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Madison KinderCare

Jennifer Stambaugh, Center Director

8829 S. Madison Ave. Indianapolis IN 46227
(317) 881-5673 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
across from Lowes Hardware Store

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Northeast, Isom, Homecroft; Winchester; Kitley Elementary, Southwest; Mary Bryan, Abraham Lincoln

Our center has wonderful outdoor spaces for your children to play and explore, we have a large grassy field and picnic area where our School Age children enjoy playing large group games together. We also have a large climber for the preschool children and our toddler-two's playground features climbing equipment and room to run promoting motor development.
 Once inside our building you will see friendly faces and teachers who are dedicated to providing the best education and care possible for your child. Our classrooms are spacious, engaging and designed to promote learning and adventure! Come see for yourself! Set up a tour by phone (317-881-5673) or online at our website. Or come to one of our frequent Open Houses.

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Welcome

Welcome to Madison Avenue KinderCare! We are located at the intersection of Madison Avenue and County Line Road in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our classrooms and daily activities are expertly designed to prepare your child for success in school and beyond. We offer a variety of fun and educational activities in our classrooms on a daily basis. Children are able to explore, learn and develop each day! We focus on all areas of growth from verbal skills and problem solving to math and writing skills. Our team is professionally trained, CPR and First Aid certified and passionate about making your child's day one to remember! Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we're excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for play and learning!

Jennifer Stambaugh, 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

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 teachers and staff members at Madison Avenue KinderCare are what truly make our center great! We have a great group of long term staff with several of our teachers being here in this building from ten to seventeen years! Our teachers are passionate about what they do and participate in up to 35 hours of training each year. They are dedicated to providing a fun, well-rounded and enriching education, and are eager to help your child excel in the classroom and meet personal goals.

  • Jennifer Stambaugh

    Jennifer Stambaugh, Center Director

    Each day I have the pleasure of serving over 100 children and families. I enjoy the oppurtunity I have to make a difference in quality child care for all children and that parents can trust that their children are cared for, loved and learning each and every day!

    Jennifer has been a classroom teacher with the Preschool and Prekindergarten classes. She also was a staff trainer and mentor to new staff. Jennifer was the Program Specialist and Assistant Director, before becoming the Center Director. She participates in trainings several times a year and enjoys learning and sharing any knowledge she learns with the children and staff.  Jennifer has families that are now bringing second generations to her center. Jennifer also has two staff members, that were previous KinderCare children! 

    Previous Experience:
    KinderCare has been a major part of Jennifer's life, as a child she helped out in many centers. Jennifer began her KinderCare career one week out of high school, this is Jennifer's first and only job!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka BOOM BOOM!!!
    Year Started:
    6/10/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Lori

    Lori, Assistant Director

    Every day the children teach ME something new! I love watching them learn, grow and accomplish new things. I LOVE the excitement I see in their eyes, when they have accomplished something new or meaningful to them.

    Ms. Lori has worked at KinderCare for twelve years. She is married with two sons, Trevor is 24 and Tyler is 15. She also has a three-year-old grandson named Emerson. Ms. Lori has her Child Development Associate's Credential and is currently enrolled in classes to receive her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Before becoming the Program Specialist, Ms. Lori was the lead teacher in one of our Preschool classrooms and has been our Learning Adventures lead coordinator for the past nine years!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    2/5/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Infant Classroom

    After working thirteen years in an office and being so hurried raising my own two girls, I really enjoy the Infants and Toddlers. They bring me so much joy!

    Ms. Mary has worked in the Infant room for fourteen years and completed her Child Development Associate's Credential in 2006. She has been married for 29 years. Ms. Mary has two daughters, one son-in-law and a grandson, Rylan, who is two and a half years old. She also has  two step-grandsons, Brayden, who is fourteen, and Brody, who is thirteen. Ms. Mary likes to get to know her infants' families and provide a personal level of care to show respect to the families who trust us with their babies!

    Year Started:
    9/1/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Patty, Infants

    I love seeing the wonderment in an infants eyes when the experience something new for the first time.

    Ms. Patty has been with KinderCare for 9 months now. Ms. Patty is married and has been for 10 years.Ms. Patty is a mother of a 39 year old daughter and a 35 year old son, and a grandmother of 4 grandchildren (ages 10, 7, 3 and 2). In her classroom, Ms. Patty likes building blocks, painting, and seeing the infants experience new things.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Patty spent over five and a half years working at YMCA.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Took classes for Early Childhood Education at FCCJ Community College in Florida
  • Ms. Aly, Preschool

    Year Started:
    6/28/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Susan, Preschool

    What I love about working here is that everyday with the kids is different. They are  always learning something new everyday and each day is a new surprise with them.

