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Hales Corners KinderCare

Ms. Theresa Castronovo, Center Director

6350 South 108thSt/Hwy 100 Franklin WI 53132
(414) 425-9330 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hales Corners, Edgerton, Country Dale, Ben Franklin, Robinwood, St. Mary Parish, St. Alphonsus

Welcome

Welcome to the Hales Corners KinderCare Learning Center located in Franklin, Wisconsin! We are proud to be accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), as well as maintain a 5-star rating through the state of Wisconsin's YoungStar program! Please call us to set up a time to visit our center, meet our wonderful teachers, and see how everything we do is designed for learning!

Ms. Theresa Castronovo, 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.

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

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.

Garden Adventures

Teachers & Staff

Our teaching staff is made up of early childhood educators who participate in ongoing professional development. All of our teachers are required to have current training in SIDS, Shaken Baby Syndrome, CPR, First Aid, and Child Abuse and Neglect.

  • Ms. Theresa Castronovo

    Ms. Theresa Castronovo, Center Director

    Ms. Theresa began her early childhood education career at Marquette University in 2004. During her college years, she completed her field work at MPS schools throughout Milwaukee. For a brief time after graduation, she was a subsitute teacher for the Cudahy School District. Ms. Theresa started with KinderCare in Dec. 2009 as the Prekindergarten Teacher. As a teacher, she mentored new teachers and assumed the Health and Safety role. She quickly rose to Program Specialist and Assistant Director at her center. Ms. Theresa has over five years of management experience at several different KinderCare locations. Most recently, she is the Center Director at the HWY 100 KinderCare in Franklin.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Theresa has worked as a Prekindergarten Teacher, Program Specialist, Assistant Director, and has mentored new teachers and assumed the Health and Safety role.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    12/14/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in English; Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Marria Rusch, Assistant Director

    Ms. Marria started with KinderCare in August 2008 as an assistant teacher.  While pursuing her bachelor's degree in education, Ms. Marria helped other teachers grow in their classrooms and worked with parents to make them feel at home at the St. Francis KinderCare center. In 2015, Marria became a Program Specialist and filled in at centers where their Assistant Directors were on maternity leave. Having gained experience at those centers, she has started her new role as Assistant Director at the Franklin KinderCare center.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marria joined KinderCare in August 2008, while gaining experience at UWM.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    8/18/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Christina, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Christina has only taught with us for a short time, but her influence has been extraordinary. Within her first week, she made such a significant impact on the parents that they were stopping to comment on their admiration for her. She has such a calming presence in the classroom, and takes the time to get to know each child individually to ensure that she can accommodate everything he or she needs. 

    Previous Experience:
    Previously, Ms. Christina has been a nanny for several families. While she loved the children as her own, she longed to teach at a learning center.
    Year Started:
    11/7/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Sociology; Infant & Toddler Certification
  • Ms. Ashley, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Ashley has worked for KinderCare since 2013. Ms. Ashley has created lasting relationships with the children and families in our center. Her gentle approach gives the Infant Classroom a calm environment where babies can learn and grow. Ms. Ashley enjoys watching the children accomplish each milestone in their early lives.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley joined our KinderCare family with four years of experience in an early education setting.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

    Year Started:
    4/22/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Melissa, Infant Classroom

  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Jessica has worked for KinderCare since 2014. She has built strong relationships with all the families in our center through her open communication and the love and affection she gives to each of the little ones. Ms. Jessica is dedicated to the children and families of our center, and will be here for many years to come. Most recently, she has accepted the role of Service Values Champion. In doing so, she plans all the special events for our center, including a family fun night each month where families can come together. Ms. Jessica can be credited with the relationships families have built with one another. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jessica has ten years of experience teaching in an early education classroom. She joined KinderCare in March of 2014 as the Preschool Teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Amelia Bedelia by Peggy and Herman Parish

    Year Started:
    3/10/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Infant & Toddler Certification
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Sara is an essential member of our KinderCare team. Her passion for the children in her classroom and their education is evident through her enhancements. The children learn through their senses, and Ms. Sara isn't afraid to make a mess! 

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Sara taught young children at another child care facility. She joined the KinderCare team because she believed in our mission to educate the whole child.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

    Year Started:
    9/15/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Rachel, Toddler Classroom

  • Ms. Brittany, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    8/10/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Infant & Toddler Certification
  • Ms. Guadalupe, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    11/7/2016
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Lynn

    Ms. Lynn, Preschool Classroom

    I am a teacher. It is who I am. It's my passion, my calling, and my world.

    Ms. Lynn recently joined our KinderCare team. She is essential to our center. Her spunk and creativity are contagious in the classroom. The children thrive on her enthusiasm and enjoy learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lynn recently joined our KinderCare team. She comes with years of experience teaching children at a non-profit organization.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin

    Year Started:
    9/21/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Sedera, Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Ann, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Ann recently started with us here at KinderCare. Children are her passion, and she aspires to be a lifetime educator. Ms. Ann has quickly made a positive impact on the students in her classroom. She's not afraid to get down on their level, and get a little messy. She prides herself on being a child at heart. 

