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Brothers Drive KinderCare

Miss Emily Frankiewicz, Center Director

2233 Brothers Dr. Lafayette IN 47909
(765) 474-3663 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Off Teal Road behind Kentucky Fried Chicken

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Murdock, Edgelea, Earhart, Miami, Vinton, Sunnyside

Each classroom has begun our new curriculum. Both the teachers and the children have really enjoyed the new aspects of this new curriculum, such as incorporating Spanish to our everyday lessons. Come tour to see our new lessons in action!

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Welcome

Welcome to Brothers Drive KinderCare located in Lafayette Indiana! We are very excited to be assisting you and your family in your journey in finding a top notch childcare center. At KinderCare we concentrate on the education of young children in all categories of development such as cognitive, social, emotional physical and adaptive skills. Here at Brothers Drive KinderCare we rely heavily on the partnership of families in order to allow children to thrive and develop to their full potential. Teachers enjoy interacting with parents in efforts to learn about their children and help mold them along their educational journey. Families can breathe a little easier knowing that their children are in a safe and loving learning environment where teachers are passionate about educating and nurturing children.

Miss Emily Frankiewicz, 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.

Spanish

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?

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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. Saturday December 10, 2016
    1. Hsppy Birthday Ms Sarah

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at Brothers Drive KinderCare are passionate and dedicated to educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have many years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education and on site, hands on, experience. The teachers at Brothers Drive KinderCare strive for excellence and implement this by engaging in trainings throughout the year on topics that pertain to education, health and safety, communication and team building. The dedication of the teachers here are clear to see on a daily basis and are shown through their commitment to children and families by their passion and love for what they do.

  • Miss Emily Frankiewicz

    Miss Emily Frankiewicz, Center Director

    Emily has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She really enjoys to getting all the children involved and encourage them to participate in all the activities that are planned for each day. Emily really cares for each child individually and makes them feel special and loved . She started at the Highland, Indiana center as the Discovery Preschool teacher, then became the Preschool teacher. She relocated to Lafayette to take on the Center Directors position. Emily is very excited to watch the children grow. She realizes the importance of creating a positive learning environment and instilling educational practices at a young age. Prior to joining KinderCare she worked as an activity and volunteer coordinator at an Adult Day care.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming the Center Director, Emily has also worked as a preschool teacher, a two-year-old teacher, nanny and tutor.
    Year Started:
    1/9/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Social Science
  • Miss Kaily

    Miss Kaily, Assistant Director

    Kaily has been with KinderCare since 2015! She holds an Associate Degree in Education. She loves watching the children's personalities shine through each and every day. When she has free time, she enjoys wedding planning, being outdoors, crafting, and spending time with family and friends!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    9/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Education
  • Miss Tyowna

    Miss Tyowna, Learning Adventures

    Miss Tyowna is currently enrolled in her Child Development Accreditation coursework. Ty is our Learning Adventures teacher. She loves working with her children one on one, and enjoys seeing them grow individually! Her favorite thing to do with her students is to read them books. When Tyowna has spare time, she enjoys spending time with her infant daughter. She also loves coaching a middle school dance team.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    10/11/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Child Development Accreditation
  • Miss Courtney

    Miss Courtney, Infant Classroom

    Miss Courtney is one of our Infant teachers. She loves watching the babies reach their milestones, and knowing she aided in their achievement. She enjoys making them smile and laugh, and loves watching their personalities blossom! Her nurturing personality is appreciated by her infants and families! In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her daughter. Miss Courtney loves being outdoors, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

    Previous Experience:
    YMCA
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Are You My Mother?
    Year Started:
    4/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Medical Office Assistant, Child Development Accredidation
  • Mrs. Annette

    Mrs. Annette, Infant Classroom

    Miss Annette (Nette) is one of our Infant teachers! She has her associate degree in early childhood education, with certificates in Infants and Toddlers. Miss Nette loves singing and learning with and from her infants. When she is not with her infants, she loves to take her school aged daughter to places of interest to learn and have fun!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear Brown Bear
    Year Started:
    10/4/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Assoicate Degree
  • Miss Amanda

    Miss Amanda, Toddler Classroom

    Miss Amanda is one of our Toddler teachers! She has her Child Development Accreditation. Amanda loves to watch the children laugh and be silly. She loves to be on the ground interacting with her class! When Amanda has free time, she loves spending time with her school age son, and her new baby boy! They both attend KinderCare, and she loves seeing them grow and develop through KinderCare curriculum. 

