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12th Avenue KinderCare

Mariah Rakestraw-Kirk, Center Director

505 12th Ave SE Norman OK 73071
(405) 364-2844 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years
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Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.

Welcome to 12th Avenue KinderCare

Welcome to 12th Avenue KinderCare! We are located in Norman, OK. Our proximity to the University of Oklahoma campus makes us an ideal learning center for children of faculty, staff, and students. We build a warm, welcoming, and supportive classroom for children of all abilities, backgrounds, and experiences. It’s our mission from the moment you walk into our center that you feel welcomed and a part of our KinderCare family!

We’re proud of the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. And, if you need distance learning support for elementary school kids, grade K-6, we’re here for you. Contact our center director to learn more. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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.

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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.

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.)

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!

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.

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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!

  • My daughter has been at this 12th Avenue KinderCare location for over a year, and our experience has been extremely positive. I have had a couple of very minor issues over the course of this time that were handled in a positive and professional manner. I really appreciate that the Director, Ms. Katherine, and the Assistant Director, Ms. Whitney, regularly check on me, my daughter, and the rest of our family. Every teacher is so genuine with my daughter that I know I can trust the staff to keep me informed of her progress. They notice and tell me about anything out of the ordinary right away in a kind and caring way. Also (and this was very important to me), the staff are very transparent about things that are going on in the center, such as a contagious illness with signs on the door. I appreciate this because it helps me be a more proactive parent, knowing ahead of time to look for signs of sickness and to keep my daughter home if I notice them so these illnesses are not spread around even more. I would highly recommend this care facility to any family in the area.

    Christina M. - KinderCare Parent
  • My two-year-old started at 12th Avenue KinderCare this past August (2016). I have been beyond happy with the facility and employees. He loves to go to "school," which means that he is happy and feels safe--the most important things to a mommy and daddy. I love that they stick to a routine and that my child isn't just being babysat, he is learning and he keeps busy all day! I feel that my child is respected and loved, and I couldn't ask for more from a daycare facility. Thank you, KinderCare! 

    April B. - KinderCare Parent
  • 12th Avenue KinderCare is one of the most organized facilities I've ever seen. The teachers are all very caring, they greet my child each morning and gives lots of hugs. I love that my child eats three healthy meals every day, has an hour a day to play outdoors, and has rest time. I always feel that my child is in good hands when I drop off at KinderCare.

    Z. T. - KinderCare Parent
  • My children have been attending 12th Avenue KinderCare for almost three years. Their teachers Ms. Jessica and Ms. Patricia show love and guidance every day to my children. My two-year-old has cultivated a love for playing music thanks to Ms. Patricia, who brought in a flute for the class. My four-year-old loves all the art that happens in Ms. Jessica's class and can't wait to bring it home for her dad to see. As a parent, I am so happy to have such a wonderful group of people to help mold my children into the wonderful individuals that they have become.

    M. M. - KinderCare Parent
  • Upon entering the 12th Avenue KinderCare center, I was nervous about my son attending somewhere new. It has been the greatest thing for us yet! His teacher is absolutely amazing with him. There isn't a staff member who hasn't been helpful and caring in his transition. I am so happy that we chose to come to 12th Avenue KinderCare!

    Whitney - 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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