June 3, 2020
Open: Essential Center
To address the public need during the coronavirus crisis, this center will remain open to offer child care to families in essential service roles. For more information please visit the Essential Centers Page.
Jennifer Rothlein, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cedar Ridge, Jarman, Jefferson, Darnaby, Jenks East, Bixby North, Bixby Northeast, Bixby Central, Wolf Creek, Aspen Creek, Leisure Park
Our center is accredited by NAC.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.”
Trevor W. - KinderCare Parent
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.”
Jaqueline B. - 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.
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