Amanda Banks, 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.
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. Kids in this delightful and delicious program 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! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It 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.)
STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)
You’ve probably heard a lot about how important STEM education is for your child, but what does that really mean? Our STEM Innovators program takes kids’ natural ability to make sense of the world and applies it to robotics, chemistry, coding, geology, and more. Your child will experiment with activities like learning how lemon juice and baking soda interact to uncover secret messages, watching fizzy reactions in action, and discovering how to use technology to do amazing things!
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 family has recently joined the Franconia KinderCare location in Alexandria, VA. We have had such a wonderful experience thus far; I felt the need to share some details with you. First, my son C, had some complications at birth leading to a delay in gross motor skills, especially in walking. Previously, C was enrolled in a program where we was being treated differently and held-back due to his delay. When I discovered this news about his classroom, I immediately went on a search to find a new school for C. This is when I found Ms. Stefanie, Ms. Cassandra, and their team at Franconia KinderCare.
I first called Ms. Stefanie to ask about the program and how her teachers handle students with IFSPs. Ms. Stefanie answered all my questions and even allowed me to cry my frustrations with the previous school. I went in for a tour and immediately saw a difference in the school. Ms. Stefanie showed me the outdoor area where C could climb and use push toys to assist in walking. In addition, the classroom was clearly set-up to help C move from one place to another. The day after the tour, I called Ms. Stefanie and enrolled my 15-month-old son, C.
When C started at Franconia KinderCare, he was 15-months-old and not walking. He was placed in the infant room to begin his school year. When I met the teachers, they were aware of C delay and were ready to help him walk. In addition, I informed the staff that I would sign incident reports every day if needed; I wanted C to have the same opportunities as all the students. From day one, the teachers worked with C to walk around the classroom and outdoors and to help implement his physical therapy IFSP goals. C was given every opportunity as the rest of the students and I did happily sign many incident reports!
Finally, at the end of October, C took a few independent steps. C was ready to walk and his teachers were ready. C was then moved to the toddler room at 16-months in November where he has flourished. C is now walking everywhere and even trying to run!
The best part of my whole experience with Franconia KinderCare is the staff. The best part of my story was the Thanksgiving celebration. I arrived at C school early; I didn’t want to miss his Thanksgiving show. Since I was early, I hid in the front foyer so he would not see me and want to leave his class. So, I waited for a few minutes and then heard his class walk down the hall. C was in the middle of the pack and he was walking perfectly. Then I heard his teachers cheering him on, “Go, C!” and “You got this, C!” Next, I saw other teachers coming to their doorways to help cheer C on. Soon, numerous staff members and other students were cheering my son on. C was smiling, laughing, and walking down the hallway. I was so happy standing in that foyer that I cried. The teachers did not know I was there, they simply cheered for my son out of the kindness of their hearts and the passion for their professions.
I just wanted to shed a light on some of the great work and the great staff at Franconia KinderCare. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking such wonderful care of my child and my family. We will be a Franconia KinderCare family for as long as possible.”
Lindsay - KinderCare Parent
The staff at the Grovedale/Franconia Kindercare center have gone above and beyond in helping my children both transition to a new center and also to get adjusted to new life events. Mr. Mike, Ms. Kim, and Mr. Anthony have been mentioned by name repeatedly by my kindergartner for making her feel comforted during this very new and overwhelming time in her life (new to elementary school, new to the aftercare program, new schedules, etc). They’ve been excellent in communicating with me updates regarding her adjustment as well as helped her with transition support/ideas. My three-year-old’s teachers, Ms. Amber and Ms. Maalika, have been so incredibly kind and supportive to a child who definitely has a more “determined” personality. Since switching to this program, we have seen such a huge difference in his level of happiness both in and out of care. The director and assistant director, Ms. Stephanie and Ms. Cassandra, have always been open and available for questions and calls and have always made sure to offer warm words either at greetings or departures. All of the staff we have interacted with (Ms. Freddie, Ms. Lee Ann, all of the other teachers who do workshops or are floaters), have always been professional and very kind with our family and it’s been so appreciated.”
Sheldon - KinderCare Parent
"We are so pleased with KinderCare. We've done a lot of different childcare venues and this is the best experience we've had. Everyone says 'Good Morning' and is friendly even though we drop off really early. Our youngest is flourishing. It's amazing to pick him up everyday and he'll tell us something new he's learned. It's neat to see the bonds our children have formed with their teachers and classmates. We can't think of anything we'd change about the center. We're so happy we have our children at this center."”
Langer - KinderCare Parent
My 7 year old boy and my 6 year old girl have been at KinderCare since they were 2 months old til now, and this past August our new 6 month old princess Menna has joined KinderCare. I think I don't have to say anything about our center. Everybody is kind and can tell if I wasn't happy and full of trust. I would like to thank everybody at KinderCare for the hard work and the good care. Looking forward for many more years of joy.”
Halla - KinderCare Parent
"We are enjoying the center immensely. We are extremely satisfied. The hours are convenient as is the location. The staff are extremely professional but also NICE!! Our children's favorite thing about the center is the staff. They tell us all the time how much they like their teachers. Our children enjoy the center and that is all that matters."”
Lee - 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.