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Rowlett KinderCare

Ms. Emily Els, Center Director

3316 Lakeview Pkwy Rowlett TX 75088
(972) 475-5667 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Back, Dorsey, Nita Pearson, Rowlett, Stephens, Steadham


Welcome to the Rowlett KinderCare! We are very excited to meet with you and your family. Unlike a traditional daycare, we believe in developing the whole child, so we place an emphasis on assisting your child's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at Rowlett KinderCare, we believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our families consider us to be an extension of their families: their village. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.
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Ms. Emily Els, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

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.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

Our Programs

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.

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.

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.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at the Rowlett KinderCare have worked an average of eight years at our center and an average of 15 years in the early childhood education field. The majority of our staff have their child development associate credential. Our team strives for excellence through continuing education, from biannual company professional development training to taking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Ms. Emily Els

    Ms. Emily Els, Center Director

    Currently, Ms. Emily enjoys having the opportunity to support the amazing team of staff and teachers at the Rowlett KinderCare, and loves working with her families to ensure their experience here is both positive and lasting. Ms. Emily was born in Dallas and grew up in the Garland area. She went to the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas, where she studied early childhood education.

    Previous Experience:
    Before entering a management role, Ms. Emily spent eight years working as a teacher for a variety of age groups. Within KinderCarem she has also worked as a Health and Safety Coordinator and Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Carol Hayden

    Ms. Carol Hayden, Assistant Director

    I love having the ability to make a positive impact on each and every child that I meet.

    Ms. Carol worked as a pediatric phlebotomist prior to pursuing a career in early childhood education. Her passion for early childhood education was stirred by motherhood. Her dedication, integrity, and motivational spirit made Ms. Carol a natural choice for the Assistant Director position.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Carol has worked with all ages throughout her journey with KinderCare, but she holds a special passion for the school age children.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Cosalind

    Ms. Cosalind, Program Specialist

    Ms. Cosalind is a passionate educator with a history of her students going on to be accepted into Magnet or Gifted and Talented programs. While she did work as a teacher at KinderCare, she has now taken on the role of Program Specialist to assist our teachers in enriching and enhancing our curriculum.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cosalind worked with KinderCare previously as the Pre-K Teacher for over ten years. She then worked with the state of Texas to help find resources for blind children and their families before returning to work for KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Master's Degree in Theology
  • Ms. Robin

    Ms. Robin, Health & Safety Coordinator

    The stories, the singing, the great it is to come to work every day in such a fun, uplifting environment!

    Ms. Robin began her journey with KinderCare back in 1995, and so she is quite knowledgeable about all aspects of our center! Ms. Robin is married with two children and two precious grandchildren.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Robin has worked for KinderCare at various times as a Teacher, Cook, Assistant Director, and Acting Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Food Handler's License
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Rachel has been working with infants for over 30 years. She loves taking care of her precious babies and watching all the amazing changes that happen in their first year. Ms. Rachel is happily married with three amazing children and several grandchildren.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rachel worked for KinderCare for many years. She took a brief absence before returning to us in 2009.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Shonda, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Shonda has worked with special needs children for over 20 years. Her love for working with children shows on her face every day, from the first moment when she walks into the baby room with a huge smile on her face. Ms. Shonda loves her babies and they clearly love her as well. Ms. Shonda is happily married with two children and one grandchild.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shonda works with special needs children at Lakeview High School.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Debra

    Ms. Debra, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Debbie is most passionate about working with infants. She loves story time and arts & crafts. Ms. Debbie has a unique ability to form strong bonds with all of her babies; they will often quickly learn her name and call for her even at home.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Kelsey

    Ms. Kelsey, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Kelsey began her journey with us as a parent working in the pediatric dentistry field. She had a hunch that she would love working with children, which proved to be true. Ms. Kelsey is very passionate and dedicated, and the love she has for the children in her class is evident.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kelsey previously worked for a pediatric dentist.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. & John Archambault

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Marketa

    Ms. Marketa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Marketa is a loving wife and mother to two amazing children. She has always worked in the child care industry and is passionate about making a difference in the lives of her students.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marketa previously worked for other child development centers before joining KinderCare
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Jamie has worked in the industry for over a decade. She is passionate about getting to know each of her children on a personal level and adapting her teaching styles to meet the individual needs of her students.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jamie has worked at other child development centers before joining KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Cynthia

    Ms. Cynthia, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Sometimes the thing your students need most has nothing to do with what's on your lesson plan.

    Ms. Cynthia's enthusiasm for teaching is contagious. She is passionate about her students and helping them succeed and be ready for their next big step: kindergarten. Ms. Cynthia is a new mommy herself, and loves spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cynthia transferred to us from another KinderCare after moving from California to Texas.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Chelsey

    Ms. Chelsey, Floater

    I love to see the children each day and marvel at how they grow and learn so quickly.

    Ms. Chelsey started out at KinderCare as an active parent. As we came to know and love her, it was obvious that she would make a wonderful addition to our team. Ms. Chelsey works tirelessly to ensure our children get the love and attention that she would also want for her own son.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Chelsey previously worked for another child care center.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

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 various training opportunities in the community.

Awards and Recognition

  • NAC


Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

·         New Year's Day

·         President's Day

·         Memorial Day

·         4th of July

·         Labor Day

·         Thanksgiving Day

·         Day after Thanksgiving

·         Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, you should check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

At the Rowlett KinderCare, health and safety is our number one priority. We have a keypad entry system, fenced-in playgrounds, and all of our staff are certified in Infant and Adult CPR and First Aid as well as Safe Sleep for Infants.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I just want to say that I absolutely love the staff at this daycare.  I always know my girls are in good hands. All of the staff love my girls and will help to transition them by holding and loving on them to help make my departure easier for all. The girls always have a wonderful time and have lots of great stories to share. The staff print pictures of the girls learning, playing, and interacting for us to cherish at home. I have never had a daycare do that for them before. My girls have been going there for over a year and they are always there for us, even spur of the moment when the girls are out for a break. It takes us a long time to leave every day, because my three-year-old has to stop to say good-bye to all the teachers, not just hers!  We love the Director, Emily, and the Co-Director, Carol. Rowlett KinderCare is an absolutely wonderful school where you can have peace knowing your kids will be taken care of, loved, inspired, grown, and protected.

- Mother

I just wanted to thank the Rowlett KinderCare staff for taking such great care of my grandson. He spent the summer with us, so we decided to enroll him in their summer camp program. We were pretty nervous about sending him to summer camp in lieu of keeping him home with us, but he came home every day sharing stories of science experiments with his favorite teacher, Ms. Anne. Splash days with his new friends gave him a huge smile on his face. That smile and excitement validated our decision to entrust this group of amazing teachers and staff with our grandson.

- Grandmother

My daughter goes to the Rowlett KinderCare in the School Age program. Every morning when she gets up, she is excited about going to school. The teachers and staff are great! They are super friendly and very caring, so I know that my daughter is in good hands. She has attended a couple of other daycares, but this center is by far the best!

- Mother

It is very hard to leave your little one with strangers when it’s time to go back to work. Finding the perfect daycare can feel like a never-ending task. I was definitely relieved when I came to the Rowlett KinderCare, and I was made to feel comfortable and secure with the atmosphere and the staff. My five-month-old is my world and they all made me feel like I was leaving him with people that cared for him as much as I do. That was very important to me. The programs that are in place make me happy to know that my little one will have the opportunity to learn and develop. I just want to say thank you for showering my “Happy Baby” with so much love and easing my worries as a new mom. I will be recommending this KinderCare to some families I know, and appreciate the caring family environment that you have to share.

- Mother

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