South Mingo KinderCare
Meet Ashley Sappington, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2008
Favorite Children's Book: The Giving Tree
Meet Ashley Sappington! She is the Center Director at South Mingo KinderCare in Tulsa, OK. She has been with KinderCare for fifteen years, and before that she was an assistant director. Her favorite quote is, "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. They may forget what you said but they will not forget how you made them feel." Outside of work, Ashley enjoys hiking, going on adventures, and spending time with her family and friends.
South Mingo 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.
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!
“ I want to express my most sincere gratitude and appreciation for the staff of the South Mingo KinderCare in Tulsa. This is not simply a recap of a singular good experience, but the culmination of an atmosphere and culture that has been created within their walls. After recently relocating back to Tulsa, my partner and I faced the challenge of transitioning our two-year-old twin boys from private in-home care to a daycare setting. After touring many facilities that were both less and more expensive, we decided on the KinderCare facility on South Mingo. To say the transition has not come without it’s challenges would be an understatement, as we have felt the full force of how sickness can easily spread; however, the compassion and love that the teachers and staff have for our children means our boys are met each day with hugs and high fives and are cared for when they are not feeling well, both physically and emotionally. Over the last several months, it has become clear that this is truly an amazing group of people who check in when the boys are absent, update us on the little milestones as they come up, are present on their days off for birthdays or special events, and provide support when life throws curve balls. When I stop to reflect on these qualities, the only word I can think of is “family.” They are part of our family, an extended group of individuals who love and care for our children like they are their own. There is no other group of individuals I could imagine my boys seeing each and every day as I know that not only are they making friends and learning life skills, they are watched over and loved by “family." My hope in sharing this is to provide a little insight for other parents who are searching for a place where they can feel comfortable knowing their most precious assets will not only be educated and protected, but also be cared for with love.Show more
“ My child has had the great honor of having Ms. Nathalie as his teacher twice now, thanks to her move from the busy babies’ class. Each morning, I would leave my son in her welcoming hands along with Ms. Malorie, knowing he would be showered with love. Even on days when the morning wasn’t quite going Ms. Nathalie’s way, she always had a smile on her face and laughter in her voice. Those babies would crawl all over her and I always took an extra minute to watch her from the window before I walked away. There were days I would walk away with a tear in my eye and attempt to hold myself together until I got in my truck and cried. Ms. Nathalie and Ms. Malorie have a special bond and a unique ability to work together with the children. It is something I feel privileged to have shared with my son. Now that my child is a couple years older, we walk into Ms. Nathalie’s class every morning (well, when she isn’t playing the role of the front desk welcoming crew) and see her smile alongside Ms. Sabrina. She goes out of her way to greet each child by name and ensures the transition from a clingy, leg-holding three-year-old to the morning table is calming to both the kids and the parents. Even amidst the child’s desire to talk to their parent through the glass…or at the door…or just one more time before we walk away…I know, the moment I turn and walk away, my son is engaged in a world of growing and learning. He is learning from a woman who holds the same morals and beliefs that I do. I so appreciate everything she does, and how she loves my family in a genuine way. Ms. Nathalie has patience and a heart big enough to share with all of our children. I am so grateful to her!Ms. Sabrina has been a part of my family’s life for more than ten years, which she has spent loving and disciplining and teaching hundreds of children. As a teacher, she influences our babies’ lives more than parents do at such a critical age of understand and developing. Ms. Sabrina is compassionate to their needs and isn’t afraid to approach a difficult child or plainly call out their bad behavior to the parents for backing and support. As a parent, I want to work with my teacher to raise an intelligent and respectful young man, and she was the starting point in that journey--in more than one of my children’s lives. Even though I only see her in the mornings, I know in my heart the love she shows the kids throughout the day. I am so grateful to Ms. Sabrina for being honest, for all of the laughter, and for being herself!I also want to say a special a word about Ms. Pam. The only way to describe Ms. Pam is to say that even though I left my child for nine hours a day with her, I felt like I never missed a moment of my son’s life. I saved almost each and every single note her loving hands took the time to write. I would smile and laugh out loud, and even cry at times when I read her stories on his papers. I ensured I always took the extra 30 seconds to read her daily note on the door because it was another insight into his life. But let me tell you…if I didn’t read it and there was a story about my child…she fully scolded me the next day! Ms. Pam taught my child that it was okay to have feelings and emotions, but that there was an appropriate time and way to display them. She taught my child to sing and dance, and laugh and share with his friends. She did special projects and shared special treats with them because they are her life, not because she was getting a paycheck. Ms. Pam, even though she will kill me for saying it, gave me advice like she was my own mother and loved my child like he was her baby, too. How do you put a price on that or fully express her in words? Sometimes you just can’t.And in closing, I wanted to also thank all of the afternoon staff. They hold a very thankless job, whereby the morning teacher gets the glory and they get the rowdy kids in the afternoon. But we all send our thanks and love to each of them as well. Their jobs requires them to pass those injury notes, and ‘your child screwed up today’ notes and deal with the angry parents looking for a lost toy or jacket each day. I’m so grateful for their patience and for the generosity in their hearts—and to those who take extra babysitting jobs at our homes. As a mother, you ask yourself, “How can I consciously choose to have a career when I have this beautiful and amazing baby that I should be home raising myself?” Then it’s easily answered in the next breath with, “Because I choose to leave my child, as have those before me, under the guidance and direction of Ms. Ronda and her amazing group of ‘second moms’ at KinderCare. While Ms. Ronda, or Ms. Heather, or Ms. Kathy do not sit with our children eight hours a day, they are the glue that keeps the life together. They have hired arguably the best teaching staff of any facility across the state. The tenure of the teachers speaks volumes for the direction that Ms. Ronda gives them. While there are rough patches along the way, at the end of the day, not many walk away. And those who do, often return!To all of the teachers at KinderCare, thank you for all of the joy and laughter you’ve given me and my children over the years. Much love and admiration from a forever indebted mother.Show more
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 South Mingo KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at South Mingo 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.
We're so proud!
AMERICA'S MOST ACCREDITED
What Learning Looks Like
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.
An Educator Dedicated to Making Readers
Soft-spoken, creative, and laser-focused on literacy, Alisha Jackson is a real role model for early childhood educators. “I am being the change I wish to see in the lives of children,” she says. Watch and find out how she helps children find a love of books and reading.
This Top Educator Teaches With Her Whole Heart
Music is learning. It lights up everything” says this award-winning early childhood educator. Attiya Mirza is particularly adept at using music to teach: She recorded a pop album in her native Pakistan and was also the captain of the Pakistani national cricket team (leadership skills are extremely helpful in a class full of three-year-olds)!
Gallup - Great Workplace Award
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.
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.
This Inspirational Family Puts Love First
Music to our ears. Meet the Bachmans, an all-American, multi-racial family from Chicago who show us all what love is really about.
A Family That is Busy with a Capital "B"
When both parents are professionals, carving out some family "together" time can be a serious challenge. See how the Dorazios do it—from Taco Tuesday to trips to the shore.