Cypress Creek KinderCare
Meet Nicole Paulk, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2012
Education: Associate Degree in Early Education
Favorite Children's Book: There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
Meet Nicole Paulk! Nicole is the Center Director at Cypress Creek KinderCare in Wesley Chapel, FL. Nicole attended Rasmussen College and earned an Associate Degree in Early Education. Nicole has been with KinderCare for eleven years, and before that was a teacher. Nicole's favorite quote is, "Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day." Outside of work, Nicole enjoys spending time with family.
Cypress Creek 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.
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
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!
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!
“ My husband and I are pleased with the love and care KinderCare has shown our toddler who has been in their care for over a year. KinderCare is actively involved in educating parents on the day-to-day activities of their children. I receive detailed curriculum for the upcoming two months. Everyday I receive details of our daughter's care (diaper change, sleep schedule, food consumed, etc.), and what she learned for the day.Teachers and directors are always available to provide me a status of my daughter's development, progress and behavior. Since children routinely get sick and love to "share" their germs, the staff tries their best to prevent the "sharing" of germs by notifying parents of what they notice or if a child has an illness and was removed from the classroom. Staff does a wonderful job keeping the center clean and organized. Meals are provided and dietary preferences are taken into consideration.The craft projects my child brings home brings tears to my eyes. They show me she is learning and learning in different styles. There have been many occasions where our daughter has been reluctant to go home after a full day at the center. The staff has displayed their willingness to be attentive to the needs of the children as well as the parents. We appreciate all of their hard work! Keep it up.Show more
“ Our oldest daughter, Gabriela, was one of the first infants to enroll at the new Wesley Chapel, FL KinderCare location and has attended for almost five years. From the moment we did our tour, the staff made us feel welcome and provided us with a sense of security that our child would be well taken care of. Through each of her classroom levels and several of the Learning Adventures programs (music, reading and now math) at KinderCare, Gabby has developed intellectually, emotionally, and physically beyond our expectations. Each teacher, whether in the infant, toddler or Volunteer Prekindergarten classrooms, has helped educate and shape her creativity and personality and, their dedication to her learning is apparent We specifically appreciate the privilege of having such a wonderful Center Director, Lori O'Drobinak. She is consistently available to answer our questions or concerns (sometimes more than once), provide direction and guidance on how to transfer what our child is learning at school to the home environment, and ease our stress levels by encouraging us through our child's (and our) growing pains. Our youngest daughter, Anabella, started in September last year, and is happy and thriving in the infant room. We are very excited to see her development within the KinderCare environment as well. We appreciate the Director, Lori, and staff at the Wesley Chapel, FL KinderCare. They care for our children, and us, as though we are family. It means everything to have confidence that your children are being cared for, protected, and educated in the highest regard, especially when they are away from you, as their parents. I hear comments from friends and co-workers that the cost of care is so high. I simply respond that we are fortunate to work for a firm that offers a discount at our center but more importantly, I cannot imagine any amount of money being to great when it comes to the care and education of our children. Thank you for creating such a wonderful facility and programs that supports everything we were looking for.Show more
“ We started at KinderCare February of 2009. At the time my younger son was eight months old, and my older son was just over three years old. Currently, the little one is in Voluntary Prekindergarten at KinderCare, and the older one is in first grade. The older one completed Voluntary Prekindergarten at KinderCare and then moved on to elementary school after. He has excelled academically in school; while he is a smart little kid, I credit KinderCare for the foundation that was built for him while attending there and has helped him in becoming the smart first grader he is. I have been more than pleased with the care and instruction that my boys have received at KinderCare. The teachers/care givers there have become like family to my boys and me and it’s clear they have a sincere and genuine interest in their well-being. Both boys are well adapted, smart, confident children and their teachers/care-givers have a lot to do with that. I have always felt included as a part of their development path at KinderCare – informed of progress, how their day goes, and their general well-being while “at school”. Two way communications, from the Director, Lori, to their teachers, has always been encouraged. The little one graduates from Voluntary Prekindergarten this Spring and will be starting Kindergarten at elementary school in the Fall. I think we’ll all feel some sadness at the end of an era with our last one leaving KinderCare. The center and its staff have become so much of our daily lives. We will miss it!Show more
