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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.

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 Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jordan LeSuer-Mandernack

    Ms. Jordan LeSuer-Mandernack, Assistant Director

    Ms. Jordan has worked in Early Childhood Education since 2013 after graduating from Indiana University with her Bachelor Degree. Since then, she has worked as a teacher at other centers, including a KinderCare in Arvada, CO where she started as the Preschool teacher and then became the Discovery Preschool teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, hiking, spending time with her family and entertaining her nieces and nephews!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jordan has worked in Early Childhood Education as a teacher for 4 years prior to joining our center as the Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    On the Night You Were Born

    Year Started:
    7/10/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Ms. Jordan is pursuing her Master's in Community Psychology at Alverno College with a focus on family and youth psychology. She has also completed courses Early Childhood 1 & 2.
  • 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. Sharon

    Ms. Sharon, Infant Classroom

    "I love seeing the children overcome their obstacles. It's very rewarding!

    Ms. Sharon has two children of her own, a son and a daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her kids and going shopping. Ms. Sharon is working toward her Child Development Associate credentials and is excited about working with the children here at KinderCare. Ms. Sharon loves knowing she is making a difference on the children's lives!

    Year Started:
    2/1/2017
    Education:
    Ms. Sharon is currently working toward her Child Development Associate certification.
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Infant 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. 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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Assistant Childcare Teacher Certificate
  • Ms. Kristy

    Ms. Kristy, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Kristy is excited to be learning all about the world of child care! She works with our Infant 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 has aspirations to become an Assistant Director one day!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kristy worked as an ABA therapist before becoming to KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are

    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. 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. Hope

    Ms. Hope, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Hope is 21 years old and lives in Milwaukee, WI. She attended Franklin High School where she was on the swim and the cheer team. Ms. Hope has since worked with the Before and After School program at the YMCA. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing at her lake house with her friends and family and going to car shows with her friends!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Ms. Hope worked at the YMCA Before and After School program.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat in the Hat

    Year Started:
    8/15/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Ms. Hope has received her Early Childhood 1 and 2 credentials.
  • 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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    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. Bella

    Ms. Bella, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Bella lives in Greendale with her three year old son. When she is not working, she loves spending time with her family and doing outdoor activities such as horseback riding, taking her son to the park, camping and taking walks on the beach. Ms. Bella is excited to work here at KinderCare and hopes to continue her education working with children!

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Ms. Bella worked as a nanny for two different families.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Don't Push the Button

    Year Started:
    11/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Ms. Bella has completed Early Childhood 1 course and is working toward her Child Development Associate.
  • Ms. Stacey

    Ms. Stacey, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Stacey lives in Oak Creek, WI with her fiancé. She is from a small town called Howards Grove, where she graduated from Howards Grove High School in 2006. After graduation, she began working in child care and went on to earn her Associate in Early Childhood Education. Her family and friends are the most important things in her life and would do anything for them. She is currently engaged and spends a lot of her time planning her wedding, set to take place in October 2018. She has a big heart and is always willing to help others in any way that she can.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stacey worked at the Sheboygan YMCA childcare for nine years prior to working at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Rainbow Fish

    Year Started:
    9/5/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Brooke

    Ms. Brooke, Floater

    Ms. Brooke has been babysitting and working with children since she was nine years old. Her favorite hobbies include playing softball and doing arts and crafts. Ms. Brooke is currently going into her Sophomore year at UW-Parkside studying to become an elementary school teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brooke has years of experience babysitting children of various ages.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

    Year Started:
    8/1/2017
    Education:
    Ms. Brooke has taken the Early Childhood 1 course to become an Assistant Teacher.
  • Ms. Jacinta

    Ms. Jacinta, Prekindergarten 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
  • Madame Miller

    Madame Miller, Floater

    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. Briana

    Ms. Briana, Floater

    Ms. Briana is currently attending Alverno College working towards a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education. After she graduates, she wants to be a first grade teacher. Ms. Briana lives in Greenfield with her boyfriend and their two cats, Sammie and Zelda. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, spending time with family and friends and being outdoors.

    Previous Experience:
    Before starting with KinderCare, Ms. Briana has nine years of babysitting experience.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    7/24/2017
    Education:
    Ms. Briana is pursuing her degree at Alverno College
  • 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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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

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

We are very grateful for all the teachers and staff at the Greendale KinderCare. We have found everyone to be extremely positive, welcoming, knowledgeable and supportive. Our 9-month-old daughter loves going to daycare, and it warms our hearts to see the way her caring teachers work with her. As first time parents, we have also appreciated the opportunity to bounce questions off her teachers, and their advice has been consistently helpful. The facility is well-organized, and I feel comfortable in the knowledge that my daughter is being well taken care of while also having opportunities to socialize and grow.

- Father
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