Kristie Woodward, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Meet Kristie Woodward, Our Center Director
Kristie has served as center director at the Breezewood KinderCare since 2008. She possesses an early childhood education certificate. Kristie welcomes all families at the front doors to make her center feel like home. She believes in each and every one of the children at her center. Every day, she looks forward to helping them express themselves and loves being there for the families!
At KinderCare Since:
Early Childhood Education Certificate
Favorite Children's Book:
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.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care 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. Kids in this delightful and delicious program 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! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It 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. Your child will experiment with activities like learning how lemon juice and baking soda interact to uncover secret messages, watching fizzy reactions in action, and discovering 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've had my children in other daycares and they never had more caring teachers than they do now. I have 3 special needs children and they fully accommodate my children in any way! I love it here and I'll never change. The staff is wonderful!”
Michelle P. - KinderCare Parent
When my daughter was six months old we enrolled her in an in-home daycare and were very disappointed at the care received. My daughter had colic and needed to be held or sit upright most of the day; this in-home daycare was unable to take care of her and left us without care at the last minute. The Breezewood KinderCare was recommended to us. They took us in and treated my daughter as though she were one of their own. I felt comfortable from the start that she would be well taken care of. I cannot say enough about how much we love everyone here!”
Arianne M. - KinderCare Parent
Previously, my son attended another daycare company. Due to an unpleasant experience, we decided to find another alternative. We then found ourselves needing care because I found out I was having another baby. I had to find a place that felt comfortable to my heart where I could bring both new baby and our son, which scared me due to the previous issues we had with the other company.
Upon meeting the people at the Breezewood KinderCare, I can say I have nothing but positive words to say. Ms. Kristie, the Director, and Ms. Wendy, the Assistant Director, have an open-door policy that they stick to maintaining with parents. I can also say that I feel comfortable talking to any of the teachers and office staff at this center. All of the employees are kind and caring, so I never have to wonder if my children are being well cared for, which is one of the things, as a mom, I used to worry about. People also worry about cost, but they have kept their cost affordable compared to other centers.
In regards to their programs, my infant daughter loves it here. We have been there almost a year and my daughter is excelling in everything. They have a more hands-on infant program, which is wonderful for us and her development. Instead of putting your child in a jumper or play yard, they read, sing and work with them on their motor skills. They also keep me well informed on my baby’s progress so I can continue working with her at home. Additionally, my son now goes there for their summer camp and has a blast. His program features field trips, swimming days, and a lot of activities planned for the school age kids.
Overall, I would like to thank the people at Breezewood KinderCare for making such a difference in my life!”
Tammy - KinderCare Parent
After three years of family care my husband and I found ourselves in need of a daycare facility. My daughter is three and was going to attend a private preschool in the fall when our situation changed and we needed a full time daycare facility for her and our son, who is soon to be two. After meeting with a few daycare centers, I was becoming more and more reluctant. I decided to give it one last chance and contacted KinderCare. I must have called Ms. Kristen a dozen times with questions before I enrolled my children and she kindly answered each and every one of them. I visited the facility a few times before I enrolled my children. I had so many fears and anxiety when the first day came. The staff did so much to help me calm those fears, beginning with drop off, where Ms. Sharon made me and my daughter feel comfortable when we arrived. I didn’t want to leave my daughter standing there crying, my heart was breaking for her. Ms. Sharon took us to Ms. Tanya for drop off and, unfortunately ,the time had come for me to say goodbye. When I turned back around before the door closed, I saw Ms. Tanya bend down and looked to be hugging my daughter and immediately I was left with only the anxiety, not the fears. She wasn’t doing that for my benefit, she could no longer see me. She was doing that for my daughters benefit, even with other kids all trying to get her attention. Ms. Sharon in the meantime was ensuring me that how I felt was normal and I would feel that way for days to come. Due to my hours, I do not get a lot of interaction with her teachers, but she is always eager to tell me about her day. She says every day “I was crying but now I am smiling.” She told me that her teacher says that to her. She tells me that her teacher is always smiling. It makes me feel more comfortable knowing that they are taking the time to make my daughter comfortable.
My son enrolled a week later and that was a whole other adjustment. My son is sensitive and can be, at times, very difficult. I wanted to make sure that I felt comfortable that the staff was going to give him the time and attention he needed. He is a terrible sleeper and wakes up very cranky from him naps. All of these things made me fearful to leave him at daycare. I was certain that strangers would not be able to calm him down and they would be calling me to come get him. That was before I met Ms. Deborah. My son took to Ms. Deborah immediately, but more importantly, Ms. Deborah took to him. Ms. Deborah is there when I drop him off in the mornings and in two short weeks I already feel comfortable leaving him with her, even if he is still crying when I leave. Often he is still crying when I leave but when he sees Ms. Deborah he will reach for her. He might not stop crying but clearly Ms. Deborah is treating him wonderful if he wants to go with her. Ms. Deborah will tell him she needs to finish something up. It makes me happy knowing that she is willing to engage with him. She will make sure everything is in order and everyone cared for and content and she will then take him from me. I often leave with her holding my son, rocking him. I have not had a lot of face to face interaction with Ms. Lindsay but every time I call she is always willing to speak with me and tell me how my son's day is going, and never acts annoyed that I have called. Ms. Kaycee has been fantastic in relaying information from Ms. Lindsay to me. My son always seems calm and happy when he is in Ms. Kaycee’s care. She always takes the time I need to feel comfortable knowing about his day when I pick him up. She never rushes me out the door or makes me feel like a nuisance for asking too many questions. On a good day she will say our son "did so wonderful today”. It makes me happy that she is personalizing with him and makes me feel like he is cared for a child not a paycheck. She is very genuine when she tells me about his day, and it makes me feel very comfortable.
Beside the obvious of wanting to feel comfortable with the staff, the most important thing I was looking for was education. I wanted to make sure that my children would be learning, as well as having fun. Every day my daughter tells me something new that Ms. Yudis has taught her that day. My son has already started to use his words better, and in a very short time has become a better communicator. He not only uses his words better but he has begun to incorporate sign language. All clear signs that my children are being taught, as well as they are being cared for at KinderCare. While I am nowhere near the comfortable phase as a whole, I am already well ahead on my comfort level than I ever thought. I want to thank everyone at KinderCare that has made that happen. Ms. Kristen and Ms. Wendy have both been so helpful and are truly available any time you need them.”
Parent - KinderCare Parent
As a musical performer for children, I play music for kids in literally hundreds of centers each year. And every once in a while I come across a center worker deserving of a shout-out. I'd like to recognize the amazing summer programs coordinator at Breezewood KinderCare, Ms. Susan Rolka. The day I performed at her center this past summer, I had lots of time to watch her interacting with her school-age children. Ms. Rolka truly has a gift with kids. She keeps them constantly engaged with creative interaction, and turns every little activity into a fun learning experience. And it was clear that she has won the hearts and the respect of her kids. She's an extraordinary teacher, and a credit to her center.”
Peter 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.