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Cheyenne Meadows KinderCare

Joy Smith-Lyon, Center Director

885 Cheyenne Meadows Rd. Colorado Springs CO 80906
(719) 538-4614 Contact this center

Ages: 1 YEAR-OLDS to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Off of Hwy 115 and Cheyenne Meadows Rd (share parking lot w/ King Supers, across from Starbucks)

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Oterro Elementary, Oak Creek, Cheyenne Mtn., Pinyon Valley, and Cheyenne Mtn. Elementary

If you are looking for education-driven child care in Colorado Springs, Colorado, then give KinderCare Learning Facility a call and see why our school is the perfect fit for your child. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Welcome

Thank you for visiting KinderCare Learning Facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is our goal that each child and family feels welcome in our learning facility. We have an open door policy which allows parents to visit our program any time and we are always available to answer any questions. We strive to create a warm and safe environment that will enable each child to learn life, academic, and social skills to become successful lifelong learners. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum supports children with guided experiences and targets each child individually in their preparation for kindergarten and beyond.

Joy Smith-Lyon, 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

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.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

We have an outstanding staff here at our Cheyenne Meadows location that is dedicated to our children and families. Our teachers have a passion for teaching and bring more than 100 years of experience to our center. Whether it's providing loving care for toddlers or participating in activities in our preschool programs, our staff strives to help our children develop into lifetime learners. Our facility is deeply rooted in the Colorado Springs community with a longstanding reputation of family involvement. Our intimate atmosphere allows for personal attention to each child to make sure he or she is receiving the right amount of learning, direction and care. We are all educators who are proud to be making a difference in your child’s life.

  • Joy Smith-Lyon

    Joy Smith-Lyon, Center Director

    I believe that children are like computers. You get out of them what you put into them, they are predestined for greatness as soon as they are born.

    Ms. Joy has been with KinderCare for four years.  She began her career with KinderCare as a three year old teacher and worked her way up to become a Center Director.  Ms. Joy has been a Center Director at the Cheyenne Meadows location since March 2014.  She feels that there is nothing more rewarding than working with young children and families and nurturing a true love of learning.

    Previous Experience:
    I was a substitue teacher for the DODEA school system for 5 years and also worked as a FCC provider before joining the KinderCare Team.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    5/25/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Director's Letter and Pursuing an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Samantha

    Ms. Samantha, Lead Toddler Teacher

    I love working with children.

    Ms. Sam is originally from Maryland.  She moved here a year ago and has been with us at this center since February 2015.  Ms. Sam is working towards her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology.  She has worked previously with children as a dance instructor.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    One Fish, Two Fish by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    2/1/2015
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, PreKindergarten Lead Teacher

    I enjoy teaching because I like to make a difference.

    Ms. Ashley lives with her husband who is serving in the US Army and her ten year old daughter.  She is originally from the East Coast.  She loves to eat Chinese food and likes to cook.  Ms. Ashley has taken the Early Childhood classes necessary to complete her CDA.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Caps for Sale
    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Education:
    CDA
  • Mr. Jacob

    Mr. Jacob, Center Support Staff

    Not all who wander are lost.

    Mr. Jacob is a Colorado native.  He has worked for KinderCare for six months.  He plans on taking the Early Childhood Education classes necessary to achieve his CDA and continuing in the education field.  Mr. Jacob likes coming into work each day and seeing all the children's faces.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Eragon
    Year Started:
    3/9/2015
  • Ms. Tamara "Tank"

    Ms. Tamara "Tank", Lead School-age Teacher

    Wisdom is paved with mistakes.

    Ms. Tank was born in Denver.  Her given name is Tamara but her nickname since childhood is "Tank" so that's what we call her.  She chose the early education field because she was told that she would make a good leader and she also wanted to be a good role model.  Ms. Tank's mother is also an Early Childhood teacher.  She has taken several Early Childhood Education classes.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    7/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Joyce

    Ms. Joyce, Toddler Lead Teacher

    I love noticing new milestones.

    Ms. Joyce is in Colorado Springs thanks to the US Army which brought her family here.  She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, two year old son, and is expecting a new addition this fall.  Ms. Joyce has her CDA (Child Development Associates) plus additional Early Childhood Education classes.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Joyce has worked for Head Start and four years at another child care center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    Year Started:
    11/1/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Katrina "Trina"

    Ms. Katrina "Trina", Two's Lead Teacher

    My favorite part of working with children is watching them learn new things and accomplish new goals.

