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Creve Coeur KinderCare

Ms. Nicole Nelson, Center Director

12821 Portulaca Dr. Creve Coeur MO 63146
(314) 542-4030 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEARS

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Welcome to the Creve Coeur KinderCare near the intersection of Olive Blvd. and Fee Fee Road. We are excited and proud to be a Nationally Accredited center. We are also proud that every KinderCare in Missouri is also Nationally Accredited. We are dedicated to encouraging children in fun and meaningful learning activities each day. We focus on the whole child and ensure a safe, secure, healthy, and engaging environment for your child. Call us today at 314.542.4030 to schedule a time to visit and see why our children love going to school each day!

Ms. Nicole Nelson, 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.

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.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at our Creve Coeur KinderCare school are passionate and dedicated to the education of young children. Many of our teachers have or are working toward their degrees in the education field. Our school strives for excellence through continuing staff education, including two professional development days where the staff is taught the latest techniques in early childhood teaching strategies. Most of all, our teachers have an unfailing love of children and learning.

  • Ms. Nicole Nelson, Center Director

  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Program Specialist

    The kids inspire me to keep learning!

    As Program Specialist, Sarah works with teachers to ensure that each child is receiving the most out of their day with us. She coaches staff on curriculum implementation and creating a safe and nurturing environment for our students to grow. While she primarily works in the infant, toddlers, and twos programs, she loves being a resource to our preschool teachers as well!

    Previous Experience:
    Kirkwood and St. Charles School Districts
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Charlie

    Ms. Charlie, Toddler Classroom

    I love seeing a child's eyes light up when they experience or learn something for the first time....and you can't beat the hugs!

    Ms. Charlie has been working for KinderCare for 25 years. She is also the school's Health and Safety Coordinator. In this role, Ms. Charlie makes sure the school is the safest place for your child.

    Year Started:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Sam

    Ms. Sam, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love working with kids! the biggest reward for me is watching then have an 'Aha' moment, especially if they have worked hard to get there.

    Mrs. Sam began working for KinderCare in March of 2013 in the toddler program. She has worked with all ages, but primarily infants to twos. She has been the Discovery Preschool teacher for over two years and received her child development associate in the spring of 2015. Sam enjoys reading books, singing songs, and acting silly with her students to bring the curriculum to life!

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate
  • Mr. Aaron

    Mr. Aaron, Preschool Classroom

    I'm passionate about teaching values and life skills along with practical academic lessons that will help children grow as individuals in today's society.

    Aaron recently relocated back to the U.S. after having spent 15 years working overseas in Spain as an ESL teacher and for various social causes. He brings uniqueness to our center as he has cross cultural experience and implements Spanish in all he does. He brings a positive reinforcement to our center and gives our students a new viewpoint as a male teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Teaching ESL children, youth, and adults. Academic coordinating.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts
  • Ms. Karli

    Ms. Karli, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Karli joined our school after graduating from Westminster College. She is currently the Pre-K Teacher. In this class, your child will be introduced to sight words. Reading skills will also begin through the use of their new sight word knowledge and phonics. There are opportunities for your child to learn fun and exciting math and science concepts also. Ms. Karli looks forward to meeting your family soon!

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • Ms. PJ

    Ms. PJ, Floater

    A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.

    PJ joined KinderCare in 2014 after graduating from Fontbonne University with her Bachelor's in Elementary Education. Though she loves seeing children of all ages grow as individuals she especially enjoys teaching in our Preschool and Prekindergarten classrooms!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Erin

    Ms. Erin, Toddler Classroom

    "Every child can become an inquisitive, life-long learner!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Erin has taught 3rd grade, 5th grade, and also Special Education
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's of Arts in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Language Arts. She also holds her certification in El. Ed. and K-12 Special Ed.
  • Ms. Krystal

    Ms. Krystal, Infant Classroom

    "When you are doing what you love, you never work a day in your life!

