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Metro Drive KinderCare

Nicole Toonen, Center Director

322 N. Metro Dr. Appleton WI 54913
(920) 739-6963 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
"Off Mall Dr. and N. Metro Drive" south of Fox Valley Mall

Across from the Fox River Mall and next to Vande Walle's Candies,Near Hwy 41 between College Ave. and Wisconsin Ave.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Highlands, Houdini, Lincoln, Badger

We are proud of the positive difference we make every day for the children in our community through our exceptional early childhood education programs and expert care. Our dedication to quality has earned accreditation from both the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the state’s coveted YoungStar 5-star rating.

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Welcome to Metro Drive KinderCare. We are so happy that you have chosen to visit our center and explore all we have to offer. It's our passion to know your child's needs at all stages, from infant to school age. Our main goal is to make your family feel safe, respected, and welcomed each and every day. We are here to answer any questions, discuss concerns, and help you with your child's educational and developemental needs at any time.

Nicole Toonen, Center Director

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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


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.


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.


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

Learning is meant to be a natural, joyful experience. Our teachers know children thrive when the process of discovery is lovingly encouraged and gently reinforced. Each member of our staff meets or exceeds the qualification requirements set by state law. Our teachers are passionate about what they do and they love what they do. No other early childhood education provider can match the level of customer service, experience, and commitment you will find here.

  • Nicole Toonen

    Nicole Toonen, Center Director

    Nicole Toonen began working with KinderCare in June of 1997. She has experience as a  Lead Teacher, Learning Adventures Teacher, and Assistant Director. Nicole enjoys the everyday experience working with her staff, parents, and children at the center. Nicole was born and raised in Appleton WI  and finds the Fox Cities a very enjoyable place to live. Nicole enjoys watching football with her friends and family. Go Pack Go! Nicole has found that working with children has brought her much joy in watching them discover and learn each day. A child's smile is what keeps her going and a child's hug is an everlasting footprint in her heart.

    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood
  • Michelle Dillenberg

    Michelle Dillenberg, Assistant Director

    Michelle Dillenberg began working at KinderCare in June of 2006. She has experience of being a Lead Teacher,Learning Adventures Teacher specializing in music and cooking class and assisted in our 4k program for the 2014-15 school year. Michelle enjoys being able to still be in classrooms to use her creative teaching style and allow the children to have a wonderful time while learning.  

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Sandy

    Ms. Sandy, Infant

    Ms. Sandy has spent 35 years in the childcare field and 27 of those years has been with KinderCare!
    Sandy enjoys coming to work each day to see the infants and their happy faces. Ms. Sandy loves to see all that the children can accomplish and the excitement they possess when they achieve new skills.

    Year Started:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Toddler

    Ms. Shannon loves her job because she loves seeing the children's smiling faces and getting big
    warm hugs ( and give them in return) everyday! Shannon loves helping make new discoveries each day
    with the children and exploring the world around them, in the classroom and out of the classroom.

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Miss Maggie

    Miss Maggie, Discovery Preschool

    Miss Maggie has been with KinderCare since 2010 and has loved being at the Metro
    Drive Center since day one!  Miss Maggie enjoys being involved in the early education of children as they
    begins their journey through school. Miss Maggie loves being creative a in her classroom, involving a lot of
    hands on exploration throughout each theme.

    Previous Experience:
    Little Mittens and Child's Imagination
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    2 yr. Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Stacy

    Miss Stacy, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Stacy loves working with children and guiding them to learn new things everyday. Stacy enjoys to see the excitement in the children's face when they accomplish a new tasks. Ms. Stacy loves being a teacher and feels like KinderCare is like her second home/family. Miss Stacy looks forward to meeting you!

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Associates Degree
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Karen loves coming to work everyday and helping children make new discoveries and experience with educational activities. Ms. Karen enjoys communicating with families and fellow staff members to provide a personalized learning environment for each and every child. Ms. Karen looks forward to meeting you!

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 months
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Miss Casie

    Miss Casie, Float Teacher

    Miss Casie loves her job because she enjoys being around children knowing that she has made an impact on a child means a lot. Miss Casie enjoys making the children laugh and experience the fun with them as they are learning. Miss Cassie enjoys watching the friendships grow between the children, and them grow as little individuals.  Miss Cassie looks forward to meeting you!

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood

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

KinderCare Learning Center staff would love to welcome you. We take pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education through ongoing training.  We have a strong sense of family and community through daily communication with our parents. Our teachers and families get together several times a year for family functions put on in our center and in the community.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

At KinderCare Metro Drive, your child’s safety is one of our top priorities.  All of our outside perimeter doors are locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well.  Our main entrance is a coded entry where only authorized family members have access to enter the building, along with a visible front desk allowing us to see who enters and exits the building.  All of our staff is trained in first aid and CPR as well as child supervision procedures.  New cleaning equipment and procedures have been put in place to maintain high standards in cleanliness and sanitization.  We also staff a Health and Safety Coordinator who completes regular classroom and playground safety assessments to make sure that your child is in the safest environment possible!

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.

KinderCare is a true blessing to my family. I was afraidl to put my infant son into daycare at the young age of 6 weeks and they reassured me and shown me multiple times he was safe in their care. KinderCare has shown so much love and care for my son, who is now 2 years of age, that I can't imagine mine or my son's life with out them.

The staff at KinderCare on Metro Drive is as much a family to Keith as his own. I would recommend KinderCare to anyone with small children looking for excellent care!

- Mother

When we were relocating from another state last year, finding a safe, fun, and exciting child care center was our top priority. We toured many in the area but selected KinderCare ultimately for the quality environment and curriculum. The teachers and staff are like a family here...they all know our kids even if they are not their regular classroom teachers. Our kids look forward to "school" every day because of the care, attention, and fun they receive while there. They come home each day excited to talk about their artwork, what they did at circle time, or who they played with outside. KinderCare has made our transition to this new community so much easier. It was one of the best choices we've made for our kids yet.

- Mother

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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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