Amanda Bennett, Center Director
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Welcome to 21st and Post Road KinderCare. This location is very accessible to 70 east and west. We have a very diverse group of teachers, some with tenure and some with fresh ideas. We focus on making sure each and every child and family in our care is taken care of based on individual needs. Offering everything from beginning growth and developmental skills, to preparing your child for the beginning road to education. We also offer one on one time with each child and encourage family involvement in the child's classroom.
Amanda Bennett, 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.
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 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.
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.
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 is a well diverse group of people who enjoy working with children. Each member brings in their own uniqueness to the classroom, making a well balance of learning experiences and fun.
Each day is a learning opportunity. The only thing that matters is what you do with the experience.
Amanda started working with children when she was 20. Her experience ranges from an assistant teacher, support teacher to transistioning children in and out of school for the Indianapolis Juvenile Correctional Facility. She began working with KinderCare as a Prekindergarten teacher in February 2008. By October 2008 she was a School Age teacher and a Discovery Preschool teacher. In October of 2008 she transferred to the Shelbyville KinderCare to take the Assistant Director position. Then she accepted the Director position in January of 2012 at 21st and Post Rd. Amanda finished her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education in August of 2008. She enjoys assisting the teachers, children and parents in any way she can. She looks forward to working with each family based on their individual needs.
I love to watch children use their creative minds to learn and grow together, and build lasting friendships.
Walking in to a classroom and seeing the children's faces light up.
Ms Melanie enjoys the laughter that children give her everyday.
Ms Melanie has been with KinderCare for 1 year . She is pursuing her CDA. She enjoys the atmosphere of teaching younger children and watching them grow.
I am currently a preschool teacher. A future goal of mine is to teach first or second grade. I love to smile and think positively about any situation. I enjoy working with all kids and love everyone.
I believe it takes a village to raise a child, I consider it a privilege to be a part of that village.
Ms. Karla is a 53 year old educator, married to a wonderful man of 17 years, with seven children and 20 grandchildren and one great grandson. Ms. Karla has loved working with children her whole life. She is blessed with a gift of loving children, and can't see herself doing anything else but educating our youth for a better future for our children. She plans to continue her education in Early Childhood Education, and to one day own and operate her own facility. Ms. Karla has enjoyed her challenges and experiences while working with children, and has especially enjoyed the aha moments. She believes there is nothing more satisfying than seeing the look on a child's face when they finally grasp the concept or idea you are trying to teach or convey to the child. She loves the gift that has been bestowed upon her to teach the masses of children.
I love encouraging children to be free thinkers.
Ms. Alesha has currently worked with KinderCare for just under one year. She has been working in the Early Childcare field for fourteen years. Each day at work the children make her smile and laugh. Ms. Alesha learns from them as they learn from her. Teaching children is her passion. It is what she was made to do. Ms. Alesha has just recently finished her 120 hours that was required to receive her Child Development Associate's Credential. She has received an award from her center for Rookie of the Year. Creativity is one of Ms. Alesha's strongest points and that talent can definitely be seen throughout her classroom.
Ms. Alisha was born in Ohio to a loving family. Growing up she loved going to school, making A, B average with a 3.5 GPA. She started college for Early Childhood Education and wants to own her own daycare one day.
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 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.
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.
All staff members are CPR and First Aid certified. The building has a keypad entry and all playgrounds have a six foot fence around them. We also participate in the Federal Food Program, making sure the children get all essential nutrition for the meals we provide.
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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