Kathleen Mullis, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Next to Clinic/Inside Walden Lakes Housing Project
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Walden Lake Elementary Lincoln Elementary Bryan Elementary Burney Simmons Elementary Cork Elementary Wilson Elementary (Based on need, these may change before Fall 2015)
Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.
Meet Kathleen Mullis, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2020
Education: Master of Science
Favorite Children's Book: Goodnight Moon
Meet Kathleen Mullis! She is the Center Director at Walden Lake KinderCare in Plant City, FL. Kathleen attended Capella University, where she earned a Master of Science Degree. She also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Simpson College. She has been with KinderCare since 2020, and before that worked at various childcare facilities. "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Outside of work, Kathleen enjoys playing and watching sports, as she has two sons who play in travel leagues.
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.
Walden Lake 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.
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.
Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs
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.)
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 would like to personally thank the Kindercare staff for taking care of and loving my son Jaxon. It gives me such a relief to know that he is one "HAPPY" boy when he arrives at your center. I love seeing his reaction of excitement when he arrives in the morning and his smiles and interaction with the teachers and children when I pick him up in the afternoon. Thank you for taking "GREAT" care of my little one. It means the world to working parents to have the peace of mind knowing their child is in a safe, loving enviroment.
Jessica Pitts - KinderCare Parent
“My experience at KinderCare has been always positive since day one. We were forced to find a new center after our son's center closed, which was a very stressful time for us and him. My son is very shy and had a very hard time transitioning. We visited every center in our town and KinderCare was a far better choice. It was very clean and structured. We really liked the curriculum along with the rules and guidelines. The transition for our son wasn't too bad since his same teachers from his old center transited over as well. Ms. Shannon has gone above and beyond to make our son feel comfortable, safe and enjoy his time there. He especially likes the field trips in the summer and couldn't imagine him going anywhere else.
Judi & Charlie Landis
Judith D. Landis, CHE”
Judith Landis - KinderCare Parent
I would like to take some time to let you know that the Mobley family has thoroughly enjoyed our time at Kindercare in Plant City, FL. We started there when my son Chase was only 2 years old and he attended until he was in kindergarten, he is now 9 years old. When our daughter Rylee was 1 we brought her to Kindercare as well. We have always loved the way that your teachers are with the children. They don’t treat them like they are all the same. Kindercare understands that each child is different and responds in different ways to every situation. Another thing that we really love about your facility is that teachers don’t come and go, they stay for many years. That is something special to be able to have the same teachers throughout many years.
Our daughter Rylee has now graduated VPK at Kindercare and we know she is ready to enter Kindergarten prepared with all the necessary tools she will need to be successful and we owe it all to you and your staff.
Kim and Gene Mobley - KinderCare Parent
When looking for a daycare for our new five year old foster placement, we were particularly concerned with the care he would be receiving. Because he was very shaken by his ordeal I sought out recommendations for a provider that gives quality care and settled on your facility.
From the start, the KinderCare staff has been professional yet personable, They are always helpful, showing attention to detail, even remembering our names each time we are there. The staff has made sure we are aware of coming events even to the point of a personal phone call to make sure our child was able to participate in a coming event.
Our child has thrived under your care and regularly comes home excited about the day’s activities. He loves his teachers and is a happy little boy again. I very much appreciated that even when we forgot to bring a change of clothes on "car wash" day, your staff made sure he was able to participate by providing clothes for him instead of excluding him on this fun event.
Our experience has been first rate from the start and I can't say enough how much you are appreciated for the care you have given our little guy!”
L. Simpson and R. Goodwin - KinderCare Parent
I chose Walden Lake KinderCare for my daughter's VPK because of the high curriculum and the high staff standards. They went above and beyond for their VPK, that I then felt right at home choosing them for my 2 year olds daycare provider. The staff feels more like family then daycare providers, and I trust them with my most prized posessions, my children. And I wouldn't have felt more comfortable with any other providers than Walden Lake KinderCare! Amazing staff, clean environment, and happy safe children. I couldn't ask for more as a mother. Thank you Walden Lake KinderCare!”
Hayley Lewis - KinderCare Parent
In 2013 I gained custody of my 2 grandchildren due to abuse. My granddaughter was 13 months old, not crawling or walking due to past injury to her leg. My grandson was 4 1/2 and both have had some traumatic things happen so far in their young lives. I found the center and in less than a month the teachers had Robyn walking! They have been a blessing to my family and was right there through the whole process with the kids and finally adopting them in 2014. It is with great sorrow that the kids last day will be July 28th 2017 due to Robyn starting Kindergarten so both kids will be going to Elementary together and my husband will care for them before and after school in Zephyrhills. The center has always been there for my kids and my family, even through some rough behavioral issues but the kids have over come obstacles with the help of the Center! I could never thank you all enough for what you have done for my family especially Robyn and Aaden Simpson!”
Lisa 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at Walden Lake KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. When the unexpected arises, KinderCare ensures you have access to reliable childcare in a pinch. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and drop-in childcare—you’re always covered with KinderCare.
How does naptime work at Walden Lake KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.