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Bell Shoals KinderCare

Krys Newman, Center Director

4304 Bell Shoals Rd. Valrico FL 33596
(813) 654-0572 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
S of Bloomingdale Ave at Bell Shoals Rd & Glenhaven Dr

Neighborhood:
Next to Beef O' Brady's

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Alafia Colleen Bevis Stowers Cimino Boyette Springs *can do Brooker and Fishhawk Ranch

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Welcome

Welcome to Bell Shoals KinderCare, we’re very excited to meet with you and your family! At KinderCare, we believe in developing the whole child. We work hard to help your child grow in their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. At our Bell Shoals KinderCare center, your children will be part of a learning community with their teachers and peers to learn all about the world around them. We know that children are our greatest asset and they deserve the best possible start on a lifetime of learning and opportunity.

Krys Newman, 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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs

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.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

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  1. Monday September 07, 2015
    1. Center Close for Labor Day

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at the Bell Shoals KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. The majority of our teachers have their Child Development Associate Credential (CDA), Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or Master’s Degree in early childhood education. The Bell Shoals KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from biannual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Krys Newman

    Krys Newman, Center Director

    Krys Newman has been the Center Director of the Bell Shoals KinderCare since relocating from North Carolina. Prior to relocating to Valrico, Krys was the Center Director at a KinderCare in Raleigh, North Carolina for over eight years. Both of Krys' centers achieved and maintained the highest level of national accreditation. Krys has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Michigan State University and a Child Development Associates Credential (CDA). She has over 17 years of experience in early childhood education and she is committed to providing the families and children in her center the best quality childcare in the area.

    Year Started:
    8/14/1994
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
  • Tina Mcgrath

    Tina Mcgrath, Assistant Director

    I love being the assistant director at our KinderCare center here in Valrico. Everyday I get inspired by seeing the growth, socialization skills, and developmental changes a child goes through while at KinderCare. I know what we do matters to so many parents and children!

    Miss Tina is the Assistant Director at this center for the past year. Prior to her promotion, she worked as the Prekindergarten teacher for over three years. She also worked as a preschool teacher at our school and one of our sister centers in Pinellas County.  Her passion is seeing the child's sense of accomplishment when they have mastered a new task.  She also strives to have a personal relationship with each of her families to meet the needs of their chifen at the center. Miss Tina is currently pursuing her degree in Elementary Education. She is also trained in infant/child CPR First Aid.

    Previous Experience:
    PreKindergarten teacher and Preschool teacher
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Pursuing a degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Infant Classroom

    I love children, so there is no other career I'd rather be doing. The fact that I am able to educate them is even more remarkable!

    Ms. Debbie has been a great addition to our school. She has developed a great connection with the babies and families of her students in her class. The babies really respond positively to her gentle love and kindness. You can often find Debbie rocking one of her babies and having a great conversation with them! Debbie is trained in infant/child CPR and First Aid.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Krista

    Ms. Krista, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy working at KinderCare because it allows me to be a part of a child's life. I am passionate about working with the babies, and treat them as they are my own.

    Ms. Krista has been a great addition to our infant classroom. Krista had worked at one of our competitor centers, and felt they were not attuned to children. We are so pleased with how she, Ms. Tina, and Ms. Debbie have turned our infant classroom into such a warm loving environment! She is passionate about working with the babies to reach their full potential. She loves getting the babies immersed in our curriculum activities, her favorite being the "wet and messy" activities! Krista is currently pursuing her National Child Development Associate and is trained in infant/child CPR/First Aid.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Pursuing her Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Tina P.

    Ms. Tina P., Infant Classroom

    I love being a part in the development of the children in their first year and I cherrish the opportunity to love and nurture them in their young stages of their lives!

    Ms Tina loves being a part of a child's day. She knows that consistency is a major part in making an infant feel safe and comfortable. Tina has great relationships with her parents and shares meaningful moments about the children in her classroom on a regular basis. Tina has her national Child Development Associate and also is trained in infant/child CPR First aid training. 

    Year Started:
    1/1/1998
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Toddler Classroom

    Children are so innocent! I love seeing their expressions when they see and learn something new! I am proud to be a part of their young development.

    Ms. Amanda currently works in the afternoon in our Toddler and Two's classroom. She loves the flexibility of being able to work with either classroom. She has great patience and love for her young children! Amanda is currently certified in Infant/Child CPR First Aid.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Toddler Classroom

    I love seeing how the children welcome me into their life each day! They inspire me to become a better teacher.

    Ms. Katie is a wonderful toddler teacher. She has great communication with her parents and loves the children. She does great work with the children that helps each child grow and learn new things. She is always down on the floor with them and keeps them busy learning their curriculum. Katie is finishing her Child Development Associate and is also certified in Infant/Child CPR and First Aid training.

    Previous Experience:
    Katie has worked in our Knowledge Beginnings locations in Massachusetts.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Pursuing her Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Loren

    Ms. Loren, Toddler Classroom

    I love children, so there is no other career I'd rather be doing. The fact that I am able to educate them is even more remarkable.

