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Ann Arbor KinderCare

Crystal Davidson, Center Director

2300 South Huron Pkwy Ann Arbor MI 48104
(734) 971-6626 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
1/4 mile S of Washtenaw

Neighborhood:
South of Washtenaw new Arbor Land Mall and Whole Foods

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
ONLY BUS TO ALLEN and PITTSFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. PART TIME CARE: YES - 2, 3 and 4/5 Full or Half Days ARE Available in EVERY Classroom HALF DAYS: AM Half Day - 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM or PM Half Day - 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM

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Welcome

Welcome to the KinderCare in Ann Arbor, Michigan located near the University of Michigan. We have an open door policy and welcome you to visit! Our classrooms allow children to have the freedom to be joyful, playful and full of wonder. We have veteran staff, as well as newer teachers who are all excited about nurturing and educating young children. Our center is very diverse which makes us feel as though we are unique. Everyone strives to make each family feel as though they are a part of our family.

Crystal Davidson, 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.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Our Teachers and Support Staff are excited to meet you and your family.  They would love the opportunity to share with you how much fun it is to work at the Accredited Ann Arbor KinderCare. Our Teachers are committed to quality education in an environment that is fun, creative and family oriented.

  • Crystal Davidson, Center Director

    Previous Experience:
    Crystal has many years of experience in the early education field.
    Year Started:
    8/31/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1992
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Tonya Mundie

    Tonya Mundie, Assistant Director

    Year Started:
    4/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Cathy

    Ms. Cathy, Discovery Preschool

    I love seeing a child learn throughout the year that they are in my classroom.

    Ms. Cathy has been with the Ann Arbor KinderCare since 2007 as the Lead Teacher of the Discovery Preschool Classroom.  Her classroom reflects open ended creativity and exploration for the students with displays of their unique work.  Cathy brings her classroom to life with storytelling, dancing, and music.She makes life size structures made out of various materials for her little friends to decorate and crawl through.  Her parents use the words "amazing and loving" when describing her.  Ms. Cathy makes learning fun for her two year friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Cathy worked in an early childhood program in New Jersey before moving to Ann Arbor KinderCare in 2007.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1991
    Education:
    Infant Toddler CDA
  • Ms. Keyante

    Ms. Keyante, Pre Kindergarten Classroom

    There is no greater reward in life than the simple moments children have. It is a privilege to be a part of and witness all the children's great beginnings.

    Ms. Keyante takes pride in preparing her fun loving students for Kindergarten. The classroom is full of Picasso-like art work created by young budding artists.  The language enriched environment encourages reading and writing skills promoted by planned fine motor activities.  Ms. Keyante approach to teaching helps bring the Early Foundations curriculum to life! She enjoys singing and dancing along with the children to their favorite songs.

    Previous Experience:
    Keyante worked in the Discovery Preschool classroom before moving to the Pre Kindergarten room.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2006
    Education:
    Bachelors in Child Psychology
  • Ms. Keyandra

    Ms. Keyandra, Toddler Classroom

    Even an angel needs and angel.

    Ms. Keyandra started with Kindercare in August 2014. She started out in the Discoery Preschool class and has moved on to be the Lead Toddler teacher. When you enter Ms. Keyandra's classroom you will notice a lot of singing and dancing. Keyandra enjoys discovering each child's personality and using their abilities to help them learn and grow.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Child Develpment Associate Credential

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Great Start to Quality

    Great Start to Quality

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Turkish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

New Years Day
President's Day (Professional Development Day)
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day (Professional Development Day)
Thanksgiving Day and Day After
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

We offer a secure building and playground area for your child to feel safe while making new friends. A keypad entry ensures secured entry to the building. Our teachers and staff members are First Aid and CPR certified.

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

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

We absolutely love our Teachers at the Ann Arbor KinderCare!  They take excellent care of our son.  He has learned so much and has made plenty of friends.

- Parents

Our 17-month-old has attended KinderCare since November of 2012 and we couldn’t be happier with his experience. The bright and enthusiastic teachers create a positive learning environment that our son has flourished in. The center is clean and vibrant. The Director and Assistant Director are frequently found in the classrooms actively participating in activities.

- Parents

We absolutely love the Teachers and Staff at the KinderCare of Ann Arbor.  They treat us like family and are apart of our family.  We couldn't have asked for a better environment to help us raise our children.

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