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South Congress KinderCare

Amanda Kirtley-Pecina, Center Director

6434 S Congress Ave Austin TX 78745
(512) 443-7765 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Williams, Odom, Pleasant Hill

Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.

Welcome to South Congress KinderCare

Welcome to South Congress KinderCare! We are located south of downtown Austin, TX, in the Pleasant Hill neighborhood. Our early education curriculum encourages children to play, learn and explore. Meanwhile, our teachers expertly focus on your child’s overall development. Our staff always works hard to build confidence in every child, ensuring each one receives the best education while feeling happy, safe, and secure.

We’re proud of the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. And, if you need distance learning support for elementary school kids, grade K-6, we’re here for you. Contact our center director to learn more. We can’t wait to see you soon!

AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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.

SCHOOL-READY

What Learning Looks Like

Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

Our 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.

Kindergarten Programs (5–6 Years)

Welcome to kindergarten: the gateway to grade school and everything that comes next! Offered in select centers, our kindergarten programs have small class sizes and curriculums that mix learning and fun. The basic building blocks of reading, writing, math, and science are key in kindergarten, so we make sure they get lots of practice in all of these areas.

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.

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. 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

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.

Piano Lessons

Our Teachers

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.

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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.

Our Families

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

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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.

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