Kathryn Mckinzie, Center Director
Meet Kathryn Mckinzie, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2019
Education: Associate's Degree and Bachelor of Arts Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Don't Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Meet Katie Mckinzie! She is the Center Director at Trailmark Learning Center in Littleton, CO. Katie attended Red Rocks Community College, where she earned an Associate's Degree; and Colorado Christian University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She has been with KinderCare since 2019, and before that she was a teacher and an administrator. “If you learn from your mistakes, they are no longer mistakes, but lessons.” Outside of work, Katie enjoys camping, four wheeling, being outdoors, 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.
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.
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!
The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts like geometry, numbers, currency, measurements, and probability. Whether they’re couting currency or weighing their favorite toy, your child will explore math fundamentals that’ll give them a confident start for elementary school.
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.
Soccer, Jump Bunch
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!
Our son has been attending Trailmark Learning Center since he was six weeks old! This center is amazing. It is NAEYC accredited. The center offers enriching learning experiences for all children, even infants. The staff is kind and caring and they go above and beyond to make sure our son has the best experience each day. The center itself is clean, colorful, and has a big playground and is surrounded by green space. My family loves Trailmark Learning Center.”
Katie P. - KinderCare Parent
My son has attended the Trailmark Learning Center since he was twelve weeks old. I was very apprehensive to leave him to go back to work, but my fears quickly went away. The staff has become like family to us. There is very open communication to me as a parent, and they really worked hard to cater our individual needs. I know that my child is well cared for and receives a great education. I'm amazed at the things he's learned at the center. He is above and beyond all of his developmental milestones. But most importantly, I know that he is loved all day by his amazing teachers. Furthermore, the facility is beautiful. It pales in comparison to others in the area. It is spacious, very clean, and all the rooms have a lot of natural light. The playgrounds are better than any others I've seen in the area. My son is so excited to get to school each morning. We couldn't imagine our lives without Trailmark Learning Center!”
Liz V. - KinderCare Parent
Our children have been attending Trailmark since they were both infants (now 5 and 3). The staff and facility alike are unmatched in quality and exceptional service to our children and family. It is an exceptional and unique location that is off the beaten path and where my children get to see hot air balloons in the morning on the way to school (a highlight to their day), as well as grass to play on, updated classrooms and advanced learning curriculum. My children adore their teachers and often talk non-stop about their teachers and what they do during the day. I have personally sought feedback and advice from the staff for potty training, parenting advice, and the acceptance and closeness I feel to each staff member is not to be discounted. I would recommend this center to anyone looking for a top-notch learning center for their children.”
Karrie A. - KinderCare Parent
We have two children at Trailmark Learning Center, one in Prekindergarten and one in the Infant class. Our experience has been amazing. The sense of community, the active engagement between the teachers and students (including the infants) and the overall quality of care is tremendous. We are always bringing home interesting art projects and pictures of our kids enjoying their adventures. I also appreciate that the center is conveniently located close to C-470, but that it is secluded from the main road. It has really spacious playgrounds for each of the classes, which, from our experience, get very well utilized by all of the kids. It is great to be part of the Trailmark Learning Center family.”
Ryan R. - KinderCare Parent
I adore all the teachers at the Trailmark Learning Center. All the teachers love (not like) my children and my children love them back too. They feel like family. The teachers make all the difference in any child care situation. I love that the center is off the road secluded from view. The playground is fantastic and there is so much room (real grass) to play outside. I even bring a sled in the winter and the kids sled down the hill. They take lots of pictures of the kids so that the parents feel connected while they are away. They provide breakfast and lunch and lots of healthy snacks. They do after school care from the local schools. The school building is new and kept up very well. The school rooms are large and bright and don't feel cramped. They have lots of fun "after school" activities such as Zumba and parents night out. My kids never want to leave and that says a lot. I highly recommend you check it out for yourself.”
Nichole R. - KinderCare Parent
Both of my boys have been attending the Trailmark Learning Center since they were infants. The teachers and staff feel like family and we could not be happier with the care our boys have received. We would recommend Trailmark Learning Center - it's the best daycare around!”
