Myra Schaefer, Center Director
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
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.
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.
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.
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
My husband Shane and I cannot speak highly enough about the West Aurora KinderCare Center. The atmosphere is one that invites learning, and the staff is exceptional. Our daughter has thrived since she began attending the center, which has become her second home.Sylvia was only four months old when we first brought her to KinderCare. We are first-time parents, and full-time teachers; this transistion was both exciting and terrifying. Leaving her in the care of strangers was unnerving. Even knowing that they are all highly qualified to care for her. We were a bit anxious, but hopeful that we had made the right choice in child care provider.
Now just over two years old, Sylivia has moved on from the Infant Classroom, passed the "Waddler" Classroom, completed her time with the Toddlers, and is currently blossoming into an independent and outgoing little girl in the Two's and Three's Classroom. Not only is she learning new things every day, she is also clearly happy to be there. This is evident through the hugs she gives the staff at morning drop-off, and those she gives on her way out each day. It is clear in the way she asks for her favorite teachers by name on the way to school, or says her classmates' names while pointing to characters in her favorite bedtime stories. All of these people have become her family, and are incredibly important to her.
The extraordinary staff have given Sylvia a safe environment in which to grow and develop, while facilitating and encouraging this growth. They have not only taught her academic skills (shapes, colors, etc.) They have also taught her right from wrong, and instilled in her manners and a sense of responsibility. I see this each day in her behaviors at home; thanks to the KinderCare staff, she is one easy going, polite little kid!
I am so grateful for the KinderCare staff, and all that they have done to help Sylivia to become the amazing little girl that she is today. They are an important part of who she is, and we could not be happier with what they do for her each and every day.
Sarah G - KinderCare Parent
I have been known to be hard to please so it says A LOT when I say I highly recommend this particular KinderCare. The staff are wonderful for many reasons. They are very attentive, patient with the parents and children, understanding, helpful and seem really concerned and interested in the children. They also treat your child as an individual, accepting them for who they and at whatever particular stage they are. They are very accommodating making sure to accommodate specials requests and situations. I am very satisfied!
Jackie T. - KinderCare Parent
All three of my children have attended KinderCare centers since they were of age to do so. My experience at the KinderCare on Constitution has been exceptional.
In the Infant classroom I never hesitated to leave my children with Ms. Lois as she created the perfect "home away from home" atmosphere. She gave the love and affection that my children needed while I was at work. Ms. Christine in the Toddler classroom was the perfect teacher to aid in the transition to the "school day schedule". Christine provided a great balance between the care giving and the learning aspect of their day. In the two-year-old classroom Ms. Claire has fostered a fun, music-filled classroom, where learning is not only evident in the classroom, but in the conversations that come home each day. Ms. Tari and Ms. Julie in the Preschool and Prekindergarten classrooms are the perfect combination to take the curriculum to the next level and assure that each child is ready for Kindergarten.
My son has also participated in the Phonics program at the center and has made incredible strides in his writing and literacy comprehension. He has been able to read to me since before his fifth birthday. This is a testament to the program and all of the teachers who he has had the opportunity and privilege to learn from.
Overall, my experience has been a great one, from the teachers and management, to the friends my children have made. I can't imagine our lives without the experiences that they have had and those yet to come. I would recommend this center to anyone looking for care in the area.
Jennifer D. - KinderCare Parent
“We began with KinderCare when our daughter was six weeks old and she has been there full time ever since. She is now two years old. We can't say how happy we have been with KinderCare and the Staff! The part that interested us the most was the curriculum that started in the Infant room. It was very important to us that our daughter was being taught on a daily basis and we can tell every day that she is learning new things. We also love the Discovery Preschool program in the two-year-old room and the optional music class. Even as a two year old, our daughter comes home and talks about what she did in "school" that day. I love that we get to take home the music from class and she can sing and dance to it during our "bedtime dance parties." We cannot recommend KinderCare enough. It has been great for our daughter and our family.
Leigh S. - KinderCare Parent
This daycare center is amazingly wonderful! Everyone that works there is caring, kind and is always wearing a genuine smile. As soon as my child walks in, he is greeted each and every time by name in a welcoming manner. If he begins to fuss when I leave, his teacher will immediately make him feel calm and will hold him and gently guide him into the classroom. The center director, Myra Schaefer and Jodi Essick, the assistant center director are professional, organized, and committed to excellent customer service. The center is clean and well maintained. It's obvious why this center is so successful under their management. As a parent, the best feeling is to know that while I'm at work my son is being cared for by competent and compassionate people. I can't say enough great things about this center!
Veronica A. - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.