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Mary Street KinderCare

Marylyn Melone, Center Director

100 East Mary St. Lansing KS 66043
(913) 727-6267 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years

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Just North of Sonic on the East side of K-7

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Lansing Elementary

We are proud to serve the Leavenworth/Lansing area. Located at 100 E Mary Street in Lansing, Kansas.

We are currently accepting enrollments for all age groups from Infants to School Age.


Welcome to our nationally accredited Mary Street KinderCare! Our school is conveniently located In Lansing, KS at the corner of K-7 and Mary Street. We proudly serve our military with easy access from Ft. Leavenworth. Our tenured and educated teachers take pride in ensuring your child is immersed in a loving and nurturing environment that fosters a love of learning.    

We are more than a day care and/or child care center; we are a school that has been nationally recognized for providing exceptional curriculum that is designed to meet each child’s individual needs. According to new data, kindergarten students who experience our high quality early childhood education were on average four months ahead of their peers nationally. The study was conducted using the Terra Nova, a widely-used standardized assessment tool. These findings are consistent with other assessments, including previous results from the Maryland Model for School Readiness, which measures the impact that our learning programs have on children. Students enrolled in KinderCare centers for more than 1 year yielded even higher scores. 

We invite you to experience the accreditation difference by scheduling a tour at our school.

Marylyn Melone, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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


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.


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.

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to the nationally accredited Mary Street KinderCare! Our tenured staff has almost 100 years of combined experience working with children.  As a Nationally Accredited early learning center, our teachers go above and beyond state and local regulations. All staff members are CPR and Pediatric First Aid Certified as well as trained in Safe Sleep practices.  KinderCare provides high quality training over the minimum amount required by the state. We use positive child guidance and use an all-inclusive approach to helping children build social skills that last a lifetime. We also give every teacher the opportunity to get their Child Development Associate (CDA) through our company and additional support for furthering their education.  Come and visit our KinderCare family soon to see all the wonderful things we can offer your family!

  • Marylyn Melone

    Marylyn Melone, Center Director

    Enjoy the little things in life for one day you'll look back and realize they were big things.

    Marylyn has two wonderful children. They love to watch movies and cook together. Marylyn's children attended KinderCare when they were children and learned many things while they were enrolled at KinderCare. In their free time she enjoys reading and painting together as a family. 

    Previous Experience:
    I have worked in the Early Childhood Education field since 1993. I have been a teacher for multiple age groups before becoming a Center Director. I have been a Center Director for 15 years. I have also lived in the Lansing/Leavenworth area for four years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Any Dr. Seuss book
    Year Started:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 years
    Associate in Applies Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Amber Workman

    Amber Workman, Assistant Director

    I love my job because I get to teach something new and have fun at the same time.

    Amber enjoys working with children and she can't wait to have some of her own some day. She has two dogs, two cats and a fish. In her free time, she enjoys doing craft projects, hunting, fishing and family time. 

    Previous Experience:
    I have worked with children in a learning center since 2004. I have been a teacher for multiple age groups. I attended school at Kansas City Kansas Community College for Early Childhood Education.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Llama, Llama, Time to Share by Anna Dewdney

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Janai

    Ms. Janai, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Janai lived in Leavenworth her whole life. She is a graduate of Leavenworth high school. She has a son named Isaiah. She also has two dogs named Gracie and Bentley.

    Previous Experience:
    I was a nanny for four years and I worked at another childcare center.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    I Love You Forever by Robert Munsch & The Harry Potter Series

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from KCKCC
  • Ms. Stacy

    Ms. Stacy, School Age Classroom

    I enjoy my job because I get to see the children grow and learn every day.

    Stacy has two beautiful daughters, Kylie and Maddison. In her free time she enjoys cooking, trying new recipes & spending time with her family. As a family, they enjoy spending time outdoors.  

