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Goldenrod Road KinderCare

Jessica Lopez, Center Director

4035 N. Goldenrod Rd. Winter Park FL 32792
(407) 671-3870 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cheney Elementary School Aloma Elementary School

Exclusive to KinderCare ~ New Transitional Kindergarten program to enhance your child’s VPK experience ~
Transitional Kindergarten is an enhanced learning program that offers more challenging activities than our traditional VPK “Wrap” program.  Children will experience project-related learning and extended whole group activities. This is in addition to the language, social, physical and cognitive learning we provide to get them ready for Kindergarten!


Welcome to Goldenrod Road KinderCare Learning Center in Winter Park, Florida. Our center has been caring for our community for over 25 years. We provide childcare and learning opportunities for children from six weeks to twelve years old. Our classrooms are small and intimate which allows our teachers to build a bond with the children and families rather quickly. We provide a safe and fun environment for all. Teaching is at the heart of everything we do and we would love to show you our wonderful curriculum that is designed for each age group. Stop by for a visit and see how your child can interact and learn with us!

Jessica Lopez, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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


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.

Teachers & Staff

Our classrooms offer a variety of learning opportunities throughout the day. We have themed units that encourage your child's curiosity, increase confidence and support self-directed activities. The playgrounds will give your child the opportunity to run, climb and explore their environment to build and develop their large motor skills. Additionally, we have Enrichment programs that would expand your child's ever-growing mind. We invite your child to join us for a free demonstration of our Learning Adventure classes: Phonics and Music. We cannot wait to meet with you and your child to show you how everything we do is designed for learning!

  • Jessica Lopez

    Jessica Lopez, Center Director

    I love watching the children learn new things and see their development progressing. The little spark in their eyes when they discover something new is priceless.

    Jessica started her KinderCare career in January 2007 as a Prekindergarten teacher. In 2009, she became the Assistant Director of Goldenrod Road KinderCare Learning Center and Center Director in 2012. Jessica's education background includes a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development and recently earned her Voluntary Prekindergarten and Director credentials. During Jessica's tenure here at Winter Park KinderCare, she has developed a strong closeness to her KinderCare families who look to her for guidance in their children's early education.

    Previous Experience:
    Jessica began her career as a Prekindergarten teacher then worked as an assistant director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You So... By Marianne Richmond
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Amy McCurdy

    Amy McCurdy, Assistant Director

    I enjoy knowing that I am a part of shaping the children's future. I also enjoy the smiles that I see when they are at my center.

    Amy is Goldenrod Road KinderCare's Assistant Director. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Accounting. She recently moved to Florida from Denver, Colorado where she was working for KinderCare's corporate office, Knowledge Universe, as a Customer Relationship Specialist. Her main function was to bring families and centers together. Amy transferred to Florida to work as the School Age teacher and Infant teacher at a sister KinderCare center. She assists in the daily running of the school and enjoys interacting with the teachers, children and parents at her center..

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Fox in Socks" by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 year
    Master's Degree in Science of Accountancy, Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kathleen

    Ms. Kathleen, Infant Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny K-5 Summer Camp Coordinator After school Specialist Home Day care for 17 years for ages 0 - 6th grade, Bible school Leader
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Love You Forever" By Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Working on her CDA
  • Ms. Victoria

    Ms. Victoria, Infant

    I love bonding with children and the infant room is great for that!

    Ms. Victoria previously tutored at a Kumon center as well as at the UCF.  She interned at the Orlando Science Center in the Early Childhood Development Program.  She has a certificate nursing assistance license, associate's degree and is working on her Bachelor's of Science degree in nursing with a minor in psychology to be completed in 2018.

    Previous Experience:
    Tutor at Kumon and UCF Intern at Orlando Science Center in the Early Childhood Development Program
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Certified Nursing Assistance Licence
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Infant Classroom

    Young children puzzle us, surprise us, challenge us, delight us, and teach us more than we dreamed of.

    Ms. Donna has been with the Goldenrod KinderCare for 7 years.  She has worked in the Voluntary Prekindergarten classroom for 3 years and the infant room for 4 years.  While working at the Goldenrod center, she has obtained her associate degree in Child Development.  She is inspired by the children's creativity.  Ms. Donna is currently working towards obtaining her Associates in Art Degree.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Donna served as a nanny prior to joining KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Giving Tree" By Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Cheryl

    Ms. Cheryl, Toddler Classroom / Health & Safety Coordinator

    I love making a difference in the children's lives and the smiles I get from the kids when I come to work.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cheryl has worked with infants to two year old's prior to joining KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Little Golden Books Series
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 years
    Currently working toward her CDA
  • Ms. Lucy

    Ms. Lucy, Toddler Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant Teacher at a Christian School Boy Scout / Cub Scout Leader Education Assistant for Special Needs Class
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Seuss' Series
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Naomi

    Ms. Naomi, Toddler Classroom

    Every day is different with the children. I get to see them grow and learn!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Naomi has worked at a summer camp for two years for children who had disabilities. She has her 45 hours DCF training as well as her CPR/First Aid certification. She is currently working toward her Early Education Degree.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Year
    DCF Courses
  • Ms. Khaila

    Ms. Khaila, Preschool Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Worked with infants - School age over the past 13 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom" by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    National CDA
  • Ms. Marcella

    Ms. Marcella, VPK Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Sales Retail Management Teaching Admission Records
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Seuss' Series
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    CDA, Director Credential
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, VPK Classroom

    Heather's mom has worked in childcare for many years and inspired Heather to begin working at KinderCare in 2009.  She started as the preschool teacher and has worked in VPK and many other age groups.  Heather has been the Assistant Director at Apopka KinderCare since the summer of 2010 and came to Goldenrod KinderCare in November 2015 as a VPK teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Before KinderCare, Ms. Heather was the store manager at Kilwin's Chocolates & Ice Cream.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom by Bill Martin
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor Degree in Health Sicence, CDA, & Director's Credential

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

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, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

At Goldenrod Road KinderCare Learning Center your child's safety is one of our top priorities. We have an onsite Health & Safety Coordinator that ensures everyone in our center is healthy and safe by monitoring activities daily and completing monthly safety checks. All of our staff members are CPR and First Aid certified to handle emergency situations that may arise. Our teachers work diligently to provide a safe and loving environment where you can rest assured that your child is well cared for.

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.

My son has been attending this KinderCare since he was three months old. He is now three, and I couldn't be happier with our experience. It is obvious that each teacher he's with really cares and loves him. He is learning so much more than I expected he would be able to, and when we are out on the weekends at the park or store other parents comment on how smart he is. It feels good to know I made the right choice for my son and my family.

- Father

My daughter has been attending KinderCare Goldenrod within the Toddler class for the last eight months. I am absolutely pleased with the staff and teachers at this location. From the first few weeks of her being enrolled I have seen tremendous growth with her learning, curiosity, social interaction and so much more. I am excited to see what the Discovery Preschool class has for her in the next few months. The staff and teachers are friendly and caring. I enjoy the fact that the facility is not huge and all of the children and teachers knows everyone's name. If it is possible, my daughter, as well as any other children we may have in the future, would not leave this facility until they are ready to go to Kindergarten.

- Mother

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