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Northwoods KinderCare

Ms. Christina Gushwa, Center Director

7035 Lexington Dr. Colorado Springs CO 80918
(719) 535-2878 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
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Special Instructions:
SW of the Woodmen & Rangewood, across from King Soopers

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
District 11- Scott Elem, Martinez, Freedom. District 20 - Pioneer, Frontier, Academy Int'l., Academny Endevor, Chinook, Prairie Hills, and High Plains

Our center recently received the honor of becoming the Quality Lead Center in our district. We were chosen for this privilege because of the consistent quality care and excellence we provide for our families every day. We are also very proud to currently hold a national accreditation with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

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Welcome

Welcome to Northwoods KinderCare Learning Center in Colorado Springs. We are so excited that you are interested in seeing the many things that we can offer you and your child. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. We take great pride in the family environment that you will feel at our center. We know you trust us to take great care of your child/children both developmentally and emotionally and we take great pride in doing just that. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but they will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Ms. Christina Gushwa, 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

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

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.

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  1. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      -

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at our center are very passionate about what they do and love coming to work each and every day to see what will happen next. Our teachers have an average tenure of five years at our center and an average 13 years in the early childhood education field. The majority of our teachers either have a Child Development Associate's certification, Bachelor's Degree, and or Associate's Degree in early childhood education. The teachers here are always looking for new ways to train, whether that be with our twice a year professional development days, college courses, or workshops within the community. Our teachers love each and every child that comes into their class and love the challenge that every child brings along the way.

  • Ms. Christina Gushwa

    Ms. Christina Gushwa, Center Director

    I love being a Center Director for this amazing company. Watching children develop and learn through all their stages in life is such a joy. I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.

    Ms. Tina grew up here in Colorado Springs and graduated from the University of Colorado before joining KinderCare.  As a teacher for many years in various age groups, Ms. Tina became very passionate about caring for and educating young children.  After living and working for KinderCare in Oregon she moved back to Colorado and became a director at the Northwood's center.  In addition to being a Center Director, Ms. Tina is also the Quality Lead Specialist for our district and oversees the quality of other centers in our area.  Currently, Ms. Tina is planning her wedding and looks forward to spending more time with her finance' and his son.  Ms. Tina enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering in the community, and working at her church bookstore.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tina started with KinderCare as a teacher and had the privilege of teaching infants and toddlers for several years. Then she was an Assistant Director for a couple years, and now she has had the privilege of being a Center Director for the last nine years. Ms. Tina has been the Center Director at this facility for five-and-a-half years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, The Places You'll Go
    Year Started:
    5/2/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology, 30 credit hours in Early Childhood Education
  • Joy Kuhn

    Joy Kuhn, Assistant Director

    Because a person is a person, no matter how small." Dr. Suess

     Ms. Joy grew up in a military family and loved being able to experience a variety of different cultures.  She tries to transfer this love of learning to each and every student in her class to help kids find a thirst for knowledge at an early age.  Ms. Joy has taught all age groups but loves preparing children for kindergarten.  Her creativity and organization make her classroom a wonderful environment to learn and earned her the 2014 KinderCare Educator of the Year award.  Ms. Joy enjoys spending time with her three children and her husband.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare, Ms. Joy had years of childcare experience in various child care centers in Colorado Springs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Bear Snores On
    Year Started:
    3/13/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachlor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Alyssa

    Ms. Alyssa, Floating Teacher

    Wisdom begins with wonder.' Ghandi

    Alyssa recently moved to Colorado Springs after studying Elelmenatry Education at the University of Northern Colorado. She recieved her Bachlor's degree form UNC in libral arts with a minor in elementary education. All of her life Alyssa has known that she wanted to work with children and she loves to watch them as they learn and grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Alyssa has several years of coaching softball as well as five years of schooling in elementary education. She comes to us after many years working with young children as a nanny.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    4/13/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachlor's Degree in Liberal Arts with a Elementray Education Minor
  • Ms. Bre

    Ms. Bre, Floating Teacher

    Children are our future, each child has a unique purpose in life.

    Bre enjoys working with children of all ages with most of her experience being with school age children. She is currently attending the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs studying Elementary Education and looks forward to becoming a school teacher. With her kindness and positive attitude, Bre is an amazing part our teaching team.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining our KinderCare family Bre worked as a staff leader at a local before and after school program.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    Year Started:
    4/20/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Currently taking college courses in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Sanja

    Ms. Sanja, Floating Teacher

    Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.

