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.
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.
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.
Everyday is new and exciting in the Early Childhood industry. It’s a special place where smiles are countless and hugs are shared daily. The impact of our words and actions are the most important part of our days as early childhood educators.
Jo Anne has been with KinderCare since 2006 and has been at the Wood River location since 2010. Jo Anne was born and raised in Illinois. She completed her Bachelor's Degree at Eastern Illinois University. Jo Anne had taught middle school for six years in Springfield, Illinois and in 1985 Jo Anne and her husband, Jon, moved to Spring, Texas with their three children. Jo Anne worked for La Petite Academy for 20 years serving in various capacities over the years. In 2006, Jo Anne joined the KinderCare team and now happily works only a few miles from her home.
Kristan first started with KinderCare in January 2013. She brings over three years of experience working for local public school as an elementary teacher. She is very excited to be a part of the management team and utilizing her degree from Texas Tech University. Her favorite part is being able to provide an excellent learning environment for the children.
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.
Ms Penny is our Toddler teacher at our Wood River location. Ms Penny has been with KinderCare since August of 2012. Ms Penny loves her toddlers and all the exciting things they are learning. Their emerging language skills are a delight, and she loves hearing them say new words and express themselves. The toddlers love to sing and dance in the classroom, and enjoy the curriculum activities each month.
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!
Ms. Sonia Bucio is our Preschool teacher and has been with Kindercare since the spring of 2015. She and her Preschool class love learning and especially love painting. The preschoolers are excited to learn new vocabulary words and listen to stories. The preschoolers also love our outdoor classroom.
I love being with children!
Ms. Julie loves to read to her children, and especially loves to encourage her children to look at and find a love for books. She enjoys teaching her children their alphabet, numbers, shapes, colors, and watching them learn to recognize and use what she teaches them. Above all, Ms. Julie enjoys finding special art activities to enhance her children's curriculum.
Ms. Samanta Marquez is our Pre-K teacher. She joined KinderCare in 2013 as an infant teacher. She has helped in all of the classrooms, and even taught the school age children over the summer. She and the children are excited for all the things they are learning in her classroom, preparing for kindergarten next year by setting a foundation. Their language, and math skills are being sharpened each and every day!
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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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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