    Ms. Loren has been a great addition to our Toddler classroom. She relishes each and every day her children run up to her and surround her with hugs. Loren enjoys teaching our toddlers sign language. You can frequently seeing them sign during lunch. Loren's passion is to teach and play with her toddlers to help them reach their full potential. Loren is trained in Infant/Child CPR and First aid.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Pursuing a degree in Early Elementary Education
  • Ms. Jean

    Ms. Jean, Discovery Preschool Classroom - The Two's

    I love the nurturing environment that exists for the children. That environment also extends to the staff. This is a second home for me and my children are my second family.

    Ms. Jean is a great backbone to the success of our center. Jean started with us as an infant teacher and then saw the need for our Two year old classroom to excel. She has been there ever since, and is known as the Two's whisper.  Her passion for teaching the children something new and exciting is very evident in her classroom.  Her children love to discover hidden treasures outside that they can then bring into the classroom to study.  Jean is committed to growing her children to become confident young preschoolers! Jean has her degree in Early Elementary Education and is also trained in Infant/Child CPR and First Aid.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jean has worked in many CDC preschools around the globe.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 plus years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Sadia

    Ms. Sadia, Discovery Preschool Classroom - The Two's

    There is no greater joy then knowing I helped to mold tomorrow's future leaders.

    Ms. Sadia recently relocated from New Jersey, where she worked at one of our sister CCLC centers for over three years. Sadia worked with preschoolers in New Jersey, but has found her passion in working with the Two's. They keep her busy, but as she says, they also keep me young and loves to see her teaching skills make an inpression on her children. Sadia is certified in Infant/Child CPR First Aid.

    Previous Experience:
    CCLC childcare centers in New Jersey
    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    BS in Child Psychology
  • Ms. Abby

    Ms. Abby, Early Foundations Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing how the children welcome me into their lives each day! They inspire me to become a better teacher and a better mother.

    Ms. Abby recently was our center's floater and district support teacher. Since having her son, Devin, she has become our second Preschool teacher. Abby loves early childhood education because she is able to teach and make a difference in the lives of children. Abby loves greeting her children's families in the afternoon and sharing how their child did and learned that day. Abby has her certification in Infant/Child CPR First Aid.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology
  • Ms. Lea

    Ms. Lea, Early Foundations Preschool Classroom

    I love being such an important part in shaping the lives of the children who are in my care. I feel so very privileged to be a part of their little lives. Teaching to me is the most important job we can do, so I feel honored that I am here for a child's formative years.

    Ms. Lea began her career at our center in our Two's classroom. After five years of working with the two's, she followed one of her classes to become the Preschool Teacher. Lea has transformed her classroom to an environment where her students learn, grow, and develop each and every day while having fun! Her students have become sponges with the knowledge that she teaches them. They love her circle times and enjoy her special curriculum enhancements that she does to expand their knowledge. Lea has her National Child Development Associate and is also certified in Infant/Child CPR First aid.

    Previous Experience:
    Lea has worked in KinderCare schools across the country.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1998
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Early Foundations Prekindergarten and School Age Classrooms

    I love the interaction between the children and myself the most. Being able to show them new things such as their letters and numbers, and how to write their name is an awesome thing! I also love when I can make learning fun and play games with the children.

    Ms. Jennifer has her own bag of tricks when it comes to keeping her prekindergarteners and School agers happy, safe, and engaged. She loves doing circle time with her children as she gets to interact with the class as a group. We look forward to seeing Jennifer's smiling face every morning as she greets the children and her coworkers. 

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Masters degree in Journalism
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Early Foundations Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love making a difference in each child's life. I love making them smile, and I love being able to nurture the kids as I help prepare them for Kindergarten.The love that the children offer is genuine and from the heart.

    Ms. Ashley is also the third member of our management team, our Health and Safety Coordinator. Ashley has been a great contributor in the success of our VPK program. She strives for her children to meet their social, emotional, and cognitive markers in order for them to be successful in their transition to kindergarten.  Ashley enhances her curriculum to meet the developmental needs of her children.  Ashley also helps implement procedures to ensure the health and safety of the staff, children, and their families. Ashley has a AA in Early Elementary Education and her national Child Development Associate. She is also certified in Infant/child CPR First Aid.

    Previous Experience:
    Ashley worked in our Knowledge Beginnings childcare centers in Massachusetts.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    AA Early Elementary Education and Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Dusty

    Ms. Dusty, Early Foundations Prekindergarten Classroom

    I think children have a gift of learning that is so perfect! Every day I feel like teaching the children more, makes me feel satisfies with what I can offer them. I love that I can contribute to their growth and development.

