Our Mission

 

Vinehouse Nursery is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate learning environment, which fosters a child’s natural desire to explore, discover, create, and become a lifelong learner. As caregivers and educators, we believe in the value and uniqueness of each child we serve. Our childcare experience is designed to promote each child’s own individual social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Committed to the families we serve, we strive to give parents a home away from home feeling, through a quality child care center, while planting smiles, growing giggles, and harvesting love.

 
 

Our Programs

 
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SEEDLINGS

Our Seedings program is for infants who are 6 weeks to 12 months old. There are 5 slots available for this program. 

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SPROUTS

Our Sprouts program is for infants who are 12 months to 24 months old. There are 10 slots available for this program.

 
 

Organic Roots

 

 We are excited to announce that Vinehouse Nursery is a 100%  Eco-Friendly Child Development Center. Everything we use is made out of natural and organic products. We pride ourselves on reducing our impact on the environment and preserving natural resources.

One of the ways that we help our environment is by ordering our diapers, wipes and cleaning supplies  from the Honest Company. Yes! You read that correctly! We have partnered with the Honest Company and we are thrilled to help people live happy and healthy lives. Please check out the Honest Company to read more about their AWESOME story and the many great products they have to offer.

Another way that we have gone GREEN is by using toys that are made out of 100% recycled products. These toys are safe for children and can even be cleaned in a dishwasher. Some of our vendors are the following:

 
 
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Our Philosophy

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At Vinehouse Nursery we ensure that exceptional growth is produced with each month of your child’s first year, as those months prove to be pivotal stages in their development. Our desire is to plant solid roots, with a quality teacher, for our Vinehouse kids and families. We grow these roots by recycling 2 key beliefs from birth to 12 months: Nurture Creativity, Expand Self Expression and Increased Independence.

Vinehouse Nursery proudly provides developmentally appropriate programs within a warm and nurturing environment that fosters positive self-esteem and promotes creativity and individuality. We believe in a multi-sensory approach, where children are immersed in the learning process. They are actively and purposefully engaged throughout each day. Every moment is a teachable moment and our curriculum is designed to encompass all areas of early childhood development, while making certain to meet the needs of the individual child and capitalize on their personal interests and motivations. We offer many varied opportunities for learning through active play, social interaction and 1:1 instruction. Our goal is to foster a strong sense of self-worth in the children that will provide a strong framework of success for overcoming all later life experiences and challenges.

We embrace the belief that you, our parents, are the first and most important teachers in your child’s life. We look to you for guidance and support in helping us ease your child’s transition into school. The family connection is fostered throughout the year as we continually urge parents to participate in classroom activities, read-alouds and social activities. We have an open-door policy and parents are encouraged to schedule time to volunteer in their child’s classroom.

Our program is built around the concept that children are born ready to learn. As caregivers, we strive to create a learning environment that is safe, stimulating and encouraging.

 
 
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Our Staff

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Cynthia Kittrell

Vinehouse Teacher

Being around children is what simply brings me joy! Psalm 127:3 couldn’t have described it better, “Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.” Children offer us so much and I am beyond excited both teach them and also learn from them as a teacher at Vinehouse Nursery. I was born in raised in the sweet home Alabama, and though I have traveled a bit to work out of state, I’m without a doubt a southern girl at heart! I attended Alabama A&M University (Go Bulldogs!) where I received a Bachelor's degree is Human Resources. After working in the insurance industry at State Farm Insurance, I retired and began spending my time volunteering with children at various schools. What started out as a volunteer activity quickly became my weekly routine as I have worked with children ages 6 months to 8 years old at a number of schools within Alabama. I am so blessed to have found my second calling. Working with children makes me smile, as it’s humbling to know that you are growing the future leaders of this world! When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with my husband, children, and extended family.

 

Amber Baker

Vinehouse Teacher

I didn’t realize how much I love working with children until I got into childcare a few years ago. My first job in childcare came to me when a family friend offered me a position at her place of work and I haven’t looked back since. I have worked with children from birth to age 5 years old and I have loved them all. I was born and raised in beautiful Auburn, Al. After completing my associates degree at Southern Union, I decided to move closer to Birmingham to further my education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. For me, working in childcare means there will never be a dull moment as kids are so happy and full of life and wonder. I am so blessed to have the trust of so many parents to take care of their precious gift. For this, I am happy God has shown me that I can handle the trust and responsibility that comes with it. I believe in Vinehouse and I am excited to be a part of a family who has a genuine passion to help grow children. During my spare time, I love reading and spending time with my amazing family and friends.

 

 
 

Our Director

 
 
 

Khiari McAlpin  

Vinehouse Director

John 15:5 states that "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” At Vinehouse Nursery that is my exact goal for all of our children.  I am a firm believer that all children can learn and that education first starts when a child is in a mother’s womb. When a parent and a caregiver can provide and educate a child together, that child’s future will start off as a “tiny seed and blossom into a beautiful flower.” By focusing on a high, quality child care center, a nurturing culture, and a safe and eco-friendly environment, I am here to make sure every child receives the best education from birth to 12 months.

My history in the education arena began many years ago as I was teaching my dolls long before I officially became a teacher. I was born in Asheville, North Carolina and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  I went to Auburn University in 2006-2009 (WAR EAGLE!) where I received a Bachelor's in Elementary Education. I then continued to further my education from 2009-2010 where I received a Master’s in Elementary Education. While in graduate school I was so blessed to study abroad in Arusha, Tanzania. While in Africa, I had the pleasure of teaching third and fourth graders.

After graduation, I taught Pre-K in LaGrange, Georgia at Unity Elementary School. I then relocated back to Auburn, Alabama where I taught second grade at Dean Road Elementary School for two years. I eventually returned to my roots in North Carolina where I taught first grade for four years at Shamrock Gardens Elementary School in Charlotte. In 2016, I was nominated by my school as Teacher of the Year, which led me to be the 2016 Charlotte North Rotary Club Teacher of the Year winner.

In addition to my classroom experience, I have also worked at a child development center for over 10 years in both Alabama and North Carolina as an infant, toddler, and pre-K teacher, as well as, a camp counselor. I currently hold the following certifications:

 

◦    State of Alabama Teaching Certification License

◦    State of Georgia Teaching Certification License

◦    State of North Carolina Teaching Certification License

◦    Alabama Reading Initiative Certification

◦    Director’s License for Child Care

◦    Certified Infant Massage Instructor

◦    First Aid and CPR Certification

 

I am excited to begin planting smiles, growing giggles, and harvesting love at Vinehouse Nursery. Let’s start digging!