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West Main KinderCare

Lauren Wikel, Center Director

3939 West Main St. Kalamazoo MI 49006
(269) 385-0115 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
next to Davenport College

Neighborhood:
Next to Davenport College, between Drake and Turwell

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Winchell, Indian Prairie, Paramount, King Westwood


Our center is currently enrolling for all ages.  Feel free to contact us for more information, and to set up a time to visit our center.
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Welcome

Welcome to West Main KinderCare located in Kalamazoo, MI. near Western Michigan University. We believe there is nothing more important then developing the whole child and creating a world of learners.

Lauren Wikel, 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

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

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.

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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 at Kalamazoo KinderCare are passionate about the children and the families. In our center you will find many long term teachers. The majority of our teachers have their Childhood Development Associate's while others hold degrees in related fields. Our company supports our desire to grow as educators, providing us with biannual opportunities to grow as educators. At KinderCare, we all share the same passion-providing a nurturing environment.

  • Lauren Wikel

    Lauren Wikel, Center Director

    I love being with children and watching them grow and develop. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that I have made an impact on a child's life. I love knowing that I have given them a strong foundation and stepping stones for their future.

     Lauren has the pleasure to support all of the children, families, and teachers here at the West Main KinderCare. She has had many wonderful experiences while being engaged with the children in the classrooms.  Lauren loves spending time with the children.  They give her the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of a child.

    Year Started:
    4/28/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Associate's Degree in Elementary Education, Child Development Associate credential
  • Chris Kubiak

    Chris Kubiak, Assistant Director

    I love my job knowing that we helped make a positive difference in these children's lives. Whether they are learning their colors, saying the alphabet, learning to crawl, or writing their name for the first time. We know that we are providing them with a strong start to their future.

    Chris has been working with children for over 15 years and loves every minute of it.  The children bring so much life into the world.  It is wonderful to know that she is making an impact on the children.

    Year Started:
    9/7/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Sharon

    Ms. Sharon, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy watching the children learn new things. Their excitement is contagious. I love all the smiles and hugs each day!

    Ms. Sharon uses her knowledge she has gained over the many years of working with children.  She creates a warm and inviting atmosphere in the infant classroom.  It is not uncommon to find Ms. Sharon crawling around on the floor and making silly sounds to gain the interest of children and their happy smiles.

    Year Started:
    8/15/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Deanna

    Ms. Deanna, Infant Classroom

    Having the opportunity to enrich the lives of children just as they have mine, is truly rewarding.

    Ms. Deanna started working with KinderCare in Buffalo Grove, Illinois in May of 2010. She then transferred centers in August of 2010 to continue working with children while attending Western Michigan University. Ms. Deanna is in the process of completing her degree in Child and Family Development. With every moment being a prime opportunity for learning. Ms. Deanna plans to continue being a part of those moments in the lives of children.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Development
  • Ms. Marsha

    Ms. Marsha, Toddler A Classroom

    I love seeing the kids learn something new and knowing I was an important part of their learning.

    Ms. Marsha has a strong love and passion for the children in her care.  Ms. Marsha understands the importance of learning through play.  Often times, you can catch her dancing with the children. She also enjoys playing with the children in the dramatic play area helping them expand their imagination. It is also possible to catch her making a train out of boxes and taking a ride with the children.  All the while taking in the senic view of the farms while singing Ole' MacDonald had a farm.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marsha worked at a small daycare for two years before coming to KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    1/24/1992
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Kirstie

    Ms. Kirstie, Toddler A Classroom

    The children are a joy to be around. I love making a difference in their lives.

    Ms. Kirstie is from Medaryville, Indiana.  She just recently moved to Kalamazoo with her fiance.  She will be getting married September 5th.  I have always known I wanted to be a teacher.  This in return led me to getting my Elementary Education degree from Pudue University.

    Year Started:
    3/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Elemetary Education
  • Ms. Katrice

    Ms. Katrice, Infant and Toddler Classrooms

    I love my job because the children bring a smile to my face when I see them smile. I have a true passion for helping them learn and grow each day.

    Ms. Katrice is currently a student at Western Michigan University and will be graduating in May of 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She has been with KinderCare for almost 3 years and assists in the Infant through School Age classrooms.  Ms. Katrice enjoys engaging in reading, singing, and participating in a variety of hands on learning activities with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to childcare, Ms. Katrice was a caregiver at a nursing home.
    Year Started:
    5/14/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor of Science Degree
  • Ms. Kaylee

    Ms. Kaylee, Toddler B Classroom

    I love learning something knew from the children each day!

