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Greendale KinderCare

Katelyn Rekowski, Center Director

5230 West Loomis Rd. Greendale WI 53129
(414) 421-5510 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
between Edgerton & Grange

Neighborhood:
Greendale and Franklin

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Edgewood (before and after) | Maple Grove (before and after) | Elmdale (4-K AM/PM), Canterbury (4-K AM/PM) | Highland View (4-K AM/PM)

We are very proud to hold our NAEYC accreditation.  We will continue to be one of 900 Knowledge Universe centers that maintain high standards of quality through the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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Welcome

Welcome to our center! We consider our center a family; which is the key to any effective foundation in helping your child blossom toward a successful future. We maintain positive, thoughtful communication with all of our families at this center. We look forward to getting to know you and your family and welcoming you into ours.

Katelyn Rekowski, 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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

Teachers & Staff

 We’re passionate, only wanting your child to have the best early learning experiences in their precious lives.

  • Katelyn Rekowski

    Katelyn Rekowski, Center Director

    A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
    Henry Adams

    Katelyn Rekowski has been with KinderCare since 2012. She started as the Discovery Preschool teacher and moved on up to the Director position in 2016. She has a Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University. She is married and has three children. She treats everyone in the center as if they were family and welcomes you to become a part of it!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming a Center Director, Katelyn started her career with KinderCare teaching Discovery Preschool.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    9/29/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Bethany Lewitzke

    Bethany Lewitzke, Assistant Director

    “We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?” -The Doctor

    Bethany Lewitzke has been with KinderCare since 2010. She started as the Discovery Preschool teacher, moved to Toddler teacher, and also taught Learning Adventures before moving on to the Assistant Director position in 2016. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin Stout. She enjoys being outside playing Frisbee golf or bike riding. While spending time inside she enjoys watching movies or playing video games. She has a fun loving spirit and treats everyone like family. She is thrilled to be part of the KinderCare family.

     

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming the Assistant Director, Bethany worked as a Toddler and Discovery Preschool teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Hop On Pop
    Year Started:
    9/17/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. Brianna

    Ms. Brianna, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Brianna started with KinderCare in August of 2015. She has been a float in the center and adapts well to every classroom in the center. She now spends most of her time working in the infant room. She is fun, entergetic, and always has a smile on her face! She will welcome your child with open arms.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    8/25/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Early Childhood 1 and 2 and Infant and Toddler classes
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/12/2016
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Medical Administratoin
  • Jordyn

    Jordyn, Younger Infants

    These kids make my day!  All their silly faces and bright smiles make me so happy!

    Jordyn brings her love of children to her classroom each day!  Her favorite restaurant is Noodles and her absolute favorite color is purple.  She was born in Milwaukee and lives in Mukwonago.  Jordyn is currently  pursuing her Child Development Associate degree through Rasmussan College.  Since May of this year, Jordyn has been our lead teacher in our young toddler room.  She also teaches our phonics and music Learning Adventure classes during the week.

    Previous Experience:
    Kids Campus - Muskego Kids Connection - Mukwonago
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Pig a Pancake
    Year Started:
    5/22/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Currently enrolled in the Child Development Associates Credentional
  • Klaudia

    Klaudia, Toddler

    I love the classroom because the children are independent and I can see them grow while developing their thinking skills.

    Klaudia was born in Poland.  Her favorite food is a pierogi.  She has a son who is enrolled in our center's Discovery Preschool classroom.  Klaudia is very kind and calm, which is needed with the energetic children in the classroom.  Klaudia lives in Franklin with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Award of Occupational Proficiency with Wisconsin Assistant Teacher Certification through St. Francis High School.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Way I Feel"
    Year Started:
    8/13/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood 1 and 2 certificate. Working towards CDA
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Young Toddlers

    Katie is 18 years old and works at KinderCare with the young toddlers. She plans to go to school to become either an art teacher or a psychologist.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to KinderCare, Katie worked at a Preschool at Greendale High School
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Any Dr. Seuss Book
    Year Started:
    8/22/2016
    Education:
    Assistant Childcare Teacher Certificate and High School Diploma
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Toddler Classroom

    I love to see their smiles when they come to school.

    Ms. Linda is the lead toddler teacher, and the mentor teacher for all of the center’s partners. She started teaching at this KinderCare in 1990 and she just celebrated her 22nd anniversary with KinderCare. She too shows her passion and excitement each and every day by building very strong relationships over the years with all the families we serve. She is married and has a daughter.

    Year Started:
    4/13/1990
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years
    Education:
    Pursuing her Child Development Associate’s credential
  • Ms. Heidi

    Ms. Heidi, Discovery Preschool

    Heidi is married with three children that she loves to spend her spare time with. She enjoys watching her step son play sports, as well as watch the Brewers, Badgers, and Packers on TV. She loves teaching because everyday is new and exciting. The children just soak up everything. She is always excited to watch the children grow and develope.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Heidi worked at St. Paul's Lutheran Child Care, Bright Horizons, and as Nanny.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Go Away Big Green Monster
    Year Started:
    8/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jackie

    Ms. Jackie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I can’t imagine doing any other job! I am so excited by the children learning because I've helped teach them.

    Ms. Jackie started teaching with us in October 2005. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Jackie is our lead teacher in the Preschool classroom and her three-year-old's never want to move out of her classroom, that is how much they love her. She also has strong relationships with the parents of her students. They enjoy conversing with Ms. Jackie at the end of the day and always look forward to hearing what fun things their little ones accomplished.

