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Fenton KinderCare

Ms. Julie Pulley, Center Director

1481 Hawkins Rd. Fenton MO 63026
(636) 225-5564 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
San Luis Trails at Hawkins and Pierdas Parkway

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bowles, Stanton, Kellison, Uthoff Valley, Murphy, Brennan Woods, High Ridge; George Guffey, Sacred Heart Catholic, Our Savior Lutheran, St. Paul

Welcome

Welcome to Fenton KinderCare. We are proud to be a NAEYC accredited school and would love to have you come to see our classrooms and meet our teachers. Our teachers have over 150 years of teaching experience combined, and our school has a certified teacher in every classroom. All of our teachers have unique qualities that make them and their classrooms amazing! Whether your child is an infant, exploring water for the first time, learning to sit up, or in our Prekindergarten class learning to read or add simple numbers, our Early Foundations curriculum provides learning experiences that start the moment children join our center. Beginning in the Infant Classrooms, our Early Foundations curriculum focuses on language and literacy development, executive-function skills, social and emotional development, physical development and wellness, cognitive development, and creative expression, all of which prepare your child for the next step….and the next…and the next. We mix art exploration, music experiences, indoor games, and outdoor games into our daily curriculum so that learning becomes the natural outcome of play!

Ms. Julie Pulley, 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.

Monthly Activities

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to the Fenton KinderCare! Our experienced staff has over 150 years of combined experience, with a teacher in every classroom who has a degree in education or an associate credential. Our teachers look forward to meeting you and your family and showing you all that they are learning and experiencing in their classrooms.

  • Ms. Julie Pulley

    Ms. Julie Pulley, Center Director

    I love working with our children every day because they have so much to share. Every day is new for a child and they make every day new for me, too. This is a special gift that children bring to us and I am honored that children trust me with these special details about their lives. You can see children's eyes light up when they know that you have really heard them and this is just the beginning of the teaching/learning relationship.

    Ms. Julie became interested in education while she was a student at the University of Missouri in Columbia, working in the child development lab schools. She changed her major to elementary education and graduated in 1986. She began working at our KinderCare in Columbia shortly after receiving her degree. Ms. Julie achieved National Accreditation (NAEYC) in her centers since 1994.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Julie has been a Discovery Preschool Teacher, a Program Specialist, and Center Director since she joined KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    7/17/1987
    Tenure:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Rebecca Schade

    Ms. Rebecca Schade, Assistant Director

    I love the conversations I get to have with the children, no matter how old they are. You never know what topic they will want to discuss next. It is a privilege to be able to participate in such a critical learning stage of the children's lives.

    Ms. Rebecca has worked at KinderCare since August 28, 2006 and comes to us with a degree in elementary education. She has worked at various centers during her time with KinderCare and has many roles in those centers. In her classroom, you almost forget that you are learning because the children and engaged and having so much fun.  One thing about her you will notice is that she's not afraid to get messy or let the children get messy.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rebecca has experience teaching fifth and sixth grade.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Parts by Tedd Arnold

    Year Started:
    8/28/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Shauna

    Ms. Shauna, Infant Classroom

    "The infants are such a fun age to work with because they keep every day interesting, It is so rewarding to watch them grow and see all the new things they are learning each day.

    Ms. Shauna has been at KinderCare since October of 2000. After graduating high school, she obtained her associate's degree in elementary education. She also taken courses toward a special education degree at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. Ms. Shauna has taught each age group, spending six years in the Infant Classroom. She has two children who attended KinderCare from infancy through school age. She is also a licensed foster parent and has had various foster children who attend or have attended the center. Ms. Shauna is currently serving as a Health and Safety Coordinator for her building.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Joyce Hooker, Infant Classroom

    I love knowing that I played a key role in the education of young children. There is no better feeling than to watch the growth of a child!

    Ms. Joyce has been with KinderCare since April 2002. Since joining KinderCare, Ms. Joyce has worked in the Toddler and Infant Classrooms. She always has a fun activity planned, and isn't afraid of letting little ones explore in sensory areas. Ms. Joyce is always thinking out of the box for a new idea or way to do an activity with children.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2002
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Associate's Degree in Health Science
  • Ms. Rachael Schlipmann

    Ms. Rachael Schlipmann, Infant Classroom

    I love teaching because every day is different. I want to make a difference in the world and leave it a better place, and the best way I can do that is to teach the next generation to be kind, to try new things, to learn as much as they can, and to teach them to leave the world a better place.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh,  The Thinks You Can Think! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    2/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance
  • Ms. Dawn, Infant / Toddler Classrooms

    Children are our future. I love to nurture and teach them to be their best!

    While teaching in a classroom, Ms. Dawn enjoys blessing children with smiles and laughter. She has recently received her associate credential with a focus in infant and toddlers.  

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    6/10/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Hannah, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy working with every age group, especially the two- and three-year-olds. You never really know what they'll say or do next, but you do know that you're helping shape who they are.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

    Year Started:
    10/4/2016
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Applied Science
  • Ms. Meri

    Ms. Meri, Preschool Classroom

    "Every day I have the luxury of witnessing children develop their own personality and grow into their own person. There isn't a better feeling than that.

    Ms. Meri worked for KinderCare from 1999 to 2001. It was here that opened the door to what she wanted to do in life--work with children. In October 2013, Ms. Meri returned, realizing this is where she wants to be. She makes a point to involve music and singing in the children's everyday activities, and to make each and every learning experience full of energy and fun!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Meri spent over 14 years working with children in a variety of capacities.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Melissa has been with KinderCare since 2001, teaching in the Prekindergarten and Toddler Classrooms. She has taught in the Discovery Preschool Classroom since 2010. Ms. Melissa has a son, Ryan, who now attends the School-Age program, and has attended since infancy. Her favorite activity is reading to the children, and after a while they begin to recognize favorites and retell the stories.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2001
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Sheryl

    Ms. Sheryl, Preschool / Prekindergarten Classrooms

    I like making sure children get a fair start in creativity, expression, and respect. I love the things children this age will say.

