Debra Capps, Center Director
Meet Debra Capps, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2016
Education: Childhood Development Associate's Credential
Favorite Children's Book: Curious George
Meet Debra Capps! She is the Center Director at Lower Terrace KinderCare in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Debra attended Rasmussen College, where she earned her Child Development associate credential. She has been with KinderCare for five years now. Debra's favorite quote is, "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." This quote speaks to her hearts, as she wants all the children at her center to feel loved and involved. Outside of work, Debra likes to go fishing with her family, work on her garden, and travel.
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.
Lower Terrace KinderCare Programs
Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)
You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!
School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
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 to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
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!
Both my four-and-a-half-year-old and my one-and-a-half-year-old attended KinderCare. We’ve been with the center since my oldest was four months old. We love KinderCare because the teachers are great, there are so many learning opportunities, and our girls think of school as their second home. We highly recommend trusting KinderCare with your children’s needs. Also, one of the best things is the low turnover rate, and our girls have a consistent teacher, which allows them to develop very trusting relationships.”
Kim W. - KinderCare Parent
My family owes so much to our KinderCare. They always go above and beyond to make our child with special needs feel safe, comfortable, and engaged. We have been at this center for over four years and I couldn’t imagine finding a better child care center in the entire city. The teachers are extremely friendly and the management team is always willing to help in any way they can. We love our school and are extremely grateful for them!”
Andrew G. - KinderCare Parent
My children have been in preschool and prekindergarten at this center and they have developed great social skills along with mental skills that are now helping them through elementary school. When each of my daughters were in kindergarten, their teacher was amazed at how much they knew and would consistently tell me how impressed she was with how ready they were for her class. I credit our KinderCare for great curriculum implementation and also for their genuine interest in my children’s education. We loved our center so much that even through our girls didn’t necessarily need after-school care, we still enrolled them in KinderCare’s School-Age program to keep them in such an awesome setting.”
Silvia J. - KinderCare Parent
I enrolled my daughter at this KinderCare when she was only seven weeks old. I was so worried to leave my infant while I worked, but thanks to the wonderful Infant Teacher, the transition became easier and easier every day. She had such good communication with me and would relay all pivotal information to me as it was happening. My daughter is now two and reaching developmental milestones daily in her current classroom. I love our KinderCare and would recommend them to anybody who is in need of quality care!”
Jennifer J. - KinderCare Parent
I enjoy how my daughter's teacher is supportive of my requests with things such as not letting her take long naps and letting me know how much she is eating specifically. I also appreciate the little side notes that the teacher tells me about what my daughter does every day! The Director is also so helpful with any concerns I have, or other issues with my kid’s experience. I feel like the center’s teachers and directors are like family, now more than ever.”
Shannon K. - KinderCare Parent
My daughter seems to be learning a lot of new things. She likes to show me everything she learns at school. We are pleased with Ms. Andrea! My daughter talks about her all the time!”
Megan W. - KinderCare Parent
My son transferred here from another KinderCare Center, and I was so nervous about how he would adjust. Within the first day I picked him up, he was so excited to come back to his classroom. He also has some food allergies and his teachers are always amazing about contacting me if they are unsure about something. His dad also feels very included and says that the teachers do an amazing job at making it a nice, warm, inviting environment.”
Aubrey and Carlos C. - 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at Lower Terrace KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at Lower Terrace KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.