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Delafield KinderCare

Ms. Sarah Hajny, Center Director

3175 Hillside Dr. Delafield WI 53018
(262) 646-5112 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
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Welcome

We at the NAEYC accredited Delafield KinderCare are near you in your community. As a Private Lake Country preschool, we are more than a daycare. We welcome you and promise to respect your role as parents, and want your family to feel completely confident when your child is with us. We are committed educators here to fulfill your child's educational and developmental needs by implementing our curriculum and encouragement with our Learning Adventures tutorial programs. We feel privileged to have your family join us as a personal referral, GSA, or Care Select corporate family. We are here to support your family while you experience our nurturing environment and curriculum. Your child can learn and develop with confidence at our center.

Ms. Sarah Hajny, 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.

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

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.

Yoga

Teachers & Staff

Our staff members invite you to experience our private preschool and child care center here in Delafield. We offer building blocks throughout our program to support your child's core development, from infancy to our before- and after-school programs. Our curriculum is based on a hands-on approach and is supported by our well-trained staff of teachers and educators. Our teachers encourage your children to allow their own personality and creativity to develop, while learning life skills alongside their classmates.

  • Ms. Sarah Hajny

    Ms. Sarah Hajny, Center Director

    I enjoy being a part of each child's first school experience. I feel rewarded when I'm able to help out a family.

    Since starting with KinderCare in 2009, Ms. Jennifer has had the opportunity to experience several aspects of the company, including working as an Infant Teacher, lead Toddler Teacher, and Assistant Director, before being promoted to Director. She recently completed her administrative credential in early childhood education with the Wisconsin Registry.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare, Ms. Jennifer worked as a lead Toddler Teacher and a Preschool Manager.
    Year Started:
    7/29/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22
    Education:
    Associate's Degree; Child Development Associate Credential for Infant/Toddler and Early Childhood I & II; Early Childhood Administrative Credential
  • Janelle Jacowski, Assistant Director

    Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

    Janelle comes to the Delafield KinderCare fresh from another KinderCare where she gained experience working in the toddler classroom, teacher music to children of all ages, and worked to live the KinderCare service values as the Service Values Champion. When she's not hear playing and learning with your children she spends time with her niece including zoo outings. She derives great joy from books, curled up in a blanket in the winter or laying by the water in the summer. At any time she's a huge lover of games, board, card, and more recently tabletop types.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Belly Button Book

    Year Started:
    1/28/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Becky works as our lead Infant Teacher as well as our Health and Safety Coordinator. She has her child development associate credential and many years of child care experience. In addition to working many years here she's worked raising her own family as well, three of her own children, four grandchildren, and three cats all remain under her care.

    Previous Experience:
    Work as a CNA and EMT prior to coming to KinderCare in 2000
    Favorite Children's Book:

    My Great Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston

    Year Started:
    12/22/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Emergancy Medical Services (EMS), CPR and First Aid
  • Ms. Kattie

    Ms. Kattie, Infant and Toddler Classrooms

    Ms. Kattie grew up on a farm right here in Delafield. She met and married her husband and together they grew their own family. Ms. Kattie has two sons and a daughter and a granddaughter to call her own. When she's not here with us she loves being able to spend time with her family, granddaughter included. When she had the time she enjoys gardening, talking walks with their dog Jax and watching movies.

    Previous Experience:
    Child Development Center
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

    Year Started:
    11/10/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education I and II, Infant/Toddler Professional Credential, CPR, and First Aid Certified
  • Ms. Jessaca

    Ms. Jessaca, Toddler Classroom

    I love getting to see each child grow into someone special. I also love teaching them new things that they'll take home and use throughout their lifetime.