    Sanja has a Bachelors of Science with an emphasis on Physics and started her teaching career at the high school level. After her children were born she decided to teach younger children and started teaching Kindergarten here at KinderCare. Sanja left us for awhile and after taking a few years to teach middle school, Sanja has returned to her first love, Early Childhood Education at KinderCare. 

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining our KinderCare, Sanja worked as an math and science teacher with elementary students.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    4/18/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree and a Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Laura

    Ms. Laura, Infant Teacher

    It takes a big heart to shape little minds.

    Ms. Laura loves working with young children and has been doing it since she was a teenager. She has two daughters of her own and enjoys spending time with them and her husband. With her years of experience, calm influence and adventurous spirit, Laura is the perfect addition to our KinderCare family and we look forward to getting to know her better.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining our KinderCare team, Laura worked with young children at other schools here in Colorado Springs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Littlest Owl
    Year Started:
    10/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
  • Ms. Stacy

    Ms. Stacy, Infants

    I beleive the children are our future.

    Stacy has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for many years and loves to learn just as much as the children in her class. She started her career as a teachers assistant and then a specialist in tutoring as well as administering tests in a school district. After working with school age children Stacy returned to teaching young children and opened up her own home day care. Stacy recently moved to Colorado Springs from Arizona and is enjoying Colorado life with her fiance and three children.

    Previous Experience:
    Stacy comes to us after working in licensed facitilies as well as for a United School District in Arizona for many years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    5/11/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Pre-Kindergarten

    In God We Trust

    Ms. Donna joins us after years of working with young children. Her experience, friendliness and positive nature make her a perfect fit for any of our classrooms. In her spare time, Donna enjoys spending time with her husband, three grown children and her many pets. She also loves the ocean, traveling, crafts and makes her own jewelry. We are very excited to have Donna joining our team and look forward to getting to know her better.

    Previous Experience:
    Donna comes to us after working for another child care center here in Colorado Springs
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    1/18/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Donna has a Early Childhood Education certification
  • Ms. Casey

    Ms. Casey, Toddlers

    Better to be the one who smiled than the one who didn't smile back.

    Casey was born and raised in New Jersey and recently moved here to Colorado Springs. She loves the beautiful mountain views here and is learning how to pump her own gas. For years Casey worked with children of all ages and found that she loves working with the younger children. Her patience and kindness make her a perfect fit for our toddler classroom. Casey loves working with toddlers and enjoys having the opprotunity to help shape the people they will become.

    Previous Experience:
    After working for the Boys and Girls Club for five years, Casey started working at a KinderCare in New Jersey. She recently transferred here to our KinderCare after moving to Colorado Springs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pout Pout Fish
    Year Started:
    4/5/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Associates in Applied Science
  • Ms. Leslie

    Ms. Leslie, Transitional Kindergarten

    Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

    Leslie was born and raised in Texas where is graduated from Texas State University. She has a teaching certificate and enjoyed teaching in Elementary school before moving here to Colorado Springs. Ms. Leslie is a new mom and loves spending time with her husband and son. With a great love for children and animals, Leslie is a wonderful addition to our team and we are excited to get to know her better.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Leslie worked as a teachers aide in a behavior support classroom at en Elementary school and taught 5th grade for 2 years before joining our KinderCare team.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Blue Truck
    Year Started:
    1/22/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Generalist Teaching Certificate
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Discovery Preschool

    If you can dream it, you can do it.
    Walt Disney

    Ms. Elizabeth grew up in California but has lived in Colorado Springs for many years. She has always loved working with children and started working in child care centers right out of high school. Ms. Elizabeth has worked with two year olds for years and truly has a gift for teaching this age group. She works very hard to help the children become independent while giving them all the love that they need. She loves to learn and grow with the children in her class.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Elizabeth has been working in the child care field since 1995 and transfered to our KinderCare from another KinderCare location.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Monster at the End of This Book
    Year Started:
    3/2/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Directors Qulifications and over 30 hours of Early Childhood Education classes
  • Ms. Vesna

    Ms. Vesna, Floating Teacher

    I love all of the classrooms, especially infants and toddlers.

    Ms. Vesna moved to the United States more than twenty years ago from Bosnia. She had years of experience working with children as both a nurse and a child care provider.  Ms. Vesna has a kind and generous spirit which draws the children to her. She is a great part of our team and is loved by kids and parents alike.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Vesna was a pediactric nurse in Bosnia for years before moving to the United States
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    4/19/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Bachlor's Degree in Science and Child Devlopment Associates
  • Ms. Summer

    Ms. Summer, Program Specialist

    I love watching children grow and knowing that we are helping them develop a love of learning.

