Tammy Whitaker, Center Director
Meet Tammy Whitaker, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2016
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Development
Favorite Children's Book: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
Meet Tammy Whitaker! She is the Center Director at Baytown KinderCare in Texas. Tammy attended Ashford University, where she has earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development. She has been with KinderCare for five years, and before that she was a teacher. Teaching is Tammy’s passion. “She believed she could, so she did.” ― R.S. Grey. Outside of work, Tammy enjoys reading, and she is even part of a book club. She also likes to go shopping together with her family.
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)
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.
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
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!
My son is a five-year-old child who, with the help of Ms. Maricela and the Baytown KinderCare family, has excelled in his learning abilities. I enrolled my son in the Phonics program and it has helped him tremendously in his learning abilities. My son wows his family when he reads stories or solves a basic math problem with his older siblings. Thank you, KinderCare, because now I know that my son is going to excel in his schooling for the future years to come. I would recommend KinderCare and the Phonics program to any parent with a young child.”
Crystal G. - KinderCare Parent
My granddaughter has attended Baytown KinderCare now for over a year and has participated in their Phonics program. This particular program has helped with the development of her pronunciation of letters and sounds. he teachers are all very nice and very attentive to the children. They also teach the children how to be polite, not only to adults, but to one another.”
Ms. T. - KinderCare Parent
My son has been at the Baytown KinderCare for over a year now and I couldn't be happier with the school! All of his Teachers, including the Directors, are so sweet and attentive to all the children. They make you feel like family! The teaching curriculum and Phonics program are amazing--I have definitely been able to tell the educational impact it has had upon my son. I am a very pleased parent!”
Daisy H. - KinderCare Parent
My daughter started at Baytown KinderCare in the Toddler Classroom when she was 16 months old. She was (and is) very attached to me, so we worried how she would react to new people – both kids and adults – and a new environment. To our big surprise, she settled in well after a week. During the first week, she was crying when I dropped her off and even when I picked her up (I was told that she stopped crying and was doing well once I was out of the picture). But after a week, she started to like it. When I bring her in the morning, she gives her little hand to Ms. Erica or Ms. Felicia, smiles, and goes inside to have breakfast and fun with other kids. She looks happy when I pick her up. Ms. Karla is an exceptional teacher. She knows the kids’ personalities and they are drawn to her (my daughter hugs her, which usually she does only with me). Every time I pick up my little one, Ms. Karla has something to tell me about her progress or what activity she enjoyed most today (not just “she has a great day,” but details that every parent would like to know). Ms. Beth and Ms. Pam run the business professionally: They quickly resolve financial matters and respond to your requests so you don’t have to ask twice. We feel our daughter is in good hands with Baytown KinderCare.”
Maria Y. - 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.