Jaime Atkins, Center Director
Meet Jaime Atkins, Our Center Director
Jaime has been the center director at W. Houston Street KinderCare since 2002. She strives to make the center a great learning environment for children. Jaime has completed her child care professional certificate. Jaime takes great pride in her center and believes providing a positive learning environment and building relationships with families is the best part of her job.
At KinderCare Since:
Child Care Professional Certificate
Favorite Children's Book:
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.
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!
Our little one was with W. Houston Street KinderCare for the first year of his life until we moved to Texas. We could not be more pleased and satisfied by what the girls did for him at the center. Everything was always so consistent and done with lots of love and care. It has been a year since then, but I know that our son would remember all of the ladies who took care of him every day from when he was just six weeks old. I still get emails on occasion reminding parents of an upcoming open house and other events. When we receive these emails, it makes my wife and me a little sad, because we are not a part of this center any longer. We hope to drop by next time we are in town so that we can see everyone! We give our best wishes to the whole staff, little babies, and young children in this center's care. I'm positive that they are in good hands and the best facility their parents could ask for in a daycare. We miss the staff--Jennifer and I send our love!”
Clint - KinderCare Parent
My grandchildren have attended KinderCare Learning Center for many years. I have always been impressed with the organization and cleanliness of this facility in Broken Arrow. The teachers have been structured, engaging, and a positive influence on my grandkids. The learning center consistently communicates the curriculum and daily activities of the kids. I have and would recommend the facility to family and friends who needs someone they can trust to take care of their kids/grandkids.”
Brenda G. - KinderCare Parent
I have been an avid KinderCare client for over six years. I have four children who have attended W. Houston Street KinderCare. We are so thankful and so pleased with the care our children have received. Any time we have had any concerns or issues they are addressed immediately. The staff at KinderCare treats my children as they would treat their own. We had a medical issue with one of my daughters that required some extra work on the staff’s part, as well as a very close eye to ensure her safety. KinderCare did a fantastic job! I was so relieved having that confidence. I can’t express how much stress that took off of my shoulders knowing that my daughter was in good hands of trained, loving people. KinderCare helps my children develop, socialize, and communicate effectively. The curriculum is fantastic! My children have gone to Kindergarten and tested the highest in their school. I firmly believe this is because of the passion of the individuals that are teaching my children and the desire they are putting in them to thirst for more knowledge by making it fun and rewarding. I would not take my children anywhere but here. W. Houston Street KinderCare is a top-notch program and we have been truly blessed to have the staff as a part of our family’s life. I would, and have, recommended this place to all my family and friends in need of exceptional child care. Their level of professionalism and caring is unbeatable. Thank you, KinderCare and staff, for taking such amazing care of my babies and personally investing in their future as my husband and I have.”
Stephanie W. - KinderCare Parent
My family and I just wanted to take a few moments to say thank you to W. Houston Street KinderCare for the excellent care that they provide for our daughter on a daily basis. Upon learning of my pregnancy, my husband and I began our hunt for the perfect daycare. We read rave reviews regarding KinderCare Learning Center and definitely preferred the center style to the in-home type. We scheduled a walk-through appointment with this location as well as many other child care facilities. The staff at KinderCare was by far our favorite, as they made us feel welcome and at home. Our daughter has been with them since she was six weeks old and she recently celebrated her fourth birthday. My husband and I know that she is safe and very well cared for at this center. The bumps that we have encountered along the way have always been met head-on by the staff and for that we are extremely appreciative. The care that staff members give our daughter has been on par with our expectations, which we place extremely high regarding our “Princess.” Our daughter learns so much at the center and has tons of fun, too! We have her enrolled in a Phonics course at your center as well, which is excellent! She comes home and loves showing us the new letters and sounds that she has learned. When she starts school, she will be beyond ready with sight words and such. The curriculum that she learns is amazing! We definitely recommend KinderCare Learning Center to all parents! The staff and their love and care give us the peace-of-mind we need to go to work every day knowing that our kiddo is in loving arms. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but we say it takes hardworking parents and KinderCare! Thank you for all you do!”
Shawna & Paul V. - KinderCare Parent
As first time parents, we read all of the books and blogs giving suggestions for how to pick a daycare. What questions to ask, what to look at, etc. We visited several and liked them all, but when we walked out of the W. Houston Street KinderCare, I told my husband, "This is the one. I don't want to look anywhere else, she has to go here." From that day on, we have been more than happy to be a part of the KinderCare family. Leaving a newborn with people you don't know is hard.... I cried. The teachers understood and reassured me. The first several weeks, I called often and my husband stopped by to check on her. We were never made to feel like we were intruding or that we were silly. As our daughter got older, the teachers took time to get to know her. She has never just been "one of the kids," she is an individual and made to feel special. By the time she was two, she was counting and singing the alphabet. When she was old enough, she started taking additional classes to help her learn more about the things that she was showing interest in. Music was a huge hit! Now she's almost four and walks through the school with confidence, saying hi to her favorite teachers along the way. She once told me, "When I grow up, I want to be a teacher like Miss Mary." By the way, she also thinks Miss Liz is the smartest person she knows. I can't say enough good things about our KinderCare. On the few occasions that we've had a concern, Ms. Kelly or Ms. Jaime have been more than happy to help us. From the clean facility to the awesome staff, we couldn't ask for more.”
Brandace & Brandon M. - 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.