    Ms. Susan has been working with us at KinderCare for about two weeks now. However, she has been working with KinderCare for almost three years now. Ms. Susan has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Ivy Tech. Ms. Susan has a seven month old daughter whom also attends KinderCare. In her classroom, Ms. Susan enjoys getting to work with the kids one-on-one to help them learn new things.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Susan worked at the Goddard School for 1 year and was an assistant manager at Walgreens for seven years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Ivy Tech
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Program Specialist

    I love coming to work each day and seeing the infants reach new milestones.

    Ms. Jennifer has been a part of KinderCare for five years and has been a parent of KinderCare for six years. Ms. Jennifer has three kids, an thirteen year old girl, a six year old boy, and a three year old girl; two which currently attend KinderCare. In her classroom, Ms. Jennifer loves to interact with the infants and help them discover and learn new things.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Big Red Barn
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Mr. Josh

    Mr. Josh, School Age

    I love coming to work and building relationships will the children in my classroom.

    Mr. Josh has just joined us KinderCare. In the future, Mr. Josh has aspirations to join the military and go to school for sports broadcasting/announcing and/or coaching. In the School Age Classroom, Mr. Josh enjoys getting the kids involved in sports, such as basketball.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining Kindercare, Mr. Josh was a sales representative for a construction company.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harry Potter Series
    Year Started:
    4/11/2016
  • Ms. Bryanna, Support Staff

  • Ms. Morgan, Toddlers

    I love coming to work and helping the children learn new skills that they will use later on in life.

    Ms. Morgan is brand new to KinderCare. She is currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education at Ivy Tech. In her class, Ms. Morgan likes to do arts & crafts, especially painting with the kids.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
    Year Started:
    1/4/2016
    Education:
    Currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education at Ivy Tech
  • Ms. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney, Toddler Classroom

    I love watching children grow and develop at such a young age and seeing all the new things they are learning.

    Ms. Courtney has been at KinderCare for one year now. She is currentyly going to school for her CDA. Ms. Courtney loves to get her students involved with art & painting.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Courtney has a license in Cosmetology.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Months
    Education:
    Pursing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love my job because I love knowing that I set parent's minds at ease by being a great caretaker and comforter to their children.

    Ms. Stephanie has been a part of KinderCare for two years. She has five children of her own, ages ranging from six to seventeen years old.

    Before joining us, Ms. Stephanie has worked with children at Head Start and Guaranteed Fitness. She graduated from Purdue University in 1997 with a Bachelor's in Childhood Development. In her personal life, Ms. Stephanie is in a band and loves music, and loves incorporating music into her classroom through dancing, singing, and playing instruments.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stephanie was the Head Daycare Provider at Guaranteed Fitness, and an Assistant at Head Start prior to joining the KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Tracy

    Ms. Tracy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing that something has been learned by my students, whether it's the theme I am teaching or signs we have been working on. I love seeing that thy get it!

    Ms. Tracy uses sign language and teaches her children signs that coordinate with the theme. Every month is a new theme so a few new signs are worked on each month. It is also included in activities throughout the day.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Tracy worked as a teacher's aide at Indiana School for the Deaf.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Pre-Kindergarten

    I love the Ah-Ha moments when you realize that you did reach that child and were able to teach them something new.

    Ms. Kelly is a mother of two sets of twins, they are six and eight-years-old! She has been a parent here at Madison Avenue KinderCare since her first set of twins were two-years-old. In the three years she has been teaching here she spent her first year in the Discovery Preschool classroom and the last two years in the Preschool classroom. As a Preschool teacher Ms. Kelly focuses a lot on letters and sounds. A lot of her activities are centered around the letter of the week. Something unique about her classroom is that during morning group time when she goes over the days of the week, months of the year, alphabet and counting, she does them in English and in Spanish. It is really exciting to see how students can pick up multiple languages so quickly!

    Year Started:
    5/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree in Early Childhood Education, Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Preschool Classroom

    I am passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of children.

