Parents who live near Daniel Island and the surrounding Cainhoy peninsula now have another option for child care. Recently, Clements Ferry became home to a new early childhood education facility for infants, toddlers and preschool ages.
KinderCare Learning Centers opened the doors Dec. 7 to another location in the Charleston area at 2001 Clements Ferry Road. The spacious design holds 275 children ages 6 weeks old to 5 years old, with a total of 10 classrooms to accommodate all age groups, along with two outdoor playgrounds and an indoor gym.
The center also provides a transitional kindergarten program for children unable to start kindergarten at public schools due to a birth date after August.
At KinderCare, each hour of the curriculum from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday is calculated, even transitions from one activity to the next. Lesson plans and activities — including programming, STEM projects and creative arts projects — are designed to support the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development of each child.
“It’s not just about the topics that we are talking about. It’s what we are teaching our children through those topics,” said center director Zainab Taleb, who holds a master’s degree in education and human development and has worked on and off with KinderCare for 13 years. In February, Taleb moved to South Carolina and was named director of the new location.
Using a low teacher-to-student ratio, KinderCare encourages teachers to focus on the individual learning styles and needs of each child. For infants the ratio will be 1 to 4; toddlers 1 to 6; 2 year olds 1 to 8; pre-school 1 to 10 and pre-kindergarten 1 to 15, according to Taleb.
As for safety and welfare practices, KinderCare provides door-to-door transportation for children to and from school. Access to the building is coded and entry is only permitted to staff and children, parents are currently not allowed inside due to health concerns.
Children must also undergo a daily wellness check for COVID-19 symptoms.
Taleb added that toys are being reduced and rotated for proper sanitation procedures. Aside from hand washing protocols, children’s personal belongings like crib sheets and blankets are sent home each day for families to wash upon return for the next day.
There are currently openings at the Clements Ferry location and tuition is paid on a weekly basis. Prior to benefits and discounts, infant enrollment is $285; toddlers $275; 2 year olds $265; 3 year olds $255 and $245 for ages 4 and 5. Rates are adjusted per location within each state.
KinderCare offers full-day care for summer, fall and winter breaks as well. The for-profit child care company has 1,500 centers nationwide. For more information, visit kindercare.com or call 833-905-3276.