Beth Birtha, Center Director
Meet Beth Birtha, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2000
Favorite Children's Book: Giraffes Can't Dance
Meet Beth Birtha! She is the Center Director at Bayfront Child Development Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has been with KinderCare since 2000, and before that she was a teacher, program specialist, and assistant director. “The best teachers are those who tell you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.” Outside of work, Beth enjoys spending time outdoors, biking and walking along the waterfront. She also loves traveling with her husband and they have traveled to many countries all 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.
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.
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
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.)
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!
We have been with BCDC since our son was 10 weeks old and he, now three, hurries down the hall to his classroom to see what the day has in store for him. His day has structure so he knows what to expect, joy and discovery so that he can learn to love learning, gentle and consistent discipline, caring and attentive teachers and developmentally appropriate expectations.
Each time he has graduated to a new room, we lamented parting with the teachers we have bonded with only to be met with another wonderful pair of caregivers and educators that we would, in turn, be sad to leave. Every day we ask our son the same question: 'How was your day today?' and every day it is answered with diverse and enthusiastic answers: 'We saw a magic show!' 'We drew a spider!' 'We planted some beans!' His days have been full of discovery even as an infant which is more difficult to deliver than it sounds.
I credit the curriculum, and the care with which it is applied for the overall environment of learning, play, and participation that has helped shape our son into a (mostly) polite and (relatively) well-behaved young boy. It has been a joy watching him grow and evolve as a part of the Bayfront family, and we look forward to several more years.”
Libby F. - KinderCare Parent
I love to brag about Bayfront Child Development Center. I brought my one-year-old son there eight years ago and as I watched him move from classroom to classroom, not only did I see him learning new things and hitting milestones, I was also learning how to be a better parent to my son! It was my first kid! I valued and needed the advice and encouragement the teachers gave me daily. He graduated from VPK at Bayfront and attended their summer camp the following summer. They offered classes in math, phonics, music, and even Spanish there. He was placed in gifted soon after in elementary school and I credit his love of learning and confidence to his teachers at BCDC.
When my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our second, after our parents, we told BCDC! On the lengthy waiting list we went, because the secret was out how special this little school is. She also started at age one and adores it. When her big brother walks her into school now I often hear him tell her how lucky she is to go to school here. She says 'I know,' and I know it too.”
Tara B. - KinderCare Parent
We started at the Bayfront Child Development Center in October of 2013 with all three of our children attending, At that time, our oldest was three, middle two, and youngest about 10 months old, We had just recently moved to the area after having excellent child care in our previous location, so our expectations were very high for Bayfront. With us being a military family, despite our children's young ages, this already made our fourth day care, so we really couldn't afford to have it not be a great place.
To say our expectations have been met would be a huge understatement. Bayfront has truly exceeded every single one of our needs and expectations in helping raise our three children. And truly, that's what they do, they become an extension of each child's family unit and help raise them. We have seen tears wiped, accomplishments celebrated, and poor behavior redirected. Each of our children's teachers have loved them as though they were their own, and each of the front office staff has done exactly the same. It never fails to amaze us how Beth knows each and every one of the kids' names at the school!
With Ryan being stationed on a ship during the first year of the kids' time at Bayfront, he was gone for more than half of the year. This was a challenge on the whole family, and the kids dealt with a constant roller coaster of Dad being gone, then home for a little while, then gone again. It was a trying time for them and certainly a hard adjustment for all of us. The staff at Bayfront took the time to understand how the kids were doing, evaluate why some of their behavior was changing, and took steps to help the kids through those challenging times. Moreover, they even took the time out to help Gina.
At one point Lisa caught Gina on her way in to pick up the kids, and just simply asked her how she was doing with Ryan being gone so much, and told her if she ever needed anything, even just to call to vent, that she was there for her. This single interaction, while not a required part of Lisa's job, was so meaningful to Gina and demonstrated how wonderful and devoted to our family's well-being the staff at Bayfront is. We're continually impressed by how much the staff knows about our home life too, not just what they see of the kids during the day.
Not enough can be said about the quality of the teachers at Bayfront either. Not a day goes by that we don't wonder how in the world the teachers manage to patiently and calmly teach a classroom full of two or three-year-olds, or how they manage to get the kids to do things they simply refuse to do at home... like listen! It's really a sight to behold when 10 or so three-year-olds are silently walking in a line 'catching a bubble' coming in from outside. It's amazing it's not pure chaos every moment of the day, or that each of them haven't lost all of their hair or even pulled it out! The teachers at Bayfront are just such wonderful role models, not only for the kids, but for us as parents too!
Unfortunately we're getting ready for another military move yet again, and we'll be leaving Bayfront before the end of the month, and the staff there will be truly missed. It will be extremely hard to say goodbye to the people who have taken such great care of our children, day in and day out, and who have constantly put their best effort into developing them. The teachers and staff at Bayfront have truly become our friends, our teachers, and our family.”
The Waitt Family - KinderCare Parent
Bayfront child development center to me is an extension of our family. I have a four and one-and-a-half-year-old attending, and my experience has been nothing short of exceptional. The leadership team, the primary teachers, and every single one of the support staff are remarkable individuals who each have their own unique qualities to offer, which makes them a strong and dynamic team.
I have watched them work together through the years and I am amazed at how everyone is there for the betterment of the children. Each one of them knows my children by name and I feel as though they love them like their own. They demonstrate this with enthusiasm, giving them love, teaching them life skills, and providing a safe, clean and fun environment every day.
Communication is outstanding. The leadership team keeps us up to speed with upcoming changes, alerts for sickness going around, and activities taking place. We get daily written communication from the teachers about our child's day along with verbal updates at drop off and pickup. Even the tough issues like poor behavior are addressed in a professional way, always positive, and with avenues presented on how to work through the adversity.
