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Bettendorf KinderCare

Ms. Marybeth Hofmann, Center Director

2330 Tech Dr. Bettendorf IA 52722
(563) 332-5632 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEARS
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The Bettendorf KinderCare is located at the corner of Tech Drive and 18th St. in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Paul Norton, Herbert Hoover, Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain, Grant Wood, Lourdes Catholic, Riverdale Heights, Pleasant View, Hopewell

Welcome

Welcome to the Bettendorf KinderCare, where your child will experience the best in early care and education. Each day is a new adventure rich in quality learning experiences, loving care, and hands-on fun. We are located in the heart of Bettendorf just across the street from the Bettendorf Library and the Family Museum. We serve children as young as six weeks of age through kindergarten and first grade. Come visit us to see what learning looks like for your child.

Ms. Marybeth Hofmann, 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.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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.

Transitional Kindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

A program for children who missed the kindergarten cutoff date. If your child completed or mastered prekindergarten but did not meet the cutoff date for kindergarten, this is the right choice for you. Enhanced whole-group activities and project-related learning activities help engage children in key competency areas such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Our teachers are passionate about children and dedicated to serving families. That is reflected in the years of service of our staff. Every classroom has long-term teachers who are experienced and knowledgeable about child development. Many of our staff have been at our center for ten years or more. Our teachers make learning come alive in the classroom with their creative enhancements to the curriculum and their ability to engage each child in activities designed to build individual skills.

  • Ms. Marybeth Hofmann

    Ms. Marybeth Hofmann, Center Director

    "I am passionate about working with young children and their families and dedicated to providing the best of care in an enriched learning environment where children can explore, grow, and discover something new every day.

    Ms. Marybeth began her career in early childhood education in 1979 as a Preschool Teacher in Bettendorf. She joined the KinderCare Family as an Assistant Director at the Davenport location in 1983. She moved to the Bettendorf KinderCare when it opened in December of 1986 and was promoted to the Center Director position in June of that year. Ms. Marybeth is dedicated to quality and led her team to accreditation with NAEYC in 1999. The center has maintained that quality standard ongoing. Along the way, Ms. Marybeth earned her associate credential and the Aim4Excellence National Director Credential. Ms. Marybeth is active in the early childhood education community and serves as the program committee co-chair for the Quad Cities chapter of NAEYC.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marybeth has previous experience working as an Assistant Director at the Davenport KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    12/16/1985
    Tenure:
    31 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35
    Education:
    National Director's Credential; Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Lindsay Rinehart

    Ms. Lindsay Rinehart, Assistant Director

    "I am excited to provide children at all levels with new skills, confidence, and the love of learning.

    Ms. Lindsay began her early childhood education career in 2011 after graduating from the University of Iowa. She started as a teacher with KinderCare in 2015 with a passion for the Learning Adventures enrichment programs. Ms. Lindsay was promoted to an Assistant Director position, where she focused on serving each family individually.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lindsay has previous experience working as a lead teacher for two-year-olds in North Liberty, Iowa.
    Year Started:
    4/20/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art
  • Ms. Bev

    Ms. Bev, Infant Classroom

    I love having the opportunity to learn along with the children in my care. Watching them achieve new milestones with my help is very rewarding.

    Ms. Bev started her KinderCare career as a Toddler Teacher in August of 1987. After eight years with toddlers, she became the lead teacher in the Infant Classroom. She earned her associate credential in 2010 and continues to attend outside conferences and seminars to further her knowledge and skills in early childhood education. Ms. Bev has cared for multiple children in the same families and now welcomes second generation families into our program. She enjoys learning alongside the youngest learners in our care and is a mentor to all staff members.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare, Ms. Bev worked as a nurse in the health care field.
    Year Started:
    8/31/1987
    Tenure:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Infant Classroom

    Being a part of the children's lives in my care and the KinderCare family is one of my greatest blessings.

