Amanda Milligan, Center Director
Meet Amanda Milligan, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2020
Education: Associate's Degree in Early Care Education with both a Master Teacher Option and an Administration Option
Favorite Children's Book: Are You My Mother?
Meet Amanda Milligan! She is the Center Director at South Mustang Road KinderCare in Oklahoma. Amanda attended Oklahoma State University, where she earned an associate’s degree in Early Care Education with both a Master Teacher Option and an Administration Option. She has been with KinderCare for one year, and before that she has had many teaching roles and has been an assistant director. "What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." - Jane Goodall. Outside of work, Amanda enjoys doing outdoor activities with her family.
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.
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
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.)
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!
I am caring for a foster child and was referred to South Mustang KinderCare by my case worker. The office staff was very patient and helpful. They assured me that my little one will be well taken care of and feel safe and loved. They delivered their promise as guaranteed, and I cannot stop praising the staff for making my mind feel at ease!”
J. - KinderCare Parent
Words cannot express the thanks that my family has for each and every South Mustang KinderCare early childhood teacher and staff member who has been a part of our family for almost nine years. We enrolled at KinderCare in 2001 when our son was six weeks old. Since then, he has grown and matured into an amazing, intelligent young man.”
Tanya - KinderCare Parent
Our son has been attending South Mustang KinderCare since he was seven weeks old and he is now in the Toddler Classroom. We chose KinderCare over other daycares in the area for many reason. We've always heard good things about KinderCare and it was always in the top three recommendations from other parents. When we took the tour of the facilities, we were impressed with how clean everything was and how friendly everybody was. It was great to see a spacious Infant Classroom with many toys for stimulation and to actually see the teachers interacting with the children. The teachers are very experienced and it's comforting to see they could expertly handle multiple crying infants while looking completely stree-free. The Infant Teachers also had great communication with the Toddler Teachers. I think it is a wonderful idea to have one big room split into two sides for both classes. The Toddler Teachers were also able to familiarize themselves with our son and his habits as he developed on the Infant side. Both sets of teachers helped ease his transition over by helping him drop down to one nap schedule and allowing him to spend play time with the toddlers rather than abruptly changing him from one set of teachers to another. They were very accommodating in working with my family in whatever it took to ease him into the older class. Being a first time parent, it is completely nerve wracking to just randomly choose strangers to care for my child over eight hours of the day. However, the staff made the transition very easy for me. They did not mind that I called multiple times a day to check on him and were always helpful in answering questions. Now that he is older, it is so much fun to see all the new things he is learning from his teachers and peers. Every day is something new with him and it is such a relief to know he enjoys going to school and see his friends run up to say hi. With a second baby coming in July, I cannot imagine placing her in a different learning environment other than KinderCare.”
The P. Family - KinderCare Parent
Awesome! What can we say about South Mustang KinderCare other than that? We are very happy with the services here. Both our kids attend and we find the programs to be excellent, the teachers well-trained, and the curriculum to be very sound. We have had a good response from the administration and whenever we have a concern, it is always dealt with promptly and professionally. We especially enjoy the extra learning classes. Our son has been in the phonics, math, and cooking classes and has really progressed. Our daughter is in the music class and enjoys all she does. We highly recommend the school and teachers, and would encourage anyone looking for daycare to give KinderCare serious consideration.”
Mary & Richard - KinderCare Parent
I absolutely love the teachers at the South Mustang KinderCare center. My boys are happy and very well cared for. I am thankful that I found them.”
Parent - KinderCare Parent
I can speak nothing but praises for this facility. My son is truly happy coming every day to the wonderful caregivers and everyone honestly and truly loves him.”
Ken - KinderCare Parent
The teachers and staff at South Mustang KinderCare are absolutely incredible. Our children have been attending KinderCare since May of 2014. Every step of the way, the teachers have been so supportive, loving, and kind. Our kids love going to school and they have thrived so much emotionally and mentally under their care. My hat goes off to everyone at KinderCare as I continue to be impressed and relieved that we chose the right school.”
C. Family - KinderCare Parent
Our family joined South Mustang KinderCare in March of 2013 when our son had just turned two years old. We were looking for a daycare facility that was closer to our home and that would provide a safe place for learning and growth for our son. Some of the things that have impressed us with KinderCare are the supportive nature of the staff, teachers, and leadership.The quality education they've provided and their ability to respond quickly and appropriately to questions and concerns is truly wonderful. Our son has always been a bit uncomfortable with big changes, so the welcoming staff at KinderCare supported us with the process of him changing schools in numerous ways. First, the Director at the time allowed for several visits to his room before his first day. He and I visited a couple of times and spent 20-30 minutes in his room, which allowed him to become familiar with his classroom and his teachers before the start date. With such a big change, our son had some separation anxiety at drop-off for the first few weeks, but the teachers and staff were supportive and helped him through the anxiety by always greeting him with a smile and positivity. Now at five years old, I cannot remember the last time he was not happy about coming to school to see his teachers and friends. A good education has always been important to our family, and the KinderCare team has supplemented the learning that we provide at our home by bringing structured classroom learning and learning through play to our son's education. We have always been impressed with the education our son has received while attending KinderCare--from standard educational items like letters, numbers, colors, and patterns to creating strong social bonds with friends. We feel that our son is well-prepared to start kindergarten in the fall. We have also always been happy with the sense of community between ourselves and teachers at KinderCare. The saying that it takes a village to raise a child is echoed in the responsiveness of the staff at KinderCare. They have always been willing to meet with us to discuss questions or concerns and we have worked together as a team to determine the best options for our son. This facility wants parents to always feel involved in their child's learning through regular parent/teacher conferences, and feedback on achievements at school. The staff and teachers have enhanced our "village" with a team approach to learning and guiding our son toward a positive school experience.”
Shelby & Rudy - KinderCare Parent
In 2012, we knew we needed to quickly find somewhere to take the two boys due to work conflicts. She started calling centers close to her work. The first call was to South Mustang KinderCare and they told us they could get us in with no problems. She brought them the next day, and was met by staff that was helpful in getting the kids where they needed to go and helping get the paperwork ready. We now have our third child going here. The oldest has moved on to public school and is doing wonderfully thanks to the education he got at this center. The youngest two are still attending and they love to go to school every day. Our middle child will be starting public school soon and we believe he will be way ahead of the others from the learning opportunities he has gotten at KinderCare. The staff is invested in helping each child to become the best he or she can be. They also care about every child and from what we have seen is all the children love them too. We are so happy that we called KinderCare first, and can be a part of the KinderCare family.”
B. Family - KinderCare Parent
Our family could not have been more blessed when faced with a last-minute, emergency situation of having no child care for our girls. My husband made one phone call and South Mustang KinderCare took our kiddos in the very next day, with no hassles and the most welcoming entry. When we started at KinderCare, we had just recently found out that our one-year-old (now two) was allergic to just about 90% of all foods. KinderCare did not flinch at the challenging situation, but took it head on and has stayed on top of it to this day. Every teacher has loved and treated our girls as their own and our school-age child begs to go there on out-of-school days. In a hard situation of having to trust your children's lives with others, every day, all day; KinderCare has made it exceptionally relieving and less stressful to do so”
H. Family - 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.