Tamica Hargrove, Center Director
Meet Tamica Hargrove, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2018
Education: Associate's Degree in Teaching, and Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
Favorite Children's Book: Goodnight Moon
Meet Tamica Hargrove! She is the Center Director at Wallisville KinderCare in Houston, TX. Tamica attended Houston Community College, where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Teaching, and the University of Houston, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare for three years, and before that she was a teacher. “Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” -Robert Louis Stevenson Outside of work, Tamica enjoys practicing yoga, watching movies, and spending time with her family.
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.
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!
A limited number of our centers offer a bilingual immersion preschool program featuring Mandarin and English, created in collaboration with leading foreign language educators. Children will have the opportunity to learn Mandarin through stimulating, age-appropriate, hands-on activities. Using this creative approach, children enhance their skills in a second language in the same natural way they learned their first language.
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.)
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
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 son is currently enrolled at the KinderCare Wallisville location in Houston, and has been since he was two years old--now, he's four years old in the Prekindergarten Classroom. We have had such a wonderful experience here at KinderCare that I felt the need to express my delight with the center. The Director, Assistant Director, Teachers, and other staff are great people and I have been extremely impressed with their level of warmth, care, and professionalism. Two years ago, before coming to this center, I was a very nervous and fearful parent with a toddler who suffered from asthma and multiple severe food allergies. I had kept my son very sheltered and was afraid to trust anyone to care for him besides myself and my mother, but I understood the importance of early childhood education. I interviewed with several daycare centers in the area, and with the advice of my own mother, I knew KinderCare was the perfect choice. I found all of the staff to be very sensitive and understanding in regards to my child's special needs, as well as my personal concerns, which truly helped to reassure and calm my fears. The Director, Ms. Joselin and her Assistant Director, Ms. Donna, are always available to answer any of my questions and provide me with any needed information. The teachers are fantastic. Ms. Mary, Ms. Ruth, and Ms. Celia have really had a positive impact on my son. He comes home every day and shares with me something new he has learned. I can see his knowledge greatly expanding daily, and he enjoys going to school and looks forward to being with his friends taking part in the different activities. I have no doubt that he will be more than prepared when it is time for him to leave the center and start kindergarten. I cannot express enough how important it is for me to have my child in a loving, caring, organized, and safe environment. I am so grateful to God for the Wallisville KinderCare and for the awesome group of people who work there providing high-quality child care.”
Jerea H. - KinderCare Parent
I have to say, I was a little scared and hesitant about leaving my child in the care of unfamiliar faces. This was my four-year-old's first time in preschool and I was nervous for him. On his first day, Ms. Donna reassured me that he would be fine, and she was right! My son absolutely loved it! He enjoys going to KinderCare every morning! The Directors, Ms. Joselin and Ms. Donna, are wonderful and helpful, and the Teachers are very nice and know what they are doing. I recommend Wallisville KinderCare 1,000%!”
Crystal J. - KinderCare Parent
On March 1, 2018, I started my journey on looking for childcare for the second time. The first I time I gave up because I felt like I couldn't find good childcare. On March 9, 2018, I received an email inviting me to come stop by and check out the Wallisville KinderCare and meet the new center director. I must say I was very impressed by Ms. Tammy who informed me that she had taken the center almost a year ago and that she knew I would love the new changes she'd made in the center. I must say that the center is clean and the teachers are friendly and professional! I was very impressed with all of the new changes that has been made, and to top it off, my girls are happy and learning more and more everyday! I would like to give a huge shout out to Ms. Tammy and the whole Wallisville team a job well done. Ladies, keep up the good work!”
Sammie B. - 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.