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Guilbeau KinderCare

Tara Ramon, Center Director

8980 Guilbeau Rd. San Antonio TX 78250
(210) 680-4077 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Between Tezel & Bandera Road North of University of Incarnate Word

Neighborhood:
Braun Station

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Brauchle, Braun Station, Krueger, Carson, Northwest Crossing, Wanke, Nichols

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Welcome

Welcome to our KinderCare Learning Center.  We are excited to meet with you and your family.  We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child’s growth in the areas of social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.  Here at KinderCare, we believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parents consider us to be an extension of their families.  We have an amazing crew of long term employees that have found their home here at KinderCare and would love to make you and your family part of our family.  In addition to a safe, secure, and stimulating environment for your child to grown up in, you will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Tara Ramon, Center Director

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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.

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

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Our loving and devoted professionals here at KinderCare are passionate about teaching and caring for young children.  We understand that children learn best through hands on experiences.   Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with the early learning fundamentals they will need, combined with a rich blend of music, art and dramatic play.  Families meet with teachers two 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.

  • Tara Ramon

    Tara Ramon, Center Director

    I believe that education has always been my calling. There is so much excitement that is generated around the learning process for young children! Each day, I draw inspiration from my desire to aid in the academic progression of amazing little minds. To see the world flourishing through the achievement of a child is nothing short of astounding! I spend my days surrounded by dozens of heart-warming (and sometimes toothless) smiles, tiny hands reaching out to be picked "up!", enthusiastic displays of emotions, and more hugs than anyone could ask for. I couldn't imagine a more fulfilling way to spend my days or or a more purposeful way to impact future generations.

    Tara Ramon is the Center Director and started with KinderCare in the Spring of 2006. She has experience as a teacher, program specialist, and Assistant Director with KinderCare. Supporting the children, parents, and teachers towards the successful progression of each developmental milestone is her favorite part of being a director. Tara has lived in San Antonio with her husband and two children for the past twelve years. Her goal is to spend each day striving to help children fall in love with learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming a Center Director, Tara was our center's Assistant Director for 3 years. She also worked as both a Preschool and Discovery Preschool teacher for several years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Yay, You! by Sandra Boynton
    Year Started:
    7/10/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Education and currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Education with Teacher Certification
  • Esmie San Miguel, Assistant Director

    I love working with children because of the amazing relationships that we are able to form with families. It is the highest honor, to partake in the contribution of a child's educational journey. I receive so much fulfillment from seeing the enthusiasm children have for learning!

    Esmie began her journey with KinderCare in 2009 as an infant teacher. She has served as our center's Health and Safety Coordinator for the past 3 years. As an Assistant Director, Esmie is able to partner with the families and teachers to assist in the accomplishments of each child in our center.  When she's not working, Esmie loves cooking and baking for her family. On weekends, Esmie and her family love spending time outdoors exploring our city's local parks.  

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working in the Early Childhood Field, Esmie served our country honorably for six years a member of the United States Navy.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Sylvia, Infants

    What I love most about working with children are the smiles and the enthusiasm as they are learning."- Mrs. Sylvia

    Mrs. Sylvia is the lead teacher in our Infant class. She brings a joyful passion with her to work each day and is inspired by the opportunity to see each child learn and grow. Sylvia loves singing songs with her students as they dance and clap along. Wet and messy projects are a favorite activity of Sylvia's. When she isn't at work, Sylvia is spending time with her family and granddaughter, Avery Rose. Her dedication to the quality of care she provides to her students has given her great rapport with our families.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her time working in the Early Childhood Education field, Sylvia worked as a dental assistant for several years and was also a stay-at-home mother.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    6/18/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
  • Ms. Esmie, Infants and Health and Safety Coordinator

    It takes a big heart to help shape little minds. -author unknown

    Esmie is inspired by seeing the faces of her students light up as they learn something new and by the knowledge that she is making a difference in the lives of children. Esmie enjoys reading and completing puzzles. Her favorite classroom activity is engaging in conversation with the infants to enhance their social development. Esmie also enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

    Previous Experience:
    Mrs. Esmie proudly served our country in the United States Navy for six years. She also stayed home with her 2 children before becoming in infant teacher.
    Year Started:
    3/5/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
  • Ms. Desarae

    Ms. Desarae, Toddlers

    Mrs. Desarae loves that each day working with toddlers brings something new and exciting. She looks forward to coming to work each morning to help her students acquire new skills. Her class especially enjoys sensory and creative exploration.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining our team, Mrs. Desarae worked as a preschool teacher in Arizona.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Berenstain Bears Collection by Stan and Jan Berenstain
    Year Started:
    4/7/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Currently pursuing her Child Development Associate Credential.
  • Miss Chrystal, Discovery Preschool

