Crystal Ortiz, Center Director
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Crystal Ortiz, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 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.
Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and the Fourth of July
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.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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