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Greenfield KinderCare

Ms. Debbie Halbman, Center Director

8650 West Forest Home Ave. Greenfield WI 53228
(414) 425-1943 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Whitnall School District: Hales Corners, Edgerton. Greenfield School District: Edgewood, Elm Dale, Glenwood, Maple Grove. Milwaukee Public Schools: Honey Creek, Walt Whitman, Manitoba, Spanish Immersion, AAL, Alcott

Welcome

Welcome to our center! At Greenfield KinderCare, 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.

Ms. Debbie Halbman, 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

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.

  • Ms. Debbie Halbman

    Ms. Debbie Halbman, Center Director

    Every child deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.

    Ms. 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, Ms. Debbie chose the early childhood years as the focus of her career. Ms. 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. Ms. Debbie is married and has three adult children and one grandson, who currently attends KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Before working at KinderCare, Ms. 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:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Lori Becker

    Ms. Lori Becker, Assistant Director

    Ms. Lori grew up in the UP (Upper Peninsula of Michigan). She loves the winter and snowy weather, but takes full advantage of the summer months to get her volleyball fix in. When she has to step away from KinderCare, she uses that time to grow closer to her three nieces. If you want to get on her good side, bring her Starbucks and compliment her crafting. She loves all sorts of crafting and painting and uses that passion to inspire the children here in the Greenfield center.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lori has worked in a variety of privately owned child care facilities since she was fresh out of high school.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Suess

    Year Started:
    8/26/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
  • Ms. Elaine

    Ms. Elaine, Infant Classroom

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

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, Curious George books by H.A. Rey, and Dr. Seuss books

    Year Started:
    10/6/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Administrator's Credential
  • Ms. Tami

    Ms. Tami, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Tami has an associate's 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 five years and is very excited to welcome her son in June of this year. She really loves working in the Infant Classroom because she gets to watch the children learn and grow every day.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give a Mouse a Muffin by Laura Numeroff

    Year Started:
    12/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Angelina

    Ms. Angelina, Infant Classroom

    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, as they go to the park and take walks.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, Corduroy by Don Freeman, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff, and The Mitten by Jan Brett

    Year Started:
    9/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Kristina

    Ms. Kristina, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Kristina joined us here at KinderCare with a strong desire to watch children grow and prosper. Outside of the KinderCare walls, Ms. Kristina can be seen listening to music, snacking on tacos, and looking to learn new things. Eventually in the future, she wants to hike the mountains of Colorado.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kristina has previously worked as a nanny.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Berenstain Bears by Jan and Stan Berenstain

    Year Started:
    11/17/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associate's Degree (In Progress)
  • Ms. Sheryl

    Ms. Sheryl, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Sheryl has been working at KinderCare for 24 years. When she first applied at KinderCare, it was housed in 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 by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    1/1/1989
    Tenure:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Amanda is first and foremost a mom of three awesome kids who are KinderCare kids to boot. She's hard-working, loving, and kind. When she's not at KinderCare helping children grow, you can find her at home with her family raising them with the same excellent character that she has.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amanda was a Site Coordinator for WAWM's after-school program.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    6/20/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Ashley has a son named Carter. She's recently engaged to her son's father, who she has been with for five 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 child care for almost four years.
    Year Started:
    3/31/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Dena

    Ms. Dena, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Dena is 22 and loving life with her three-year-old daughter and nine-year-old, soon-to-be 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 by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    12/14/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Preschool Classroom

    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 child care 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 by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Medical Coding and Billing Certificate
  • Ms. Lauri

    Ms. Lauri, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. 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 credential program.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    8/13/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Rosita

    Ms. Rosita, Learning Adventures

    Knowing that she's made an impact in the children's small lives is what Ms. Rosita most loves about 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 by Harry Allard Jr. and James Marshall

    Year Started:
    10/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Shawn

    Ms. Shawn, Support Staff

    Ms. Shawn is raising two wonderful grandkids, ages five and two. She has been married for 27 years and loves spending time with her family. Most of that time is spent outdoors. Her husband is a good gardener and her yard is her sanctuary. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shawn took child care courses in high school, babysat during high school, and is now raising two- and five-year-old grandchildren.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Fairy Tales

  • Ms. Ali

    Ms. Ali, Support Staff

    Ms. Ali has two younger brothers and three younger stepsiblings. She has recently graduated from high school and started college this fall!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ali worked as a nanny.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Education:
    High School Degree and Assistant Child Care Teacher Certification
  • Ms. Tori

    Ms. Tori, Support Staff

    Ms. Tori, being the oldest sibling of four, grew up taking care of other younger individuals. Her adult life is no different--she worked her summers as a nanny and spent some time working for the Princeton Club daycare before coming over to KinderCare. She's recently married and hoping to start her own family. When she does, she'll dress them all in orange, as it's her favorite color. She's a very easygoing person and is very close with her family.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

  • Ms. Lilly

    Ms. Lilly, Support Staff

    Ms. Lilly is a twenty-something with a young son who's going on three. She enjoys sports in her free time. She came to KinderCare because of her love for and experience working with children. She's worked with children in one way or another since she was 12 years old and loves every minute of it. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lilly has past experience volunteering at La Causa and Hope House.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    4/21/2017
  • Ms. Kirsten

    Ms. Kirsten, Support Staff

    Ms. Kirsten is a twenty-something born and still living in the West Allis area. She enjoys spending her time with her local church's youth group and the people within. When she's not here or there, she spends a lot of her time watching a myriad of movies and TV shows, with Disney films topping the list of favorites. If you're looking for new tunes to listen to, look no further: Ms. Kirsten says that she's a music guru of sorts.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kirsten has worked as a teacher at Kid Tech Inc. and as a Sunday school instructor.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw

    Year Started:
    5/3/2017
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Education
  • Mrs. Erin Gebhart, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Mrs. Erin has two children, a boy and a girl who she loves spending time with.  In her free time, she loves gaming, hiking, and is also a Girl Scout Troop Leader.

    Education:
    Bachelor of Fine Arts and Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Education

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

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
  • Spanish

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 Year's 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--so I knew my son would be safe and learning. My son has been at this location since he was eight 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 and 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 child care 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 transition, 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 than 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 communicating 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 imagine 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! My son 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 the 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 I am knowing that my grandkids are at this 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 myself and him 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 four to seven. The children were well-behaved, organized, and respectful. This does not happen by itself. It reflects on the quality and competency of the staff. The 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 the staff as exceptional.

- Summer Program Guest
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