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Lake Mary KinderCare

Susie Liptak, Center Director

910 W.Lake Mary Blvd. Sanford FL 32773
(407) 321-0053 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
between Art Ln & Country Club Rd Across the street from entrance to Seminole State

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Wicklow Elementary, Bentley Elementary, Galileo Elementary, Crystal Lake, Midway and Seminole Science Charter School.

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Welcome to the KinderCare Learning Center in Lake Mary / Sanford! We believe in developing the whole child based on social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Our team believes in developing, educating, and nurturing our children. Our center has been a part of the community for many years and our families look forward to the many events we host every year. We pride ourselves on our staff longevity and dedication to our children and families.

Susie Liptak, 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.

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.

Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs

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.


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.

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  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

The teachers at the Lake Mary KinderCare Learning Center are passionate about the education of young children. The average tenure of our staff is 13 years with five staff at twenty or more years! We have a lot of pride in our center and it shows in each and every classroom!

  • Susie Liptak

    Susie Liptak, Center Director

    Susan has been a part of the Kindercare family since 1997. She has filled the role of Teacher, Program Specialist, Assistant Director and Director. She has a passion for providing the best possible enviroment for children to grow. Susan holds a State of Florida Direcector's Credential as well as national Child Development Associates. She is a native floridian and loves living in Central Florida.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    James and the Giant Peach
    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    National CDA
  • Pam Bui

    Pam Bui, Assistant Director

    Watching the face of a child light up when they really 'learn it'.

    Pamela is the Assistant Director at the KinderCare in Sanford / Lake Mary. She has been at this location for all of her 23 years with KinderCare Learning Center. She enjoys the opportunity to support the wonderful parents, children and teachers here at the center and to provide them with the best educational experience possible.

    Previous Experience:
    Pam worked 6 years for another corporate childcare center and two years for an on-site corporate company providing childcare.
    Year Started:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    31 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Jenn

    Ms. Jenn, Infants

    Ms. Jenn loves snuggling and nuturing the babies. She did her intership in high School in one of our sister centers in South Florida. Jenn has always loved being part of children's lives.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Sate Childcare Requirements
  • Ms. Mariela

    Ms. Mariela, Toddler Classroom

    I love taking care of the babies. I love to be able to help them and watch them hit their developmental milestones.

    Ms. Mariela moved to Florida in 2006 from Puerto Rico. She immediately started working for KinderCare in Winter Springs. She cared for the infants and toddlers at the Winter Springs KinderCare for seven years. Now, Ms. Mariela is part of the Lake Mary KinderCare family. We are so glad to have her. Her kind and gentle personality is the perfect fit in her Toddler classroom. Ms. Mariela loves to introduce new words to the children and teach through song and rhyme.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mariela has over eleven years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Lynn M.

    Ms. Lynn M., Toddler Classroom/Cook

    I love the children and how they unconditionally return that love back to me.

    Ms. Lynn had been with KinderCare for 10 years and transferred to the Lake Mary/Sanford KinderCare Learning Center in 2000. She had worked for five years with KinderCare in Maryland, and five years with KinderCare in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education, and has completed numerous in-house KinderCare workshops and training sessions. Her other love is cooking, and it is more than likely that you will find her in the kitchen cooking for your child.

    Previous Experience:
    10 years experience at other centers.
    Year Started:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sheryl

    Ms. Sheryl, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love that I can mold the minds of young children, and encourage them to be the best they can be.

    Ms. Sheryl is the teacher of the Early Foundation Discovery Preschool class at the Lake Mary/Sanford KinderCare Learning Center. She has been with KinderCare for 10 years and came to us with 17 years experience in the industry. Ms. Sheryl has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology and Education from Bethune Cookman College. She always wanted to be a positive influence on young children and to be a "Teacher". Ms. Sheryl has a great educational program in her classroom, but she always makes sure that her class is fun.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked for 17 years at a childcare center in the Sanford area.
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Bachelor's of Science in Psychology & Elementary Education
  • Ms. Lynn L.

    Ms. Lynn L., Prekindergarten/Voluntary Prekindergarten Classroom

    With children being a passion of mine, they keep me smiling and young at heart.

    Ms. Lynn started with KinderCare Learning Center in the summer of 2010. She has experience as an owner and operator of a home childcare center. She also spent 7 years in the public school system working with ESE students. Ms. Lynn moved to Florida from New Jersey in 1989. She enjoys arts and crafts both at home and with the children in her Prekindergarten class. Miss Lynn has 3 children of her own which sparked her desire to help educate other children to be the best they can be.

