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71st Street KinderCare

Kayla Rankin, Center Director

5110 E. 71st St. South Tulsa OK 74136
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Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEAR-OLDS
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KinderCare Learning Center located at 71st and Yale in Tulsa is now accepting enrollments for the spring semester. Please contact us today to schedule your tour!

Welcome

KinderCare Learning Center at 71st and Yale is a three star, NAEYC accredited center. We are located in a prime area and close to local businesses. We take pride in the care we offer to our families, and we make sure that every child leaves with a smile on their face. Our teachers are highly trained and certified in the field of early childhood education which allows us to offer you the best care. We follow NAEYC's best practices while sticking to a strong curriculum that lets every child explore and discover their possibilities. Your child is our number one priority.

Kayla Rankin, 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

February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

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

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.

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.

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.

  • Kayla Rankin

    Kayla Rankin, Center Director

    I love working with young children to help them learn new things every day. It's a great feeling to know that I can make a difference in so many children's lives that may not have that opportunity to learn elsewhere. I love seeing a child have that "Ah-ha!" moment.

    Kayla started working with KinderCare in November 2011. She started off working in the Pre-K classroom with children from ages four through six. In May 2012 she moved up to the Assistant Director position. She worked as the Assistant Director until August 2013. In December 2013 she was promoted to the Director position and has been there since. She completed her Bachelor degree in Elementary Education in December 2011. Kayla was raised in Bristow, Oklahoma and moved to Tulsa in 2009.

    Previous Experience:
    I have worked previously at another childcare center in the school-age classroom. I have also completed two internships for third grade and fifth grade classrooms for my degree.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Four Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Edcuation
  • Amy Fletcher

    Amy Fletcher, Assistant Director

    I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I am married and have two young boys. In my spare time I enjoy reading, playing sports and traveling with my family. 

    Previous Experience:
    Valparaiso Christian Academy prekindergarten teacher, Georgia prekindergarten, CAP Tulsa, KinderCare Learning Centers
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Giraffes Can't Dance
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Pursuing Business Administration, Paralegal Studies, Elementary Education
  • Dominique, Floater

    Ms. Dominique is from Colorado Springs, Colorado and has been living in Oklahoma for nine years. She is currently attending Northeastern State University. She loves working with children and teaching has always been one of her goals to accomplish.

    Previous Experience:
    Teachers Aide at Peters Elementary, Volunteer work with Early Childhood students in the Union School district
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Year Started:
    4/11/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Working on Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Courtney, Toddler Classroom

    Courtney was born in Tulsa and moved to Colorado when she was eight and recently moved back this last summer. She came from a big family and has three older brothers and one little sister and lots of nieces and nephews. Working with kids everyday is by far her favorite thing to do.

    Previous Experience:
    A childcare center in Colorado
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Are You My Mother?

    Year Started:
    9/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Working towards her CDA (Child Development Associate)
  • Cara, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Cara started babysitting as a teenager and has always had a love for children.

    Previous Experience:
    St. Johns Chapman Child Learning Center
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

    Year Started:
    2/1/2004
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24
    Education:
    Associate in Child Development and Bachelors in Family Relations and Child Development from Oklahoma State University
  • Donalyn, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Donalyn is 23 years old and has a one year old son named Kayden who attends KinderCare. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her son.

    Previous Experience:
    Blossom, Ladybug Landing, Essentially Kids
    Favorite Children's Book:

    I love you forever

    Year Started:
    10/10/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Master Teacher
  • Lauren, Infant Classroom

    Mrs. Lauren is twenty three years old and is happily married to her husband Randall with a six year old daughter named Harley. She loves working with kids and loves to shop, swim, and spend time with friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Blossom, Buttons N Bows, Essentially Kids, Kids Castle
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Squeaky Clean Sesame Street and Pete the Cat Four Groovy Buttons

    Year Started:
    7/22/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Medical Assistance, Phlebotomy, and she is working on her CDA (Child Development Associate)
  • Shon, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Shon has five children and one grandchild. She has been working with children for almost fifteen years now. She is going to be working on getting her child development associate and master's in childcare.

    Previous Experience:
    She worked for Tulsa Public Schools as an assistant teacher for five years and for the before and after care for four years. She also worked for YWCA as an assistant teacher for five years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham, Cat in the Hat, and The Lorax

    Year Started:
    4/7/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
  • Ms. Katana

    Ms. Katana, Discovery Preschool

    Enjoy the little things in life because one day you will look back and realize they were big things!

    I am very proud of many achievements in my life, but the greatest of all is being a good mom to my children and grandma to my grandkids. I am a friendly, loyal and clearly dedicated individual who has an ambition to succeed in any given environment. Although I have extensive experience in child care, I love to learn and I am ready for new challenges.

    Previous Experience:
    I have been an aftercare supervisor for Tulsa Public Schools and also worked at Renaissance Kids Early Learning Center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Click, Clack, Moo: Cows Type
    Year Started:
    12/21/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Therionna, Preschool

    A person's a person no matter how small. - Dr. Seuss

    I am a current student at Northeastern State University majoring in social work. I have been in childcare for four years. I really enjoy working with children. I have no children of my own but I have one dog and two brothers. My favorite color is green and I love classic films and thrifting.

    Previous Experience:
    Tulsa Educare
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Horton Hears a Who
    Year Started:
    10/12/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Associate of Applied Science and pre social work and a Certificate of Mastery
  • Ms. Destiny

    Ms. Destiny, Toddlers

    You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting...so get on your way! -Dr. Seuss

    I am 19 years old and love spending time with family and friends. I was born in Canada, lived in Illinois and am now settled here in Tulsa. I have always had a passion for teaching children and love seeing my kiddos faces at work everyday!

    Previous Experience:
    I worked as a toddler teacher at Children's Learning Adventure.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    8/3/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Currently working on CDA

Upcoming Center Activities

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February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

Monday February 20, 2017
Closed for Professional Development Day

Our center is closed today to provide additional training to our teachers.

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

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 CPR/FIRST AID certified. Each teacher is required to complete 20 hours of professional development each year. To enter the building you must have a code that is only given to families and staff.

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.

Our son Isaac is three years old. He has been a student at KinderCare since he was two months old and we have all loved every moment! I firmly believe that it takes a village to raise a child and I consider all of Isaac's teachers part of our "village". They truly are partners in raising my son; from giving him lots of hugs and high fives, to helping him have some time on the "thinking spot". He loves all of his teachers and so do I! I feel safe dropping him off every day knowing that he will be learning something new about music, or letters, or numbers, or nature and learning how to interact with other little humans in a respectful, caring way. &nbsp;<br /> Any time I've had a challenge or concern, the teachers and staff members are happy to listen and help in any way possible. I always make time when I'm dropping him off to say a quick hello and pass on any information about Isaac that may help them in the coming day. I love being able to get that same type of information from his teachers when I pick him up!&nbsp;<br /> One of the best things about our KinderCare is parent involvement. Isaac's teachers always let parents know when there is a party or an event coming up like the Book Fair or the Zoo trip. They always encourage parents to attend and be involved. It is one of my favorite things to get to step into Isaac's world and see him with his teachers and his friends! Leaving my son for nine hours every day is one of the hardest things I do as a parent, but KinderCare and Rebecca, Ashley, Kayla and all of his teachers make it as easy as possible!

- Mother
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