Diane Thomas, Center Director
Meet Diane Thomas, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 1991
Education: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Favorite Children's Book: Any Clifford Books
Meet Diane Thomas! She is the Center Director at Taney Avenue KinderCare. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Frostburg State College in Maryland. Diane has been with KinderCare for 30 years now. “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” -Margaret Mead. Diane is an advocate of each child thinking on their own and developing those skills as early as possible. Outside of work, Diane likes to read, swim, and garden. She also enjoys outdoor activities.
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.
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.
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
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!
I had my two children at the KinderCare on Taney Avenue for almost two years. I can not thank the team enough for all the care and support they gave not only to my children but to my husband and I as parents as well. My son started at KinderCare at about four years old and only had limited speech abilities. By the time he enrolled in kindergarten his speech was greatly improved and he is doing very well. Thanks for all that you do! You have excellent teamwork and dedication to the children.”
Judy K. - KinderCare Parent
Our children absolutely love going to KinderCare. Max has learned so much already! Who knew he would be singing the whole alphabet and counting to 13 before he was 2 and a half! He loves the ABC Music and me Program as well as his teachers. Max's older sister Millie really enjoys the summer camp program, it kept her learning even when school was not in session.”
Stacey C. - KinderCare Parent
Both Garrett and Avery have benefited from Ms. Megan's bright, cheerful and outgoing attitude. She taught Avery phonics for a while, which Avery always enjoyed. Ms. Megan is also very detail oriented and gives detailed updates on what Garrett does during the day, and all of the progress he makes as he is beginning to move into the toddler stages.”
Jennifer and Bryan M. - KinderCare Parent
I’m writing to offer the highest possible praise for KinderCare, (Taney Ave) Daycare facility. My child has only been at this center for a week, and it feels like she has been there for years. This center excels at meeting the children's developmental needs, with their great curriculum base program. My daughter comes home daily talking about the great things she has done, and how much she LOVES her teachers.
The staff is always caring and enthusiastic. On a daily bases, I'm made aware of my child's day. The management of this facility is very professional, and organized. This facility is one of the cleanest daycares I have ever been in. I feel BLESSED knowing my child is in a safe, clean, educational environment.”
Yvette M. - KinderCare Parent
My son started Kinder Care in January this is his first actual daycare center so I'm sure like every parent you can understand my concern and fear. When I spoke to Megan (Office) on the phone she was very helpful she made me feel comfortable and kept in contact with me until I had made my decision. When i went for my visit to the center I was greeted at the door and welcomed by all the staff. I liked that they have a seating area where you can put car seats etc. They showed me all the rooms and explained everything to me about how he will grow into each class. I really liked the fact that there are two sections for the babies and infants. They aren't all just crammed together. I was very happy with everything that they showed me and what I saw. All the staff were very nice and made me feel better about bringing him. Grayson's first week was hard on me and him but we got through it. Every day it got better and better Meagan (teacher) and the other girls always did extra little things to make me feel better about how he was doing throughout the day. I'm very happy that I chose this center instead of the other one that I went to. KinderCare is very clean, organized, they have a variety of toys, they do activities with the infants which is so great especially the art work and sensory skills that they go over. Grayson loves all the girls he hugs them and cuddles with them which makes me feel food that he is comfortable with them. They have been understanding about everything and work with you if there are any issues. I'm very please and happy. I would recommend them to my family and friends. That is how I found out about them my children's godmother recommended them to me. Her kids also went here years ago so that told me something good!!”
Stacy - KinderCare Parent
My son attended Taney Avenue KinderCare from 8 weeks old through the start of kindergarten. His 4-year-old sister also started at KinderCare as an infant and is still there today. We have had a very good experience with this learning center/daycare. The teachers have been wonderful and our kids love them dearly. This center seems to have a relatively low level of turnover. Many of the teachers have been at the center the entire time my kids have attended. Ms Megan cared for our 8-week old son, and saw him leave the center as a 5 year old kindergartner. Ms Resmi is extremely enthusiastic and had done a wonderful job teaching both kids how to read and write. My son was extremely well-prepared for Kindergarten, thanks to Ms. Resmi, and many other teachers at the center. Communication with the parents is very good and the staff will work with you on any special requests or needs for your child. We would recommend this center to any interested parents.”
Kevin - KinderCare Parent
My granddaughter lives with me and has been going to KinderCare on Taney Avenue for 7 years. Diane, Megan, and all of the staff are wonderful and very caring people. My granddaughter loves going there and I can go to work every day with peace of mind knowing that she is safe and being very well taken care of. There are always many activities and events planned to keep the children busy and interested and the summer program is great. I have always been very happy that i chose KinderCare as my granddaughter's second home.”
Minda - KinderCare Parent
Diane and her team at the Taney Avenue KinderCare were instrumental in my six year old's development. Ever since my son has moved on to Kindergarten, my wife and I really began to appreciate how prepared he was. KinderCare was a huge part of that preparation. Not only will your child learn the early childhood development skills they will need for school, but the entire staff is friendly, nurturing and responsive to parents. Incredible program staffed by incredible people.”
Patrick - 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.