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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, Armstrong, Paul Norton, Hoover, Grant Wood, McKinley, Eisenhower, Pleasant View, Riverdale Heights, Our Lady of Lourdes, Rivermont Collegiate, Morning Star Academy and Hopewell

Kid's Choice is a school-age only facility; so every part of our program, and every piece of equipment is designed especially for the school age child. We feature a large playground with a soccer field, basketball courts, climbing equipment and a picnic pavilion. Indoors, our program is enhanced by 10 computers; a complete game room (with a pool table, dance area with a disco ball, Wii, Xbox, air hockey and foosball tables); stage and dramatic play area; building and construction area with wooden blocks, Legos and Lego table, and K'nex building toys; a large fully stocked arts and crafts area to satisfy our budding artists; and a large supervised homework room with library, board games and room for quiet activities. Our school age curriculum offers a variety of activities that develop leadership skills as well as the opportunity to develop new interests.

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

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

    Karen Taber, the director of Kid's Choice, has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Business Administration Degree. She started her career teaching first grade, before moving into the early childhood education field. Karen has been a public school teacher, preschool teacher and director for 36 years.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously a Sunday school teacher, Director of Education - 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 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, Master of Business Administration Degree
  • Sherri Beale

    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!

    Sheri 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. Previous to working at Kid's Choice, she has been a teacher at KinderCare and childcare centers in Connecticut, Iowa and Tennessee.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously a preschool teacher in Connecticut and Tennessee. Certified foster parent in the state of Iowa
    Year Started:
    6/1/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    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 wathing them learn and grow.

    Ms Angie started as a school age teacher in October of 1998.  Ms Angie 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 education in the education field.

    Previous Experience:
    Camp counselor at Camp Abe Lincoln
    Year Started:
    10/8/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Attended Scott Community College
  • Ms. Ann

    Ms. Ann, School Age Classroom

    Children teach me somethng everyday.

    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.

    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:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa
  • 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 contiue 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 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology
  • Ms. Brianna

    Ms. Brianna, School Age Classroom

    I love watching them 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 course work in child development.  She is planning on continuing on a part time basis as she completes her education.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to Kid's Choice, Brianna has worked in various service fields.
    Year Started:
    11/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing an Early Education degree at Scott Community College
  • 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Currently attending University of Northern Iowa
  • 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 their own unique gifts to give.

    Ms Robin has joined us for our summer program the past 2 years,  She is an elementarty education major at the University of Wisconsin and is gaining valuable experience as she works as an assistant teacher with our school agers.

    Previous Experience:
    Before working at Kid's Choice, 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Currently a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, majoring in Elementry Education.
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, School Age Classroom

    Working with children is my love and passion.

    Ms Jennifer recently joined our staff as an assistant teacher.  She enjoys working with the chldren and families at our center.  She is a newlywed and a new resident to our community.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to Kid's Choice, Ms Jennifer worked with the Birth to Five Program in Saginaw, Michigan.
    Year Started:
    6/15/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Currently working on Associates degee in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Learning Adventures Teacher

    I love working with children because I enjoy helping them develop their minds and individual gifts.  I also love having conversations with them and hearing them laugh.

    Ms Sarah is our practice teacher for Piano and Guitar as well as the instructor for our Book Club and Phonics program.  She works individuallly or with small groups of children enrolled in these enrichment programs.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to Kid's Choice, Ms Sarah has volunteered at the BRICK house in Davenport, Iowa and at Reading camps for Love-Hope Project at Calvary Revival International Church in Rock Island, Illinois.
    Year Started:
    11/19/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Moody Bible Institute

Upcoming Center Activities

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

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.

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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