Tami Dunlap, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 10 years
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Brookwood, Armand Bayou, North Pointe, Falcon Pass
Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.
Meet Tami Dunlap, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2016
Education: Degree in Business, Child Development Associate
Favorite Children's Book: The Giving Tree
Meet Tami Dunlap! She is the Center Director at Pinebrook KinderCare in Houston, TX. Tami attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she earned a degree in Business and a Child Development Associate credential. She has been with KinderCare for six years, and before that she was a teacher and an assistant director. Outside of work, Tami enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, white water rafting, and spending time with her family. Her favorite quote is, "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn."
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
We’re so proud!
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.
What Learning Looks Like
Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.
Pinebrook KinderCare 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.
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.
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!
I really think KinderCare at Pinebrook is a hidden gem in our neighborhood. I started enrolling my son when he was about 18 months old. As we do not speak English at home, I was really concerned about how he could adapt to a totally new environment surrounded by people he could not understand. Much to my relief, Ms. Juanita and Ms. Lori are very comfortable with interacting with non-English-speaking toddlers and have always made my son feel welcomed when we step into the classroom. Ms. Juanita also makes my son feel special by preparing personal and thoughtful holiday and birthday gifts. I also like that Ms. Juanita and other Teachers are open in communicating with me about how my son is doing at KinderCare and often give me positive feedback when he is doing well. Every now and then, I would be happily surprised by my son's humming a little tune or uttering a few English words, something that I know for sure he picks up at the school. Every Teacher there is super friendly and greets you when they see you.The kids there seem to be happy and super friendly, too, which I think can also be attributed to Ms. Juanita, Ms. Lori, and other Teachers at KinderCare. Finally, I think Ms. Shawna, the Director, obviously has done something right to keep happy Teachers and kids there. I personally found her very helpful, understanding, and reassuring, qualities that make me confident that my son is in good hands. Perhaps nothing speaks more about our positive experience there than the fact that just a few months after my son started in the program, he is looking forward to going to KinderCare every day.”
S. P. - KinderCare Parent
I am very pleased with KinderCare Pinebrook. I have been a stay-at-home mom since my daughter was born 18 months ago. This year is the first time I have needed daycare, and it's only for half a day per week. I, of course, was extremely anxious about daycare, but the Center Director was wonderful about working with me on the schedule and my own anxiety. The Teachers in my daughter's classroom are wonderful at calming her when I drop her off. I have always felt welcomed there, and my daughter even wanted a kiss from the Center Director after meeting her that first day! Now, she cries when I leave the room, but stops when I'm out of sight and has fun. I trust this center and am happy I chose it, but more importantly, my daughter is happy when she's there.”
Ryan P. - KinderCare Parent
We have nothing but positive things to say about Pinebrook KinderCare. Our kids love their "school" and ask each day if they get to go see their teachers. I have a Ph.D in nutrition and I am very impressed with the meals and snacks provided at the center.”
Anonymous - KinderCare Parent
I have enjoyed watching my child grow up at KinderCare--she has been there since she was six weeks old and she will be five years old in a couple of weeks. She has learned so much though the early childhood curriculum and the Teachers actually take the time to meet every child’s needs! It really feels great to know my child is in good hands and she is learning and thinks it’s fun! All of the teachers there are very warm and loving and feel like a part of our family. We thank everyone at KinderCare for the memories that we have and for taking care of our child.
D. G. - KinderCare Parent
My little one really seems to enjoy school and playing with her friends. She always seems happy to get to school. I really like the staff, they're friendly and seem to know everything about every child, and they communicate very well.”
Anonymous - KinderCare Parent
The entire staff is very friendly and shows a general concern for my children. Both of my children (20 months & three-and-a-half years) are very relaxed and are thriving in the center. The teachers create an extremely caring and loving environment. My children appear to be excited about learning, and love to read, sing, and share their day with me.”
Leslie J. - KinderCare Parent
This center is awesome. They make my daughter and I feel welcome every day. They are very sweet and my child loves them.”
Katherine 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.
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 Pinebrook KinderCare?
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 Pinebrook KinderCare?
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.