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Walnut Grove KinderCare

Ms. Courtney Jack, Center Director

1720 Walnut Grove Rd. Derby KS 67037
(316) 788-5925 Contact this center

Ages: 6 WEEKS to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Off Rock Road two blocks north of Madison

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Derby Hills; El Paso; Park Hills; Plesant View; Swaney; Tanglewood

We offer exciting Learning Adventure program, like Phonics, Math, and Cooking! These are individual classes for children to master important skills and concepts. Enroll your child in a Learning Adventure today!


Welcome to Walnut Grove KinderCare. Our center and staff will provide your child the love and compassion they need. We also provide a fun and learning environment for your child that fosters creativity, uniqueness and independence. Our knowledgeable and tenured teachers will guide your child in the right direction. We invite you and your family to come meet us where you will be greeted with smiles from our amazing staff!

Ms. Courtney Jack, Center Director

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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.


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 Walnut Grove KinderCare staff encourages you to come meet our amazing staff. During your visit, you will personally meet our wonderful teachers. We are always here to provide you with the useful and needed information to get your child started on their lifelong learning adventure.

  • Ms. Courtney Jack, Center Director

    Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.

    Courtney has one son born August of 2013. She is a student at Wichita State and lives locally in Derby.

    Previous Experience:
    Courtney Jack is coming from another Child care facility as a 3 year old teacher for a year and a half, and a school- age director for 3 years prior.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Love You Forever"
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Associates of Science in Psychology
  • Ms. Samantha Cannon

    Ms. Samantha Cannon, Assistant Director

    You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."

    Samantha is a proud mother of 4 boys. She has worked in the industry for over 12 years and is a wonderful asset to our Kindercare team. She is continuing her education at Fort Hays State University.

    Previous Experience:
    Samantha Cannon is coming to Kindercare from another Child care facility as a Lead Pre-K teacher for 4 years. She has also worked with special needs children and adults for 8 years.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Fort Hays student
  • Ms. Trista, 2-21/2

  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Infant Classroom

    Being a part of all the changes that a baby makes their first year and sharing that with their parents is special to me.

    Becky started working for KinderCare in 1997 as a Float Teacher, and she is now the Lead Infant Teacher. She spends most of her time in her classroom providing comfort and support to babies ranging from six weeks to a year in age. She finds it amazing to watch the children grow from barely holding their own heads up to walking when they leave her room.

    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17+ years
  • Ms. Marsheri

    Ms. Marsheri, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Marsheri really enjoys teaching. Her favorite part is being able to watch the children grow and experience new things. She feels inspired to come to work, because she is helping shape the children's futures.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marsheri brings 14 years of experience teaching to our center.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    State of Kansas Teacher Certified
  • Ms. Dana

    Ms. Dana, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    My goal is to become a better teacher by always learning new and positive ways to teach children.

    Ms. Dana has been with KinderCare since 2009. When she first joined our team, she was a Toddler Teacher. In March of 2012, she became our Discovery Preschool Teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Dana was formerly teacher for another childcare center in their toddler classroom.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Brandy

    Ms. Brandy, Preschool Classroom

    Brandy has lived in Derby, Kansas for 15 years. Her tenure of 12 years in the industry gives her great knowledge about caring for children. She is married and together they have three children. As a family, they all enjoy camping and traveling together.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brandy worked for other childcare centers for 11 years before becoming our Preschool Teacher.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
  • Ms. Vicki

    Ms. Vicki, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Vicki has Abecka and NAEYC certifications.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Vicki worked for Sweetwater Christian School for 12 years in their prekindergarten classroom before joining our team.
    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    Abecka and NAEYC Certified
  • Ms. Christie

    Ms. Christie, School Age Classroom

    I love coming to work and seeing all of my students with smiles on their faces.

    Ms. Christie has been at the center since November of 2012. She has over 14 years of experience working with school age children and volunteering as a teacher. In 2007, she earned the President's Volunteer Award for giving her spare time to help educate children. While teaching, Ms. Christie makes sure that children have a lot of hands-on experience. She is very good at teaching them life skills, like manners and acting polite.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
  • Ms. Vicky

    Ms. Vicky, Preschool

    Ms. Vicky has been with KinderCare since April of 2007. As the cook she has the best of both worlds. She prepares a good nutritious meal for the children while being able to go into each classroom to hug the children. In the afternoons, she gets to be involved in their learning by assisting in the classrooms. When she is not at work, Ms. Vicky loves spending time with her family, camping, and skiing.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Vicky worked at Mema’s Childcare for two years as a lead teacher for children four to five years in age.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years

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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

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

The health and safety of your child is one of our top priorities. All of our staff members have up-to-date certification in both CPR and First Aid. We provide the highest security with a keypad entry system, fenced playgrounds, and a rigorous check in and out identification routine. Our parents have the confidence and security that their children are safe with us each day.

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 am writing this on behalf of my wife and myself to let families and employees of KinderCare at Walnut Grove know how important it is to find a safe and nurturing place for our children and grandchildren to learn and grow. Since our grandson AJ has been attending your facility, we have noticed that he is developing into a great little person. Your employees always greet him in the mornings with a smile and a hug and again in the afternoons when his mother picks him up. Thank you very much!

- Grandfather

Out two children attend KinderCare, one in the infant room and the other currently attends after school care.  We could not be more happy with the staff and the facility. We can really see the love the providers have for the children they care for. Each day when we pick up our infant, the providers share a story about how our little one is growing and interacting. Our older daughter is provided the opportunity to complete her school homework with the providers assistance. As full time working parents, knowing our children are being cared for at KinderCare makes us reassured they are in a great environment with wonderful, caring people.

- Mother

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