Heather Brunick, Center Director
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.
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.)
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!
My daughter goes to KinderCare Val Vista Lakes and we could not be more happier with our daughter's progress. She has been going to this center since she was two! Right from her first class, where Ms. Shirley took great care of her, gave her personalized attention, not to mention without her effort and determination, my daughter would not have been potty trained that quickly. So thank you so much, Ms. Shirley! Moving on to her next class, where Ms. Alex and Ms. Christina both were super nice and now to VPK 1, where Ms. Lina and Ms Dimaris are just awesome. From the former Center Director, Ms. Dayna, who we miss so much, to the current Director, Ms. Megan, all of them are superb. They all exceed our expectations. Ms. Judy, who teaches Phonics and Math, always updates us with a progress report and has such an understanding with the kids. All I can say is we are lucky to have great teachers like these ladies for our kids. Thank you.”
Pooja Z. - KinderCare Parent
I wanted to send the Director and staff a big thank you for all that they do for the kids in their care, and especially for all of our foster kids who have attended KinderCare over the years. Our family appreciates all the work the staff at Val Vista Lakes KinderCare does. We marvel at the enthusiasm, joy, patience, and genuine concern for our kiddos! My family has been doing foster care for almost four years now, and we often comment to each other that we don't know how we did it prior to knowing about this center! The old adage "It takes a village" couldn't be more true with the foster care system. It's not easy to be foster parents, but partnering with KinderCare and seeing the sweet, caring staff each day has been a real blessing and encouragement to us. We have not had the easiest of kids. Several have come to us very troubled with tumultuous backgrounds, but the routine and stability that our home and this center has provided them has made all the difference in helping them flourish. The center has also provided a top notch preschool program for our kids. Most of our little guys came into care with very low academic scores and are now recognizing letters and numbers, and some are even reading! We have one word for what they provide...priceless! We really appreciate all the countless hours this team has poured into our kids. The staff goes above and beyond every day to make sure our kids are taken care of...we are truly grateful.”
S. Family - KinderCare Parent
We love KinderCare at Val Vista Lakes! Darci, Nicki, and Vonnie run this location like a well-oiled machine and work so well together. The teachers are amazing. Prior to choosing KinderCare, we looked into many other child care centers in the area. The other centers were disorganized and not on top of things, and then conversely some seemed so rigid and sterile. Val Vista Lakes KinderCare felt like home when we walked in. There was order and respect for the rules and requirements that needed to be followed, but also there was flexibility and warmth that results in and a fun and loving environment. The staff is always polite and professional and flexible to our scheduling needs. We highly recommend this KinderCare location to any of our friends looking for child care.”
The F. Family - KinderCare Parent
Our daughter has been going to Val Vista Lakes KinderCare since 2009 when we moved nearby. Our son joined her after his birth in 2011.
The best thing about this center is the teachers. The staff has pretty much remained the same for the past four years. In other words, their retention rate is fantastic. There have been a few additions to the KinderCare family, but the new teacher has always shadowed a tenured teacher before teaching on her own. It means my kids are never left with a stranger. Every single teacher knows both of my kids by name, even if they have never taught in their class. My son loves it there and has learned so much at school. He always has a lot to tell me about his day.
The management group holds their staff to high standards and works very hard to run a top notch center. When talking with them, its obvious they truly care about the kids and the center.
I have many more good things to say about this center, but limited space. I would highly recommend them to anyone.”
Chanelle C. - KinderCare Parent
We have been a family at this center since my older daughter was 11 weeks old. This August she will enter kindergarten early at age four. Miss Pam and the staff have prepared her well, both academically and socially. She can count to 100, write her name, do basic arithmetic, and has learned some Spanish and sign language as well, which she regularly teaches to the rest of the family. She has also become quite the artist! The teachers are amazing from the infant room to her pre-k class. She is always excited about a new science experiment or story she learned in the center. As a parent of girls I am so grateful that my daughter has formed an early love of math and science that I attribute to the centers commitment to equal learning. The teachers and directors exhibit total inclusion and tolerance. My girls have always felt loved. The social environment is exceptional, a place children are encouraged to work conflicts out with friends and that everyone is a friend. I feel so lucky I found this place and have continued to go here after moving several miles away because I truly believe there is no where better for my girls. Shout out to Ms. Roxanne, Ms. Krystle, Ms. Jasmine, Ms. Nicole, Ms. Rosemary, Ms. Mercy, Ms. Jo, Ms. Diana, Ms. Julie, Ms. Rayann, Vonnie, Nicki, Darci, and Pam!!”
Rachel G. - 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.