Lisa Sauter, Center Director
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We would like to thank you for your interest in our KinderCare family here in Antioch on Mahogany Way. We have been told by our families that we are the heart of this community. This center has been here since 1985. Lisa Sauter the Center Director and Michelle Gearhart the Assistant Director have been with the company since 1991. They have created a safe learning environment with years of experience. The staff here is long term as well and dedicated to ensuring that your child is in a nurturing learning environment. Here, the curriculum grows with your child-giving him the early learning skills needed to excel emotionally, socially and most important, educationally.
Lisa Sauter, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our staff has a combined total of over 150 years of experience. Our longest employees are the Center Director Lisa Sauter and Assistant Director Michelle Gearhart with a combined total of over 44 years experience with KinderCare and more in the ECE field. The staff here are just as dedicated with the last employee hired was over six years ago. The staff is loving, caring and dedicated to making your childs first learning experience a positive one. It's our business and our passion to know your child's needs at all stages from infant to kindergartner and beyond!
I have a passion for children that goes far beyond the walls of this building. I am proud to be a part of this team. I promise to give your child the greatest opportunity to grow and develop by providing a fun and loving environment that allows them to explore freely.
When Lisa started at this center she was an infant teacher. Her love and passion lead her into the two's, preschool, then head teacher. It did not take long before her passion for children and the families lead her into the assistant director role and now the center director. The center and families are lucky to have such a compassionate leader.
I have picked a career that I love. My inspiration is your children and seeing them grow each day. I am committed to your needs and the needs of your children. I promise to help provide a safe learning environment for all children at KinderCare.
Michelle started at KinderCare in the early 1990's. She worked as an afternoon Kindergarten Teacher while she attended college. She has worked in all classrooms and spent four years as a Prekindergarten Teacher, and another four years as a Kindergarten Teacher here at the Mahogany Center. Since her passion is teaching, she still teaches today as our Learning Adventure Teacher. She was also a Center Director for another center, but has elected to join her friend and Center Director, Lisa, as our Assistant Director.
My goal is to offer nurturing personal care that helps build your infants self esteem and support their learning development. I am inspired when I see them reach each milestone.
I love seeing the children grow and learn new things. My inspiration is to see the children's smiling faces every day.
It gives me the ability to touch the lives of so many children and families. I am inspired by the smiling faces of my children.
I know I am making a difference in the lives of the children I care for. I see how comfortable they are through their laughter and affection.
I love teaching because children are my passion. I want to make a positive impact on their lives. My inspiration is seeing them grow and learn. What I do every day at KinderCare is not just a job to me, it is a rewarding career.
I love the close bond that I build with the children. I love to nurture and teach. My inspiration is having the privilege to spend my day with your children watching them learn and grow.
I love watching the children learn and seeing them use the information later. My inspiration is knowing I am preparing them for their first year in school.
I try to keep things lively and fun with a mix of opportunities for the kids to explore during their time in my class. I feel inspired when I hear the kids leave talking about something new they discovered in my class.
I love that I have been givin the opportunity to touch the lives of your children.I feel successful when I hear the children's laughter and joy in their voices as they explore my classroom.
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.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
One thing we take pride in is the health and safety of the children in our care. We have a security door and key pad entry before you are able to enter the lobby. Our classroom doors leading out to the playground and side yard have an alarm bell that chimes every time the door is opened. Our gates leading to the parking lot also have alarms on them. Our health and safety coordinator holds fire drills and disaster drills on a monthly basis. Our staff is CPR and First Aid certified. We take pride in putting safety first!
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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