Kathleen Hicks, Center Director
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)
Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.
Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)
As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)
At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.
Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)
As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.
Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)
Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.
Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)
Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.
Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care 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. Kids in this delightful and delicious program 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! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It 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. Your child will experiment with activities like learning how lemon juice and baking soda interact to uncover secret messages, watching fizzy reactions in action, and discovering how to use technology to do amazing things!
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!
We switched from a La Petite Academy to the Millard KinderCare because LPA's staff was either unable or unwilling to deal with my oldest son's emotional outbursts. Almost immediately, the amazing, dedicated, and extremely knowledgeable staff under the leadership of Kathleen Hicks were able to turn it around and my kids are now doing great. The facilities are great, well-organized, and impeccably maintained. The teachers care. They take all of my concerns seriously and address them immediately. They take the time to work with my kids. The professionalism of the staff, both teachers and leadership, is outstanding. I could go on and on, but in the end, know this: If you want your kids to thrive in a loving environment with excellent teachers who simply care, there is only one place to take them to--Millard KinderCare.”
Charles G. - KinderCare Parent
In our quest for a different daycare, my husband and I had certain expectations about the kind of care we wanted for our two-year-old son. We decided to see what the KinderCare in Millard was all about and after one visit with the Director, all our expectations were certainly exceeded. Their curriculum is chock full of different ways for the children to learn--and have fun while they are learning. The teachers are actively engaged with the children each day and make it a point to keep the parents informed on what children are learning, how they are progressing, and the fun activities they did for the day. When I drop my son off, I don't have to worry because I know he is in great hands, he's having fun, and most importantly, he's learning!”
L. D. - KinderCare Parent
I have been bringing my children to Millard KinderCare for a little over four years now and I am so thankful to have found such a great place. I have developed strong relationships with the staff. They do a wonderful job keeping parents informed and the lines of communication open. As a single mother of twins, they have always been willing to work with me on payments if I happen to be running low on funds for a month. They inform me about events going on in the community that might help out or be fun for my family. KinderCare also has a wonderful summer program filled with fun activities and field trips. I feel that KinderCare offers my children several educational opportunities and a great environment to explore. I am so grateful to have found a place that I feel comfortable and trust to take care of my children while I’m at work. Thank you, KinderCare!”
K. C. O. - KinderCare Parent
What do you look for in a daycare? That is a loaded question, because each one of us as parents is looking for something a little different. First off there are the basics--look around and what do you see? At Millard KinderCare, you will see total involvement of all teachers and children--not once have I seen a child who was off playing alone. What types of interactions are happening all around, not just with the babies? All age groups are involved in playing activities, reading, or games. There is no TV-watching at KinderCare; it's all interactive. Ask about staff turnover...this is important because your children do get attached to people. Most of the same people are still working for KinderCare from the time my boys first came four-and-a-half years ago. Be involved....ask how your kids are doing. KinderCare's staff is wonderful when it comes time for communication about my children. As soon as I walk into each one of my boys’ classrooms, a teacher fills me in on their day. The most important thing I looked for in a daycare was that my children would be cared for and not just "looked after." My boys love their teachers and it is obvious to me their teachers love them. Not a day goes by that my youngest doesn't go to each and every one of his teachers for a hug good-bye. I wouldn't take my boys anywhere else!”
Trina 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.