    Previous Experience:
    Stacy has had many years of experience working with many ages.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Seuss books
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Some College
  • Ms. Tanya

    Ms. Tanya, Infant Classroom

    Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

    Tanya has been in the childcare industry for 23 years. She is married with one daughter and one granddaughter. Her granddaughter attends KinderCare currently and can't imagine not being able to see her every day to watch her as she learns with her friends. She has two wiener dogs and one cat. In her spare time, Tanya enjoys working out, shopping and riding the Harley with her husband.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear & Dr. Seuss books

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    High School, First Aid/CPR, Some College, Mandated Reporter Training
  • Ms. Letty

    Ms. Letty, Health & Safety Coordinator

    Letty is the Health and Safety Coordinator. She married her best friend and is a mother of two amazing kids, Mia & Ray. She loves being outdoors and staying on her feet.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goldilocks and The Three Bears

    Year Started:
    Associate of Science in Criminal Justice & First Aid/CPR Certified
  • Ms. Stormy

    Ms. Stormy, Assistant Teacher

    I believe children learn like a filing system. They store all their prior knowledge and continuously add to their knowledge bank as they learn new things.

    Ms. Stormy was raised in Stanberry, Missouri. She attended college in Marryvile, Missour at Northwest Missori State University. After college she moved to Leavenworth, Kansas. Her and her husband got married in July of 2015.

    Previous Experience:
    Substitute Teacher for a school district, Preschool Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Bachelor's Degree in Education & Early Childhood from Northwest Missouri State University
  • Ms. Natalie

    Ms. Natalie, Opening Manager & Toddler Classroom

    Natalie was raised in Ahniston, AL. Her family moved to Leavenworth in 2011. They have three beautiful girls Carleigh, Eva and Olivia. In their free time, they love to spend time with their family and take trips to the beach.

    Previous Experience:
    Natalie helps out with the children at her church and in the Education Board at Calvary Baptist Church.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are, The Rainbow Fish, & The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Natalie is currently going to school to pursue her child development associate in early childhood education at Rasmussen College
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Amanda has twin girls, Skylynn and Kenzie. Her life revolves around her girls and her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Infant Teacher, Prekindergarten Assistant Teacher & Montessori School Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Milk and Cookies by Frank Asch and Dr. Seuss books

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Currently attending Rasmussen College to pursue a Child Development Associate, Applebaum Training & First Aid/CPR
  • Mr. Steven

    Mr. Steven, School Age and Prekindergarten Classrooms

    Be Great!

    Steven was born in Hillsboro, Alabama. He has two brothers. He enjoys playing football in his spare time. He's currently studying education at the University of Saint Mary.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.

    Year Started:
    Currently attending college at the University of Saint Mary
  • Ms. Elena

    Ms. Elena, Assistant Teacher

    Elena is an assistant teacher with us. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with family and pets. She also loves to cook or go out with friends.

    Previous Experience:
    American Red Cross Certified, Volunteer work at the Children's Library & Summer Camp Counselor
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Wilems

    Year Started:
    University of St. Mary Student
  • Ms. Taylor

    Ms. Taylor, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Taylor is so excited to be a part of this journey with all of her KinderCare friends. She has lived in the Leavenworth area most of her life. She also enjoys singing and playing musical instruments. 

    Previous Experience:
    Taylor worked at her church daycare. She also helped care for a children with autism.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Ms. Taylor loves the All the Little Critters books and Dr. Seuss books

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Taylor attended Leavnwoth High school. She is First Aid/CPR/AED Certified
  • Ms. Hailee

    Ms. Hailee, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Hailee is married with two children, Ryain and Raelynn. She enjoys family time with each other at home or at the park. She is originally from Arkansas. Her hobbies include hiking and exploring new trails.  

    Previous Experience:
    Hailee has been a nanny for a couple of children in the past.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Rainbow Fish and The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Year Started:
    100 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate Degree in Medical Assisting
  • Ms. Addie

    Ms. Addie, Toddler and Preschool Classrooms

    Addie is 20 years old. She has lived in Leavenworth most of her life. Her passion is working with children and helping them learn new things. She also has a son named Colt.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    On The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Bailey

    Ms. Bailey, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

    Ms. Bailey is recently engaged. Her free time is spent wedding planning and spending time with her fiancé and their families. She also enjoys photography, crafting & anything to do with animals from fishing to horseback riding. 

