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21st Street KinderCare

Amanda Bennett, Center Director

8930 East 21st St. Indianapolis IN 46219
(317) 897-9918 Contact this center

Ages: 10 months to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
East Ridge, Lakeside, Pleasant Run, Sunny Heigts

We are a very family oriented group of people. We enjoy working with each other and the families in our care.


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

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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

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


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.

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 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.

  • Amanda Bennett

    Amanda Bennett, Center Director

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Amanda has previous experience working with children ages two through School Age and was also the Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education with concentration in Mental Health, Master's Degree in Early Childhood Leadership and Policy
  • Faith Massey

    Faith Massey, Assistant Director

    I love to watch children use their creative minds to learn and grow together, and build lasting friendships.

    Ms. Faith knew around the age of ten that her passion was to become a role model and teacher for children. She has been in the Early Childhood Education industry for over 30 years. She spent two and a half years with KinderCare in 1988. She left and returned in 1993.

    Ms. Faith's passion and love for children is the reason she has decided to further her own education. Pursing her degree also ensures that her knowledge of children's developmental stages is current, so that her knowledge will help her meet every child's individual needs.

    She loves to encourage children to do their very best. Seeing the smiles on their faces while they accomplish a task or being creative on their own brings joy to her heart. Ms. Faith was born to teach and this is the reason her co-teachers voted her to receive the Pride Award. As our Assistant Director, she wants to help our teachers instill successful skills in the children so that they can be a major part of our society.
    Year Started:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credentials
  • Miss Judith

    Miss Judith, Toddlers

    Walking in to a classroom and seeing the children's faces light up.

    Previous Experience:
    Working in a preschool classroom with 3 year olds. Teaching spanish to children ages 2 - 5 years old.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Working on Associates in ECE
  • Ms. Melanie

    Ms. Melanie, Toddlers

    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.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Working on CDA
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Preschool A

    Year Started:
    22 Years
  • Miss Davona

    Miss Davona, Preschool A

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Ivy Tech for Early Childhood Assoc.
  • Miss Shyne

    Miss Shyne, Preschool B

    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.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Karla, Preschool B

    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.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Huckleberry Finn
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    CDA working on completing Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Alesha

    Ms. Alesha, Kindergarten/ School Age

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Alesha's previous experience includes being an in-home daycare owner, activities coordinator, evening manager and working with infants and kindergarten age children.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Alisha

    Ms. Alisha, Discovery Preschool/ Bus Driver

    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.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Miss Lauren, Learning Adventures/ Floater

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Jenifer

    Ms. Jenifer, Prekindergarten/Bus Driver

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Tonya

    Ms. Tonya, Cook

    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

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.

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