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Culebra KinderCare

Ms. Stephanie Hale, Center Director

8031 Culebra Rd. San Antonio TX 78251
(210) 681-8030 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Carlos Coon, Raba, Virgina Myers, Christian Evers

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Welcome

Welcome to our Culebra KinderCare Learning Center. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. Our curriculum activities place an emphasis on assisting your child’s growth in the areas of social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. In addition to a safe, secure, and stimulating environment for your child to learn and grow, you will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Ms. Stephanie Hale, Center Director

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Monthly Activities

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to Culebra KinderCare in San Antonio, Texas. We are extremely proud to have such wonderful staff who are passionate and dedicated to early childhood education. We invite you and your family to come tour our center and to personally meet our team!

  • Ms. Stephanie Hale, Center Director

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    7/28/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Director's Credentials
  • Ms. Joni

    Ms. Joni, Assistant Director

    "I intend to make a difference for each child, family, and teacher, and in return I am blessed to be part of something so amazing.

    Ms. Joni has been in the early childhood education field for over 30 years and has had the opportunity to work with all age groups. For 31 of those years, Ms. Joni has led several centers in a management role. She aspires to continue to play a small part in children's development as they journey through the many milestones of childhood.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Joni has worked with all age groups, and has worked as a teacher and in child care management.
    Year Started:
    10/15/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    34
    Education:
    Director's Credentials
  • Ms. Cindy

    Ms. Cindy, Infant Classroom

    "Knowing that the infants are meeting their developmental goals inspires me every day.

    Ms. Cynthia's goal is to lay the foundation for infants to develop trusting relationships. She responds to each baby with sensitivity and attention; uses words, facial expressions, and eye contact to communicate; and uses family photos to promote self-awareness and provide continuity with each child's home. Ms. Cynthia helps babies build brain power in a loving and caring environment. She prepares infants to think and reason by exploring the concepts of cause and effect, trial and error, and object permanence through play; provides a variety of materials of different colors, sizes, textures, and shapes for infants to explore; and encourages the use of all five senses so that babies can safely discover the world.

    Year Started:
    5/10/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Klee

    Ms. Klee, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Klee's goal is to encourage children to express individuality through artistic exploration and creativity. She helps infants learn to engage with others by talking with them; communicating through non-verbal gestures; telling stories and singing songs to model conversational skills; and using picture books to build associations between sounds, objects, and words. Ms. Klee also helps infants improve mobility and coordination by supporting babies as they roll from side to side and learn to crawl, stand, and walk; and by supporting the development of motor skills with blocks and shape boards. She also ensures that she meets all children's individual needs for rest and nutrition. 

    Year Started:
    8/4/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Jasmine, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Jasmine's goal is to nurture children's creativity. She provides age-appropriate tools that promote artistic exploration and creativity, and supervises the infants as they use them; supports imaginative play with photo cards and puppets; and encourages self-expression through movement and music. Ms. Jasmine provides a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where your infant can explore and make new discoveries. She loves coming to work every day to be greeted with sweet baby smiles. Ms. Jasmine appreciates that families entrust her with their infant's care and education, and so she is committed to making this first transition away from home easy and natural for both the children and their parents.

    Year Started:
    8/4/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Stephine, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Stephine's goal is to create a safe, nurturing “home away from home” where children can learn to express themselves and understand their own unique identities. She fills each day with fun activities that balance playtime, nurturing, and learning. Communication is important to Ms. Stephine, so families in her classroom receive regular teacher-family communication, including daily updates, monthly newsletters, and scheduled parent/teacher conferences. She looks forward to getting to know you and your family!

    Year Started:
    8/4/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Ana, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Ana's goal is to enhance learning through play using distinct areas of mathematics, creative arts, language, dramatic play, and sensory exploration. She partners with families to ensure ongoing communication. Ms. Ana also keeps parents informed of our themed monthly units so that they can share in their child’s education. In addition to caring for toddlers, everything Ms. Ana does is designed for learning.

    Year Started:
    8/4/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Rinita

    Ms. Rinita, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Rinita's goal is to increase children's language skills and help children experience a sense of community in her classroom. She guides children as they develop new physical abilities and express their own individuality through imaginative play, music, dancing, and outdoor fun. Ms. Rinita provides opportunities for children to practice sorting, matching, and categorizing while also providing blocks and math cards for children to use to learn counting, number identification, and patterning. Ms. Rinita also places a focus on age-appropriate problem resolution and, of course, making new friends! Children in her classroom strengthen large-motor skills with riding equipment, balls, and movement activities; improve fine-motor and eye-hand coordination through pouring, stringing, and (supervised) cutting activities; and develop coordination using beanbags, hula hoops, and balance beams. At meal time, Ms. Rinita encourages children to serve themselves so that they can begin developing self-reliance--but always gives a helping hand when someone needs it!

