Ms. Samantha Ann Nelson, Center Director
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
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.
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
Our Cooking Academy program teaches kids confidence in the kitchen through hands-on activities that build important math, science, and social skills. They’ll learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and nutrition—and get to eat some delicious food made all on their own like carrot and turmeric hummus, pumpkin muffins, vegetable curry, black bean and sweet potato chili, and so much more!
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.
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
My wife, Suzanne, and I have two children. While researching learning centers for our children, we came down to three choices. We chose the KinderCare Learning Center on Big Bend Road in Kirkwood, Missouri. This has been our learning center choice for two and a half years. Samantha and Courtney exemplify great leadership in leading a great team of teachers at this location.
From day one, all of the teachers at this learning center are attentive, approachable, kind, good-hearted, and caring. This positive environment fosters a culture of teaching, learning, and developing social skills for the child. The environment presents a chance for the child to meet other kids, learn, play, experiment, and the opportunity to try new things. The teachers are very attentive and want to help the children do well. If a situation arises, Samantha, Courtney, or the teacher will call you directly and give you a heads up on what is or has taken place. Every employee at this center is solution minded and has the best interest of the child at heart. We recommend KinderCare Learning Center on Big Bend Road. This is an outstanding team that Samantha and Courtney have assembled.
Chris B. - KinderCare Parent
As a parent, leaving your children in someone else’s care while you work is never easy. But after seeing the loving, caring, safe, and fun environment that the teachers and Directors at KinderCare Kirkwood West provide, I felt so comfortable and confident knowing that my two sons (two and a half years and three months old) were in great hands. I watched as my oldest son came home knowing his ABCs, could count to ten, and always had amazing artwork to share with us. His teachers, Sara, Mona, Crystal, and Kelly, cared so much about him and his development. They gave me great pointers on everything from potty training, to developing positive behaviors, to becoming a big brother. They always had well thought out lesson plans that incorporated everything from art to music to reading to dramatic play. We loved reading about his day at school on his daily reports that gave us a detailed snapshot of his day. And when it came time for me to go back to work after maternity leave, I felt very comfortable having my three-month-old in the loving care of his teachers, Kim and Hira. They both gave me detailed information on his day so I knew exactly where to pick up so his routine was seamless. They always had fun activities for the babies so that they were in a fun, loving, and most importantly, safe place. And of course, Courtney and Sam were always available for questions and support. I love that they are always in and out of the classrooms, so they know exactly what your kiddo has been up to. We moved to a different part of town recently, otherwise we would have kept KinderCare Kirkwood West our home away from home until the boys were old enough to go to school. I highly recommend them to any and all working parents!
Anne C. - KinderCare Parent
We chose Kirkwood West KinderCare for our daughter when she was born because of the programs and location. It made me very nervous to leave a 13-week-old infant with people I barely knew and I honestly cried the entire way to work the first day I left her there. She had a rough first day, but eventually got into a rhythm and she grew to love the teachers and the programs. She has grown into an outgoing four-year-old and every teacher has helped her learn something different. I feel that she is loved at school because every teacher tells me how sad they are to see her move up to the next room. She loves her friends at school and has really thrived under the curriculum at KinderCare. I know she learns so much more at school than I would be able to teach her at home. Needless to say, when our second daughter was born, I was so comfortable with the staff at KinderCare that I didn't cry a single tear on the way to work when I dropped her off (although I was sad to leave her). The KinderCare staff does a terrific job taking care of our girls and I believe our girls learn so much while they are there during the day.
Julie - KinderCare Parent
What an amazing place! When I was pregnant ten months ago (first baby), I was very nervous about placing my child with anyone else. I went on approximately 60 tours and when I came to this KinderCare, I felt at home and loved it instantly. My daughter is now ten months old and loves the entire staff so much! She is growing and learning new activities each day. My favorite part of my day is pulling up to KinderCare and she is smiling and kicking her feet with joy to see her friends and teachers. She loves it! I love the daily forms that the staff takes the time to fill out the entire day to keep us completely informed of our child’s activities and food and sleep schedule. This keeps me and my husband organized at home and staying on a schedule. My daughter is sensitive to many foods, and she is at the age now to start table food. The teachers and staff have been so helpful and working with my daughter daily (one-on-one) to help start her on new foods. I know my child is in good hands every day and is getting the best care provided! Thanks to this wonderful staff for all your hard work! Thank you for taking care of my little cupcake!
Febe S. - KinderCare Parent
We have been with Ries Ballwin KinderCare for about six years. We have had a wonderful experience. The classes are not too large, so each student can get a little extra attention when needed. For us, that was usually at drop-off time. The teachers do a great job of teaching the children in a way that is fun for the kids. My son loves to come home and tell me what he learned at school and show me all the artwork that he did that day! It is a great feeling being able to drop off my son in the morning and know that he is in a safe, nurturing environment with all of his buddies having fun.
Phyllis G. - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.