As a parent looking for a good preschool for my three children, I became discouraged. The preschools which were good QUALITY were at capacity and the others were a play all day babysitting facility. When at my wits end, I opened a successful home daycare in 1992.
As my children grew older and began school, I found it difficult to attend school functions for them and continue the care in my home. So I closed my home daycare and became employed at their school as a bus driver. In 1996, due to the lack of quality structured preschools in the northeast quadrant of Tallahassee, I was approached by a friend to look into opening a childcare center. Through many prayers and meeting the right people, KinderSchool was established in June of 1997.
I feel strongly about the education of young children. Not having been educated in the field, I hired a certified teacher to lead the children's curriculum. I vowed to operate KinderSchool from a parent approach with the input on education issued from the certified teacher. Our first location was on Thomasville Road with a capacity of 45 children serving ages 3-6. We opened with one child, one teacher and myself as the director. KinderSchool grew quickly, adding children and teachers.
There were many requests for us to take younger siblings. Pregnant mothers were unable to find quality care for their infants. In 1999, we found our current facility and added infant and toddler care to our services. Our new capacity of 99 was reached quickly. In 2001, we expanded our Pre-School that increased our capacity to 142 children. We serve Infants (6 weeks) - School Aged Children (up to age 10).
KinderSchool was based on an educational preschool program for ages 2-6. Accepting Infants, Toddlers and School Age children are an added benefit offered to families with more than one child. This allows parents to spend more time with their children. Siblings of children currently enrolled at KinderSchool have first preference of available spaces.
-Theresa Land, Owner/Director
The KinderSchool program operates for both children and their families. Each person is recognized as a unique personality and is therefore of the utmost importance.
Our environment provides love, acceptance, security, trust, respect, safety and guidance. The positive learning atmosphere promotes education, emotional and physical growth and development. A child's strengths and preferences are carefully observed and incorporated in the design of our lesson plans.
All individuals are expected to cooperate in respecting the safety, welfare and rights of others. Discipline is fair and consistent, and teachers are trained so as to ensure consistent discipline. Children shall not be subjected to discipline which is severe, humiliating, or frightening. Discipline shall not be associated with food, rest or toileting.
Spanking or any other form of physical punishment is prohibited. When disciplinary action is needed, we use positive reinforcement, attempts to redirect interest, control of privileges, or isolation (time-out) if necessary. Parents will be contacted if assistance or consultation is needed.