Ms. Michelle Raico, Center Director
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Welcome to Wood River KinderCare in Spring Texas. We are very 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. In addition to a safe, secure and stimulating environment for your child to grow up in, you will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.
Ms. Michelle Raico, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our loving and devoted professionals at KinderCare are passionate about teaching and caring for young children. As a nationally accredited child development program, 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.
Play turns out to be so stunningly essential to childhood, its like love, sunshine and broccoli all juiced together.
Ms. Michelle has been with KinderCare since January 2016 and is absolutely thrilled to be part of the Wood River family. Michelle 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. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in English Literature. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two goofy fur babies, Milo and Zoe.
From a small seed, a mighty trunk may grow.
Ms. Kirsten joined the Wood River family in May 2016. She comes to us with many years of experience in Early Childhood Education, including time spent as a Curriculum Coordinator. She was born Langstuhl, Germany and graduated school in Hawaii! She is quite the traveler! She received her CDA in 2011 from the Children's Development Center at the North Dakota Air Force Base. Ms. Kirsten enjoys spending time with her daughter, Robin and husband. You might catch her Pokemon hunting during long walks with her family!
Ms Linda joined our team in February of 2015 as one of our Infant teachers. Ms. Linda has some extra special experience at our Wood River location. Ms. Linda was the Director of this center for 10 years in the late 80's and early 90's. She has returned after almost 20 years as an extra special Infant Teacher. Ms. Linda provides a safe, healthy, and loving environment for our youngest children in care.
I love coming to work and putting a smile on every child's face. I love greeting each family with a big smile and to make them feel welcomed when they arrive each morning.
Ms. Jolene is married to her husband, Matt, she has two step-children, Megan, 19, and Mason, 16, and Ms. Jolene has a child, TJ, 17, from a previous marriage. As a family, Ms. Jolene loves to go camping and to go fishing. Ms. Jolene’s sons and husband have been in several tournaments and won several of those fishing tournaments! 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 everyday every child feels special and feels loved!
I love to be part of their learning experiences and to see them growing 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 and has many years of experience working in elementary schools with all age groups. She is the mother to an amazing son and can't wait to share her love of learning!
I just really enjoy working with the twos, we just get each other. I think thats why I love it!
Ms. Niann joined the Wood River KinderCare family in June 2016. She 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 over three years of experience working 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 she chose Early Childhood Education. She loves spending time with her silly son and loves laughing with her kiddos!
I enjoy seeing the difference I am making in a child's life. 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 joined the Wood River KinderCare family in July 2016 and 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 finishes her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. For the last few years, she has spent time working in a Preschool for children with disabilities.
I love setting an example to children and positively preparing them for bigger obstacles in their lives and future.
Ms. Ivette started with KinderCare in July 2016 and is extremely excited to be working with our Preschool program. Though 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.
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.
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.
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Friday after Thanksgiving Day
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. You child’s security begins at the front door, literally. We have a locked security entrance that requires a numeric code to enter. All side doors are kept locked to ensure the security of the exterior of the building. All guests or emergency pick up people are identified and escorted through 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 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.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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