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Stetson Hills KinderCare

Ms. Samantha Pearcy, Center Director

5797 Jackpot Dr. Colorado Springs CO 80922
(719) 622-1411 Contact this center

Ages: 1 YEAR-OLDS to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Corner of Charlotte and Jackpot by CSHP

Neighborhood:
Stetson Hills

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Stetson, Springs Ranch, Odyssey, Imagine, Remington, and Ridgeview

We promise to honor your role as a parent and to partner with you in the care and development of your child.

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Welcome

Here at the Stetson Hills KinderCare Learning Center we welcome all families and children with open arms and warm hearts.  We look forward to meeting you and getting to know your family better and building a relationship centered on the growth and development of your child.  We are proud of our center and our team and we are excited to make you a part of our community.
 

Ms. Samantha Pearcy, 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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

Math

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.

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.

Dance and Soccer

Teachers & Staff

Here at the Stetson Hills KinderCare Learning Center, we make sure to pay special attention to developing and enhancing your child's communication, relationship-building, and higher-level thinking skills.  We offer encouragement and a positive learning environment.

  • Ms. Samantha Pearcy

    Ms. Samantha Pearcy, Center Director

    I love to watch the children learn and grow each and every day.

    Ms. Samantha has been working with KinderCare since 2002. She began her journey with KinderCare as a Preschool teacher and moved her way up through the company.  Ms. Samantha has been a Center Director for seven years and continues to love watching children learn and grow each and every day. She's also had the pleasure of watching her own children grow in the KinderCare family and has seen first hand what a difference these teachers have made in the lives of her children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Samantha worked with Head Start prior to joining KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Mouse and the Big Hungry Bear
    Year Started:
    1/21/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Colorado Director's Certification, Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Dalene Porter

    Dalene Porter, Assistant Director

    Each day is different, just like each child is unique. You never know what to expect next, so be prepared for anything when working with children.

    Ms. Dalene is married to the love of her life.  She has five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Ms. Dalene enjoys horseback riding and country dancing.  She has three little doggies and a grandchild that keep her very busy at home.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Dalene has previous experience working with all age groups, teaching her own classroom and working as a Director for many years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
    Year Started:
    6/4/2004
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Director's Certification
  • Ms. Maria, Toddler Teacher

    If you can dream it, you can do it.  -Winston Churchill

    Ms. Maria has been married for 40 years, she has one grandchild and spent her growing up years in Brazil.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Maria's previous experience was in home childcare for 20 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Disney books
    Year Started:
    9/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates credential, Large Center Director qualification
  • Ms. Lori L., Toddler Teacher

    If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.  -Yogi Berra

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lori's previous experience has been teaching in other childcare centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Little Critter Books
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Mr. Craig, Two's Teacher

    It can be done, and with a smile.

    Mr. Craig is originally from Greenville, Texas.  He has been married for 24 years and has two children, a daughter Ally who is 22 years old and a son Christian who is 20 years old.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Craig worked in early Head Start with 0-3 year olds. He taught 4th and 5th grades in elementary school, and also served as a foster home for 8-18 year olds.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    7/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Education, Science, Social Work
  • Ms. Ashleigh, Two's Teacher

    Everything happens for a reason.

    Ms. Ashleigh was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and spent a lot of time moving around the country due to her father's military life.  She married her husband in 2013 and in her spare time she loves road trips with her husband and two dogs.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashleigh's previous experience has been in home childcare and other childcare centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Any Peanut book, Charlie Brown
    Year Started:
    7/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    some college
  • Ms. Diane, Two's Teacher

    Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I remember, Involve me and I learn.  -Benjamin Franklin

    Ms. Diane is originally from Florence, Arizona.  She has two grown children, one is in the military.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Diane worked for several years in other childcare centers before coming to KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Pout Pout Fish
    Year Started:
    10/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates certificate
  • Ms. Lanesha, Two's Classroom

    Do what you love.

