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Eau Claire KinderCare

Christine Yach, Center Director

2115 Fairfax St. Eau Claire WI 54701
(715) 832-8099 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Meadow Veiw, Robbins, Flynn, Altoona Pederson, Putnum, Manz, Lakeshore and St. Mary's


Welcome to Fairfax KinderCare Learning Center in Eau Claire (serving families in Eau Claire, Altoona, Menomonie, and the surrounding Chippewa Valley. We are excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at the Eau Claire KinderCare, we take great joy and pride in knowing how important we are to your child's development. We feel that it truly does take a community to raise a child and we are honored that so many families in the Chippewa Valley utilize us to meet their child care (preschool) needs. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support and direction from a team of early childhood experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Christine Yach, 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.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at the Eau Claire KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. We have many long term staff that provide the children with the consistency and dedication that they deserve. The majority of our teachers have their Child Development Associate's credential, Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. We all believe in continuing education and we support our teachers growth within the education field. Many of our teachers are continuing their education in the field that they are so dedicated to early childhood.

  • Christine Yach

    Christine Yach, Center Director

    Chrissy has experience as a teacher, program specialist, and assistant director with KinderCare Learning Center. Currently, she enjoys working with all the wonderful staff, children and families on a daily basis. She looks at every day as a new page in the lives of children and she looks forward to telling the best story about every child and family at the center. Chrissy was born and raised in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She graduated from SPASH (the largest high school in the state of Wisconsin). From there, she attended MSTC in Wisconsin Rapids where she graduated with her Associate's Degree in early childhood. Chrissy wanted to further her education so she attended UW-Stout where she got her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Christine worked as an assistant teacher for five years.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Rachel Phelps

    Rachel Phelps, Assistant Director

    Rachel grew up on dairy farm in Cadott, Wisconsin. She graduated from Fall Creek High School and furthered her education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She pursued a career in Human Development and Family Studies so she could work with both children and their families. Rachel has experience as a lead teacher and currently is the Assistant Director. The best part of Rachel’s job is doing tours and enrolling new families and showing them what KinderCare has to offer their families. Rachel believes that she has the best job in the world because she gets to bring her children to work with her everyday.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Donna has many years of experience as an infant teacher and toddler teacher. She has been working at KinderCare Learning Center for almost 14 years. She enjoys working with the families and watching the children grow. Ms. Donna was born and raised in Durand, Wisconsin. She graduated from Durand High School and continued her education at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where she obtained her Child Care Services Degree.

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Child Care Services Degree
  • Ms. Samantha

    Ms. Samantha, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Samantha has experience as a teacher with KinderCare Learning Center. Currently, she enjoys working with the children and loves to watch them grow every day. She loves to teach the children and see the results of their learning. Ms. Samantha grew up in Stoughton, Wisconsin. She graduated from Stoughton High School. From there, she attended MATC in Madison where she graduated with her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. Samantha furthered her education at UW-Eau Claire where she got her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She focused her educational career on both children and adults, taking many classes related to behaviors. She volunteered at Jumpstart, a program to help children read and help in a classroom. She also worked part-time at the university daycare center.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare, Ms. Samantha worked as an assistant teacher, Jumpstart buddy, Afterschool teacher and a camp counselor.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Sherri

    Ms. Sherri, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Sherri has been a member of the KinderCare team since 2011. Ms. Sherri has experience working as a toddler teacher. She graduated from Amery High School in Wisconsin. Currently, Ms. Sherri is working on earning her Child Development Associate degree. Ms. Sherri loves coming to work every day being greeted by the children’s beautiful smiles, hugs, and hellos! Ms. Sherri is motivated by each and every child and their eagerness to learn. Her hope is to make a difference and help create a bright start for the lives she comes into contact with! When Ms. Sherri isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with her nephew, family, friends, and pets.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's (CDA) Credential
  • Ms. Addie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love the energy and motivation the children bring to the classroom. Their excitement of wanting to learn is a reason why I love to teach children!

    Ms. Addie started at KinderCare as a support staff member in October of 2013. She worked within all the classrooms throughout the center before taking over as the lead teacher in the Transition classroom. Ms. Addie grew up in Lake City, Minneapolis and graduated from Lincoln High School. She then went on to pursue an education degree at Winona State University where she graduated with two Bachelor's Degrees in Education: Physical Education and Health Education with a minor in Developmental Adapted Physical Education. Something Ms. Addie likes to do in her classroom is to try and incorporate her physical and health education knowledge into her everyday teachings.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Addie worked as a student teacher at Winona State University.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education: Physical Education and Health Education, with a Minor in Developmental Adapted Physical Education
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Ashley has been working with children of all ages for many years. Currently, she enjoys building relationships with the children and getting to know their families. She looks forward to what each day brings. It’s always full of surprises and opportunities for creating memories. Ms. Ashley’s biggest fulfillment as a teacher is watching the children reach new milestones and fulfill their full potential. Ms. Ashley was raised in the small town of Birchwood, Wisconsin. From there, she graduated from UW-Green Bay with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. McKenzie

    Ms. McKenzie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way the child can learn." - Dr. Ivar Lovaas

    Ms. McKenzie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in May of 2013 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She began her employment with KinderCare in January of 2013 working as an assistant teacher. Since graduation, Ms. McKenzie has moved into the Discovery Preschool Classroom as the lead teacher.  She loves coming to work every day and seeing the children's bright faces. She loves how the children are always eager to learn. Ms. McKenzie enjoys when she has the opportunity to see the children reach milestones and grow. She likes to have the children actively involved and doing hands on activities to enrich their learning. Ms. McKenzie was born in Bakersfield, California, but grew up and currently lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with friends and family, play board games, and watch movies.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. McKenzie worked as a student teacher at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a Minor in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Betsy

    Ms. Betsy, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Betsy has experience with many different age groups. She started at KinderCare Learning Center in November 2012 as a support staff. She then worked with Preschool A before becoming the lead teacher in our Preschool B classroom. Ms. Betsy loves working with children and being able to watch them grow. Ms. Betsy was born in Stevens Point, WI. She lived in Almond, Siren, Potosi, and Eau Claire, WI. She graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Library Science. She worked at the Shawano Library as the Children’s and Young Adult Librarian before moving to Eau Claire.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology; Pursuing Master's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Natalie

    Ms. Natalie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Natalie is our prekindergarten teacher. She joined KinderCare in November 2012 after being a prekindergarten teacher in River Falls, Wisconsin. Ms. Natalie currently lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin with her boyfriend and her dog, Copper. She enjoys doing outdoor activities and spending time with her family and friends. Ms. Natalie grew up in the central Wisconsin town of Wisconsin Rapids and she graduated from the High School there in 2005. She pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Print Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and she graduated in 2009. After some soul searching, Ms. Natalie realized how much joy she found in teaching and decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Print Journalism; Pursuing Master's Degree in Elementary Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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
  • AM Snack
  • 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

KinderCare Learning Center offers all the children a safe and secure environment. Our building is secured with a entry code that is given to all the families when they enroll. We have a fenced in playground area and we exceed all licensing safety requirements. Our team members are all certified in CPR and First Aid.

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 clearly remember the day we chose to take our son, Ethan, to KinderCare over five years ago. We were so impressed with the facility, the kindness of the teachers, the secure environment and the structured programs. Ethan loves going to KinderCare and he has loved each one of his teachers throughout the years. Ethan starts every day off with familiar faces and we have grown to think of KinderCare as an extension of our family. You are all very special to our family and we are thankful that our son has become special to you!

- Parents

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