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Davenport KinderCare Preschool

Ms. Stephanie Tubbs, Center Director

2108 East Locust St. Davenport IA 52803
(563) 326-1660 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Two blocks east of Washington Elementary School

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Madison, Garfield, Eisenhower


Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center in Davenport, Iowa. We are very excited to meet with you and your family! We are not a daycare facility, but an early learning center that exists to make a positive difference in the lives of our children and families. Our curriculum is designed to develop the whole child, so we place an emphasis on assisting children's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.

Ms. Stephanie Tubbs, 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.

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

The KinderCare team is a passionate and dedicated group of educated individuals with a strong passion for early childhood education. Our strengths as a team may vary, but our goal is united: the education and safety of our children.

  • Ms. Stephanie Tubbs

    Ms. Stephanie Tubbs, Center Director

    I love participating in the development of happy, healthy, and confident children.

    Ms. Stephanie Tubbs started working for KinderCare in the summer of 2009. She has experience as a teacher and an Assistant Director. Currently she enjoys her opportunity to work with all children, families, and staff as the Center Director in Davenport. Ms. Stephanie graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a bachelor's degree in child development with a minor in American sign language. She is happy to have to opportunity to work with teachers and families to provide children with excellent early childhood education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stephanie has prior experience as a Literacy Program Coordinator and child therapist.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Andrea Anderson

    Ms. Andrea Anderson, Assistant Director

    I really enjoy greeting the children each day and seeing their excited faces! I love seeing the difference our staff makes in the lives of our families, as well as the difference they make in our lives.

    Ms. Andrea started working for KinderCare in the spring of 2008. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor's degree in family services. She also has received her associate credential as a KinderCare employee. Ms. Andrea has experience working in every classroom in the building. She is a certified bus driver with KinderCare. Ms. Andrea enjoys working as the Assistant Director and helping to ensure a quality experience for all KinderCare families and children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Andrea was a School Age Teacher for the Davenport KinderCare for three years prior to assuming the Assistant Director position.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Family Services
  • Ms. Cindy

    Ms. Cindy, Toddler Classroom

    "I love when a child learns something new. I enjoy seeing the realization as they 'get it!' It is an amazing feeling to watch them grow. I also have amazing coworkers who help to make each day even more enjoyable. The children are constantly learning and growing, and make each day a new adventure!

    Ms. Cindy started working at KinderCare as the center cook in 2013. She decided shortly after starting that she really wanted to be in the Toddler Classroom with the children. She is currently taking courses toward her associate's degree of applied science in early childhood education. She is projected to earn her degree by the end of June 2016.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane DeRolf

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shantelle

    Ms. Shantelle, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "I love helping the children learn self-help skills and planning activities. Seeing the children learn something new each day and their never-ending supply of hugs is inspirational to me.

    Ms. Shantelle has been with KinderCare since the fall of 2006. She has an associate certificate in early childhood education. She is pleased to have had the opportunity to get to know the families and watch the children grow over these past years.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Any Llama Llama book by Anna Dewdney

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Preschool Classroom

    I love knowing that at the end of each day I'm important in the life of each child. The smile on each child's face every day is an inspiration to me. Everything is new to them and they are so curious and eager to learn!

    Ms. Jenny started her KinderCare career as a Discovery Preschool Teacher in July of 2012. After two years with the two-year-olds, she became the lead teacher in the Preschool Classroom. She earned her bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and then continued here education in dental hygiene. Ms. Jenny and her team of teachers provide an enriched classroom with "hands-on" learning activities every day.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    I Love You More by Laura Duksta

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Angie

    Ms. Angie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love knowing that I am making a difference in a child's future. I enjoy all of the smiles and hugs that I receive when I walk into class. My own children, along with the children in my classroom, are my inspiration.

    Ms. Angie's first job was in a small private preschool in Sheridan, Wyoming. 16 years later, she is still focused and passionate about her responsibility as a Preschool Teacher. With an associate's degree in early childhood education and years of experience, she still finds herself most at home as a Preschool Teacher, even when she is not working.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Airmail to the Moon by Tom Birdseye and Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Rose

    Ms. Rose, School Age Classroom

    I love seeing the look in the children's eyes when they accomplish a goal. I am inspired by knowing that I make a difference every day.

    Ms. Rose joined the KinderCare team in September of 2008. She has worked with children of all ages for over 30 years. Ms. Rose is the lead teacher in the School-Age Classroom and is also the Health and Safety Coordinator. The School-Age team interacts with the children throughout the day following an organized and age-appropriate schedule.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

About Our Center

The Davenport KinderCare has been part of the community, at the same location, for over 32 years. That makes us the best early learning center near you! Our staff has a total of over 150 years of experience. We are truly dedicated to the growth and development of each child in our care!

