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University of Tulsa KinderCare

Donna Terry, Center Director

2906 East 3rd St. Tulsa OK 74104
(918) 583-5400 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
"North of TU Campus" between Harvard and Delaware

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Lanier, Kendall-Whittier & Mayo

We are the on-site child care for the University of Tulsa and we are also open to the public. We are located on the north end of the TU campus.

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Welcome to University of Tulsa KinderCare. Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.

You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills.

Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Donna Terry, 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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.

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. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

All staff are required to have a minimum of a CDA credential or be enrolled in early child-development classes. The average tenure of staff is five years with several staff employed as long as 10 years. Over half of our teachers are Master Teachers with the Oklahoma Stars Program.

  • Donna Terry

    Donna Terry, Center Director

    Along with center-based management duties, Donna has served on the Board of Directors for local Early Childhood professional Associations as well as presenting various workshops for early childhood programs.  Donna has a passion for making sure that her staff and families build  strong relationships which as she says "enables children to feel safe and secure and fosters their overall growth and development".

    Previous Experience:
    Donna has previous experience working in the classroom as well as center management experience in other early childhood programs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Bachelor of Education from University of Arkansas Little Rock
  • Elyse Lane

    Elyse Lane, Assistant Director

    Elyse has worked with children for a good portion of her life, including spending two years overseas teaching children English. She loves being a part of the growth and education of every child in the center.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Discovery Preschool

    Karen has worked in childcare for over 10 years. She has her CDA. She is married with one step child and loves animals, reading, puzzels and Disney.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Heather, School Age Classroom

    Heather is currently finishing her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. While she works for Tulsa Public Schools during the school year, she works summer breaks with KinderCare! She enjoys summer break field trips and having fun with the school agers!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh The Places You'll Go!
    Year Started:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Cherylleen

    Ms. Cherylleen, Toddler Classroom

    Cherylleen just recently turned 40 this year! She is a mother of a 12 year old son. He is currently entering his 7th grade year. She was born and raised in Coffeyville, KS. She has lived in Tulsa for 19 years now. 16 out of those 19 years have been in child care. She has a heart for helping to mold the next generation.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Any Dr. Seuss books
    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Vickie

    Ms. Vickie, Kitchen

    Vickie was born and raised in Tulsa. She has two wonderful parents and raised two children, a son and daughter. She is also a proud grandmother of two granddaughters. She's the youngest of 8 children and is proud of her wonderful family. She would love to travel to London and Disney World in the future.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goldilocks and the Three Bears
    Year Started:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Chelsea

    Ms. Chelsea, Infant Classroom

    Chelsea is married with 3 children. She has 3 dogs and one cat. Her favorite color is purple. She loves the outdoors, photography, and to DIY. She loves spending time with her family.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Applemando's Dreams
    Year Started:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Shana, Infant Classroom

    Shana is a Tulsa native. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is also a mother of 3.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Mr. Putter and Tabby Walk the Dog
    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Infant Classroom

    Amy was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is married with a little boy and one cat. She currently lives in Broken Arrow. She loves to read and watch kid's movies. She is a big fan of all things Disney!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Little Bear
    Year Started:
    1 Year

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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 center staff have Infant and Child CPR and First Aid certificates. We have a keypad entry system, fenced playgrounds, and have extra security provided by the University of Tulsa.

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.

Good afternoon Ms. Donna and Staff,

I would just like to reiterate how much I love University of Tulsa KinderCare and the Staff. Our family is so grateful for you all; I cannot even begin to express my gratitude. It is incredibly hard as a parent not to be with your child ALL the TIME, however there is NO ONE ELSE I would trust my children with more than the Staff at University of Tulsa KinderCare. I want you all to know that you not only impact the lives of our children, you give us parents’ peace of mind and allow us to continue working to provide for our families with that much needed ease.

I was asked to join a friend today for moral support while she dropped off tuition papers and a final walk through at a “Development Center”. I am sorry but I have to vent; any “Development Center” should not have swings, bumpos and bouncy seats of which six of the eight infants were in while the two others were being fed by the two employees on the other side of the room. I still have a pit in my stomach. I know this is probably nothing new and you have heard it all, but it is new to me.

I know University of Tulsa KinderCare is the best center hands down. I take great pride in where my kids receive their education and care. I brag about University of Tulsa KinderCare on a daily basis  I told my friend today that the director matters, the director sets the bar according to their expectations. The bar is mighty high at University of Tulsa KinderCare and it shows with Ms. Donna and the amazing Staff!

Keep up the incredible work, Ladies! It takes a very special person to do your jobs and it is an honor to have you teach and care for our children.

- Parent

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