Stonegate I KinderCare
Meet Karina Demagistris, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2023
Education: Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Director Certification, Early Childhood Credential Level V
Favorite Children's Book: Oh, The Places You'll Go!
Meet Karina Demagistris! She is the Center Director at Stonegate I KinderCare in Parker, CO. Karina attended the Community College of Denver where she earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Director certification. She joined KinderCare this year, and before that she was a before and after school program site coordinator. Karina's favorite quote is, "The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see." - Alexandra K. Trenfor. Outside of work, Karina enjoys playing music, working out, and traveling with her family.
Stonegate I KinderCare 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.
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.)
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.
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!
“ We are very pleased to have both of our boys at KinderCare. My sons and their teachers and directors are consistently taking the extra time to ensure our boys feel loved and not just looked after. There is a consistent focus on new and unique activities that always give us something to talk about over dinner. If we can't be there with our boys each day, we're happy that the KinderCare staff takes such an interest in their education and developmental growth.Show more
“ I cannot say enough great things about KinderCare and their staff. We put our daughter in another privately owned center when we first moved to Colorado. It was her first time in full-time childcare, and within a month I had to pull her out because of issues I had with staff and the quality of care and curriculum. The afternoon I withdrew her, I walked into KinderCare and was immediately thrilled and extremely impressed. Dusti and Melissa were unbelievably kind and supportive of our situation. They were flexible, knowledgeable and genuinely interested in what WE were looking for, rather than telling me what they could offer. From that day forward I could see that they are involved with every family and child, from day one. They are always available, and if I ever have a question or concern, or need anything at all, I am immediately met with support and action. In the classroom, her teachers have far surpassed my expectations as well. We left all family behind and moved from Oregon to Colorado suddenly. My daughter entered childcare full-time for the the first time, and had been battling several potty-training challenges due to a gastrointestinal disorder she has had since birth. With so many obstacles, I was nervous sending her anywhere. However, her teachers have worked with her on every single level to make her feel comfortable and loved, and have done everything her specialist has asked regarding her disorder. They have bent over backwards and gone above and beyond to make sure we are following every step and alteration to the plan put in place by the doctor. I truly believe that because of Mrs. Donna and Mrs. Christina, she has overcome all of these obstacles and absolutely loves going to school. She is fully potty trained and no longer struggles the way she had since she was born. I attribute their encouragement and support to the majority of her success and excitement. Lastly, the curriculum put in place by KinderCare is exactly what we were looking for. I was initially nervous about going the "corporate" route with our childcare, but quickly realized what a superior setting it is compared to a private center. She is consistently challenged on all levels, and especially loves the art projects. They are highly developed and detailed, and everything they do centers around learning. She went from regressing drastically during the short time she was at the private center, to learning things I had no idea a 2-year-old could grasp. I am amazed daily with what she learns at school because of their curriculum, structure and staff. Everything they teach is created by professionals and customized to fit the individuals and classroom dynamic. I love that her teachers are able to take a highly developed core plan and make it work specifically for her and her friends, based on their needs and personalities. One of the best features, is that with every project comes with photos of my child creating her work. It is wonderful to see her so happy and involved, even when I can't be there personally. After touring eight different centers in Parker, and seeing what an incredible difference this center has had in our lives, I would recommend Dusti and Melissa's KinderCare to absolutely anyone. I am fully confident in our decision to send my daughter there, and honestly could not be happier with our choice!Show more
“ My children have attended KinderCare since infancy and have enjoyed every minute of it. The staff really caters to the kids and provides a fabulous learning environment. I like how they offer add-on classes to my enhance children’s learning (phonics, Spanish, music). In addition, the Director’s are great to work with; they are very accommodating and genuinely care for all the children in attendance at their center.Show more
“ My husband and I absolutely love Stonegate KinderCare. We have two children at the school, a one-year-old and a two-year-old. As a parent, it’s hard to drop your children off, in the care of someone else. We are so fortunate for the loving teachers at Stonegate KinderCare. The children love the school and are excited for the new adventures each day brings. As working parents, we can leave them knowing they are safe and happy. KinderCare has created a positive atmosphere for learning and we have been able to see huge changes in their development. We chose KinderCare as a long-term investment in our children’s growth and development. They are a key element in our kids' lives and we are so fortunate to have each one of the teaches at their disposal. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our children!Show more
“ I have been a parent with KinderCare since 2012 and it has been an extremely fulfilling experience for our entire family. My oldest was 4 and my youngest at the time was 18 months and had never been away from me. All the staff was so welcoming and truly cared about how my babies felt. They kept me informed of everything going on with them and have been a consistent partner in helping me raise my children. On the days they can't go to KinderCare they get sad and can't wait to go back. They offer parents night out once a month and an awesome summer program for school agers. My kids are very attached to their teachers. So much, my 4 year old wanted to go to his teacher's house to make her soup when she was sick, and half the time my son calls me Ms. Carrie (so cute!). When we started attending KinderCare we were living in North Denver and have since moved to Parker just so our kids could stay at KinderCare. I just had my 3rd child in October and everyone was so excited as my pregnancy progressed and now cannot wait for her to come to the infant room. I would not be able to trust anyone as much as I trust them with all of my children. I feel immensely comforted by the fact that they will be able to be with my newborn while I am work. A lot of the teachers and the directors have their own children at the center so you know that your child will be well cared for because they trust them with their own kids. I wouldn't put my kids anywhere else and am truly appreciative of everything they do for my children everyday.Show more
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We're so proud!
AMERICA'S MOST ACCREDITED
What Learning Looks Like
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.
An Educator Dedicated to Making Readers
Soft-spoken, creative, and laser-focused on literacy, Alisha Jackson is a real role model for early childhood educators. “I am being the change I wish to see in the lives of children,” she says. Watch and find out how she helps children find a love of books and reading.
This Top Educator Teaches With Her Whole Heart
Music is learning. It lights up everything” says this award-winning early childhood educator. Attiya Mirza is particularly adept at using music to teach: She recorded a pop album in her native Pakistan and was also the captain of the Pakistani national cricket team (leadership skills are extremely helpful in a class full of three-year-olds)!
Gallup - Great Workplace Award
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.
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.
This Inspirational Family Puts Love First
Music to our ears. Meet the Bachmans, an all-American, multi-racial family from Chicago who show us all what love is really about.
A Family That is Busy with a Capital "B"
When both parents are professionals, carving out some family "together" time can be a serious challenge. See how the Dorazios do it—from Taco Tuesday to trips to the shore.