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Toepperwein Road KinderCare

Erika Salazar, Center Director

11501 Toepperwein Rd. San Antonio TX 78233
(210) 653-8255 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
off I-35 at Judson Rd behind The Speedy Lube

NE Side of town

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Ed Franz Elementary, Royal Ridge Elementary, Crestview Elementary, Millers Point Elementary, Montgomery Elementary, Olympia Elementary, Coronado Elementary, Salinas Elementary

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Our experts designed our classrooms and activity lesson plans to help prepare your child for success in elementary school and beyond. With designated learning centers, such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts, book labels, and children’s books. By helping your child connect to both spoken words and print, we are helping to develop their literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Erika Salazar, Center Director

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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.


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

Each of our teachers is highly trained on how to handle their specific age group. The entire staff is CPR and First Aid trained and certified. We pride ourselves on building great relationships with children and their families. Please schedule a tour to see first hand how our curriculum promotes individual development.

  • Erika Salazar

    Erika Salazar, Center Director

    One of the great privileges of being a director is witnessing, close up, the flourishing of a young mind. But that's not the only benefit. In trying to make the world a more interesting and comprehensible place for their child, I often find my own intellectual interests rekindled. Everyday I come to work able to play, make a mess and learn with our children. It truly is not only a job, but a way of life. I am honored to be a part of these children's lives.

    Erika Salazar received her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from St. Mary's University in 2007. She originally began working with children as a social worker, and was nominated as Texas Case Manager of the Year in 2011. From working as a case manager, to home development and training, Erika gained experience in the social work field and Residential Child Care Licensing. She has worked with at-risk children for 10 years, and finally made KinderCare her home in December of 2012.

    Previous Experience:
    Erika has 10 years of prior experience working with children in the social and education fields.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Political Science
  • Maricela Perez

    Maricela Perez, Assistant Director

    Knowing that we are stepping stones to a child's development and the first very important years of their life is what I love most about early childhood education.

    Maricela Perez joined KinderCare in 2008 and has been an Assistant Director since 2009. Her dedication to the job is her utmost priority, and a reflection of her performance. She is inspired to come to work each day by knowing that she influences children's lives on a daily basis.

    Previous Experience:
    Maricela has over 7 years experience working with children prior to her joining the KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Kalila Dickerson

    Ms. Kalila Dickerson, Program Coordinater

    I love that I can put my heart and soul into this and to see those passions reflected in the eyes of the children we get to take care of. This is my passion, not my job.

    With a mother in the military Ms. Kalila has had a chance to experience and witness different cultures and lifestyles. She often enjoys getting the kids moving with one of her various musical instruments. She puts everything she can into the welfare and happiness of her coworkers and families.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kalila has three younger siblings and a very large family. Growing up she had a lot of experience taking care of the younger children in her family.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Cynthia

    Ms. Cynthia, Discovery Preschool

    The children look forward to seeing me everyday and it is a new adventure with them each time I step into the classroom.

    Mrs. Cynthia joined KinderCare in 2010 and is a vital part of our team. She forms strong bonds with the children and families in her class, as is always encouraging children to form positive attachments with their teachers and peers.

    Previous Experience:
    10 years of child development experience prior to being with KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Jemeika

    Ms. Jemeika, Discovery Preschool

    I love seeing children do new things. The relationship I have with the children in my classroom and their parents is what motivates me everyday.

    Jemeika has worked worked for KinderCare since 2008, with the two-year olds. She loves the challenge of potty-training and ensures that every new friend that comes into the classroom feels welcome. Ms. Jemeika loves to do art work with the two year olds and focuses on positive encouragement and praise for her classroom so that the children begin to build their self-esteem .

    Previous Experience:
    2 years of child development experience prior to being with KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Felicia

    Ms. Felicia, Infants

    Ms. Felicia joined the KinderCare family early 2014. She works in the Infant and Toddler classrooms and brings a passion for working with children to the center. We are happy to have her on board!

