Catalina Paz, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Hwy 838 & S Hiatus Rd. Near Deicke Park & Volunteer Park
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Nob Hill, Central Park and Saw Grass Elementary
Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.
Meet Catalina Paz, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2013
Favorite Children's Book: Because I had a Teacher
Meet Catalina Paz! She is the Center Director at Plantation KinderCare in Florida. Catalina attended the University of Cincinnati, where she studied Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2013 and has over 16 years of experience working with children and their families. Every day, Catalina looks forward to helping new generations have better opportunities in life. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world!” – Nelson Mandela. Outside of work, Catalina enjoys reading and traveling around the world.
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.
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!
First, allow me to say that I am a single father who was extremely picky when it came to finding a VPK program for my 4 year old son, there were so many options and all of them say they were better than the next. So, I did a great deal of research before enrolling my child. And these people met every standard and qualification I had. They helped me through a confusing enrollment process, patiently guiding me through the paperwork and red tape that had me literally on the verge of panic. The director of the school was kind and answered questions every time they came up, no, "Let me get back to you on that." She took me step by step through the process, even when I had forgotten to dot an "i" or cross a "t". As for the staff, they are EXEMPLARY!!! Ms. D demands respect, because she GIVES respect and my son considers her an extension of our whacky family. And Ms. Diaz, my son's teacher, has brought out the best his brain has. He can count to one hundred, has a solid grasp on letters and sight words and this simply improves every single day he is there. This is being posted, 2 days prior to Thanksgiving and I can say with total confidence; I am grateful I found Kindercare and not only WOULD I recommend them to other parents... I DO, often.”
MichaelG. - KinderCare Parent
This center is everything a parent could ask for! After a lengthy search and many visits where I was left unimpressed by many of the other schools/daycares in the area I accidentally stumbled upon this location. The cleanliness is immaculate here! I mention that first because it's the first thing you notice in the door. The staff is amazing, extremely caring and loving to the children. All of the teachers are very welcoming and do a great job at keeping parents informed. Ms. Nicolan and the rest of the staff were very supportive during a recent death in our family (child's father) and I couldn't have asked for a better out of home support system for my little girl. They go above and beyond and I love that about them because you can tell they do their jobs from the heart. Again, what more could you ask for? My daughter has been here since she was 18 months old and is on her way to kindergarten after this summer. I know she'll be sad the day she outgrows daycare and aftercare here (I will probably cry lol). It's exactly the kind of place you would want your child to be cared for outside of your own home and I can't thank them enough for their services.”
Michelle P. - KinderCare Parent
"I see how much my child learns everyday. Her teacher has displays on the walls with their pictures and she writes what my child says in her own words. It's great to see everything they're learning!"”
Alvarez Family - KinderCare Parent
"I love getting the daily form from my child's teacher. I can ask her about her day from what her teacher wrote and it makes for great conversation on our way home. I also love to see when Ms. Jen displays all the kids pictures around the class."”
Keel Family - KinderCare Parent
I love the teachers, staff and the director. I'm very pleased with the way they take care of my daughter.”
Parent - KinderCare Parent
My daughters have been attending the KinderCare in Plantation since they are 6 and 8 weeks old. Now they are 4.5 and 3 years old. All the teachers are so loving, caring and attentive. My little one always gives a kiss & hug to her teachers; She really loves you: Ms. Erica, Ms. Dwandra and Ms. Jennifer. My older one is learning so much, she counts in English, French and the other day tried in Spanish; thank you Ms. Mia, Ms. Lucy and Ms. Marcela.
But today I wanted to take the time to say a special thank you to Ms. Nicolan Kerr, Center Director and, Ms. Catalina Paz, Assistant Director. While all the Broward schools were closed after the “Hurricane Matthew” you re-opened your doors right away, as the storm was already gone and areas safe. And you took the time to call every parent. What amazing service! Not so many schools would have done the same.
I am glad I chose this center 4.5 year ago.
Thank you all for everything you do, everyday!
Lydie M. - KinderCare Parent
Hannah, along with the entire team at the Plantation center are caring, quick to respond, loving and give outstanding service. A main factor of choosing this center was that each instructor has been at THAT center for over ten years. That level of commitment and loyalty speaks to the effectiveness of the current center leadership. As a first time mother, I greatly value the experience and child knowledge of my child's teachers. Rorie is happy and excited to go to school each day. We consider everyone at the Plantation center family.”
Tanya C. - KinderCare Parent
The facility is clean and organized. But the staff is what makes me keep my child at KinderCare. Ms. Hannah and Ms. Maria have managed to make it a fun, loving & professional place. So much, that when I am there I feel like part of their family. You can genuinely feel their passion for what they do in the way they treat me and my child. Over the past six years, every morning and afternoon I have been acknowledged and greeted with a smile! KinderCare is not just a facility, it's an extended family, thanks to Ms. Hannah and Ms. Maria. I trust them with the most important thing in the world to me, my child. I rather pay a little extra, knowing that I get quality care. They are both the reason I am still there and will keep referring family and friends. Thank you.”
