Emily Jodko, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
NA, service up to five-years-old. For school breaks will take up to eight-years-old but no transportation.
Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.
Meet Emily Jodko, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2012
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Education and a Master's Degree in School Counseling
Favorite Children's Book: Oh, the Places You'll Go
Meet Emily Jodko! She is the Center Director at East Boca Raton KinderCare in Florida. Emily attended the University of South Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Education. She also holds a Master's Degree in School Counseling from the University of North Carolina. She has been with KinderCare since 2012, and before that she was a teacher and an assistant director. Outside of work, Emily enjoys relaxing at the beach and pool, cooking, watching movies, and spending time with her family and cat.
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.
East Boca Raton 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.
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.
Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs
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.)
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 East Boca Raton 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.
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.
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.
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.
How does naptime work at East Boca Raton 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.
Is tuition support offered for Florida families at KinderCare?
Child care is one of the biggest priorities—and expenses—for hardworking families like yours. We partner with state and local agencies in Florida to provide tuition subsidies where we can, including these agencies below:
There may be other available funding sources for families living in Boca Raton, Florida and we have subsidy coordinators standing by that can discuss potential solutions for your family. Even if you are not subsidy eligible there may be other options in Palm Beach County to help with tuition.
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 experience at KinderCare has been and continues to be such a phenomenal experience. My seven-year-old son, Julian, attended their prekindergarten two years ago and now my eight-month-old daughter, Liliana, attends full-time. I am so grateful for the compassion and care that our teachers provide day in and day out. They are very attentive to our needs, flexible with changes, as with growing babies changes occur often. Communication is always an open and encouraged. Even our teachers are as excited about each of their milestone as I am.
When my son attended, he was excited every day to go to school and learn. With my daughter, even as early as five months in age, she started showing excitement every morning. Our teachers support their individuality while promoting positive self-expression, socialization, as well as education through a great curriculum program. It is such a blessing to be able to provide your child with such a nurturing 'home away from home' when you are a working parent, and I am able to do so because of our KinderCare. We love and appreciate each and every one of you ladies!”
Lena - KinderCare Parent
KinderCare Learning Center of Boca Raton is a great place for children. My infant has attended this facility since he was 12 weeks. As any mother would be, I was scared to leave my child with anyone. However, the staff is friendly, structured, caring, informative and very accommodating. This made it easier for me to feel comfortable leaving my child at KinderCare. The staff does a great job stimulating children, even infants. My child does several activities throughout the week and they are kind enough to take pictures for me. Additionally, I receive a daily schedule of my child so that I know exactly what my child is doing throughout the day. I am very happy with my choice in daycare!”
Alexandra - KinderCare Parent
My children have attended KinderCare (Broken Sound campus) in Boca Raton Florida since they were both three months in age. My oldest son, Matthew has just graduated from their prekindergarten program and will be attending kindergarten in the fall. I cannot say enough how wonderful the center is in regards to caring for my children. They are patient, kind, responsible and reliable individuals that put the needs of my children first. Matthew and Riley are very comfortable with the staff. The other children are existed to see mine come to school every day, which is expressed through joyful hugs and smiles. It is very difficult to trust anyone with your children given because they are so precious, but KinderCare has made working full-time a much easier decision to make because I know they are well taken care of.”
Doris - 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.