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Auburn Hills KinderCare

Kristen Hippe, Center Director

3268 East Walton Blvd. Auburn Hills MI 48326
(248) 373-7535 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
On Walton Blvd, west of Squirrel Rd.

Neighborhood:
Walton and Squirrel Road, I-75 access - Next to YMCA

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We currently do not offer bussing to any area schools. Please check with the Elementary school to see what transportation they provide.

Our team of teachers work together to create a successful learning environment for the children in our care. Along with high quality curriculum,  we also offer enrichment programs to enhance your child's education. The enrichment programs that our center offers are: Phonics, Reading, Math, Music and Cooking.

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Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center on Walton Blvd. in Auburn Hills. We have been serving the Auburn Hills, Rochester and Rochester Hills areas since 1998. We are proud to be a N.A.E.Y.C. accredited center since 2005! Our center believes in building a strong relationship with our families, and our parents consider us an extension of their home. Here at KinderCare, we believe in developing the whole child. We focus on cognitive, physical, emotional and social development while providing a safe, secure, and stimulating environment for our children. Our educated team of teachers are dedicated to the children they care  care for.

Kristen Hippe, 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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

Our staff, here at KinderCare, have a passion for helping children grow and develop. The love our teachers have for the children can be seen through their interactions and classrooms. Our teachers have many years of experience working with children. We are excited to be a part of your child’s life and to welcome you into our KinderCare family.

  • Kristen Hippe

    Kristen Hippe, Center Director

    I am so very lucky to be a part of young children's lives. Watching them develop and learn right before my eyes is truly a gift.

    Kristen has been a member of the KinderCare family since 1990 and a Center Director since 2000.  Kristen has had experience working with all age groups and has developed a love for Early Childhood Education.  Her goals are to build lasting relationships with families and to provide a loving and secure educational experience for the children.  She has two teenage sons who have grown up attending KinderCare centers.

    Year Started:
    6/20/1990
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Chilhood Education
  • Julie Chapman

    Julie Chapman, Assistant Director

    Early Childhood Education is my passion!

    Julie has been working at the Auburn Hills KinderCare since 2004. She spent her first year here teaching Preschool before moving into the office as our Assistant Director. Julie received her Child Development Associate's credential from Baker college in 2007.  Julie's enthusiastic and energetic personality has made her a bit of a celebrity among the children in our care!

    Year Started:
    11/18/2002
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Hollie

    Ms. Hollie, Program Specialist

    Each day I get to be messy, laugh, read stories, sing songs and get endless hugs. I love being a teacher!

    Ms. Hollie graduated from Purdue University in 2004 with a degree in Elementary Education.  She has worked in the PreKindergarten and Preschool classrooms.  As our Program Specialist, Ms. Hollie supports our teachers with high quality curriculum implementation.  In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with her husband and beautiful daughters Lilli and Dani.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2004
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Arts in Education from Purdue University
  • Ms. Sherri

    Ms. Sherri, Nutrition Specialist

    Nothing is more rewarding than seeing children eating wonderful nutritious food!

    Ms. Sherri is our school cook and has been cooking up delicious recipes for us since 1997! We love Ms. Sherri’s cooking! Sherri also teaches our Cooking tutorial program each week delivering fun and tasty treats to our little friends.  Since she opens our school each day, you're bound to get a great big "Sherri" hug to start off your day!

    Year Started:
    1/1/1997
    Tenure:
    18 Years
  • Ms. Marti

    Ms. Marti, Learning Adventures Classroom

    Children’s minds are like sponges!   I love influencing their little personalities as they develop.

    Ms. Marti teaches our tutorial programs, otherwise known as LEARNING ADVENTURES - Phonics/Math/Music. She spends 5 mornings a week with small groups of children helping them to achieve very specific goals.  Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Marti taught Kindergarten for many years. She received her Bachelor's of Science degree from Indiana State University.

    Year Started:
    8/29/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Infant Classroom

    I love my job because through my teaching I see children develop.  The babies I care for spend a good portion of their day with me and I consider it a huge responsibility and privilege to be entrusted with their care.

