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Mountain Shadows KinderCare

Ms. Katie Anderson, Center Director

6610 Flying W Ranch Rd. Colorado Springs CO 80919
(719) 536-0370 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS

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Moutain Shadows

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
District 11; Trailblazer and Chipeta. District 20; Foothills, Rockrimmon and Woodmen Roberts



Welcome to Mountain Shadows KinderCare Learning Center in Colorado Springs. We are excited to meet you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.

Ms. Katie Anderson, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

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


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.

Soccer & Dance

Teachers & Staff

We have a fabulous team of teachers with one common goal: providing a clean, loving and safe early learning environment for the children in our community.

  • Ms. Katie Anderson

    Ms. Katie Anderson, Center Director

    My own early childhood experiences had a lasting impression on me and who I am today. My hope is to be able to do the same for every child that attends KinderCare Learning Center and instill a love of learning for each of them.

    Ms. Katie started her career with KinderCare Learning Center in 2002, when she moved to Colorado Springs with her family from Kansas. She started working at the Mountain Shadows KinderCare as the two-year-olds teacher and soon transitioned into the Infant Nursery Supervisor position. Ms. Katie's passion for early childhood education led her into her role as the Assistant Director and Center Director.  She has been in the Center Director role at both the Mesa KinderCare and Mountain Shadows KinderCare since 2006. When she is not at the center, Ms. Katie enjoys spending time with her husband, four children and two Siberian Huskies. They enjoy spending time outside and exploring beautiful Colorado.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to moving to Colorado, Ms. Katie worked for a privately owned childcare center in her hometown of McPherson, Kansas. She started out working as a teacher's aide while still in high school and continued her career in early childhood education after graduation.
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Colorado Director's Certificate
  • Lori Lederer

    Lori Lederer, Assistant Director

    We do not remember days, we remember moments.  -Cesare Pavese

    Ms. Lori grew up in Fountain, CO and graduated from Fountain Fort Carson High School.  She is a mother of three girls. Ms. Lori enjoys reading, camping, line dancing, and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lori previously worked in a private church childcare as well as early HeadStart.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Carley

    Ms. Carley, Infant Classroom

    Each infant that comes through our door is a unique individual with their own set of wants and needs. I really love that I get to make each infants day brighter by providing them with a safe, happy and loving environment. One of my favorite parts of my job is getting to develop beautiful relationships with each infant and their family.

    Ms. Carley is one of the lead Infant Nursery Supervisors here at the Mountain Shadows KinderCare.  She studied Early Childhood Education at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. She currently holds her Child Development Associates credential and Infant Nursery Supervisor certificate. Ms. Carley has two beautiful children, a four-year old daughter, Cailyse and an eight-year-old son, Chaydin. Ms. Carley has worked with children of all ages, but has really found her passion working with infants.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Carley's previous experience includes a position as a personal nanny for a family of two as well as working in a home childcare center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I'll Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Child Development Associate's credential, Infant Nursery Supervisor Certified
  • Ms. Meghan

    Ms. Meghan, Infant Classroom & Learning Adventures

    I pride myself in positively impacting each child's social, emotional and educational development.

    Ms. Meghan started her career with KinderCare in Golden, Colorado in 2007. She has worked at the Mountain Shadows KinderCare since 2010. Ms. Meghan has filled many roles in her time with KinderCare Learning Centers. She has been a major part of the management team as well as teaching in every age group and is currently teaching in our infant classroom. She has also made our Learning Adventure enrichment programs a main focus for the center.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Meghan was a gymnastics program coordinator and Day Camp Head Counselor.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh the Places You'll Go
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Maureen

    Ms. Maureen, Toddler Classroom

    I love seeing that sparkle in a child's eye as they are developing and learning new things.

    Ms. Maureen has been with KinderCare Learning Centers for since 2006. She prides herself in running a structured and routine classroom so that the children will be able to know what to expect each day. She feels this provides the consistency that is so important for the early development of young children. Ms. Maureen encourages curiosity, self-awareness and beginning self help skills as part of her daily routines.  She has four children and seven grandchildren and has been married for 35 years.  Ms. Maureen has lived in Michigan, Spain, California, Florida, Wisconsin, and Colorado.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Maureen has studied and received her Associate's Degree in Mental Retardation Technology.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Associate's Degree in Mental Retardation Technology
  • Ms. Meghan

    Ms. Meghan, Toddler Classroom

    Children remind adults how to have fun and love unconditionally.  We could all learn a great deal from their innocence.

