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Andover KinderCare

Alisha Bird, Center Director

836 N Andover Rd. Andover KS 67002
(316) 733-2066 Contact this center

Ages: 6 WEEKS to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
"Between Central and 13th St."

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Prairie Creek; Martin; Sunflower; Wheatland; Cottonwood; Meadow Lark

Your family will be at home with our KinderCare family. We are a close knit community and would love for you to meet our teachers.

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Welcome

Thank you for taking time to check out our webpage! Your Andover KinderCare is not only unique because of our long standings in the community but also our children, families and teachers. We are a Nationally Accredited Program that believes in TOP QUALITY CARE by providing a safe and educational atmosphere for all children of all ages. Our open door policy invites our families and you to come by and visit us anytime.We look forward to meeting you soon!

Alisha Bird, Center Director

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Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday September 26, 2016
    1. Johnny Appleseed's Birthday!

  2. Tuesday September 27, 2016
    1. Doll and Action figure day!

Teachers & Staff

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

  • Alisha Bird

    Alisha Bird, Center Director

    I am surrounded by our future each and every day. I take personal responsibility to be the best role model I can be for the children's lives I am a part of. Every action I take is making an impact on the lives of others and that is something I take seriously.

    Alisha started her journey with KinderCare in May of 2009. The first year in Wichita, she worked in retail and realized how much she missed the childcare industry. Alisha started as a teacher and moved up the ladder to Third-in-Charge and was promoted to Assistant Director in November of 2012. She is now our Center director. Alisha is passionate about her job and is driven to do the best for the families, children and staff KinderCare in Andover.

    Previous Experience:
    Alisha owned a home daycare for ten years prior to moving to Wichita and working for KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Nicole McCall

    Nicole McCall, Assistant Director

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela

    Nicole M. has been with KinderCare Education since 2013. She has loved working with children since she was a little girl herself. She is the oldest child of eleven and always willing to help with them throughout their lives. Not only does Nicole love teaching children, she loves to learn also! She has earned two Associates Degrees specialized in working with children and is currently persuing her CDA. Nicole gives 110% to her families, children, and staff in order to maintain a peaceful and enjoyable place for children to learn and teachers to teach. She believes that everyday is another chance to make an impact in someone's life, young or old.

    Previous Experience:
    Nicole has six months previous experience in a liscensed center previous to coming to KinderCare. She has over 450 practicum hours working in an Elementary School setting with children in Kindergarten through sixth grade.
    Year Started:
    4/4/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Associates of Arts in Elementary Education and Associates of Science for Social Work. CUrrently persuing Child Development Associates.
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Discovery Preschool

    Teaching the leaders of the future is one of the most important jobs a person can have.

    Ashley has been at our center for two years. She is currently attending Wichita State University and completing her Child Development Associates through Rasmussen college. She enjoys spending time with her fiance and their four-legged kids. She also enjoys building anything and everything with her children in the classroom and doing unique things for art!

    Previous Experience:
    Ashley worked as a Teacher Assistant at an elementary school for 2 years.
    Year Started:
    12/16/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Working towards Child Development Associate Crediential
  • Ms. Mandy

    Ms. Mandy, Pre-K

    The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
    -Dr. Seuss

    This is Mandy's 6th year at Andover KinderCare. She also has previous experience as a special education para-educator for five years and taught first grade for one year. Besides working in her Pre-K classroom, Mandy is also our Learning Adventures teacher. Her classroom is full of color, creativity and love! Other center programs Mandy enjoys working on include directing our Winter Gala and Pre-K graduation.

    Previous Experience:
    Mandy worked as a special education para-educator for grades K-2 for 5 years and as a grade school teacher for 1 year.
    Year Started:
    8/17/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    B.S. in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Float

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning

    Nicole has been with KinderCare since 2009. Including time worked during high school, she has either been a lead or co-teacher in every classroom in the center. She likes planning hands-on activities that grab the students interest and make them want to learn more. Nuturing the children's creativity through fun and messy art projects is always a good way to achieve that goal. Nicole uses the teaching strategies she learned in school, as well as classroom experiences from substituting, to help create solid building blocks for each child's educational journey. 

    Previous Experience:
    Nicole's first job was at this center as a co-teacher in the Preschool room. Nicole is currently a substitute teacher for USD 259 and works at KinderCare part-time.
    Year Started:
    2/26/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    B.A. in Social Science w/ Education concentration, B.A. in Elementary Education, KS K-8 teaching certificate
  • Ms. Anna

    Ms. Anna, Float

    You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!" -Dr. Seuss

    Anna began working at KinderCare in August 2015. Prior to working at Kindercare Anna worked full time in the aviation field and part time with children under 5 years old. Anna's passion is working with children and watching them grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Anna worked for two years at an elementary school as a Teacher Assistant.
    Year Started:
    8/3/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Working towards her degree in psych
  • Ms. Stacey

    Ms. Stacey, Infant

    Smiles make the world go round.