    Ms. Trina was raised in a military family and born in Germany.  She has been living in Colorado Springs for the last twenty-three years with her two children who are twenty-one and eighteen years old.  Ms. Trina has several years experience with children, most of that experience with two year olds.  We are honored to say she has been working for KinderCare for five years.  Ms. Trina has taken four Early Childhood Education classes.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    David! by David Shannon
    Year Started:
    9/13/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Johanna

    Ms. Johanna, Two's Lead Teacher

    I love noticing new milestones.

    Ms. Johanna has lived in Colorado Springs for five years.  Before that she was in her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin and every once in a while you can hear her Wisconsin roots in her accent.  Ms. Johanna lives with her husband and two year old daughter.  She has a Bachelors degree in Geology and her CDA (Child Development Associates).

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Everybody Poops
    Year Started:
    9/21/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Geology and CDA
  • Ms. Lismar

    Ms. Lismar, Lead Preschool Teacher

    My children bring me joy everyday. I love seeing my kids learn new things!

    Ms. Lismar was raised in a military family.  She was born in Germany but has lived here in Colorado for 18 years.  Ms. Lismar is one semester away from completing her associate degree in Early Childhood Education.  She has been working for KinderCare for one year and previously worked for another child care center.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    11/1/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Marion "Denise"

    Ms. Marion "Denise", Center Support Staff

    The children are our future.

    Ms. Denise came to Colorado from Tennessee nineteen years ago. She has been married for six years and has two daughters and two sons.  Ms. Denise originally went to school to pursue a nursing degree but ended up completing her CDA (Child Development Associates) and an Associates degree in Science.  She is a self-admitted science nerd.  Before coming to KinderCare, Ms. Denise worked as a director of a teen center, as an assistant director of another child care center, and as a kindergarten teacher.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    David! by David Shannon
    Year Started:
    11/1/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    "DA and Associates Degree in Science
  • Mr. Jessy

    Mr. Jessy, Lead School-Age Teacher

    A person's a person no matter how small.

    Mr. Jessy grew up in Greeley, Colorado and has lived in Colorado Springs for fifteen years.  He has three children.  Mr. Jessy has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education.  Prior to working for KinderCare, Mr. Jessy worked at another child care center and currently works for Head Start during the school year.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    5/2/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Marilyn, Lead Preschool Teacher

    I love teaching because I like the ah-ha moments.

    Ms. Marilyn visited Colorado while she was on vacation sixteen years ago and never left.  Ms. Marilyn says she's still on vacation.  When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her children.  Ms. Marilyn has over twenty years experience working with children and has worked in every age classroom from infants to school-age.  Ms. Marilyn has her CDA (Child Development Associates) and has taken other Early Childhood Education classes.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Stephanie, Lead Kindergarten Readiness Teacher

    I'm happy to be working here doing what I've always wanted to do.

    Ms. Stephanie was born and raised right here in Colorado Springs.  She lives with her husband Mike and her two sons, Vinnie and Pete.  Ms. Stephanie has an Associates in Early Childhood and has a Center Director Certification.  She has been working for KinderCare since 2014.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    3/3/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Associates In Early Childhood and Center Director Certification
  • Ms. Amber, Lead Toddler Support Teacher

    I enjoy watching the children's faces light up, that a-ha moment

    Ms. Amber and her husband are originally from Wisconsin.  They moved here to Colorado due to the military.  Ms. Amber is currently pursuing a Bachelor's in Innovation and Inclusion in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Communications.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Mitten by Jan Brett
    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
  • Mr. Mike

    Mr. Mike, Cook

    One ring to rule them all.

    Mr. Mike moved here from Massachusetts with his father twelve years ago.  He now lives with his wife Stephanie and two sons Vinnie and Pete.  He enjoys punk music and "boring" science fiction novels.  Mr. Mike enjoys cooking fun things.  He likes cooking for a child care center because the children are always happy to see him bringing their meals and snacks.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    9/1/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    1

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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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day (Professional Development Day)
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day (Professional Development Day)
Thanksgiving Day and the day after
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Our highly skilled staff members are all trained in CPR, First Aid, and Universal Precautions. They also receive ongoing training twice a year to keep them up to date on the Early Childhood quality standards. The safety of our children is our number one concern, so we have keypad entry door and a very strict child pick up policy.

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