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Highway 7 KinderCare

Carly Junod, Center Director

1404 South Highway 7 Blue Springs MO 64015
(816) 229-7566 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
S of Hwy 40 next to Sonic Across the street from 54th Street Grill

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
William Bryant, Daniel Young, Franklin Smith, Cordill/Mason Elementary Schools, Thomas Ulitcan, James Walker(drop off only)

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Welcome to the Blue Springs Highway 7 KinderCare Early Childhood Learning Center, where we've been caring for children for over 30 years. We provide care for chidren, ages six weeks to 12 years. Our teachers take pride in providing a safe, loving and stimulating community in which our children can feel empowered and successful. Our curriculum provides the teachers with tools needed to engage even the youngest learner and reach each child on every level of their development. Our goal is simple, we want all of our students to become smart, capable and well-rounded citizens. We would love the opportunity to get to know you and your family and welcome you to our home away from home.

Carly Junod, Center Director

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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.

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.

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.

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

Teachers & Staff

The staff at Blue Springs Highway 7 KinderCare have a great passion for educating and caring for children. What makes our teachers so special is that everyone comes from varied backgrounds, which makes us very well rounded and well equipped to care for our children. Each member of our team is valued for their unique contributions to making our center successful. Another great aspect of our community of teachers is their drive for excellence. They are continually improving themselves by attending biannual company professional development training as well as on-site staff training, and even seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field.

  • Carly Junod

    Carly Junod, Center Director

    They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

    Carly has been with KinderCare since December of 2014 as a Center Director. Previously Carly has worked in retail management while also teaching ballet at TNT Dance studio in Kansas. She looks forward to each and every day with her amazing staff and students. Carly loves being involved in both the children's and teacher's educational and developmental growth. Creating a family environment within the center and having open communication with our families is something we truly value. Carly finds that the most rewarding part of her day is seeing all of her children having fun while learning at the same time.

    Previous Experience:
    Retail Management for six years and worked at TNT Dance studio as a Ballet and Contemporary Dance Instructor.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Bachelors in Bussiness Management and Child Developement Associates
  • Sara Haines

    Sara Haines, Assistant Director

    The best part of my job is knowing there is a hug waiting for me behind every classroom door.

    Ms. Sara was born and raised in Western Kansas with two older twin brothers. After graduating from High School in 1998, she attended Fort Hays State University with a cheer-leading scholarship. In 2003, she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and Health. Just two weeks after graduating from college, she married her husband and moved to the Greater Kansas City area. With teaching certificates from both Kansas and Missouri, she was anxious to teach in any capacity. She started with KinderCare as a teacher and was promoted to an Assistant Director after a year of teaching. Sara says, "I fell in love with Early Childhood Education. What was supposed to be a job to pass time has turned into a career." She went on to earn her Child Development Associates in 2013. Sara is blessed with four children. A daughter named Caroline, a son named Kendrick, and identical twin girls named Julia and Jillian. All of whom have had the privilege of learning and growing at KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Stephanie Young

    Ms. Stephanie Young, Health and Safety Coordinator, and Infant Classroom

    Ms. Stephanie is a vetran teacher in our Infant classroom.  She knows how much growth occurs at this time in their lives and strives to help each child meet important developmental milestones.  Ms. Stephanie can always be found on the floor with the babies making sure they get plenty of love.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked for Children's World before they became a part of the KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Marlana

    Ms. Marlana, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Marlana has worked in our center for 9 years, starting in our preschool room before finding her true home in our infant classroom.  She is a very organized person which helps to keep the infant room running smoothly.  Ms. Marlana really enjoys helping our babies grow and develop.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marlana worked for Children's World before they became a part of the KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Morgan

    Morgan, Infant Classroom

    A child's laugh is the most contagious. I love putting a smile on the babies faces everyday. This makes me the happiest!

    Miss Morgan was a student of KinderCare for three years in our pre-kindergarten and school age program. She loved our program so much she decided to come back and become a valued member of our staff. Miss Morgan is a wonderful addition to our nursery and the dedication she displays daily shows within the classroom. Miss Morgan is currently working towards her X-Ray Technician degree.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Sheria

    Ms. Sheria, Discovery Preschool (Twos) Classroom

    Ms. Sheria has worked in our two year old room since she started with us.  She has great classroom management and wonderfully planned lessons.  Her students enjoy her creative lessons and fun atmosphere.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sheria worked for Children's World before they became a part of the KinderCare Family.
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
  • Mr. Tim

    Mr. Tim, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Mr. Tim is a dynamic teacher who has been with us for 10 years.  His classroom is very fun and engaging, using every minute of the day as a teaching opportunity.  Tim is a leader in the building and a great example of someone who truly takes pride in what they do.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. TIm worked for Head Start before joining the KInderCare family.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Brook

    Ms. Brook, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Brook has been with us for a few years now and has been a great help in different roles throughout the building.  She has settled nicely into our school age room, making the students time fun while they are here!

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential

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

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

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We are closed for the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Day as well as Columbus Day and President's Day for Prefessional Development.

Health and Safety

At KinderCare learning centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but also all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition, the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise, a doorbell is available to visitors, as well as a greeting window directly to the office. Each visitor is greeted and signed-in by a staff member and escorted to the area they require. Anyone picking up a child other than the primary guardian is required to provide identification upon entering as well. Our KinderCare also has a Health and Safety Coordinator on site. Ms. Stephanie's role includes conducting monthly fire, tornado, earthquake and intruder drills, ensuring that all staff's first aid and CPR certificates are up to date, and maintaining high cleanliness and general safety standards.

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.

     I have to say that I’m not sure how we would get by without KinderCare!  Our daughter Zoe loves going every day and comes home with the most interesting bits of knowledge.  Yesterday, she was excited to tell us that dinosaurs are extinct and they only live in museums now. 
     She is currently in Ms. Regan, Ms. Stephanie and Ms. Cortney’s preschool classroom!  She started in the toddler room and knew all of her colors by the time she graduated to Ms. Sheria’s 2’s class!  She was so in love with “Ria” that every time we drove by the center she would squeal and sing Ria’s house, Ria’s house! 
     We are super excited for her to move to Mr. Tim and Ms. Randis’ prekindergarten class this fall.  I have no doubt that when she begins kindergarten she will be prepared for success!  I know this as I was a kindergarten teacher for 5 years and loved getting children from this center.
     I would highly recommend this school for anyone who has high standards for their children’s education.
We drop Zoe off everyday knowing she is loved, educated and challenged in the most positive ways.
Callie and Joe Anderson

- Mother and Father

I love the Blue Springs KinderCare! My four-year-old daughter and three-year-old son have been attending there since they were both infants. I cannot imagine my life without my KinderCare family. I drop my children off every morning to smiling, pleasant faces. My children run to their classrooms excited for the day. I never worry for a moment about them, as I know they are being cared for by true professionals. I would recommend this center to anyone who wants the very best for their children.

Courtney Chretien

- Mother

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