Samara Temple, Center Director
Meet Samara Temple, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2018
Education: Associate Degree in Political Science and Child Development
Favorite Children's Book: Judy Blume Series
Meet Samara Temple! She is the Center Director at Winter Springs KinderCare in Winter Springs, Florida. Samara attended Morris Brown College, where she earned an Associate Degree in Political Science. She also has an associate degree in Child Development. She has been with KinderCare since 2018, and before that she was a teacher. Outside of work, Samara enjoys baking, and she loves to travel.
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!
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!
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 thrilled with our experience at KinderCare Learning Center! This is NOT a daycare facility at all, but a learning center! Our daughter has been going full time since she was a one year old, and within the first week of her attendance, we saw an immense improvement in not only our daughters social skills, but she stopped using a bottle and transitioned to a sippy cup (which was a battle for us at home). She comes home daily with a progress report and tracking that outlines not only how long she slept, what she ate, but the activities and projects they worked on! The teachers genuinely care for each child and love them as if they are their own. As a parent who works full time, this was an important quality I was looking for and we found it here at KinderCare! The menu items for daily school lunches are healthy and thoughtfully planned out. The school has several fun activities throughout the year - everything from Santa Claus coming to take pictures with the kids at Christmas, to a Winter Gala where the kids sing songs (even at the young age of two), and there is a focus on support for months such as Autism Awareness Month and the kids wear blue in honor. My husband and I find this facility, the teachers and staff to be exceptional, and as a 'picky parent' I would highly recommend this facility to you!”
Carolyn I. - KinderCare Parent
We have been a part of this center for two and a half years and we love it. The teachers are very caring and attentive to the needs of the children. My daughter was having some difficulties in school. I enrolled her in the phonics program with Ms. Crystal and within two weeks her teacher noticed a significant change in her reading. I think that enrolling her in this program was the best thing I could do. Ms. Crystal recognized the areas my daughter was struggling in and explained to me how she could help her through this program. I am very happy that I found a center where the teachers think more of their profession then it just being a job. Ms. Crystal really cares about the children and their growth. Also I am very happy about the changes to this center. I as a parent appreciate management thinking of the parents and having breakfast on the go. This shows me that they appreciate us and consider us not only clients but a family. In addition, the movie night on Friday was such a great idea. My daughter said that was the best movie night ever. Keep up the good work and congratulations to Ms. Shannon and Ms. Christy on their new positions.”
Cha'Keta T. - KinderCare Parent
I’ve never met a more caring, compassionate group of people as the people who work at the Winter Springs Kinder Care center. The attitudes of all the teachers and directors are so positive and loving. Each and every day, they deal with many children and many different types of personalities and treat them with patience and kindness. Whenever you walk into the center you and especially your children, are greeted kindly and made to feel truly welcome.
No matter in what age group your child belongs, the Winter Springs center has a curriculum that helps children be successful and excel at what they do best. The center provides many hands on activities for children and additional learning programs that aid in a child’s development. My two children have attended KinderCare since they were infants and I have seen such amazing growth in both of them. My two year old son has developed an extensive vocabulary, social skills, and manners. The teachers in my one year old daughter’s infant room have worked diligently to help her crawl, eat on her own, and develop the skills that she needs. I genuinely don’t think my two children would be where they are at if it wasn’t for the Winter Springs KinderCare center.
There has never been a day that I have dropped off my children that I have worried if they were getting the proper care or attention. I KNOW they are getting the best in child care. The teachers and directors are never too busy to talk about your child individually or answer questions you may have.
I highly recommend this center to any parent who is considering child care for their children. Thank you for all that you do and for who you are.”
Julie M. - 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.