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East Lansing KinderCare

Stephanie Marjamaa, Center Director

525 East Saginaw Highway East Lansing MI 48823
(517) 351-6166 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years

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Special Instructions:
Near the Church of Latter Day Saints

On Saginaw between Hagadorn & Abbot

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Currently not running a Before and After Program.

At the East Lansing KinderCare we look forward to the opportunity to show you our center.  We believe that hands-on experiences are how children learn best.  We take pride in knowing we have over 40 years in the early childhood education field with our own education department that oversees our curriculum.  Some people ask if we are a daycare center or a school - we are a learning center with the convenience of longer hours.  Children learn through play and we offer an enriching environment with fun activities that allow children to explore and develop.  We invite you to set up a tour so that we can show you all that we have to offer.  We are currently enrolling in all of our classrooms.  Also for the month of July we are offering free registration - the $85.00 fee is waived.

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Thank you for your interest in our center! We are located in the home of Michigan State University, making it very convenient for students, faculty and staff. East Lansing Public Schools provide transportation to many of our nearby schools. We offer a year-round curriculum and look forward to the opportunity to meet with you personally!

Stephanie Marjamaa, Center Director

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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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Our staff comes to us with many different backgrounds. Some of our staff members are just starting out their careers in Early Childhood Education, some teachers have been with us over 20 years. All of our Lead teachers have a minimum of an Associate's Degree while some staff members are pursuing their Master's Degrees. One thing all of our staff has in common is their dedication to Early Childhood Education and the commitment they are making to enrich children's lives.

  • Stephanie Marjamaa

    Stephanie Marjamaa, Center Director

    Child development is unlike any other field. Working with children helps you keep things in perspective and reminds you to appreciate the small things in life. You may have seen something a dozen times, but you look at it differently when you see it through a child's eyes. I have been told more than once I have the best job in the world and I would have to agree.

    After attending Michigan State University, Stephanie settled down in the East Lansing area and made this her home. While in college she met her husband and they raised their two children in East Lansing.  Their daughter is a sophomore at Michigan State University and their son is a senior at East Lansing High School.

    Previous Experience:
    Stephanie has over 27 years of experience working with children age Infant through School Age.
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Family Community Services with an emphasis on Early Childhood Development, Child Development Associate's Credential in Infant/Toddler Development
  • Ms. Jerica

    Ms. Jerica, Lead Toddler Teacher

    Every experience in life is a learning opportunity.

    During her time at KinderCare, Ms. Jerica has had the opportunity to complete her CDA. She challenges the children to maximize their learning to their full potential. Her goal is to ensure the physical, intellectual, linguistic, emotional and social growth and development of each child. Some of the learning activities you will see in her classroom include songs, painting and visual aids with singing.  You will find Miss Jerica dancing with the children and getting down on the ground to role play with them.

    Previous Experience:
    In my former job I had the opportunity to gain experience in the infant, toddler, two-year old and Pre-k classrooms.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential in Infant and Toddler Development
  • Ms. Erica

    Ms. Erica, Pre-Kindergarten

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. -Unknown

    Erica began at KinderCare late March of 2015. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree from Michigan State University in Environmental Education and is currently working on her Master's Degree in Elementary Education. She enjoys singing and reading stories with vocal variety. Ms. Erica is also very excited about gardening with the children during the warm summer months.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Erica worked at a child development center for three years.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies and Agriscience: Community Engagement and Education
  • Ms. Shaina

    Ms. Shaina, Infant

    I love being able to teach children things that they will always remember. When they finally understand something you are teaching them, their faces are priceless. These are the moments I live for.

    Ms. Shaina is a lead teacher. After graduating from Central Michigan University in May of 2012, she joined the team at KinderCare Learning Center. Her passion is teaching children and working with them every day is a dream come true.  Ms. Shaina just completed her Master's Degree in Social Work at Wayne State University.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare, Ms. Shaina spent one year as a cadet teacher for a first grade classroom and worked as a nanny for three children.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Communication Disorders
  • Ms. Carol

    Ms. Carol, Infant and Toddler Classrooms

    A child has a special way of adding joy to every day.