    Krystal has been at the center since May 2017. Previously she has worked as a special education assistant for four years in Sikesten. Krystal is currently working toward her bachelor's in ECE and also taking child development associate classes. She also has four year old who attends KinderCare in the preschool program.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked in elementary special education for three years and middle school education for one year.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:

Upcoming Center Activities

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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

We observe the following holidays:

·         New Year's Day

·         President's Day

·         Memorial Day

·         4th of July

·         Labor Day

·         Thanksgiving Day

·         Day after Thanksgiving

·         Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, you should check with your Center Director for specific closures. 

Health and Safety

Our number one goal is to make sure your child is safe and secure while they are with us. Our entrance is secured with a key pad entry. Visitors will be greeted by a staff member when they arrive. Our playgrounds and outdoor areas are also secured and locked. We have an on-site Health and Safety Coordinator who does monthly fire, earthquake, and tornado drills. Also, all teaching staff is certified in First Aid and CPR.

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.

KinderCare has been not only a safe place for my daughter to learn and grow, but a stable point in her young life filled with people who love and nurture her. It’s more than just a place she goes each day while we are working, but a place where she is shown that she is special and appreciated by all of the teachers, not just her own.

- Father

My son has been with the KinderCare Creve Coeur since he was 12 weeks old. He has flourished in such a safe and positive environment. In every level/classroom, he has had only the best teachers. I've always been able to communicate my concerns without problem, and even formed some friendships along the way. This KinderCare has really helped my son become a kind, sharing, and positive little boy. I'm eternally grateful.

- Mother

We have been with this KinderCare for over a year and my child has made tremendous strides in learning. In fact, she has tested above where she should be at her age and will be ahead of most kids in her kindergarten class! This facility is very clean and safe. My child had the same teacher for the entire preschool class and knows all the teachers. Every day when she comes home, she is able to tell us exactly what she has learned and is excited to go back. There are often times where she tells us things that she learned that I did not know. (Did you know the difference between frogs and toads is that frogs need to live near water? I learned that from my daughter on the way home from preschool!) Also, I get a report every day on what my child studied, what she had for lunch, and how she napped. The teachers are always very interested in each and every kid's development, and regularly hold parent-teacher conferences. We recently enrolled our newest addition to the family, who is about to turn six months old. The Infant Classroom is always clean, and they are always working with early developmental skills. It is very obvious to us that our infant is getting lots of attention and stimulation (she is always soooo tired when she gets home). When we pick her up, her belly is full and diaper is clean! We could not be any happier with this place. The Director, Nichole, has gone out of her way on several occasions to make sure we are happy, and could not be any nicer of a person. Yes, this is not the cheapest daycare in the area, but the rates are very reasonable. We look at it as an investment in our children's future. So far it's been a good investment.

- Father

Thank you for the great care that you’ve provided for our son! I admit that it was very hard for me to leave my baby and go back to work. There were many tears that first day when I dropped him off for the first time. But when he looked at Ms. Joanne and smiled, I knew everything would be okay. It was like he was choosing KinderCare as his home away from home. And to further calm our concerns, the first time he ever laughed was after he came home from his first day at daycare. This was a sign to us that he was in good hands! We also appreciate how everyone went above and beyond to try to prevent our son from needing the helmet. That really meant a lot to us! And even though he had to get the helmet, you have all been great about taking the extra steps necessary to care for him. Thank you! When we look at our son, we see a happy, healthy, well-adjusted baby. And we credit a lot of those positive traits to the love and care that he receives from all of you. Thank you for taking such good care of our baby, Creve Couer KinderCare! He means the world to us and it’s nice to know that he’s in such great hands!

- Mother

We are so grateful for your kindness, love of teaching, and patience with your children, in particular with our daughter--she loves you all! Thanks for inspiring, challenging, and guiding her, and for encouraging and caring for her every single day! You really make a difference in our girl! (.... you teach her English! For sure that's not our merit... Hahaha!) Thanks for being such wonderful teachers!

- Mother

Our family is new to Creve Coeur KinderCare. Our foster son is in the Toddler Classroom and I have been very impressed. The teachers are very kind and patient, and he is learning so much--they even let him paint! I have no worries when he is at KinderCare. Thank you so much, Toddler Teachers, you rock!

- Foster Parent

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