    Previous Experience:
    Previously, she taught for the Franklin School District in their wraparound program.
    Year Started:
    11/7/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Jenny recently joined our KinderCare team. She is excited for the upcoming summer! She plans to incorporate a Lego Camp, kickball league, and so much more!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jenny gained experience teaching children in Milwaukee during her field work at UWM. She has taught children of all different ages and ability levels.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Suess

    Year Started:
    3/21/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education; WI DPI Teaching License
  • Mrs. Monica, Prekindergarten Classroom

  • Ms. Leah, School Age Classroom

    Year Started:
    6/6/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Jenna, Support Staff

    Year Started:
    11/7/2016
  • Ms. Alyssa

    Ms. Alyssa, Support Staff

    Ms. Alyssa has been with KinderCare since March of 2015. She will be attending Marquette University in the fall. She is excited to begin her education career. Ms. Alyssa will return to KinderCare, in the summer. She loves singing songs and reading books with the children.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    3/3/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Nicki

    Ms. Nicki, Support Staff

    Ms. Nicki started at the Franklin KinderCare in May 2015 and previously worked at our Greenfield center. She enjoys seeing the children learn new things and see their curiosity to learn about the world around them.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nicki previously worked at the KinderCare in Greenfield. She has also gained experience working with children while she taught swim lessons at a swimming camp.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Assistant Teacher Certification

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

We are dedicated to providing every child with a quality early childhood education experience in a nurturing setting that fosters creativity. We provide daily opportunities for the children to learn about the world around them in a safe and secure environment. It is important to us to provide daily communication with our families to build a meaningful and lasting relationship. We look forward to having you join our KinderCare family!
  

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • German

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

Our center is closed for the following holidays:
 New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
 We also close early on Christmas Eve Day.

Health and Safety

We have a safe and secure building that requires all individuals to enter a code at the door for admittance. We encourage families to keep the code private and to have any authorized individuals ring the doorbell so that we can check their ID and ensure they have permission to pick up. We have a large play yard that is fenced and divided so that the younger and older children play separately in areas that are developmentally appropriate and safe. We take great pride in having a clean and sanitary environment for children to play and learn.

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 wanted to express my gratitude for KinderCare. Today I had to leave work early and take my grandmother to the hospital. While I was there, I could focus on helping my grandma because I knew my kids were in good hands. When I rushed back get my kids, they did not notice it was beyond their usual pick-up time--they were engaged with their peers, I got a hug from one of the teachers after she asked how things were going, and Kayla had made a soup in cooking class that was hot and ready to go home. I consider it a blessing that my kids can be valued socially and have academic rigor at KinderCare, but also I want to recognize the difference that this center's staff truly makes--my family and I are so thankful to have them in our daily lives. Theresa, thank you for your leadership at KinderCare, as I have seen a positive impact on the staff and environment since you have become the Director.

- Mom

My son attends KinderCare at Franklin/Hales Corners, WI center. We love it there! All of the staff are wonderful and welcoming to kids and parents. My son has some severe food allergies. He is a toddler and puts everything in his mouth, so we worry about him getting into something that could literally kill him. The KinderCare staff are so good with him and keep him safe. They are always thinking about his allergies when they do new projects or activities, and call me at exactly the moments I would want them to to ask if something is okay for him to touch (which really means, he'll put it in his mouth). They have adapted their curriculum so that my son can participate whenever possible – they have made me cry many times knowing that he can be with his friends. I know that his teachers truly love and care for him. It makes me feel so good knowing that he's safe and loved when I'm not with him. The Director and staff really deserve some recognition for going above and beyond. 

- Mom

My children were ages four and two when they began daycare. Previously they were cared for exclusively by family, so as a mother, I was nervous leaving them for the first time with strangers. The staff eased all of my concerns right from the start. All of the teachers were and continue to be warm and caring toward myself and my children. They always greet us with a smile in the morning and welcome my children into their classrooms. I have a very open relationship with their teachers and always know what has gone on during the day, both good and bad. I feel comfortable talking to the teachers about any topic and know that they are genuinely interested in what happens in my child's life. The staff and teachers have helped with potty training, eating concerns (including a special diet), and transitioning into school. My children have grown to love going to daycare and look forward to "daycare days." They talk about all the fun activities they do, friends they've made, and their teachers. I know that when I drop them off they are being cared for just as I would. As a mom, it's a great feeling knowing the teachers and staff will not only keep my children safe, but are truly invested in their lives. Thank you for everything you do, Hales Corners KinderCare!

- Mother

Honestly, we cannot say enough good things about how well the staff and all the teachers take care of my daughter. They do such a good job answering all of our questions and making us feel comfortable. I tell all my friends and family what a great daycare we have!

- Mother

Entrusting your children to someone else is always difficult, but Hales Corners KinderCare has made it easy. The teachers are warm, friendly, and honest. They listen to your needs or concerns. Being a pediatric nurse, I am very critical of others when taking care of the medical needs of children. I have always been impressed with the communication and consistency of fantastic care this staff provides.

- Mother

My granddaughter currently attends KinderCare Hales Corners during off-school days and breaks. Their curriculum keeps her engaged and eager to go to daycare! Not to mention they offer great field trips to keep her active, but also bring fun activities to center. My granddaughter has attended other centers over the years, but this one is by far the best! The director and staff are amazing! Thank you so much for keeping her safe and happy! 

- Grandmother
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