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Kipling Parkway KinderCare

Mikayla Martinez, Center Director

975 South Kipling Pkwy Lakewood CO 80226
(303) 985-8256 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at Kentucky & Kipling behind Green Mountain Blvd

Neighborhood:
Close to Belmar

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bear Creek, Belmar, Green Gables, Kendrick Lakes, Rooney Ranch, Green Mountain

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Welcome

Welcome, we are glad to see that you have taken an interest in our school. We have an amazing staff who love to watch the children grow and learn every day. We try to make every day more interesting and fun than the last. The children's health and safety is always a priority as well as their education. We promote literacy by offering phonics learning adventures as well as several other additional classes. We want to help every child succeed and start off their education on the right foot. Come see us today, or schedule a tour to see our amazing staff and center!

Mikayla Martinez, 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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Wednesday August 05, 2015
    1. What's in the Kitchen Drawer?

      Field Trip: In Center Cooking Class

    2. Caramel Apples + Splash Day + Movie Day Pajama Party

      Bring a pillow and blanket!

Teachers & Staff

We have a great staff at the Kipling KinderCare location. Most of our staff has over five years experience in the early childhood education field, several with 10 or more years experience. We are passionate about the level of education that we provide as well as the health and safety of the children in our care. We like to make education a continuing experience for both the children and the teachers that are on staff. We do this by holding bi-annual trainings to ensure that our teachers are getting the proper training to work with our children. We strive for excellence in both our education and the education of the children in our care.

  • Mikayla Martinez

    Mikayla Martinez, Center Director

    Children provide me with the ability to laugh and be happy each day! It is a true sense of fulfillment knowing how impactful one person can be on a child's development and learning.

    Mikayla has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 10 years. She has experience working with all age groups and in various settings. She is currently working on completing her master's in early childhood education. She enjoys reading, football and spending time with her family!

    Previous Experience:
    Mikayla has worked with children from infancy to high school in various early learning settings.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything by Sandra Boynton
    Year Started:
    5/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a Minor in Early Childhood Education
  • Andrea Albrecht

    Andrea Albrecht, Assistant Director

    Education is a gift that none can take away.
    -American proverb

    Andrea loves working with children. She is originally from Illinois and moved out to Colorado to be closer to her family. She taught on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Ethete, Wyoming for two years, before moving back to Colorado permanently. In her free time, Andrea enjoys all the outdoor activites Colorado has to offer such as hiking and camping with friends and family.

    Previous Experience:
    Andrea worked at KinderCare while she was earning her Bachelors degree. She also has several years experience working in the public school districts.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day."
    Year Started:
    6/11/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    B.A. in Deaf Education, M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction: Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Infant Classroom

    Knowing that I am building the foundation for our children’s educational needs.

    Karen has worked with children for a very long time. She did a lot of babysitting as a teenager. Raised two boys of her own. She worked for a preschool program through the Denver Public Schools and also worked at Notre Dame Parochial School. Karen ran her own in home daycare for a number of years. Karen started with KinderCare in 1999 working with the two's class for six years. Karen now works in the infant room as a Infant Nursery Supervisor. She thoroughly enjoys working with children and loves watching them learn and grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Karen used to work as a toddler and infant home daycare provider, group leader at a school and a preschool teacher assistant.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
    Year Started:
    10/1/1999
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    ECE classes, infant/toddler class
  • Ms. Laurie

    Ms. Laurie, Infants

    In her spare time, Ms. Laurie enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Laurie comes to KinderCare from previously owning in her child care facility in the Lakewood area.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I'll Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    5/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    36 years
    Education:
    Infant Supervisor, Director Qualifications
  • Ms. Lindsey

    Ms. Lindsey, Infants

    Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous then absolutely boring.
    - Marilyn Monroe

    Ms. Lindsey just recently relocated to Colorado from Texas because she loves the snow and mountains!! In her free time, she likes to do outdoor activities such as hiking, playing sports and playing video games! Lindsey has an older brother who is currently in the navy and is about to serve his 3rd deployment overseas.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lindsey previously worked at a child care center in Texas called Children's Lighthouse Learning Center and was a nanny for a family for 6 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dragon's Love Tacos, If You Give A Moose A Muffin
    Year Started:
    9/15/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    ECE Courses, Group Lead
  • Ms. Darlene

    Ms. Darlene, Toddlers

    You just can't live in that negative way... Make way for the positive day.
    ~Bob Marley

    Ms. Darlene is passionate about working with children. In her spare time she enjoys sewing and spending time with her dogs.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Darlene came to us this past year from a sister company. She has worked with toddlers throughout her ECE experience.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    7/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Child Development Certification
  • Ms. Maggie

    Ms. Maggie, Big Toddlers

    Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindness.

