Skip to main content

71st Street KinderCare

Ms. 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
Open:

Show other centers nearby

Welcome

KinderCare Learning Center at 71st and Yale is a three-star, NAEYC accredited center. We are located in a prime area 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 his or her 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.

Ms. Kayla Rankin, Center Director

Read more
  • Accreditation Seal Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
  • NAEYC Accreditation NAEYC

Image Gallery

children with teacher

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.

illustrated bear in rocketship

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

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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 child care industry. We also have many teachers who already have, or are working toward degrees 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.

  • Ms. Kayla Rankin

    Ms. 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 who may not have that opportunity to learn elsewhere. I love seeing a child have that "Ah-ha!" moment.

    Ms. Kayla started working with KinderCare in 2011 as a Pre-K Teacher, working with children from ages four through six years old. In May 2012, she moved up to the Assistant Director position before being promoted in December 2013 to the Director position. She completed her bachelor degree in December 2011. Ms. Kayla was raised in Bristow, Oklahoma and moved to Tulsa in 2009.

    Previous Experience:
    At KinderCare, Ms. Kayla has served as a Pre-K Teacher, Assistant Director, and Director. Ms. Kayla has worked previously at another child care center as a School Age Teacher. She has also completed two internships teaching in third grade and fifth grade classrooms.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Edcuation
  • Ms. Amy Fletcher

    Ms. Amy Fletcher, Assistant Director

    Ms. Amy was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is married and has two young boys of her own. In her spare time, Ms. Amy enjoys reading, playing sports, and traveling with her family. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amy has previously been a Prekindergarten Teacher at Valparaiso Christian Academy, Georgia prekindergarten, CAP Tulsa, KinderCare Learning Centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Degrees in Business Administration, Paralegal Studies, and Elementary Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Cara

    Ms. Cara, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Cara started babysitting as a teenager and has always had a love for children. She earned her degrees from Oklahoma State University.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cara has previously worked at St. Johns Chapman Child Learning Center.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2004
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Child Development; Bachelor's Degree in Family Relations and Child Development
  • Ms. Shon

    Ms. Shon, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Shon has five children and one grandchild. She has been working with children for almost 15 years now. She is going to be working on getting her child development associate credential and master's degree in child care.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shon has worked for Tulsa Public Schools as an Assistant Teacher for five years and as a Before- and After-School Teacher for four years. She has also worked for YWCA as an Assistant Teacher for five years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

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

    Year Started:
    4/7/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
  • Ms. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney, Toddler Classroom

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

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Courtney has previously worked at a child care center in Colorado.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

    Year Started:
    9/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Destiny

    Ms. Destiny, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Destiny is 19 years old and love spending time with family and friends. She was born in Canada, lived in Illinois, and is now settled here in Tulsa. Ms. Destiny has always had a passion for teaching children and loves seeing the kiddos' faces at work every day!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Destiny 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:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Donalyn

    Ms. 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:
    Ms. Donalyn has previously worked at Blossom, Ladybug Landing, and Essentially Kids.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    10/10/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Teaching
  • Ms. Katana

    Ms. Katana, Discovery Preschool Classroom

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

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Katana has been an after-care supervisor for Tulsa Public Schools and also worked at Renaissance Kids Early Learning Center.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Click, Clack, Moo: Cows Type by Doreen Cronin

    Year Started:
    12/21/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Therionna

    Ms. Therionna, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Therionna is a current student at Northeastern State University majoring in social work. She has been in child care for four years and really enjoys working with children. Ms. Therionna has no children of her own, but she does have one dog and two brothers. Her favorite color is green and she loves classic films and thrifting.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Therionna has previously worked at Tulsa Educare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    10/12/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Associate of Applied Science; Certificate of Mastery; Degree in Social Work (In Progress)
  • Ms. Dominique

    Ms. 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 life goals.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Dominique has worked as a Teacher's Aide at Peters Elementary, and has done volunteer work with students in the Union School district.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    4/11/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education (In Progress)

Upcoming Center Activities

June Hero Image
Filter Center Calendar
June
June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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

We observe the following holidays:

·         New Year's Day
·         President's Day
·         Memorial Day
·         4th of July
·         Labor Day
·         Thanksgiving Day
·         Day after Thanksgiving
·         Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, you should check with your Center Director for specific closures.

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.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Our son is three years old. He has been a student at 71st Street 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 my son'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. 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 my son 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! One of the best things about our KinderCare is parent involvement. His teachers always let parents know when there is a party or an event coming up, like the Book Fair or the the zoo trip. They always encourage parents to attend and be involved. It is one of my favorite things to get to step into my son's world and see him with his teachers and his friends! Leaving him for nine hours every day is one of the hardest things I do as a parent, but KinderCare and Ms. Rebecca, Ms. Ashley, Ms. Kayla, and all of his teachers make it as easy as possible!

- Mother
×

See what’s happening on the blog

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.

View More

Resources for Parents

Download helpful guides and other resources to make your child care decisions easy.

What should I look for when choosing a childcare center?:

Enrollment Agreement: