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Brady KinderCare

Rachel Slavens, Center Director

1811 Brady Lane Lafayette IN 47905
(765) 474-3522 Contact this center

Ages: 2 YEAR-OLDS to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
1811 Brady Lane Lafayette, IN 47905

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Earhart, Edgelea, Miami, Glen Acres, Miller, Mayflower

Welcome

Welcome to Lafayette KinderCare! We are 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, cognitive and physical development. We are committed to you and the enhancement of your child's educational experience, starting as young as two years old up to twelve years old. 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 learning! At the Lafayette KinderCare, we would like to personally invite you to come and see what makes us different; what makes us a family!

Rachel Slavens, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

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.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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

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

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.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Lafayette KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average tenure of over five years at our center and an average of ten years in the Early Childhood field. The majority of our teachers have their Child Development Associate's Credential or Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. The Lafayette KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from biannual company professional development trainings to additional college courses and seminars in the education field. At the end of the day the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Rachel Slavens, Center Director

    Rachel has worked for KinderCare for three years, and in the Early Childhood Education field for over eight years. Rachel began her career at KinderCare as an Infant teacher. She then became the Assistant Director of the Brothers Drive KinderCare in December 2014. Rachel received her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education through Ashford University in August of 2014. Rachel has a passion for watching children grow. She enjoys being able to interact with children of all ages and create a special bond with the families. Rachel has two children of her own who she is proud to say were KinderCare children. Rachel feels that the most important part of working with children is building trust and making a strong connection with each child and their family. Once that bond has been created, learning and developmental growth comes naturally.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to KinderCare, Rachel worked at as an infant and preschool teacher at another childcare center for over five years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever, and All Dr. Seuss books

    Year Started:
    2/10/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8+
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University, August 2014
  • Jackie Hadley

    Jackie Hadley, Assistant Director

    Jackie has worked for KinderCare for four years. She enjoys seeing all of the children's' smiling faces and hearing all of the silly and wonderful things they say. She also loves giving love and attention to all of "her babies". She began working at the Lafayette KinderCare four years ago as a Preschool Teacher, and has also worked in our Prekindergarten classroom as well as our Discovery Preschool Room. She prides herself in making the children feel special and loved. Prior to KinderCare, Jackie worked at Kids Connection. Her heart truly belongs to each and every child here at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining our KinderCare family, Ms. Jackie worked for Kids Connection.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    11/9/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Child Development Associate completed
  • Miss Jazmine

    Miss Jazmine, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Jazmine has been a part of our KinderCare family since September 2015. She loves the little ones and how playful they are. She also loves their curiosity and eagerness to learn. Each day is a new opportunity to teach the children new things.

    Previous Experience:
    She worked in her high school preschool program
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Are You My Mother?

    Year Started:
    9/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Child Development Associate in progress
  • Miss Emily

    Miss Emily, School Age Classroom, Floater

    Emily loves working with young children because they are always excited and enthusiastic about learning new things. She loves helping them establish a passion for learning. Emily loves science and showing the children her excitement for learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Entomolgy outreach, Purdure bug bowl, educational programs for children
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree

    Year Started:
    11/24/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Entomology, Child Development Associate
  • Miss Tonya

    Miss Tonya, School Age Classroom

    Tonya has been at KinderCare since September 2014. She works in our School Age Classroom. She loves working with the children and seeing them grow socially and intellectually.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss 

    Year Started:
    9/30/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Indiana Business College
  • Ms. Miranda Kronke, Preschool Classroom

    Prior to coming to Brady Lane KinderCare, Ms. Miranda has been with KinderCare for almost 20 years! She has spent the majority of her time working as an Infant and Toddler teacher. She has worked for the KinderCare's in Champaign, IL and Columbus, IN. Ms. Miranda likes working with children because they make her happy. She loves to see their faces when they have accomplished a project or milestone. Her favorite activity to do with them is art! She enjoys watching them get excited over all of their creativity and hard work that they put into projects!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Year Started:
    1/5/1998
    Tenure:
    19 Years
  • Ms. Kim, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kim loves reading and doing art activities with children. She became an aunt at four years old which helped to give her a passion for children. She learned to love and take care of children at an early age and really enjoys the infant and toddler age groups.

    Previous Experience:
    1 ½ years at another childcare center, 10 years of babysitting, and a child of my own
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love you Forever; Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes

    Year Started:
    12/20/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    11+
    Education:
    Working towards Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Kathy, Cook

    Ms. Kathy loves to cook delicious food for all of the children. The excitement on their faces when she arrives in the room with the cart at each meal, puts a smile on her face.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham

    Year Started:
    5/3/2016

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

Special Features

  • March 3- Dr. Seuss Reading
  • March 10- Family 4 leaf clovers
  • March 17- Happy St. Patrick's Day Wear Green
  • March 20- Recycling Bin Decorating

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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 adheres to highest safety and maintenance standards. There is an on-site Health and Safety Coordinator. All the staff members are CPR and First Aid certified. This center has a secured entry door with a key pad and the playground is fenced in. The center conducts monthly fire and tornado 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.

My daughter has attended KinderCare for three years. Last year I signed her up for the Phonics class and it really helped her get ready for Kindergarten. The social and educational skills she has learned at KinderCare has helped her be prepared for a great future.

- Mother

We transferred our son from YCMA daycare facility in Lafayette, IN to KinderCare on Brady Lane about a year ago and we couldn't be more happy with our decision. The director, assistant director, and teachers are some of the most caring, compassionate, intelligent people we have ever met and our son LOVES going to "school" there. Thank you!

- Father
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