Amanda Kirtley-Pecina, 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.
Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)
As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.
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.
Elementary School Distance Learning
Healthy bodies, happy hearts, growing minds. We make distance learning easy on your whole family! Our teachers are trained to facilitate safe and dynamic learning experiences online and in-person. Since every school has their own learning plan, we’ve added flexible enrollment options to meet your family’s needs. Whether you choose to enroll full-time, part-time, or before and after school, we’re here for you!
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.)
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!
We are truly blessed to have found a group of amazing teachers for our son. I was in a situation of stress by having to change daycare centers overnight and instantly found myself in relief and overfilled with joy when I picked my son up after his first day at KinderCare. He was so happy--I mean, he loves to smile, but this was more than a normal smile. Each day I get a report card on the learning activities he is introduced to as well as his participation in these activities. His development has vastly improved and every day I find myself shocked by what he can do or what he is attempting to do. He would point at the KinderCare staff, and started this the first week he started at KinderCare, and this became the thing that he was known for. Funny as it was to see, he shortly developed the reaching out action. Now I can’t even get into the front door without him leaping into the teachers’ arms. For those that have a nine-month-old mama’s boy, this is a huge deal. A huge relief knowing my son was happy and willing to leave my side! The staff has been nothing but amazing to my son as well as the other kids in his infant group. They have provided not just a place for these kids to be during the day, but an environment of healthy learning, challenging their own abilities to develop, as well as multiple opportunities to participate in group functions. I honestly can say I’m so thankful for these teachers and their skills and constantly providing and fulfilling the needs of my son. Thank you, ladies, for all that y'all do and doing it daily!”
Benitez Family - KinderCare Parent
We were certain that we wanted to raise our daughter in Austin, Texas, but we were not certain where we would find the best day-to-day care. After one visit we found that Kinder Care on South Congress was going to be the best fit! Of course we were nervous dropping off our infant for the first time, but she immediately fell in love with the staff and so did we. Now one year later, we have found a second family at KinderCare; we are always welcome in the classroom, whether it's a holiday celebration or just to catch up with a teacher. With our busy schedules, it's very important that we have a reliable and responsible learning institution for our daughter and we know that Kinder Care is that place. The friendly, caring, and experienced staff continuously helps to develop our daughter into the great little student that she is and we all look forward to her future at Kinder Care.”
Jessica and Joe - KinderCare Parent
My children currently attend, and my oldest has been at this center since she was 18 months old; every day since then, she looks forward to coming to care after school. We always feel welcomed and at home by the cheerful greetings we receive as soon as we walk in, and throughout the building whenever we pass a Teacher. As a parent, I feel my children are safe in the center as there is a code system to open the door and administration in the office to greet everyone who comes in, which I feel is crucial in any school setting. I felt like we got to know the Teachers before my children were ever in their class. My children learn so much from the education and non-stop talk about the fun they experienced during the day. I give many thanks to the Teachers for their patience and understanding through potty training with my youngest, which has resulted in success and positive self-esteem. I feel that everything they are learning will give them a head start to their future. I am grateful for the entire staff at KinderCare for teaching, loving, and caring for my children every day.”
Loraine - 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
Is South Congress KinderCare open?
Yes! South Congress KinderCare is open to serve hardworking families in your community! We have new health and safety measures in place to protect families and staff.
What are your health and safety measures at your child care centers?
Check out the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. We can’t wait to see you soon!
What programs are offered at South Congress KinderCare?
At South Congress KinderCare, we offer a wide range of programs, including:
- Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)
- Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)
- Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)
- Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)
- Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)
- Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)
- Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)
- Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
- Participating Child Care Aware Center
- Elementary School Distance Learning
- Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
- Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
- Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
- Piano Lessons
What are the operating hours of South Congress KinderCare?
South Congress KinderCare is open from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM, Monday through Friday
What accreditations does South Congress KinderCare hold?
South Congress KinderCare is accredited by NAC.