Amanda Grant, Center Director
Meet Amanda Grant, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2008
Education: Child Development Associate Credential
Favorite Children's Book: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Meet Amanda Grant! She is the Center Director at Everhart KinderCare in Corpus Christi, TX. Amanda attended Northwest Vista College and Del Mar College and received a Child Development Associate credential from the Council of Professional Recognition. She has been with KinderCare since 2008 and started working with children at the age of 17. Every day, Amanda looks forward to helping children build confidence for life. "Education begins the moment we see children as innately wise and capable beings. Only then can we play along in their world." Outside of work, Amanda enjoys swimming, hiking, and spending time with family.
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.
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.
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!
KinderCare has been an amazing daycare for our twin sons! They have been attending since they were 18 months old, and are now going on four years old. Ms. Chrystal, Ms. JoAnne, and the entire KinderCare staff always go above and beyond our expectations. It is obvious that the Teachers truly care about our boys, as well as all the children in the class. Our boys love their Teachers, and so do we. The staff has always kept us up to date with their progress and helped our sons reach educational and developmental milestones in and outside of the classroom. We enjoy reading the daily reports and seeing the art projects. We cannot imagine our boys going to any other daycare in town!”
John C. Family - KinderCare Parent
The Everhart KinderCare Learning Center has been an integral part of our children's lives since they were each a few weeks old. My oldest child now attends the School Age program at KinderCare. When we first toured the facility, I liked that the classrooms appeared bright and cheerful--it was an environment I wanted my children to spend their days in. As my children have moved through the center, I have been impressed with the curriculum KinderCare has in place for all of the age groups. My expectations as to what my children should be learning at various ages have always been surpassed. I still remember how surprised I was the first time my oldest child pointed out a few letters to me and told me their correct names. My oldest child was well-prepared when he began kindergarten. My youngest child only has one more year in the Prekindergarten program before she starts the Kindergarten program, and she is well on her way to being ready to take the next step. It has now been around seven years since we first decided to place our trust in KinderCare for the care of our first child; not once have we regretted that decision or considered looking for another alternative for child care.”
Nicholas and Alyssa V. - KinderCare Parent
Upon having our first child and going back to work, I toured many child care facilities, but none of them compared to KinderCare on Everhart. The teachers and staff are always friendly and caring toward the children and the parents. Every day when we walk in, we are greeted with a hello and a smiling face. As we walk through the facility, each teacher knows my daughter's name and says good morning to her. I especially like the door codes to keep people who are not supposed to be there out. It makes me feel it is safe having my child there. I would not choose anywhere else to care for my child while I am at work. I truly appreciate everything everyone at KinderCare does to help make each day extra special for my daughter.”
Alisa M. - KinderCare Parent
We have been a part of the Everhart KinderCare family for nine years. We love it here! My oldest started here when she was just eight months old and is now participating the school-age care in summer and on school breaks. Even when she has the option of staying home, she wants to go to KinderCare. That tells you that they are doing something right! My youngest has been there since she was three months old and is now four years old. She is a very enthusiastic child and even when she pushes the limits, she is treated with respect and very appropriately encouraged to move on to some other center or activity. Both of my girls took part in the Phonics programs and I cannot express how much it has helped them both. The oldest was far beyond ready for kindergarten because of this program, and I truly believe it is the reason that she does so well in school--I know it is going to greatly benefit my youngest as well. The KinderCare on Everhart is an awe-inspiring facility with staff who truly treat you as family and commit themselves to loving and nurturing your children. I cannot imagine leaving my kids in the care of any other place in town.”
Vanessa P. - KinderCare Parent
When my son's nanny was unable to care for him anymore, we enrolled him at the Everhart KinderCare. It was one of our best decisions! Every one of his teachers have been like family to us. They taught him so much, and I know that is why he is such a great reader today. When I decided to go back to work after having our second son, the staff made it so easy for me to feel good about it. I knew he was in good hands. I would highly recommend this facility to any new parents!”
Rita T. - KinderCare Parent
The Everhart KinderCare has a great facility and an amazing staff that we have been blessed to call family for two years. My son started at eight weeks old and is now in the Toddler program. I am amazed at how much he has learned while being there and at how helpful the staff is. I wouldn't take him anywhere else. Thanks for everything, KinderCare family. We love you.”
Cindy G. - KinderCare Parent
As working parents, the task of searching for the perfect daycare is almost impossible. We were fortunate when we found Everhart KinderCare upon moving to Corpus Christi. The center is beautiful, clean, bright, and efficient. The Center Director is organized, professional, and respectful. My oldest started at the daycare in the two-year-old class and has progressed beautifully through each class. He's a shy and introverted child, and all the Teachers at the center were so understanding of his personality and knew exactly how to engage him. All the Teachers treat him with respect and are non-judgmental when he just wants to be alone. My youngest started at the center in the Infant class and has all the Teachers wrapped around his little finger. He is the complete opposite of his brother, and is rambunctious and energetic and mischievous. Once again, the Teachers knew exactly how to curb and redirect his attention and energy. The Teachers genuinely love all the children. The tutoring program at this center is amazing. Ms. Yana is able to engage with both my boys and have helped prepare my oldest for kindergarten. The boys love the music and cooking class as well as phonics and math. Thank you, KinderCare, for making me feel so comfortable leaving my children in your care.”
Euming C. - KinderCare Parent
My son started going to Kindercare at six months old, and he absolutely loves it there. The Teachers are experienced and it is obvious that they love their jobs working with the children. They have lesson plans every day, and the activities they do with the kids are great and age-appropriate. My son is excited every day when I drop him off, and I am confident that I am leaving him in excellent hands.”
Heather C. - KinderCare Parent
I chose to enroll my son and daughter at Everhart KinderCare because a family member told me about it. They only had good things to say about the center’s staff and Teachers. We had just moved to Texas and I wanted an environment that would be a second home for my children while my husband and I worked. I also wanted my children to be comfortable in that environment since they were adjusting to a move. Ms. Chrystal and Ms. JoAnne made themselves available to answer our questions and concerns. The early development teachers have been very welcoming, and my children have fit right in from day one. It has been a relief for my husband and I to know when we leave our children at KinderCare, they are with caring individuals. It gives me peace of mind to know that not only are my children learning, but they are also being nurtured at this center. My children have learned so much. The early childhood curriculum is wonderful and I see the results every day with my children. They are always eager to go to “school.” This is in great part to the wonderful teacher and staff. I would recommend this center to any parent.
Chris and Mischa D. - 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.