Shakitia Jones, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Albemarle Road Middle, Albemarle Road Ele, Idlewild Ele, Windsor Park Ele, Winterfield Ele, Hickory Grove Ele and Pre-K , Lebanon Ele,
Meet Shakitia Jones, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2013
Education: Associate Degree in Education, Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, and Master's Degree in Early Childhood Leadership
Favorite Children's Book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Meet Shakitia Jones! She is the Center Director at Farm Pond KinderCare in Charlotte, North Carolina. Shakitia attended Ashford University, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Leadership. She has been with KinderCare since 2013, and before that she was a teacher. Outside of work, Shakitia enjoys traveling, taking on new experiences, and spending time with her family. Her favorite quote is, "If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you."
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.
Farm Pond 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.
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.
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 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!
As a busy mom of now 4 I wanted a place that would nurture, socialize, educate, and create a safe environment for my children. After dropping my children off at KinderCare Learning Center in the morning I would go to work with that peace of mind each and every day! My oldest child who is 6 year old has been attending KinderCare since she was 6 weeks old when she entered kindergarten she was the top reader in her class and was one of the strongest with counting, addition, and subtraction thanks to the foundation she had and my family continues to have at KinderCare Learning Center Farm Pond location. My second child as well as my third child is currently in preschool classroom with Ms. Regina and I am confident they are getting that same foundation! Thank you for all of your caring and support you have provided my family for the last 6 years.
Proud KinderCare Mom”
L. James - KinderCare Parent
“My child struggled with his transition from being at home to going to childcare. Leaving his baby sister each morning while he went to his new school was extremely stressful and anxiety provoking for him as well as for my husband and I. Mrs. Tonya and her staff was extremely supportive of him as well as my husband and I as we all tried to make this transition easier for him. In addition, she was always willing to email me so I knew how he was doing. We truly appreciate all the love and support that has been shown by Mrs. Tonya and her staff at this center. I can remember when I toured the facility and I was mentioning to Mrs. Tonya my concerns with his transition she made me feel so at ease and I knew I had chosen the right place for my son. When I walk into the building no matter what time of day it is I see them providing individualized attention and focus on their students which shows me that this is not just a act they put on for me for enrollment they do it day in and day out. Although I see 4 stars on the wall this is definitely a 5 star center to my husband, son and I. It really is a great feeling when you see your child run to their teacher with open arms and a big smile excited to be there. I would not trade this second family for the world!
L.Nwaorgu - KinderCare Parent
"I would like to share the details of my experience at KinderCare Farm Pond location. I enrolled my three-year-old son at this center. My experience with the director Tonya Little-Reid has been exceptional. Ms. Little-Reid has been extremely kind and helpful throughout my entire enrollment process and to date. I have been reluctant to send my son to daycare due to the stigma behind daycare centers, but Ms. Little-Reid has banished this altogether. She is always warm and welcoming, despite the time of day or situation. One morning in particular, I was running behind for work and my son was not having a good morning. Mrs. Tonya calmed him down with her kind words, and I was able to leave. For a Director to be consistently kind and helpful is almost never heard of, and I felt it was only necessary that I commended her on her performance. In general all of the teachers are professional and courteous at all times and have made this transition for my son and I an enjoyable one. Warmest Regards, Jeneya B"”
Jeneya B. - KinderCare Parent
My Grandson has come to live with me for now. So, I work full time and KinderCare has been a lifesaver for me. He loves his teacher Ms. Jeannine. They have been sensitive to his needs, knowing this is a big transition for him without his Mom. I so appreciate the whole staff at Farm Pond KinderCare. It has been a big deal getting him adjusted to his new life, but he looks forward to daycare everyday. Thank God for a great staff at KinderCare!”
Tyrine C. - 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.
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 Farm Pond 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.
How does naptime work at Farm Pond 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.
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.
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.
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.