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West 86th Street KinderCare

Ms. Erin Wilson, Center Director

3722 West 86th St. Indianapolis IN 46268
(317) 872-6384 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
West 86th Street

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Crooked Creek Elementary - Before and After School drop-off and pick-up. Eastbrook Elementary - Before and After School drop-off and pick-up. College Park Elementary - Transports to the center.

Welcome

Welcome to West 86th Street KinderCare in Indianapolis, Indiana. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. Walking through the door, we hope that you immediatly feel like you are home. Our small center gives us the opportunity to bond with each family like they are our own. It is our job to keep your most precious gift safe, happy, and learning. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth through their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Your child will not only be provided with a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but sill have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.
 

Ms. Erin Wilson, 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

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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

The teachers and staff members at 86th Street KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers participate in biannual company Professional Development trainings as well as an annual renewal of their certifications in SIDS Prevention, CPR and First Aid. Also, our teachers participate in the IAEYC Early Childhood conference each year. Our teachers have either an advanced degree in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Development, Child Development Associate's Credential (CDA) or are in school obtaining a degree relating to the Early Childhood Education field.

  • Ms. Erin Wilson

    Ms. Erin Wilson, Center Director

    Every child deserves a champion -- an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can be. -Rita F. Pierson

    Ms. Amber has worked with KinderCare since 2010. She is currently attending school at Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis for Anthropology. Ms. Amber has also finished her Child Development Associates Credential. Beginning as a teacher in the School Age room, Ms. Amber has worked her way to her current position, Center Director.  She is a passionate education leader who is focused on creating and enhancing learning environments with a high emphasis on education for young children. Her goal is to create a presence in the local community as a leader in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Amber comes from an Italian family and is a proud Italian-American. In her spare time, she likes to read, refinish furniture, cook, garden, and go jet skiing with her husband.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amber worked for six years at another childcare facility.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    10/5/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential (CDA), and pursuing a BA in Anthropology
  • Ms. Tracy Dickey

    Ms. Tracy Dickey, Assistant Director

    Ms. Tracy came to Kinder Care in 2013. She has been working towards her associate/bachelor degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Tracy loves being in the early childhood education field because she truly believes that the foundation of learning begins as an Infant. She loves being a part of a team who shares the same values, and she loves the rich curriculum that Kinder Care has to offer children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tracy has worked in each age group within Kinder Care. She has also been a tutor for our learning adventures program. Aside from being at Kinder Care, Ms. Tracy has three children of her own, and has always grown up caring for children.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Fox in Socks - Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    5/13/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Child Development Associate equivalent, working towards associate/bachelors degree in Elementary Education. CPR/First Aid certified including Infants.
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Cook/Healthy and Safety Coordinator

    I love working with children because I love the smiles, hugs and growth development. I have watched many children grow from infants to school-age!

    Ms. Debbie has worked for KinderCare since 2005. In that time she has been a great help to the staff and management team. Ms. Debbie has her Bachelor's in Behavioral Science from Mid-America Christian College. Since graduation she has worked with children in both a childcare capacity, as well as a social work capacity. Ms. Debbie loves walking, swimming and traveling with her husband and daughter. In her spare time she loves reading and looking for creative ideas for the home.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Science

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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
  • 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 one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition, the front door of our facility has a coded entry where only authorized family members are provided with entry codes. Otherwise, a door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a center staff member. At KinderCare, we have a Health and Safety Coordinator, Ms. Debbie, on site as well. Ms. Debbie's role includes conducting monthly disaster drills, maintaining Safe Serve certifications, ensuring that all staff member's first aid and CPR certificates are up to date, and maintaining high cleanliness standards.

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 attending the West 86th Street KinderCare for about a year. Before that she was at a day care where the staff was wonderful but there was no learning component. Now, not only is she cared for by a wonderful, caring, and credentialed staff, but she has truly blossomed under their care and with all of the social and educational learning opportunities that she gets to experience daily. My two year old now knows her ABC's, numbers, colors, and animals. She has learned about nature, is learning how to write, her speech has greatly improved, and has made some good friends. I have no doubt that she'll be ready for kindergarten and beyond.

- Mother

Leaving my child and going back to work has been one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. My daughter has been enrolled at KinderCare since she was three months old and they have made being away from her so much easier. The infant room teachers were so supportive during that beginning transition time. They were also supportive that we were breastfeeding and worked with me to figure out the right amount of milk to send each day. Our daughter has moved to the toddler room and it is amazing to see the curriculum at work as her social and motor skills develop. Our family and friends always comment on how quickly her skills are progressing and my husband and I always give credit to KinderCare. The staff consistently handles every situation with open communication and professionalism. They have also been really terrific about our dietary preferences. I know this can be a pain, but they reassure me that they understand that I am just trying to be the best mom for my daughter. I highly recommend this KinderCare to any parent.

- Mother

My three-year-old has been at kindercare for two weeks now. She loves it and I love it. She goes on and on about her teacher Ms. Angela when she gets home. On her first day she said "mommy I love Ms. Angela. Can she come live with us?". I love the fact that she is not just a face without a name to them. The center directors and her teachers call her by name when she comes in to school and when she is leaving. They are a really pleasant facility to visit. I also like the fact that this is a curriculum based facility. Not only do they play but they learn valuable lessons while at play. I hope to enroll my son in the toddler program when he turns two.

- Mother

I am a mother of one and my child was first enrolled at KinderCare when she was two years old; she is now seven and in the same KinderCare facility. This facility requires a code to get into the center, which makes me feel like my child is safe at all times while in their care. I have not had one problem with any staff member throughout the years; they are amazing and have always been from the very beginning. My daughter has learned so much from the staff and enjoys playing with her old and new friends that she's made over the years. Her favorite time of the year is definitely the summer when she gets to do special activities and go on field trips during their "summer camp". I would not change anything about this center. We will continue to attend KinderCare for as long as possible.

- Parent

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding patience, professionalism and care provided by the at KinderCare development center.
 
KinderCare has been providing care and academic development to my son since he was 8 weeks, he is now 3 and in Ms Angela’s preschool class.  I have seen this center, and the children grow and flourish under Jessica Langlais’ leadership as Director and Amber Lane Asst Director.  
 
The center’s aesthetics are bright, fun, and more importantly reflective of the children they service.  There is a welcoming atmosphere at the initial entrance into the center and beyond.  The beautification project that has taking place on the grounds to include landscaping, floral and playground areas is very much impressive and a direct reflection of the pride and dedication Jessica and her staff have in their center, the children and families.  This center sets a high standard of quality and service to their patrons. 

Many Thanks!

- Mother
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