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OU Learning Center

Shelby Smith, Center Director

2727 Asp Ave Norman OK 73072
(405) 325-0528 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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OU Campus

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Madison, Monroe

Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.

Welcome to OU Learning Center

Welcome to the OU Learning Center! We are located in Norman, OK, on the beautiful University of Oklahoma campus. Our professionally trained staff helps prepare your child for lifelong success. Whether helping your child connect spoken words and print, or safely developing their gross-motor skills through playground activities and beyond, we adhere to the “whole child” developmental philosophy. KinderCare dedicates itself to helping children develop lifelong confidence on a daily basis.



Meet Shelby Smith, Our Center Director

At KinderCare Since: 2021

Favorite Children's Book: I Love You Stinky Face

Meet Shelby Smith! She is the Center Director at OU Learning Center in Norman, OK. Shelby attends Seward County Community College and is currently working toward a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2021, and before that, she owned and directed a childcare center for 13 years. Every day, Shelby looks forward to helping children discover their true potential. “A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.” – Chinese Proverb. Outside of work, Shelby enjoys working in the garden, camping, and spending time with family.


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.

Our 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.

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!

Our Teachers

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!


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.

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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.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • Words cannot begin to express how grateful we are to the OU Learning Center. Our son has advanced so much in this last half year here. His vocabulary and motor skills have grown. We believe a classroom is only as great as the guidance above. Clearly, the leadership has developed a center where children grow and thrive. We will miss this center deeply!

    T. Family - KinderCare Parent
  • When we adopted our son through Oklahoma's Department for Human Services, we had no idea how to navigate the daycare system in Norman. Many places had waiting lists with no end in sight. We knew we wanted this sweet little boy to be in a place that valued his learning and development, but that also cared for his spirit. We found that at OU KinderCare. The teachers immediately found a place for our son and made him feel welcomed. This was a relief to us, as we knew he was already dealing with adjusting to a new home and a new family. After a year at KinderCare, we are astounded at not only how much he has learned, but also at how his personality has blossomed. He runs to his classroom every morning and doesn't want to stop playing at the end of the day. He loves taking music classes and sings all day long. He also surprises us daily with new knowledge and social skills he picks up in the classroom. We are so grateful to have such a fun, nurturing, and safe place for our son to grow each day.

    Kristen P. - KinderCare Parent
  • OU KinderCare has been nothing but great for us and our family. We love the attention our son receives from his teachers, as well as the communication they provide us throughout the day and in take-home correspondence. Our biggest surprise was the day he was able to finger paint at school. All his developmental and emotional needs have been met, and we feel that the staff at KinderCare truly cares about the well-being of our son. We would recommend KinderCare to parents looking for any sort of child care needs for their little ones.

    B. Family - KinderCare Parent
  • Our girls have learned and grown so much being at the OU Learning Center--they have enjoyed all of their teachers and I think the Directors do an amazing job running this center. I will continue to recommend them to all my families and friends looking for an early learning environment.

    T. Family - KinderCare Parent

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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.

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