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Woods Chapel KinderCare

Amanda Poyser, Center Director

821 NW Woods Chapel Rd. Blue Springs MO 64015
(816) 228-4989 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Three blocks South of I-70 Woods Chapel Road

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Sunny Pointe, John Nowlin, Thomas Ultican, James Walker, Daniel Young

KinderCare Learning Center located at 821 North Woods Chapel Road in Blue Springs is now accepting new enrollments. Please contact us today to schedule your tour!

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Welcome to Woods Chapel KinderCare! Our center has proudly served families in the Blue Springs, Missouri area for more than 25 years. We invite you and your family to visit so that we can show you the great preschool experience we have to offer. Each day, our teachers provide a balanced approach to learning - giving parents the comfort of knowing that their child will have fun while he/she develops socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Our goal is to give your child the attention and the education needed to prepare for their school years.

Amanda Poyser, 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.

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


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.


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.


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

Our teachers and staff members are a group of caring individuals who have chosen Early Childhood Education as a career. Through the attention and nurturing they provide, they have become an extended family to the children and parents that we serve. Our teachers not only have years of experience but also the education needed to provide the absolute best preschool experience possible.

  • Amanda Poyser, Center Director

    I love working in this field! It is rewarding and challenging all in the same package. The children always make the days brighter and have a great way of shedding light to everyone that they touch.

    Amanda grew up in Manhattan, KS and graduated from Kansas State University. She is married to her wonderful husband and has three dogs. She is an avid K-State and Royals fan and loves to attend a lot of sporting events with family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    I worked at several different Child Development Centers on a Military Base in Kansas. I started my career in ECE when I was in college working as a part time support staff. I have worked my way up to different positions as I have aged and completed schooling.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors in Family Studies and Human Services
  • Lesley Garretson-Person

    Lesley Garretson-Person, Assistant Director

    Delivering excellent quality care in early education is rewarding and essential in providing the best environment for young children.

    Lesley has been a part of the Kansas City artist community working with youth and various associations since 2009. Lesley has worked in the Early Education field since 1997 and has raised six amazing children with her husband Scott. Lesley enjoys working in a school dedicated to the development on young children.

    Previous Experience:
    Lesley previously worked at Fort Riley Child Development Center.
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential and Associate Degree in Education
  • Ms. Darsetta

    Ms. Darsetta, Cooking Adventures

    My favorite part about working with young children is watching my friends mature and find their independence.

    Ms. Darsetta grew up in Wichita, KS as the youngest of 15 children. “Sunday dinners were required in my family," she said.  From this exposure to excellent foods came her love for cooking. Ms. Darsetta also enjoys fishing, reading, and of course, listening to Bruno Mars. Ms. Darsetta chose this profession because her mother was a teacher who inspired her.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Barbara

    Ms. Barbara, Infant Classroom

    Children are so much fun, open and honest. I love seeing the excitement on a child's face when they learn something new. Providing a positive educational experience early in life establishes a joy for learning.

    Ms. Barbara grew up in Raytown, MO and currently lives in Bates City with her husband, Larry. She and her husband had the joy of raising two children, Jason and Alicia. In her spare time Ms. Barbara enjoys scrapbooking, crafts, sewing, crocheting and spending time with family.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Professional Development Training
  • Ms. Krystal

    Ms. Krystal, Infant Classroom

    I teach because I love being around babies and children. I love to help them learn new things and watch them grow.

    Ms. Krystal grew up in Overland Park, KS but currently resides in Blue Springs, MO. Krystal enjoys spending time at home with her husband Brad and daughter Payton. Krystal also likes cooking, baking and shopping.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Professional Development Training
  • Ms. Kathy

    Ms. Kathy, Multi-age teacher

    Teaching has enriched my life: especially through watching children grow, developing trust, using their imagination and building confidence!

    As a child several of her teachers strongly influenced Ms. Kathy's life. They gave her confidence, love and support. Ms. Kathy enjoys doing the same for her children, grandchildren and great-grand children. She has cared for young children since she was fifteen years old. In her spare time she lives by the motto “Shop until You Drop!”

