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Tampa Palms KinderCare

Judy Douglas, Center Director

5209 Tampa Palms Blvd. Tampa FL 33647
(813) 972-0907 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
at Bruce B Downs Blvd & Tampa Palms Blvd

Acrosss the street from Publics

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Tampa Palms Chiles

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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Welcome to Tampa Palms KinderCare! We invite you to stop by any time and take a tour of our center. We are here to engage your child/children with a fun and friendly environment. Your child/children will learn, grow, have fun, and make friends while at KinderCare. Our staff are enthusiastic and looking forward to meeting your family.

Judy Douglas, 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 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 members are all certified and are always continuing their education. We love to have fun with the children while they are learning and developing their skills. Our staff is up-to-date on regulations, policies, and any changes in the early education field.

  • Judy Douglas

    Judy Douglas, Center Director

    Judy Douglas has been with KinderCare for 33 years. She loves working in the classrooms and talking with the children about their day and experiences. She looks forward to coming to work every day and making her center the best it can be for her staff, the children and their families.

    Year Started:
    37 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    33 years
    Director's Credential, Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
  • Priscilla Cuevas

    Priscilla Cuevas, Assistant Director

    I have always enjoyed seeing the look of accomplishment on children's faces - it is priceless.

    Priscilla Cuevas has been with KinderCare for 2 years. She has her Child Development Associate credential. She started as an infant teacher and moved up to the phonics teacher and is now the Assistant Director. She is always looking for ways to learn from the children and the rest of the staff.

    Previous Experience:
    Priscilla has experience teaching all ages, as well as teaching phonics programs.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Two years
    Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
  • Ms. Deborah

    Ms. Deborah, Infant Classroom

    I love seeing the world through a child's eyes - it makes everything new again.

    Ms. Deborah has been with us for less than a year, but has positively affected the infants. She loves to make up silly and loving songs to sing to the infants.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Deborah has experience working with all age groups.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, Infant Classroom

    I love knowing that each one of the babies depend on me to respect, love, and nurture them; it's an amazing feeling!

    Ms. Tammy has been with KinderCare for 13 years. She is currently working in our infant room. Ms. Tammy enjoys spending time with her daughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tammy has experience working with all age groups.
    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, First Aid and CPR Credentials
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Toddler Classroom

    I love to motivate and educate.

    Ms. Nicole has been with KinderCare for about a year. She is currently working in our toddler classroom. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children.

    Previous Experience:
    Nicole has experience working with infants through two-year-old children.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I have always enjoyed working with children because every day is different and unique.

    Ms. Debbie has been with KinderCare for 26 years. She is currently working in the Discovery Preschool and After-School classrooms. She has just become a proud grandparent.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Debbie has experience working with all age groups.
    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years
    First Aid and CPR Credentials, Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Jessica has been with KinderCare for less than a year. She enjoys playing with the children and learning about their personalities.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Motia

    Ms. Motia, Voluntary Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love to watch the kids learn and grow.

    Ms.Motia has been in child care for about 20 years. She is very creative when it comes to making things with the children to help them learn.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Motia has experience working with all age groups as well as administration experience.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Director's Credentials
  • Ms. Sharon

    Ms. Sharon, Voluntary Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love the unconditional love of the children, the kindness of their parents and the wonderful co-workers I have.

    Ms. Sharon has been with KinderCare for seven years. She has a great instinct when finding ways to help each child learn individually.

    Previous Experience:
    Sharon has experience working with children ages two through School Age.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development, First Aid and CPR Credentials
  • Ms. Eva

    Ms. Eva, Floater

    Ms. Eva has been with us for almost two years. She is a very happy person and loves to play with and read books to the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Eva has experience working with children from ages two through School Age.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Four years

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

  • Arabic

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

We have a coded access for entry. Most of our teachers are First Aid and CPR certified. Background screening as well as references are compiled before any staff is hired.

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.

We would like to express our gratitude to the amazing team of professionals you have working at KinderCare in New Tampa. My husband and I first brought our daughter to KinderCare when she about sixteen months old. She had a nanny up to that point. Upon starting at KinderCare we saw her blossom. She started talking, counting and singing nursery rhymes. She made friends and was excited every time I dropped her off. We would like to credit the amazing teachers Ariana encountered daily; especially Ms. Nicole. We could genuinely tell that she cared for our little princess. Every time I would come to pick Ariana up, Ms. Nicole would talk to me and tell me about Ariana's highlights of the day. She made me feel like she truly cared about Ariana even though she only saw her 2-3 times a week.
Right after Ariana started KinderCare, we found out we were expecting another little princess. I knew I wanted to send her to KinderCare as well. Unfortunately, my husband and I were constantly going back and forth because of the price. My husband is a deputy and I am a teacher, so we don't make a lot of money. However, when we decided to start a family, we agreed to give our children the very best that we can. Putting Ariana in KinderCare was pricey, but we managed because she was our only baby. We knew we wanted our second princess, Chloe, at KinderCare as well, but knew I would be working just to put them in KinderCare. As result, my husband and I did not immediately make a decision where we were putting Chloe once I was going back to work. Ms. Nicole made that decision for us. Ariana has been out of school for almost a month when it was her birthday. Out of nowhere, on her birthday, Ms. Nicole called to wish our little princess a happy birthday and asked if we could stop by so she could see Ariana. My husband and I were touched. Never had I heard of a teacher going so far above and beyond. She truly cared about our little princess. When we got there Ariana was thrilled to see her teacher, as well as Ms. Keisha (who has always given Ariana extra attention even though she wasn't in her class yet). That gesture that Ms.Nicole did made us decide right then and there that Chloe was going to KinderCare. After all, my husband and I believe that there is no point to having kids if we can't give them the best. KinderCare is the best. This center has some of the friendliest staff we have met. From Ms.Judy and Ms.Debbie greeting us in the morning to Ms. Priscilla wishing us a great night. Every single employee that we encountered at KinderCare lets us know that they want what is best for our princess. We can't wait for Chloe to start KinderCare with her sister. We are already looking forward to Ms. Tammy (I believe that's Chloe's teachers name) and Ms. Keisha working and loving our princesses.

- Mother

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