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Temple Terrace KinderCare

Ms. Katricia Hoggs, Center Director

11501 North 53rd St. Temple Terrace FL 33617
(813) 980-3188 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Across from Publixs

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
USF Patel, Pizzo, LewisTemple Terrace

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!

Welcome

Thank you for your interest in Temple Terrace  KinderCare Learning Center. We strive to provide a safe, nurturing and educational environment for your child. We take pride in our relationships with students, parents and those around us. We take pride in the fact that we are shaping your child's future and that you, as parents, trust us with such an honor. We have an open door policy and always welcome our parents in our center.

Ms. Katricia Hoggs, 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

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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

Math

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.

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

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?

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Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at the Temple Terrace KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. The Temple Terrace KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from biannual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning. Our talented staff take great pride in our center and our classrooms. We work hard each day to make every family feel welcome, while providing the best care possible for the children in our center. We are here to help you and your family!.

  • Ms. Katricia Hoggs

    Ms. Katricia Hoggs, Center Director

    All children are unique and special in their own ways. I love doing what I do because I know that I am making a difference in building future successors.

    Katrica has been with KinderCare on and off since 1996. She started as a school age teacher and went into management in 1999. She has managed six KinderCares in Tennessee between Memphis and Nashville. She left KinderCare briefly from 2010 to 2013 to work for a competitive company.  She is a proud mom of two wonderful boys who also grew up in KinderCare.  She is now working in Tampa providing quality childcare services and still doing what her passion has always been.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Any Sweet Pickles Series Books
    Year Started:
    8/13/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Mrs. Erica Johnson

    Mrs. Erica Johnson, Assistant Director

    Erica has been working in Early Childhood Education since 2011. She started in the infant classroom but has worked with all ages. She became a Program Specialist for KinderCare in 2015. She is a native of Minnesota and proud wife and mom of three beautiful children.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Child Development Associate; Director Credentials
  • Ms. Shanamarie

    Ms. Shanamarie, Health & Safety Coordinator

    She is from Queens, New York, and moved to Tampa, Florida in 2012. Shanamarie enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and going to the beach She has been working with Kindercare since Feb. 2016. Shanamarie has been working with children for the past 5 years, and enjoys teaching. Shanamarie majored in Music Education at Long Island University, but found Early Childhood Education is where her heart was and continued her career and education in Early Childhood Education. Shanamarie enjoys nurturing and preparing children for success, so they can contribute positively to their community.

     

    Year Started:
    2/15/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Kimberly

    Ms. Kimberly, Toddler Classroom

    Kimberly has been working in early childhood childcare for over 20 years. She has a Child Development Associate and Director’s credentials. Kimberly has worked for the company before and has came back to us in 2016. She enjoys educating young minds and spreading joy to all that surrounds her.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
  • Ms. Keyahana

    Ms. Keyahana, Preschool Classroom

    Keyahna is a native of Florida and is currently attending college to pursue her degree in education. She plans to continue teaching as a career. She has eight siblings and has been a caretaker for young children for five years. She enjoys Netflix and shopping.

    Year Started:
    9/19/2016
  • Ms. Morgan

    Ms. Morgan, Infant Classroom

    Morgan is a native of Michigan. She has Bachelor's in Business Administration from Michigan State. She came to KinderCare in 2015 and plans to continue furthering and pursuing her career in education. She enjoys being outdoors and Netflix marathons. 

    Year Started:
    11/30/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Alissa

    Ms. Alissa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Alissa is a native of Southern Most Florida. She began with KinderCare May 2016 in Gainesville, FL before transferring to Temple Terrace. She has been in childcare since 2011 and is currently furthering her education. She enjoys rock climbing, board paddling and caring for her dog Rex in her spare time. 

    Year Started:
    3/30/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Miss Tammy

    Miss Tammy, Infant Classroom

    Tammy is originally from Boston Massachusetts where she originated with the KinderCare Family in 2011. She brought her nurturing experience to Florida and has worked between Valrico and settled at Temple Terrace. She works the infant classroom and brings smiles to everyone's faces.

    Year Started:
    8/6/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    CDA in progress
  • Ms. Bryana

    Ms. Bryana, Preschool Classroom

    Hello, my name is Ms. Bryana. I was born in St. Louis, Missouri. My favorite hobby is spending time with my family and watching movies. I love working with children. I started working with them when I was in middle school and volunteered at the Ronald McDonald house. At the age of 16 I started working in a childcare facility with my aunt. I am working towards a degree in Criminology and will graduate in 2016.