    Stacey cares for our infants as if they are a part of her family. Stacey enjoys being a part of each child's growth by implementing KinderCare's Early Foundations infant program. It is designed to enhance infant's growth and development, including promoting healthy brain development through caring and responsive interactions with adults as well as a variety of stimulating sensory experiences.

    Previous Experience:
    Stacey has been working with Children since 2006 as a substitue teacher and a computer para-educator.
    Year Started:
    6/3/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Bachelors in General Studies-Sociology; Associates in Elementary Education and Accounting
  • Ms. Wendy

    Ms. Wendy, Infants

    My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style."

    -Maya Angelou

    This quote helps me to realize the importance of my position and the passion I must bring to the job everyday in order to help each child achieve their milestone's on their way to the next chapter in their lives.

    Wendy has been with KinderCare since October 2015. She has over five years experience working with infants and toddlers both in Japan and the United States. Specifically, she has worked the last two years at the KSU child development center. Wendy is passionate about the care that she provides for the children in her classroom and she is a profound believer that children excel when they are safe, healthy, nurtured and secure.

    Previous Experience:
    2 years working at the Kansas State University Child Development center and 3 years working with infants and toddlers in Japan.
    Year Started:
    10/5/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Pursuing a CDA as well as a degree in ECE
  • Ms. Cayci

    Ms. Cayci, Pre-K

    Education is not the filling of the pail, but the lighting of a fire."
    -William Butler Yeats

    Cayci previously worked at the Derby KinderCare for four years as a Preschool teacher. She has experience and enjoys working with all age groups. Between working at Derby KinderCare and working at our center, Cayci was a stay-at-home mom to her oldest son. She also worked as a nanny part time while her son was going through Preschool and Kindergarten. Cayci is very caring and passionate about working with children. Her favorite things to do in the classroom are reading to the children and doing art & crafts with them.

    Previous Experience:
    Cayci worked at the Derby KinderCare for 4 years.
    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
  • Ms. Rainey

    Ms. Rainey, Toddlers

    Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be. Is this job tough? You betcha. But it is not impossible. We can do this. We are educators. We were born to make a difference." - Rita Pierson

    Ms. Rainey has been with KinderCare since August of 2015. She enjoys being in the toddler room because the children are full of energy. You can watch them learn and grow so quickly. You are one of the first people to have some sort of impact on their life.

    Previous Experience:
    Family Nanny for a year and a half
    Year Started:
    8/25/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Tiffany

    Ms. Tiffany, Toddlers

    I love working with kids and helping them learn.

    Tiffany really loves working with children. She has worked in a child care center and also had a home daycare. She has had built great relationships with her families and keeps in touch with former families because she genuinely cares for all the kids.

    Year Started:
    3/18/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
  • Ms. Cristin

    Ms. Cristin, Pre-K

    Ms. Cristin has previous experience as a preschool and prekindergarten teacher at another KinderCare. She loves helping children grow and learn sign language. Her favorite color is purple and enjoys spending time with her kids. One interesting fact about Ms. Cristin is that she can speak three languages!!

    Previous Experience:
    Rockhill KinderCare
    Year Started:
    3/28/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Liberal Arts Associates
  • Ms. Roxanne

    Ms. Roxanne, Preschool Classroom

    It warms my heart to help children grow into wonderful people.

    Ms. Roxanne has been teaching since 1979 in various schools and learning centers before beginning her time with Kinder Care. She has done a fantastic job with the Preschool children and they love being in her class.

    Year Started:
    7/18/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Special Education and Speech Pathology
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Becky hit the ground running when she arrived and brought great ideas and plans for our pre-schoolers. Her experience and hobbies keep the children busy and engaged. Everyone loves Ms. Becky. 

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher's Aide Preschool- 3 years; Elementart Para- 4 years and 2 Year old Lead Teacher- 2 years
    Year Started:
    7/25/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Associate of Apploed Sciences

September 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday September 01, 2016
    1. Crazy Hair Day