    Ms. Lisa was raised in a family of seven children, with her being number six. At the age of five, she became an aunt for the first time. She has always enjoyed being around children, and with numerous nieces and nephews she has had a lot of practice caring for kids. Starting at age 12, she took several babysitting jobs for family, friends, and neighbors. She feels that caring for children has always been her calling. In the early 1990s, Ms. Lisa began working as an Infant Teacher at KinderCare and continued for several years until she had her first son in 1996. Becoming a stay-at-home mom to her two boys as a dream come true. After staying home for the next eight years, Ms. Lisa decided to go back to work part time at her sons' school. In 2011, she decided KinderCare is where she wanted to be once again. She returned to the Infant Classroom and with the support of her husband, family, and coworkers, she received her associate credential.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lisa worked as a KinderCare Infant Teacher for several years in the early 1990s.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

    Year Started:
    8/30/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Melissa is the oldest of three children from a small town in North Carolina. She started babysitting for her neighbors when she was 12 years old. She has two children of her own and enjoys working with children of all ages. For as long as she can remember, she has wanted to be a teacher. She loves watching children grow and learn. Ms. Melissa believes that every child should be given the best possible start in life, and lives that every day through her work with infants.

    Previous Experience:
    Before working at KinderCare, Ms. Melissa was a nanny.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    6/2/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Nancy grew up in a large family. She was the fourth of eight children and is the mother of four. She received her bachelor's degree in education from Illinois State University and was a stay-at-home mom for almost three decades. Ms. Nancy fell into infant teaching by accident 11 years ago and found that "it was her calling." She is a "baby whisperer." Ms. Nancy treats all babies as if they were her own and she loves her job. She enjoys the work and the joy babies bring to her life.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nancy was a stay at home Mom for 28 years. She has volunteered for everything.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells

    Year Started:
    1/17/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Education; Certified Infant/Nursery Supervisor
  • Ms. Jody

    Ms. Jody, Toddler Classroom

    I love teaching children and watching them grow.

    Ms. Jody began her KinderCare career in November of 2003 as a teacher in the Preschool Classroom. She later moved to a lead teacher position in the Toddler Classroom where she oversees a team of three other staff members. Ms. Jody is the opening staff member for the Infant and Toddler Classrooms and welcomes families into the program each morning. She works closely with the Infant team to provide the best of care for our youngest learners and to help ensure a smooth transition as children grow and are ready to move to the next classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Before working at KinderCare Ms. Jody was the head teacher in a Preschool program in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
    Year Started:
    11/3/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Brittany has a passion for teaching and inspiring children. She is currently working toward a degree in elementary education. Before joining the KinderCare team in 2015, MS. Brittany was a nanny. She loves working with children of all ages and has a great time teaching and learning in our Toddler classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brittany worked as a nanny before coming to KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Go Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman

    Year Started:
    9/20/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Lindsay

    Ms. Lindsay, Toddler Classroom

    "I've been very blessed and I'm thankful to be a part of the KinderCare team. I like being a teacher and I enjoy getting to know all the children and their families.

    Ms. Lindsay grew up in northwest Iowa. She went to Iowa Lakes Community College, where she graduated with her associate's degree in early childhood education. Her passion of working with children comes through as she helps them grow and learn. She has had 14 years of child care experience and has learned and grown through each opportunity.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Ms. Lindsay held several positions in the education field, including paraeducator, nanny, and Preschool Teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Toot by Leslie Patricelli

    Year Started:
    6/12/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing the children grow and progress.

    Ms. Amber began her KinderCare career as a teacher in the Discovery Preschool Classroom in September of 2001. She moved into the lead teacher role in that same classroom in 2012. Ms. Amber has an amazing ability to relate to two-year-old children and understands how important it is to allow "two's to be two." Ms. Amber and her teaching team provide a wonderfully enriched classroom experience, filled with hands-on learning activities for the children in the Discovery Preschool Classroom every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining the KinderCare team, Ms. Amber worked with school-age children in a before- and after-school program.
    Year Started:
    9/4/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree; Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Ms. Sam

    Ms. Sam, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Watching these children get through new milestones and being able to say I helped with that is why I come to work every day.