    Year Started:
    9/2/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Graduating with Bachelors 2016
  • Ms. Janay

    Ms. Janay, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Janay loves seeing the lives of young children rise and grow to their full potential. She is inspired by the opportunity to contribute to the team as well as creating a safe and nurturing environment for the students.

    Year Started:
    2/17/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Valerie

    Ms. Valerie, Schoolagers

    Hello Everyone! "Hola" 
    Good Day "Buenos Dias" I am Ms. Lopez, "Senora Lopez". The lord has blessed me with four wonderful children. They have been the experience of a lifetime, from bumps and bruises to family vacations. I can remember them all. I am proud to say that I am also a grandmother of three wonderful boys. They are the apple of my eyes. I have worked with children for over eight years. Working in the public school system both in New York and Tampa, Florida, as well as preschools. My experiences with all the children have also been memorable. I have taught some of them spanish and am now teaching english as a second language. The best part of it all is to see those bright eyes shine with knowledge, love, compassion and understanding.

    Year Started:
    5/4/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Miss Rosa

    Miss Rosa, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Rosa has been in early childhood for over a decade. She has experience throughout Florida. She enjoys giving the children all that she has and putting smiles on their faces.

    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    CDA
  • Mrs. Paula

    Mrs. Paula, Program Specialist, VPK Classroom

    Mrs. Paula has been in early childhood since 1980. She has been a Preschool Director for over 12 years. She has her child development associate and Director’s Credentials. She enjoys teaching, being with her family and going to the beach. She is an advocate for animal. She has a wonderful husband, four children and three grandchildren.

    Year Started:
    8/12/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Qualethia

    Ms. Qualethia, Floater

    Ms. Qualethia is a Tampa Native. She has always had the innate drive to teach. She is undergoing studies for her child development associate. She will strive hard to safely cultivate the maximum potential in a child’s growth, development, and learning experience. She enjoys painting and relaxation.

    Year Started:
    6/12/2017
  • Ms. Kailah

    Ms. Kailah, Toddler Classroom

    Kailah Wright has a passion for working with children. She has been working in childcare since 2013. She is a mother and a wife but most of all she is a loving and caring person with a joyful heart. She is currently seeking her child development associate. In her spare time, she loves to watch Netflix. 

    Year Started:
    5/23/2017
  • Ms. Frances

    Ms. Frances, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Frances is so excited to be a part of your child's education. She is 22 years old and is serving in the Army National Guard. She is currently a student at the University of South Florida studying Interdisciplinary Social Sciences with the hope of becoming a counselor one day.

    Year Started:
    6/26/2017
  • Ms. April

    Ms. April, Floater

    April Gilio has an amazing husband and two beautiful children, one boy and one girl. She worked for almost six years with children with disabilities at Twin Lakes Elementary. She helped organize and participate in charity events for all different organizations for children. While working at the elementary school she received a Helping Hands Award for always being proactive. Her promise is to help the children learn and grow together and as individuals. 

    Year Started:
    6/26/2017

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

New Years' Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day/ Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Here at Temple Terrace KinderCare Learning Center, we pride ourselves on the safety of our children. We utilize daily sign in/out sheets, strict parent/guardian identification, as well as keypad access to our building to ensure your child's safety. We are proud of our daily cleanliness checks and building maintenance schedules that help to keep our building a healthy and safe environment for your child.

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

We transferred our two year old daughter to the Temple Terrace KinderCare in February of this year. It was a sudden switch from her previous daycare. We were able to call, schedule a visit and enroll our daughter all same day. It was perhaps the best move we could have made. From day one we were impressed with how the facility was ran. Within just a short couple weeks, we've seen our daughter grow up and become so independent and learning things she had not experienced with her previous child care center. She came in still in diapers and within just a couple weeks was fully potty trained and completely out of diapers. Sippy cups gone as well immediately. She is so much more independent now and we realized how much her previous center was holding her back. Angella, the director, has been absolutely wonderful. She is extremely professional and very helpful. Our daughter adores her teacher Ms. Carrie so much and she is wonderful with our little one. Overall, we couldn't be happier with the switch and everything we have experienced at this KinderCare location. Our daughter is home with us for the summer as we are teachers, but we will have no problem bringing her back in the fall, as we know she is well taken care of and will truly enjoy her days at daycare. Thanks again Temple Terrace KinderCare.

- Father
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