    Ms. Maggie lives with her husband in the Lakewood area and has one sister who is two years younger. She enjoys reading, bicylcing, and playing video games in her spare time.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Maggie has been in the field of early childhood education for over 15 years. She has previously worked for the Auraria Early Learning Center and Oak Street Development Center in Arvada and The Golden Triangle.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    So Many Bunnies and Horton Hears a Who
    Year Started:
    9/25/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Associates degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kaylee

    Ms. Kaylee, Discovery Preschool/Support Staff

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
    - Nelson Mandela

    Ms. Kaylee has been working in ECE for many years and is passionate about working with children. In her spare time, Ms. Kaylee enjoys spending time outdoors with her family including her five year old son.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kaylee has been working in the field of early childhood education since she was in high school. She has worked for various early learning centers before joining the KinderCare team.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear and If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
    Year Started:
    12/28/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Teacher Qualified
  • Ms. Reina

    Ms. Reina, Discovery Preschool

    Be the change you wish to see.
    - Gaudi

    Reina has worked in early childhood education for the past 16 years. She loves helping children learn to trust others outside their families, to gain independance and self-control.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Reina has previous experience working in head start programs and at Porter Hospital in their child care facility.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    1/5/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Teacher Qualified, CDA Directors Qualifed
  • Ms. Erin

    Ms. Erin, Discovery Preschool

    The sky is the limit!

    Erin is mother of 4 children and a grandmother to 2 grandchildren.

    Previous Experience:
    Erin is a grandmother and worked at a private daycare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Are You My Mother
    Year Started:
    5/26/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Art/Music Major
  • Ms. Michelle J. *

    Ms. Michelle J. *, Preschool Classroom

    It excites me to see the kinds smiling faces, and to see my coworkers.

    Ms. Michelle has been in the education field for young children for over 12 years. She loves being able to teach children to be confident in their learning development. Ms. Michelle has been married to her husband Jeff for over 20 years. She has two children, Derick and Austyn. She is also a grandmother of an adorable grandson.

    Previous Experience:
    Michelle was a kindergarten paraprofessional at Clayton elementary for five years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Sonya *

    Ms. Sonya *, PreKindergarten Teacher

    I love seeing the kids every day and seeing them smile.

    Ms. Sonya has worked for KinderCare for 16 years and loves what each day has to offer. She loves seeing the kids smile and learning everyday. She loves the interactions that she has with both the families and the children in her care. She is currently working toward her Child Development Associate.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sonya has been with KinderCare for all her ECE years!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I'll Love You Forever and The Grouchy Ladybug
    Year Started:
    8/30/1997
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Group Lead
  • Ms. Laura *

    Ms. Laura *, Private Kindergarten

    I’m teaching the future generation. It is so exciting and amazing to watch the children learn how to read and write sentenses on their own.

    I have worked with elementary and early childhood students for the past 16 years. I thoroughly enjoy teaching Kindergarten. It is a wonderful way to spend the day.

    Previous Experience:
    Laura was an elementary substitute teacher for six years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Magic Treehouse Series
    Year Started:
    6/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Science, Elementary Education Certification
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Pre-K/Support Staff

    I enjoy being around children. They make me laugh and smile.

    Ms. Debbie just recently became a first time grandmother! She also loves to bake in her spare time.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Debbie had her own in-home childcare while her children were growing up. She then transitioned to the school system where she was a special needs para for 15 years before joining KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Spider's Tea Party
    Year Started:
    8/20/2008
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    Education:
    Group Leader and Director Qualifications
  • Ms. Betty

    Ms. Betty, Learning Adventures Teacher

    I love how children's eyes light up when they learn new things! Children love life with a sense of adventure that I wish I always had.

    Ms. Betty is the learning adventures teacher here at KinderCare. She provides one and one instruction in phonics, reading, math, music and cooking. In her free time, Ms. Betty really enjoys reading, watching movies, scrapbooking, making loom hats for charity and listening to music. She loves cats and collects lighthouses and nativitiy scenes. She also makes her own Christmas cards every year!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Betty has worked with all agre groups from toddlers up to school-age. She has been with KinderCare for 34 years!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I'll Love you Forever
    Year Started:
    9/11/1980
    Tenure:
    34 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    40 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in ECE, B.A. in ECE
  • Ms. Michelle M.

    Ms. Michelle M., Support Staff

    Every student can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way.