    Previous Experience:
    8 1/2 years of working with adults with special needs
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat in the Hat
    Year Started:
    8/12/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Child Development Accreditation
  • Miss Brenda

    Miss Brenda, Toddler Classroom

    Miss Brenda is currently taking courses to complete her Child Development Accreditation. Her favorite part of her job is when she sees her kids really understand something she taught them. She loves singing songs and interacting with her kids the most, especially when she is incorporating Spanish into their curriculum! When Brenda isn’t at work, her absolute favorite thing to do is travel!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog
    Year Started:
    3/7/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Child Development Accreditation
  • Miss Taylor

    Miss Taylor, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Miss Taylor is one of our Discovery Preschool classroom teachers. Her favorite part of her job is just watching her children grow and learn. Taylor loves to do group time with her kids, and she also really loves music time. She loves to dance and play with her students. When Taylor isn’t working, she loves to spend time with her son. She also likes to spend time with her family and go shopping.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear Brown Bear
    Year Started:
    1/6/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Bayli

    Miss Bayli, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Miss Bayli has worked in a few different classrooms, but has really found her home with the Discovery Preschool Classroom. The best part of her job is seeing the children's bright and shining faces everyday! She loves helping them learn to talk, and expand their vocabulary! She loves doing anything hands on with her class, especially sensory activities. When Bayli has free time, she enjoys shopping and spending time with family and friends.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Napping House
    Year Started:
    3/22/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Child Development Accredidation
  • Mrs. Tyauna

    Mrs. Tyauna, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Mrs. Ty’auna (Ty) is one of our Discovery Preschool Teachers. Ty is currently working on completing her Child Development Accreditation. Her favorite part about her job is when she sees her children applying concepts she worked so hard to teach! She enjoys doing sensory activities the most with her class. When she has spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband and family.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Going on a Bear Hunt
    Year Started:
    5/24/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Accredidation
  • Miss Breanna

    Miss Breanna, Preschool Classroom

    Miss Breanna (Bree) is one of our Preschool teachers. She has an associate degree in early education. Bree is passionate about helping her students understand new concepts, and takes pride in the moment that the material finally clicks for a child. Her favorite part of her job is just playing with the children in centers, and understanding where they are at in their learning. When she isn’t teaching our Preschoolers, she loves to read and watch movies!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    A Bad Case of Stripes
    Year Started:
    5/24/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Assoicate Degree
  • Miss Kayla

    Miss Kayla, Preschool Classroom

    We are proud to have Ms. Kayla on the KinderCare team for over five years! Her favorite part of her work is helping children reach new milestones. When a child has that “Ah Ha” moment, she knows her hard work is paying off in a big way. Kayla loves to do activities with the children, but specifically arts and crafts! In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her son, and searching Pinterest for new ideas!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harry Potter
    Year Started:
    6/6/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Child Development Accredidation
  • Miss Brianda

    Miss Brianda, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Miss Brianda truly loves teaching her students! Her favorite part of her job is witnessing the growth of each of her students daily. Her favorite thing to do with her kids are outdoor activities! When Brianda isn’t at work, she loves to spend time with family, watch movies, go on walks with her dog, and hang out with friends.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    6/9/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Child Development Accredidation
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Miss Shannon is one of our Prekindergarten teachers. Her favorite part about her job is when her students finally understand what she has been diligently teaching. She loves teaching through projects, science, and especially cooking! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughters at the movies or the park. They have been enrolled in KinderCare for over a year, and she enjoys seeing their progress daily!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Rainbow Fish
    Year Started:
    9/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Child Development Associate credential
  • Miss Damesha

    Miss Damesha, School Age Classroom

    Miss Damesha is our School Age Classroom teacher. She is currently a student at Purdue University, finishing up her degree in Elementary Education. She loves to watch children grow and learn! When she isn’t at work or school, she loves to spend time with her family and puppies.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Kids of the Polk Street School
    Year Started:
    7/26/2016
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Miss Autumn

    Miss Autumn, Floater

    Miss Autumn is our float teacher. She is currently a sophomore at Purdue University. Her favorite part of her job is interacting with the kids, and watching them grow and change daily. She enjoys simply bonding with the kids the most. When Autumn is not at school or work, she enjoys traveling. She also enjoys hanging out with her best friends, and participating in her sorority activities!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear Brown Bear
    Year Started:
    4/13/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Miss Ashleigh

    Miss Ashleigh, Cook

    Ms. Ashleigh is our cook! Ashleigh has over seven years of experience working as a cook. She also enjoys assisting in the classroom from time to time. Ashleigh loves seeing the children’s excitement as she pushes out lunch. When she isn't cooking for us, she loves spending time with her school aged daughter.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Little Critter
    Year Started:
    10/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Safe Serve

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. Saturday December 10, 2016
    1. Hsppy Birthday Ms Sarah

  3. 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

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

Here at Brothers Drive KinderCare the safety of your children is our top priority. We implement numerous policies regarding safety measures such as our doors that require a code to enter into classrooms that changes every six months, locks on gates that enter on to our three different playgrounds, and procedures for pick up and drop off when new faces appear in the building. In addition to policies and procedures we also have a health and safety coordinator. Rachel is in charge of conducting monthly emergency drills, ensuring that all toys and equipment are in tact, and overseeing that all staff are up to date on CPR and First Aid.

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.

I have been bringing my child to KinderCare since she was an infant. She is now three years old and loves coming to school each day. I have enjoyed watching her learn so many new things and develop bonds with the teachers at KinderCare. On our drive home from school my daughter talks and talks about her day and all of the activities that she has participated in. She has learned a lot in the last few years at KinderCare and I cannot wait to see what new things she will learn over the next few!

- Mother

I have three children that attend KinderCare two of which are School Age. It has been such a blessing to find a before and after school program that not only transports to and from their school but also offers a curriculum that is fun as well! My older children love the winter, spring, and summer break activities that are planned and especially field trips that they get to participate in! All three of my children love getting up each day and going to school!

- Mother
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