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Northwoods KinderCare

Ms. Christina McGrath, Center Director

7035 Lexington Dr. Colorado Springs CO 80918
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Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
District 11- Scott Elementary, Martinez, Freedom. District 20 - Pioneer, Frontier, Academy International, Academy Endevor, Chinook, 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).

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 McGrath, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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.

Monthly Activities

February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

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.

Soccer

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at our center are very passionate about what they do and love coming to work each and every day. 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 certification, bachelor's degree or associate degree in early childhood education. The teachers here are always looking for new ways to continue their education, whether that be with our twice a year professional development days, college courses or workshops within the community. Our teachers love every child that comes into our school and love to start them on a path to love learning.

  • Ms. Christina McGrath

    Ms. Christina McGrath, Center Director

    Choose to live life to it's fullest each and every day by exploring new things and taking chances. You never know who's life you could impact or change for the better.

    In her role as Center Director, Ms. Tina loves seeing children learn and grow from when they join the infant room all the way until they graduate from our school age program. She focuses on the children's education and development while assuring that the children are safe, healthy and comfortable. Tina strives to make our center feel like one big family by making great connections with the staff, children and every family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tina began her career in education as an Infant and toddler teacher at another KinderCare location right here in Colorado Springs. She then became an Assistant Director and then a Center Director while working for KinderCare in Oregon. After moving back here to Colorado Springs, Tina became our Center Director and has enjoyed being our Director for over 12 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, The Places You'll Go
    Year Started:
    5/2/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, Colorado Center Director Certification, additional college courses in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Joy

    Ms. Joy, Assistant Director

    The importance of early childhood education is more than just educating our youth. It's about creating in them a life long love of learning that they will keep with them forever.

    Ms. Joy started working in the Early Childhood Education field so that she could be with her young daughter. She quickly learned that she loved being  part of a child's education and began to pursue a career in the field. It has now been ten years that she has worked in early childhood education and she loves it just as much as she did when she first started. Joy's hope is to always be a part of our future generations education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Joy began her career in education as a Prekindergarten Teacher at KinderCare. Joy then went on to teach at various child care centers in Colorado Springs before returning to KinderCare as a transitional kindergarten teacher. In 2014 Joy won the Knowledge Universe Educator of the Year award for her hard work and dedication at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Bear Snores On
    Year Started:
    3/13/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education Administration, Child Development Associate, currently taking college courses towards a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Early Childhood Education
  • 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 began working with young children in college and realized that Early Childhood Education was the field she wanted to pursue. She strives to help children love learning and works hard to be a strong role model for children and co-workers alike. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Summer began her career in education working as a youth sports program director with the YMCA. She then worked as an assistant director at another KinderCare before joining our KinderCare family as the program specialist.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    12/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in English, Child Development Associate
  • 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 began her career in Early Childhood Education operating a licensed day care in her home. After six years she moved to a large child care center and loved the interaction with families, kids and co-workers. The safety of the children in her care is always Joli's number one priority and she believes that creating aha moments with children is her greatest reward.

    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:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate, Infant Supervisor Certified
  • Ms. Darcy

    Ms. Darcy, Infant Classroom

    It only takes one person to inspire a child to succeed.

    Ms. Darcy started working with children when her sister and her first baby and realized quickly that she loved working with young children. After years of working as a nanny, Darcy started working on her degree in Psychology in the hopes of pursuing a Masters degree as a behavior analyst. Darcy always outs the best interests of children first and her passion is helping children with special needs.

    Previous Experience:
    Darcy began her early childhood education career as a babysitter and then became a nanny for many years working with infants and young children.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat in the Hat

    Year Started:
    11/7/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, Registered Behavioral Technician
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Infant Classroom

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

    Ms. Sarah began caring for young children while still in high school and quickly realized that educating young children was the career she wanted to pursue. 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.  

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sarah began her career in education while caring for children as a teenager and then started working in the Early Childhood field in 2006. Ms. Sarah worked at another child care center before joining our KinderCare family.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    You Are My Sunshine
    Year Started:
    7/7/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, Certified Infant Supervisor
  • Ms. Laura

    Ms. Laura, Infant Classroom

    Children brighten my day.

