Erica Mccoy-Johnson, Center Director
Meet Erica Mccoy-Johnson, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2013
Education: Child Development Associate credential, Director's certification
Favorite Children's Book: Are You My Mother?
Meet Erica McCoy-Johnson! She is the Center Director at Cypress Creek KinderCare in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Erica attended Rasmussen College, where she earned a Childhood Development Associate credential. She also holds a Director’s credential from Pinellas Technical College. She has been with KinderCare since 2013. Outside of work, Erica enjoys going on adventures with her family. "I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty that possesses them." - Whitney Houston
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.
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.
Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs
Elementary School Distance Learning
Healthy bodies, happy hearts, growing minds. We make distance learning easy on your whole family! Our teachers are trained to facilitate safe and dynamic learning experiences online and in-person. Since every school has their own learning plan, we’ve added flexible enrollment options to meet your family’s needs. Whether you choose to enroll full-time, part-time, or before and after school, we’re here for you!
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!
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!
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.”
Taisha - KinderCare Parent
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.”
Jane T. - KinderCare Parent
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!”
Kim H. - KinderCare Parent
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.”
Joanne & Steve J. - 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.