    Ms. Michelle has been at the Madison Avenue KinderCare since October of 2013. She spent her first four years with KinderCare at this same center starting in 1996 and has since spent time in other centers as both an assistant director, and center director. A passion for being in the classroom with children has led her back to Madison Avenue and the Preschool Classroom. Prior to KinderCare, Ms. Michelle worked with middle school and high school Biology students. Science is one of her favorite things to do with children. She also loves to read books and sing with children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Michelle has prior experience as a KinderCare Assistant Director and Center Director.
    Year Started:
    5/1/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
  • Ms. Brooke

    Ms. Brooke, Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing that "click/light-bulb" moment on a child's face when you see that they are learning and have understood something that you have taught them.

    Ms. Brooke has been with KinderCare for one year now. Before working at KinderCare, Ms. Brooke has worked at KinderGate and has had internships with Montessori and LaPetite. She currently has a Bachelor's Degree from Purdue University in Youth/Adult Family Services. Ms. Brooke has also been happily married for four years and is the mother one four-month old son. In her classroom, Ms. Brooke loves playing board games with her students and likes to get them thinking!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joing us at KinderCare, Ms. Brooke has previous experience with children during her interships at Montessori and LaPetite and has worked at KinderGate.
    Year Started:
    5/26/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Youth/Adult Family Services from Purdue University
  • Mr. Jeremy

    Mr. Jeremy, School Age Classroom

    I love seeing that 'light bulb moment' in students when they finally understand something that you have helped them learn.

    Mr. Jeremy has been a part of KinderCare for five years. Before joining us, Mr. Jeremy has taught at various elementary schools in Indiana during his Student Teaching experience. He currently has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. During college, Mr. Jeremy worked with School Age students at Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis. In his classroom, Mr. Jeremy loves playing large group games outside, as well as getting kids involved in "thinking games", such as board games, card games, checkers, chess, etc.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Mr. Jeremy was a School Age leader at Boys & Girls Club from 2006 to 2008. He also student taught at various elementary schools in Indianapolis and volunteered at elementary schools in Warren Township during high school.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Studied Teaching
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Toddler Classroom

    I love coming to work and watching kids learn new things.

    Ms. Ashley has been at KinderCare for two years now. She is currently going to school to obtain a degree in Early Childhood Education. She now has her CDA. Ms. Ashley has a four year old son. She loves getting kids involved with arts & crafts.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining us at KinderCare, Ms. Ashley worked at Kids Come First and a skating rink.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Cook

    I love the moment when a child shows me that they understand a lesson I've been teaching, and value the bonds created with the children and families.

    Ms. Jennifer is a mother of a fifteen-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl. She has been at KinderCare for six years and has been working with Toddlers most of that time. She believes that Early Childhood Education is a vital part of the education system and plays a major role in preparing children for later success.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Jennifer spent over two years working at YMCA.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years

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

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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


Our Center features a number of safety features for you and your children including a secure keypad entry and fencing around all outdoor areas. All of our staff is CPR and First Aid certified with mandatory renewal each year. We offer two nutritious meals and two healthy snacks every day with a menu guided by the federal food program. We believe that in order for a child to learn and grow they need to be provided with a safe and comfortable space to do so, which is why we are always focused on the health and safety of your children.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

To Whom It May Concern: All family childcare providers are held to a certain level of expectations and regulations. However, those who choose to apply for and receive the Child Development Associate's Credential exhibit an increased level of commitment to quality childcare. Such dedication reflects a caregiver's willingness to go above and beyond the required level of training and professionalism. Achieving the Child Development Associate's Credential indicates that a caregiver has demonstrated a level of competency in various functional areas that address the quality standards of caring for young children. A provider who holds a Child Development Associate's Credential has given careful thought to arranging the environment, providing valuable experiences and helping the children in their care develop to their fullest potential. As a mother of three, these providers demonstrate both knowledge and enthusiastic applications of supportive interactions with my children and our family. The phonics program I highly recommend for any parent wanting to give to their child a head start on letter recognition and learning the fundamentals of reading. I was very fortunate for the opportunity to get them involved into this program it definitely prepared them for kindergarten and beyond. We would like to Thank You All for your daily commitment to our children. Love, Amber Hersey, Justin Wheat, Blair Garrison, Leah Butler, Skylar Garrison, Hanna Garrison, & Aj Wheat

- Mother

When my oldest set of twins were two years old, they began attending Madison Avenue KinderCare. We visited the Center and were torn between enrolling our children only because my wife wanted to be a stay at home mom. We then had a second set of twins that were enrolled once a spot was opened for them. KinderCare has helped my children grow and develop while having fun at the same time. They are all enrolled in public school now, and continue to attend before and after care at KinderCare. My family has been with KinderCare for seven years, and we look forward to many more.

- Father
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