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Walden Lake KinderCare

Kathleen Mullis, Center Director

1701 W Timberlane Dr Plant City FL 33566
(813) 754-5264 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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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.

Welcome to Walden Lake KinderCare

Welcome to Walden Lake KinderCare in Plant City, Florida! We are here to engage your child with a fun and friendly environment where they will grow academically, physically and emotionally. We have a wonderful staff with a wide variety of experience and tenure. All teachers are certified and always continuing their education, so you can be confident your child is in safe hands. We look forward to meeting your family and creating meaningful moments throughout your child’s development!

We’re proud of the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. And, if you need distance learning support for elementary school kids, grade K-6, we’re here for you. Contact our center director to learn more. We can’t wait to see you soon!


We’re so proud!

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.


What Learning Looks Like

Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

Our Programs

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.

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. 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.)


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 for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

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!

Our Teachers

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!


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.

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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.

Our Families

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.
    Warmest Regards,

    Judi & Charlie Landis

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    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.

    Thank you!

    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

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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.

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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.

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