    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    40 Years
    Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
  • Ms. Vickie

    Ms. Vickie, Toddler A Classroom

    I think I have a very outgoing personality and I love being a part of a team. I also enjoy interacting with the parents and children in our school.

    Ms. Vickie has lived in Missouri her whole life and has raised two very spoiled dogs, Saddie and Princess. In her spare time she enjoys going to the movies. At KinderCare she has been honored with The Spirit of Service Award, and her room has won first place in the Company’s Coming competition numerous times. Ms. Vickie’s favorite experiences include making a mess with her students; such as, painting with cool whip and pudding. She loves when children learn from clapping, waving, hugging and baby sign language.

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
  • Ms. Stevie

    Ms. Stevie, Toddler Classroom

    I teach because I love to watch children develop and learn new things. Children and education are my passion. Making a positive impact in a child's life can effect our future.

    Ms. Stevie grew up in Independence, MO. She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, family and her two cats. She also visits her family’s house at the Lake of the Ozarks.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Professional Development Training and working on her Bachelor's in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I have always loved taking care of kids and being around them. I enjoy coming to work everyday to make a difference in each child's life. My favorite part is teaching them new things, playing with them and seeing them smile.

    Ms. Courtney is from Birmingham, Alabama. She currently lives in Lees Summit with her son Adam. She loves outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting. Ms. Courtney also enjoys scrapbooking.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Janet

    Ms. Janet, Multi-age Teacher

    What I like best about teaching is watching the smiles of joy when a child is so proud of their accomplishments.

    If there is one thing Ms. Janet loves, it’s taking vacation to see her son and her granddaughter in Alabama. Janet enjoys the outdoors, fishing, boating and swimming. Ms Janet has helped lead numerous students through the Pre-K program and has been a vital part of preparing them for school. Janet loves teaching children and enjoys watching them grow.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Professional Development Training
  • Ms. Kaylee

    Ms. Kaylee, Infant Teacher

    I really love being around children, they bring out the best in me. I look forward to seeing their smiling faces everyday.

    Kaylee grew up in Blue Springs, MO and graduated from Blue Springs High School. Ms. Kaylee enjoyed being a part of the swim team. She also likes spending time with her family in her spare time.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Professional Development Training
  • Ms. Zoe

    Ms. Zoe, Multi-age Teacher

    I look forward to spending time with my younger friends after I have finished school. The children put a smile on my face.

    Ms. Zoe has lived in Blue Springs most of her life. She works for the Blue Springs School District where she is a Paraprofessional, working with special needs students. Ms. Zoe worked at an Elementary school for nine years. Outside work she likes to spend time with her family.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Teaching Praxis certification and is in process of getting her Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Gabby

    Ms. Gabby, Toddler Teacher

    Though I am new to the teaching industry, I have always loved interacting and being around children. It is such a rewarding feeling to see them having so much fun while making new discoveries; I love being a part of that process.

    Ms. Gabby grew up in Kansas City, MO. She was involved in the arts and got her Bachelors degree in Studio Art. In her spare time she enjoys reading, playing with her dog and do it yourself projects. Gabby is also very passionate about photography and loves meeting new people.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Bachelor of Studio Arts Degree
  • Ms. Jacara

    Ms. Jacara, Pre-school Teacher

    I love watching children learn and grow, developing skills that wills serve them later in life. I love being a part of that process, knowing a made a difference.

    Ms. Jacara grew up in Holdon, MO and she enjoys visiting her family farm. Her favorite activities include playing board games, watching movies and spending time with her family. She also likes to read and crochet.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Bachelor's degree in Child and Family Development
  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, Pre-school Teacher

    I enjoy seeing a light bulb turn on when a child learns something new. One of the best things about teaching is knowing I make a difference in the life of a child.

    Tammy grew up in Minnesota and currently lives in Blue Springs, MO. In her spare time she enjoys reading, creating crafts and playing a variety of games. In her classroom, there is never a dull moment. Froming cooking to painting projects, Ms. Tammy isn't afraid to get messy. Tammy has a love for children that drove her to become a teacher.

