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Richardson Road KinderCare

Ms. Bridgette Whalen, Center Director

4225 Richardson Rd. Independence KY 41051
(859) 525-8662 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We do not transport children to and from elementary school; however, Beechgrove does transport to us with the public school yellow bus before and after school.

We are currently enrolling in all five of our classrooms. Call us to schedule a visit today! We would love to meet you.

Welcome

Fall is right around the corner. Whether children have first words or first grade on their horizon, our experts designed every classroom, every activity and lesson to help our teachers prepare children for success in school and beyond. With teachers who delight in opening young learner's eyes to a world of learning, sharing and exploring, it's easy to see why we are the right choice for families across the nation. Everything we do is designed for learning. Come visit us today.

Ms. Bridgette Whalen, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Monthly Activities

April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

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.

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.

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 staff members are very caring and loving individuals. They come to work to make a difference in a child's life. The staff also wants the children to learn and be prepared to move on to accomplish all of their goals in life.

  • Ms. Bridgette Whalen

    Ms. Bridgette Whalen, Center Director


     
    Previous Experience:
    Bridgette has been working with children for over 15 yrs in different venues such as Foster Care, Residential Treatment, and Early Childhood Education center. She is a mother of three and enjoys family time. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreational Therapy.
    Year Started:
    4/18/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
  • Cecily Collier

    Cecily Collier, Assistant Director

    Dream big while you sleep,and even bigger when you are awake"~Jared Leto

    Ms. Cecily has been working with infants and toddlers for 7 years. She is so excited to join the KinderCare family!

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to us Miss.Cecily taught at Youthland Academy and The Goddard School.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Wild Things Are- Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    7/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ashley Crawford

    Ashley Crawford, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Ashley comes to KinderCare with Early Childhood experience. She is planning to start in the child development associate program. She brings a fun and nurturing element to the classroom. She is very creative in her activities and has a way to keep the kids engaged.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

    Year Started:
    12/5/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ashley Haas

    Ashley Haas, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Ashley has been with KinderCare for two years. She has achieved her child development associate. Ms. Ashley is always coming up with fun and exciting activities and says it comes from her love of Pinterest. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

    Year Started:
    10/4/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Donna has been with KinderCare for 21 years in several states and now is at home in KY.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Donna has been with KinderCare for 21 years in several states and now is at home in KY.
    Year Started:
    9/27/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21
  • Ms. Lisa H.

    Ms. Lisa H., Infant A/B Classroom

    I enjoy working with children and giving the parents the support system they need while knowing their child is well taken care of!

    Ms. Lisa enjoys working at KinderCare so much that her daughter now wants to grow up and be a teacher like her mother. She loves coming in to work every day and seeing the smiling faces of the children and the staff!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Lisa worked at Thirsty Way for twenty four years and has three children of her own.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
  • Melissa

    Melissa, Substitute Teacher

    Ms. Melissa has a degree in Special Education from University of Cincinnati. She enjoys teaching and watching children grow and learn new things.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Tiki Tiki Tembo

    Year Started:
    3/9/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Degree in Special Education
  • Desiree

    Desiree, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Desi comes to us from The Goddard School. She has 15 years experience in Early Childhood Education. She is a mother of two boys and is very active with her boys. She loves teaching and helping young minds grow.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    8/3/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Sandy

    Ms. Sandy, School Age Classroom

    Treat others the way you want to be treated.

    Ms. Sandy has been with KinderCare since 2012 and enjoys working with School Age children in our after school program. She has worked at the Taylor Mill Elementary School for thirteen years and enjoys every minute of both of her jobs! Ms. Sandy enjoys activities with the children that are hands on, like science experiments or artwork!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Sandy worked at Taylor Mill Elementary School and has has of her own children.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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

For the health and safety of our students and staff, our center is equipped with a keypad entry and fenced-in playgrounds. Also all of our staff members are CPR and First Aid certified.

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.

 A letter to KinderCare on a child's last day.

I want to thank each and everyone of you for taking such amazing care of Izabella for the past 6 years. All of you are such caring and loving people. She has spent almost her whole life with you guys at KinderCare and I can't begin to describe the love we have felt over the years. It is such a bitter sweet day for Izabella and I. Thank you all so much.
Love,
Izabella and Family:)

 

- Mother

My wife and I know that when we drop of fthe two most important people in our lives, that they will be taken care of and loved like they were their own children. Our boys are very close with their teachers and their faces light up when we mention their teachers"names outside of school

- Father

My daughter is enrolled in Ms. Michelle's [Learning Adventures] cooking class and LOVES it! The excitement she gets on Tuesdays and Thursdays when he knows she has class is pure joy for a mother. She enjoys the class so much, she has started to help me in the kitchen, cooking dinner and looking at recipes! I couldn't ask for a better extra-curricular for my little preschooler! Thank you so much!

- Mother

There is nowhere else I could leave my children and know they were well taken care of and learning so much at school. The knowledge my children have learned from the class at KinderCare has helped so much and I couldn't ask for better teachers and staff. The school is so clean and inviting, I never want to leave! Thank you to Ms. Stephanie and her whole staff for helping this working mother of two!

- Mother

When I walk into KinderCare I instantly feel a sense of calm and comfort. I am always greeted with a smile and a kind face. I know my daughter is being well taken care and have a sense of relief knowing she will be learning and playing with her friends and teachers. I know all the teachers very well and they can talk to me about her progress and how well she is doing. I love KinderCare, I would not go anywhere else.

- Mother
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