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East 43rd Avenue KinderCare

Melissa Harris-Carter, Center Director

12928 East 43rd Place S Tulsa OK 74134
(918) 252-1335 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Off 129th St between 41st and 51st.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Country Lane, Rosa Parks

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KinderCare Learning Center located at 43rd Place in Tulsa is now accepting enrollments for the spring semester.  Please contact us today to schedule your tour!

Melissa Harris-Carter, 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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.


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. 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

Our teachers and staff are passionate about educating and nurturing children, and the majority of our teachers have extensive experience within the childcare industry. We also have many teachers who already have, or are working towards their Childhood Development Associate Credentials, Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in the education field. As a corporate team, everyone strives for excellence through continuing education. For instance, we attend bi-annual professional development trainings, college courses and seminars to ensure we are evolving and expanding our teaching knowledge. In addition, teachers are trained and have up-to-date certifications in both CPR and First Aid. At the end of the day, the key to our success is the passion for teaching and love of learning that we all share.

  • Melissa Harris-Carter

    Melissa Harris-Carter, Center Director

    I love my job because it gives me the opprotunity to play a very important role in the lives of many children and families.

    I have been at this location since April of 2011 as a Center Director.  I have a Child Development Associates Credential and my Bronze Directors Credential

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    Director's Credential
  • Ms. Dorothy, Pre K-A

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at KMart
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Green Eggs and Ham"
    Years in ECE industry:
    CDA, CPR-First Aid, Food Handlers Permit
  • Ms. Chrystal, Toddler A

    Lots of people want to hide with you in the limo.  But what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
                                                                           -Oprah Winfrey

    Ms. Crystal has two sweet handsome boys.  Seanie who is almost six and Kai who is nine.  Her boys are her pride and joy!  She loves to spend time with them doing scavenger hunts, reading books and playing x-box together.  When Ms. Crystal isn't working she is busy going to school to finish her degree or spending time with her boys.

    Previous Experience:
    Working at Kindercare off and on since I was 18.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Diary of a Wimpy Kid"

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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

  • New Years Day
  • Teacher Professional Development Day-Spring
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Teacher Professional Development Day-Fall
  • Thanksgiving Break (2 days)
  • Christmas Day

Health and Safety

All teachers and staff are certified and trained in both CPR and First Aid. Each teacher is also required to complete 20 hours of professional development each year in conjunction with those who are already working on or have a degree in education. To enter the building, one must have a code that is only given to families and staff. This code is changed periodically throughout the year to insure the safety of our children.

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.

Dear KinderCare Staff,                                                                                                         10/23/2013
I want to thank you for the wonderful job your staff has done in taking care of my son. After several months of searching for the right school, I was so pleased to find yours. I was hesitant to leave my 6 month old son with strangers. What please me the most was your compassion your staff showed my son. We love that the facility is clean and organized. We also love the open door policy because it gave us the opportunity as worried parents to check up on our baby. During the time we would pop in for a visit, we would try to surprise the school by just stopping in different times of the day to see if anything was out of order because this school was too good to be true.  We never saw anything out of order and realized that this was in fact the perfect school for us, so now we don't just pop in while we are at work because we know our son is in the best care. Over the time our son has moved from one room to another and we have been really pleased with all the staff.  My hats go off to everyone of you!!

- Parent

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