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day (Professional Development)
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day (Professional Development)
Thanksgiving Day & Friday after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

We know that nothing matters more than the safety, security and health of your child. Our teachers and staff take that aspect very seriously. Our center is secured so that only authorized staff and parents may enter. All our staff members are CPR and First Aid trained and we have a Health and Safety Coordinator to monitor daily operations. You can have confidence that your child is cared for in a secure, nurturing environment everyday.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

The Woods Chapel KinderCare has to be the most reliable, consistent and caring establishment for child care in the greater Kansas City area. They are a step away from perfection, no joke. My wife and I have been using this location for over 7 years now. As adoptive parents, we have sent over 25 children through the program and very few of those would be considered “easy” kids. The children’s needs have been incredible and each challenge that we have presented Ms. Kelly and her staff with has been met skillfully and with grace and good humor. One of our first placements as foster parents was a little girl who had been severely scalded in a bathtub. She required extra tenderness as diapers were changed, potty training occurred, and simple gross motor skills were retrained. I remember staff members crying for her as I showed them how to cream her legs and make sure her skin grafts didn’t dry out. They did such a remarkable job partnering with us to keep her care consistent, that she healed within 2 years instead of the 36 months that were anticipated. To this day, staff will still ask about her and others that we have had because they are really invested in the kids and how they turn out. This is just a small picture of the types of challenges we have sent them over the years and never once has the Woods Chapel staff loved the children any less than we do. Sometimes for these kids, the relationships with the staff are the safest and most nurturing they have ever had. They are truly awesome. We have experienced each and every room in that building and have “trained” a number of staff along the way. We got trained first by the best, Ms. Vickie and Ms. Kathy then we moved on up to Ms. Casie, Ms. Theresa, Ms. Tammy, Ms. Erica, Ms. Janet, and we can’t forget the cook, Ms. Darsetta. All these ladies love the kids as their own and protect them like the precious gems they are. I know I have left out several current staff but all of them are very important members of our kids' lives. Even though not all of our children still attend KinderCare full time, they still talk about what happened while they were there. There is always a “Remember when Ms. Theresa did…” or a “Ms. Kelly says…” story running around the house or car. Knowing we both can go to work and not have to worry about the care that they are receiving while we are gone is priceless. We couldn’t survive with out the wonderful people at the Woods Chapel KinderCare. We love them all.

- Parents

The Woods Chapel KinderCare provides a safe and secure environment for my son. He has the ability to grow, learn and express his personality. He is surrounded by teachers who truly care. There is no greater comfort than knowing your child is in hands of people you can trust.

- Mother

I'd like to thank KinderCare for taking great care of my daughter and preparing her for kindergarten. KinderCare was a safe, educational and nurturing environment for Soledad (really for all children). I was never hesitant to leave Soledad in the care of such a wonderful staff. I appreciated the daily logs left for me to pick-up&nbsp;at the end of each day. I didn't need to read the logs - as Soledad would always tell me about her day or I could watch how her day went as she recreated the day with her dolls, stuffed animals and sometimes me (although I was never the teacher).<br /> <br /> Soledad often reminds me how much of an impression the staff at KinderCare made. Let me share a few examples:<br /> &nbsp; <div style="margin-left: 40px;">There's the time Soledad and I were shopping for school supplies for her first day of school. Using the list provided by the school was difficult. I couldn't get some of the items on the list...because according to Soledad, "Those aren't the kind of markers we used at KinderCare Daddy."<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;">Some days after picking Soledad up from school - Soledad would tell me, "Daddy, you need to call Ms. Collison and tell her to give me harder work. We already did those sight words at KinderCare."</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"><br /> Or my favorite (from the first day of school), "Daddy, they need to call KinderCare and learn how to do lunch. Lunch at school is way shorter than at KinderCare. They don't give you enough time to eat."</div> <div><br /> The staff at KinderCare has prepared Soledad for academic success. You have ignited her flame for the quest of knowledge. I will forever be grateful to each of you...the wonderful people on staff who have been a positive influence to Soledad.<br /> &nbsp;</div>

- Father

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