    Ms. Laura loves working with young children and has been educating children since she was a teenager. After working as a nanny, Laura quickly realized that she wanted a career in early childhood education working with infants. Ms. Laura uses her years of experience, calm influence and adventurous spirit to help infants grow and develop into happy and healthy kids.

    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:
    10 years
  • Ms. Jackie

    Ms. Jackie, Toddler Classroom

    The best teachers teach from the heart.

    Ms. Jackie knew that she wanted to work with young children after having an amazing first grade teacher. She began working in Early Childhood Education as a student teacher and enjoyed working with all age groups. Ms. Jackie believes that using patience and kindness helps children grow and reach their full potential.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jackie worked with young children for several years as a student teacher. She then began working in a child care center in Iowa before joining our KinderCare team.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Year Started:
    7/15/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Liberal Arts
  • Ms. Natalie

    Ms. Natalie, Toddler Classroom

    Listening is the key to knowledge.

    Ms. Natalie is always kind and strives to encourage kindness in her students. She works very hard to grow with the children in her care and to be better everyday. Natalie believes that teaching is not just about books and teaches her students skills that take them beyond books.

    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:
    9 years
    Education:
    Bachlor's Degree in African American Studies
  • Ms. Andrea

    Ms. Andrea, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    If I can make a difference for at least one family then my time here is worthwhile.

    Ms. Andrea loves creating hands on activities to make sure that her students get the most out of what they are learning. She is not afraid to get messy and allow her children to learn through play. Ms. Andrea strives to provide a safe and fun place for her students everyday.

    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:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, Certified Infant Supervisor
  • Ms. Casey

    Ms. Casey, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I would rather be the one who smiled than the one that didn't smile back.

    Ms. Casey started working with children as a babysitter and soon realized she wanted to pursue a career in early childhood education. Casey strives to help young children learn to be independent and kind. Ms. Casey works hard to ensure that the children in her care are safe, healthy, learning and having fun.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining our KinderCare family, Casey worked for KinderCare in New Jersey and the Boys and Girls Club.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon

    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Applied Sciences
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    To be able to help shape the future is a great calling and a gift.

    Ms. Elizabeth knew ever since she was a teenager that she wanted to work with children. She lucked into working in the early childhood education field and fell in love with it. Elizabeth enjoys being a positive role model to her students and hopes to instill in them independence and encourage their curiosity.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Elizabeth began her career in education in 1995 and has experience working with children of all ages. She worked at a variety of child care centers before joining our KinderCare family in 2009 as a two year old teacher.
    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:
    Colorado Center Director Credentials, over 30 hours of Early Childhood Education classes
  • Ms. Sanja

    Ms. Sanja, Preschool Classroom

    Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.

    Sanja has a bachelor's 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, Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Preschool Classroom

    What I do for one child may not change the whole world, but it might change that one child's world.

    Ms. Kelly always knew that she wanted a career in the early childhood education field because of her love of children. She loves to laugh and she loves that working with children allows her to do that daily. Kelly uses fun and humor to get her students excited about learning. She hopes to teach children to always reach fro the stars, always be kind and to always do their best.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kelly began her career in education as a summer camp captain and then moved on to work as a prekindergarten teacher. When she joined our KinderCare family she helped out throughout the school working with all age groups before becoming a lead preschool teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat in the Hat
    Year Started:
    7/15/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Preschool Classroom

    Being able to connect the dots and help kids understand ideas is an amazing feeling.

    Ms. Amber has been working in child care since she was a teenager and found her calling working with school age children. She works hard to be a positive role while guiding children to make good choices and smart decisions. Amber enjoys seeing children connect the dots when learning and helping them expand their thoughts and ideas.

    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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education classes and currently enrolled in college studying Elementary Education
  • Ms. Stefani

    Ms. Stefani, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Live life to the fullest.

    Ms. Stefani grew up in a military family and realized at a young age that she wanted to work with young children. After years working with many different age groups she fell in love with Prekindergarten students and has taught that age ever since. Stefani believes that children learn best through creativity and fun and her goal is make sure that all of her students are ready for Kindergarten. 

    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 Associate
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Prekindergarten Classroom

    When you make mistakes, it's okay. Learn from them and they will teach you the right way.

