Debbie Smolenski, Center Director
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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?
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
My husband and I are pleased with the love and care KinderCare has shown our toddler who has been in their care for over a year. KinderCare is actively involved in educating parents on the day-to-day activities of their children. I receive detailed curriculum for the upcoming two months. Everyday I receive details of our daughter's care (diaper change, sleep schedule, food consumed, etc.), and what she learned for the day.
Teachers and directors are always available to provide me a status of my daughter's development, progress and behavior. Since children routinely get sick and love to "share" their germs, the staff tries their best to prevent the "sharing" of germs by notifying parents of what they notice or if a child has an illness and was removed from the classroom. Staff does a wonderful job keeping the center clean and organized. Meals are provided and dietary preferences are taken into consideration.
The craft projects my child brings home brings tears to my eyes. They show me she is learning and learning in different styles. There have been many occasions where our daughter has been reluctant to go home after a full day at the center. The staff has displayed their willingness to be attentive to the needs of the children as well as the parents. We appreciate all of their hard work! Keep it up.
Taisha - KinderCare Parent
Our oldest daughter, Gabriela, was one of the first infants to enroll at the new Wesley Chapel, FL KinderCare location and has attended for almost five years. From the moment we did our tour, the staff made us feel welcome and provided us with a sense of security that our child would be well taken care of. Through each of her classroom levels and several of the Learning Adventures programs (music, reading and now math) at KinderCare, Gabby has developed intellectually, emotionally, and physically beyond our expectations. Each teacher, whether in the infant, toddler or Volunteer Prekindergarten classrooms, has helped educate and shape her creativity and personality and, their dedication to her learning is apparent We specifically appreciate the privilege of having such a wonderful Center Director, Lori O'Drobinak. She is consistently available to answer our questions or concerns (sometimes more than once), provide direction and guidance on how to transfer what our child is learning at school to the home environment, and ease our stress levels by encouraging us through our child's (and our) growing pains. Our youngest daughter, Anabella, started in September last year, and is happy and thriving in the infant room. We are very excited to see her development within the KinderCare environment as well. We appreciate the Director, Lori, and staff at the Wesley Chapel, FL KinderCare. They care for our children, and us, as though we are family. It means everything to have confidence that your children are being cared for, protected, and educated in the highest regard, especially when they are away from you, as their parents. I hear comments from friends and co-workers that the cost of care is so high. I simply respond that we are fortunate to work for a firm that offers a discount at our center but more importantly, I cannot imagine any amount of money being to great when it comes to the care and education of our children. Thank you for creating such a wonderful facility and programs that supports everything we were looking for.
Jane T. - KinderCare Parent
We started at KinderCare February of 2009. At the time my younger son was eight months old, and my older son was just over three years old. Currently, the little one is in Voluntary Prekindergarten at KinderCare, and the older one is in first grade. The older one completed Voluntary Prekindergarten at KinderCare and then moved on to elementary school after. He has excelled academically in school; while he is a smart little kid, I credit KinderCare for the foundation that was built for him while attending there and has helped him in becoming the smart first grader he is. I have been more than pleased with the care and instruction that my boys have received at KinderCare. The teachers/care givers there have become like family to my boys and me and it’s clear they have a sincere and genuine interest in their well-being. Both boys are well adapted, smart, confident children and their teachers/care-givers have a lot to do with that. I have always felt included as a part of their development path at KinderCare – informed of progress, how their day goes, and their general well-being while “at school”. Two way communications, from the Director, Lori, to their teachers, has always been encouraged. The little one graduates from Voluntary Prekindergarten this Spring and will be starting Kindergarten at elementary school in the Fall. I think we’ll all feel some sadness at the end of an era with our last one leaving KinderCare. The center and its staff have become so much of our daily lives. We will miss it!
Kim H. - KinderCare Parent
We wanted to take a moment to let you know what a wonderful experience we have had with KinderCare over the past few years. Our son, Stephen, started out in the Discovery Preschool Classroom, and continued through Volunteer Prekindergarten and Summer Camp. The Director, Lori O'Drobinak, is the most phenomenal Director any family can hope to have running the child care center where our children spend their days. She hires the absolute best caregivers who share her passion for children and maintains an immaculate and organized Center. She inspires the children, teachers, staff and parents to be the best they can be and was ALWAYS there to lend a hand, ear, or shoulder to lean on. The teachers were very communicative and open with the parents. They provide structure, consistency, support and love to the children day in and day out, no matter what. They provided ample opportunity for parents to participate in classroom activities and enjoy KinderCare with their children. The creative teaching methods used made learning fun. Whether they were learning how plants and flowers grow or how to be good little citizens, it was conveyed in a fun, effective and engaging fashion. I cannot express how blessed we feel to have been part of the KinderCare Family. Our son and us have made lifelong friends with other children and parents at Kindercare. I totally believe its due to the great environment created by Ms. O'Drobinak and her Assistant Director, Ms. Sharon. They were never too busy to talk with parents, introduce parents and families to one another and make our children and family members feel welcomed. Please feel free to use me as a reference for other families who may be considering KinderCare for their child care needs. Word of mouth is the absolute best advertising you can get in the childcare business. Our previous experiences with other day care facilities paled in comparison to the excellent experience with KinderCare.
Joanne & Steve J. - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.