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Kid's Choice Bettendorf

Ms. Karen Taber, Center Director

2986 Victoria St. Bettendorf IA 52722
(563) 332-5900 Contact this center

Ages: 5 Years to 12 Years
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bettendorf Middle School, Jefferson, Mark Twain, Neil Armstrong, Paul Norton, Herbert Hoover, Grant Wood, McKinley, Eisenhower, Pleasant View, Riverdale Heights, Lourdes Catholic, Rivermont Collegiate, Morning Star Academy, Hopewell

Welcome

Choosing the right program for your school-age child is very important. Children want choices - lots of fun and educational things to do! At Kid's Choice, we provide a place where your child can choose from a variety of age-appropriate, fun, and safe learning activities. We provide an environment that encourages active play, exploring new interests, space for quiet reading and homework, and lots of socializing.

Ms. Karen Taber, Center Director

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Monthly Activities

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

Our Programs

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

Chess Club , Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Book Club, Tutoring

Teachers & Staff

At Kid's Choice, our goal is to provide the kind of care and education you want for your child. For that reason, every one of our teachers is specifically chosen because of their dedication in meeting the developmental and educational needs of children. Each member of our staff meets the qualifications set by state laws and our company, and completes a full orientation and basic training program. In addition, we provide continuing educational experiences for our staff throughout the year. It is our combination of great people, resources, and a caring partnerships that makes Kid's Choice an excellent place for your school-age child to learn and grow.

  • Ms. Karen Taber

    Ms. Karen Taber, Center Director

    I love to provide an environment where children are excited to participate and learn, and parents are confident that their child is happy and safe.

    Ms. Karen Taber, the Director of Kid's Choice, has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in business administration. She started her career teaching first grade before moving into the early childhood education field. Ms. Karen has been a public school teacher, Preschool Teacher, and Director for 36 years.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Karen has previously been a Sunday School Teacher, Director of Education at Trinity Church, Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout Den mother, and an instructor at CSC.
    Year Started:
    9/11/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    36
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education; Master's Degree in Business Administration
  • Ms. Sherri Beale

    Ms. Sherri Beale, Assistant Director

    "I love watching them learn and grow into young adults. They not only learn from me, they teach me a few things!

    Ms. Sherri Beale has an associate's degree in early childhood education. In addition to her Assistant Director role, she is also the Health and Safety Coordinator at Kid's Choice and the Cooking Adventures instructor. Prior to working at Kid's Choice, she was a teacher at KinderCare and child care centers in Connecticut, Iowa, and Tennessee.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sherri previously worked as a Preschool Teacher and is a certified foster parent in the state of Iowa.
    Year Started:
    6/1/1998
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Angie

    Ms. Angie, School Age Classroom

    "I enjoy working with children because they teach me things. I enjoy watching them learn and grow.

    Ms. Angie started as a School Age Teacher in October of 1998. She is also a bus driver and our Service Values leader, in addition to her lead teacher position. Through the years, she has worked with many children who continue to visit the center and share their amazing accomplishments with her. Ms. Angie is planning to continue her own education in the education field.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Angie has worked as a camp counselor at Camp Abe Lincoln
    Year Started:
    10/8/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
  • Ms. Ann

    Ms. Ann, School Age Classroom

    "Children teach me something every day.

    Being an art major, Ms Ann shares her talent with the children at Kid's Choice. In addition to being a lead School Age Teacher and bus driver, Ms. Ann helps the children create amazing displays that highlight the learning and creativity that abound at our center. She earned her degree from the University of Iowa.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to Kid's Choice, Ms. Ann worked in administration at an engineering firm and a printing company.
    Year Started:
    6/9/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts
  • Ms. Chanel

    Ms. Chanel, School Age Classroom

    "I love working with children because I love to see the growth and how they make major progress.

    Ms. Chanel started working at Kid's Choice part time as she attended college. Now that she has graduated, she continues to work full time during our summer program and will continue on a part-time basis when school is in session.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to Kid's Choice, Ms. Chanel worked in retail sales.
    Year Started:
    11/15/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degrees in Psychology and Biology
  • Ms. Brianna

    Ms. Brianna, School Age Classroom

    "I love watching the children grow and learn, and really enjoy the enthusiasm that they show in the center!

    Ms. Brianna is an assistant teacher who started working with the children in November 2015 as part of her coursework in child development. She is planning on continuing on a part-time basis as she completes her education at Scott Community College.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to Kid's Choice, Ms. Brianna worked in various service fields.
    Year Started:
    11/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Degree
  • Ms. Gracie

    Ms. Gracie, School Age Classroom

    "I like working with children because they teach me new things and I love watching them learn and grow.

    Ms. Gracie joins our program every summer while she is a student at the University of Northern Iowa. She is currently majoring in psychology and Spanish. She brings lots of fun and excitement to our summer program as we explore our curriculum themes and venture out of the center on amazing field trips.

    Year Started:
    6/8/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Robin

    Ms. Robin, School Age Classroom

    "I really enjoy spending time with children and watching them grow and learn. I believe each child is a special individual with unique gifts to give.

    Ms. Robin has joined us for our summer program the past two years. She is an elementary education major in her junior year at the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, and is gaining valuable experience as she works as an assistant teacher with our school-agers.

    Previous Experience:
    Before working at Kid's Choice, Ms. Robin volunteered with the Girl Scouts as a Ranch Hand at Camp Conestoga and as an assistant for a troop at Riverdale Heights Elementary.
    Year Started:
    6/8/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Degree in Elementary Education (In Progress)

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

The health and safety of our children is our top priority. We use a secure keypad entry system to enter the building and use a child recovery system on all of our buses. All of our teachers are certified in First Aid and CPR, and attend continuing education programs and company trainings to ensure that we provide a safe and healthy environment at all times.

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