    Year Started:
    8/4/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Kacy, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kacy's goal is to enhance children's development through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning. Children in her classroom develop a variety of skills and knowledge in areas like early literacy, mathematics, science, Spanish, and social skills. Ms. Kacy understands that consistent, high-quality child care can significantly impact children's cognitive development. She makes sure to adapt her teaching style and curriculum for those who are ahead as well as those who need additional help. Ms. Kacy recognizes that children's different backgrounds and experiences mean that they do not learn the same things at the same time in the same way, so she is always flexible and patient.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

    Year Started:
    9/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
  • Mr. John, Preschool Classroom

    Mr. John's goal is to provide a positive environment where language and literacy development will flourish. He believes that when children feel secure in their environment, they are more likely to engage in frequent, age-appropriate conversations that inherently build vocabulary and social skills. Mr. John works with children individually, in small groups, and as a whole group at different times during the day. He displays the children's original artwork, their own writing with invented spelling, and stories dictated by the children during our afternoon group time. He also sends home children’s work in their portfolios and take-home folders. Mr. John uses lacing cards, stencils, and writing activities to help children enhance their fine-motor skills; and uses running, jumping, and throwing activities to help children strengthen their coordination and gross-motor skills. Mr. John offers children healthful food choices for snacks and meals, while also helping children learn that what we eat is important, and that our bodies need the right amount of exercise and nutrition to stay healthy.

    Year Started:
    1/5/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Monica

    Ms. Monica, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Monica's goal is to create opportunities for children to reason, analyze, and solve problems independently in preparation for kindergarten. She encourages children to use their senses to explore different materials; creates opportunities for children to ask and answer open-ended questions; helps children experiment with spatial relationships; and assists children in developing an understanding of sequencing concepts, such as first, next, and last. Ms. Monica also uses lacing cards, stencils, and writing activities to help children enhance their fine-motor skills; uses running, jumping, and throwing activities to help children strengthen coordination and gross-motor skills; and uses hula hoops and balance beams to help children develop better balance. Ms. Monica offers children healthful food choices for snacks and meals, while also helping children learn that what we eat is important, and that our bodies need the right amount of exercise and nutrition to stay healthy. 

    Year Started:
    10/6/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Angie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Angie's goal is to prepare children socially, emotionally, and academically for kindergarten. She provides numerous opportunities for children to represent ideas through drawing and writing stories; invent unique dance moves; use props to dramatize stories; and express independent thinking and expression through art and music. Ms. Angie helps children develop social skills through character-building activities to learn how to identify emotions; holds group discussions to practice sharing ideas, thoughts, and feelings; and provides opportunities for children to cooperate, negotiate, problem solve, and make independent choices. She encourages children to think through and solve problems by investigating, estimating, and testing solutions. Ms. Angie also builds daily outdoor activities into the schedule that are designed to get children thinking and moving, and gives children many choices to participate in activities that interest and challenge them. She looks forward to partnering with families at this exciting time in their child's life!

    Year Started:
    8/4/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Morgan, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Morgan's goal is to create a sense of community and leadership within her classroom. She uses a Classroom Council so that children can select activities and themes that the whole group will enjoy. Ms. Morgan creates a comfortable environment designed to boost children's confidence, self-esteem, character, and social skills. She provides experiences that develop children's ability to problem solve, observe, predict, and explore cause-and-effect relationships; provides opportunities for children to explore math relationships such as classification; and provides support and time for children to complete homework and school projects.

    Year Started:
    8/4/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Food Manager

    The smiles on the children's faces when they've learned something new is very important to me.

    Ms. Elizabeth has been in the early childhood education field for three years. She enjoys knowing that she plays a big part in the children's lives by being able to provide them a good nutritious meal every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Elizabeth has experience working in every classroom and most recently took on the role of Center Cook.
    Year Started:
    10/15/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7

Upcoming Center Activities

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

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 the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegan
  • No pork served on any 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

Our top priority is to provide a safe and healthy environment for children, families, and staff. We do this through rigorous training, constant assessment, and evaluation of policies and procedures. Our safety precautions begin at the front door. We have a keypad entry system where families are given a unique code. Any visitors or guests are identified and escorted through the building during their visit. All perimeter doors are kept locked to ensure the security of the exterior of the building. We do routine fire, storm, and lockdown drills to prepare for the unexpected. In addition to building safeguards, our teachers have all cleared city, state, and federal background checks, which also includes fingerprinting. Every staff member maintains up-to-date CPR and First Aid certification. Throughout the day, we ensure that no child is ever left unattended. Teachers have all been trained in supervision, discipline and guidance, and developmentally appropriate practices to ensure they understand the importance of caring for children. Even if your child has food allergies or specific medical conditions, we will work with you to ensure your child is well cared for while they are in our care. At Culebra KinderCare, we want every child to feel safe, loved, and respected while at KinderCare.

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

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My child has been in KinderCare since she was an infant. She is now in prekindergarten and is learning so much. Every time I drop off my daughter, I feel that she is safe and loved not only by her teacher, but by every staff member in the building. The staff and management team are very friendly and always greet everyone with a positive attitude. Thank you for making us feel welcomed every day!

- Mother
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