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Greenfield KinderCare

Debbie Halbman, Center Director

8650 West Forest Home Ave. Greenfield WI 53228
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Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
2 blocks S of 84th St

Neighborhood:
Greenfield

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Whitnall School District - Hales Corners Elementary, Edgerton Elementary. Greenfield School District - Edgewood, Elm Dale, Glenwood, Maple Grove Milwaukee Public Schools - Honey Creek, Walt Whitman, Manitoba, Spanish Immersion, AAL, Alcott

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Welcome

Welcome to our center! At our school we believe in developing the whole child. This means that we support your child through social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. We do this in many different ways including learning through play and real life experiences. We invite you to stop on by so that you can experience what many of our other families have over the years. We're looking forward to providing for you the quality care and learning experiences that your child deserves.

Debbie Halbman, 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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Our team is passionate about children. We all care about each child that we take of. Most of us have children of our own and know how difficult it is to leave your child in the care of others. We want to make you, as parents, as comfortable as possible entrusting us with you most precious possession.

  • Debbie Halbman

    Debbie Halbman, Center Director

    Every child deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.

    Debbie has been the Center Director at this center for 24 years. She has a degree in Elementary Education from Mount Mary College. After working with children from preschool to high school age, Debbie chose the early childhood years as the focus of her career. Debbie and her center team were the first KinderCare to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children in 1997. The center has maintained that highly esteemed accreditation to date. Debbie is married and has three adult children and one grandson, who currently attends KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Before working at KinderCare, Debbie was an Elementary School Teacher, a Middle School Teacher, a Preschool Teacher, and a Director of Christian Education .
    Year Started:
    8/3/1989
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
  • Kathy Keelan

    Kathy Keelan, Assistant Director

    If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way that the child can learn

    Kathy has a degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to joining the KinderCare team, she worked for another childcare center. She was born and raised in Wisconsin, but spent a few years living in California while her husband, Jake served in the United States Navy. Currently she lives in Waukesha with her 3 year old daughter named Rylie and an English Bulldog named Geedunk.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Before working at KinderCare, Kathy worked at another childcare center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Little Blue Truck"
    Year Started:
    9/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Ms. Elaine

    Ms. Elaine, Infant Classroom

    Do small things with great love.

    Ms. Elaine loves working with children of all ages. She has previously worked in a variety of settings including opening her own center, managing a group center and working in a montesorri school. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her 7 grandchildren. She also loves gardening and reading in her spare time.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Rainbow Fish, Curious George books, Dr. Seuss books
    Year Started:
    10/6/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Administratioon Credential, CPR, First Aid
  • Ms. Tami

    Ms. Tami, Toddler Classroom

    Live life to it's fullest everyday!

    Tami has an associates degree in both arts and science. She also has a degree as a physical therapy assistant. She has been married to her husband Josh for 5 years and is very excited to welcome her son in June of this year. She really loves working in the infant classroom, watching the children learn and grow everyday.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Mouse a Muffin
    Year Started:
    12/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Angelina

    Ms. Angelina, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.

    Ms. Angelina was hired with KinderCare in September of 2012. She has enjoyed working with not only the children, but the staff members as well. Her goal is to further her career as a KinderCare employee. When she is not at work, Ms. Angelina enjoys spending time with her daughter Nevaeh; going to the park, and taking her for walks.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree, Corduroy, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and The Mitten
    Year Started:
    9/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Fundamentals of Infant and Toddler Care, Intro to the Early Childhoof Profession. CPR and First Aid
  • Ms. Rosita

    Ms. Rosita, Toddler Classroom and Learning Adventures

    Knowing that she's made an impact in their small lives is the reason Ms. Rostia most loves working here at KinderCare. She loves seeing their faces light up when they do something new and amazing!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Miss Nelson is Missing
    Year Started:
    10/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Toddler Classroom

    Stay close to anything that makes you glad you're alive.

    Michelle has been with KinderCare since April 2015. When she isn't hanging out with her toddlers she likes going on road trips and watching Netflix.  She also volunteers in Milwaukee Saturday mornings tutoring an 8 year old girl. Her favorite food is guacamole and she loves stand-up comedians.

    Previous Experience:
    After school SAFE program.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"
    Year Started:
    4/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Currently working towards becoming a head teacher. CPR, First Aid.
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Toddler Classroom

    A child holds the key to learning.

