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Center Grove KinderCare

Carol Ann Torres, Center Director

980 South State Rd. 135 Greenwood IN 46143
(317) 882-7775 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
South of Smith Valley Rd, across from Super Target behind the GuitarWorks

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Westwood, Pleasant Crossing, Center Grove, North Grove, Pleasant Grove, Sugar Grove.

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Welcome

We are so glad you have chosen to look into Center Grove KinderCare. Our team would love to meet you and show you our wonderful center. We have a beautiful back-yard where your child can explore and grow to their full potential. We also have wonderful classrooms full of adventure and education. We offer amazing nutritious meals guided by the federal food program. Our staff is professionally trained, experienced and highly qualified. Come in today for a tour and see the amazing quality of our program, facility and staff!

Carol Ann Torres, 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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Center Grove KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers are dedicated to striving for excellence through education. Our teachers participate in biannual training and complete a minimum of 35 hours of training each year.

  • Carol Ann Torres

    Carol Ann Torres, Center Director

    I love being able to make a difference in children's lives everyday. I am able to provide them with the best care and education available to them.

    Carol Ann has been with KinderCare since August of 2010. She started as an Assistant Director at our Speedway center. After two years at the center, Carol Ann became a Director in Training and visited many of the Indianapolis area locations. In September of 2012, she took over the Center Grove KinderCare location as the Center Director. She is passionate about quality education and supporting a joy for life-long learning in children. Her goal as a Director is to create a community that focuses on engaging our children in a quality education program, providing a safe environment, and exceptional service to the children and families we serve.

    Previous Experience:
    Carol Ann previously worked at Elkhart Community Schools and Little Cherubs Preschool.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Caps for Sale! by Esphyr Slobodkina
    Year Started:
    8/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Jennie Goetz

    Jennie Goetz, Assistant Director

    The best part of my job is seeing the smiles on all the children's faces!

    Ms. Jennie  has been with KinderCare since August 2008. She is very excited to be presented with the opportunity to be Assistant Director after many years of being in the classroom as a Toddler teacher. Being an Assistant Director gives her the perfect balance of still being the class, but also doing administrative duties to assist the director, staff members, and our families.

    Previous Experience:
    Jennie has previously worked at Kids Club in Bloomington, Indiana and has also been a nanny.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sam

    Ms. Sam, Infant Classroom

    I love seeing the children make connections and hearing their thoughts.

    Ms. Sam loves teaching infants. She is a very patient, nurturing, loving, caregiver and provides a safe environment for babies. Ms. Sam makes each of the families feel welcomed and comfortable to ensure the best possible care, a strong partnership with both parents and staff. Ms.Sam is dedicated to help develop your child's full potential and sensitive to your child's individual needs.Her families use the words "amazing and loving" when describing her.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Sam worked at Gymboree Music and Me.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Grace

    Ms. Grace, Preschool

    My passion is working with the kids, and watching them grow up with us as a family.

    Ms. Grace's Preschool Classroom makes you want to roll up your sleeves and dive into some preschool fun! Her students can dress up like superheroes or princesses with rain boots and climb into a space ship to sail the seven seas, or they can crawl around on the floor like lizards looking for treasures in the rainforest. The sky is the limit with Ms. Grace!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Grace has previously worked for a Montessori School before joining our school.
    Year Started:
    2/7/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in English
  • Ms. Karli

    Ms. Karli, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy watching the children learn and develop new skills.

    It is very obvious that Ms. Karli loves what she does. She understands learning through play makes it fun; especially when rolling around in the grass and leaves with your toddler friends!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    My Many Colored Faces by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    10/21/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Pursuing her Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Ellen

    Ms. Ellen, PreKindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Ellen strives on making sure each student is fully prepared for kindergarten, while still having fun. Her favorite activities are anything with art and science, becuase she isn't afraid to get messy!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ellen has previsouly worked as a first grader and substitute teacher at MSD Martinsville schools. She has also volunteered as a Vacation Bible School Teacher.
    Year Started:
    10/21/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Michele

    Ms. Michele, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    This age is so much fun! They are so busy and I love getting them ready for Preschool!

    Ms. Michele has been with the Center Grove KinderCare since 2014 as the Lead Teacher of the Discovery Preschool Classroom. Her classroom reflects open ended creativity and exploration for the students, with displays of their unique work. Michele brings her classroom to life with storytelling, dancing, and music.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Lorax
    Year Started:
    5/22/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Alexis

    Ms. Alexis, Discovery Preschool

    I love watching the children grow and develop.

    Ms. Alexis takes pride in preparing her fun-loving students for Preschool. The language enriched environment encourages reading and writing skills promoted by planned fine motor activities. Ms. Alexis' approach to teaching helps bring the Early Foundations curriculum to life! She enjoys singing and dancing along with the children to their favorite songs.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tasha

    Ms. Tasha, Learning Adventures

    I love my job because I know that what we do is the foundation to a great education! I am encouraged by the way they learn from their experiences.

    Ms. Tasha shares her love of learning every day. She has previously worked at other Indianapolis KinderCare centers as an Infant and Toddler teacher, Prekindergarten teacher, Assistant Director, and Center Director. As a Learning Adventures teacher, Ms. Tasha loving watching children read for the first time. She celebrates these moments with every child and teacher in the center. Ms. Tasha is also a wonderful mentor for other teachers in the center.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tasha previously worked at the Hamilton Center- Healthy Beginnings.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and Family Life
  • Ms. Tina

    Ms. Tina, Nutrition Specialist

    I love the moment when a child realizes they can do something great.

    Ms. Tina has worked at this center before it was KinderCare. She has worked as the Infant teacher until 2012, when she decided to share her other passion- food! We can always count on Ms. Tina to create unique, delicious, and nutritious foods for us!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential and Safe Serve

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Paths to Quality Level 4

    Paths to Quality Level 4

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is our top priority! Not only are all of our outside perimeters locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition, the front door of the center has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise a door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a staff member. The Center Director and Assistant Director, as well as the teachers make daily safety checks. We inspect the kitchen, playgrounds, and classrooms. We also conduct monthly fire and storm drills. All of our staff members are CPR and First Aid certified and renewed annually.

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 daughter has been with this KinderCare since June of 2012. I absolutely love her teachers! They always tell me how much they enjoy my daughter. I also called once a day to see how she was doing. I haven't done that in months, as I know she is well taken care of!

- Mother

My daughter began attending Center Grove KinderCare in September of 2012 at the age of 18 months. She has a developmental delay that primarily consists of physical development, so I was concerned with other childcare centers that they would use that to keep her out of an age appropriate program. This center has been wonderful from day one. The director and teachers show every day their genuine care and concern for our daughter. They do a wonderful job of working with Abby and her abilities and are eager to learn from her physical and occupational therapists the best ways to help her progress.
Then, in January of this year, Abby began having health problems and we learned that she would need major surgery and was away from the center for several weeks. The director and teacher would call to check on her and see how she was doing while she was away and it was obvious that everyone was happy to see her come back. I still call to check on her at least once a day, sometimes more, and I am never made to feel like I am bothering anyone. I love that they give me details about her day, how she is eating, sleeping, acting, and more. I feel that everyone here really cares about my daughter and it’s obvious that she loves them. I highly recommend Center Grove KinderCare!

- Mother
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