    Ms. Ashley is an Oakland University Graduate. She has been fortunate to work at several of our locations including a center in Texas.  Working with Infants is something she is truly passionate about and her love for the babies she cares for can be witnessed each day through her interactions.  She enhances her curriculum to provide not only a nurturing environment for babies but an educational one as well.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology
  • Ms. Kari

    Ms. Kari, Infants

    Working with children and helping them learn and grow is my passion.  I love being a part of the babies first year of life and getting to witness their "firsts"  is very rewarding.

    Ms. Kari joined the KinderCare team in March 2014. She has been busy learning all about young children through her Child Development courses.  Ms. Kari spends most of the day singing silly songs and playing on the floor with the babies.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her three children and going to sporting events.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Laura

    Ms. Laura, Toddler A Classroom

    I love working with children because they make everyday an adventure.  I have a lot of fun creating learning experiences for the Toddlers in my care.

    Toddlers are what Ms. Laura does best!  Our little friends learn so much from her creative curriculum enhancements.  Laura has been with KinderCare since 1999 and is dedicated to providing high quality care, excellent family communication, and a loving environment.  In her free time, Laura is an avid snow boarder and runner.  She enjoys spending time with her high school sweetheart Ed and her 4 kitties.

    Year Started:
    9/14/1999
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Toddler A Classroom

    Everyday is a different learning experience with my Toddler class. I enjoy watching their eyes light up with excitement when they learn a new activity.

    Ms. Maria has been a part of the KinderCare family since 1999. She has spent time with every age group, but her true passion is working with Toddlers.  Ms. Maria is dedicated to the children she cares for. Ms. Maria enjoys spending time with her three children, but her pride and joy are her nine grandchildren ranging in age from 10 months to 17 years.

    Year Started:
    5/1/1999
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Rashmi

    Ms. Rashmi, Toddler B Classroom

    I love working with children.  My class is like a part of my family.  Creative Art is so fun in my classroom.  There are so many fun and educational projects to do with Toddlers.

    Ms. Rashmi joined the KinderCare team in March of 2008 and has worked alongside Ms. Tiffany in the Toddler B classroom for over five years.  Ms. Rashmi prides herself in the strong repor she builds with our Toddler families.  She enjoys spending time with her family and her three daughters keep her especially busy. Ms. Rashmi loves children of all ages and thoroughly enjoys being a part of their lives.

    Year Started:
    3/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Social Services, Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Tiffany

    Ms. Tiffany, Toddler B Classroom

    I enjoy watching children learn and grow.  I love to lead group time with the Toddler B classroom.  They can count in three different languages!

    Ms. Tiffany has been working at KinderCare for ten years. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, scrap-booking, going to church and spending time with her friends and family. She also enjoys being a foster parent. Ms. Tiffany enjoys working with the Toddlers, who call her TT for short.   

    Year Started:
    8/1/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Toddler B

    I love watching the children grow.  I love all the smiles and hugs!

    Ms. Karen has been working for KinderCare since September 2005.  She graduated from Michigan State with a Bachelor Degree in Social Science and a major in Psychology.  Ms. Karen is currently working in the Toddler B classroom and she runs the summer Schoolage Camp.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her two daughters.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Karen was a nanny for a family with three children
    Year Started:
    9/27/2005
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree Psychology
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    It makes my heart smile when my children learn to master a skill.

    Ms. Sara studied Early Childhood Education at Arlington Baptist college in Texas and she has just completed her Child Development Associate's credential. Ms. Sara's most enjoyable times have been working with children. She has many years of experience working with children. Sara enjoys spending time with her daughter and being a part of her church community.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Sara was a nanny and ran her own in-home daycare.
    Year Started:
    11/13/2006
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Tracy

    Ms. Tracy, Preschool

    Play is the highest form of research.

    Ms. Tracy began working at KinderCare in 2007.  She attended Eastern Michigan University, where she studied Special Education for the emotionally impaired.  She received my Bachelors of Science in counseling and Psychology from Rochester College.  Ms. Tracy has a son who she loves spending her time with.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tracy worked at a before and after school program.
    Year Started:
    9/5/2007
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree Psychology
  • Ms. Melanie

    Ms. Melanie, Preschool Classroom

    The smiles and hugs say it all! I love knowing I made a difference in a child's life.

