Jaime Atkins, Center Director
Meet Jaime Atkins, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2002
Education: Child Care Professional, Bronze Director's credential
Favorite Children's Book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Meet Jaime Atkins! She is the Center Director at West Houston Street KinderCare in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Jamie attended Tulsa Technology Center, where she earned her Child Care Professional. She also has a Bronze Directors credential from the state of Oklahoma. She has been with KinderCare since 2002 and has been working in early education since 1995. Outside of work, Jamie enjoys traveling, going to the beach, and spending time with her family and friends. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin
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.
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.)
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. While your child experiments, they’ll discover 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.