    Ms. Summer has been a part of KinderCare since 2004.  She is always so positive and outgoing which are traits she definitely brings into her profession. Ms. Summer is so amazing at keeping the children engaged and excited to learn. Being a mother of three has also given her the opportunity to bring strategies she uses at home with her own children into the classroom. It is such a joy to watch Ms. Summer with the children and see how she makes learning fun.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Summer has previous experience working in many before and after school programs and as a Summer Camp counselor. Before joining KinderCare she worked as a YMCA youth program supervisor with a focus on youth sports. Ms. Summer started with KinderCare as a preschool teacher and then became an Assistant Director for KinderCare before joining our team as the program specialist.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    12/1/2004
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in English
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Infant Classroom

    Every child is a different kind of flower and all togther make the world a beautiful garden.

    Ms. Sarah is a Colorado native and was raised in a small town near Colorado Springs. Ms. Sarah has a beautiful daughter and a big family that enjoy spending time together whenever they can. She has been working with infants for years and loves helping them reach developmental milestones. Her vast experience and joyful disposition can be seen in her classroom and is felt by all of the children in her care.  Ms. Sarah brings out the joy in her babies and their parents!

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare, Ms. Sarah worked as a babysitter as a teenager and then started working in the Early Childhood field in 2006. Ms. Sarah worked at another child care center before coming to KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    You Are My Sunshine
    Year Started:
    7/7/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Associates degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Joli

    Ms. Joli, Infant Classroom, Health & Safety Coordinator

    I love to watch the wonder in a child's eyes when they learn something new.

    Ms. Joli has been such an amazing part of our team for years.  She brings so much knowledge and understanding of children and their needs to any classroom she is in. The safety of the children in her care is always one of Ms. Joli's number one concerns.  Ms. Joli has had much experience working in this field along with parenting three of her own children. Wearing many hats in this building is Ms. Joli's role and our center wouldn't be the same without her.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Joli operated a Licensed Home Daycare center and worked in other childcare facilities throughout Colorado Springs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Mommy Will You Hold My Hand
    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Stefani

    Ms. Stefani, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Live life to the fullest.

    Ms. Stefani grew up in a military family and enjoyed traveling around the world as a child. She loves living here in Colorado Springs with her two daughters and is currently planning a wedding. Ms. Stefani has worked with many different age groups but found her true love teaching preschool.  Ms. Stefani is very creative, kind and patient which makes her the perfect fit for our preschool classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stefani has worked with young children as a preschool teacher with the school district as well as other child care centers before joining KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    4/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Child Development Associates credentials
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, School Age

    Not all those who wander are lost. -J.R.R. Tolkien

    Ms. Amber grew up in Tennessee and moved to Colorado Springs in 2011. She enjoys reading, hiking and origami. Ms. Amber has been working in child care since she was a teenager and found her calling working with school age children.  She is currently in school working on her degree in Elementary Education and uses the things she learns in class to create a well managed, fun and educational classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare, Ms. Amber worked in the food service industry, as a nanny and in other child care centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Peter Pan
    Year Started:
    12/20/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education classes and currently enrolled in college studying Elementary Education
  • Ms. Jackie

    Ms. Jackie, Toddler Classroom

    Live, Love and Laugh.

    Ms. Jackie was raised in Des Moines, Iowa and just recently moved here to Colorado. She has been working with children for over five years and loves spending time with them. Ms. Jackie's kindness and patience make her a great fit for our toddler classroom. Her love of children is clear and helps her to run a fun, safe and exciting toddler classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jackie has several years of experience working with young children and comes to us from a child care center in Iowa.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    7/15/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Don't believe anything you read on the net. Except this. Well, including this, I suppose.
    Douglas Adams
     

    Ms. Jen was born in Michigan and moved to Ohio in high school. She received her Bachelor's degree in 2007 from Bowling Green State University. Ms. Jen has worked for various private centers before starting with KinderCare in Ohio. Ms. Jen and her husband moved to Colorado in 2012 and love it here.  Her organization and fun personality makes her two year old classroom fun, exciting and educational!  Ms. Jen's kids love coming to school everyday and so does she!
    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jen has over 4 years experience working at other child care centers before joining KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Buggley Bears Hiccup Cure
    Year Started:
    12/20/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Andrea

    Ms. Andrea, Preschool Classroom

    A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.

