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West Cedar Rapids KinderCare

Sara Schwerin, Center Director

310 Burdette Dr. SW Cedar Rapids IA 52404
(319) 396-5391 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
off 16th Ave SW near the Pheasant Run Apts

Neighborhood:
Cedar Hills close to Stoney Point Rd

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Coolidge, Van Buren, Jackson, Madison

We value every family that comes to KinderCare and our looking for new families.  If you enroll by August 31 you will receive and enrollment special.  Please contact the center for your enrollment special!

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Welcome

Welcome to Cedar Rapids West KinderCare! We have been serving the Cedar Rapids community since 1979. We provide exceptional care for children ranging from ages six weeks to 12 years old. Everything we do is designed for learning at all ages. Our curriculum is designed to develop the whole child. We also partner with the Cedar Rapids Community School District to provide our families with the free preschool program offered through the State of Iowa. Our staff form personal bonds with each and every child to provide a warm, nurturing environment for your child to learn and grow in. We look forward to beginning our relationship with you and your child. Contact us today to become part of our KinderCare family!

Sara Schwerin, Center Director

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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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

Teachers & Staff

Our staff boasts over 175 years of experience in the childcare field. We hire compassionate, energetic leaders to partner with you in your child's education. We are lucky enough to have males and females on staff to be role models for the children as well.

  • Sara Schwerin

    Sara Schwerin, Center Director

    I love watching all the children grow and develop. I also enjoy partnering with the families to develop lifelong learners. I love making a positive impact on children and families in the Cedar Rapids area. I love working with a great team of teachers and providing the best early childhood education possible.

    Sara started as an Assistant Director at a sister center. In less than a year she was promoted to Center Director. Sara enjoys every day of her job. She has worked in collaboration with the Cedar Rapids School District to allow us to offer the free Preschool to forty four-year-old children. Sara works with her team to provide every family the best foundation for a long life of learning.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ashley Hurley

    Ashley Hurley, Assistant Director

    I truly enjoy the smiles, hugs, and children's conversations that I encounter every day. It lets me know that my presence and voice is not going unheard.

    Ms. Ashley has been with the company for about four years. She is new to the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area and has a lot of amazing ideas. She loves to contribute to a child's education and is a team player. She has experience with children of all ages and is always ready to lend a helping hand to those who need it.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley has worked as a Preschool teacher as well as volunteering within the community helping counseling families.
    Year Started:
    8/9/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Child, Adult and Family Studies
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Infant A Classroom

    Don’t be the one you see, but the one you want to be.

    Ms. Amber is amazing with our four-year-old children. She loves teaching the children using fun and exciting tactics. She makes every moment a learning moment. She makes sure she puts the children to the test. Ms. Amber also motivates their creative side, and lets them know that imaginations are the portal to life.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amber has worked at a children's day camp for three years, and at KinderCare in East Lasing, Michigan with their Preschool program.
    Year Started:
    4/14/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Family and Community Services
  • Ms. Mary, Infant A Classroom

    I love that I learn as much (or more) from the children as they do from me!

    Ms. Mary has been with KinderCare since August.  Her favorite things to do when she is at work in reading to the children. Mary also loves to find creative ways to use develop strong fine motor skills.

    Previous Experience:
    Mary has owned and operated her own in-home childcare. Mary also worked at KinderCare East.
    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Shana

    Ms. Shana, Infant B Classroom

     I enjoy working with children because everyday is a learning experience. I also love the responses children give to everyday questions.

    Ms. Shana has been here with the company since April 2015. Before working here she watched children in her own home for two years.  She has a seven year old daughter named Lynnae and a step-daughter named Bree.  She also has a grandson name Max. She has been in the Early Childhood field for seven years. Shana loves that every day is a new day!
     

    Previous Experience:
    I worked as a babysitter for a year and a half. I was also a toddler and preschool teacher as well as a volunteer in the community.
    Year Started:
    4/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Infant Classroom

    The soul is healed by being with children. ~Fyodor Dostoevsky

    Ms. Lori has been working with kids all her life. She started off at the tender age of ten babysitting others within the community. As Ms. Lori grew up she volunteered in the community and gained a love for children and families. Ms. Lori really has a passion for working with infants. She loves making them smile and the joy they bring to her heart.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lori has had many years of working in the community, volunteering, helping and guiding families with love.
    Year Started:
    8/15/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Brooke

    Ms. Brooke, Infant Classroom B

    I love walking in my classroom and getting instant hugs from the kids!

    Ms. Brooke has been with the company since March 2015.  Brooke has been working with children for about 9 years.  Brooke has a baking degree and used to work in a bakery for two years.  Ms. Brooke loves seeing the children’s smiling faces every day and watching them grow!

    Previous Experience:
    Brooke has worked in schools for a little over nine years and has had a passion for kids all of her life.
    Year Started:
    3/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Working towards associates in early childhood education
  • Ms. Mallory

    Ms. Mallory, Infant Classroom B

    I love making a difference in a child’s life, and seeing them understand makes me smile.

    Previous Experience:
    Mallory has worked in other schools through out the community and has also dedicated her summers to volunteering.
    Year Started:
    6/3/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Working towards associates in early childhood education
  • Ms. Jacynda

    Ms. Jacynda, Toddler Classroom

    Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~Mahatma Gandhi

    Ms. Jacynda does a spectacular job in our Infant classroom. She loves building relationships with families and getting to know each student on a individual level. She enjoys singing to the children and teaching them through play.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jacynda is a skilled worker and has experience as a Infant and Preschool teacher.
    Year Started:
    2/24/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sherry

    Ms. Sherry, Preschool Classroom

    Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun. ~Mignon McLaughlin

    Ms. Sherry has been with KinderCare for about 24 years. She has worked in, and mastered every classroom in the center. Ms. Sherry is awesome at working as part of a team and has a great imagination. She loves telling stories to the children and having them think outside of the box.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sherry has previous experience as a Preschool teacher working with a variety of age ranges.
    Year Started:
    7/16/1990
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Credential
  • Ms. Kristi

    Ms. Kristi, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Have big dreams, you will grow into them.