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

    Ms. Natasha, Infants

    We inspire a life-long love of learning and are the starting line for knowledge. I am inspired by knowing that I can make an impact in every child's life!

    Mrs. Natasha has worked for KinderCare since 2011 and continues to prove herself as a vital role of the team. She is patient and kind and always willing to go the extra mile to help out a staff member.

    Previous Experience:
    4 years of child development experience prior to being with KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential expected in 2014
  • Ms. Sylvia

    Ms. Sylvia, Infants

    I love being such a huge part of the children's lives everyday. I love each moment in their special little lives.

    Mrs. Sylvia has nurtured our infant children since 2000. Her knowledge of infants and young toddlers is beyond measure. Mrs. Sylvia frequently goes out of her way to ensure that other teachers have what they need, and continuously shows that she is a part of the KinderCare team!

    Previous Experience:
    7 years experience previous to being at KinderCare. Has worked with KinderCare her entire life!
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Irma

    Ms. Irma, Kitchen Manager/Health & Safety Coordinator

    The children are my passion. I love being a part of their lives daily.

    Mrs. Irma joined KinderCare as the kitchen manager in 1996. She is also the health and safety coordinator, and ensures that the center is running safely and accurately. Mrs. Irma frequently goes out of her way to ensure that other teachers have what they need, and continuously shows that the staff the children at KinderCare are her top priority.

    Previous Experience:
    Over 10 years of child development experience prior to being with KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Food Manager's Credential; Food Handler's Certificate
  • Ms. Erica

    Ms. Erica, Pre-K

    I come to work every day eager to see what my children have learned, and what they are eager to learn more about".

    Ms. Erica joined KinderCare in March of 2014,as an addition to our Pre-K class. She has worked in the early childhood education field for the past few years, specializing in Preschool and Pre-K curriculum. She is highly motivated, and thrives on the new things her children learn each day. Ms. Erica exemplifies what being a Pre-K teacher is all about!

    Previous Experience:
    3 years experience prior to working with KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    CDA Expected in 2014, 2nd year TSR Teacher
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Prekindergarten

    I like being a major influence to these children, and making a difference in their education. I am inspired by being able to see the children laugh and play while they learn daily.

    Ms. Julie joined the KinderCare team in 2012 and has proven that she has a vital role in the development of our Pre-K class. Previously running a state licensed home daycare facility for over 15 years, Julie brings an immeasurable amount of experience and knowledge to her class.

    Previous Experience:
    18 years of child development experience prior to being with KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential expected in 2014
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Preschool

    Ashley recently joined the KinderCare team in 2015 and is currently pusuring her Child Development Associate Credential. She is eager to learn and work with the minds of young children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ashley has an Associate's degree in psychology and loves working with younger children. She has worked with young children for the past 2 years.
    Year Started:
    Associate's in Psychology

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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.

Special Features

  • Military Discount 10%
  • Family Discount (more than one child enrolled) 10% off of older child

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

At Toepperwein Road KinderCare, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. All of our outside perimeter doors and fenced playground areas are locked to ensure security. For further security, our front entrance has a coded entry system where only authorized family members will have their own code to enter the building. Otherwise, a door bell is available for visitors who will be greeted by a Center staff member. Additionally, we have Irma as our on-site Health and Safety Coordinator. Irma's role includes conducting monthly earthquake and fire drills, ensuring that all staff's first aid and CPR certificates are up to date, and maintaining high cleanliness standards.

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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I was terrified when I needed care for my two year old daughter. She had never been around other children, and was a very shy girl. I was so relieved when I entered the center and got to know the director and the teachers from the first day! My daughter flourished in the classroom and learned her alphabet, numbers, colors and shapes within a few weeks. She learned how to play nice with others, and came out of her shell so much. It has been a few years now and my daughter is now in school. I owe her development to KinderCare.

- Mother

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