    Children are our most valuable resource. - Herbert Hoover

    Chrystal is an animated educator who's bubbly persona pairs well with our Discovery Preschool students. On any given day, she can be heard singing with her students or joining them in some fun sensory exploration activities. Chrystal is passionate about putting a smile on the faces of the children and is inspired by the growth and development we encourage each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Chrystal came to KinderCare Learning Center from two years of service at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Child Development Center. Chrystal also completed an internship at Little Harbour Elementary School with a group of Kindergarten students.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
    Year Started:
    11/10/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Currently pursuing Child Development Associate Credentials
  • Miss Brandi, Preschool

    Brandi is enthusiastic about inspiring a lifetime love of learning in her students. One of her favorite curriculum themes is Dinosaurs because they get to discuss prehistoric times. Brandi loves the sense of humor her students bring to her day.

    Previous Experience:
    Brandi was a nanny for several families prior to coming to work for KinderCare Learning Center.
    Year Started:
    11/5/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Geography
  • Miss Stevie, Prekindergarten

    Stevie loves being able to teach the foundations they will use the rest of their lives. One of her favorite parts of teaching is that the possibilities to learn and grow are endless. Having the opportunity to see her students read and write their sight words or read a story for the first time is an indescribable feeling for Stevie. In her spare time, she loves reading and exploring the outdoors with her two children.

    Previous Experience:
    Stevie has worked as a nanny and as a medical assistant before becoming a teacher.
    Year Started:
    9/24/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
  • Mr. Gary

    Mr. Gary, School Age

    Mr. Gary is often referred to as the "Gentle Giant". His students know him as an excellent listener, a grand storyteller, a mad scientist, but most importantly, a friend. His students relish in opportunties to get messy with exciting science projects! Gary loves seeing his students reach milestones knowing that he was able to take part in their achievements. Having the oldest children in our center, Gary takes pride in teaching his students about team-building, responsibility and problem-solving.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Gary has an extensive history in the Early Childhood Education field. He has worked with Boy Scouts, was a Youth Leader, an assistant basketball coach and an Assistant Director with the Boys and Girls Club.
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in the Art of Education and currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. 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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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 the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Fall Professional Development- Columbus Day
Spring Professional Development- President's Day

Health and Safety

Our top priority at 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 entrance that requires a numeric code to enter.  All side doors are kept locked to ensure the security of the exterior of the building. Of course, our teachers have all cleared local, state and federal background checks, including fingerprinting.  We are trained in infant and child CPR and First Aid.  We do routine fire, storm, and lock-down drills to prepare for the unexpected.  Throughout the day, your child will be supervised at all times.  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 our care.  If your child has food allergies or specific medical conditions, we will work with you to ensure your child’s wellbeing 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.

Choosing childcare can be an overwhelming task.  You can spend months doing research, making lists and visiting centers.  Even with all these tools, most parents will say they went with the place that just felt right.
I liked the Assistant Director at KinderCare right away.  More importantly so did my kids.  On my son’s first day the teacher made a poster board with pictures of him throughout the day.  He was all smiles.  Three years later, I have four kids enrolled at KinderCare.  From my infant to my four year old they are learning so much!  I love how each month has a theme.  I can easily tell what my kids are learning about from their vocabulary and art work. 
The teachers always have something positive to say about my kids.  They are very open with me if they feel one of them is struggling with something and always have a plan in place to help them with whatever that may be.
When my son was diagnosed with a sensory disorder, Miss Tara and Miss Stephanie went above and beyond to make sure he was comfortable at school.  They incorporated sensory activities into his daily schedule and helped the teacher plan classroom activities that made it easier for him to participate.  I love that KinderCare had so many resources available to them in a situation like this.  I am so grateful for the patience, caring, and genuine concern they have shown for him and for all my children. 
 

- Mother
My son, Nick, has been enrolled in the "Cooking Adventures" class for the last 5 months, and he LOVES it! He looks forward to his class every week, and tells everyone that we meet that he takes cooking lessons and can cook better than his mommy. I am very impressed with the class because of all the educational reinforcements he gets while measuring, counting and preparing the recipe, and the supplementation of higher order sequencing, math skills, and vocabulary. I have seen a difference in him and his behavior in the kitchen since he started, as he is focused and easily directed when he helps me prepare anything to eat. At the end of every class, we get the recipe card of what was prepared for the day and pictures of him while he is constructing his masterpiece, and he is so proud when I pick him up and he brings home his latest creation to share with the rest of the family, and even neighbors! I never would have thought that my 3 year old would be successful and productive in the kitchen, but this program has proved it so, and given him a wonderful sense of pride and accomplishment that we all want our children to learn early and carry with them for a lifetime. 
- Mother
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