Christine Shotton, Center Director
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Welcome to our school. My name is Christine Shotton and I am the Center Director. Our school is level 4 Paths To Quality and licensed by the state of Indiana. We are also NECPA accredited. We would love to invite you in to come personally tour our school so that you may meet our caring and loving teachers. We are open 6am-6pm Monday-Friday. Our door is always open to current parents and prospective families!
Christine Shotton, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?
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.
Our staff combined, have over 99 years experience working in the early childhood field. Ninety percent of our staff have degrees or are currently enrolled in classes for early childhood. Our teachers are deeply dedicated to the safety and education of every child in their classroom.
Reading is the key that opens all doors.
Christine has over 25 years experience working with children and their families. She has a bachelor's degree in Human Services and a minor in Special Education. She prides herself on being an advocate for children and providing them with great learning experiences at a very early age. Christine has over 15 years of management experience. She holds her teachers and staff to the same high level expectations that she has for herself to maintain a safe, fun, friendly, and educational environment.
Ms. Amber grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana. She has always had a love for children. She has her bachelors degree in Elementary Education and reading from Ball State University. She loves watching the children learn and grow each day.
Ms. Sha is our Discovery Preschool teacher. She has her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Sha has such a passion working with this age group. She really makes learning fun and all of her children love coming to school each day!
Mr. Trey is our Preschool teacher. He is in classes at Ivy tech to get his degree in Early Childhood Education. Mr. Trey loves coming to work each day and is very passionate about what he does. He loves teaching the chidren and helping them development.
I love coming to work each day because each day is different! The Children are always learning something new and exciting!
Ms. Katy is our Infant teacher. Ms. Katy has her Child Development Assosicates degree. She has a passion for teaching and loves being there for the children.
Ms. Karla has been working at KinderCare in the infant room for many years. She loves working with the babies and watching them reach their developmental milestones.
Ms. Cathy has been in the Early Childhood Education field for 8 years. She is currently in school to recieve her Child Development Assosciates degree. She loves working with the Pre-K students and helping them get ready for Kindergarten!
Ms. Flor has her bilinigual Child Development Assosciates and has been working with children for several years. She has a great time teaching the two year olds and watching them grow and learn.
Ms. Miranda has her degree in Elementary Education. She loves working with children and helping them reach their own milestones in a fun and loving way.
Ms. LeAnne is currently in school at Ivy Tech to receive her degree in secondary education. She loves working with the School Agers each day. She really enjoys being creative and doing fun projects with them.
Ms. Porshia has her CDA for Infant/Toddler. She also attended classes at Ball State University towards her Early Childhood Degree. She loves working with our toddler students and watching them achieve new goals each day.
Ms. Ebony is a toddler teacher. She loves coming to work each day to see the children's smiling faces and to get big hugs from them. She loves seeing the chidren's passion for learning and the excitement they get when they complete a taserk.
Ms. Heather is one of Toddler teachers. She really enjoys being with this age group because each day they are learning something new.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
Our entry door is locked by a key pad. This ensures that only family members and authorized personnel have access to our children. We change the code to the keypad at least one time per year.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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