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Gunn KinderCare

Ms. Jessica Hillebrand, Center Director

4250 Gunn Highway Tampa FL 33618
(813) 963-2062 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
between Casey Rd & Linebaugh Ave

Next to Marathon Gas Station

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cannella, Essrig, Henderson, Hammock Charter School

Exclusive to KinderCare ~ New Transitional Kindergarten program to enhance your child’s VPK experience ~
Transitional Kindergarten is an enhanced learning program that offers more challenging activities than our traditional VPK “Wrap” program.  Children will experience project-related learning and extended whole group activities. This is in addition to the language, social, physical and cognitive learning we provide to get them ready for Kindergarten!

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"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest" - Benjamin Franklin As our Educational Philosophy states, learning is meant to be a natural and fun experience. Our dedicated staff ensure that every child gets the fullest learning experience to help them grow. From six weeks to twelve years old being a part of our KinderCare family we know together we can grow and soar. We are a Nationally Accredited Center with a staff of caring teachers who have pledged to guide the children with kindness, respect, and positive guidance.

Ms. Jessica Hillebrand, 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.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

The teachers, here at Gunn Highway Kindercare, are passionate about education and will provide your child a stimulating curriculum. Our teachers have an average tenure of six or more years, the majority of teachers have their Child Development Associates Credential, (CDA), Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Three of our 8 teachers are bilingual!

  • Ms. Jessica Hillebrand, Center Director

    Knowing that I can make an impact on the children and their learning makes my work days more enjoyable. Watching the children excel in our care is my greatest reward.

    Ms. Lisa is our new Center Director and we couldn't be more excited to have her with us. Though new to our center she has been part of the KinderCare Family for over seven years.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Advanced Directors Credential, National Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Keiana, Infant Classroom

    Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.

    Keiana Brooks has been working at Kindercare for a little over a year. She is one of the infant teachers here. She loves ids and wants some of her own one day. When she isn't working she loves reading and watching movies.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
  • Ms. Candace, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I call my students 'my kids' because in our time together they aren't just children on my class list, they become a part of my heart.

    Ms. Candace loves children of all ages. She loves teaching and being a part of their lives. Most of the time Ms. Candace is working or studying. In her free time she likes to spend time with her husband, family and two cats.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies, Pursuing Graduate Degree
  • Ms. Jerri, Preschool Classroom

    A good teacher explains... A Superior teacher demonstrates... A Great teacher inspires.

    Jerri Scott is the teacher for the Preschool Class. She has been working with children since she began babysitting at ten years old. When she is not in the classroom, she enjoys reading and watching old Godzilla movies. This year she earned her CDA and is looking forward to a degree in childcare.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Rita, Voluntary Prekindergarten and School Age Classrooms

    Having students actively engaged in the learning process makes one "productive" teacher.

    Ms. Rita was born in the Bronx. She has two grown boys named Robert and Bryan. She is also married to a wonderful husband named Carl. She has teaching experience, with 20 years of rewarded success.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Cassandra, Voluntary Prekindergarten Classroom

    It is the supreme art of a teacher to awaken creativity and curiosity in learning." - Albert Einsten

     Ms. Cassie is currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms Cassie was born and raised in Haiti and she is the youngest of three.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Child Development Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Maria, Floating Teacher

    To see the children growing and developing in the appropriate way is rewarding and makes me proud of them.

    Ms. Maria was born in Colombia (South America). She has a wonderful daughter who is 18 years old and attends school at USF. Ms. Maria loves working with the children. It is her passion.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years

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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
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

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

The safety and well being of every child in our care is our main priority. Monthly evacuations and safe practice drills are conducted with staff and children

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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We love our Gunn KinderCare! We have seen our son grow and learn so much from his teachers while at KinderCare. I would love to name all of the amazing teachers and director to share how they each influence our son's social and educational skills but every single one of them is incredible. Keep up the amazing job!

- Mother

My daughter has been attending KinderCare for about two years now. And in those two years she has learned so much. I love how the theme changes every week, and every day she learns something new. When I pick her up she is always so excited to tell me what she learned at school that day. The staff at KinderCare is awesome and do a fantastic job at making my little girls day wonderful.

- Mother

My son is school age and loves going to KinderCare for after-school care. In the summer he has a blast going on field trips and hanging out with his friends. They have so many things to keep them occupied!

- Father

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