    Ms. Jessaca has worked for KinderCare since 1999 and started her career as a teacher. She has worked with all age groups. Ms. Jessaca genuinely cares for and loves all the children in the center! She believes all children need nurturing, attention, and praise daily. Ms. Jessaca is dedicated to creating strong relationships with staff, parents, and children along with ensuring everything be done in the best interest of each child. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    4/2/1999
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; EC1, EC2
  • Ms. Samantha

    Ms. Samantha, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Samantha has been with KinderCare since 2016. Prior to starting at KinderCare, she worked at UW Whitewater’s Children’s Center and as a nanny. Ms. Samantha has her bachelor of science degree in communicative sciences and disorders. She enjoys combining her enthusiasm, compassion, and aptitude for teaching each child, while actively learning each of their individual developmental needs and skills. She has experience with all ages of children. She loves to spend time with family and friends. Ms. Samantha is looking forward to meeting each new child and their family!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare, Ms. Samantha worked at UW Whitewater’s Children’s Center and as a nanny.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders
  • Ms. Catherine

    Ms. Catherine, Toddler Classroom / Floater

    Ms. Catherine enjoys working with younger children. She has been attending the University of Wisconsin at Waukesha and is working toward her degree in early childhood education.

    Year Started:
    1/27/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Kristin K.

    Ms. Kristin K., Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing the joy and excitement the kids have for wanting to experience everything they can!

    Ms. Kristin has many years of child care experience and has also obtained her child development associate credential.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Jessica H.

    Ms. Jessica H., Discovery Preschool Classroom / Floater

    Ms. Jessica is one of our teachers who assists us in a variety of classrooms. She has been with KinderCare since 2016. Ms. Jessica is preparing to begin working on obtaining the Infant/Toddler credential through Rasmussen College. When she is not teaching, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and hiking.

    Year Started:
    10/3/2016
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Emily, is one of our Preschool Teachers. She has been with KinderCare since 2016. Ms. Emily has her human services degree from the University of Wiscoonsin at Oshkosh with a certificate in autism. She has been working with children since 2011. When she is not teaching, she enjoys fishing, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.

    Year Started:
    10/3/2016
    Education:
    Degree in Human Services; Certificate in Autism
  • Ms. Margaret

    Ms. Margaret, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Margaret currently works in the preschool classroom and has been a part of our KinderCare family since 2014! Along with her Associates of Arts and Science degree from UW-Waukesha she also has obtained a second Associates in Early Childhood Education from Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC.) She loved to learn and has also taken a few classes from UW-Whitewater including Spanish, which really helps with our multi-language books in classrooms.  In her free time she enjoys long distance running, acrylic painting, roller skating and time spent with family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    1st grade Sunday School Teacher at St. Brunos, Student Teaching Art at Dousman Elementary, Head Start Student Teaching at Center of Excellence Waukesha, and work in the Child Development Center Infant Classroom of WCTC.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty

    Year Started:
    11/21/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences, CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Ms. Paula

    Ms. Paula, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Paula has her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She has worked in various school districts as a substitute teacher and has been with KinderCare since 2012. She enjoys watching her son play hockey and spending time with family and friends.

    Year Started:
    8/16/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Liz

    Ms. Liz, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love seeing the children reach their goals.

    Ms. Liz has worked in our Preschool Classroom since 2004 but is currently one of our Prekindergarten Teachers. She has her bachelor's degree in science and education from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, as well as an associate's degree from the University of Wisconsin at Waukesha.

    Year Started:
    9/20/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Science and Education; Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Amber believes every child can succeed; it's the teacher job to find out how and guide them. She knows that an education should empower a child and help them make a positive contribution to our world. Ms. Amber keeps that in mind and has made it her philosophy through her experiences with children and in particular with her experience with children with disabilities. Ms. Amber has over five years of teaching experience and loves working with all ages, stages, and abilities. She's recently bought her own home and she's settling down into the Oconomowoc area. In her spare time she enjoys softball, soccer, and volleyball. She also enjoys spending time outdoors as she forages and grows her own herbs and vegetables.