“ We wanted to take a moment to let you know what a wonderful experience we have had with KinderCare over the past few years. Our son, Stephen, started out in the Discovery Preschool Classroom, and continued through Volunteer Prekindergarten and Summer Camp. The Director, Lori O'Drobinak, is the most phenomenal Director any family can hope to have running the child care center where our children spend their days. She hires the absolute best caregivers who share her passion for children and maintains an immaculate and organized Center. She inspires the children, teachers, staff and parents to be the best they can be and was ALWAYS there to lend a hand, ear, or shoulder to lean on. The teachers were very communicative and open with the parents. They provide structure, consistency, support and love to the children day in and day out, no matter what. They provided ample opportunity for parents to participate in classroom activities and enjoy KinderCare with their children. The creative teaching methods used made learning fun. Whether they were learning how plants and flowers grow or how to be good little citizens, it was conveyed in a fun, effective and engaging fashion. I cannot express how blessed we feel to have been part of the KinderCare Family. Our son and us have made lifelong friends with other children and parents at Kindercare. I totally believe its due to the great environment created by Ms. O'Drobinak and her Assistant Director, Ms. Sharon. They were never too busy to talk with parents, introduce parents and families to one another and make our children and family members feel welcomed. Please feel free to use me as a reference for other families who may be considering KinderCare for their child care needs. Word of mouth is the absolute best advertising you can get in the childcare business. Our previous experiences with other day care facilities paled in comparison to the excellent experience with KinderCare.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 Cypress Creek 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 Cypress Creek 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.
Child Care You Can Trust
It’s More Than Daycare, It’s KinderCare!
Whether your child is just starting to explore the world or on their way to big-kid school, we have exactly what they need to foster their love of learning and build confidence. See proof that our Early Foundations® curriculum prepares kids for kindergarten, elementary school, and beyond!
Leading the way as America’s most accredited child care provider.
Meet Our Classroom Heroes
From ABCs and 123s to social-emotional skills and problem-solving, our amazing teachers build kindergarten readiness and Confidence for Life™.
See how they bring learning to life at every age and stage!
Babies Are Reaching New Milestones
Babies are giggling, wiggling, and exploring the world one tiny step at a time! In our infant classrooms, little ones are discovering language, experimenting with problem solving, and practicing social and emotional skills.
Toddlers Learn Through Creating, Playing, and Exploring
Toddlers are on the move! At this age, that’s totally normal as they learn and discover the world around them. In our toddler classrooms, they’re building confidence through creating art, learning their ABCs, imaginative play, and so much more.
Discovery Preschoolers Practice Independence
Discovery Preschoolers are channeling their creativity, learning how to express themselves, practicing motor skills, and experimenting with language and literacy in new, exciting ways.
Preschoolers Are Building So Many New Skills
Preschoolers are exploring science experiments, creating artwork, and playing pretend with friends. We’re also boosting literacy and social skills through letter-building and group art projects!
Teachers You Can Trust
When we say we’ve got the best teachers around, we really mean it. You can rest assured that every team member clears rigorous national and state background checks. Plus, our hiring process includes the Gallup® Talent Assessment to make sure we hire educators who have that special something it takes to work with kids.
7-time Gallup® Exceptional Workplace Award Winner
Every year we check in with our amazing team to survey how engaged they are, and for 7 years running we’ve earned the Gallup® Exceptional Workplace Award! We’re the first and only early childhood education provider recognized, and one of just four companies worldwide to receive the honor seven years in a row.
Peace of mind from pick-up to drop-off.
Child care isn’t just about caring for children—it’s about families and communities too! We’re committed to valuing the experiences and traditions you bring with you and honoring them within our community. Whenever you step through our front door, you’ll know that you’re in a place where your family is safe, happy, and celebrated for who they are.
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Our teachers join forces with families to help kids become lifelong learners while building confidence to live happy and healthy lives.
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Hear from families like yours.
When it comes to deciding on a child care center, we know there’s nothing quite like hearing from other families! Hear what Becky has to say about being a part of the KinderCare community:
“As a parent, I entrust my greatest blessing to the staff at KinderCare every day, and I am grateful for the loving care and guidance he receives. The teachers and director look at each child as an individual, with their own strengths and needs. My son has been blessed with awesome teachers who understand his challenges, and handle him with grace. My child has learned so much and continues to share with me the great activities that go on each day at "school!" Thank you to the KinderCare child care organization for an incredible early childhood curriculum that engages and teaches at all steps of the day, and a special thanks to Karen and her staff; they continue to do amazing works of ‘heart’ with all children.”
- Becky T.