    Year Started:
    10/2/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kristy

    Ms. Kristy, Discovery Preschool

    Kristy is excited to be learning all about the world of childcare. She works with our Two year old classroom and is having a blast watching them learn new things everyday. She is just about finished with her degree in business and will be pursing her CDA. She hopes to become an Assistant Director one day.

    Previous Experience:
    Kristy worked as an ABA therapist before becoming to KinderCare
    Year Started:
    5/9/2016
    Education:
    Pursuing her Bachelors in Business
  • Ms. Jacinta

    Ms. Jacinta, Preschool

    I love the excitment in a child's face when they learn something new for the first time!

    Ms. Jacinta joined the center in 2008 and started in our toddler classroom. She has completed her Child Development Associate's credential in the infant and toddler programs. She builds great relationships with parents in our building! She has a son, who is one of our School Ager's, and who definitely loves coming to KinderCare.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Love You For Always"
    Year Started:
    4/7/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
  • Ms. Kristine

    Ms. Kristine, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Kristine is our lead Prekindergarten teacher. She joined our KinderCare team in 2008 and came from a fifth grade teaching position in the Milwaukee Public School system. She was also a teacher with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Ms. Kristine has developed strong bonds with both her students and her families. She is extremely dedicated in preparing the children educationally and socially for their elementary school experience.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Kristine taught the fifth grade with the Milwaukee Public School System.
    Year Started:
    3/14/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Preschool and School Age

    Elizabeth is 29 years old and she has a beautiful 9 year old daughter. Elizabeth loves being a mother and spending time with her family and 2 year old dog. She has a strong passion and big heart for educating children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Elizabeth worked with the Milwaukee Public School at the Children's Learning Center. She also worked with the West Milwaukee School District as the 4K Specialist.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    7/27/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    A.A. Teacher Education
  • Ms. Krysta

    Ms. Krysta, Infant/Floater

    Krysta is a busy and loving mother of three children. In her spare time she love to be with her family. She is also attending the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and majoring in Early Childhood Education. One day she wants to be a first grade teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare Krysta spent time in the toddler classroom at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee's children center. She also worked in a Second grade classroom at the Academy of Accelerated Learning.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Moose a Muffin
    Year Started:
    8/29/2016
    Education:
    Current student at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and has a certification in English as a second language
  • Ms. Colleen

    Ms. Colleen, Cook

    Ms. Colleen is currently the longest reigning staff member at this center. She came on board in 1986 and worked in the infant room. She currently is our center Cook, Bus Driver, and assists in classrooms when and where she is needed. She maintains an impeccable kitchen, serves up our delicious meals and snacks, and always has time for “chocolate milk Fridays!” Ms. Colleen is married and has two grown boys who were also KinderCare kids.

    Year Started:
    2/14/1986
    Tenure:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

About Our Center

We are located in the friendly city of Greendale, WI.  Our center has a large, beautiful playground that children enjoy daily.  We have closed concept classrooms that enhance your child's learning experiences.

Special Features

  • Large Playgrounds
  • Closed Concept Classrooms
  • Two Infant rooms

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Polish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

2016 Observed Holidays

New Year's Day - January 1
Professional Development Day - February 15
Memorial Day - May 30
Fourth of July
Labor Day - September 5
Professional Development Day - October 10
Thanksgiving Day - November 24
Day After Thanksgiving - November 25
Christmas Day - December 25



 

Health and Safety

We are dedicated to keeping all the children in our care safe, healthy and happy. Our designated Health & Safety Coordinator, Ms. Jacinta, continues to support our staff, families and children in meeting and exceeding all standards of health and safety. She has completed training and certification in order to hold this position here at our center. Since the center was built in 1985, it has been well maintained and has stood the test of time. The building is “just like new”! We are also proud to say that our center holds the spot of being one of the cleanest and well kept centers in our district. We are used as a training center regarding understanding and completing the daily, weekly and monthly center cleaning checklist.

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.

As first time parents, my wife and I were initially anxious about enrolling our daughter Smera in a day care center. All the teachers and staff at your center were really helpful, experienced and caring  and our worries were laid to rest from the beginning. Special thanks to Ms Jessica, Ms Jordyn, Ms Klaudia, Ms Jamie, Ms Linda, Ms Jacinta and Ms Colleen for taking special care of our daughter. We were pleasantly surprised to see Smera learn so many new things in a short span of time. It may have been an easy task on your part, but watching Smera eat on her own with a spoon was a big milestone for us all thanks to you.

- Father

As our daughter Ella goes on to private school this fall, we would like to thank you immensely, for helping us with her, for the past 4 and a half years. We have been amazed with the knowledge and interpersonal skills she has picked up from her "red school," and, we have no doubt that she is more than prepared to enter 4K!  She has always come home so excited to share her day and she speaks about all of her teachers and classmates fondly.  We appreciate, so much, every piece of feedback we get for her.  Ella knows that everything she does at school, good or not, will be communicated with Mommy and Daddy, and there is always follow-up at home.  You have an awesome team!

- Mother

I appreciate the letter that you handed out to parents detailing the fire alarm situation on 1/25/13. You and your staff should be commended at your in-service on 2/18/13 for how you handled the situation and took care of our children. This safety situation is a reminder to Tim and I why we send our daughter to to your KinderCare - great job!

- Parent
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