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Whitcomb KinderCare

Shawnna Logan, Center Director

1034 North Whitcomb Ave. Indianapolis IN 46224
(317) 247-1195 Contact this center

Ages: 1 YEAR-OLDS to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Located off West 10th Street. One mile off I-465.

Neighborhood:
Speedway, West Side of Indianapolis

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Chapel Wood, Garden City, West Lake for Before and After care, and Newby, and St. Christopher for After Only Care

We are located just outside of Speedway, Indiana, home of the Indy 500! Every year, we host our own Indy 500 race known as The Indy Kindy 500. During this special event, we transform our center into our very own racetrack where children participate in a tricycle race! Everyone at our school is a winner, so every child goes home with a prize!​

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Welcome

Welcome to the Whitcomb KinderCare, providing quality preschool to Speedway and the surrounding area!

Shawnna Logan, 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

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

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.

Art Adventures

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

Teachers & Staff

The staff at our Whitcomb Avenue KinderCare is dedicated to providing the best quality of care and education to each individual child. We have a combined experiences of 125 years in the early childhood field! Our staff participates in a biannual Professional Development day to remain current on the best practices in education to offer your children.

  • Shawnna Logan

    Shawnna Logan, Center Director

    I love being a part of the children's lives. It gives me great joy to watch the children grow and learn each day. Not only do the students learn something new each day, they teach me as well.

    Shawnna has been with KinderCare at our center since 2000. She started as a Preschool teacher, then moved into the Assistant Director position for four years, and became Center Director in 2010. She has a passion for making our school the very best for our staff, families, and most importantly, our children.

    Previous Experience:
    Shawnna started as a Preschool teacher through KinderCare, and has since worked her way up to Center Director.
    Year Started:
    10/24/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Keerstin Hession

    Keerstin Hession, Assistant Director

    I love seeing the children every day. I love to grow with them and see how they interact.

    Ms. Keerstin has recently taken on the role of the Assistant Director Position. During her time here, she has taken classes and received her Child Development Associates Credential, and is currently taking classes to further her education in the field of Early Childhood Education. Ms. Keerstin is a fantastic member of our team and loved by all of our families and children alike!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Associates Degree ECE
  • Ms. Yazmin

    Ms. Yazmin, Discovery Preschool

    All of my children make me very happy! I am so excited to come to work everyday to see their smiling faces.

    Yazmin was a student here at our school and is now here as a teacher. She remembers how much she loved coming to KinderCare as a young child and wants to give those same memories back to the children. Yazmin will soon be starting her college classes to attain her CDA.

    Year Started:
    7/28/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Starting her CDA
  • Robyn

    Robyn, School Age Classroom

    I love working with children because I go home everyday knowing that I have enriched a life and helped them reach their full potential.

    Robyn was born in Hawaii, but at a young child moved to Nevada. She studied microbiology, biomedical engineering and early childhood education in college. She finally chose early childhood education because she realized it was her passion to take an active role in the education of future generations.

    Year Started:
    8/3/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Starting her CDA
  • Ms. Rosa

    Ms. Rosa, Toddler Teacher

    What I love the most is that I get to spend my day with my children. They always make me smile and they make my day better. They share their love and their happiness with me, and are always ready and happy to learn new things!

    Ms. Rosa attended the J. Everett Light Career Center after graduating high school for an internship with KinderCare. She feels inspired to come to work every day because she knows she will make a difference in the children's lives. Ms. Rosa is an exceptional example of what every early childhood educator should be.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Certification
  • Ms. Joyce

    Ms. Joyce, Preschool Classroom

    Kids are people too. You have to treat them with respect, and listen to what they have to say. You can always learn from them one way or another.

    Ms. Joyce initially had her own in-home childcare. After a few years, she decided to see what it would be like in a center setting. She has been with KinderCare ever since! She has taught in our Discovery Preschool room for about eleven years, and has been our Preschool teacher for the past five years. Her expertise and experience really shows in her classroom! Ms. Joyce loves doing circle time with the children and hearing their vivid imaginations come to life!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Joyce worked at an in-home childcare center.
    Year Started:
    12/1/1997
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Junior Kindergarten/School Age Classroom

    I love having the opportunity to teach and inspire. I look forward to seeing my students and having fun learning with them throughout the day.

    Ms. Katie graduated from high school in 2005. She spent most of her career, prior to KinderCare, in sales and management. She has been at KinderCare for two years and has received her Child Development Associate's Credential through Rasmussen College. She is currently co-teaching in our Junior Kindergarten classroom and enjoys teaching and learning with her class. Her favorite activities are story time and doing art projects with her students. Ms. Katie excels in implementing our Spanish curriculum with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Katie spent over six years in retail sales and management.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Learning Adventures (ART)

    Working at KinderCare involves two of my favorite passions-art and children. I love both. Children are our future! Thinking that maybe I can help someone feel a little bit better about themselves inspires me to come to work every day. Kids need to be affirmed and loved, and I enjoy thinking about how I can help make that happen.

    Ms. Amy is bringing the joy of art to our KinderCare! She has started a new branch within our Learning Adventures program. Our School Age children light up when they see the amazing art activities she brings every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amy has previous experience teaching at her church, working as an Assistant Children's Supervisor for six years at her church and leading Art Sparks (an art program for children in the Speedway area) for five years.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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

To ensure the safety of our children, we have several efficient security precautions in place, such as: keypad entry, fenced playground, and 100% of our staff are CPR and First Aid certified. We maintain our center's safety through daily health and safety checks, and monthly drills.

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.

I like KinderCare simply because of the improvements I see in my daughter verbally and mentally. KinderCare teachers are caring.

- Mother

What I like about KinderCare is the care and attention my son gets. And I see him learning every day. His English is also getting a lot better!

- Father

I like how much my daughter loves coming to school every day!

- Mother
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