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Metro Drive KinderCare

Ms. 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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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


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 welcome each and every day. We are here to answer any questions, discuss concerns, and help you with your child's educational and developmental needs at any time.

Ms. Nicole Toonen, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

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 and love what they do. No other early childhood education provider can match the level of customer service, experience, and commitment you will find here at Metro Drive KinderCare.

  • Ms. Nicole Toonen

    Ms. Nicole Toonen, Center Director

    Ms. Nicole Toonen began working with KinderCare in June of 1997. She has experience as a  lead teacher, Learning Adventures Teacher, and Assistant Director. Ms. Nicole enjoys the everyday experience working with her staff, parents, and children at the center. Ms. Nicole was born and raised in Appleton and finds the Fox Cities a very enjoyable place to live. She enjoys watching football with her friends and family. Go, Pack, go! Ms. 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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nicole has worked as a lead teacher, Learning Adventures Teacher, and Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Michelle Dillenberg

    Ms. Michelle Dillenberg, Assistant Director

    Ms. Michelle began working at KinderCare in June of 2006. She has experience as a lead teacher, Learning Adventures Teacher specializing in music and cooking, and assisted in our 4K program for the 2014-15 school year. Ms. 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.  

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Michelle has worked as a lead teacher, Learning Adventures Teacher, and as an assistant teacher in the 4K Classroom.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sandy

    Ms. Sandy, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Sandy has spent 35 years in the child care field and 27 of those years have been with KinderCare! She 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:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Karen loves coming to work every day and helping children make new discoveries and experience 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Toddler Classroom

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

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Stacy

    Ms. Stacy, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Stacy loves working with children and guiding them to learn new things every day. Ms. 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 her second home/family. She looks forward to meeting you!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Maggie

    Ms. Maggie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

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

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Maggie has worked at Little Mittens and Child's Imagination.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Casie

    Ms. Casie, Floater

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

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

Metro Drive KinderCare staff would love to welcome you to our center. 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, and all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. Our main entrance has a coded entry system where only authorized family members have access to enter, along with a visible front desk allowing us to see who enters and exits the building. All of our staff are 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 sanitation. 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 afraid to put my infant son into daycare at the young age of six weeks, but they reassured me and showed me multiple times he was safe in their care. KinderCare has shown so much love and care for my son, who is now two years of age, that I can't imagine my or my son's life without them. The staff at KinderCare on Metro Drive is as much a family to my son 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 Metro Drive 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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