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Parliament KinderCare

Ms. Linda Sparks, Center Director

11814 Parliament Dr. San Antonio TX 78216
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Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Larkspur, Harmony Hills

Our KinderCare Learning Center is now accepting enrollment! We are proud to serve families from the West Avenue, Blanco, 281/1604 area. Please contact us today to reserve your space!

Welcome

Welcome to Parliament KinderCare in San Antonio, helping families in the Blanco and West Avenue neighborhoods for over 30 years.

Ms. Linda Sparks, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

Accreditation

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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

December's Learning Focus

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 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.

Music

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.

Teachers & Staff

We know how important it is for you to feel really good about the child care you choose for your child; to know they are in a safe, clean, and stimulating environment; to be assured they are getting the best nurturing and attention available. We know because that's what we want for our children. The loving and devoted professionals at Parliament KinderCare are passionate about teaching and caring for young children. Our program is nationally accredited, which means we have ensured that our teachers exceed state minimum standards for education level and ongoing professional development. Their lifelong love of learning is evident in their desire to stay abreast of new research and teaching techniques. Families meet with teachers three times per year to review their child's progress, which is documented in our developmentally appropriate assessments, portfolios, and anecdotal notes about daily achievements. We feel privileged to work alongside families to form supportive and cooperative partnerships. Remember we are a place where children are encouraged to build up independence, try without fear of failing, and develop a lifelong love of learning. We are a place that is designed to prepare your child for the future and to succeed!

  • Ms. Linda Sparks, Center Director

    Early childhood education is Ms. Linda's passion. She has been working with children for over 35 years now. She made KinderCare her home in February 1998 and has been the Center Director at this location since December 2015. She loves helping influence the lives of children. They may not even recall it when they get older, but there is an influence. The foundations set early in life will be carried into adulthood. She believes that if she gives the children a love of learning early, it will stay with them for a lifetime.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Linda has gained a lot of experience in her time in early education, from working as a Teacher to mentoring other Teachers or Center Directors.
    Year Started:
    2/9/1998
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Adrienne (AJ) Abrego, Assistant Director

    Ms. AJ's goal is to develop an environment where every students feels respected, accepted, and cherished.  

    Year Started:
    5/24/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree
  • Ms. Amanda Martinez, Health and Safety Coordinator

    Ms. Amanda's goal is to provide age-appropriate activities and materials that help children develop confidence, self-esteem, and a love of learning. She uses storytelling and word games to help children practice imitating and responding, asking questions, and following simple directions; provides practice naming familiar items; and supports rich vocabulary development. Ms. Amanda looks forward to supporting all toddlers as they grow socially and emotionally.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Cathy, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Cathy'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. Cathy 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:
    1/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Valerie Mendoza, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Valerie's goal is to create a literacy-rich environment where children enhance their vocabulary through imitation and repetition of words and sentences. Children in her classroom build alphabet recognition through play with letters and writing centers, and strengthen their conversational skills with group sharing and reading experiences. Ms. Valerie supports cooperative play; uses whole- and small-group activities to model sharing, communication, and cooperation; and demonstrates how to recognize others' feelings and respond appropriately. She supports pretend play and role-playing with props and costumes; encourages creative expression through age-appropriate art materials; and stimulates imagination through storytelling and block-building.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Alma Apaez-Trejo, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Alma's goal is to promote vocabulary development and conversational skills through fun, hands-on experiences. She uses activities such as daily group discussions, fingerplays, songs, and read-alouds to help children in her classroom develop the fundamental language skills they continue to build on throughout their lifetime. For many children, preschool is their first experience in a structured setting with teachers and groups of children--and so Ms. Alma uses this opportunity to teach children how to share, follow instructions, and set the foundation for learning that will occur in elementary school. 

    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Michelle Campos, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Michelle'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. Michelle 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. Michelle 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. 

    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Faith King, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Faith'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. Faith 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. Faith 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:
    1/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Bobbi Mayes, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Bobbi's goal is to provide a literacy-rich classroom with plenty of opportunities for children to explore letters, sounds, books, and writing. As a leader in early childhood education, KinderCare knows that one of the best predictors of a successful reader is the amount of time a child spends reading--so Ms. Bobbi uses daily journal activities so children can practice their writing skills; helps children develop early reading skills by connecting sounds to letters through picture and word collages; teaches basic sight words in fun and engaging ways; and helps children develop phonemic awareness through literacy-based games, books, and puzzles in her Phonics Learning Adventures class. Children in her class will build brain power while making new friends and learning valuable social skills for success in elementary school. 

    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Brytney Briscoe, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Brytney'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. Brytney 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:
    1/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Gloria Ybarra, Kitchen Manager

    Ms. Gloria's goal is to prepare a hot and nutrition meals where children learn to self-serve their own portions onto their plates. She prepares breakfast, lunch, and snacks each and every day. Ms. Gloria's main focus is ensuring that the children are eating and liking their daily meals.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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

  • Vegetarian

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 at Parliament KinderCare is to provide a safe and healthy environment for our children, families, and staff. We do this through rigorous training and constant assessment and evaluation of proper policies and procedures. Your child’s security begins at the front door--literally. We have a locked security entrance that requires a numeric code to enter, with all side doors locked to ensure the security of the building. All guests or those authorized for emergency pick-ups must provide photo identification before being escorted through the building. Our teachers have all cleared local, state, and federal background checks, including fingerprinting, and have all been trained in infant and child CPR and First Aid. We do routine fire, storm, and lock-down drills to prepare for the unexpected. No child is ever left unattended, even for a minute. Teachers have all been trained in supervision, discipline and guidance, and developmentally appropriate practices to ensure they understand the risks associated with the children in their care. If your child has food allergies or specific medical conditions, we will work with you to ensure your child’s well-being while in our care. We also take the responsibility of your child’s emotional security very seriously: 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.

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

Our family cannot begin to express our gratitude for all the hard work, effort, love, and dedication shown to our children. This was our first experience with preschool and we could not have chosen a better place for our children to grow, learn, and develop their early learning and social skills. As a mom returning to the workplace, the staff at Parliament KinderCare gave me and my family the confidence and trust we were looking for in a school. It is a very difficult decision to leave your children with people whom you barely know. The staff's reassurances and understanding made the decision very easy one. Although when the time comes for every child to move on to the next chapter of their life, we are truly going to miss each and every person at KinderCare. We thank you so much for all of the love and support you have shown our family. It is truly appreciated. Thank you and we love you!

- Mother
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