La Branch Child Development Center
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.
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
“ 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”.Show more
“ 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.Show more
Frequently Asked Questions
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Child Care You Can Trust
It’s More Than Daycare, It’s KinderCare!
Whether your child is just starting to explore the world or on their way to big-kid school, we have exactly what they need to foster their love of learning and build confidence. See proof that our Early Foundations® curriculum prepares kids for kindergarten, elementary school, and beyond!
Leading the way as America’s most accredited child care provider.
Meet Our Classroom Heroes
From ABCs and 123s to social-emotional skills and problem-solving, our amazing teachers build kindergarten readiness and Confidence for Life™.
See how they bring learning to life at every age and stage!
Babies Are Reaching New Milestones
Babies are giggling, wiggling, and exploring the world one tiny step at a time! In our infant classrooms, little ones are discovering language, experimenting with problem solving, and practicing social and emotional skills.
Toddlers Learn Through Creating, Playing, and Exploring
Toddlers are on the move! At this age, that’s totally normal as they learn and discover the world around them. In our toddler classrooms, they’re building confidence through creating art, learning their ABCs, imaginative play, and so much more.
Discovery Preschoolers Practice Independence
Discovery Preschoolers are channeling their creativity, learning how to express themselves, practicing motor skills, and experimenting with language and literacy in new, exciting ways.
Preschoolers Are Building So Many New Skills
Preschoolers are exploring science experiments, creating artwork, and playing pretend with friends. We’re also boosting literacy and social skills through letter-building and group art projects!
Teachers You Can Trust
When we say we’ve got the best teachers around, we really mean it. You can rest assured that every team member clears rigorous national and state background checks. Plus, our hiring process includes the Gallup® Talent Assessment to make sure we hire educators who have that special something it takes to work with kids.
7-time Gallup® Exceptional Workplace Award Winner
Every year we check in with our amazing team to survey how engaged they are, and for 7 years running we’ve earned the Gallup® Exceptional Workplace Award! We’re the first and only early childhood education provider recognized, and one of just four companies worldwide to receive the honor seven years in a row.
Peace of mind from pick-up to drop-off.
Child care isn’t just about caring for children—it’s about families and communities too! We’re committed to valuing the experiences and traditions you bring with you and honoring them within our community. Whenever you step through our front door, you’ll know that you’re in a place where your family is safe, happy, and celebrated for who they are.
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Our teachers join forces with families to help kids become lifelong learners while building confidence to live happy and healthy lives.
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Hear from families like yours.
When it comes to deciding on a child care center, we know there’s nothing quite like hearing from other families! Hear what Becky has to say about being a part of the KinderCare community:
“As a parent, I entrust my greatest blessing to the staff at KinderCare every day, and I am grateful for the loving care and guidance he receives. The teachers and director look at each child as an individual, with their own strengths and needs. My son has been blessed with awesome teachers who understand his challenges, and handle him with grace. My child has learned so much and continues to share with me the great activities that go on each day at "school!" Thank you to the KinderCare child care organization for an incredible early childhood curriculum that engages and teaches at all steps of the day, and a special thanks to Karen and her staff; they continue to do amazing works of ‘heart’ with all children.”
- Becky T.