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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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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
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Welcome

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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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.

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

Math

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.

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

All staff are required to have a minimum of a child development associate 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, Ms. Donna has served on the Board of Directors for local Early Childhood Professional Associations as well as presenting various workshops for early childhood programs. Ms. 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." Ms. Donna earned her degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. 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 by Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    9/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Elyse Lane

    Ms. Elyse Lane, Assistant Director

    Ms. 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 by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    6/30/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Amanda, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Amanda has been working with children for 16 years. She has an early childhood education degree. She enjoys going to basketball games, reading, and playing with her animals.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    10/3/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Amy was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is married with a little boy, one cat, and one dog. She currently lives in Broken Arrow. She loves to read and watch kids' movies. She is a big fan of all things Disney! She is working on getting her child development associate credential.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Little Bear series by Else Holmelund Minarik

    Year Started:
    9/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Kristen

    Ms. Kristen, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Kristen was born in Tulsa and has lived here her entire life. She is currently a senior at Northeastern State University, pursuing a degree in early childhood education. She often spends time with her family or friends from her church. She loves to help and make people smile. Ms. Kristen also loves to enjoy a good laugh!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Anything by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    8/8/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Karen has worked in child care for over 10 years. She has her child development associate credential. She is married with one stepchild and loves animals, reading, puzzles, and Disney.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    12/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Master Teacher; Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Erin, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Erin has been with the University of Tulsa KinderCare for over ten years! She is one of our master teachers and has her child development associate credential.

    Year Started:
    4/4/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Master Teacher; Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Kelli

    Ms. Kelli, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Kelli has two daughters, Ali and Ana. She is going to TCC for her child development associate credential. She's been married since August 2015 to her husband, Chris. She loves working with children!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kelli has worked for 10 years in child care.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

    Year Started:
    3/2/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
  • Ms. Cherylleen

    Ms. Cherylleen, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Cherylleen just recently turned 40! 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:
    9/12/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Amanda grew up in Texas. She moved to Tulsa in 2008. She has a degree in early childhood development. She has one child and two more on the way!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    1/2/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Master Teacher; Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Jessica has been teaching since 2011 and she's working on her bachelor's degree in early childhood education at NSU. She has been married for five years and has two boys.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat series by James Dean and David series by David Shannon

    Year Started:
    1/10/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Chelsea

    Ms. Chelsea, Preschool Classroom

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

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Applemando's Dreams by Patricia Polacco

    Year Started:
    12/7/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Master Teacher
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Michelle attended Phillips University and Northeastern State University, majoring in elementary education. When she's not at school, she enjoys ministry and church, where she is a Youth Director. She loves playing and watching sports. Her favorite team is the OKC Thunder! She enjoys movies, playing pool, and spending time with her family and friends. She has a passion for teaching young children and strives to provide a comfortable environment for them all.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Michelle has previously worked as a School-Age Coordinator and Preschool Teacher for eight years
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Brittany is 22 years old. Her favorite place to be is Destin, Florida on the beach. She loves watching football and basketball. The Dallas Cowboys and Oklahoma City Thunder are her favorite teams! Ms. Brittany loves working with children and putting a smile on their faces. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park and Denise Brunkus

    Year Started:
    4/26/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Heather, School Age Classroom

    Ms. 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! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    9/17/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Anna, Floating Teacher

    Ms. Anna has worked with children for six years, teaching a range of skills from karate to mathematics. She currently attends the University of Tulsa, pursuing a degree in exercise science. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, photography, and yoga. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond

    Year Started:
    8/25/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Vickie

    Ms. Vickie, Kitchen

    Ms. 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 eight 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:
    7/28/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

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 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.

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

I would just like to say how much I love University of Tulsa KinderCare and the staff. Our family is so grateful for them--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. They not only impact the lives of children, but they 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 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 kind of person to do their jobs, and it is an honor to have them teach and care for our children.

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