    Ms. Sheryl has been with KinderCare since May of 1992. Previously, she attended Meramec Community College to study advertising and directed an in-home family child care center for three years. She decided to work for KinderCare not just as a career for herself, but to enroll her son Robbie (age three), and begin his formal education. Ms. Sheryl made this her life commitment to help children with their dreams. Ms. Sheryl makes each child's education her top priority. She still finds time in the lessons to let children enjoy special times like sharing books and other items for show and tell. She also enjoys planning fun parties for her class.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Sheryl worked at in-home daycare center for three years.
    Year Started:
    5/29/1992
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Advertising
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Children are like sponges. Make sure you are giving them something to absorb every day!

    Ms. Susan has been with KinderCare since August of 1990. She has many years of experience in the early childhood education field, and has taken early childhood courses at Meramec College. In her classroom, you can see Ms. Susan getting her kids ready for kindergarten. She works with them on letter recognition, letter sounds, and sight words. She also focuses on math skills such as counting, adding, and sorting. Ms. Susan engages the children in beginning Spanish work as well. She loves acting out stories and going on a "bear hunt"! She enjoys the hugs and smiles she receives from the children each day.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Spooky Wheels on the Bus by J. Elizabeth Mills

    Year Started:
    8/20/1990
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
  • Ms. Sherri

    Ms. Sherri, Chef / Bus Driver

    I enjoy seeing the look on the children's faces when they have learned something new.

    Ms. Sherri chose to start her early childhood education journey in 1985 when her daughter was nine months old, because she was able to bring her to work with her. Her love for teaching children grew over the years and she has been dedicated to the field ever since. Ms. Sherri loves to provide many learning experiences for children, including arts and crafts, and chances to explore their senses and imagination.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sherri has worked with children ages six weeks to twelve years since 1995. She also has nine years of Director experience.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28
    Education:
    Director's Certification

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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

  • American Sign Language
  • French
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Our Centers observe the following holidays:

 New Year's Day
 Presidents' Day (Professional Development Day for staff)
 Memorial Day
 Independence Day
 Labor Day
 Columbus Day (Professional Development Day for staff)
 Thanksgiving
 Day After Thanksgiving
 Christmas Day
 
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, you should check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

We understand that your child’s health and safety is of the utmost importance, which is why it is our top priority! We are dedicated to providing a safe, healthy, and clean environment for you and your family. The center has two dedicated Health and Safety Coordinators who oversee all state and KinderCare health regulations and cleaning procedures. All center staff members are trained in First Aid and CPR. The center office is located in the front of the building and secured access to the building is provided through use of a keypad entry system. The building and playground are completely fenced in, with access only from the inside of the building. Our teachers take name-to-face attendance every 30 minutes to ensure all children are accounted for at all times. Only authorized individuals are allowed to take children out of the center and are required to have photo identification. Rest assured, we take the safety of the children in our care very seriously and provide a healthy and safe learning environment.

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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KinderCare in Fenton has been wonderful for us. Our son has Sensory Processing Disorder, which causes him to be a "handful" at times. We started KinderCare in March of 2013 and it has truly been a blessing. The consistency at KinderCare is awesome. There is no turnover there like at the previous daycare we were at. Our son is now in the three-year-old room with Ms. Sheryl, and I cannot say enough good things about her. She is truly dedicated to being there for the children no matter what. She and Julie, the Director, have really worked with us and with our son, trying different techniques in dealing with him. They even allowed us to have a specialist come and observe him, and provide them with different ideas on what would work for him. Ms. Sheryl has been so instrumental in working with us that I feel he would not be doing as well as is he is without all the hard work and dedication she has put in. Thank you!

- Parents

Our family has been coming to Fenton KinderCare for over five years. Both of our boys, ages five and three and a half, have called KinderCare their school since they were three months old. We have been very satisfied with our boys' education and care over the years. We have been very happy with the long-tenured core group of teachers that truly care about the children in their charge. They have always been professional and loving. As each of my boys have progressed through their classes, I can always count on an experienced teacher to not only provide quality care for my child, but give me honest feedback on how he is doing with development, behavior, etc. The extracurricular activities and classes for the boys have been great as well. Our oldest is in Phonics with Ms. Colleen and has really made huge strides in this area. Other class offerings, such as cooking classes, are a favorite of my boys. I also am very appreciative of the focus on the Spanish language and they regularly learn and recite Spanish words. We also have been impressed with the Director, Julie. She has provided advice on multiple occasions when asked regarding behavior or other concerns with our boys. She provides guidance on how situations are being handled at school so we can mirror at home if necessary. It feels like a lifetime ago that we made the decision to bring our boys to KinderCare. We honestly ended up choosing KinderCare due to Julie’s kind and caring demeanor and the long tenure of the staff. While making the decision to send your child to a daycare is a difficult and personal decision, we have never regretted it for one second. Even now as our oldest prepares to attend kindergarten, I am confident that he has gained the fundamental skills and education needed for him to be successful. I know that our youngest will be just as prepared as well.

- Mother

Our eight month old daughter is enrolled at the Fenton KinderCare Center.  My husband and I are so pleased and so appreciative of everything the Director, Assistant Director and teachers do for our baby girl on a daily basis.  She is genuinely cared for and treated as if she is their own. The communication, care and extra time that the staff provides makes each family feel that their child is special.  It is because of this center, we have seen such a positive transformation in our baby and we couldn't be more grateful!  

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