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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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Special Instructions:
Fowler Avenue and 53th Street Across the street from Publix Supermarket on 53rd.

Across from Publixs

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

NOW ENROLLING for the 2015-2016 VPK School Year. We currently have openings in all classes. Have you made plans for the Summer? We are enrolling for Summer care right now! Schedule a tour with us today!

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!


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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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.

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?


Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    CDA; 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:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Kyra

    Miss Kyra, Discovery Preschool Classroom

     Ms. Kyra is a teacher in the Discovery Preschool. She has been with us since January 2016.  She enjoys educating young minds and establishing relationships with her families.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    CDA in progress
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Infant Classroom

    Hello, my name is Ms. Jessica. I was born in Puerto Rico. My hobby is to spend time with my family. I started working with children when I was 15 years old. I have always been interested in becoming a teacher. Throughout school, I was always helping classmates succeed. I love working with children because they are fun and I learn something new with them everyday. I have two children, 8 and 6 years old and they are my whole life.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • 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:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Meshelle

    Ms. Meshelle, VPK Classroom

    Ms. Meshelle has come from a long background history of teaching in early childhood education. She is our Voluntary PreKindergarten teacher. She believes in taking education to the next level and strives everyday to make their experiences special.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors in Education

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

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.

Share Your Story
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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