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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 Interstate 41 on East Mason Street Across from the East Towne Mall

Neighborhood:
Green Bay, Wisconsin Metropolitan Neighborhood

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

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

Welcome to Green Bay East KinderCare.  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, which makes us stand out from other child care centers.  The staff at Green Bay East KinderCare have an average tenure of over ten years. This is a smaller center, with a warm and inviting atmosphere throughout the building.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

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. Three 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 an eleven 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:
    7 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. Diane

    Ms. Diane, Cook

    Year Started:
    9/21/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Brenda

    Ms. Brenda, Discovery Preschool

    I love teaching new and exciting things, as well as exploring new adventures that we learn together.

    Ms. Brenda is proud to say she has completed her CDA.  Prior to working here in Green Bay, she worked for a KinderCare in Vernon Hills, IL.  The most unique things she does in her classroom everyday is bringing new exciting and fun things.  She enjoys getting messy with painting, shaving cream, and also enjoys working together with the children to tell a story.

    Year Started:
    9/11/1986
    Tenure:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Dania

    Ms. Dania, Discovery Preschool

    Year Started:
    3/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Kesha

    Ms. Kesha, Discovery Preschool

    Year Started:
    3/21/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Lynne

    Ms. Lynne, Infant Classroom

    Working with infants is having the opportunity to care and enjoy them everyday I work with them.

    Ms. Lynne always enjoys working with children and their families.  She also enjoys doing different activities with them to see how they developed in reaching, crawling and trying different challenges as they grow.  Their smiles just melt her heart.  She does their learning boards and the infants enjoy looking at them.  Reading stories and painting is always fun to see their expressions.

    Previous Experience:
    Before Ms. Lynne worked for KinderCare she worked as a Preschool teacher aide for four and five year old's. She also worked at St. Vincent Hospital.
    Year Started:
    11/23/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Marissa, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    10/13/2015
  • Ms. Renee

    Ms. Renee, Prekindergarten

    Year Started:
    9/22/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, Prekindergarten

    Children are like little seeds and when you see how that is starting to sprout because of what I planted in the seed, makes you feel priceless.

    Ms. Tammy has been at this center since 1994. She started in the two year old room, and after six weeks she took the lead teacher role in the Toddler room.  Ms. Tammy then worked in the kitchen for a couple years, then in the three year old room until our center combined with another center, and she then became the Prekindergarten teacher.  She added writing to the program, she encourages the children to start writing letters and letting them know it's ok if they even just make a couple of lines (it's a start).  After a couple of months she sees these lines starting to become curves and circles and the end result is letters.  With having a child of her own who needed extra support to learn, it has helped her become a better teacher.  Every child learns in his/her own way and once you find that way they excel.

    Year Started:
    1/10/1994
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Education:
    Vocational Diploma in Child Day Care
  • Ms. Elaina

    Ms. Elaina, Preschool

    Year Started:
    9/29/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Gina

    Ms. Gina, Preschool 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:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Connie

    Ms. Connie, School-Age and Learning Adventures

    Year Started:
    9/8/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Art and Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Alexandra

    Ms. Alexandra, Toddler

    Learning ignites curiosity we never even knew we had.

    Ms. Ali started in the Toddler classroom and now helps out where ever she can.  Ms. Ali finds herself playing along with the kids in different area in the classroom.  She loves sports (especially soccer) and being crafty.  She has two kids ages 2 and under.  Ms. Ali loves being silly.  She even learned the dance "Too Legit to Quit" to live up to her nickname, "Legit".

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to child care, Ali worked in retail and at a call center.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associates Degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Ms. Brittany, Toddler Classroom

    I love seeing a child's "ah-ha" moments.  When they start to talk, walk, crawl; reaching developmental milestones.

    Ms. Brittany is a mother of a special needs son.  She loves the outdoors, going up north with friends, spending time on the ATV trails and tubing and fishing on the lake.  Ms. Brittany also loves attending sports events and dirt track races with her son. 
    Ms. Brittany has no problem embarrassing herself by singing, dancing, making voices, or anything to entertain and bring laughter to the kids in her classroom.

    Year Started:
    12/16/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Ms. Sendi

    Ms. Sendi, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    3/19/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • 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:
    7/27/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Social Work

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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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