There are so many fun activities planned for the kids. It is not uncommon for the staff to use their own resources and personal time to bring a little extra joy to the kids. Holidays are celebrated with amazing activities that truly make lifetime memories for our whole family. Pictures are taken regularly to capture those precious moments that a parent who works full time misses. Creative art projects for every occasion are done using little hands and feet and toes. These masterpieces are absolutely treasured and are keepsakes for a lifetime.
Recently my one-and-half-year-old choked on a carrot at lunch time and a teacher reacted immediately, performing the choking rescue for him with great success. Being a RN, I know that acting effectively in an emergency takes courage and training. I am forever grateful for the amazing staff at BCDC. I would never consider my children attending a different school, and I share my experiences regularly with the community because I'm so very proud of this program and the amazing staff that make it first class and one of a kind.”
Julie M. - KinderCare Parent
My son has attended Bayfront Child Development Center (BCDC) for almost one year. I have been so impressed with both the wonderful teachers and the expansive curriculum. Each time you walk in the door, you feel very welcome at BCDC. You are always greeted with a smile by everyone you pass in the hallway. It's amazing how all the teachers know every family and child so well. Even the ones I haven't officially met, know my son's name and that I'm his mother.
Furthermore, my son's teachers, Ms. Marcy and Ms. Danielle, are especially caring and patient. You can tell that they care about all of their students. They appreciate each child's unique personality and strengths. They are the perfect mix of silly and serious (which is important to hold the attention of preschoolers) and I love how they post pictures of the children all over the classroom.
The directors, Ms. Kristy and Ms. Beth, are excellent. They are both friendly and professional and make time to discuss any concerns or answer questions, no matter how busy they are. A couple times when my son has seemed ill or not like himself, one of them called right away to let me know. Similarly, when I have called and asked them to check in on him in his classroom, they are happy to accommodate my request. It's very reassuring to know that my son is in such good hands and that not only do the teachers know my son so well, but that the directors do too. I know that he is completely safe at BCDC and that gives me great peace of mind.
I also wanted to mention that I appreciate the high-quality curriculum at BCDC. I believe it prepares children very well for kindergarten. My older son attended VPK at BCDC (back in the 2011-2012 school year) and though he has been the youngest child in his class, he has done exceptionally well in elementary school thus far. The emphasis on sight words alone really helps make the transition from preschool to elementary school seamless because they have a head start on reading. Similarly, l’d like to note that the optional phonics program is great and I highly recommend to anyone. It's definitely worth the investment.”
Elizabeth C. - KinderCare Parent
My three-year-old daughter Adyson has been attending Bayfront Child Development Center since she was an infant. I was initially drawn to the daycare center for two specific reasons. The first reason is the hours of operation. No other daycare center in the area opens as early as Bayfront CDC.
The second reason is the location. Bayfront CDC is located on the same campus as Bayfront Health St. Petersburg which is my place of employment. As a parent and especially as a first time mom, it is difficult to leave your child in the care of others. Knowing how close she is to me while I'm working was a tremendous burden lifted from my shoulders. I know if she needs me for anything I can get to her in minutes.
Over the years I have learned that Bayfront Child Development Center is so much more than a convenient location and excellent hours of operation. I want to thank you for your incredible patience and for teaching my daughter to be patient. For everyone's friendly smiles and for making Adyson smile every day. For the attention you give each of your students and somehow still make Ady feel like she's the only one that counts. Adyson is learning more and more every day, she's becoming a confident, inquisitive and polite little girl. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for playing such a big part in who she becomes! I am so appreciative for the love and care your staff has given not only to Adyson but to all of the students at Bayfront Child Development Center!”
Nicole K. - KinderCare Parent
Raising two children with both parents working and without the support of local family members can be challenging. When my daughter was born in 2012, my husband and I decided to explore our child care options beyond the center where we were currently enrolled. At the same time, BCDC was opening their enrollment to the entire community of St. Petersburg.
Ms. Lisa provided us with a very thorough tour of the facilities, answering a multitude of questions (my mother was a director of a child care center for over 25 years, so you can imagine the inquiry she endured). Ultimately, we decided to move my three-year-old son and enroll my infant daughter with the school.
We remain part of the BCDC family today. My son, a graduate from the VPK program, will be entering first grade next year and is exceeding our expectations in regards to his knowledge and understanding of the world around. His self-confidence and ability to interact with all those around him openly is partly due to the time he spent with his BCDC teachers and classmates. My daughter is currently in the three-year-old room where she is learning her letters, beginning to write and plays all day long. It gives my husband and I comfort to know that the time our children are/were away from us is being spent with caregivers who are taking a vested interest in nurturing their body, mind and spirit.”
Emily K. - KinderCare Parent
Our children have been attending BCDC for the last 18 months and we are extremely happy with the care and education they are receiving. We knew when we initially toured the center while expecting our second daughter that this was an environment that would keep our girls safe and cared for in addition to laying a foundation for learning. One of the most important things to us when deciding where to send our children was the staff of the school, and in that I feel like we have hit the lottery. I cannot say enough how much we have enjoyed all the teachers that have taught the various classes the girls have been in.
From infant to toddler to preschool, we couldn't be happier. Our children are excited to go to school every morning, and when we pick them up they're excited to show us what they've learned or worked on that day. It gives us, as parents, great peace of mind to know they're being well taken care of and great pride to see their minds developing. We've all heard the saying 'It takes a village to raise a child,' and we are happy to have BCDC on this adventure with us.”
Kelly - 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.