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Woods Chapel KinderCare

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

Welcome

Welcome to our Nationally Accredited Woods Chapel KinderCare! We are conveniently located right off of I-70 on Woods Chapel Road. 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 measure 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. Stephanie Wood, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

Accreditation

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

Cooking

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.

Math

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.

Music

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 Woods Chapel KinderCare! Our tenured staff has almost 100 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 help children build social skills that last a lifetime. We also give every teacher the opportunity to obtain a child development associate credential through our company and additional support for furthering education. Come and visit our KinderCare family soon to see all the wonderful things we can offer your family!

  • Ms. Stephanie Wood, Center Director

  • Ms. Lesley Garretson-Person

    Ms. Lesley Garretson-Person, Assistant Director

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

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

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lesley previously worked at the Fort Riley Child Development Center.
    Year Started:
    4/3/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Associate's Degree in Education
  • 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 learning something new. Providing a positive educational experience early in life establishes a joy for learning.

    Ms. Barbara grew up in Raytown, Missouri 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, arts and crafts, sewing, crocheting, and spending time with family.

    Year Started:
    4/15/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Kathy

    Ms. Kathy, Infant Classroom

    Teaching has enriched my life--especially through watching children grow, develop trust, use their imagination, and build 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-grandchildren. She has cared for young children since she was 15 years old. In her spare time, she lives by the motto “Shop until you drop!”

    Year Started:
    2/20/1992
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    40
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney, Infant Classroom

    I have always loved taking care of kids and being around them. I enjoy coming to work every day 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:
    1/16/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Gabby

    Ms. Gabby, Toddler Classroom

    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, Missouri. She was involved in the arts and got her bachelor's degree in studio art. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing with her dog, and DIY projects. Ms. Gabby is also very passionate about photography and loves meeting new people.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art
  • Ms. Jacara

    Ms. Jacara, Toddler Classroom

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

    Ms. Jacara grew up in Holdon, Missouri 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:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Development
  • Ms. Stevie

    Ms. Stevie, Preschool 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 affect our future.

    Ms. Stevie grew up in Independence, Missouri. 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:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Janet

    Ms. Janet, Prekindergarten Classroom

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

    If there is one thing Ms. Janet loves, it’s taking vacations to see her son and her granddaughter in Alabama. Ms. 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. Ms. Janet loves teaching children and enjoys watching them grow.

    Year Started:
    9/25/2003
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
  • Ms. Vickie

    Ms. Vickie, Multi-Age 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 whipped cream and pudding. She loves when children learn from clapping, waving, hugging, and baby sign language.

    Year Started:
    5/4/1999
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Darsetta

    Ms. Darsetta, Cook

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

    Ms. Darsetta grew up in Wichita, Kansas 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:
    10/12/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

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

  • 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 very seriously. Our center is secured so that only authorized staff and parents may enter unsupervised. 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 every day.

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.

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 seven 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 two 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 without 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 Woods Chapel KinderCare for taking great care of my daughter and preparing her for kindergarten. KinderCare was a safe, educational, and nurturing environment for my child (really for all children). I was never hesitant to leave her in the care of such a wonderful staff. I appreciated the daily logs left for me to pick-up at the end of each day. I didn't need to read the logs, as my daughter 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). My daughter often reminds me how much of an impression the staff at KinderCare made. Let me share a few examples: There's the time she 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 my daughter, "Those aren't the kind of markers we used at KinderCare, Daddy." Some days after picking her up from school, she 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." 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." The staff at KinderCare has prepared my daughter 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 on my daughter.

- Father
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