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Woodfield Crossing KinderCare

Tracey Murray, Center Director

8485 Woodfield Crossing Blvd. Indianapolis IN 46240
(317) 257-3911 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Near Keystone at the Crossing & Woodfield Crossing

Neighborhood:
Woodfield Crossing Business

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Springmill, Greenbriar, Nora, IMSA

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Welcome

Welcome to the Woodfield Crossing KinderCare in Indianapolis. At our Nationally Accredited KinderCare School, we maintain a caring, safe, and clean home away from home for all of our families. Our staff provides trust, confidence, and security when families bring their children to our school. Smiles and laughter exude through our classrooms because our teachers truly enjoy the differences they are making in each child and their education.

Tracey Murray, 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.

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.

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.

Spanish

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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to our Nationally Accredited KinderCare Learning Center. We are dedicated to providing a rich and stimulating day for your child. Our teachers make sure their are setting an educational foundation for success through small and large group activities, daily ehancements to the curriculum and a safe classroom environement. The majority of our teachers have a Child Development Associate certificate, Bachelor's degree, or Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Eduacation. Our teachers have a passion for what they do and consider it a privilege to partner with you during this special time in your child's life.

  • Tracey Murray

    Tracey Murray, Center Director

    I love building relationships with families and watching children grow and learn from one room to the next.

    Ms. Tracey has worked with all ages of children from Infants through School age. She served as an Assistant Director and Director of a preschool program prior to joining KinderCare Education. She holds a Business Administration Degree as well as her CDA equivalent. She enjoys gettng to know the families and watching the children learn and grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tracey has previous classroom experience with all ages of children as well as previous Management experience as an Assistant Director and then Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Velveteen Rabbit
    Year Started:
    10/8/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Associates in Business Administration and CDA equivalent
  • Amy Tilford

    Amy Tilford, Assistant Director

    I love to see the children's smiling faces and being able to watch them learn and grow.

    Ms. Amy has completed Early Childhood Education classes through J. Everett Light Career Center and is currently enrolled and working on her CDA.  She started working for Kindercare in 2006 and has enjoyed being able to work with all age groups with a passion for the Toddler classrooms.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining Kindercare, Ms. Amy babysat, took Early Childhood Education courses, and interned with different childcares.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown Bear, Brown Bear"
    Year Started:
    6/23/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    HS Diploma, Currently attending school for CDA
  • Kari Mbiti, Program Specialist

    I love teaching new things to children and sharing in their experiences.

    Ms. Kari has over 20 years of experience in working with children from Infancy to School Age. She holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She recently was an Early Childhood teacher working with Special Needs kids before coming back to KinderCare part time. She accepted a full time Program Specialist position here and has been an instrumental part in each classrooms success. Seeing the looks of wonder and curiosity in the children gives Ms. Kari a reason each day to be in the Early Childhood field.
    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kari has worked for childcare for over 20 years. She has worked with all age groups as well as special needs children. She is looking forward to sharing curriculum planning and ideas with the staff in her role as Program Specialist.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear"
    Year Started:
    5/29/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tamara

    Ms. Tamara, Float

    I love helping children grow.

    Ms. Tamara was born in Indianapolis and currently attends IUPUI. She loves being around children and hleping them learn and grow. Ms. Tamara has a goal of working as a childhood counselor when she completes her schooling.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tamara previously has experience babysitting as well as working in her church nursery.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where the wild things are"
    Year Started:
    5/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Currently attends IUPUI studying Psychology
  • Ms. Brittney

    Ms. Brittney, Infants

    Ms. Brittney has been a KinderCare parent for over 6 years. She has two children of her own and enjoys building bonds with the Infants and their families.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brittney has children of her own as well as babysitting experience prior to working at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    9/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Debra

    Ms. Debra, Infants

    I love, love, love, children! They are so cute and funny! Watching them learn and grow, while having fun is so exciting!

    Previous Experience:
    Worked previous with other child care centers. Nanny
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown Bear, Brown Bear"
    Year Started:
    11/3/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Miss Linda

    Miss Linda, Kitchen Manager

    I love to eat and I love to feed others. It makes people happy and I love to make people happy!

    Miss Linda is our cook and also helps out in the classrooms throughout the day!  

    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Toddlers

    Seeing a child's face and knowing that I could be making a difference in a child's life is something amazing.

