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Highway 7 KinderCare

Ms. 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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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
William Bryant, Daniel Young, Franklin Smith, Cordill-Mason, James Walker


Welcome to our Nationally Accredited Highway 7 KinderCare! Our school is located on South 7 Highway right across from Mirror Image Car Wash. Our tenured and educated teachers take pride in ensuring your child is immersed in a loving and nurturing environment that fosters a love of learning. We are more than a daycare and/or child care center; we are a school that has been nationally recognized for providing exceptional curriculum designed to meet each child’s individual needs. According to new data, kindergarten students who experience our high-quality early childhood education were on average four months ahead of their peers nationally. The study was conducted using Terra Nova, a widely used standardized assessment tool. These findings are consistent with other assessments, including previous results from the Maryland Model for School Readiness, which measures the impact that our learning programs have on children. Students enrolled in KinderCare centers for more than one year yielded even higher scores. We invite you to experience the accreditation difference by scheduling a tour at our school!

Ms. Carly Junod, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to the Nationally Accredited Highway 7 KinderCare! Our tenured staff has almost 65 years of combined experience working with children. As a Nationally Accredited early learning center, our teachers go above and beyond state and local regulations. All staff members are CPR and Pediatric First Aid Certified as well as trained in Safe Sleep practices. KinderCare provides high-quality training over the minimum amount required by the state. We use positive child guidance and an all-inclusive approach to helping children build social skills that last a lifetime. We also give every teacher the opportunity to get their associate credential through our company and additional support for furthering their education. Come and visit our KinderCare family soon to see all the wonderful things we can offer your family!

  • Ms. Carly Junod

    Ms. Carly Junod, Center Director

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

    Ms. Carly has been with KinderCare since December of 2014 as a Center Director. Previously, Ms. 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. Ms. 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. Ms. 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:
    Ms. Carly has worked in 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:
    Bachelor's Degree in Business Management; Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Emilie Garivay

    Ms. Emilie Garivay, Assistant Director

    Every child is unique in their own way. Each of them inspire me every single day. I am excited to come to work and see what they are going to tell me.

    Ms. Emilie recently joined our KinderCare family here in Missouri. Ms. Emilie came to us from a KinderCare in California, where she started six years ago as an Infant and Toddler Teacher. We are thrilled to have her as our Assistant Director. She brings to our center a wealth of knowledge and a love for children that is undeniable. Ms. Emilie has an associate of arts degree in early childhood education and has previous experience working in a child care setting. She builds amazing relationships with each of the children and their families. She enjoys coming to work every day and really enjoys what she does.     

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Any book by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Marlana

    Ms. Marlana, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Marlana has worked in our center for nine years, starting in our Preschool Classroom before finding her true home in our Infant Classroom. She is a very organized person, which helps to keep the class 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:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Sheria

    Ms. Sheria, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Sheria has worked in our Discovery Preschool Classroom 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:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Liz, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Liz joins us from New Jersey. She loves teaching and challenging the children in her classroom each day. Ms. Liz believes that by collaborating with families, we can ensure that their child's learning experience is the best it can be. Ms. Liz loves watching the inquisitiveness of children as they create and explore through play. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in History; Associate's Degree in Elementary & Secondary Education
  • Mr. Tim

    Mr. Tim, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Mr. Tim is a dynamic teacher who has been with us for ten years. His classroom is very fun and engaging, using every minute of the day as a teaching opportunity. Mr. 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:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential

Upcoming Center Activities

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Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

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, and Columbus Day and President's Day for professional development.

Health and Safety

At KinderCare, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition, the front door of the building has a coded entry system 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 Highway 7 KinderCare! Our daughter 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 Classroom and knew all of her colors by the time she graduated to Ms. Sheria’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 five 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 our daughter off every day knowing she is loved, educated, and challenged in the most positive ways.

- Mother and Father

I love the Highway 7 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.

- Mother

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