    Ms. Ashley has a son named Carter. She's recently engaged to her sons father, who she has been with for 5 years. In her free time she likes to go to the gym and spend time with her family. She is doing her first half marathon in the summer and getting married in 2018.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley has worked in childcare for almost 4 years.
    Year Started:
    3/31/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Janelle

    Ms. Janelle, Toddler Classroom

    Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. -Howard Thurman

    An up and coming 20 something lady with a love of all things lumberjack, an obsession with corgi dogs and a strong desire to be a senators wife. Ms. Janelle loves lazy days in the sun in the summer, and heating her apartment like the tropics in the winter. Her passions include trashy romance novels, Harry Potter, and fortune telling through cards.

    Previous Experience:
    Three summers at Wisconsin Lions Camp
    Favorite Children's Book:
    My Many Colored Days
    Year Started:
    1/26/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Sheryl

    Ms. Sheryl, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm possible!" – Audrey Hepburn

    Ms. Sheryl has been working at KinderCare for 24 years. When she first applied at KinderCare, it was a trailer! Her daughter attended KinderCare when she was eight years old. She is now 32. Ms. Sheryl has three wonderful grandchildren. She likes to ride a Harley in her free time. She loves giraffes and the thought of retirement.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    My Many Colored Days
    Year Started:
    1/1/1989
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Education:
    CDA and Early Childhood Courses
  • Ms. Vanessa

    Ms. Vanessa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Dena

    Ms. Dena, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward. -Victor Krum

    Dena is 22 and loving life with her three year old daughter and nine year old stepdaughter! She loves spending time with her family and doing fun activities with the kids. She is excited to be getting married in the summer of 2018.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    12/14/2015
  • Ms. Deja, Discovery Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Live life to its fullest.

    Ms. Jenny graduated from Sanford Brown College in 2010 with her certificate in Medical Coding and Billing. She has been working with KinderCare for about a year now. Ms. Jenny has been in childcare for over 10 years, and she loves working with kids! Ms. Jenny has a son of her own, who is in elementary school.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Medical Coding and Billing certificate
  • Ms. Lauri

    Ms. Lauri, Preschool Classroom

    Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are foot prints on the moon.

    Lauri has three children and has been a stay at home Mom until recently.  She has volunteered as a Girl Scout Leader and PTA president at her children's elementary school.  While looking for a profession, she immediately thought of working with children.  She is currently completing the state required early childhood courses and will be enrolling in the Child Development Associate Degree.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    8/13/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Two classes in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy helping the children learn and grow.

    Ms. Sara has been with KinderCare since 2003. She has taught in all age levels throughout her time here. She has two children of her own and is lucky to also have two grandchildren that attend KinderCare. In her free time, Ms. Sara likes to scrapbook.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    1/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Education:
    CDA and Additional Early Childhood Courses
  • Ms. Tiffany

    Ms. Tiffany, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Tiffany chooses to work with children because she loves seeing how excited they get when they accomplish something. Whether that something is writing their name, finishing a puzzle, or even doing a harder art project. She loves that happy/excited expression lighting up their eyes and faces.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chrysanthemum
    Year Started:
    8/24/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Kaela

    Ms. Kaela, School Age Classroom

    Say what you mean, and mean what you say.

    I am 21 years old and I have been working with children for almost a year now!

    Previous Experience:
    After school care Literacy teacher Special Education teachers assistant
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    11/16/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Safeguard certified, Human Services Major
  • Ms. Yami

    Ms. Yami, School Age Classroom

    "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light." - Albus Dumbledore

    I try to fill every day with encouragement and lots of laughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Alverno Early Learning Center- 2 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harry Potter Series
    Year Started:
    3/9/2016
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, currently pursuing Master's in speech pathology
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Support Teacher

  • Ms. Ali, Support Staff

    You will be fine. Just you wait and see.


    I have two younger brothers and three younger step siblings. I am recently graduated from high schookl and started college just this fall!
    Previous Experience:
    Worked as a nanny.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Education:
    High School Degree and Assistend child care teacher certification
  • Ms. Shawn, Support Staff

    Live well, laugh often, love much.