    Ms. Andrea teaches children of all ages.  She has such an open and creative mind and it definitely shows in her classrooms. Being a parent herself has given Ms. Andrea the opportunity to have hands on experience working with children and knowing their needs.  Ms. Andrea has built great relationships with the children and their parents and continues to do so with all the new babies that keep arriving here.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Andrea taught first grade for three years and worked at another childcare facility in Colorado Springs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Go Dog Go
    Year Started:
    10/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, Certified Infant Supervisor
  • Ms. Natalie

    Ms. Natalie, School Age Classroom, Learning Adventures

    Listening is the key to knowledge. You must listen to learn.

    Ms. Natalie was born in Belize in Central America and moved with her family to the United States when she was young.  She works very hard to accomplish all of her goals and inspires the children to try their hardest and work hard. She has three children and really enjoys living here in Colorado Springs although it is very different from her hometown of Chicago.  Ms. Natalie loves teaching children and wants to do it for the rest of her life!

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining our KinderCare family, Ms. Natalie worked at a KinderCare in Chicago. She has also worked as a supervisor for the Princeton Review after school program.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Snowy Day
    Year Started:
    4/15/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Bachlor's Degree in African American Studies
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Preschool Classroom

    Play is our brains favorite way of learning. -Diane Akerman

    Ms. Donna is an amazing part of our team with a fun and playful teaching style. She has worked with children in one capacity or another since she was a teenager. Ms. Donna spent twelve years in the Army, twelve years as a stay at home mom, and ten years as a school librarian. It is a true joy to see her teaching the children and see all the love and knowledge that she brings to the classroom.  Ms. Donna has three children, one grandchild and loves living here in Colorado.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare Ms. Donna worked for 10 years as an Elementary School librarian and 2 years at a church nursery.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    A Giraffe and a Half
    Year Started:
    3/18/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates Degree w/ ECE Certificate
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Floating Teacher

    It's always the right time to do the right thing. -Martin Luther King Jr.

    Ms. Kelly first joined our KinderCare family as a parent of three children that have been in our care for over a year.  She is currently planning a wedding and will get married this winter. Ms. Kelly enjoys working with children of all ages and is a great addition in all of our classrooms.  Her patience, creativity and kindness help her to create a warm and fun environment in each and every classroom. It is clear that Ms. Kelly loves teaching and she is a wonderful part of our KinderCare family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kelly has worked as a summer school teacher, an aide in a Kindergarten classroom and a tutor. Before joining us she worked as a preschool teacher at another child care center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat in the Hat
    Year Started:
    7/15/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Starting Child Development and Early Childhood Education College courses this fall
  • Ms. Cheryl

    Ms. Cheryl, Kitchen Manager

    All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. -Charles M. Schultz

    Ms. Cheryl was born and raised here in Colorado. She still lives on her family's homestead that she grew up on in Black Forest and has lived there for 51 years.  Ms. Cheryl has been married for 19 years and has one daughter in high school. She loves gardening, animals and cooking.  Ms. Cheryl is always looking out for the best interests of all of our students and health and safety is her number one priority. She does a wonderful job providing yummy and nutritional food for us all!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cheryl has worked in the food service industry since 1975 and working with young children at KinderCare for eight years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
    Year Started:
    3/13/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Food Management EPCC

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Early Childhood Educator of the Year - Joy Kuhn

    Early Childhood Educator of the Year - Joy Kuhn

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day (Professional Development Day)
Memorial Day
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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 safety and security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition the door to the classrooms 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. We also have Ms. Joli at our center who is our Health & Safety coordinator. Her role at the center is to make sure we are conducting our monthly fire and safety drills as well as making sure the staff and children are playing safe at all times. Once a month we also have a nurse consultant that is appointed by the state to make sure everyone is staying happy and healthy!

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

It's such a wonderful environment with warm and friendly teachers. We feel welcome and safe here,and our daughter learns a lot and loves to attend. That's so important to us!! Making her first exposure to a school setting fun and exciting, because it sets the stage for the future. Thank you, KinderCare

- Father

Our experience at the Northwoods KinderCare has been positive since day one. The teachers are interactive, genuinely care for my son’s learning and social skills and include us in my child’s progress. I love that they have extra-curricular activities such as phonics, cooking and summer programs that my child can take something from and be excited about. I trust the staff of KinderCare and do not worry about my son when I leave him for the day. I love that my son is excited to go to school and he loves his teachers. I would recommend KinderCare to my friends and family.

- Mother
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