    Ms. Michelle has lived in Colorado for all but 4 months of her life. The four months away consisted of her first freshman semester spent in New York, attending Cornell University. She discovered the East coast wasn't for her and moved back to Colorado, taking a semester off and starting her journey with KinderCare. Since then, she has trasnferred to CSU and worked at centers in Highlands Ranch, Fort Collins and Kipling Parkway is her third! Working with children is self-fulfilling and inspires her to be the best teacher and role model when she's in the classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    babysitting, working at KC
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I'll Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    2/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    ECE classes
  • Ms. Korrie

    Ms. Korrie, Chef

    Watching and helping with the children makes me happy.

    Ms. Korrie has worked for KinderCare for 16 years. She is married to her wonderful husband name Charlie, and has kids of her own. Ms. Korrie loves cooking nutritious meals for the children in her care everyday. She loves seeing the children and their families. She also loves all of the smiles and laughter and of course working with her coworkers.

    Previous Experience:
    Korrie has worked at several KinderCares for 18 years and has also taken care of children since she was 11 years old. She was also an emergency foster parent.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Are You My Mother?
    Year Started:
    1/1/1996
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Support Staff

    I love watching children develop their own unique personalities.

    Ms. Ashley is currently in school for Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Elementary Education. In her free time, Ms. Ashley is an avid runner and enjoys doing yoga, cooking, and exploring Colorado.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley has previous experience has a gymnastics instructor. She nannied for a family and did a teaching internship before joining the KinderCare team.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, The Places You'll Go!
    Year Started:
    9/1/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    ECE Group Lead
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Summer Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Katie works during the school year at Golden High School as a paraprofessional working with special needs students. She is currently pursuing my education in Education to teach secondary social studies and Special Education. She also coaches JV poms at Dakota Ridge, which is her favorite hobby. She has 3 wonderful children who inspire her to become more involved in an early education environment.

    Previous Experience:
    Special Education, Cradles to Crayons.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Some College Courses
  • Ms. Krystal

    Ms. Krystal, Summer Assistant Teacher

    Hope is a waking dream"
    - Aristotle

    Krystal is currently a senior in college. She is working on her major in education and a minor in biology and an endorsment in history. Her aspiration in life is to teach middle school Life Science and go skiing as much as humanly possible. The plans she holds for the future are, to finish her degree, Hawaii student teaching. On her free time Krystal loves reading books amd drinking coffee. She loves doing art and crafts.

    Previous Experience:
    100 hours in the classrom
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Bencula
    Year Started:
    5/26/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    ECE classes, IDLA major
  • Ms. Alexis

    Ms. Alexis, Summer Assistant Teacher

    Year Started:
    5/26/2015

August 2015 Events

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  1. Monday August 03, 2015
    1. Three Dimensional Foods Shapes Teddy Bear Picnic

    2. Fairy Tale Debate + Park + Teddy Bear Picnic

  2. Tuesday August 04, 2015
    1. Muffin Tin Toss

      PreK Splash Day 

    2. 21st Century Fairy Tales + Field Trip: Aquarium

  3. Wednesday August 05, 2015
    1. What's in the Kitchen Drawer?

      Field Trip: In Center Cooking Class

    2. Caramel Apples + Splash Day + Movie Day Pajama Party

      Bring a pillow and blanket!

  4. Thursday August 06, 2015
    1. Foods with Seeds

    2. Gingerbread People + Field Trip: in center Tale Spinner

  5. Friday August 07, 2015
    1. Favorite ways to Eat

    2. Fairy Tale Field Day!

  6. Monday August 10, 2015
    1. Introducing the Clash of Colors + Park

  7. Tuesday August 11, 2015
    1. Traveling Water + Field Trip: Coor's Field $10

  8. Wednesday August 12, 2015
    1. A Color Story Splash Day

    2. Movie Day: Wear your pajamas and bring a pillow and blanket!

  9. Thursday August 13, 2015
    1. Colorful Salads + Field Trip: Bowling at Brunswick $10

  10. Friday August 14, 2015
    1. Back to School Ice Cream Social

    2. Back to School Ice Cream Social

      Splash 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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • 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

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition, the interior doors of the building have a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. At the Kipling Kindercare, we have an onsite Health and Safety Coordinator who does monthly checks to ensure the health and safety of the children and the staff.

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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Ms. Laura is my son Caleb's teacher and she deserves to be recognized. She is such a caring and happy person and my son just loves to get up and go to school each day to see her. She is attentive and communicates to me as needed and I wish I could take her to every grade my son will be in. Thank you Ms. Laura for making our KinderCare experience such an AMAZING one! We always tell our friends how great the center is and how lucky we are to be involved with such a great school.

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