Lexi B. - KinderCare Parent
My son has been attending Trailmark Learning Center for two years and it has been wonderful. The teachers are great and they are always doing fun activities that help children learn and develop while having a great time. My son loves going here and I would highly recommend this facility!”
Virginia W. - KinderCare Parent
My almost two year old daughter has attended Trailmark since she was twelve weeks old. I cannot say enough good things about the staff and professionalism of everyone involved in caring for our daughter. The teachers have provided such a supportive and warm environment that our daughter is thriving. She is learning so much every day and she can’t wait to go to daycare each day. The biggest motivator for that is our daughter has developed a special bond with her teachers from each room starting with Infants and now Toddlers. Having her excited to be at Trailmark Learning Center and to be with her teachers and friends has made it so much easier to leave my daughter in their care. Trailmark is a safe, clean, bright and engaging environment for my daughter to learn and explore a range of enriching learning experiences. The outdoor playgrounds are great and my daughter can’t get enough. One other thing I like about Trailmark is how accommodating they are. I got nothing but support when I cloth diapered my daughter. We love the experience that our daughter has been given and we would highly recommend Trailmark Learning Center as a place to consider for your children.”
Kelli B. - KinderCare Parent
I have two children that have attended Trailmark Learning Center since they were infants. The staff at the center is amazing. They have become family to us and my children are always happy to see them. They are always doing unique and fun activities, while learning, and my children are excited to tell me about their day. The center is beautiful and spacious. It is off the main road and tucked in a nice quiet neighborhood. There is lots of space outdoors for the kids to run and play and each age group has their own outdoor play area, which allows everyone to be outside at the same time. They offer Parent nights out, Parent days out, and a weekly Zumba class. The center is more than a daycare, it is like a little community.”
Sandy K. - KinderCare Parent
Were so grateful for Trailmark Learning Center. Our three girls (ages 12, 10 and 3) have all had the pleasure of growing up in the center from babyhood through school age. One of the big reasons we’ve stayed for so many years is the caring staff that treat us like an extension of their families. All my girls still remember most of their teachers and even the littlest one who’s still there, loves checking in on her old teachers to get hugs from them as she passes by their rooms on the way to her current room. The curriculum is solid and evident in my older girls. They were more than well prepared for Kindergarten when they transitioned into grade school. My youngest daughter happily comes home with evidence of what she learns every day. I know my kids are well taken care of and that everyone truly has our best interests at heart. The location, although a little off the beaten path, is actually what I love about the center too. I go out of my way to choose Trailmark over a center that’s closer to my home because it’s in a beautiful neighborhood and not on a traffic filled busy road or high traffic area, which in my mind makes it that much safer. The facility is clean, secure and spacious with a number of grassy playgrounds that offer wide spaces for the kids to run through. On the way to school we pass open space and Chatfield State Park, frequently spotting hot air balloons in the summer, hear flocks of birds chirping in the botanical gardens grounds nearby in the spring and honking geese overhead in the fall. It’s a really great atmosphere for my girls to grow up in. This center stands out over so many others we’ve researched in our area over the years. I highly recommend it to any family in the Littleton, Trailmark, Roxborough area!”
Marissa A. - KinderCare Parent
We live an easy eight minute walk (or two minute drive) from a daycare center. When I was pregnant with my daughter, it was the first center I visited (of three or four) and after those visits, choosing Trailmark Learning Center was an easy decision. Although I'd anticipated having a hard time choosing where to bring my first child for daytime care, the location, the atmosphere, the curriculum, the price, but most importantly, the staff made our decision easy. From the first day I dropped my daughter off at TLC, I have never worried that she wasn't getting the same level of care that I could give her myself. My daughter has thrived at TLC. She was slow to walk and required some physical therapy. The therapist would go to TLC weekly to work with my daughter and the teachers there would take advice from the PT and work on gross motor skills with my daughter between visits. To me, that is going over and beyond the minimum. She has been exposed to songs, activities, books, crafts, foods, and most essentially, people that we would have never met if we had not chosen TLC. Trailmark Learning Center is family, plain and simple. The staff and the director are simply amazing. They love my daughter and my daughter loves them. When we arrive at TLC in the mornings, she sees where we are and claps or grins and is so eager to start her day there. She barely even waves goodbye to me! She wakes up in the mornings or from naps and we can hear her babbling her classmates' names. She asks about her teachers over the weekends, asking when she gets to see them again. Together with my daughter, my husband and I have made wonderful friendships in the year and a half since we started at TLC. I have friends and coworkers who take their children to other centers and from their stories (both good and bad), I KNOW that we have something special with Trailmark Learning Center.”
