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Columbia KinderCare

Ms. Mindy Mantlo, Center Director

2416 West Ash St. Columbia MO 65203
(573) 445-9488 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Fairview, Mary Paxton-Keeley, Russell Boulevard, Mill Creek, West Boulevard, Columbia Independent School, Beulah Ralph


Welcome to the KinderCare Learning Center in Columbia, Missouri! We are conveniently located two blocks west of Stadium Blvd. on West Ash Street behind Old Navy. When families walk into KinderCare, they will find a safe, clean, and fun early learning program that invokes a feeling of family and sparks a love of lifelong learning. Come see our nationally accredited classrooms and discover how your child will learn and grow from infancy through the school-age years. Our teachers and staff are passionate about each child’s success! Families who want the best for their children will love what we have to offer.

Ms. Mindy Mantlo, 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


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Please meet our wonderful team of teachers. We are all dedicated to ensuring your child has a fun day full of learning!

  • Ms. Mindy Mantlo

    Ms. Mindy Mantlo, Center Director

    Ms. Mindy teaches because she has a true passion for working with children and training high-quality early childhood teachers. She strives to provide you and your child with the best early childhood experience possible.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mindy has 25 years of experience working in early childhood education.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood/Elementary Education
  • Ms. Stacey Jones

    Ms. Stacey Jones, Assistant Director

    Ms. Stacey teaches because she truly enjoys being part of the learning and growth of so many children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stacey has 26 years of experience working in early childhood education, including five years as a Prekindergarten Teacher and eight years as a Center Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

    Year Started:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Program Specialist

    Ms. Emily teaches because she gets to educate children and watch them grow while developing the skills they need to be successful later in life.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Malinda

    Ms. Malinda, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Malinda teaches to see the "ah-ha" moments sparkle in the children's eyes when they learn something new.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck

  • Ms. Sydney

    Ms. Sydney, Infant Classroom / Health and Safety Coordinator

    The best things in life are not things, it's the people in life who make you feel loved and cared for.

    Ms. Sydney loves teaching for the feeling of accomplishment. To witness her students grow in knowledge, confidence, and skills is very rewarding.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

  • Ms. Isabelle

    Ms. Isabelle, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Isabelle loves seeing the difference that she can make in a kid's life.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Emily loves taking an old experience and seeing it through the eyes of a child. Each child can experience the same thing differently and then she gets to learn something new, too!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

  • Ms. Molly

    Ms. Molly, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Molly teaches for the love of watching children grow and learn. She loves seeing their development from day to day and month to month. She teaches knowing that she has an impact on their lives.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Katie has always wanted to be a teacher because she wants to make a difference in the generations to come.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

  • Ms. Kaelissa

    Ms. Kaelissa, Toddler Classroom

    To watch and help kids learn, I love their excitement.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Winnie the Pooh 

  • Ms. Maddi

    Ms. Maddi, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "Everything's okay in the end, if it's not okay it's not the end.

    Making children happy and getting to see the smiles on their faces.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    May I Bring a Friend

  • Ms. Jackie

    Ms. Jackie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Jackie teaches because she loves seeing children learn new things and helping them retain that information is one of the best feelings ever. Ms. Jackie knows she helps them.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Fireman Small by Wong Herbert Yee

  • Ms. Bri

    Ms. Bri, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Bri loves teaching because she has the ability to make a positive impression on a child's life at an early, yet crucial, age.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Amanda loves children in general. There is something about seeing them grow that is very rewarding to her. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

  • Ms. Marissa

    Ms. Marissa, Preschool Classroom

    "Treat others how you want to be treated.

    I like seeing how my teaching style impacts the children and watching them change and grow.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree

  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Preschool Classroom

    "Tragedy is merely humor, but with it's pants torn.

    Megan teaches to make a difference in the lives of children and to watch them grow. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Rainbow Fish 

  • Mr. Andrew

    Mr. Andrew, School Age Classroom

    "There are no bad kids, only happy little classroom challenges.

    I teach to show children where to look, but not to tell them what they see.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Don't Push the Button

  • Ms. Kath

    Ms. Kath, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Kath loves watching kids learn and discover the passions that will stay with them for life.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

  • Ms. Kathern

    Ms. Kathern, Center Cook

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

The Columbia KinderCare places the health and safety of their children first at all times. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator on staff Monday through Friday who ensures the safety requirements and compliance of state regulations. The center is locked at all times, and there is a single entrance in and out of the building requiring keypad entry. Each and every teacher has been CPR and First Aid certified.

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

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

When we were pregnant, we did some rigorous interviewing and touring of daycare facilities, just as you probably are now, so I understand your concerns. We were impressed by staff, the lesson plans, and the philosophy of KinderCare. The location at Columbia is 30 minutes out of our way each day, but we felt it was worth the additional drive time and we have not been disappointed. Our daughter started attending when she was eight weeks old and has been there ever since. The teachers have exceeded our expectations! We have been exceptionally happy with her care and our daughter is excited to go to school every day, so we know she loves it, too! The education is outstanding and the teachers are willing to share with you the lesson plans so you can continue the learning process at home. I strongly recommend you give KinderCare a try. We are expecting our second daughter in the fall and there is nowhere else we would want to take her!

- Father

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