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Cedarburg KinderCare

Ms. Trista Hilgart, Center Director

W 62 N 218 Washington Ave. Cedarburg WI 53012
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Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Parkview, Westlawn, Thorson

Welcome

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.

Ms. Trista Hilgart, 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.

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.

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 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!

  • Ms. Trista Hilgart

    Ms. 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 there ever is a concern.

    Ms. Trista has worked at KinderCare since 2004. She started out as a teacher and worked her way up to Program Specialist, and then Center Director. She has her associate's degree in early childhood education as well as her administrator's credential. She is currently working on her bachelor's degree. Ms. Trista strives to 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 by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    2/17/2004
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education; Administrator's Credential; Bachelor's Degree (In Progress)
  • Ms. Libby Welhouse

    Ms. 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.

    Ms. Libby graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2008, with her bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She had worked in child care 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 children at the center!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Lily's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

    Year Started:
    8/13/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Besty

    Ms. Besty, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Besty has been employed at the Cedarburg KinderCare center since April of 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, Ms. Besty was a registered child care provider in her home through Ozaukee County for five years. For 16 years prior, she worked in the business community as an administrative assistant.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

    Year Started:
    4/17/1995
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Associate's Degree in Secretarial Science
  • Ms. Chelsey

    Ms. Chelsey, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    6/16/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Toddler Classroom

    Watching the children grow and learn new things is amazing! I try to make learning creative and fun.

    Ms. Kelly is a creative, nurturing teacher who loves to be on the floor playing with the children and helping them learn. She loves to work with the parents to really find what is important for them about their child's learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kelly worked at a child care center in Ashland for a couple years and also helped out at their elementary school.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    2/22/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Autumn

    Ms. Autumn, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Autumn is our lead older Toddler Teacher! She comes to us with many years of experience in child care and early childhood education. Starting at the age of 18, Ms. 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!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Autumn has worked as a daily skills trainer for children with autism for three years, as an assistant child care teacher for five years, as a preschool Head Start teacher, as a lead Toddler Teacher for over two years, and has also spent two years as an Assistant Director and Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

    Year Started:
    4/25/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Nicole has her associate's 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!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    There's a Wocket in My Pocket by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    8/26/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Lari

    Ms. Lari, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Lari never thought she would end up as an early educator, but she's so glad she did! Working with children is a huge blessing to her, and she learns from them every single day. Ms. Lari, her husband, and their dog love to read and relax on the weekends, and during the week they swap stories about their busy days.

    Previous Experience:
    Before working for KinderCare, Ms. Lari was a nanny for three years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    Year Started:
    5/5/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Early Childhood Credential; Bachelor's Degrees in English & Spanish
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kelly started her love of learning early on, when she was raised in an in-home child care 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 credential, her administrator's credential, and is currently enrolled in a program to receive 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.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Administrator's Credential; Associate's Degree (In Progress)
  • Ms. Alyssa

    Ms. Alyssa, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Growing up, Ms. Alyssa's favorite activity to play was school with her little sister. Of course, Ms. Alyssa always had to be the teacher! In high school, she was lucky to be able to be a teacher's helper and her love for teaching blossomed. She went to college at Concordia University and graduated in December 2014 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and science education. Ms. Alyssa enjoys teaching younger children because she loves seeing the "light bulb moments." She also enjoys creating art projects and teaching through play.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Alyssa started babysitting at the age of 12. As a summer job, she worked at another daycare center for a year and a half. Additionally, she did her student teaching at Kohler Middle and Elementary School. After student teaching, Ms. Alyssa was a 4K substitute teacher in Kohler.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson; The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss; Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

    Year Started:
    10/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Floater

    Ms. Heather came to KinderCare after previously working at another child care center. She has worked in our Infant and Toddler Classrooms for the last two 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.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley

    Year Started:
    8/21/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Early Childhood 1 Credential; Infant and Toddler Credentials
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Learning Adventures

    Ms. Rachel graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay with her bachelor's degree in psychology, and is currently attending Concordia to get her master's of education in professional counseling. Her eventual goal is to be a children's counselor. Ms. Rachel comes to us 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.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

    Year Started:
    3/16/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology; Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Colleen

    Ms. Colleen, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Colleen enjoys spending time with children of all ages, but especially loves challenging the school-agers. Ms. Colleen is very proud of her School Age summer 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:
    6/14/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Certifications
  • Ms. Ashley, Support Staff

    Year Started:
    4/13/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree (In Progress)
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Cook

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin Jr.

    Year Started:
    2/29/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Early Childhood Certifications

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

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 style. We think of each family that joins our center as part of one big family.  

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

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 secure door that requires a special code to enter, which is only given to staff and enrolled families. All of our teachers are certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED; and have shaken baby syndrome training, SIDS training, and child abuse training. Our playgrounds are fenced in and surrounded by a park-like atmosphere.

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