Ms. Elisabeth Jaqua, Center Director
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Welcome to the Mesa KinderCare Learning Center! We look forward to meeting you and your family to show you our curriculum and enrichment programs! We are confident that once you visit you will love our educated, warm, and nurturing staff. If there is anything we can do to accommodate your family's needs please do not hesitate to let us know!
Ms. Elisabeth Jaqua, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At Mesa KinderCare, it is our passion to make a difference in your child’s life. Our educated and nurturing staff are committed to develop the whole child and prepare them for the future. With careful implementation of our structured curriculum, high standards of health and safety, along with daily communication, you can be assured our center is the right choice for you and your family. - Elisabeth Jaqua, Center Director
I love what I do because it really is so much more than just a job. I love that I have a daily opportunity to create partnerships with the parents and/or grandparents of the children in my center. I find joy in creating a safe, fun, and nurturing educational environment for the children. With the knowledge that I am making a positive difference in the lives of the children; the families and the teachers in my center feel that I am exactly where I am meant to be.
Ms. Elisabeth has approximately thirteen years of experience in the childcare field. She has been at the Mesa KinderCare for seven years. She has three children of her own and two grandchildren! Ms. Elisabeth loves the interactions she has with the families and staff at KinderCare. She puts her heart into everything she does.
There is a direct correlation between how messy a child is and how much fun they're having.
Ms. Marie is originally from North Dakota but has lived in Colorado for over twenty years. She has over twenty-five years experience in the early childhood education field. Ms. Marie lives with her husband, her two teenage children, three cats, and a frog. She loves watching football and is a lifelong Broncos fan.
I am passionate about my job because I love teaching children all that I can, and to help them grow in life.
Ms. April has worked for Mesa KinderCare for seven years after volunteering for the Boys and Girls Club for two years. She is our Culinary Artist and she is also our Third in Charge. Married for 10 years, no children of her own, she has three godchildren aged 12, 14, and 16. Ms. April loves to bake and cook, She plays in a full contact sword fighting game called Amtguard. Her favorite color is green and favorite food is chicken alfredo, and she loves coffee.
Please don't go, I'll eat you up I love you so" from the book Where the Wild Things Are
Ms. Jennifer grew up in Vienna, Virginia. She recently moved to Colorado Springs to seek new adventures and to continue her education in the Early Childhood field. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and loves to draw.
What I love most about teaching is watching the children learn and grow.
Ms. Anna worked at a KinderCare location in another state for about a year before she transfered to Mesa KinderCare. Ms. Anna is now one of our fabulous younger Discovery Preschool Teachers. Her biggest adventure has been moving from Washington to Colorado with her three children and a cat. The children love being in Ms. Anna's classroom because she has wonderful songs to sing with them.
Live, Laugh, Love
Ms. Brenda grew up in Georgia and just moved to Colorado and says she loves it here! She loves working with children and takes her job seriously. Ms. Brenda likes to have a fun time and be around people. She lives with her dad and hopes to continue college next year at UCCS
I love to watch children learn and grow and to know that I can be there to help guide them. To make a small difference in their life makes me feel successful in mine.
Ms. Cathy has been with us for three years and we are blessed that she has found a home in our Preschool classroom. She feels she can make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families by being a good role model and responding to their needs while their family members are out for the day.
I love that I can explore and discover new things with the children and that I learn as much from them as they learn from me everyday!
Ms. Suzanne has over 20 years in the early childhood education field, starting her first job in Sioux Falls, S.D. Since then she has enjoyed working in many different classrooms of all age groups of children. Ms. Suzanne has worked as a nanny for 7 years for a family here in Colorado. We are thrilled that she has recently joined our team here at Mesa KinderCare. Ms. Suzanne is now inspiring and creating in our Preschool classroom!
I love being a teacher because I love the children, their excitement, and wonder.
Ms. Cathy has been part of the team here at Mesa KinderCare for three years and she does a wonderful job teaching in our Prekindergarten room. Ms. Cathy says every day is a "New Big Adventure" filled with love, joy, and light because of the children.
I love being able to create, play, and utilizing imagination as a tool for children to learn and grow.
Ms. Sandra came to us first as a parent and then decided to become part of our fantastic teaching team about two years ago. She is one of our wonderful Prekindergarten teachers and is instilling creativity and wonderful memories for the children in her classroom.
I love my job because I enjoy inspiring children's creativity, imagination, growth, and development. Kids make every day worthwhile.
Ms. Nikki has been with us for six years. Her biggest adventure is being a single mom. She loves the annual camping trips she has with her children. She has worked in all of the classrooms as well as being a cook in the kitchen. Ms. Nikki is now one of our fantastic school age teachers and the children love being in her classroom. She really cares about them and always tries to show that.
God is my strength
Ms. Judi was born in San Francisco; June 1958. Moved to Tokyo, Japan for three years and came back to the States in 1962 where she grew up in Fremont, California. Ms. Judi has a work background of 13 plus years with children, cosmetics, legal secretary, owner of a daycare - construction company and a real estate investor for 11 years. She has 7 years of college and will graduate with her BA in Education Studies in May of 2016 and in August of 2016 will enter the TIRP program to become a certified full fledged teacher K - 6th grades. Ms. Judi is a Native American Cherokee, German - Jewish through her mothers blood line and she is related to Pocahontas. Ms. Judi loves children and animals and has 5 cats and one 17 year old dog. Her only grand baby is five and she is here at KinderCare with Ms. Judi in our School Age classroom.
I love coming to work each day and seeing the smiling faces of the children. It makes my day when I see them learning and grasping something for the first time. It is so fun when you hear them say something that you have taught them.
Ms. Haley's favorite thing about teaching is she loves seeing the light come on when something new happens. Her biggest adventure has been raising her new puppy. Children love being in her classroom because she provides a warm and loving environment. Ms. Haley loves watching the growth in children, their different personalities, and the fact that they are just beginning their life so you get to be a part of their experiences.
I love that I can come to work everyday and make a difference in children's lives. It inspires me to come to work each day because I get to see all of the children's faces light up with smiles.
Ms. Annie joined our team a little over two years ago and continues to support the teachers in their classrooms with helping the children to learn and grow at every turn. Ms. Annie supports our teaching staff as an Early Childhood Teacher and can be found in various classrooms through out the center.
Todays worries are enough today for tomorrow will bring it's own worries.
Ms. Candace is married with five children together ages 16, 11, 8, 6, and 5. Two wonderful boys and three beautiful girls. She enjoys being with her family and having special moments with them. Ms. Candace also enjoys being at work with children that count on her.
Watching the children grow and learn from our daily activities! It brings a smile to my face.
Ms. Kimi's biggest adventure has been working full time, going to school, and raising a child single-handedly. She is inspired by seeing all the smiling faces of her little friends. The children have so much fun with Ms. Kimi's creative learning and making art.
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.
We are very proud to currently hold a national accreditation with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our center is nestled on the west side of Colorado Springs and has a warm and welcoming environment that you will notice as soon as you arrive. Our location gives us a wonderful woodsy atmosphere where you can enjoy all of the trees and are more than likely to see a few deer too!
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Our building is a safe, clean, and healthy environment to promote learning. Part of our safety is the keypad entry to enter the center. Our teachers are all first aid and CPR certified to ensure the health and safety of your children. When children are picked up at the end of the day we verify the ID of the pick up person to ensure they are an authorized guardian for the child or children they are taking out of the 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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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