    Ms. Sam started working as a Toddler Teacher and moved into a role in the Prekindergarten Classroom at another center before coming to KinderCare. She nannied for a summer and then went back to being a Toddler Teacher until she started at KinderCare. Ms. Sam has been working with the two-year-olds ever since starting here in 2012. She loves working with children and has started volunteering to work with children in the Make-A-Wish program as well. Children are a passion of Ms. Sam's and she loves watching them grow and learn.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sam worked at a daycare for four years before starting at KinderCare in 2012.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    9/24/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Associate's Degree, Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love watching each child get excited about the adventures of learning and seeing them progress and develop into unique individuals.

    Ms. Jessica joined KinderCare in January of 2013 and teaches in the Discovery Preschool Classroom. She graduated from Scott Community College with an associate of arts degree in early childhood education. She enjoys spending time with her son, going for rides/walks on the bike path, running, and visiting museums.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jessica was a certified nurse's assistant before starting at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Curious You: On Your Way by H.A. Rey

    Year Started:
    1/14/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Missy

    Ms. Missy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Missy has lived in the Quad Cities most of her life. She has been married for 27 years and has three grown sons. Her youngest son is in the Navy.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Missy was a substitute teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    8/13/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Social Services
  • Ms. Nan

    Ms. Nan, Preschool Classroom

    I love being a part of each learning milestone the children encounter.

    Ms. Nan began her KinderCare career in 1989 as a teacher in the Preschool Classroom. She took a break to raise her family and returned to us in the fall of 2012 as a lead teacher in the Preschool Classroom. During her time at home with family, Ms. Nan began working on her degree in early childhood education and will complete that program in the spring of 2014. While taking care of family and pursuing her degree, Ms. Nan was also a home child care provider. She uses all of her experience and applies the learning from her degree to provide a classroom experience for preschool children that is filled with discovery and the joy of learning each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Nan was a home child care provider.
    Year Started:
    7/30/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Jenny is from Moline, Illinois. She grew up with awesome parents who taught her that in a world where you can be anything, you should be yourself. She is currently seeking her associate credential this fall through Rasmussen College and plans to continue taking early childhood education classes. Ms. Jenny knows that she wants to help children learn for the future. In her free time, Ms. Jenny enjoys crafting, hiking, camping, listening to live music, and YouTube yoga.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jenny previously worked at another child development center.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    3/31/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
  • Ms. Sue

    Ms. Sue, Discovery Preschool / Prekindergarten Classrooms

    I love watching the kids grow and seeing their faces when they learn something new.

    Over 20 years ago, Ms. Sue worked at KinderCare as the cook for five years. After she had her son, she decided to be a stay at home mom for awhile. She cleaned houses and finally came back to KinderCare on a part-time basis for the love of the kids.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously, Ms. Sue worked as a cook here and then operated her own in-home daycare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    10/17/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
  • Ms. Emma

    Ms. Emma, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Emma started at KinderCare in January 2014 in the Preschool B Classroom. She graduated Augustana College in 2013 with a degree in secondary biology education. She also coaches swimming for the Piranhas Swim Team out of Pleasant Valley. In her spare time, she loves swimming and yoga.

    Year Started:
    1/20/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Marcia

    Ms. Marcia, Prekindergarten Classroom

    "I love the eagerness and excitement that the children bring to class each day and knowing that I get to interact and help them progress as they work toward kindergarten.

    Ms. Marcia joined the KinderCare team in February of 2000. She has a double major in early childhood and elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa. Ms. Marcia is the lead teacher for the Prekindergarten A Classroom, where she implements the Iowa Statewide Voluntary Preschool program for four-year-old children in partnership with the Bettendorf Community School District. Ms. Marcia enjoys working with the prekindergarteners as they prepare for their next journey: going to school. Each day, she assesses the children to better provide lesson plans that focus on the skills needed. She plans for learning in each of the areas of the classroom: writing, math, science/sensory, dramatic play, blocks, art, and computers.