    Previous Experience:
    Owned and operated a home child care center for many years.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Para Professional Degree, Child Development Associates Degree (CDA)
  • Ms. Stevi-Lynn

    Ms. Stevi-Lynn, Substitute

    Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

    Ms. Stevi-Lynn really enjoys working in the Early Childhood field. She loves having the opportunity to prepare her students for elementary school and loves using songs, dance, and hands-on self discovery approaches when she teaches. She believes that KinderCare is the best place for children to grow and succeed.

    Previous Experience:
    Throughout her college years Ms. Stevi-Lynn taught children ages Prekindergarten through fifth grade. She also completed several internships children in second and third grade. Ms. Stevi-Lynn began her career in education as a fourth grade teacher for the public school system.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education & ESOL Endorsement, Florida Teaching Certification for Elementary Education
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Learning Adventures Classroom

    I have been working for KinderCare for over ten years and love the fact that I have a huge influence on each and every child in my care. I like to engage the children and keep their day interesting and fun. I am currently working toward furthering my education.

    Ms. Sarah loves coming to work every day, seeing happy faces and getting hugs from the children. She has her Associate's Degree and will be furthering her education in Early Childhood Development.

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Dicena

    Ms. Dicena, PreKindergarten

    Ms. Dicena has been an intergal part of the Sanford Childcare community. She holds a National Child Development Degree. Dicena hold over 120 hours of Childcare training. She loves to nuture each child's individual personalities ensuring their maximum growth. Dicena has been a lead VPK teacher for many years.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Dicena has over 17 years of Preschool and PreKindergarten experience
    Year Started:
    2 Years

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • 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 KinderCare Learning Center your child's safety is our top priority. Our center is secure from the coded entry on the front door to all locked perimeter doors, and the fenced yard with locked gates. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site to monitor the monthly fire and disaster drills, and to ensure that all staff are current with First Aid and CPR. We also pride ourselves on 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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This is the best center ever! My son has been going since he was three years old, and now he's almost six. The building is clean, it always smells nice when you walk in, and the teachers are beyond amazing! They are always welcoming early in the morning, and still smiling when I pick my son up in the evening. Every teacher my son has had at KinderCare has made an great impact on him, and taught him so many things. He learned so much in the Voluntary Prekindergarten program at KinderCare, and it has taught him to love learning, and love school. I love that I feel comfortable leaving my son at KinderCare, which is very important to me as a mother. I know he is happy, loved, and most of all safe there. I am so grateful for his teachers, and I can tell that each of them treat him as if he is their own. I cannot say one bad this about this center. It has been almost three years, and I do not have a single negative thing to say. I recommend this center to all of the moms I know looking for an amazing center for their children. After having my son here, I will never put him anywhere else! Thank you KinderCare Lake Mary for all that you do! We love you!

- Mother

I have a nine-year-old that has been going to KinderCare since he was two and a four-year-old that has been going to KinderCare as well, since she was nine months old. The teachers at this center are beyond amazing. I am so happy with them. They always have some funny story or observation about my children. It makes me feel like my children are a part of their own families. The love and support these teachers have given my children is beyond words. They have and do tons of things that have always kept my knowledge hungry son satisfied and my inquisitive daughter intrigued. The center is always clean and the teachers are always pleasant. I have recommended this center to multiple people and still continue to do so. They truly are an amazing center.

- Mother

I have two daughters, one who attended KinderCare for Voluntary Prekindergarten two years ago and another who is in Voluntary Prekindergarten now. As a stay-at-home mom, I was reluctant to send my kids anywhere. They had never been in daycare or preschool before. I met with Donna and Pam the first time I toured KinderCare and they put me right at ease. You could tell that they truly cared for all of the kids at the center. I knew almost immediately that I wanted to send my children there. My oldest daughter loved going to school every day, especially to see her teacher Ms. Susan. She developed a wonderful relationship with her. My daughter was crazy about learning new things, as well as practicing what she already knew and Ms. Susan supported her in that. All of the the teachers and staff there are wonderful, I wish I could name them all! I was very excited to enroll my youngest daughter in Voluntary Prekindergarten and she also has Ms. Susan, which I'm very happy about! Ms. Michelle is her other teacher this year and she's been great so far as well! Overall my experience has been amazing. I recommend the school to all of my friends. They make you and your children feel like family. I will be sad to go this coming May once my youngest graduates from Voluntary Prekindergarten!

- Mother

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