Dorothy Thomas, Center Director
Ages: 2 months to 5 years
Across from Winn Dixie, next to CVS
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cross Bayou Pinellas Central Walsingham Plato Academy- Largo
Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.
Meet Dorothy Thomas, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 1992
Education: Associate Degree in Child Development and Education, Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies
Favorite Children's Book: Where the Wild Things Are
Meet Dorothy Thomas! Dorothy is the Center Director of KinderCare Pinellas Park in Florida. She attended Miami-Dade College, where she earned her Associate Degree in Child Development and Education. She also attended Barry University, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies with a Specialization in Behavioral Sciences. Dorothy has been with KinderCare since 1992. "We are what we repeatedly do, therefore excellence is not an act, but a habit." Outside of work, Dorothy likes to read self-help books and decorate.
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.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs
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'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!
I want to share my experience about the school that my son is attending. I am very happy to have my son attend the KinderCare Learning Center. To notice a lot of improvement on my son's behavior and social skills. He learns something new every day, he wakes up in the morning and can't wait to go to school. The staff is very friendly and work with kids according to their needs. They are very professional and I trust them. My son has two healthy meals and a snack every day. My son's teacher is very loving and my son has only good things to say about her. All teachers are trustworthy and well trained. As soon as you walk in the KinderCare center ,the director, is always ready to answer every question and concerns you might have. She is very polite and very good with kids. The school is very clean and organized. I wouldn't change a single thing about his school. I would highly recommend this school to every parent because they will notice a lot of improvement on their child's behavior and overall being. Keep up the good job!”
Mersiha - KinderCare Parent
We placed Johnathan at KinderCare when he was only a few months old after a home nanny failed us. Johnathan was in our care as a foster child from birth. It was very important for him to be in good, safe care, being that he was under state supervision. Johnathan had to be watched closely because he was in protective custody from his biological parents. The KinderCare staff at this location did an outstanding job with this. His care was beyond great. We recently adopted him as our own. The staff have all been through the long road of adoption with us. The outpouring of love and support that came from them was amazing. They celebrated the adoption as if he were their own child! We love and trust them all. We could not ask for a better Center Director or Staff then the ones at the 102nd avenue location. Everyday Johnathan comes home happy and continues to learn. There is very little turnover in children there. Johnathan has had most of the same children he started with still in his class today. They are growing together. Thank you Debbi and all of your staff.”
Gino & Sheri M. - KinderCare Parent
I moved back to FL from NC to help my single parent son raise his 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl.
His youngest son, Alek, age 4, is a bit of a daycare challenge. Alek discovered at his first/previous daycare placement, that if he caused enough of a behavior problem, that particular daycare would call his father or mother to come pick him up.
Well, you can imagine how Alek's little mind processed that. He immediately presented negative behaviors every day after that and was discharged soon after it all began.
I spoke open and honestly with , Stephanie Jones, the Center Director. She and the Assistant Director, Adriana Evans, have both be extremely supportive in assisting with Alek and they kept us fully informed of his progress.
KinderCare's teachers have worked diligently to ensure Alek's successful transition. Their willingness to help my grandson overcome his "homesick" behaviors with consistency and kindness has been heartwarming to witness.
Words are not enough to express how much of a difference KinderCare of Pinellas Park's staff has made in this child's life. I am extremely appreciative and grateful for their efforts.”
Barbara S. - 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.