    Grandmother, stepmom, wife. Raising two wonderful grandkids ages five and two. I've been married for twenty seven years. Love spending time with my family, a lot of that time is spent outdoors. My husband is a good gardener as such my yard is my sancutary.
    Previous Experience:
    Child care courses in high school;, babysitting during high school as well, now I'm raising our two and five year old grandchildren.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Fairy Tales

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. 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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Labor Day
Columbus Day
(Professional Development Staff Training)
Thanksgiving
The Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day
New Years Day
President's Day
(Professional Development Staff Training
Memorial Day
Fourth of July

Health and Safety

We are dedicated to keeping all the children in our care safe, healthy and happy. Our designated Health & Safety Coordinator, Ms. Debbie continues to support our staff, families and children with all standards of health and safety. Ms. Debbie is also our cook and maintains all regulations and policies in the kitchen and the center. Since the center was built in 1988, it has been well-maintained and has stood the test of time.

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.

My son started off at a center I worked at and when they told me when I could and couldn't bring him I was crushed! We toured this location and fell in love. The staff is so nice and so friendly and made everything easy from drop offs to lesson plans I knew my son would be safe and learning. My son has been at this location since he was 8 months old and still loves it!

- Mother

In search for a daycare for my 12-week-old daughter, a good reputation, a stimulating curriculum, qualified caring staff, and a clean, safe facility were on the top of my list. KinderCare in Greenfield not only has a good reputation and a fun curriculum (even for little babies), but also their staff genuinely seemed to care about and enjoy spending time with my baby. When I bring my baby to the center, she smiles when she sees her teachers rather than crying. And when I pick her up at the end of the day, she appears engaged rather than being dejected or in her own little world. It is natural to have concerns and questions when starting a new care experience, and when I have had a concern or feedback to share, the teachers and staff have been attentive and responsive in following up with me. The staff and Infant teachers have done a wonderful job in making me feel comfortable leaving my precious bundle of joy with them every day.

- Parents

My sons had been stay at home kids their entire life when some changes caused me to need childcare for them. My older son is school age so I wasn't  too worried about him, but my little guy has never been in a structured environment. I toured the center and knew right away that it would be the best choice I could make for them. The teachers were all so sweet and loving, everything was well organized, the center was very clean, and I could tell they had the perfect balance between structure and fun. When my sons started it was just as I had feared - my youngest son wasn't keen on me leaving and would cry so hard. The center teachers worked hand in hand with me to help him get over the transisiton and even though I hated leaving him upset I knew that they would take great care of him when I could not. The teachers were so overly helpful and great at communication with me so that we could change our approach to get them acclimated quickly. What started out as me leaving them in tears has now turned into happy drop offs with excitement to see their teachers and friends and pick-ups where they say "Oh mom...is it time to go already?" What a fantastic feeling that is!! The center teachers love my children -  I can see and feel it and so can my sons. That is a huge weight off of my "mommy heart". More thank that - my sons are THRIVING. My younger son is so interested in learning and so much more structured than he was when I first brought him in. I see him becoming more independent and communicationg better and I know this is all due to the hard work of his teachers. My older son is more confident at making friends, learning so many fun new games and is absolutely a happier kid. I cannot say enough for the teachers at this center. They are part of our family now, and I couldn't imagince being at peace with leaving my kids anywhere else!!

- Parents

Ms. Sara and Ms. Tiffany, A sincere thank you for being the excellent educators that you are! Mannix attended a program through Greenfield School District called Bee Ready and scored in the 90th percentile. I know this would not have been possible without his education at KinderCare and the hard work and dedication of teachers. He is definitely prepared to start school in the fall. We would love to thank you for all your hard work, support, and encouragement that you have given our son during his time with you in Pre-K. We can't thank you enough for making his time in your classroom so happy.

- Parents

I would like to share how comfortable and at peace knowing that my grandkids are at your daycare.  I am especially at peace when Lori is there for my grandson.  She has the ability to calm him down when he is stressed.  It is not easy because this behavior can go on for hours and even days, and yet, she has the patience with him, it is endearing both to he and I to have someone in our corner, not judging us but helping us, with a smile, patience, understanding and yes, love.

My grandson has told me that he loves Lori.

So a big shout out to Lori.

Thank you and the rest of your staff for all you do for us.

- Grandmother

I would like to share with you my experience performing a summer enrichment program at your center recently. My audience was a group of about 25 children ages 4 to 7. The children were well behaved, organized and respectful. This does not happen by itself. It reflecst on the quality and competency of your staff. Your teachers wear many "hats" during the course of their day. A great child care teacher is a friend, role model, confidant, disciplinarian and more. I rate your staff as exceptional. Please acknowledge your staff for the great job that they do.

- Summer Program Guest
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