    Ms. Donna was drawn to the early childhood education field because of her love for children. She strives to provide quality care that focuses on children's health and safety in a fun, engaging environment. Donna's compassion, creativity and enthusiasm make her classroom a wonderful learning environment.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Donna began her career in education as a site director at local elementary school before and after school programs. When she joined our KinderCare family, Donna worked throughout our school with all age groups until becoming a prekindergarten teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    1/18/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Leslie

    Ms. Leslie, Transitional Kindergarten

    Today was a great day.

    The birth of Ms. Leslie's son sparked her interest in early childhood education and the positive, healthy development of children. After years of working with middle school students, she made the decision to join KinderCare for both her growth and that of her son. Leslie uses her years of experience working with older children to encourage her students to work hard and love learning.

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

    Ms. Alyssa, School Age Classroom

    Everyday I get to work with children who help inspire me and teach me so much about life. This is truly a blessing.

    Ms. Alyssa knew from a young age that she wanted to work with young children. She began her career in education as a nanny and coaching children's softball. Alyssa's goal every day is to give each child a new experience and chance to learn.

    Previous Experience:
    Alyssa has several years of coaching children's 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. Stacy

    Ms. Stacy, School Age Classroom

    I love that everyday is a new adventure for not only myself but for the children as well.

    Ms. Stacy started her career in education 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 has been working in the Early Childhood Education field for over ten years and loves to incorporate learning through hands on activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Stacy comes to us after working in licensed facilities 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
    Education:
    Currently enrolled in college classes for Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Bre

    Ms. Bre, Assistant Teacher

    When you educate a child, you entrust them with the tools to succeed in their future.

    Ms. Bre believes that teaching children allows her to help shape students development as well as their understanding of knowledge. Bre brings her passion and enthusiasm into the classroom and deeply cares about every child's future

    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:
    4 years
    Education:
    Currently taking college courses in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Tanya

    Ms. Tanya, Assistant Teacher

    Knowing every child is unique in their own way, I, as a teacher, must ensure to create an environment that allows them to learn and grow in their own way.

    Ms. Tanya always knew that she wanted to work with young children. Tanya loves that working with children from Infants to School Agers allows her the opportunity  to experience all age groups. Working with all age groups gives Tanya the advantage of using multiple teaching techniques in the classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tanya began working with young children as a babysitter and knew that she wanted a career working with kids. Tanya has many years of experience working in church nursery's and other child care facilities before joining our
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree

    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Studies and Child Development
  • Ms. Vesna

    Ms. Vesna, Assistant Teacher

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

    Ms. Vesna began her career working with children as a pediatric nurse in her home country of Bosnia. After moving to the United States more than 20 years ago, Vesna found that she loved teaching young children and entered the Early Childhood Education field. Vesna believes that children need love and kindness to grow, develop and reach their full potential.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Vesna was a pediatric nurse in Bosnia for years before moving to the United States and joining our KinderCare family.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    4/19/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Science, Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, Assistant Teacher

    If you didn't get messy then you didn't have fun.

    Ms. Jen began working in Early Childhood Education while still in high school and soon realized that she loves teaching young children. She believes that creating a safe and warm learning environment helps children learn, develop and grow. Jen enjoys working with children of all ages and is very helpful in all of our classrooms. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jen began her career in education in 2005 and worked at a KinderCare in Ohio before joining our KinderCare family in 2010.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Buggley Bears Hiccup Cure
    Year Started:
    12/20/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Learning Adventures

    Fake it until you make it, if you put a smile on your face eventually you will find the joy.

    Ms. Donna has worked with children in one capacity or another since she was a teenager. After spending twelve years in the Army, Donna returned to working with children and spent ten years as a school librarian. Donna loves the joy that small children bring to her life and tries to bring a sense of wonder and fun into every classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare Ms. Donna worked for 10 years as an Elementary School librarian and two 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:
    12 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Ms. Cheryl

    Ms. Cheryl, Kitchen Manager

    We are all unique in our own way and we learn something new each and every day.

     Ms. Cheryl started working with children while her daughter was young and quickly realized that she wanted to continue working with children and her love of cooking. She 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

Upcoming Center Activities

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February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

Monday February 20, 2017
Closed for Professional Development Day

Our center is closed today to provide additional training to our teachers.

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
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day (Professional Development Day)
Thanksgiving Day and the day after
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 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.

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

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
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