    Previous Experience:
    Infant and Toddler Teacher during her college years, Substitute Teacher fro grades 1-5 in a title 1 Milwaukee School.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel and
    The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    Year Started:
    4/24/2017
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education
  • Ms. Ilah

    Ms. Ilah, Learning Adventures

    Ms. Ilah has been with KinderCare since 2010. She is our Learning Enrichment Specialist as well as helping out in various classrooms throughout the center. She works with center children to enhance upon what they're already learning in the classrooms. She covers Phonics, Math, and a weekly Yoga class. She has been studying up and recently graduated from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) with her Associates Degree.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    12/31/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development Associate Credential, CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Ms. Cindy

    Ms. Cindy, Cook / Bus Driver

    Ms. Cindy works in several aspects of our center, including child care assistance, food preparation, and KinderCare bus driver. She has been with KinderCare since 2008.

    Year Started:
    2/18/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14

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

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets
  • Peanut & Tree Nut Free

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, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

We at the Delafield KinderCare conduct ongoing professional safety trainings and demonstrate familiarity with licensing, health, and safety policies in accordance with state and company guidelines. We establish and maintain procedures to ensure all aspects of safety, while implementing them in a regular and professional manner. The spirit of safe practices and excellent service allows the best environment for the children and their families.

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 daughter's journey in the Learning Adventures program at Delafield KinderCare has been an absolute joy to engage in! Whether it is the supplemental learning CDs we sing along to in the car or the adventures at home with the tools provided, we have loved participating with our daughter and experiencing her learning and results outside the classroom. From saying ABC's to now reading and writing them into words, we are very proud of her journey! Well done to her and Ms. Ilah--they both make a great learning team together.

- Mother

My son loves his Learning Adventures classes. He takes Music, Phonics, Math, and Yoga, and it’s hard to tell which is his favorite. It’s clear that he is gaining skill in letter recognition and sounds as he is starting to pay more attention to signs and words in books. His writing has improved, too! He is much more curious about numbers and putting things in order. We are very happy with the Learning Adventures classes, and we think he will be very well prepared for school and beyond. 

- Mother

Our son's journey with Learning Adventures has been amazing! We started with a music class and we could immediately see the impact. He was singing songs at home and telling us about what he learned...we even started to catch him dancing at home! Music was so great, we decided to enter him in phonics when he was old enough. He really surprised us when he came home and was able to read words from his book. He can now read small books and some sentences. Ms. Ilah has been great and we enjoy reading her notes about what our son did during the day...it helps us to feel like we are a part of the process and it gives us new things for us to talk to him about. It's been great!

- Son

My son is currently getting care at Delafield KinderCare. Due to a military obligation, we had to live short-term in Wisconsin and were able to transfer care to Delafield, WI. The staff at Delafield were absolutely amazing. From day one, the staff went above and beyond. Their inclusive and calm approach was paramount to my son's transition and continued development. Even knowing that we would only be attending their facility short-term, I was amazed when entire team took the time to get to know my son and created an individualized approach based upon his needs and personality. We cannot say enough good things about the staff at Delafield. They will truly be missed and we wished that we could have stayed longer at this facility.

- Father

Our family is so, so blessed to have had all of your wonderful staff help our children learn and grow. It is bittersweet to let you know that I have gotten it approved through work to take some time with my girls and work (very, very) part time so I can be home with them while they are still little. The girls have learned so much and are such great little girls and we couldn't have been happier that we chose this school for them. I have become a better mom and have learned so much from your teachers and consider you all a part of our family. Again, bittersweet because I will be gaining so much extra time with my babies, but our girls love coming here to play with their friends and teachers and it will be sad to say goodbye for us. Please let me know if there is anything we can do to make this transition easier on everyone. Again, thank you all for everything.

- Mother

My daughter has been at Delafield KinderCare since March of 2013.  Every teacher has been fantastic and supportive. When she comes in each day, it's like she's their favorite child.  What a fantastic bunch!

- Mother
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