Awards and Recognition

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children Accreditation

    National Association for the Education of Young Children Accreditation

  • Iowa Quality Rating Scale - 5 STAR

    Iowa Quality Rating Scale - 5 STAR

  • Locals Love Us 2015-2016

    Locals Love Us 2015-2016

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

Our center will be closed to our families on the following holidays to allow our staff the ability to spend this time with their families: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday following Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. We also will be closed to our families on President's Day and Columbus Day of each year to participate in trainings designed to further our expanding knowledge of the early childhood education field.

Health and Safety

Davenport KinderCare cares about security! Our center features a keypad entry system and fenced playgrounds. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site who regularly inspects our classrooms and playgrounds to ensure that this is a safe and healthy learning environment for our children, families, and staff.

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.

I just wanted to take a few minutes today, as I reflect back on the last two years, to tell you how much I have appreciated the whole staff of Davenport KinderCare taking care of my son. There was not a single day that I worried when I dropped him off, and every day was a good day! He has learned so much and grown so much during his time in the center. Ms. Angie has done an amazing job teaching my son and working with him! She is a wonderful teacher! He has made so many friends and loves each and every one of the teachers. I especially want to let you know how much we have appreciated the male staff members. Mr. Marshall and Mr. Ryan have been wonderful and we are going to miss them! The level of love, support, and involvement from Mr. Marshall and Mr. Ryan was amazing. Mr. Ryan always had a hug or a high five for my son and always made us feel that he was so happy to get to teach him. I feel so blessed to have been able to be part of the Davenport KinderCare family. I cannot tell you how much I have appreciated their kindness and understanding, especially when we came to them desperate. They made room for us, which no else did, and I am so thankful for that. They have been a blessing in our lives and for that, we humbly thank them!

- Mother

I would like to take a moment to show my appreciation for the service provided by Ms. Stephanie and her staff at the Davenport, Iowa KinderCare location. Being able to drop off a three-year-old into a safe place where he learns each day how to prepare for his journey in life is a decision of trust that the staff does not take lightly. They listen and they care.

- Parent

I love bringing my daughter to KinderCare. I know while I am away at work she will be well cared for. Her teachers are very attentive to her needs and keep me posted about her day.  When she had her four month shots, she was a little fussy. Her teacher rocked her until she was calm. My daughter and I are always greeted by the wonderful teachers when we come in. When my little girl misses a day, the teachers miss her... they genuinely miss her! That shows me how much all of the teachers care for and about my daughter. Thank you for everything, Davenport KinderCare!

- Mother

Our story starts in July of 2013. My husband's youngest sister passed away unexpectedly and left behind her two-year-old son. For many reasons, it was not in his best interest to be returned to his father, so my husband and I became his temporary guardians until we could figure out what was going to be our next step. We have two of our own children, 22 and 25 years old at the time, and both my husband and I work full time outside of the home. In addition to many other things, we needed to find a place for him to go during the day while we worked - as soon as humanly possible! That's where KinderCare comes into the picture. I had asked for suggestions from my peers at work and one of them brought up our Davenport KinderCare location. She had taken her daughter there when she was younger (she's 23 years old now), and couldn't say enough good things about the care her daughter received. I called the center and arranged a meeting and tour of the facility for the following week. From my first phone call, I felt this may be the right spot for our nephew - neither Stephanie nor Andrea could have been any more pleasant to speak with right from the start.
 My husband and I went for our first meeting with Stephanie and were immediately met with kindness and compassion for our situation, and reassurance that they would do whatever they could to help us with our unique circumstances. We left the center that day (me in tears) knowing that this was going to be the best place for all of us. It was an immediate sense of relief knowing that he would be so well cared for, especially given what he had endured for the first two years of his life. Prior to his first day, Stephanie and Andrea made sure we were familiar with what to expect - from his daily schedule to what emotions he would most likely experience for the first several days and/or weeks. They answered all of our questions without hesitation and continued to reassure us that they were there to help us. His first days were difficult - at least the "dropping off" part - but just as everyone told us, as time went on there were less and less tears and more and more smiles than we could have imagined. He has been there for about eight months now, and has made more progress than my husband and I ever expected him to. Everyone we have come in contact with over the past several months has been pleasant, patient, and has showed a genuine interest in his well-being. Again, everyone has been great, but I can't end this message without specifically addressing his teacher, Ms. Cathy. She has been a life-saver for him as well as for my husband and I. She has served as his educator, but also as a symbol of routine, structure, security, and affection - all of which he was in desperate need of. My husband and I often speak of how Ms. Cathy has made such an impact on all of our lives, not just our nephew's, and how grateful we are for her. What would we do without her? She has gone above and beyond to give him a foundation to build on - a foundation that will serve him well for years to come. In closing, I would like to say thank you. Thank you for providing an educational program that has given our nephew the opportunity to flourish, and thank you for having a center full of dedicated, compassionate people who have helped my husband and I to navigate through what has been an exceptionally challenging and emotional chapter in our lives. We are beyond grateful for KinderCare.

- Aunt & Legal Guardian

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