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71st Street KinderCare

Kayla Rankin, Center Director

5110 E. 71st St. South Tulsa OK 74136
(918) 492-1795 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
Southeast Corner of 71st & Yale across from Quik Trip & Sonic

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Key Elementary, Jenks East Kindergarten only, South East Elementary ONLY PREK

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!

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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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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.

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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Four Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Edcuation
  • Ms. Kaitlin Streber

    Ms. Kaitlin Streber, Assistant Director

    Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. -Aristotle

    Kaitlin was born in Claremore, Oklahoma.  She has played soccer since she was 5 and graduated from Edison High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  After High School she attended St. Gregory's University in Shawnee receiving her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.  Kaitlin started her career at KinderCare as a Teacher in the two-year old classroom and is now the Assistant Director.  She loves working with children in the classroom and on the soccer field.

    Previous Experience:
    KinderCare Teacher, Youth Soccer Camp Sponser, Private Childcare, Jenks Public Schools.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    How Do Dinosaurs Say, I'm Mad
    Year Started:
    6/5/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelor in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kaitlyn,

  • Ms. Ashley, Cook

    Everything happens for a reason.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Places You'll Go
  • Ms. Erica

    Ms. Erica, Discovery Preschool

    The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.

    Miss Erica grew up in the Bronx, New York.  She is 27 years-old with four sisters.  Her family moved to Tulsa in 2001 and she became part of the KinderCare family in 2014.  Miss Erica loves spending time with her family and nieces.

    Previous Experience:
    Mentoring with an afterschool program.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    How Do Dinosaurs Say, I Love You
    Year Started:
    3/24/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Lindsey, Infant

    Trust in the lord with all your heart and lean not into thine own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall make your path straight.

    Ms. Lindsey is married and lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma with her husband and many pets.  She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Science.  Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, shopping and reading.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    1/16/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Science
  • Miss Courtney

    Miss Courtney, Infants

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's learning to dance in the rain.

    Miss Courtney is 19 years-old and has five sisters and four brothers.  She is currently enrolled at Tulsa Community College pursuing a degree in Education.  She loves working with the babies and watching them change and grow.  In her spare time she enjoys going to the movies and going hiking on Turkey Mountain.

    Previous Experience:
    Church Nursery
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh The Place You'll Go
    Year Started:
    3/4/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Crystal

    Ms. Crystal, Infants

    Stand for something or you'll fall for anything.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    My favorite children's author is Jan Brett.
    Year Started:
    2/6/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Linda, Infants

  • Ms. Melynadee

    Ms. Melynadee, Pre-Kindergarten

    We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle
       -Marilyn Monroe

    My Melynadee lives in Tulsa.  She has plans to continue her education pursuing a degree in Pre-Med and work as a Forensic Pathologist.  In her free time she enjoys visiting local art museums, reading, jogging and watching movies.  Miss Melynadee loves dinosaurs and space so when the curriculum calls for it she has just as much fun as the children!

    Previous Experience:
    Sapulpa Stegal Headstart, Faith Christian School
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I'll Love You Forever"
    Year Started:
    6/5/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Toddler

    I keep my ideals because in spite of everything, I still believe people are good at heart. -Anne Frank

    Ms. Jessica was born in Dallas, Texas but grew up in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.  She began working with children when she was only sixteen and continued to do so throughout her college years.  Ms. Jessica completed her Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from Oklahoma State University.  In March of 2015 she got married and now lives in Tulsa with her husband.  In her free time she loves doing crafts, teaching herself to play the guitar and spending time with friends and family.

    Previous Experience:
    Camp Couselor, Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    1/29/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor in Education
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Toddler B

    Ms. Nicole was born in Tulsa, OK and graduated from Bixby High School.  She has extensive experience in the child care profession ranging from Assistant Teacher through Director.  She is currently attending Tulsa Community College pursuing her degree in Child Development.  Ms. Nicole is married and has five children.  Her spare time is spent cheering on her children from the sidelines of the soccer or softball field.  When she isn't at the ball fields she enjoys photography.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Hand, Hand, Finger, Thumb" -Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    11/18/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    CDA, Certificate of Mastery in Child Development
  • Ms. Shirdale

    Ms. Shirdale, Toddler B

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

    Ms. Shirdale was born and raised in New York.  She moved with her family to Oklahoma in 2001 and now has two beautiful daughters of her own.  Shirdale has always had an interest in the human brain and how it works, leading her to study Psychology.  In 2012 she earned her Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix.  In her free time she enjoys being artistic and spending time with family.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Through and Through
    Year Started:
    11/7/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor Degree in Psychology

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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 CPR/FIRST AID certified. Each teacher is required to complete 20 hours of professional development each year while working on their degree or while finishing up their degree. 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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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!

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