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Augusta KinderCare

Jessica Stuart, 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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Special Instructions:
On corner of Summit and State.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Robinson; Garfield; Lincoln; Ewalt; St. James

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 familes.

Jessica Stuart, Center Director

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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

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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. Tuesday December 13, 2016
    1. Holiday Program

      Join us at 6:15PM for our Holiday Program featuring your children!!

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 bi-annual 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.

  • Jessica Stuart

    Jessica Stuart, Center Director

    I've learned people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou

    Jessica began working for KinderCare in November 2007. She started in a Pre-Kindergarten classroom, was a Health & Safety Coordinator, taught Cooking Adventures, was a closing manager, and was Assistant Director before becoming a Center Director. Jessica has an Associate in Arts degree and is working towards her degree in Elementary Education. She has been in the child care industry for more than 10 years and has four children of her own; children and education are her greatest passion in life. She believes that focusing on education, structure, and  the nurturing of creativity and individuality children and teachers are able to thrive and succeed in any endeavor they embark upon.
     

    Year Started:
    11/12/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associate in Arts toward Elementary Education
  • Ms. Amie Carey

    Ms. Amie Carey, Assistant Director

    Please excuse the mess the children are making memories." -Unknown

    Amie has been with Augusta Kindercare since May 2010.  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. 
    Amie has obtained her Child Development Associates Credential(CDA).  It is her hope to one day be the director of her own center. 
    Amie loves working with kids and seeing them grow.

    Year Started:
    5/7/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Amie has her CDA and is working towards becoming Director certified.
  • Kortni Miller

    Kortni Miller, Floater

    Ms. Kortni is very passionate about caring for children. She came to us in October and has learned so much and is 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 I am excited to be able to have her as a teacher!

    Year Started:
    10/10/2016
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Toddler Classroom

    You're never too wacky, too old, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child." -Dr. Seuss

    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 associates degree.  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.  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
    Years in ECE industry:
    5+
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Preschool

    Today is GOOD! Today was FUN! Tomorrow is ANOTHER ONE! -Dr. Seuss

    Karen has been caring for children for more than fifteen 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.  Karen’s patience and kindness are two of the many qualities that make her the wonderful teacher she is.
     
     

    Year Started:
    3/1/2016
  • Miss Courtney

    Miss Courtney, PreKindergarten Classroom

    All children need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them" -Magic Johnson

    Courtney Ostrander has been with Kindercare since 2001. She began as an assiatant teacher in the toddler room and since then has been a lead teacher in every classroom.  Courtney is currently working towards obtaining her CDA certificate.  She loves watching the children at KinderCare grow and learn.  Her favorite thing is the look on the childrens faces when they are excited about learning something new.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Guess How Much I Love You and Knuffle Bunny
    Year Started:
    7/9/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Working towards her CDA.
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    A persons a person no matter how small" -Dr Seuss

    Kimberly has worked for KinderCare since August 2010. She brings many years of experience in the field from working for other childcare centers in Washington. Since moving to Kansas, she started with Kindercare in the two’s class. 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 Years
    Education:
    Working towards her CDA.
  • Ms. Robin

    Ms. Robin, Toddlers

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin

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

    Previous Experience:
    Has worked in early childhood education for 15 years. Previouly did home daycare.
    Year Started:
    6/30/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15

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. Tuesday December 13, 2016
    1. Holiday Program

      Join us at 6:15PM for our Holiday Program featuring your children!!

  3. Wednesday December 21, 2016
    1. Classroom Holiday Parties

      Sign up sheets in classrooms

  4. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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 that speed through these steps is individual, with many starts and stops.  A child needs varied 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

 

New Year’s Day

Memorial Day

Fourth of July

Labor Day

Thanksgiving Day

Day After Thanksgiving

Christmas Day

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 KinderCare, it is a great experience for all.
My Grandson started day care when he was 18 months old, he will be 3 in March. He has grown by leaps and bounds. Not only educationally but behaviorally as well. Through changes in Directors or staff(that 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- good ,bad, 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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