    Ms. Kristi has been working with children for 15 years.  She has been with the company since February 2015.  Kristi has three children - Faith, nine years old, Hunter, six years old and Teighvon, 12 years old.  Kristi loves spending time with her family camping and fishing. Ms. Kristi loves seeing all the new things the kids do every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Kristi has worked at HACAP for over ten years. She has also worked at other schools through out Cedar Rapids, along with fifteen years of working hands on with children and families.
    Year Started:
    3/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Working towards associates in early childhood education
  • Ms. Melody

    Ms. Melody, Prekindergarten Classroom

    My favorite thing about teaching is building a relationship with each child and watching them grow.

    Ms. Melody is a leader in Early Childhood Education. She is willing to go above and beyond for the families in her class. Ms. Melody works with every family to communicate what the children need to be ready for Kindergarten. They work as a team with the parents to give them the knowledge to get their son or daughter ready for school. Ms. Melody goes the extra mile in her communication to make sure every child is comfortable in her class. She often times will be found playing the hottest music and singing and dancing with her children. Ms. Melody also loves to play tag and soccer with the children outside.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Melody worked in HeadStart in Clinton, Iowa.
    Year Started:
    7/17/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Mr. Robert

    Mr. Robert, Cook

    Cooking with the heart makes everyone smile!

    Mr. Robert has recently moved to the area. He has been in the local area for over a year. He truly enjoys cooking delicious food for the children to enjoy and learn about.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Credential

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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

We provide a variety of safety features at our center. Our front door has keypad entry so no unauthorized visitors are allowed in. We have fenced in playgrounds to keep the public out. We also ensure that every member of our staff is CPR and First Aid certified within the first few months of employment. Along with these features, we also employ a Health and Safety Coordinator who monitors the care of cleanliness, playground safety, medication administration and emergency preparedness.

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.

You ladies are doing a great job with my little princess Ava. She never seams to be unhappy or cranky.  Always in a good mood when I pick her up.  I love how the ladies do activities with her even though she is so young.  Great job infant teachers!  

- Mother

Brantley is in the infant room and when we start walking through the daycare doors he starts jumping in my arms with excitement!  When I pick him up, he's a happy boy and I can tell he really enjoys himself with all the staff and we couldn't be any happier!

- Parents

I think the infant teachers do a great job of taking care of the infants. I know from experience it is a tough job and you all do a great job!

- Parent

Brantley is in the infant room and when we start walking through the daycare doors he starts jumping from my arms with excitement!  When I pick him up, he's a happy boy and I can tell he really enjoys himself with all the staff. We couldn't be any happier!

- Parents

We have nothing but good things to say about all the teachers that have an impact on Isabelle and Landon each day. Since we have started at KinderCare, Landon's talking/vocabulary has increased so much. Thank you all for everything you do each and every day for not only our kids but everybody's kids.

- Parents

Three years ago my son was going to start preschool.  With him being my first child I was very nervous to have him go but knew it was going to happen eventually.  My sister was working for Kindercare at the time so I felt more comfortable taking him somewhere with someone I knew, so Kindercare was the obvious choice.  After meeting the head teacher, Melody, I felt even more comfortable with him going.  She is very good with the kids and my son learned quite a bit from her!  She is also very easy to talk to as a parent.  Since my son started Preschool I have also taken one of my daycare kids here (last year) and my daughter is currently attending preschool at Kindercare.  Ms. Melody and Ms. Amber are AMAZING teachers and I would recommend anyone to come to preschool here!

- Mother

My son is always upbeat when he comes home! I can see the impact that KinderCare has made with his learning.

- Parent

We love KinderCare because KinderCare has people like Sara and Melissa working there. They make you feel like you are part of a loving family that is always there for you. Every parent dreads the day they will have to bring their child to a childcare provider. KinderCare staff makes that hard moment easy from the second you walk in the door. Their staff is not only well trained and educated to teach your young children, but they treat each child as if they are their own. I haven’t regretted taking my daughter to KinderCare for one second. My daughter learns numerous things on a daily basis, ranging from making stuff for me, to cooking, to learning how to write, read along and sing with her classmates, and everything in between. My daughter loves KinderCare and their staff. She wakes up on weekends wanting to go to school!

- Mother

Before joining KinderCare, our boys had only been cared for by in-home providers. However, after our oldest son had seen his seventh in-home provider, we decided we needed a change. That is when we joined the KinderCare family! We have been with the center for over a year now and we will never look back! The type of care they provide is over the top! Every teacher in every classroom knows our family. When we walk through the door every day, you hear the “Good Morning and Hellos” coming from every direction. When our boys come home at night they are happy and so excited to tell us about the projects they did throughout the day. When I get called one of their teachers' names at home, it doesn’t bother me. It makes me proud to know that the love and care provided goes beyond a typical 8-5 job, they treat you like family. Thank you KinderCare for the educational and compassionate atmosphere you deliver!

- Parents

Our daughter came from another facility, so coming to KinderCare was an eye opener. Since being here, our daughter’s development has amazed us. She learned sign language and excelled quicker with her colors and words. The teachers are amazing! They listen to our concerns and suggestions about what to do with our daughter with an open mind. KinderCare has opened our eyes to what our daughter was missing out on with her learning at another center.

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