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East Thornton KinderCare

Crystal Ortiz, Center Director

4200 East 128th Ave. Thornton CO 80241
(303) 451-5210 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at Colorado Blvd & 128th Ave

Please join us in celebrating our most recent accreditation achievement...NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)!  If you would like your child to come a nationally accredited school, look no more! If you would like your child to join us, please do not hesitate to contact us at 303-451-5210!

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Welcome

     Welcome to the Thornton KinderCare!

Our school has been serving families in and outside of the Thornton area for over 16 years, and we are thrilled to continue providing high quality child care for many years to come.  Our school is NAEYC accredited.

We focus on children ages 6 weeks to 6 years, and provide a private Interactive Kindergarten program.  Within our Infant, Toddler, Discovery Preschool, Preschool, and Pre-Kindergarten programs, our children progress through our Early Foundations Curriculum filled with various themes, activities, and opportunities to begin those all important academic skills.  Beyond the academics, we believe in developing the whole child - physically, emotionally, and socially.  Please call today to schedule a visit 303-451-5210!

Crystal Ortiz, Center Director

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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.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

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.

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.

Music

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

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

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

Teachers & Staff

Thornton KinderCare teachers are passionate about your child's happiness and growth and provide a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem. KinderCare devotes more time and resources to teacher training than any other childcare provider. All of our teachers have a minimum of two years of experience and two Early Childhood Education College courses. Our teachers also receive bi-annual training in Early Childhood Education to stay current with the ever changing field. Our teachers are dedicated to developing your child's potential and are sensitive to your their individual needs.

  • Crystal Ortiz, Center Director

    I love walking into my school and being able to interact with all of my staff, the children and families. These people make a difference in my life as much as I make a difference in theirs. I love what I do and really do not consider it work. I consider it a privilege to be working in this awesome learning environment!”

    Crystal was born in Omaha, NE. She moved to Denver with her mother when her mother had to transfer for her job. She has been married to her High School Sweetheart for 3 years and has one son, who is really spoiled with love. She also has 2 dogs that she spoils with treats. Crystal really enjoys making her center environment like a home and every child, staff and parent feel like they are a part of a family. She ensures that her teachers provide the highest quality of care and education to young children. Crystal gets excited to meet new families and get to know them.

    Previous Experience:
    Crystal was a teacher for three years and worked with many different age groups. She was also an Assistant Director for five years before being promoted to Center Director three years ago.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Skippy Jon Jones
    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Director Qualified through the State of Colorado
  • Stacey Schooley

    Stacey Schooley, Assistant Director

    Children are precious individuals that brighten my day just by smiling and loving life. I enjoy being able to provide them with just as much joy as they bring to me.

    Stacey was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and grew up between Colorado and Louisiana. She is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy. After completing her internship, she began working with the elderly as a music therapist before becoming a piano teacher and finding her passion with young children. While working as a piano teacher in a child care facility, she moved into a gym position, then to a Prekindergarten position, became a lead summer camp teacher, to a Kindergarten position, all before becoming part of the leadership team. Stacey enjoys being with children of all ages and loves to be a positive influence on our future leaders.

    Previous Experience:
    Stacey taught gym, music, Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, and led a summer camp program before becoming an Assistant Director and Director for another child care organization.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Velveteen Rabbit
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Music Therapy, Director's Certification for Large Child Care Center
  • Marcia, Kindergarten Classroom

    Under construction

    Year Started:
    7/20/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Jessica has joined our team with so much education and experience!  Ms. Jessica is so excited to be working with the babies.  She truly enjoys being able to watch the babies learn and grow!  Ms. Jessica and Ms. Michele are a great tag team duo that cannot wait to meet you and your family!

    Previous Experience:
    Head Start Program in California
    Year Started:
    7/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 8 years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Human Services and Associates Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Melinda

    Ms. Melinda, Toddler A Classroom

    Ms. Melinda has been with KinderCare for over two years. She is one of our Toddler teachers. Ms. Melinda loves to teach the children new skills and so much more. She currently holds an Early Childhood Teacher Certificate, a requirement for all Lead Teachers in the State of Colorado. Ms. Melinda cannot wait to meet you and your family!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Teacher Certificate
  • Krista, Toddler A Classroom

    Under construction

    Year Started:
    12/21/2015
  • Ms. Nessa

    Ms. Nessa, Toddler B Classroom

    Ms. Nessa has been with KinderCare for over six years. She used to teach in the Toddler classroom, and is now our cook. Ms. Nessa currently holds an Early Childhood Teacher Certificate, which is a requirement for all Lead Teachers in the State of Colorado. She cannot wait to meet you and your family!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Teacher's Certificate
  • Ms. Marissa, Discovery Preschool

    Year Started:
    9/21/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Sandy

    Ms. Sandy, Preschool B Classroom

    Ms. Sandy comes to our school with many years of experience and education!  Ms. Sandy is married with 3 beautiful children!  Ms. Sandy has joined our dynamic team of teachers in the Preschool classrooms.  Ms. Sandy is so excited to meet you and your family!

    Year Started:
    8/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 20 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Teacher
  • Ms. Annette

    Ms. Annette, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Annette has been with KinderCare for 20 years. Ms. Annette's classroom is truly an environment that all children love to learn in. She currently holds an Early Childhood Teacher Certificate, a requirement by the State of Colorado for all Lead Teachers. Ms. Annette cannot wait to meet you and your family!

    Year Started:
    5/2/1994
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Teacher Certificate
  • Karen, PreKindergarten Classroom

    Under construction

    Year Started:
    7/20/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Support Staff

    Ms. Rachel has recently joined our team! She supports our school by helping out where ever she is needed. Ms. Rachel is married and has two beautiful children. She is currently working towards getting her Child Development Associate's Credential. Ms. Rachel is excited to meet you and your family!

    Year Started:
    3/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Tabitha, Support Staff

    Under construction

    Year Started:
    3/1/2016
  • Danelle, Support Staff and Front Office

    Under construction

    Year Started:
    7/20/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and the Fourth of July

Health and Safety

Our school is locked at all times. No one can enter our school without a special code. Our staff is highly trained in First Aid, CPR and Universal Precautions. We run fire and tornado drills monthly and we are prepared for any crisis. Your child is our number one concern, therefore we do not release your child to anyone without authorization. See more details upon enrollment.

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.

I wanted to take the time to express how much I have loved this center.  I feel all of the teachers and staff are truly dedicated to the advancement of my daughter.  I would especially like to recognize Ms. Melinda, Ms. Nessa and Ms. Laura.  All of the teachers here are wonderful and these three went the extra mile to advance my daughter socially, emotionally and academically.  They always took time out of their busy days to answer my questions and it show that they really care.  My daughter is smart and socially capable because of this fabulous center!  Thank you!

- Parents

When we first enrolled our four-year-old in the Phonics program, we weren't sure what to expect, we just liked the idea of the additional focus on letter recognition and spelling for our child. She's been in the program for just over six months and we've seen amazing results. Our child comes home and wants to write out entire words. She loves to work with her own flashcards and very soon she will be reading on her own! So if you wonder if the Phonics is worth the additional cost, we feel the answer is absolutely YES!

- Parent

We chose East Thornton KinderCare over other facilities based on the staff, curriculum, learning programs, and activities offered. Our daughter always enjoys her time at school and has flourished with her learning, friendships, and interests.

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