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Green Bay East KinderCare

Jessica Watermolen, Center Director

2280 Finger Rd. Green Bay WI 54302
(920) 465-7900 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEARS
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Special Instructions:
W of Hwy 41 across from East Towne Mall

Neighborhood:
Green Bay, Wisconsin Metropolitan Neighborhood

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Baird, Martin, Sullivan, Wilder, St. Bernard's, Danz, Eisenhower, Howe, St. Phillips

We are proud of the positive difference we make every day for the children in our community through our exceptional early childhood education programs and expert care. Our dedication to quality has earned accreditation from both the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the state’s coveted YoungStar 5-star rating.

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Welcome

The staff at Green Bay East KinderCare have an average tenure of over eight years. This is a smaller center, with a warm and inviting atmosphere throughout the building. Our focus here is always on the child and building relationships with the family. We have a staff of dedicated professionals who have a passion for teaching children the skills they need to succeed in school, and to love learning.

Jessica Watermolen, 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

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.

Teachers & Staff

The staff at Green Bay East KinderCare are caring and compassionate with children and families. We extend the learning curriculum by adding their own enhancement activities to their programs weekly. Two of our staff members are bilingual (Spanish) and the low rate of turnover at this center promotes reliable and consistent care for the children in each room.

  • Jessica Watermolen

    Jessica Watermolen, Center Director

    Knowing that I made the difference in the life of a child is the greatest feeling in the world.

    Jessica started at this center in September of 2008. She began as a Discovery Preschool (two-year-old children) teacher, also assisting as a bookkeeper and Learning Adventures teacher. After two years, she left the center to work for the National Support Center, processing subsidy. In August of 2012 she has found her way back to the center to be the Center Director. Along with a busy work life, she has a nine-year-old son who provides her with a busy home life as well. Jessica enjoys being in the classrooms everyday working with the children and teachers. In addition, she promotes an open-door policy and invites parents and children to stop in anytime.

    Previous Experience:
    Jessica was 2-year-old teacher for ten years, and Evening Care Supervisor for two years, and Subsidy Tuition Coordinator for two years.
    Year Started:
    9/8/2008
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Music; Wisconsin Registry Infant/Toddler Credential; Wisconsin Registry Administrative Credential
  • Tonya Konkle

    Tonya Konkle, Assistant Director

    Tonya has been with KinderCare since August of 2007. She is almost finished with Bachelors Degree in Human Development. She is also certified to drive the bus and is CPR and First Aid certified. Tonya started at our center as a School-Age teacher. She then worked for a while as the transition teacher before going back to the School-Age room. Tonya is presently the Assistant Dirctor. She loves coming to work everyday knowing that she is making a positive difference in so many children's lives.

    Previous Experience:
    School Age Teacher and Toddler Teacher
    Year Started:
    8/9/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree with Human Development Major and Psychology Minor; CPR and First Aid Certified; Driver Certification
  • Ms. Gina

    Ms. Gina, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Gina has been working for KinderCare since September and is really enjoying it. Prior to working at KinderCare she worked for another child care center. She has two children. The thing that she likes the most about working here is the awesome co-workers and playing with the kids and seeing their smiling faces.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Lynne

    Ms. Lynne, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Lynne has been with KinderCare for three years. She worked with the infants which are enjoyable and loveable. They are all so special along with the other children. This is a job she really enjoys; being with the children and seeing their personalities. Ms. Lynne also has one son, a daughter-in-law and two beautiful granddaughters.

    Previous Experience:
    Before Ms. Lynne worked for KinderCare she worked as a Preschool teacher aide for four and five year old's.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2009
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Linda feels a strong emotional attachment to her children and their families; it is the relationship that matters the most to her. Whenever you enter Ms. Linda's classroom there is always music and movement. She loves to see the children smile as she sings songs and move their little bodies to the beat of the music. She knows learning and fun go hand in hand.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Linda worked with abused and neglected children.
    Year Started:
    10/1/1992
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Social Work
  • Ms. Brenda

    Ms. Brenda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love teaching new things.

    Ms. Brenda began working with KinderCare in 1986 in Illinois. She started off in the preschool room and has transitioned to Discovery Preschool. She enjoys making goop and play-dough, and painting with the children.

    Year Started:
    9/1/1986
    Tenure:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood One and Two
  • Ms. Kesha

    Ms. Kesha, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kesha is the teacher in the Discovery Preschool classroom. The thing she loves most about teaching is helping the kids learn new things and watching them enjoy learning. The children truly inspire her to come to work everyday!

    Year Started:
    3/1/1998
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Early Childhood 1 and 2
  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love my job because everyday is a clean slate. We have a fun-filled day of group times and small group time.

    Ms. Tammy loves the program at KinderCare has. The program has units (themes) for fall, winter and spring that will help your child get ready for Kindergarten. We have awesome small-group times and materials to go along with each unit. Ms. Tammy feels that writing is very important, so she added two writing times into the program. She also goes to the library to choose books for the unit and the letter of the week.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1994
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Diploma in Child Day Care from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Sendi

    Ms. Sendi, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Sendi has been working here at KinderCare for more than two years as a preschool teacher. She really enjoys working here. What she loves the most about teaching is seeing the children's smiles and watching them grow as they learn and explore the beauty of this world.

    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Connie

    Ms. Connie, School Age and Learnign Adventures Classrooms

    I am reassured everyday that I made the correct career choice when I see the children's faces light up when I walk in the classroom.

    Ms. Connie is the new School-Age and Learning Adventures Teacher. She just moved back from Mesa, AZ where she lived for three years. She is originally from Green Bay and went to Preble High School. After that she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She is really excited to be here and can't wait to get to know you and your children. Her favorite part of teaching is doing all the arts and crafts projects with the kids.

    Previous Experience:
    Champion's Site Director, YMCA Before and After Lead Teacher
    Year Started:
    5/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Art, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Diane

    Ms. Diane, Cook and Bus Driver

    There is no greater sound then that of children laughing.

    Ms. Diane enjoys PTO, football, baseball, track and being a cheerleader mom. She is also a grandmother of three and enjoys following their sports.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Diane baby sat for five children and raised two children of her own.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential

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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

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 entire staff is First Aid and CPR certified as well as SIDs and Shaken Baby trained. The entrances are secured with a code for entry. We check all persons entering the center for photo identification. Our center is very safe for walking babies and toddlers to learn, grow and play because we have a mulched playground. The toddler playground has a poured rubber surface for low impact.

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The staff at KinderCare are absolutely amazing.  They not only take such great care of my son, but they always have a smile on their faces.  He is so happy going there everyday, and I am always amazed with how much he is learning.

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