    Ms. Ashley was our former School Age teacher in 2008 and left for a period of time after her first son was born. She has recently received her Child Development Associate's Credential and returned to KinderCare to do what she loved. Ms. Ashley is currently one of our Infant teachers. She has three boys ranging from the ages of one to four. She has been working with children for seven years. Being able to be around children and catching the glimpse of their face when they discover new things.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Ashley has taught children from ages one to four.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Miss Nikki

    Miss Nikki, Infant Classroom

    I love being able to see the world in a child's eyes and showing them new things that the world has for them to learn.

    Miss Nikki started working for Kindercare in January of 2015.  She has worked with our toddlers and is currently our Infant teacher.  

    Previous Experience:
    Has worked with infants at other childcare centers in the past before coming to Kindercare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Velveteen Rabbit"
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3years
    Education:
    HR, Business Management and Marketing, Accounting, Enrolling in CDA program
  • Miss Shacole

    Miss Shacole, Floating T

    I love getting to know each child and also building relationships with the children.

    I love this classroom because it is full of learning and fun!

    Previous Experience:
    Worked for a couple child care centers other than kindercare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie"
    Year Started:
    2/23/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Working on CDA

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. 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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We are closed on the following holidays for 2016:

New Years Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day and the Day After
Christmas  (observed on Dec. 26th, 2016)

Health and Safety

Here at KinderCare, one of our top priorities is the safety of your children. The front door of our center has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. We ensure that our building is cleaned and sanitized daily as well as participate in ongoing staff trainings on Health and Safety as it is necessary to maintain the safest environment for all students.

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 husband and I have been very pleased with the learning and development that our daughter has achieved while being enrolled at KinderCare at Woodfield Crossing. She is also developing socialization skills that is proven with her engagement with the other children. I know that her teacher cares for her and is committed to her learning and care. This is demonstrated not only through interaction and activities and projects that she brings home and but also through our daily reports and regularly scheduled parent-teacher conferences.

- Parent

As a single mother, my daughter, Reya, is my entire world. I am a self-proclaimed “hover-mom” who puts her first at all costs. After only two days at her previous day care, I pulled her out immediately and had a bleak outlook on childcare in general. Being a teacher requires me to put in long hours at work so I realized that I would, inevitably, have to find another facility for my child. Reluctantly, I made appointments with ten daycares and planned to visit them all before making my decision. KinderCare at Woodfield Crossing was my first stop. The director, Shannon, greeted me with a warm smile and I immediately felt at ease. Within a few moments, I could sense the family-feel of the center and undeniable love for children. My daughter, Reya, instantly started playing and I could tell she was comfortable already. I knew that I would be canceling nine appointments. My mind was made up. Shannon and her staff have been phenomenal. Reya cries when she has to leave because she enjoys it so much. She has grown very attached to all of the staff members and loves all of the opportunities KinderCare has to offer. Whether it’s music class with Noel, learning to walk with Stephanie or having breakfast with Cambella, Reya is all smiles! I affectionately call Shannon Reya’s “school mommy” because their relationship is so close and loving. Candace and Reya have a special bond as well, always cracking each other up. Reya’s infant teacher, Stephanie, was patient and kind when Reya first arrived; there were always laughs and snuggles. Reya has now graduated into the “Tiny Tots” room with Amy and she is on cloud nine! Amy’s lessons are creative and innovative. She never hesitates to extend on the curriculum, even if it means researching or bringing items from home. Amy puts her heart and soul in everything she does. I cannot say enough positive words about the staff at Woodfield Crossing. I am not an easy person to impress, but… with tears rolling down my cheeks, I will say that I am not only impressed, I am in awe of these women. I can honestly say that they know my child, love her and have her best interest at heart. That means the world to me.

- Parent

I'm excited about the care of my son at KinderCare. He's in a clean environment, with teachers that care and adore the children deeply. He's fed according to his schedule and very happy when I pick him up. The staff and children in the class are always happy and it's a pleasant feeling in the room. I wouldn’t dream of taking my son anywhere else other than the Woodfield Crossing KinderCare!

- Father

My daughter has recently relocated to the Woodfield Crossing KinderCare location. The teachers have done such a great job helping us adapt to our new environment! They are welcoming and make every day an educational experience for her. We love working on the homework together that her teachers send home once a month!

- Father
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