    Ms. Lanesha is a 22 year old newly wed.  She is very outgoing and has a great personality.  Ms. Lanesha loves children and looks forward to having her own one day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lanesha has previously worked in Assisted Living and other childcare centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Clifford the Big Red Dog
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Associates Degree
  • Ms. Sarah, Two's Classroom

    Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.  -Chinese Proverb  

    Ms. Sarah was born and raised in Colorado.  She has worked in child care for over eight years.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sarah has previously worked in home childcare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    We are all alike, we are all the same
    Year Started:
    9/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate certificate
  • Ms. Chella, Preschool Teacher

    In this classroom everyone is a student and everyone is a teacher.

    Ms. Chella was born and raised in Colorado.  She has two children and has been married for 28 years.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Chella has previously worked in child care.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    any of Dr. Seuss books
    Year Started:
    9/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates certificate
  • Ms. Jenny, Preschool Teacher

    Every child is a story yet to be told.

    Ms. Jenny was born and raised in Colorado.  She has three children and has been married for 17 years.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jenny has been a Lead Teacher for 11 years in childcare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    any Dr. Seuss books
    Year Started:
    9/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates credential, Large Center Director qualification
  • Mr. Jimmy, Pre-KindergartenTeacher

    Mr. Jimmy is married and has three dogs.  He and his wife love animals and going on cruises.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Jimmy previous expereince comes from teaching at other childcare centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Cranky Bear
    Year Started:
    2/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    BA in History, Minor in Criminal Justice, currently testing for Teacher Degree
  • Ms. Lori I., PreKindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Lori is married and has one son.  Her husband is a police officer.  They enjoy weekend trips to Breckenridge.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lori previously worked for KinderCare from 2002-2005 before moving to Hawaii.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cat
    Year Started:
    2/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    BA from Kent State for Child Development and Psychology
  • Ms. Kiesha, Kindergarten Readiness

    Don't do to others, as you wouldn't want done to you.

    Ms. Kiesha was born in the United States to two loving parents.  She has lived in Colorado Springs for many years.  Ms. Kiesha is married.  She loves educating children and watching them grow.  To her that is a total joy.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kiesha previously worked for other childcare centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education classes
  • Mr. Gregg, School Age Teacher

    Mr. Gregg grew up in Vermont.  He spent three and a half years in the U.S. Army (Airborne).  Mr. Gregg enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing.  He is also an artist.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Gregg spent 15 years as a chef.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are and James and the Giant Peach
    Year Started:
    9/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
  • Ms. Alicia, School Age Teacher

    While we try to teach our children all about life, they teach us what life is all about.  

    Ms. Alicia has a nine year old son who is the sunshine of her life.  She loves being a part of these children's lives and they make her a better person.  Ms. Alicia has long term relationships with many of our families, in having this she has been able to teach and steer many of our children and feels she is a partner with our parents.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Alicia was assistant director here at this site for five years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Splat the Secret Agent Spy
    Year Started:
    9/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 plus years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate certificate
  • Ms. Talisha, Learning Adventures

    Live well. Laugh often. Love much.

    Ms. Talisha has one son who is the pride and joy of her life.  She loves animals, dancing and going to music concerts.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Talisha previously worked with children for many years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    8/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Classes and Early Childhood Human Relations
  • Ms. Kelly, School Chef

    Ask and you shall receive.

    Ms. Kelly is the mother of three boys which keep her very busy.  She loves cooking and experimenting with new recipes.  Ms. Kelly enjoys watching Master Chef each week.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kelly previously worked as a cook at several schools.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cat in the Hat
    Year Started:
    8/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    cooking classes and a hobby within her family

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About Our Center

Our center is proudly offering care for children between the ages of 1 and 12.  We offer many educational programs for each of our specific age groups.  We are NAEYC Accredited and maintain our quality to provide the best possible learning environment for our children.  We accept NACCRRA, GSA, and CCAP programs.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

To maintain a safe environment, we make every attempt to be prepared for potential emergency situations.  We regularly schedule and practice emergency evacuations as required by the site child care licensing regulations.  Our staff are all CPR, First Aid and Universal Precautions certified.  We also have staff who are Medication Certified as well.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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To the teachers at KinderCare:
I want to thank you for caring and loving my child.  I feel very comfortable leaving him in your hands.  When it is an early day for me at work I always know that Ms. Maria will be there to take my little one, make him feel comfortable, offer him breakfast, and care for him until his teacher arrives.  Thank you all for caring.  I love this Center.

- Mother
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