    After retiring from being a legal secretary for 30 years, Ms. Carol decided to try working with children, something she has always loved. Thinking it would be fun, Ms. Carol jumped in. You will find Ms. Carol blowing bubbles with the toddlers or down on the floor playing with the babies.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Carol worked for 30 years as a legal secretary.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Legal Secretary Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Helena

    Ms. Helena, Infant Classroom

    I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams! -David Vitter

    Ms. Helena has worked with children since 2001. She is married and has a son in college. Se has worked in child development centers in Maryland, Alabama and Ohio before moving to Michigan. You will often find her singing to the babies while rocking them.  Her love of gardening and needlework keep her very busy.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Helena worked as a teacher's aide in a Preschool classroom in Maryland and Alabama and a Preschool teacher in Ohio.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential in Preschool/Prekindergarten Development
  • Ms. Kristina

    Ms. Kristina, Infant Classroom

    Children's work is their play. Children learn from everything they do.

    Ms. Kristina has worked for KinderCare for over 25 years. She has worked in all of the classrooms and the kitchen. She is currently working in the Infant classroom where life is always an adventure. Each day is different as the children learn and blossom. Ms. Kristina attended Lansing Community College and Central Michigan University where she studied Elementary Education at both, majoring in Art and Geography.  You will quite frequently find Ms. Kristina doing art projects with the infants and making memories for the parents.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kristina has worked for KinderCare since 1988, working with infants through schoolagers.
    Year Started:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Our center has a security door with a keypad requiring a code for entry.  The playground is completely fenced in for added security.  The staff are certified yearly in Child and Infant CPR as well as First Aid.  At KinderCare we make the safety of your children the utmost importance.

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 was such a nervous new mom leaving my daughter at daycare when she was just 6 weeks old. All the staff in the infant room at Kindercare were incredibly compassionate and took great care of Charlotte. She continues to thrive there and her little face lights up when she sees Kindercare staff she recognizes. 

- Mother

We have had our two children in several different daycares. Most of the centers had education objectives and gave a great presentation when viewing their centers. However, education development was not taught and the centers were more a play center. We moved to East Lansing and looked into KinderCare, event though we thought it would be like the other centers we have experienced.
Instead of a play center, KinderCare has been the best. My children are comfortable here. My son only does before and after school care, and my four year old is in the prekindergarten program. My youngest has developed writing skills, understands the days of the week, learns about the weather, and animals and brings home art work and activities that she did that week.  I get a daily report everyday and I know exactly what she was doing all day.

Furthermore, the staff is very friendly with great teachers and director. The place is very clean and my children a rarely sick. Their play area outside is set up well with plenty of room. My daughter looks forward to Fridays, which are show and share, because she can bring something from home to share with her classmates and teachers. The meals are well-rounded with a good variety. Everything has been great; I highly recommend this center.

- Mother

Our daughter has been at East Lansing KinderCare since she was about eight-months-old. She has excellent experiences in both the Toddler and Infant programs! Unfortunately our little one has some unusual allergies and has also had to have routine breathing treatments. The Center Director and her teachers have always paid special attention to these issues, consulted with us, and made us feel very welcome with our special medical requests. The language our child brings home is astounding to us. She also learned great social skills already as a two-year-old! The teachers are caring, creative, fun and loving, yet firm in enforcing rules and safety precautions. My daughter absolutely loves to go to "school" at KinderCare. We love the safe, educational, nurturing, creative and inspiring environment and all of her teachers, and she loves exploring, practicing new skills and the fun! I am a former teacher and really have high standards about the educational aspect of care and would recommend this facility 100+% in that regard. Couple that with the wonderful people and personalities that are her teachers, the organization of the center, the special events including picture day, parent/teacher conferences, holiday events, nature hikes, water day each week in the summer, and more and we are very, very happy!

- Mother

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