition to being blessed with Ms. Janice as our son’s preschool teacher I am also fortunate to have some of her former students in my Kindergarten class. These students are extremely well prepared for the rigors of the current Kindergarten curriculum and they stand out among their peers in the classroom. People come in and out of our lives; they shape and mold us in to who we are and who we will become. Ms. Janice, thank you for helping to shape and mold our son and the numerous other children’s’ lives you have touched. You are everything a parent could ask for in a teacher, and you will always have a special place in the heart of our family.
Rajean L. - KinderCare Parent
My husband and I would like to thank all of you at the Mission Grove KinderCare for being a part of our daughter's life pretty much every day for the last two and a half years. When Sam first started here it was difficult, as I'm sure it is for every parent, to know if we were doing the right thing by starting her in preschool so early. I can't tell you how happy I am with the choice we made. Every single one of you has the biggest smile on your face whenever we see you. This has always made me feel confident knowing I was leaving my child with a group of people who obviously love what they do. I know our daughter has been surrounded by such a positive energy and genuine love. It is very evident how much all of you truly care for all of the children here. You have helped shape the person Sam is. She is leaving KinderCare a more confident, social, bright, well-mannered child. You have taught her the ABC's and 123's, colors and shapes. You are the reason she has such enthusiasm for reading books. You taught her "The Wheels on the Bus" (even though she says "that's a baby song") and as she told us last weekend, you taught her how to make a sandwich. You taught her to dance like nobody's watching (and not to care if anyone is watching). We really want all of you to know that even though Samantha is starting this next chapter in her life, it is because of all of you that she is doing so with such confidence and fearlessness. We will miss seeing all of your faces everyday. Thank you so much for everything!!!
Mark and Christina V. - KinderCare Parent
After touring several center-based daycare providers in the area we found our son's second home at KinderCare Mission Grove! Our son was just 11 weeks old on his first day, and I was nervous to leave him for the first time upon my full-time return to my high demand career. All of our nerves were calmed from that first day. We speak so highly of this Center because the teachers and management are such compassionate, patient, sincere, and professional individuals. We never had to worry about our baby. Each day the staff demonstrated their care for his social and cognitive development, his safety and health. The Center is very clean and organized. The staff demonstrated comprehensive and ongoing communication regarding his care and collaborated with us to support his sleeping and feeding routines. Although the KinderCare curriculum is consistent across Centers, the implementation of that curriculum is what matters. The care was highly individualized to our son and this was observed for all of the children and families. More specifically, the Center had spirit days, which the infants were invited to participate in, and the infants completed painting and craft projects for each holiday and season. This is not available at every Center and was not a part of my initial selection criteria, but has captured some of his earliest memories for us to cherish forever. Thank you KinderCare Mission Grove for being there during one of the biggest first time parenting milestones, and thank you for creating such an enriched learning environment for our son!
The S. Family - KinderCare Parent
Hi Ms. Heather: In the spirit of Professional Development Day, I wanted to say, “Thank you" to you and your staff for taking such good care of my children. They love coming to school and seeing all of their friends, and I am frequently surprised by things they've learned there. Just the other day on the way home, my son told me that he wanted it to be Christmas time. I explained that Christmas time was only in the month of December, and asked if he knew what month it was. He said he did, and he DID! That wasn't something I taught him. May the surprises and milestones keep coming! Ms. Lindsey is a delight! I am impressed by her even temperament and the interest she takes in each of the children and meeting their needs on their terms. She is always smiling, and eager to implement the insight she's gained through her schooling to fit the needs of each child. Ms. Lisette is also a joy, and we appreciate the special attachment and attention she pays to our daughter - treating her like one of her own. Had she not been so vigilant, the little ambulance ride to the hospital could have been for much worse! I know I said "thank you," but please pass along another for us, as we are truly grateful to her and all of the others who assisted in her care. Our daughter loves her as much as she does. We've been blessed to have Ms. Sussy through the growth and development of both our children. She is very patient and kind, has taught them both a lot! They both enjoy her very much. Ms. Dorrie, Ms. Trina and Ms. Danielle keep my son on task, and he enjoys them very much as well. I could go on and on, as my kids have relationships with all of teachers there, to various degrees. KinderCare feels like an extension of family, and we appreciate all of the love and support, and all that you all do. We are blessed to have you in our lives. THANK YOU!!
Tiffany L. - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.