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Augusta KinderCare

Ms. Crisanne Thompson, Center Director

1300 N. State St. Augusta KS 67010
(316) 775-7503 Contact this center

Ages: 1 YEAR-OLDS to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Robinson, Garfield, Lincoln, Ewalt, St. James Catholic

Welcome

It is our goal here at the Augusta Kansas KinderCare to educate, nurture, and develop future successful adults. This is why we are not just a preschool or a daycare--we are a learning center dedicated to helping young minds grow and flourish. We are committed to providing a safe and loving environment for children to grow in. Our wonderful program fosters creative expression, cognitive development, physical development and wellness, social and emotional development, language and literacy, and executive function. We are able to explore all of these domains while having fun through music and creative movement, math and science, and problem solving and memory retention.  We encourage self-expression by allowing children to convey their feelings, ideas, and thoughts through speaking and listening. Our mission is to create an environment that is enjoyable, educational, and comfortable for children and their families.

Ms. Crisanne Thompson, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Our Programs

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.

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.

Art Adventures

Teachers & Staff

Here at Augusta KinderCare, we are passionate about educating and nurturing children. We regard the families we serve as an extension of our own families. Our entire team strives for excellence through continuing education, from biannual company professional development training to seeking additional college courses within the field of education. At the end of the day, the true key to our success is our teachers' passion for educating children along with their love of learning.

  • Ms. Crisanne Thompson

    Ms. Crisanne Thompson, Center Director

    I love seeing the magic the happen through ordinary experiences. In the Preschool classroom everyday I see growth and am amazed on how little experiences and relationships between child and teacher and child and child make a difference.

    Crisanne started her career in a small childcare center in Yakima, Washington over 19 years ago; it was there that she learned that experiences in the classroom help children develop life long skills. She continued her career as a private nanny in Southern California where she developed relationship building skills between caregiver and child and where she learned the challenges of working families.  In 2006 she graduated with honors the bachelors in Early Childhood Development. In 2008 Crisanne and her family moved from California to Leon Kansas. She took on a Management roll for a local Head Start program in 2011 where she developed Leadership skills and learned about our local community. Crisanne has a passion for working with children and families in Butler County and looks build positive relationships with her team, families, children and community members. 

    Previous Experience:
    Worked in a Head Start program
    Year Started:
    3/27/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts In Early Childhood Development Cum Laude 2006, Leadership Butler Class of 2012
  • Ms. Amie Carey

    Ms. Amie Carey, Assistant Director

    Ms. Amie has been with Augusta KinderCare since May 2010. Ms. Amie has worked in all positions in KinderCare. Right now, as well as being the Assistant Director, she is working as the cook and also serves as the Health and Safety Coordinator. Ms. Amie has obtained her associate credential. It is her hope to one day be the Director of her own center. Ms. Amie loves working with kids and seeing them grow.

    Year Started:
    5/7/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Director's Certification
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Sarah joined KinderCare in January 2016. She has been in early childhood education for many years. She is currently attending Butler Community College to obtain her associate's degree. Ms. Sarah has four children of her own, three boys and a girl. She loves to read, work in her garden, and spend time with her family. Ms. Sarah has a great passion for the education of children and loves to come to work every day to see the kids' smiling faces. 

    Year Started:
    1/4/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5+
  • Ms. Robin

    Ms. Robin, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Robin started at KinderCare in June of 2014. Ms. Robin also works at Garfield Elementary School as a classroom para. Ms. Robin loves watching children have fun while learning and conquering any obstacles that they may face.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Robin has worked in early childhood education for 15 years, and before that she ran her own home daycare.
    Year Started:
    6/30/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kimberly has worked for KinderCare since August 2010. She brings many years of experience in the field from working for other child care centers in Washington. Since moving to Kansas, she started with KinderCare in the two’s class. Ms. Kimberly enjoys greeting the children each morning with a bright smile and a positive attitude. She loves watching the children grow and learn in her class. She enjoys helping them to discover new things about themselves and their surroundings.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining our team, Ms. Kimberly worked for Green River Montessori Schools and Grandma's Corner.
    Year Started:
    8/16/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Karen has been caring for children for more than 15 years. She has four boys of her own and is very active with her local church group. She loves to volunteer for the Special Olympics and spend time in the community helping others. Ms. Karen’s patience and kindness are two of the many qualities that make her the wonderful teacher she is.

    Year Started:
    3/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Courtney has been with KinderCare since 2001. She began as an assistant teacher in the Toddler Classroom and since then has been a lead teacher in every classroom. Ms. Courtney is currently working toward obtaining her associate credential. She loves watching the children at KinderCare grow and learn. Her favorite thing is the look on the children's faces when they are excited about learning something new.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

    Year Started:
    7/9/2001
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Kortni Miller

    Ms. Kortni Miller, Floater

    Ms. Kortni is very passionate about caring for children. She came to us in October and has learned so much--she's growing exponentially each day. Her interactions with the children have taught her a great deal and her ability to teach is natural. She has been a wonderful addition to our team and is excited to be a teacher!

    Year Started:
    10/10/2016

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

About Our Center

At KinderCare, we believe the purpose of early education in young children is to foster competency in dealing with all aspects of life. We believe that children learn best through actual experience and participation, and that they utilize play to translate experience into understanding.  We believe a child develops through a series of stages, learning things a step at a time and each child's individual pace may vary, with many starts and stops. A child needs many different experiences to realize his or her potential, and a child’s self-concept greatly influences his development.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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, you should 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 doors locked to ensure security, but our playgrounds are also secured with locked fences. In addition, the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code system to enter. Furthermore, Augusta KinderCare has an on-site Health and Safety Coordinator, Amie. It is Amie's role to conduct monthly safety drills, ensure that every staff member is First Aid and CPR certified, and manage cleanliness of the center.

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.

The educators at Augusta KinderCare are professional and top notch. They truly care about the safety, well-being, and life in general of our daughter. To us, they are not a daycare center, they are a child development center. We consider everyone working there as a part of our family.

- Father

When I had to look for daycare for my grandson, I was very standoffish on the idea, just from everything in the news. But I can tell you after getting to know the staff, other parents, and the kids at Augusta KinderCare, it is a great experience for all. My grandson started daycare when he was 18 months old, and he will be three in March. He has grown by leaps and bounds--not only educationally, but behaviorally as well. Through changes in Directors or staff (who rarely come and go), there are teachers who keep them grounded and really keep to a routine. It really takes a village and I can say the team works together as well as with the parents/guardian to keep communication open. If there is an incident, it is documented, which is great. They discuss the day and whether it was good, bad, or indifferent. It really is a great place for kids to grow, have a social life, learn, and have fun. 

- Grandmother

I feel like this program does an excellent job of teaching my son important developmental skills. The teachers are kind and respectful every time I speak with them. The entire staff has made my son and I feel comfortable and welcome since the first day. I want to thank Jessica for being such a great Director and making my sons time at school educational, fun, and safe with great teachers! I recommend this facility to any parent looking for a dependable place for their child to grow and learn!

- Mother
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