Trista Hilgart, Center Director
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We have a welcoming staff that makes everyone who walks in the door feel like they belong. We really work hard as a center to make sure your children are always safe, learning, and having fun! I encourage you to come and take a tour with us so you can see what a great atmosphere it is for your child.
Trista Hilgart, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to the Cedarburg KinderCare and thank you for taking the time to learn about us! Our center is a busy place where nurturing young learners is a priority for our teachers and staff. We are dedicated to providing a quality education through hands-on learning activities and experiences. Each day brings new opportunities for children to learn and our teachers are excited and committed to putting your child on the path to success!
I grew up taking care of my nieces and nephews. I always wanted to work with children and teach them new possibilities. Now as a director I get to see all the children learn, grow and develop. I mentor all the teachers, and make relationships with all the parents. I want everyone to feel comfortable enough to come to me if their ever is a concern.
Trista has worked at KinderCare since 2004. She started out as a teacher and worked her way up to program specialist, and then the Center Director. She has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education as well as her Administrator's Credential. Trista strives make sure that everyone at her center is taken care of in a positive atmosphere. She has great communication skills and loves to be with the children as much as she can.
Growing up I always wanted to be an educator. I've always enjoyed being involved in the education of young children; it is an amazing feeling to see a child learn something new! Now that I am an Assistant Director, I have the opportunity to be involved in the lives of all the children in the center. It is great to be able to say that I love coming to work each day.
Libby graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008, with her Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education. She had worked in childcare as a preschool teacher for four years, but started at KinderCare as an Assistant Director in August 2012. As an Assistant Director, she enjoys working with parents, students and teachers to ensure the best education for students at the center!
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" - Maya Angelou
Ms. Besty has been employed at the Cedarburg KinderCare center since April 1995. She has taken her Early Childhood classes through Milwaukee Area Technical College. In 2008, she received her Child Development Associate Credential. Ms. Besty loves to cuddle and rock the infants. She likes to see the younger infants achieve different milestones like tummy time, crawling and sitting up.
Watching the children grow and learn new things is amazing! I try to make learning creative and fun.
Miss Kelly is a creative nurturing teacher who loves to be on the floor playing with the childen and helping them learn. She loves to work with the parents to really find what is important for them about their child's learning.
Ms. Heather came to KinderCare after previously working at another childcare center. She has worked in our infant and toddler rooms for the last 2 years. Ms. Heather loves working with our youngest learners and enjoys teaching them each day! She enjoys watching them grow and develop, and also has fun getting to know their families as well.
'But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.' -Robert Frost
I am originally from Chicago, but moved to the area in October 2015. I now live close to my brother and his family, and recently became an aunt for the second time to another beautiful boy! I absolutely love to read and I also love art. I enjoy letting children explore and express themselves artistically.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela
Autumn is our older toddler lead teacher! she comes to use with many years of experience in childcare and early childhood education. Starting at the age of 18, Autumn knew she wanted to be a teacher to young children. She wanted to be able to teach children and help them learn to their full abilities. She enjoys being at work every day!
'People may forget what you said, but they will not forget how you made them feel.' -Maya Angelou
Ms. Nicole has her Associates Degree in Education and has worked in early childhood education for the last two and a half years. During her time in school, Ms. Nicole volunteered in an elementary school and spent time in an early education setting. Since graduating, she has developed a passion for working with young learners and enjoys helping them on a daily basis and knowing she is making an impact!
All grown-ups were once children...but only few of them remember it. -Antoine de Sant-Exupery
I never thought I'd end up as an early educator, but I am so glad I did! Working with children is a huge blessing, and I learn from them every single day. My husband, dog and I love to read and relax on the weekends, and during the week we swap stories about our busy days!
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I rememer. Involve me and I learn!" - Benjamin Franklin "The best way to predict your future is to create it." - Abraham Lincoln
Ms. Kelly started her love of learning early on, being raised in an in-home childcare setting. As she grew older she had the opportunity to learn and grow as she helped her mom. She was employed at her first child care center working with two year olds after graduating high school, at which time she took her first early childhood education classes. After a few years, Ms. Kelly took a break from the child care setting to move to Colorado and pursue other avenues. In the end, however, her love for young children led her back to Wisconsin and to our KinderCare! While working at KinderCare, Ms. Kelly has received her Child Development Associate, her Administrator Credential, and is currently enrolled in a program to recieve her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors camping, hiking, snowboarding and disc golfing with her family.
Be someone who makes everybody feel like a somebody" - Kid President
Growing up, my favorite activity to play was school with my little sister. Of course, I always had to be the teacher! In high school I was lucky to be able to be a teacher's helper and my love for teaching blossomed. I went to college at Concordia University and graduated in December 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Science Education. I enjoy teaching younger children because I love seeing the light bulb moments. I also enjoy creating art projects and teaching through play.
Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own." - Donald Duck (Walt Disney)
Ms. Rachel graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay with her B.S. in Psychology and is currently attending Concordia to get her Masters of Education in Professional Counseling. Her eventual goal is to be a children's counselor. Ms. Rachel comes to use with experience in an elementary school and is excited to now work with early learners. She uses her love of superheroes to connect with them, and loves to incorporate what the children enjoy into her daily lesson plans and transition activities.
Ms. Colleen enjoys spending time with children of all ages, but especially loves challenging the school-agers. Colleeen is very proud of her School Age Summer Camp Program. She feels it is a wonderful opportunity for every child to create memorable moments to share with their parents. Her mission is to encourage kids to read, stay active, try new crafts and foods, explore new places and most importantly, have fun!
There is no greater gift than seeing the sense of pride a young child gets when they learn something new
Ms. Jodi came to KinderCare in November of 2011. She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. After graducation she followed her love of performing to New York City. While there, she discovered her second love of teaching when she piloted a theatre class for young children through Discovery Programs. Ms. Jodi returned to Wisconsin in 2010 and worked with the 4K program for Milestones before coming to KinderCare. Ms. Jodi loves her children and families at KinderCare and the large sense of community. She continues to share her love of music with her preschool class.
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.
At our Center we are dedicated to making you and your family feel safe, comfortable, and happy. We strive to make sure to help with each child's unique learning styles. We think of each family that joins our center as part of one big family.
New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independance Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day (If the holiday lands on a Saturday it is observed on the Fridy before, If the Holiday lands on a Sunday it is observed on the Monday after)
We are also closed on Presidents Day and Columbus Day for Professional Development.
We have a secured door that no one can get in without a special code. All of our teachers are certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED; and have shaken baby syndrome training, SIDS, and child abuse training. Our playgrounds are fenced in and surrounded by a park-like atmosphere.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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