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82nd Street KinderCare

Michelle Soper, Center Director

7402 East 82nd St. Indianapolis IN 46256
(317) 849-3712 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Just E of I-69; across from Community N Hospital

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Crestview, Skiles Test, Mary Castle, Fishers Elem.

We see new moments of growth each and every day.Whether it is a Toddler's first step or a Prekindergarten student learning to write her name, our teachers encourage children to develop new skills and reach important milestones and share those moments with families. We look forward to starting your child's new journey.

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Welcome

Welcome to Castleton KinderCare in Indianapolis. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Here at KinderCare we believe it takes a village to raise a child and our parents consider us to be an extension of their family. Your child will have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment.

Michelle Soper, 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.

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

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.

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  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

The staff at the KinderCare on 82nd Street is exceptional and truly has a passion for learning. The majority of the staff at the center either hold a Child Development Associate's Credential (CDA), Associate's Degree or Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. We have continual trainings conducted throughout the year as well as bi-annual professional development day for the staff members. The staff is committed to providing an exceptional, quality learning environment for the children in their care. At the end of the day the true measure of our teachers' success is their passion for the children, and their love of learning.

  • Michelle Soper, Center Director

    Michele has been with the company since April 1995. She started out as a Toddler teacher and has held several positions before becoming the Center Director. Since becoming the Director, her goal has been to make the center feel like a home away from home for the children and their families. She wants the parents to be a partner in their child's educational experience with us and she is dedicated to building a good strong relationship with each family that is built on trust and support.

    Previous Experience:
    Michele worked in management in the retail industry before coming to KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    4/1/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Abbie Perkins, Assistant Director

    The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you go! -Dr. Suess

    Abbie has been with KinderCare since March of 2003. She has worked with all age groups throughout the building and you can still find her in a classroom to this day. Abbie enjoys teaching and watching the children grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Abbie has a wide range of knowledge when it comes to Early Childhood Education. She has worked in all age groups.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Escape of Marvin the Ape
    Year Started:
    3/24/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Daisy, Infant Classroom

    I love to see the children smiling and growing.

    Ms. Daisy has been with KinderCare for a little over five years. She has experience in every age group but found her passion in the Infant room. Ms. Daisy is always reading and doing art projects with the babies so they can experience different textures. She also makes sure she gets their "mini" workout in to help them become mobile.

    Year Started:
    7/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Lauren, Toddler

    Year Started:
    11/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Lauren, Toddler

    Children are like wet cement, whatever falls on them makes an impression.

    Lauren is 20 years old and has been teaching at the center for 4 months.  She has a high school diploma and one year of college through Ivy Tech.  She is currently working towards getting her CDA.  She enjoys adding messy and fun artwork to curriculum as much as possible.  She takes pride in seeing children have fun as well as learn.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at another center for 1.5 years
    Year Started:
    11/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1.5
    Education:
    Diploma
  • Ms. Carrie Cooper, Toddler

    Carrie has been with Kindercare for 17 years and truly enjoys working for this company.  She thinks it is a joy to see them grow and learn.

    Year Started:
    5/24/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Elementary Education
  • Ms. Lorrie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy teaching young children. You see them reach so many milestones. I take pride in knowing I had a small part in it.

    Ms. Lorrie joined our center in late Spring 2013. She comes from a long line of teachers. Ms. Lorrie just received her Child Development Associate's Credential. She loves creating and implementing activities with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to KinderCare, Ms. Lorrie was a nanny for fifteen years. During this time frame she has had experience with children ranging in ages from birth to six years.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Melisa, DPS

    Every child is a different flower, and all together make this world a beautiful garden.

    Melisa is a 21 year and has been an educator at this center for a year and half.  She has her CDA and is going to school for her Elementary Education Degree.  She loves incorporating science in her classroom.  She enjoys seeing the childrens reaction to an experiment.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously worked for another company as a two's teacher.
    Year Started:
    8/14/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2.5 years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Gabi, DPS

    Children- Let them be LITTLE because they are only that way for a short time.

    Gabi is 21 and she has a daughter.  Gabi started in September and works in our Discovery Preschool room.  Gabi graduated high school in 2013 and is working towards her CDA.  In August she will be attending Ivy Tech to study Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Gabi worked for Children of America Celebrate Life
    Year Started:
    9/28/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 months
    Education:
    diploma
  • Ms. Nicole, DPS

    Let them Learn

    Nicole has her degreee in Elementary Education.  When she started working in a preschool she never looked back.  Nicole has 3 children Claire, Haden and Cooper who keep her very busy.  Nicole throughly loves her job and children of all ages.  Her experience helps her come up with new and old ideas to fit any situation.  She is currently apart of the  Discovery Preschool team and she also is a teacher mentor.

    Previous Experience:
    Nicole has worked at Learning Time Preschool and Day Nursery.
    Year Started:
    3/10/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Elementary Education
  • Ms. Cesily, Preschool

    Cesily has been at this center for 6 months.  She recently began working towards her CDA credential.  She has previously  worked with the toddler age group but now is in the preschool. Cesily has a daughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at another Kindercare for 3 years.
    Year Started:
    6/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3.5 years
    Education:
    diploma
  • Ms. Krystle, Prekindergarten Classroom

    You can't go wrong with a hug and a smile.

    Ms. Krystle has worked in our Prekindergarten room for the past two years, getting everyone ready for Kindergarten. She is silly and fun to be around. She loves keeping the children smiling. Ms. Krystle recently completed her Child Development Associate's Credential.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Krystle has experience in every age group.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Jamonica, Cook and School Age Classroom

    It takes a village to raise a child!" - African Proverb

    Ms. Jamonica has ten years experience in Early Childhood Education. It's a joy to walk into her room and hear the things the kids are learning and saying. Their imaginations are wonderful.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jamonica has worked at several childcare facilities over a ten year span.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential

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.

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


At our KinderCare, your child's health and safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of the exterior doors locked to ensure safety, our playground areas are secured with fencing. Our secured front entrance has a key code entry for authorized family members to enter and a doorbell available for all visitors who will be greeted by center staff. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator on staff who is responsible for preforming daily safety checks, as well as conducting monthly fire and disaster drills. All staff members are CPR and First Aid Certified annually. The Infant teachers have also gone through training on Safe Sleep Standards as well as SIDS training.

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