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Wood River KinderCare

Ms. Michelle Raico, Center Director

2911 Wood River Dr. Spring TX 77373
(281) 353-8758 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
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Welcome

Welcome to the Wood River KinderCare in Spring, Texas. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child, and so we place an emphasis on assisting your child's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Our experts designed our classrooms, and every activity and lesson, to help prepare children for success in school and beyond. Our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials to help your child connect spoken words and print, and develop early literacy and writing skills. We believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parents consider us an extension of their families: their village. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will also have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Ms. Michelle Raico, 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

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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.

Teachers & Staff

The loving and devoted professionals at Wood River 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.

  • Ms. Michelle Raico

    Ms. Michelle Raico, Center Director

    Ms. Michelle is absolutely thrilled to be part of the Wood River KinderCare family. She is originally from Austin, but spent several years living in Germany! She has multiple years of experience both in a classroom and as a Center Director. Ms. Michelle graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in English Literature. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two goofy fur babies, Milo and Zoe.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Michelle has worked in early childhood education since 2009, when she started working as a Pre-K Teacher in Austin.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor’s Degree in Education; Director's Certificate
  • Ms. Kirsten Ord

    Ms. Kirsten Ord, Assistant Director

    Ms. Kirsten came to us with many years of experience in early childhood education. She was born Langstuhl, Germany and attended and graduated school in Hawaii! She is quite the traveler. Ms. Kirsten enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband. You might catch her Pokemon hunting during long walks with her family!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining us, Ms. Kirsten worked as a Curriculum Coordinator and has several years of experience with different age groups.
    Year Started:
    5/9/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and Early Childhood Education; Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Jolene

    Ms. Jolene, Program Specialist

    I love coming to work and putting a smile on every child's face. I love greeting each family with a big smile and making them feel welcomed when they arrive each morning.

    Ms. Jolene is married to her husband, Matt, with a child of her own from a previous marriage and two step-children. Ms. Jolene and her family love to go camping and fishing--her sons and husband have been in several tournaments and won several of them! Ms. Jolene feels as if KinderCare is like her extended family, since she is able to watch children come here as infants and grow into school-age children. Her main focus is to make sure that every day, every child feels special and feels loved!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jolene has worked in other child care centers and also continues to be a nanny outside of KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19+
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Linda has some extra special experience at our Wood River location! Ms. Linda was the Director of this center for ten years in the late '80s and early '90s.  She has returned after almost 20 years as an extra special Infant Teacher. Ms. Linda provides a safe, healthy, and loving environment for the youngest children in our care.  

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Linda worked at this location previously several years ago as a Center Director.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30+
  • Ms. Niann

    Ms. Niann, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "I really enjoy working with the two-year-olds, we just get each other. I think that's why I love it!

    Ms. Niann was born and raised in Houston, Texas and comes from a large family with five brothers and three sisters! Family is extremely important to her. She has worked with all age groups, but her heart lies with the two-year-olds. Inspiring little ones at such a pivotal stage in life and watching each child's personality develop is why Ms. Niann chose to work in early childhood education. She loves spending time with her silly son and loves laughing with the kiddos in her classroom!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Niann has previously worked with all age groups.
    Year Started:
    6/28/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Regina

    Ms. Regina, Preschool Classroom

    I love to be part of the children's learning experiences and to see them grow each step of the way.

    Aloha from Ms. Regina! Ms. Regina joined our family in August 2016, but has been with KinderCare since 2013. She was born and raised in Hawaii, and loves to bring her ukulele in for music class. Ms. Regina is very excited to be our Preschool Teacher. She is the mother of an amazing son and can't wait to share her love of learning!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Regina has many years of experience working in elementary schools with all age groups.
    Year Started:
    8/5/2016
  • Ms. Ivette

    Ms. Ivette, Preschool Classroom

    I love setting an example for children and positively preparing them for bigger obstacles in their lives and future.

    Ms. Ivette is extremely excited to be working in our Preschool Classroom, but you might see her smiling face helping with all of the classes! She is originally from Houston, Texas, and is currently attending classes studying to be a Patient Care Technician. Ms. Ivette comes from a large family and is the oldest of five kids! In her free time, she loves being around her dogs.

    Year Started:
    7/1/2016
  • Ms. Kelly, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy seeing the difference I am making in the lives of children. Seeing their knowledge develop and how much they've grown by the end of the school year is why I do what I do.

    Ms. Kelly is doing amazing things in our Pre-K Classroom! She is originally from Amarillo, Texas, but just moved to Houston from Cheyenne, Wyoming. She currently lives in Spring with her husband and two fur babies while she attends school to complete her degree.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare, Ms. Kelly spent time working in a preschool designed specifically for children with disabilities.
    Year Started:
    6/17/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education (In Progress)

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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 various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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 Wood River 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. m

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We have been atttending Wood River KinderCare for over a year and it is a second home to our family. My daughter loves the activites and songs she learns during the day and comes homes singing to her brother. We are lucky to have found this great school!

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