TeAnna Gainous, Center Director
Meet TeAnna Gainous, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 1999
Education: Child Development Associate
Favorite Children's Book: Oh, The Places You'll Go!
Meet TeAnna Gainous! She is the Center Director at La Branch Child Development Center in Houston, Texas. TeAnna holds a Child Development Associate credential. She has been with KinderCare since 1999. Every day, TeAnna enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Her favorite quote is, “Every child is a story yet to be told.” Outside of work, TeAnna enjoys spending time with her family and watching movies.
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.
La Branch Child Development Center Programs
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.
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!
Dance Tree and Giggle Bytes
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 just wanted to take this time to write this letter to you and your staff regarding my feelings about the La Branch Child Development Center. I have been so well pleased with the warm, loving experiences my daughter, Caylie, have received had since beginning at La Branch nearly 3 years ago. Not only is the academic curriculum amazing, the emotional support my daughter receives from you and your staff makes leaving her within your care every day that much easier.
Each and every staff member at La Branch CDC knows my daughter by name which means so much to Caylie but more importantly to her parents. It is not easy for a mother to leave her child in the care of others, but at La Branch, I know that Caylie is well-taken cared for. She gets hugs for reassurance, praises for her accomplishments both big and small, encouragement to overcome difficult tasks and appropriate consequences for misbehaviors. Caylie is happy to go to school every day and talk to ‘mommy’ about the exciting things her class is exploring. And, of course, we cannot leave in the afternoons without Caylie hugging her friends as well as her teachers.
Thank you so much for providing a center of excellence for our daughter and I, without a doubt, would recommend La Branch to any parents looking for quality of care. I am confident that every day we leave Caylie - she is in a happy and healthy learning environment that is helping to shape Caylie to grow and be the best she can be.
I congratulate you and your staff on a job well-done! Your hard work is evident in the accomplishments of my daughter and for that we, the Jones’s “THANK YOU”.”
Crystal Jones - KinderCare Parent
I've seen Kendall grow so much since he's been attending LaBranch Child Development Center.
Before coming to LaBranch, Kendall had been held back in a 2 year old class due to the fact that he had not been potty trained although he was 3 at the time. I was concerned that he wasn't getting the independence he needed and being challenged at his level. That was no obstacle at LaBranch. Kendall was placed in his correct class upon arrival and his teacher Ms. Tiffany worked with him to instilll a very structured potty training process to coincide with what I was trying to do at home.
Kendall was quickly promoted to the PreK class with Ms. Pat. I was very happy to see this because Kendall is very bright. Once there, Ms. Pat was very patient with Kendall with his potty training and we've worked together to get Kendall where he needs to be. Now he's potty trained and I couldn't be happier. I've watched Kendall's vocabulary expand greatly. He starting to recognize words, improved his pencil skills, and is generally excited about school and learning. Most of all he loves to read.
I've had a pleasant experience at LaBranch and have and would continue to recommend LaBranch to family and friends.”
Stephanie Spann - 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at La Branch Child Development Center?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at La Branch Child Development Center?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.