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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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Neighborhood:
Greendale and Franklin

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Canterbury (Before/After) | Highland View (4-K AM/PM and Before/After)

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.

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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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

May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

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, 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:
    4 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
  • Jordyn

    Jordyn, Infant Classroom

    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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Currently enrolled in the Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Infant Classroom

    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
  • 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:
    27 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:
    11 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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    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:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
  • 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:
    31 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
  • Molly

    Molly, School Age Classroom

    Be the change you wish to see in the world.

    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 has a very close family on her side and also her boyfriends. Sundays are reserved for family time. That has become one of her favorite traditions. Between family, work, and school she doesn't have a lot of free time, but when she does, Molly likes to enjoy most of her time outside or trying something new. 

    Previous Experience:
    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

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

    Sami, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    To the world you maybe one person; but to one person you may be the world.

    Sami has a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Cincinnati, where she studied sculpture and art education. 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:
    Sami student taught 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

    Year Started:
    10/25/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    one year
    Education:
    Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Modome Miller

    Modome Miller, Infant Classroom

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

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

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant Teacher at the French Immersion School in Milwaukee teaching French for ages K4 through 5th grade. She was also a private Nanny and Tutor.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon

    Year Started:
    4/3/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Liberal Arts and two year course for languages from Germany
  • Tori, Toddler Classroom

    Life is a journey not a destination.

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

    Previous Experience:
    One year of teaching Jewish Beginnings. Two years at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Llama Llama

    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education Science
  • Heather, Toddler Classroom

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

    Previous Experience:
    Heather was a nanny and worked at Kohls 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

    Year Started:
    4/11/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Heather is working towards her associate degree in Early Childhood Education.

Upcoming Center Activities

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May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

Monday May 29, 2017
Center Closed for Memorial Day

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
  • Three 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.

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