Gricelda Duran, Center Director
Meet Gricelda Duran, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2012
Education: Director's License
Favorite Children's Book: The Giving Tree
Meet Gricelda Duran! Gricelda is the Center Director of this Knowledge Beginnings Center. Gricelda attended the University of California Riverside, where she earned her degree in Teaching and Spanish. Gricelda also holds a Director’s License in the State of Colorado. Gricelda has been with KinderCare since 2012. Her favorite quote is, "A good education is the foundation for a better future.” -Elizabeth Warren. Outside of work, Gricelda likes to spend time outside with her 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.
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!
Interactive Kindergarten (5–6 Years)
Kindergarten is a critical year for young learners. Experienced KinderCare teachers will tap into your child’s natural curiosity to help get them even more prepared for elementary school. Our engaging lessons make the most of current technology while offering plenty of hands-on play and exploration.
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!
In the relatively short time Bryan has been involved in these programs, I have seen such a positive change in him. He is excited to show me the letters he can write and we have enjoyed looking out for patterns when we are out and about. The constant communication Ms. Shaunesse gives me after each lesson has been very helpful. I am able to use the notes she sends home to continue what Bryan learned during the day to enforce what he learned from Ms. Shaunesse.
I feel very confident that these programs have given Bryan a strong education base as we get closer to going into kindergarten. I highly recommend not only these programs but Ms. Shaunesse leading the kids as well in these activities.”
Ashley F. - KinderCare Parent
I just wanted to take the time to say thank you for doing such a great job. After the conference with Mary last week, I have to say that I am very appreciative of all of you. Sometimes I think parents take for granted all that is done at the school. The parties last week took much time and planning on everyone's part and I will assume many extra hours were put in. The sacrifices made for all the kids is appreciated.
I appreciate everyone's patience with Joshua and Kira. You have all been very helpful, just like a family. I like to think of KB as Joshua and Kira's extended family. Mary is leaving a very positive impression on the twins. At home, they often tell me that "Ms. Mary said... Ms. Mary says..."
Please continue the great work and thank you very much.”
Eric A. - KinderCare Parent
My son and daughter have been enrolled at Knowledge Beginnings since they were infants and they love the school. They have developed long-term relationships with their friends and teachers and enjoy going to school each day.
KB provides an age-appropriate learning structure that my children have benefitted from. Special emphasis is placed on units in 2-week blocks that focus on a certain theme such as weather/seasons, the community they live in, dinosaurs, etc. Language, social studies, math, and art are also incorporated into their daily learning activities. Special programming related to phonics and math are also available. My son really excelled in the phonics program.
The facility is beautiful with lots of space and natural light, including a large outdoor play area equipped with a tricycle track, slides, basketball hoop and a large grassy area for the children to play.
KB provides a lot of flexibility for working parents by offering long hours (6:30am-6:30pm) and providing before school/after school care and bus services to the Denver Public Schools located in Stapleton. Overall, I would highly recommend the staff of KB to teach and care your children.
Andrea Parker - KinderCare Parent
I would like to take this opportunity to let you know how happy we are with our family experience to KB. As working parents, it is important that our daughter is surrounded by great people who care for her in our absence. We chose to put her in daycare opposed to hiring a nanny because we believe in the social importance of meeting and playing with out children even at a very early age.
Since Cristina became the Director things have changed for the better. I noticeably see a difference in our daughter’s education and am excited to hear the new songs and lessons she is learning. Also, Miss. Vickie has been extremely wonderful in helping in our daughter’s class. Our daughter talks daily about Gus Gus (the school hamster) and would not have potty trained so quickly had it not been for Miss. Vickie’s “potty party” and “potty crown”. These are just some of the examples of the positive experiences we have had since the change in leadership.
Finally, I would like to not the focus on curriculum by the current KB staff. My husband and I both hold post graduate degrees and education is very important in our home. Neither of us are interested in glorified babysitting, but rather a program that teaches. To me, the best indication that our daughter is learning is the smile on her face when she tells us about her day. I love seeing her laugh when she counts to 40 or sings ABCs. We would like to thank the KB staff for all of their hard work and dedication!
Thank you for what you do!
Colleen T. Calandra, J.D., LL.M. - KinderCare Parent
My son and daughter both attend Knowledge Beginnings in Stapleton and I can't say enough about how much they've grown over the last 1.5 years.
My 4 year old son is already reading at a kindergarten level (if not higher). He is doing great learning math and is very excited to tell me every day on the way home what he learned for the day. I am very satisfied with his preparedness for Elementary school and I am extremely pleased with how much he is learning.
I have to give special acknowledgment to Ms. Vickie for all the work she has done in the 2 year old class room. My daughter has grown so much in the last few months of being in that class. She is counting to 10 (sometimes higher), she is already recognizing words and letters, she comes home singing all kinds of new songs, the amount of art and creative projects she does is amazing. She absolutely loves her friends and teachers in that class. We have about a 20-30 min ride home so I get to hear all about what her and her friends did each day. I think the most exciting thing for me in addition to what I've mentioned above is how quickly Ms. Vickie was able to get her potty trained. Once I told her what I was doing at home she emulated the same at school and my daughter was trained in no time... at only 2!
I pulled my children from KB for a brief period and moved them to a different daycare here in Denver and the either cried each time or they had just the saddest look on there face when dropping them off which broken my heart. The quality of education and care they were getting at this new place was completely inferior to what they had become accustomed to at KB. It was a no brainer that I had to move them back and luckily for me they had space. My son literally did a happy dance when I told him he was going back! No I have to wear my running shoes to keep up with them when dropping them off. They are excited each day to come to school.
You've probably noticed I keep referring to KB as a school and not a daycare. To me a daycare is a place where kids go and play all day and you have half hearted staff there just making sure they don't hurt themselves. KB is much more than a daycare it is truly a learning environment form infant to 5 year old. I believe my son will be at an advanced kindergarten level, if not even grade level above by the time he starts school. When it comes time for my daughter to go to Elementary I have no doubts she will be just as prepared. As a parent I could not be more proud!
I would like to give thanks to KB and all of the staff for everything they've done for both of my children. Since they spend more time with my children than I get to each day, I'm happy to know it's with this great group of people.
LaTasha Hayes - 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.