Ms. Cecilia Anders, Center Director
Meet Cecilia Anders, Our Center Director
Cecilia has been with KinderCare since 1981 at Village Drive KinderCare. With an associate degree, she was quickly promoted to center director a few years into her career. Prior to her promotion, she opened and ran an infant classroom when her first daughter was born, then spent time as a toddler and pre-kindergarten teacher. It has been Cecilia’s pride and joy to lead her outstanding team.
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Oh, the Places You'll Go!
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.
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!
We have three children and have had at least one child enrolled at Village Drive KinderCare for over 11 years. Every day on arrival my children and I have been greeted warmly as we enter the building. A huge positive that we have seen at the Village Drive center is that there has not been a lot of staff turnover over the years we have had children at that particular center. Each age group's classroom has its own curriculum and an outstanding lead teacher and/or caregiver. As a working mother, I have always felt very comfortable leaving my children here. It is a huge relief to be able to drop my child off each morning and know that he or she will be well cared for and safe during the day while I am at work. From daily sheets filled out for infants and smaller children to daily verbal communication with teachers of older children, the teachers have always kept me well-informed about my children’s days. Maybe the biggest testament for the center is that my children have all enjoyed going here and spending time with the other children and their teachers.
I cannot say enough about the education curriculum. My three children have learned so much at this center, including: sight words, shapes, colors, Spanish words, geometric shapes (prisms, pyramids, cylinders, cubes, etc.), numbers 1-100, animal facts, letters, and the list goes on and on. My older two children were well-prepared and above average when they entered kindergarten and I am sure my youngest will be as well.
Highlights for my kids throughout the years: Basket of apples and/or healthy snack before going home; Just-for-fun dress-up photo shoot pictures from the infant rooms (received “scrapbook” of pictures and art from Infant Teachers, which was priceless: thank you, Ms. Debbie!); Winter Gala; holiday parties; dress-up days; interaction with pets (rabbit and guinea pig); Thanksgiving lunch for kids and families; summer activities; museum day, yoga day (or “Yoda day” as my son called it when he was three); clowns; Santa visits; birthday celebrations; March of Dimes mini walk on the playground...the list goes on and on. These are just a few of the many extras my children have experienced at Village Drive KinderCare.
11 years ago, my husband and I chose Village Drive KinderCare because at the time it was a child care option we could afford. As years went by, we could have chosen a different child care facility but we stayed because KinderCare proved to be the best in all aspects for our children. A significant part of our staying with this particular center was the Director, Ms. Cecilia. She goes above and beyond what is required to keep this center running smoothly and to make sure every child is treated with respect and love. She has hired an extremely competent, well above average staff that all are committed to creating the best environment possible for the children they care for. Over the years my children have been nurtured, educated, entertained, kept safe, praised, well-fed, and loved by the staff here. When asked about child care options in our area, I always recommend the Kindercare on Village Drive.”
Kimberly A. - KinderCare Parent
I first contacted the Village Drive KinderCare in the Fall of 2007. We were new to the area, and Ms. Cecilia and her team at KinderCare were highly recommended by a colleague of my husband. We were immediately impressed when we visited the center. Ms. Cecilia's energy and love of children is noticeable the minute you meet her. My daughter adjusted quickly and stayed in Ms. Cecilia's care until kindergarten. In her time there, she learned how to read and basic computer skills at KinderCare.
Fast forward to early 2012, and I found myself contacting Ms. Cecilia again. I had an eight-month old at the time and the ONLY place I wanted her to go was KinderCare. While I waited to see if an opening would become available, I toured other daycares in the area. None of them compared to KinderCare, so I kept in touch with Ms. Cecilia until a spot opening up for my daughter. She started in the Infant Classroom and was loved and cared for by Ms. Debbie. What an amazing caregiver! She loved her like she was her own. My daughter is now almost four years old and every step of the way, she has been loved and cared for. She has also been taught many skills (potty training, cleaning up after herself, eating with utensils) and continues to learn new skills that I know will prepare her for kindergarten (colors, numbers, days of the week, seasons).
I wholeheartedly recommend Village Drive KinderCare to new moms and colleagues looking for daycare. I know they will get quality attention from Ms. Cecilia and her team!”
Rebecca M. - KinderCare Parent
Village Drive KinderCare is a great school! My son has been at this KinderCare since he was one year old and has grown up with them. I feel comfortable leaving my son here because I know that he is safe, cared for, and is actively learning. Ms. Cecilia is a great Director and makes me feel assured everything is under control, but I also feel comfortable talking to her if I have any questions or concerns. The center is always clean and welcoming. The teachers and staff are always attentive and respectful. I feel safe entrusting my child to their care and would recommend this daycare to all parents!”
Erica - KinderCare Parent
I think this is a great center and is somewhere I'm very comfortable leaving my child, which is not something I easily do. I think Ms. Cecilia and her staff do a great job with the children. I love that there are several teachers still at Village Drive KinderCare who were there when my first child attended. I think this is a wonderful center!”
Becky - KinderCare Parent
We just had our first child, and after touring many daycare centers, the Village Drive KinderCare made me, my husband, and my child the most comfortable. Ms. Debbie has ensured a smooth transition not only for my daughter, but for me and my husband as well. One rough week of transition made me question working, but multiple staff members made me know I was leaving her in good care, so I decided to keep working. A specific thanks to Ms. Debbie, who took my requests for my daughter and went above and beyond! The Infant Classroom is always clean, organized, and welcoming. The staff does a good job of keeping an eye out for all the children there. I have always witnessed an extremely thoughtful, caring, and safe environment for my daughter throughout the day.”
Jean - KinderCare Parent
I love Village Drive KinderCare! I annot say enough good things. I recommend all of my coworkers to attend this center! My third child is now attending and I could not imagine going somewhere else. My children have so much fun and interaction daily that I could not ask for more. I am thankful to the staff for everything!”
Sandra - KinderCare Parent
I have had wonderful experience at this center with both of my children. The Center Director, Ms. Cecilia, is top notch and very attentive to all the children and parents. My children's teachers have always been very informative and kind. I am beyond pleased with this great center.”
Mary - 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.