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Slidell KinderCare

James Harris, Center Director

1040 Joe Buccaran Dr. Slidell LA 70458
(985) 643-3084 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
3 miles form I-10 off Gause Blvd at Robert Blvd & Joe Buccaran Drive

3 Miles from I-10 take Gause Blvd to the Right on Robert Blvd Turn Left on Tower Dr. then Right on Joe Buccaran Dr. Located between Slidell High and the Water Tower

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bonnie Ecole, Whispering Forest, Clear Wood Middle School, Florida Avenue, Bayou Woods, Cypress Cove, Honey Island, Henry Mayfield

 It is a profound honor and responsibility to care for young children. At Slidell KinderCare, we believe that all children are worthy of an educational experience that allows them to create, share, take chances, and interact with the world around them. It is through these collective experiences that children thrive, grow, and develop a lifelong love of learning. From our special and nurturing least restrictive environment in our Infant rooms, to the fun in the sun swimming adventures every summer, your child will be experience an adventure each and every day.  


Welcome to Slidell KinderCare, where children learn to love learning just as much as they love to have fun. Our curriculum is customized to share memorable moments and major milestones with each child every day. Our Staff is highly trained, professional teachers that will love and nurture your child.    

James Harris, Center Director

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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


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.

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 staff is well trained to insure your child gets the best early childhood education available in Slidell, Louisiana. Our teachers have everything from Child Development Associate's Credentials to Bachelor's Degrees in Early Childhood Education. Our Center is always well staffed, and we provide the nurturing your child needs as well as a fun curriculum that they will love

  • James Harris

    James Harris, Center Director

    Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood" - Fred Rogers

    Previous Experience:
    James Harris was a General Manager at Gap, GapKids, and Children's Place. He was involved in the Youth Scholors program at Starlight Missionary Baptist Church. James served as a US Army Ranger.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cat in the Hat
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Early Childhood Education Classes
  • Tashana Garrett

    Tashana Garrett, Assistant Director

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning" - Robert Meehan

    Tashana is originally form San Francisco, California. She attended the University of Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She majored in Criminal Justice and minored in Spanish. After graduating she came to work for KinderCare in 2003. Her love for children has kept her here for over ten years. During her years at KinderCare she has worked as a Preschool teacher, Spanish teacher, Program Specialist and, for the past few years, as the Assistant Director. Tashana is currently in the process of completing her Child Development Associate's Credential.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish
  • Ms. Sheri

    Ms. Sheri, Infant Classroom, Health and Safety Coordinator

    Each day is an opportunity for them to have a new experience and develop as individuals.

    Ms. Sheri has been with KinderCare for many years and has always worked in the Infant program. Ms. Sheri drives the KinderCare bus in the afternoon picking the children up from school and helps out with field trips during the summer. She is also our Health and Safety Coordinator and closes the building every evening. She has completed numerous trainings over the years to improve her knowledge of working with infants as information changes over the years.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sheri worked at a home daycare for a long time. She also worked with Mother's Day Out programs as well as church programs.
    Year Started:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
  • Ms. Brandy, Toddler Classroom

    Teaching young children is life changing; you learn and grow everyday.

    Ms. Brandy has been in the Early Childhood field for the past ten years. She holds a Bachelor's of Science degree from Illinois State University. She has worked with all ages. Ms. Brandy has been the School Age teacher for the summer but has moved to the Toddler room for the school year. She is very excited about the move and anxious to get to know you and your child.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.

    Ms. Susan has worked with several age groups since joining KinderCare in 2004. She has taught Preschool and ran a wonderful After School program for two years before going back to her first love of working with two year old children. She has her Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education but also learned sign language and has shared her knowledge with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Susan has prior experience working with special needs children.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Michaela

    Ms. Michaela, Preschool Classroom

    In the time that Ms. Michaela has been a part of our team she has worked in the Discovery Preschool Classroom as well as teaching Preschool. She is currently enrolled at Delgado Community College furthering her education. She is a great asset to the center as she is very flexible and can work in any classroom as needed.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Michaela had two years of experience working in other childcare settings before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Prekindergarten Classroom

    If a child can't learn the way I teach, then I would teach the way they learn.

    Ms. Denise has been a part of our team since 1995. Ms. Denise received her Associate's degree after completing high school and approximately 4 years ago received her Child Development Associate's credential through a program offered by KinderCare. When she started with KinderCare Ms. Denise was teaching in the Discovery Preschool classroom and then moved into the Preschool room before becoming our Prekindergarten teacher. Ms. Denise is a vital part of the center as she is an opener and part of management when the Director and Assistant Director are not available. A very important aspect of her life is family, attending church and traveling to watch her two children play sports.

    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Associate's of Arts Degree, Child Development Associate Credential

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
  • 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

Our Center is equipped with a keypad entry door. The playground is fenced and locked on the outside. Everyone on staff is CPR trained. The staff has been trained on applying first aid and they have all had courses in health and safety training. Our Infant teachers follow a safe sleep policy, and shoes must be covered when entering our Infant room to keep dirt and debris off the floor and away from our littlest ones.

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.

My two kids, ages eight and four, have been attending KinderCare in Slidell for three years now. My experience with this facility just could not be better in any way.  The staff is always so kind, dependable and flexible. In addition, everyone there has always been amazing to my kids. The love they have for my kids and my kids have for them can be observed every day in the way they respond to each other. And while my older son doesn’t like going to “daycare,” he still never complains about his time there. My daughter still gets excited about going to “school” every day!
I truly cannot express enough how much I appreciate the Slidell KinderCare. My kids attended a Montessori school prior to attending KinderCare. They have learned far more at KinderCare than they did in the prior school. Everything from academics to life skills to how to be lovable and kind, KinderCare has had a much greater positive impact on their lives than any place I could imagine or expect. What else could a mom ask for? I believe that this facility and the teachers there will have a positive impact on the adults my kids will grow up to be. Again, who could ask for more?
I wish I could name each teacher because each one that we have encountered there has had a special impact on each of my kids, but I wouldn’t want anyone to feel I would put any specific order to them. Each one is as wonderful as the next and we love them all each the same.
I would recommend this facility to anyone that was looking for a great place to feel their children would be safe, loved and always learning.

- Mother

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