  2. Friday September 02, 2016
    1. Super Hero Shirt Day!

  3. Monday September 05, 2016
    1. Labor Day! Enjoy family time!

  4. Tuesday September 06, 2016
    1. Silly Sock Day!

  5. Wednesday September 07, 2016
    1. Doodle Day!

  6. Thursday September 08, 2016
    1. Hat Day!!!!

  7. Friday September 09, 2016
    1. Favorite Color Day!

  8. Monday September 12, 2016
    1. Bring a family photo!

  9. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

    2. Wear Tropical Clothes, No Flip Flops

  10. Wednesday September 14, 2016
    1. Wear Mixed Up Clothes

  11. Thursday September 15, 2016
    1. Tomie DePaola's Birthday!

  12. Friday September 16, 2016
    1. Sports Shirt Day!

  13. Monday September 19, 2016
    1. Minion Monday! Dress like a minion!

  14. Tuesday September 20, 2016
    1. Teddy Bear Tuesday! Bring a Teddy Bear.

  15. Wednesday September 21, 2016
    1. Western Wear Wednesday

  16. Thursday September 22, 2016
    1. Lego Day!

  17. Friday September 23, 2016
    1. Wear Fall Clothes to celebrate 2nd day of fall

  18. Monday September 26, 2016
    1. Johnny Appleseed's Birthday!

  19. Tuesday September 27, 2016
    1. Doll and Action figure day!

  20. Wednesday September 28, 2016
    1. Reading Rocks Day!

  21. Thursday September 29, 2016
    1. Greater Andover Days

      Join us for the city's biggest party of the year! The annual Greater Annual Days festival includes a food court, carnival, kid fest, parade, fun run, fishing clinic, craft and business expo, ice cream social, a fireworks show and loads of local entertainment with live concerts and a tailgate party. All events are held at Andover Central Park, 1607 E Central Ave., unless otherwise noted. Visit andoverks.com for more information. 

      Admission: $3 adults, children 5 & under do not need a button
      Contact: Daynna DuFriend
      Email: ddufriend@andoverks.com
      Phone: 316-733-1303

    2. Dinosaur day!

  22. Friday September 30, 2016
    1. Greater Andover Days

      Join us for the city's biggest party of the year! The annual Greater Annual Days festival includes a food court, carnival, kid fest, parade, fun run, fishing clinic, craft and business expo, ice cream social, a fireworks show and loads of local entertainment with live concerts and a tailgate party. All events are held at Andover Central Park, 1607 E Central Ave., unless otherwise noted. Visit andoverks.com for more information. 

      Admission: $3 adults, children 5 & under do not need a button
      Contact: Daynna DuFriend
      Email: ddufriend@andoverks.com
      Phone: 316-733-1303

    2. Shining Bright Day!

About Our Center

Welcome to the Nationally Accredited Andover KinderCare! Thank you for your interest! We have 13 teachers totalling over 75 years of combined experience teaching children. We have a very unique building with an open concept. Although the rooms are seperate, each room is able to intereact with the neighboring room and encourage teamwork and support from class to class. Our staff is a family who genuinely care and support each other. It is evident to our families and that respect for each other overflows into our rooms to the children and families. We value each person who comes in not only as people but as a team working toward a common goal of teaching children to be successful adults.

Special Features

  • All teachers have a H.S Diploma or higher with at least 1 year experience in a licensed center, Yearly state and corporate assigned training and yearly NAC standard courses.
  • Learning Adventure classes offer one-on-one time for kindergarten prepardness
  • Largest outdoor area for play and learning
  • Inclusion services to meet needs and expectations of all children and families
  • Key-code door for security entry to center

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Safety First! Your child 's safety is our priority. For the comfort of our families, we provide a completely secure facility including coded building entry, fenced in playgrounds and strictly enforced authorized pick-up procedures. Our staff is trained in First Aid and CPR, with child and building safety procedures reviewed weekly and monthly.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

We moved to Andover, KS at the end of 2015 and our two children have been attending Kindercare for a month. We cannot say enough good things about this place! They have done such a good job with our children. This facility is remarkable for having well organized, well trained staff leading to outstand child care, developmental and educational services. They treat my kids well. The providers are caring, loving and team with us to address any needs they may note.

- Father

Andover KinderCare is like a hug. The staff are always caring and giving; always ready to listen to your concerns, ideas or requests. It has been a home away from home for our son and daugher. They have been given care and teachings for almost 2 years. We have enjoyed the summer camp, phonics and cooking classes, they offer. Also, their playground is the largerst I've seen with local day cares! Alisha is a great team leader, teacher and care giver. We look forward to the next 2 years we'll have with her and her "Kind"erCare Team.

- Mother

Our grandson is now moving on to kindergarten and I just wanted to share what a good experience it was for him to attend Andover KinderCare. We are sad he is moving out of the district, but so glad he has been given the opportunity to grow so much with KinderCare.The staff was always good to me and my grandson which made it easy to leave him every day for the last three years. I always knew he was safe and secure in your care. Thank you all so much!

- Grandmother

I would like to express my humble gratitude for the loving environment KinderCare has provided for my son. It was extremely difficult trying to find a childcare provider that I trusted to help mold my son into a well-rounded individual. It was also crucial for me to find a facility that would provide the love, care, and security he deserves. KinderCare has more than met my expectations in all areas and I feel very fortunate to have met the staff here. KinderCare has been a very important aspect of my son's life. He loves the friends he has made as well as his teachers. KinderCare has helped prepare him for kindergarten through expectations of success and a commitment to quality that can be described as exceptional.

- Mother
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