    Previous Experience:
    Before working for KinderCare, Ms. Marcia worked in an early childhood education program in the Des Moines area.
    Year Started:
    2/7/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
    Education:
    State of Iowa Teaching License; Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • Ms. Heidi, Prekindergarten A / Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms

    Ms. Heidi is from West Bend, Wisconsin. She attended Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and taught in the public school system for six years. She is married to Jake and they have a daughter, Emmie. Ms. Heidi likes to do paper crafts, and play board games and Pathfinder (Role Playing Game like Dungeons and Dragons).

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare, Ms. Heidi taught in the elementary education field for six years and the early childhood field for two years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    8/22/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    State of Iowa Teaching License; Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education; Early Childhood Endorsement
  • Ms. Erica

    Ms. Erica, Prekindergarten B Classroom

    I love getting to work with the children and watch them grow and learn.

    While attending UNI, Ms. Erica tried many majors before finding that she wanted to be a teacher. After graduating, she was excited to begin her teaching career with KinderCare in Bettendorf. She grew up in the Quad Cities area and is delighted to serve the children of the area.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining us as a Pre-K teacher, Ms. Erica taught at Kid's Choice for three summers.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    10/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    State of Iowa Teaching License; Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education; Early Childhood Endorsement
  • Ms. Diana

    Ms. Diana, Prekindergarten B Classroom

    Ms. Diana works and lives in Bettendorf. She graduated from the University of Iowa with her bachelor's degree in elementary education.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare, Ms. Diana taught 3rd grade for 2 years, substituted at the elementary school level for 6 years and worked in early childhood education for 2 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Diana's favorite book is Micawber by John Lithgow.
    Year Started:
    12/15/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

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

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

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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

We are safety aware at KinderCare. Our Health and Safety Coordinator, Ms. Lauren, ensures that we maintain a clean, safe, and healthy environment for our children. A calendar of daily safety checks and a weekly cleaning checklist for each classroom keep the focus on wellness and injury prevention, a top priority at our 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.

This has been a long time in coming, but I wanted to thank the Bettendorf KinderCare for the great care and early education my son has had since infancy. He is a fine man of 18 now, and I have always said KinderCare made a difference. The staff at the time, Marybeth, Lori, Miss Millie, and all of the others, were amazing. My son's older sister also turned out smart, social, and well-rounded. My son will graduate May 24th from Bettendorf, #1 in his class. He had a 35 ACT and 1560 on SAT. He had perfect math scores on both exams. He will attend University of Iowa this fall in the honors program with a full tuition, room, and board scholarship. I really have always said it was that I read to him every night, he had natural gifts, and the start he had with love and care from the staff at this center. Thank you!

- Parent

Learning Adventures at Bettendorf KinderCare has been a very positive and encouraging experience for our daughter. Each day that she gets to work with Ms. Kylie, she comes home with information to share and an excitement that we've never seen her show for learning before. Personally, we always struggled to get our daughter to sit with us for little lessons at home, but with Learning Adventures, she appears to be very engaged and her confidence has grown.

- Parents

I wanted to give a most sincere thank-you for all of your help and encouragement of my girls during their first week in the Toddler Classroom.  The teachers have been absolutely amazing and they have been so understanding with my girls' transition. It made it a lot easier on Eric and me. We really appreciate all the extra effort and attention that the staff has been giving the girls to welcome them into the classroom.

- Mother

After showing an interest in letters and their sounds, I enrolled my three-year-old son in Learning Adventures. I was debating about whether or not I should enroll him because of his age, but I'm so glad that I did! I noticed an improvement in his Phonics skills within the first few weeks. It's exciting to watch him sound out letters, and I love to watch the look on his face when he figures out words. I'm so proud of him, but on top of that, I see that he is proud of himself because he has more confidence in his abilities. I like the attention he gets with the small group size, and I appreciate the daily sheets that come home describing both what they learned that day and what I can do at home to continue the lesson. Ms. Kylie is energetic and attentive, and she is an important part of why my son looks forward to his Phonics days.

- Mother
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