    Currently, I am working on my bachelors degree at Western Michigan University in textiles and apparel.  School and education is very important to me.  I spend most of my time working hard to get good grades. I love working with children, and it is important to me to provide a quality environment to the children in my care.  I also enjoy running and sewing!

    Year Started:
    9/8/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Studying Textiles and Apparel at WMU
  • Ms. Ruth

    Ms. Ruth, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    My passion and rewards for teaching is to know that I show my children a world of learning, curiosity, imagination, and exploration. The children also show me a world of love.

    Ms. Ruth has dedicated her knowledge and experience to provide a positive and nurturing classroom full of opportunities that introduce a well balanced curriculum of individual play and structured learning. The children in Ms. Ruth's classroom are encouraged to explore their curiosity, create with their imaginations and to embrace a world of learning. Ruth is honored to share each child's milestones and accomplishments as she helps them prepare for future success and growth. She is proud to be part of the KinderCare family and to have made a difference in so many children's lives. Ruth loves the lifetime memories she holds with the families that put their trust in us. In her spare time, Ms. Ruth enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys photography, scrapbooking, crafts, camping, shopping, and reading.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Ms. Ruth ran a daycare out of her home for 10 years. She also volunteered with mentally and physically challenged children.
    Year Started:
    9/24/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Cindy

    Ms. Cindy, Preschool Classroom

    It warms my heart watching the children grow physically, as well as intellectually from year to year, knowing I have been a special part of that growth.

    Ms. Cindy's class makes you want roll up your sleeves and dive into some fun. Her students can dress up like super heros or pincesses with rain boots and climb into a space ship.  The sky is the limit of fun and learning with Ms. Cindy's classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cindy worked for nine years at Mt. Manor Treatment Center in Maryland. She worked at Bright Horizons Family Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan for five years before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    8/13/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Andrea

    Ms. Andrea, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Working with the kids makes coming to work an exciting challenge everyday. I always learn something new.

    Ms. Andrea takes pride in preparing her fun loving students for Kindergarten.  The classroom is full of Picasso-like artwork created by young artists.  The language enriched environment encourages reading and writing skills promoted by planned fine motor activities. Ms. Andrea's approach to teaching helps bring the Early Foundations curriculum to life! She enjoys singing and dancing along with the children to their favorite songs.

    Year Started:
    2/8/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education, Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Rachael

    Ms. Rachael, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love knowing that I get to spend each day with the children and I get to make an impact on each child.

    Ms. Rachael got her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education at Ferris State University in 2013. While in College, she worked at an after school program and completed two internships. One internship was in a preschool class and the other was in Early Childhood Administration. After graduation, she moved to North Carolina with her family.  After a couple of years in North Carolina, she decided to move back to Michigan to be closer to family.

    Previous Experience:
    While in North Carolina, Ms. Rachael worked as a Toddler Teacher at a childcare center and she also worked at a Catholic Preschool.
    Year Started:
    1/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Brandi

    Ms. Brandi, School Age Classroom

    I love my job because I get to see the children grow and they are excited to see me each day. It makes for great day.

    Ms. Brandi is the School Age teacher and the Learning Adventures teacher. She loves to see the children learn in the phonics program. Ms. Brandi had a amazing third grade teacher that instilled confidence in her. She wants to be like her and instill confidence in others.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Brandi worked in the medical insurance industry.
    Year Started:
    5/29/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Nutritional Specialist

    I love working in the kitchen because I get to interact with all of the children throughout the day.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Ms. Becky was employed at Pathfinders for 15 years. She was a School Age teacher and a assistant preschool teacher.
    Year Started:
    9/2/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing 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

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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 offers a secured entrance with a keypad entry system, fenced playgrounds, and of our staff members are trained with CPR and First Aid certifications.

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.

Before Brandon started daycare he would barely talk to strangers. Now he is very social. Being around other children has helped so much as well! He loves meeting new people and loves KinderCare.

- Father

My family enjoys the loving care our children receive. Also, we enjoy the familiarity all the staff have with my children, the enriching environment and healthy daily routine.

- Mother

The teachers have helped my daughter feel safe and loved in her new school experience. She has also made tons of friends while at KinderCare.

- Mother

I have been with Kinder Care since my son was in the Toddler room and he's ten now going into middle school. My four-year-old daughter now attends and she loves it. It is also refreshing to see that some of the same teachers that took care of my son are now teaching my daughter. Everyone from the Director to the staff is nice and welcoming every day. I wouldn't take my kids any where else.

- Mother
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