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DeCamp Avenue KinderCare

Rhonda Green, Center Director

2610 DeCamp Ave. Elkhart IN 46517
(574) 293-9132 Contact this center

Ages: 2 YEAR-OLDS to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We are able to offer transportation to several area schools. We are currently transporting to: Hawthorne Elem, Roosevelt Elem, Monger Elem, Mary Beck, Riverview Elem, Concord East Side, Concord West Side, Concord South Side, Concord Oxbow and Concord Intermediate School.

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Welcome

Welcome to our DeCamp Avenue KinderCare Learning Center! We are located just off of Hively Avenue, near Pierre Moran Mall. Walking in our front door you will immediately feel welcomed by our friendly staff and cozy environment. Each of our classrooms are designed to foster your child’s individual growth, including their social and cognitive development. Our most important focus each day is to provide wonderful learning opportunities for your child in a safe and nurturing environment.

Rhonda Green, Center Director

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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

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

Cooking

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.

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.

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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

Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center, Elkhart's premier early learning program. We provide a high quality educational environment to your child through enriched daily activities, safe classroom environments, and quality staff members. As a staff we are dedicated to both the education and the safety of your child. If you at any point have any questions for us, feel free to speak to any staff member. We are privileged and honored that you have chosen our establishment for your child.

  • Rhonda Green

    Rhonda Green, Center Director

    The best gift life gives us is to work hard at work worth doing.

    Originally from Canada, Rhonda grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario and completed her Bachelor's Degree in Intermediate and Senior Eduction at Lakehead University. After moving to Elkhart, Indiana, Rhonda began working as a Preschool Teacher / Assistant Director at Children's Discovery Center, now known as KinderCare Learning Center. Rhonda has worked in many positions, from teacher to bus driver and has most recently been a Center Director at our Elkhart  location for the past four years. Rhonda enjoys working with children and their families, and she is passionate about giving every child the opportunity to grow and learn in a safe yet fun environment.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Rhonda taught middle school grade on a Native Reservation in Northern Ontario, Canada
    Year Started:
    6/8/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education and English
  • Ms. Helen

    Ms. Helen, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Helen has been our amazing Discovery Preschool teacher for many years. She thoroughly enjoys working with this age group and is excited to see the children learn new things and master new skills. Ms. Helen is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment for the children in her class. She has developed a very consistent routine that allows the children to develop independence and self-help skills. Ms. Helen enjoys music, as well as spending time with family and friends.

    Year Started:
    8/21/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Miesha

    Ms. Miesha, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Miesha is a busy mother of five wonderful children, all of whom have attended our Elkhart KinderCare over the past fourteen years. Ms. Miesha has worked with every age group in our program and is currently teaching in our Early Foundations Preschool Class.  She is an artistic and very creative teacher. Ms. Miesha enjoys doing hands-on activities with her class, especially art and cooking projects.

    Year Started:
    10/22/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    College Credits in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Vicki

    Ms. Vicki, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Vicki is our fabulous Preschool Teacher. She is dedicated to providing a fun and inviting classroom environment where children have a wide variety of learning opportunities every day. She has also worked with other age groups in the past and has a wealth of experience to share with the children and families in her class. Ms. Vicki enjoys reading and gardening in her spare time, and shares her excitement about those things with her class.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Ms. Vicki provided child care services in her home for several years.
    Year Started:
    11/6/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Erica

    Ms. Erica, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Erica is one of our newer staff members and she is very excited to have the opportunity to have a positive impact on children each day. She enjoys working with her class every day and loves to watch the children when they are excited to learn something new for the first time. Ms. Erica is an avid runner, tennis player and also enjoys horseback riding.

    Year Started:
    2/13/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Taryn

    Ms. Taryn, School Age Classroom (Catch the Wave)

    Ms. Taryn has been a teacher at our KinderCare since she graduated high school. She has worked with all age groups and is currently working with our School Age class. Ms. Taryn strives to provide an educational program that allows children to relax and have fun.

    Year Started:
    1/13/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    College Credits in Early Childhood Education

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

  • French

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

Our Elkhart KinderCare is dedicated to the health and safety of your child.  Our staff are CPR and First Aid certified and participate in annual re-training. We also complete annual training in Universal Precautions.  We have a comprehensive emergency plan which includes monthly fire and storm drills.  Upon arriving at our school, you will notice that our front entrance is restricted by a security keypad.  Only staff and enrolled families can enter using the security code.

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.

When my daughter was turning 2, I looked for quality child care that we both would be comfortable with.  At KinderCare we found much more.  I look back over the past several years and it is easy to see how much KinderCare is a part of my family's lives.  The staff has always done a wonderful job with the needs of my children, but it is the above and beyond that has kept us here.  From the comforting of ouchies, potty training help, preparing for Kindergarten and learning responsibility, we are simply grateful.

As time passes and some faces have changed, the one thing that has remained the same is the quality of staff at this fantastic facility.  Your kindness, warmth and structure are greatly appreciated!

- Mother
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