    Ms. Melanie has been working in the Early Childhood Education field since 2005. She has worked at several centers as an assistant and lead Preschool teacher. Ms. Melanie graduated from Oakland Community College with an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development. She loves to be creative in the classroom with projects and sensory activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Melanie worked as a Lead and Assistant Preschool teacher at several centers from 2005 to present.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Alex

    Ms. Alex, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love seeing the joy on a child's face when they discover something new or when they are so excited about a new adventure."  

    Ms. Alex graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a major in Reading and a minor in early Childhood Education. Ms. Alex started working for KinderCare at the Livonia center, before moving to Auburn Hills to lead our Preschool program.  She is very excited to be leading our PreKindergarten program this year.
    Ms. Alex lives in  Lapeer with her husband and puppy. 

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Alex worked for other childcare facilities, YMCA, as a Coach, a Day Camp Director, and a 3rd Grade Teacher.
    Year Started:
    9/22/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Reading Major, Early Childhood Education Minor Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University. Teaching Certificate
  • Ms. Elida

    Ms. Elida, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Melts my heart when I am greeted in the morning with hugs and smiles from the children, and do so in return.

    Ms. Elida started working in child development at Children’s World, where she was a lead Preschool teacher. Previous to that, Ms. Elida was the Administrative Assistant for the Pontiac Head Start for six years. In 2001 Ms. Elida started working for KinderCare. She has been lead teacher for the discovery preschool, preschool, and prekindergarten rooms. In her spare time, Ms. Elida loves spending time with her extended family. She has three children of her own - one daughter, and two sons.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Elida has experience as a nanny, at an in-home childcare facility, and in babysitting.
    Year Started:
    2/10/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
  • Ms. Girija

    Ms. Girija, Support Staff

    Teaching is the profession I like most. I find pleasure in being with the children and educating them.

    Ms. Girija moved to the United States from India in 2000. She has two children and two grandchildren. Ms. Girija likes to travel with her husband to different places. She has been married for 38 years. In her spare time she enjoys reading books and spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    7/1/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Home Science with a minor in Child Psychology
  • Ms. ShaTara

    Ms. ShaTara, Support Staff

    I love to see the look on a child's face when they learn something new.

    Ms. ShaTara has been working at KinderCare for one-and-a-half years. She graduated from Rochester High in 2011 and is now attending Oakland Community College pursuing a degree in Pediatric Physical Therapy. Ms. ShaTara loves working with the younger generation and watching them develop and grow each and every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. ShaTara worked at Slyvan Learning Center.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing degree general studies

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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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Hindi
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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 Learning Centers, your child’s safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with secured gates as well. In addition, the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise, a door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a staff member. Here at KinderCare we strive to have a clean and safe environment. We utilize daily and weekly cleaning charts in each of our classroom. All of our staff members are CPR and First Aid 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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There is not enough space to write about all of the wonderful stories I could tell about KinderCare, but the common theme in all my experiences at the Auburn Hills KinderCare comes down to the people. Whether it is the great level of detail that Ms. Marti provides in her daily Phonics reports for my daughter (perfect for a control freak such as myself), or if it is the funny stories that Ms. Tracie shares about my daughter's day (probably got that from her dad), or my daughter's awesome cooking creations directed by Ms. Sheri, it is the passion and true enjoyment that these wonderful role models give to my children that is invaluable. The friendly daily greetings I get when I walk through the door to drop off/pick up my children is always appreciated...regardless of the day. Ms. Kristen (current center director) offers nothing less than a contagious positive attitude and a true caring nature when it comes to kids. Nothing is as valuable as our children and therefore we would not consider going anywhere else...even though this location is 1/2 hour from our home. The education my son received at KinderCare was second to none and prepared him above and beyond for Kindergarten. What a wonderful foundation to build a child's future on. Way to go Auburn Hills team!

- Mother

Our son has been with Kinder Care since he was three on a part-time learning basis. He has enjoyed Spanish, Math, Phonics, Cooking and Music, all of which continue to him develop and prepare for Kindergarten this fall. The staff is what makes KinderCare so successful! Without a team of dedicated, caring, trusting people there would be no Auburn Hills KinderCare. We are so pleased to have chosen the Auburn Hills KinderCare where you feel like one big family! Thanks to a GREAT team!

- Mother
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