    Ms. Dusty has been the anchor to the success of our Florida Voluntary Prekindertarten program. Her VPK scores have been ranked the highest in the State according to the Florida Department of Education. Dusty first measures what the students know, then tailors her teaching strategies to fit the developmental needs of her children. By the end of the VPK school year, her students are reading, and are prepared for what lies ahead for them in Kindergarten. Dusty is also our Learning Adventures Coordinator where she teachers small groups of children in special phonics, math, and music classes. Dusty has her National Child Development Associate and is certified in Infant/Child CPR and First aid.

    Previous Experience:
    Dusty has worked in CDC preschools throughout the world including Japan.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Jess

    Ms. Jess, Early Foundations Prekindergarten Classroom

    The simplicity of walking into my classroom and seeing each child smiling at me is enough to inspire me each day. Children are my passion and teaching is second nature to me.

    Ms. Jess recently joined our Prekindergarten teaching team. Jess had recently worked at one of our Atlanta KinderCares and one of our Orlando centers. She is a joy to have as part of our KinderCare team. She does an outstanding job implementing the curriculum and enjoys bringing her own touches through her classroom's enhancements. Jess has created a very safe and fun learning environment ultimately suited for her children to be at ease and encouraged to learn. Jess is currently pursuing her Child Development Associates.

    Previous Experience:
    Jess recently relocated from the Atlanta area where she worked at our sister KinderCare Center.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Pursuing her Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, Center Floater

    I love being able to assist in the development of young children and helping them reach their full potential.

    Ms. Tammy has been a great asset to the success of the center. She is very flexible and can effectively work in all of our classrooms without skipping a beat in that classroom's curriculum. She has sincere love for children and absolutely loves being with the younger classrooms. Tammy finds that every day brings her new experiences and she founds that it is not only how much she can teach a child, but what she learns from them that makes her day complete. Tammy is certified in Infant/Child CPR First Aid training.

    Previous Experience:
    Tammy recently relocated from Pinellas county where she taught at one of our sister centers.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Pursuing her Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Joyce

    Ms. Joyce, Center Chef

    Cooking is one of my hobbies, and being able to share that with others is a joy! I also know that I touch each child's life by providing them with great tasting, healthy meals! I love when I walk into the classroom and the children say I am the Best Cooker ever!!

    Ms. Joyce has been our center chef for over two years. She enjoys working with the staff, parents, and children to ensure that they are heating a happy, healthy meal. You will also find Joyce also assisting in some of our classrooms, for she loves the interactions with the children. Joyce has her Food Handler's certificate, National Child Development Associate, and is certified in Infant/Child CPR First Aid.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate

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    1. Center Close for Labor Day

About Our Center

Now enrolling Infants!!  Babies learn something new every day! Their days are filled with firsts. Our KinderCare Infant program provides infants with a safe and nurturing enfironment that sets the foundation for learning about the world around them! Our teachers are all CPR/First aid trained and are State or Nationally certified. Come secure your spot today!!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • French
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

KinderCare Learning Centers will be closed on New Years Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July,  Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day,  Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.  We will close early on Christmas eve, but all other days will be normal operational hours.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of your children is priority to everyone on our team. We have an on-site health and safety coordinator who works diligently to make sure all policies and procedures are followed properly to allow us to maintain superior standards and keep our children happy and healthy. Emergency disaster drills like earthquake and fire drills are completed monthly and each classroom keeps a daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning checklist to document our sanitation efforts. Our building is secured with a coded key pad on the front door and only enrolled families and authorized guardians who pick up at the center have the code. Codes are changed every six months to ensure the safety of our children. All of our interior doors are equipped with child-proof handles and door chimes so that we are alerted anytime a door is opened. And finally, all gates on the exterior of the building have loud sounding alarms to notify us of any openings.

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.

The whole team at the Bell Shoals KinderCare is just great – Krys and Tina are always available to talk and give good advice whenever I have concerns/questions. Lea, Tina and Nicki are so good with the kids. Ruth is also one of our very favorites – she was always so helpful getting Bradley comfortable in the infant room on the many mornings when he didn’t want to get dropped off, and she’s been a constant source of kindness and caring ever since. There are so many to name - all of the staff is very professional.

I did want to take a moment to tell you about our experience with one employee in particular, Miss Jean. The first time I came to tour KinderCare on Bell Shoals was very emotional for me, as I’m sure it is for any first time mom. My son was only a few weeks old when I started looking for childcare, and the thought of leaving him was pretty traumatic for me. But when I saw Jean walk into the room and watched all the babies in the infant room scramble over to her with excitement, I knew that I was in the right place.
After spending his first year with her (and Nicki and Tina who were also fantastic) in the infant room, we were lucky enough to end up in her classroom again when he moved to “the two’s”. In that room, she showed endless creativity and caring. She always had fun, educational activities for them. And she always seemed to have eyes in the back of her head to keep the kids under control. She runs a tight ship while still managing to give each child individual attention tailored to their needs. She always took the time to give us thoughtful feedback about his development.

Jean has become a friend over the years, and our family just loves her. She has such a gift for working with children of all ages. You’re very lucky to have her!

- Mother
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