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Greendale KinderCare

Ms. 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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Neighborhood:
Greendale and Franklin

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Canterbury, Highland View

Welcome

Welcome to our center! We consider our center a family, and that's 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.

Ms. Katelyn Rekowski, 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

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

December's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!
Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines
The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

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

 We’re passionate about giving children the best early learning experiences in their precious lives.

  • Ms. Katelyn Rekowski

    Ms. Katelyn Rekowski, Center Director

    Ms. Katelyn 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, Ms. Katelyn started her career with KinderCare teaching Discovery Preschool.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    9/29/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Bethany Lewitzke

    Ms. Bethany Lewitzke, Assistant Director

    Ms. Bethany 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 at 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, Ms. Bethany worked as a Toddler and Discovery Preschool Teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Hop On Pop by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    9/17/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor's 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 floater in the center and adapts well to every classroom. She now spends most of her time working in the Infant Classroom. She is fun, energetic, and always has a smile on her face! She will welcome your child with open arms.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    8/25/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Early Childhood Credentials one and two
  • Ms. Jordyn

    Ms. Jordyn, Infant Classroom

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

    Ms. 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. Ms. Jordyn is currently pursuing her child development associate credential through Rasmussen College. Since May of this year, Ms. Jordyn has been our lead teacher in our Infant Classroom. She also teaches our phonics and music Learning Adventure classes during the week.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jordyn previously worked at the Kids Campus in Muskego and at the Kids Connection in Mukwonago.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff

    Year Started:
    5/22/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Infant Classroom

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

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to KinderCare, Ms. 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
  • Madame Miller

    Madame Miller, Infant Classroom

    I believe in staying positive and in demonstrating a good attitude at all times.

    Madame Miller grew up in France, and after college she studied in Germany. She loved spending time in Switzerland during the summer and has lovely memories of her big family. She has been living in Wisconsin for 27 years with her daughter, Celine, who was born in Wisconsin.

    Previous Experience:
    Madame Miller was an assistant teacher at the French Immersion School in Milwaukee teaching French for kindergarten through fifth grade. She was also a private nanny and tutor.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    4/3/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts; Two-Year Program for Languages
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Toddler Classroom

    I love to see the children's 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:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    11/14/2016
  • Ms. Tori, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Tori lives with her husband and daughter. When she is at home, her hobbies include watching movies, listening to music, and traveling. Ms. Tori works hard in the Toddler Classroom to teach each individual child in a fun and loving way. She really knows how to brighten up the classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tori spent one year of teaching at Jewish Beginnings and two years at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Llama Llama by Anna Dewdney

    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education Science
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Heather facilitates thinking and likes to engage minds. She enjoys listening to questions and likes to cultivate dreams. She is learning every day while teaching the young minds in her classroom. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Heather was a nanny and worked at the Kohl's Corporation Child Development Center. She also spent time working at the WCTC Child Development Center and ten years working at summer camps.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    4/11/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Heidi

    Ms. Heidi, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Heidi is married with three children who she loves to spend her spare time with. She enjoys watching her stepson play sports, as well as watch the Brewers, Badgers, and Packers on TV. She loves teaching because every day is new and exciting. The children just soak up everything. She is always excited to watch the children grow and develop.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Heidi worked at St. Paul's Lutheran Child Care, Bright Horizons, and as a nanny.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

    Year Started:
    8/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Associate 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 of 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-olds 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:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kristy

    Ms. Kristy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kristy is excited to be learning all about the world of child care. She works with our Discovery Preschool Classroom and is having a blast watching them learn new things every day. She is just about finished with her degree in business and will be pursing her child development associate credential. She hopes to become an Assistant Director one day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kristy worked as an ABA therapist before becoming to KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    5/9/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Business (In Progress); Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Sami

    Ms. Sami, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Sami has a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Cincinnati, where she studied sculpture and art education. Ms. Sami and her husband, Thomas, recently moved to Wisconsin from Ohio with their identical twin boys Oliver and Arthur, their dog Buddy, and their cat Sasha. They have been married for five years.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sami taught as a student at Arlitt Research Center and she also worked at the Montessori Academy of Cincinnati as an assistant teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

    Year Started:
    10/25/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts
  • Ms. Jacinta

    Ms. Jacinta, Preschool Classroom

    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 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-agers, who definitely loves coming to KinderCare.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    4/7/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Molly

    Ms. Molly, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Molly has lived in Wisconsin her whole life. She has traveled many places, but always returned back to Milwaukee. She grew up in Greenfield with her four brothers and now only lives a few blocks away from her childhood home. She and her boyfriend are both very close to their families, and so Sundays are reserved for family time. That has become one of her favorite traditions. Between family, work, and school, Ms. Molly doesn't have a lot of free time, but when she does, she likes to enjoy most of her time outside or trying something new. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Molly worked with children with autism as a line therapist for three years. She was a K4 aide for one year. She also directed an after-school program for students K3-First grade.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Blueberries for Sal by Robert McClosky

    Year Started:
    10/11/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    EC1 and EC2
  • 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 Classroom. 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:
    31 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    31

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

About Our Center

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

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Polish, Italian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

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

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 honor 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.

I enrolled my daughter into Greendale KinderCare when she was just three months old. Like many of the other challenges that come with being a new parent, finding a center that fits the needs of your child can be a challenge. My first tour through KinderCare with the Director made that decision effortless. I was asked, "Do you see your child growing here?" With such warmth and attentiveness from the staff and all the stimulating activities, I not only get to see her grow physically and mentally, but so do her teachers. KinderCare has been such a blessing to my family and we are looking forward to growing with the center and the wonderful staff.

- Parents

My husband and I started our three-year-old son in the phonics class with Greendale KinderCare in January of 2017. Before we had him in phonics, he wasn’t talking much. Since he has been in the phonics class, we have noticed a huge improvement with his speech, his sounds, and pronunciation with letters, and he has also started writing letters. His vocabulary has grown and he has started to put more words together to form sentences. We are very happy with the decision we made and will continue to keep him in the phonics program. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested.

- Mother
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