DeLeon Family - KinderCare Parent
Mrs. Hannah and Ms. Maria continually keep out doing themselves year after year! They have big hearts, great personalities and big smiles. They are a pleasure to interact with daily. They have accepted me and my family with open arms and are just so comforting towards not only my child, but others as well. They are both very professional and I reward them for continuing to carry on the great reputation that they've made this KinderCare location to be! Thank you.”
Parent - KinderCare Parent
Since day one, we felt at home. After staying home for my son for the first year, I was worried about finding a safe, fun, and educational place for him to learn and grow, while I went back to work. We were looking for a place, like KinderCare, that because of it's structure, have standards, policies, and procedures to follow. You know there is quality and accountability. After reading the great reviews, we checked it out and were impressed. Nicholan and Catalina are so welcoming and great at their job, from my perspective. Anticipate my questions and flexible with changes to our needs. Mrs. Maria and her the other teacher (sorry i forget her name), were great with the kids and worked with me with my sons dietary needs. Or stay a few minutes after closing because there was an accident causing delays. If he tripped or fell running, they called me. Even though it was just a small scratch, I appreciated them keeping me informed and informing me of the care they provided. Or if I forgot to tell them a family friend is picking him up, they call me right away, before allowing them inside - I appreciate that. They have family events throughout the year where you can meet fellow parents in your kids classroom. We ended up only being there for 6 months, as work relocation brought us out of state. No one can replace your role as a parent, measure up, or provide the same intense love or care, but they're pretty close. Great experience and recommend it.”
Jaimie P. - KinderCare Parent
As my daughter, Rorie Culley, finishes up her VPK year I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for this institution and its caring staff and teachers. Having no family in Florida, our family has relied heavily on the caring staff at KinderCare Plantation. Every single staff member has treated both me and my child like family. From listening and lending helpful parenting advice, to sharing my grief as I was laid off from my job earlier this year, our KinderCare Plantation family was there for us. Rorie has experienced all of her “firsts” within its doors. Everything from rolling over, sitting up, walking, talking, and reading have occurred under their watchful eyes. She began as a bald-headed, screaming-at-the-top-of-her-lungs 10-week old infant and has grown into a feisty, confident, young lady who is 100% ready to enter Kindergarten in the fall. While we love each and every teacher Rorie has encountered over the years, there has been one teacher throughout our time at KinderCare that has been a standout influencer in Rorie’s life and learning. Eufemia “Mia” Diaz has seen Rorie through from the Infant room all the way through VPK. She is caring, loving, and an extremely passionate educator of young children. It is not often that a child is blessed with an early educator as special as “Miss Mia”. Without hesitation I enrolled my daughter in the phonics enrichment course as soon as I heard Miss Mia would be teaching it. The first time I heard my 3 year old actually read a book at the annual Christmas show, I cried tears of pride and knew that I had made a wise choice. As I watch the interaction between Miss Mia and Rorie, I know I’m witnessing something truly special. She has a way of reaching my child that is simply unmatched. The school year is ending so Rorie is now spending her last few days with Miss Mia. We’re also relocating to a new state where education standards are certain to differ from those in Florida. It will be a bittersweet ending to our time at KinderCare. However, I have no doubt that my child is ready to conquer the years of schooling and life ahead of her; she’s had a foundation of love and learning under the outstanding care of her Miss Mia and the educators KinderCare Learning Center. We will truly miss them all.”
Tonya H. - KinderCare Parent
My son is currently attending the KinderCare. For a long time, we were looking for serious and reliable daycare for our son until we found KinderCare; a trustworthy institution. The teacher Eusemia Diaz is an exceptional instructor with great ethical manners. She is an exceptional pedagogue. She is very well trained for identifying children’s necessities and can treat them according to their characteristics. Also, Mia, as my son likes to call her, has become another member of the family. My boy loves her; he goes to school every day with a smile on his face and has never complained about her. Mrs. Diaz has become in his paradigm. Whatever she says or does is a law for him. Under her supervision, my son has dramatically increased his academic level. Although he did not know how to speak English at the beginning of the course, today he can communicate; recognize letters, sounds, and numbers. In other words, he is ready for the next level. Personally, I wish every parent could be as lucky as us. There is not a better feeling than to know that you’re most precious treasure is in good hands and is receiving the attention it deserves. We will highly recommend Mrs. Diaz to everyone we know and encourage your company to make her comfortable within your organization so that she can continue teaching. This society needs more teachers like her. Thank you, Mrs. Diaz.”
Adel C. - KinderCare Parent
This is the best day care for children. My grandson has been there for over a year the director and staff are helpful, sweet, and have patience for kids of all ages. I thank them for the loving care that they provide to my grandson.”
Giannina G. - KinderCare Parent
KinderCare in Plantation, FL has truly made our daughter, Arya, so happy! She knows where we are once I pull into the parking lot of our center. She starts to kick her feet and laugh with pure joy. Despite our current reality of everyone wearing a mask, she recognizes her teacher and all of the other teachers by their voices. Ms. Daniela, Ms. Julissa, along with the entire team, are full of love and a genuine desire to see the children develop successfully. No matter what may be happening in the world I am confident that my baby girl can just be a kid and be happy. I can't express how thankful I am. The look of joy on my daughter's face every morning at drop off gets my day started on the happiest note.”
Michelle L. - 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.