Mrs. Katie Barron, Center Director
Meet Katie Barron, Our Center Director
Katie joined KinderCare in 2007, serving in various roles including teacher and assistant director. Katie holds a child care specialist degree. She believes that being a leader is someone who demonstrates what's possible and brings out the greatness that others already have inside them. Moreover, Katie thinks every child is gifted as they just need to reveal their special powers.
At KinderCare Since:
Child Care Specialist Degree
Favorite Children's Book:
The Giving Tree
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)
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.
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.
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.)
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!
Both of our children have attended KinderCare since the age of 12 weeks. We chose this school because of the caring staff and the engaging curriculum. As a new parent, I was terrified to return to work; our experience with KinderCare removed all of my fear and replaced it with gratitude for the wonderful, caring, talented, teachers and the attention and love my children received. Sending our children to KinderCare has been joyful. We know they are happy, safe, learning, and feel special. At the end of each day, both of my boys are so excited to share what they've done in the classroom - art work, writing activities, baking classes - this is a hands-on, fun, engaging school with a great curriculum.”
Laura and Mike - KinderCare Parent
To all families considering this center for care of your children: Our twin girls, now almost four years old, have been coming to KinderCare at the Lexington Avenue location since they were 9 weeks old. As a mom with a full-time, outside-the-home job and a dad on frequent business travel, we have always found the reliability of friendly, knowledgeable teachers with extensive hours (for scheduling flexibility) and thoughtful curriculum (for confidence of learning even at the earliest ages) comforting and ideal. As first-time parents, we were also repeatedly grateful for guidance and experienced suggestions that our teachers would provide when we asked for it. We even learned from the wisdom of other parents at the center with situations similar to ours. Most important is that our daughters are happy and genuinely look forward to going to school each day and to sharing with us the many activities and discoveries they have had when we see them in the afternoons. Like many moms and dads, we wish for more opportunities to be involved with these important events. Throughout the year, KinderCare programs provide us a window into the girls day: from conferences with a very helpful and comprehensive evaluation structure, to seasonal galas and performances, to kind and attentive one-on-one talks, showing we are important even when the energetic afternoon bustle surrounds us at pick-up. We’ve even been welcomed to participate as we are able in special daytime activities such as educational guest entertainment, birthday celebrations, and as a volunteer to share in book reading time. And we not only learn daily about our girls adventures but we have had the chance to meet many of their friends. We find that it does not take long for a new friend to become a good friend. Make a visit to check out this bright, supportive environment. Sincerely, Liz and Chris A. KinderCare family since January 2009”
Liz and Chris A. - 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.