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Cedarburg KinderCare

Trista Hilgart, Center Director

W 62 N 218 Washington Ave. Cedarburg WI 53012
(262) 377-2031 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
On Washington between Lincoln Blvd. and Hwy C. behind Subway

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Parkview, Westlawn, Thorson in Cedarburg

We are currently enolling for all of our classrooms.


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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

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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.

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 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!

  • Trista Hilgart

    Trista Hilgart, Center Director

    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.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Libby Welhouse

    Libby Welhouse, Assistant Director

    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!

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Betsy

    Ms. Betsy, Infant Classroom

    I truly enjoy watching children grow. They inspire me with their individual developments and accomplishments.

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Besty was a registered childcare provider in her home through Ozaukee County for five years. For 16 years previous, she worked in the business community as an administrative assistant.
    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    Child Development Associate, Associate's Degree in Secretarial Science
  • Ms. Heather, Toddler

    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.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2.5 years
    Early Childhood 1, Infant and Toddlers Certificate
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Discovery Preschool

    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!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2.5 years
    Associate Degree - Education
  • Ms. Lari

    Ms. Lari, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Lari is a lively, fun and amazing addition to our team of teachers. She develops a bond with the parents and children that makes everyone feel very comfortable to be around her.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Preschool Classroom

    Each day is a loving and learning day.

    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 an 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 and is currently enrolled in a program to receive her Administrator Credential. Ms. Kelly truly has a passion for teaching children and feels privileged to have found a center that allows her to learn and grow with her students daily.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kelly has 6 years of previous experience working in other childcare centers.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Child Development Associate, Currently completing courses for Administrator's Credential
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Pre-Kindergarten

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rachel has previous experience working with children through her volunteer work teaching Sunday school and her time tutoring at an elementary school.
    Year Started:
    Bachelor's of Science - Psychology
  • Ms. Kellie

    Ms. Kellie, Cook

    Ms. Kellie has been at KinderCare since October 2014 as the cook.  She came to us with 35 years of experience in food service and dietary management in both a nursing home and a university setting.  Ms. Kellie uses her experience to create delicious and nutrious meals for our students each day.  She enjoys working in the kitchen and interacting with the children on a daily basis.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Associate Degree - Dietary Management
  • Ms. Jodi

    Ms. Jodi, Support Staff

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Ms. Jodi worked as both an actress and as a teacher for a young theater class. She also worked in a 4K program at a different child care center.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Colleen

    Ms. Colleen, Support Staff

    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!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Colleen has worked with school age children for nine years. Prior to working for KinderCare, she worked for the Cedarburg School District as a World Language aide at Webster Middle School and a kindergarten aide at Parkview School.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Early Childhood Education Certifications
  • Ms. Kaela, Support Staff

    Ms. Kaela has worked at KinderCare during the summer for three years, while attending college at UW-Whitewater.  She is currently working in our toddler room full time.  Ms. Kaela enjoyed her time working in our school age room, but is even more excited to take on her role as a toddler teacher.  She enjoys seeing how the children change from day to day and being involved in their development.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree - Human Services, Early Childhood 1, Early Childhood 2

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About Our Center

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.  

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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 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.

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