Artricia Conell, Center Director
Meet Artricia Conell, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2012
Education: Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
Favorite Children's Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Meet Artricia Conell! She is the Center Director at Burnham Rd KinderCare in Plano, Texas. Artricia earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2012 and was a teacher, program specialist, and an assistant director before that. Outside of work, Artricia enjoys watching movies, playing board games, and spending time with her family. "A child's life is like a piece of paper, every person leaves a mark." - Robert Heinlein
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 love KinderCare! The staff is friendly, the rates are affordable, and my children are happy and learning a lot. I can go to work confident that my children are in a safe, nurturing, and educational environment.”
Jessica - KinderCare Parent
My daughter has been attending KinderCare since she was eight weeks old. I am extremely happy with the care she receives and the professionalism with which the staff conducts itself. The Infant Classroom has a cheery and inviting feel with lots of floor space for the babies to crawl and play. I go sit with my baby for an hour at lunch every day and have had the opportunity to get to know most of the staff and watch them care for the children. They are gentle, loving, and playful caregivers who smile at and adore each and every child under their care. The leadership staff is receptive and responsive to every question and concern I have brought to their attention. I definitely recommend KinderCare to all parents.”
Dr. Kimberly H. - KinderCare Parent
I am so impressed with Ms. Kathy. I observe the Young Achievers Program from my computer. She is the kind of nurturing teacher that every parent would want to know about. She values every child and she sees that they engage in the activity of their interest. She is also aware of the monthly activities and shares the important meaning of every holiday.
I see happy kids working in the 4 intelligences: Physical, Emotional, Social, and Academics. She provides LOVE and a good LIFE as they LIVE out each day .We need responsible teachers like Ms. Kathy who lives each day for enriching the kids. My kids love their classroom at Kindercare with Ms. Kathy. Everyone is happy in her classroom. You can just see the confidence these kids have achieving EVERY day. Thank You!”
Bobbie R. - 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.