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Brothers Drive KinderCare

Amanda Notoras, 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.

Amanda Notoras, 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?

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.

  • Amanda Notoras

    Amanda Notoras, Center Director

    Amanda became the Director of Brothers Drive KinderCare in March of 2015. She graduated from Ivy Tech with a degree in Early Childhood Education, and also obtained her Business Degree from Harrison College. Amanda thoroughly enjoys watching children meet milestones and reach their full potential. Amanda has been working with children for over 12 years ranging from being a preschool teacher, an Infant and Toddler Team Leader, and an Assistant Director. Amanda looks forward to cultivating relationships with the families in which she serves as well as assisting teachers to thrive and be the best teachers they can be!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare Amanda began her career working at the SIA Child Development Center for 12 years.
    Year Started:
    3/30/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education; Associate's Degree in Business Administration
  • Rachel Slavens, Assistant Director

    Getting to know your family and children is very important to me. KinderCare is very family centered so having this bond helps in your child's comfort level and development here at KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    2/14/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Danel

    Ms. Danel, Infant Classroom

    I have worked with children of all ages and each stage brings a different kind of excitement to watch. I feel lucky to being able to witness these changes on a daily basis.

    Ms. Danel has been a member of the KinderCare family since January 2015. She has a lot of experience in working with children of all ages. Danel truly loves being an Infant teacher and she cannot wait to watch children grow and help mold them into the adults that they will grow and be!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Danel previously worked at Kidz Company in West Lafayette.
    Year Started:
    1/8/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Taylor

    Ms. Taylor, Infant Classroom

    Being an Infant teacher brings me great joy. Being able to witness the growth that babies make is such a special gift.

    Ms. Taylor joined the KinderCare team in January of 2014 and is our Infant teacher. She loves being the Infant teacher and watching children grow up before her very eyes. She has a very close bond with each and every child that comes in to her classroom as well as with families.

    Year Started:
    1/6/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Taylor

    Ms. Taylor, Toddler Classroom

    Working with one-year-olds is a new adventure each day! I love that I walk into the center with a smile on my face and leave with a smile on my face at the end of the day.

    Ms. Taylor is our toddler teacher. Taylor has taught both in the toddler classroom and our discovery preschool classroom. Taylor loves music and outdoor activities. She loves educating and providing the toddlers with new tools to use each day is an aspect that is very exciting and important to Taylor.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked for two years at a childcare facility in California.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Discovery Preschool

    I enjoy working in the Discovery Preschool classroom! The two year olds always bring such a fun energy to our day! They are growing and learning so much everyday, and I enjoy being a part of their growth and development.

    Ms. Rachel joined the KinderCare family in January of 2015. She lives in Lafayette with her husband and her daughter Hope. She and her family are very active in their church and enjoy spending time at their cabin. Rachel has her Bachelor's Degree in General Education and really enjoys teaching in the two year old classroom!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rachel came from the field of customer service. She loves interacting with people in her community!
    Year Started:
    1/5/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    The two year old classroom is so much fun. They keep me on my toes and teach me new things about myself everyday!

    Ms. Sarah is our Discovery Preschool teacher. She is really great with our two year olds! She loves to sit and engage with the children through reading stories and singing songs. Ms. Sarah has great relationships with her families and it's clear to see she has a true gift for working with young children!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sarah previously worked at another child care center in Lafayette.
    Year Started:
    4/6/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Mr. Scott

    Mr. Scott, Pre-K Classroom

    Although I am new to the KinderCare family I already feel so at home here and welcomed by the teachers, parents and staff. I love making a difference in the life of children.

    Mr. Scott is new to the KinderCare family and is going to be our new Pre-K teacher. Although he has just begun his career here at Brothers Drive KinderCare he has already formed many bonds with the children and families in the center. He cannot wait to get to know the children and families even more and continue to watch them develop and grow throughout their journey here at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Scott came to us from being a paraprofessional for Tippecanoe School Corporation. He has also worked as an early interventionist.
    Year Started:
    7/13/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, School-Age Classroom

    Being responsible for getting children ready to enter Kindergarten is a big responsibility. I am happy to be the one in charge of this task and knowing that I have had a hand in helping shape their future endeavors in their schooling

    Ms. Megan is our School-Age and Pre-K Teacher. She is a huge Chicago Bears fan! Ms. Megan explains that he main focus is to get children ready for Kindergarten and she is more than up to the task! She enjoys helping her children when it comes to their overall development. Ms. Megan focuses heavily on literacy, science, math, art and other areas in order to fully prepare children ready for their adventure in Kindergarten. She also relies heavily on parent involvement in order to help children in her classroom develop.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Megan comes to us from Head Start and has a lot of experience working with young children and being a nanny on the side.
    Year Started:
    10/17/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Ophelia ("FeFe")

    Ms. Ophelia ("FeFe"), Cook

    I love providing nurtritious meals to the children that we serve. I also enjoy being in the classroom and interacting with the children in the center.

    Ms. FeFe has been with the KinderCrae family for over a year. Her granddaughter also attends the center. Her passion for cooking coupled with her love of educating young children makes FeFe a very well rounded team member.

    Year Started:
    5/12/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney, Floater Teacher

    Ms. Courtney is new to the KinderCare family and helps out in various classrooms. Although she has just recently started with us she has already formed many bonds with the children and families in her care! She is very eager to get to now the families even more and watch the children grow and develop during their time with us!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Courtney used to work at the Lafayette area YMCA.
    Year Started:
    4/6/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Medical Office Assistant
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Floater Teacher

    Ms. Jennifer has been with KinderCare for over a year and helps out in various classrooms. She has experience as a two year old teacher as well. Jennifer has her Beachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and really enjoys working with children. She has a very creative side which really shows through the fun activities she provides for the children!

    Previous Experience:
    Jennifer came to us from another childcare in the Lafayette area.
    Year Started:
    7/14/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

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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

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, Amber Westfall, that 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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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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