    Ms. Meghan is a mom of four children.  She loves dance and music.  She always knew she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up.  Growing up her family was in the military so they traveled a lot.  Ms. Meghan loves to travel and her favorite activity is to spend time with her kids and shop!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Meghan previously was a piano teacher, dance teacher, EQIT, and she is Director Qualified.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Peter Pan
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Aubrey

    Ms. Aubrey, Infant Classroom


    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Aubrey previously spent three years as a nanny.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    It's a toss up between Journey by Aaron Becker, Quest by Aaron Becker, and The Monster at the End of This Book
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Child Development Associate degree and currently studying art education
  • Ms. Stacy

    Ms. Stacy, Discovery Preschool

    I love the chance to see each child growing and reaching their developmental milestones as well as seeing the smiles on their faces.

    Ms. Stacy has been working in the Early Childhood Education field since 2000 and has been teaching preschool at the Mountain Shadows KinderCare since 2010. She started her career with her own in-home childcare center. This gave her the opportunity to be with her own children as they were growing up. Ms. Stacy enjoys teaching preschool and feels that it is an amazing and rewarding experience. The children in her class love to learn and she is proud to be their consistent, positive role model.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stacy previously worked in Home Child Care
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Charlotte's Web
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Early Childhood Teacher Certificate
  • Ms. Barbara

    Ms. Barbara, Preschool

    Go with the flow.

    Ms. Barb has been married for over 25 years.  She has four children; three boys and one girl and currently raising their grandson.  They moved to Colorado from Arkansas over 12 years ago for her husband's job.  Ms. Barb loves spending family time in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Barb has worked in a private church daycare, a Montesorri school, and in a small private childcare facility.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 plus years
    Child Development Associate credentials
  • Ms. Rose

    Ms. Rose, PreK

    I love seeing the joy on a child's face as they achieve milestones in their lives such as writing their names and reading.

    Ms. Rose has two awesome sons and two lovely daughter-in-laws.  She adores her grandchildren; one grandson and one granddaughter.  Ms. Rose greatly enjoys teaching and experiencing the milestones each child achieves.  She love the uniqueness of each child and family and can't see herself as anything other than a teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to Ms. Rose's employment with KinderCare, Ms. Rose worked in church ministry with preschool through high school students for over 14 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Caps for Sale
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Child Development Associate's credential, Youth Ministry and Early Religious Education Certified
  • Ms. Rebecca

    Ms. Rebecca, Prekindergarten


    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, Float Teacher

    I love working with children of all ages because of their eagerness for new and exciting discoveries, and their willingness to learn and have fun during the process.

    Ms. Chris has been employed by KinderCare Learning Center since February 2009. She has a Business Management Degree from Wurzburg, Germany as well as her Child Development Associates credential through Ellis University. Ms. Chris has taught in all classrooms during her career at KinderCare. She likes to incorporate puppets into circle time and have an extensive use of music, art and literature materials available to the children in the classroom. Most recently, she has spent a majority of her time working in the Before and After School program. The older children love to play different sports and outdoor activities. She feels it has always been a pleasure to engage the children in these types of activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Chris has 19 years working in Early Childhood Education and two years working as a paraprofessional in the school district.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Winnie the Pooh
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Bridget

    Ms. Bridget, Infant Teacher

    If things start happening, don't worry, don't stew, just go right along, and you'll start happening too.  -Dr. Seuss

    When Ms. Bridget is not enjoying her class at work, she likes to go on hikes with her boyfriend and their Beagle.  She enjoys discovering new books to read and to cook all kinds of goodies!  Ms. Bridget is originally from Maryland but decided to move to the beautiful mountains of Colorado where she got the opportunity to work with the infants.  She loves to watch them grow and learn!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Bridget previously was a substitute/school age lead teacher in Maryland, toddler teacher in Maryland, and a kindergarten teacher is Kansas.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Barbara, Preschool

    We find rest in those we love, and we provide a resting place in ourselves for those who love us. -St. Bernard of Clairvaux

    When Ms. B is not with the children, she hurries home to her three sons and husband of 25 years.  They live in Manitou Springs where they enjoy hiking, swimming, yoga, bike riding.  Ms. B is busy with school which entails lots of reading.  Some day soon she will be skiing, traveling, and skydiving.  Ms. B is an adventurer at heart.  She is a native of Colorado, born in Lakewood and raised in Evergreen.  Besides all this dedication to kids (whether her own or other people's), she also is on her 32nd year of working as a cosmetologist.  Ms. B is a distributor for the holistic healing world through Young Living, and when not reading Early Childhood Education text books she is reading about alternative healing.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. B has previously worked for Villa Kids, YMCA child watch, substitue for pre-12, other child care facilities and private home care.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Many of Dr. Seuss's books
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Working towards her Associates in Early Childhood Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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

  • German

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition, the main door into our center has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise, a door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a center staff member. At Mountain Shadows KinderCare we have an on-site Health and Safety Coordinator. Stacy's role includes conducting monthly disaster and fire drills, ensuring that all staff members first aid and CPR certificates are up to date, and maintaining a high standard of cleanliness.

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