Jessica Lopez, Center Director
- Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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..
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.
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.
I love making a difference in the children's lives and the smiles I get from the kids when I come to work.
Every day is different with the children. I get to see them grow and learn!
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.
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.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
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.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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