Julie W. - KinderCare Parent
We started at Trailmark Learning Center in 2007 when our son was only a few months old. We took him out of the home of a family member to bring him to Trailmark Learning Center and believe it was one of the best decisions we made. He is now six-and-a-half and we have a three-year-old daughter who has been there since she was eight weeks old. We always felt comfortable leaving our kids with the teachers who truly love them. These teachers become an extension of our family. We rejoice with them when they have babies, get engaged or buy their first home! And they rejoice with us and the kids hit milestones and grow. The director has built a community among the teachers, parents and children. I would highly recommend Trailmark Learning Center to anyone in the area looking for a loving atmosphere with high standards for safety and learning.”
Diana S. - KinderCare Parent
Our son started at Trailmark Learning Center in the Infant room when he was twelve weeks old and he has always been well cared for. The teachers really care about the children they are taking care of, which is extremely reassuring being a parent of a newborn child. He is happy to come and see his teachers every morning and loves being there. The facility is large and clean, and there is a large outdoor play area for the children. Even in the Infant room the teachers do art projects with the children and take them outdoors when the weather is nice. In addition, there is a parent's night out every month, which is a great opportunity for an evening out. We could not be happier with the facility and staff at Trailmark Learning Center. I highly recommend them.”
Brian S. - KinderCare Parent
Trailmark Learning Center is a wonderful daycare. I have had both of my boys at Trailmark for over four years. The staff is very caring and professional. I appreciate that the center is clean and provides stimulating and age appropriate activities. I never once have worried about my boys' safety or happiness. They love going to Trailmark and are sad to leave when I come to pick them up. The staff has become like family and treat my boys exceptionally well. I highly recommend Trailmark Learning Center. This is a stellar provider. I am a raving fan!”
Aimee T. - KinderCare Parent
My daughter has been at Trailmark Learning Center since she was six weeks old. We love the location, the facility, and most of all, the teachers! We have no family in town and this was our first child. It was amazingly helpful to have teachers like Ms. Tami who genuinely cared and offered us pointers and helpful tricks as new parents. We looked at a half dozen places in the Southwest Denver area, and Trailmark Learning Center was a standout. I highly recommend it!”
Adam P. - KinderCare Parent
Trailmark Learning Center is wonderful! The facilities are new and have a warm and inviting feel. There is a large outdoor play area for the children. The center offers a terrific Parents Night Out each month in addition to Zumba and other programs. What really sets Trailmark Learning Center from any other facility is the staff. The teachers are outstanding and they truly care about the children. The teachers are terrific and they treat each child like one of their own. They go the extra mile to work one-on-one with your child if they need extra help. They promote an environment where the children respect and care about one another. The teachers are always available to talk and open and honest in their communications. My son looks forward to going to school every day.”
Kristin P. - KinderCare Parent
We absolutely LOVE the teachers and amazing staff at Trailmark Learning Center. Our daughter has been attending TLC since she was ten weeks old (she's now two), and ever since the first day she has loved going to school. The teachers are truly amazing - they love each child so much and treat them (and us parents) as family. We toured many centers during our search for childcare, and TLC came out on top in every way. It is warm, spacious, safe, friendly, and the staff is incredible. They have a well-structured approach to their daily activities and mix formal learning with lots of fun activities. Our daughter does art projects every day - even when she was ten weeks old! Every experience with the staff is positive, and they are 100% invested in the happiness of the kids. Now that our daughter is in the Toddler room, the teachers from the Infant room where she started as a baby still come to visit her every day. And she loves to go to say "hi" to them as well. It feels like family. We are so fortunate to have our daughter enrolled at TLC, and we can't imagine her being anywhere else!”
Edwina P. - 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.