Krista Cook, Center Director
Meet Krista Cook, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2016
Education: Director's Certificate
Favorite Children's Book: Miss Nelson is Missing
Meet Krista Cook! She is the Center Director at Sharpstown KinderCare in Houston, Texas. Krista holds a Director’s certificate from Tick Tock Training. She has been with KinderCare since 2016. Every day, Krista enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Her favorite quote is, “A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.” Outside of work, Krista enjoys camping and traveling.
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.
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.
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!
I want to take a moment to acknowledge the wonderful work that is provided from the staff at Sharpstown KinderCare. Let me give you a little background on my situation: I'm a single mother of two young children, eight and six years old. KinderCare gave me a sense of security when I left my oldest as an infant in their care. KinderCare has allowed me to have a peace of mind while I'm at work knowing that my children are safe being transported from school buckled up and safe. I'm so happy with the services that are provided at KinderCare--they help with homework and provide different activities my children really enjoy in the time that is spent there--and when they are happy, that make me very happy. I encourage the staff to keep up the excellent work that they provide day in and day out. I truly blessed to have KinderCare in my life.”
Luz C. - KinderCare Parent
The care my son receives during the day at Sharpstown KinderCare is phenomenal. He has been there for over a year now and every day he blossoms. He enjoys his time spent there learning and playing with his friends. KinderCare offers an enriching environment for him and all of the other children. My son looks forward to seeing his friends and Teacher every morning. I am very glad that my husband and I decided to enroll him in this center facility. Seeing him smile and interact with other children fills my heart with joy. They have taught him so much more than how to count, the alphabet, and nursery rhymes: They are also aiding his father and I in proper discipline techniques that are effective for a cranky two-year-old. I look forward to seeing the places my son will go thanks to the care he has received here.”
Ruth C. - KinderCare Parent
I have two children attending the Sharpstown KinderCare Learning Center. They have been with KinderCare for three-and-a-half years, and the center staff has provided great care for both my children. I would recommend this center to anyone who needs child care.”
Loretta C. - KinderCare Parent
After doing research for child care centers, I settled on Sharpstown KinderCare. I wanted my daughter to attend KinderCare because the staff are very kind, warm, and nurturing. I continue to see how caring and attentive the Teachers are with my daughter, and I know she is safe, being taken care of, and having fun in the process. I love to get updates of the activities that my daughter has been doing that help with her cognitive and physical development. I see how happy she is to play with children her age and to try different foods. Kudos to the KinderCare team--they bring great care to the joy of my life. I'm very grateful.”
Shireen P. - KinderCare Parent
My daughter has never been in a daycare environment. When I brought her into Sharpstown KinderCare, she immediately wanted to stay and threw a fit when I tried to take her out of the Preschool Classroom. Ms. Enedelia was very nice and offered to let her stay and play while we looked at the rest of the center. I could not believe a child who had never stayed with anyone other than family wanted to stay so bad, but it was then that I realized this was the place for us.”
Mrs. M. - 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.