    Previous Experience:
    I have worked at another childcare center as a toddler teacher. I have was a nanny for two years at a prior childcare center.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein & Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year

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!

Monday April 17, 2017
Lifetouch Photography

Lifetouch Photography will come to our school to take photos of the children. 

Monday April 24, 2017
Week of the Young Child

Week of the Young Child- We will be celebrating children all week!

Monday April 24, 2017
Music Monday


Music Monday- Our Preschool teacher, Ms. Taylor, will be playing music to encourage the children to dance and sing. 

Tuesday April 25, 2017
Week of the Young Child

Week of the Young Child- We will be celebrating children all week!

Tuesday April 25, 2017
Tasty Tuesday

Tasty Tuesday-  We will teach the children to cook while having a cooking project in each classroom. 

Wednesday April 26, 2017
Week of the Young Child

Week of the Young Child- We will be celebrating children all week!

Wednesday April 26, 2017
Work Together Wednesday

Work Together Wednesday-  We will work together to plant flowers for our classrooms.

Thursday April 27, 2017
Week of the Young Child

Week of the Young Child- We will be celebrating children all week!

Friday April 28, 2017
Week of the Young Child

Week of the Young Child- We will be celebrating children all week!

Friday April 28, 2017
Family Friday

Family Friday- We will have a dinner for all families to enjoy with the children at pick up time from 4-6pm. 

About Our Center

As a Learning Center in the Leavenworth/Lansing area, our team strives to be the best in the area at all times! We pride ourselves on our award winning curriculum, excellence in care and overall cleanliness.

Special Features

  • We proudly serve the Leavenworth/Lansing area. We are not just your ordinary daycare wer are Nationally Accredidted and that means we have the oroven seal of providing quality care and education. Selecting a childcare is important and an overwhelming process but we strive to take the worry and stress out of your search.
  • We specialize in assiting children of military families by transitioning them into a new school by creating a strong sense of belonging.
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Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets
  • Allergies to certain foods.

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day/ Professional Development Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day/ Professional Development Day
Thanksgiving Day
Friday after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve, close at 3:00pm
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Our top priority at KinderCare is to provide a safe and healthy environment for our children, families and staff. We do this through rigorous training and constant assessment and evaluation of proper policies and procedures. Your child’s security begins at the front door, literally. All guests and alternative pick up people are checked for identification and escorted through the building. Of course, our teachers have all cleared local, state and federal background checks, including fingerprinting. We are trained in infant and child CPR and First Aid. We do routine fire, storm and lock-down drills to prepare for the unexpected. Throughout the day, your child will be supervised at all times. No child is ever left unattended, even for a minute. Teachers have all been trained in supervision, discipline and guidance, and developmentally appropriate practices to ensure they understand the risks associated with the children in their care. If your child has food allergies or specific medical conditions, we will work with you to ensure your child’s well-being while in our care. We also take the responsibility of your child’s emotional security very seriously. We want every child to feel safe, loved, and respected while at KinderCare.

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.

You know you’ve found the right daycare when your toddler is excited to go each morning. On our morning drive to school, he will excitedly talk about all of the fun things that could happen today and I know his teacher will have a creative project that involves his current interests waiting for us when we arrive. I also know he’ll continue to be academically challenged all while having a wonderful time in a very nurturing environment.KinderCare has gone above and beyond for my family since we started at the center a litter over 2 years ago. My husband and I did extensive research and had our checklist ready when we arrived for our first on-site visit. We could not have been more at ease with each member of the staff- not only on a personal comfort level but also with their level of expertise. From the very beginning our son was given a curriculum based on his developmental stage regardless of his age. His teachers have been critical partners in our potty training adventure as well as gentile nurturers during our transition from a family of 3 to a family of 4. We know without a doubt that both of our children will be a priority for each member of the staff while they cultivate and nourish our children’s young minds and care for our most precious gifts.


- Mother

As a four year old from Belgium, our daughter was already used to a full day kindergarden program, but she spoke no English at all. So we were looking for a full day program that would continue her routine, while offering her enough support and confidence in an unknown surrounding where she was unable to communicate in the beginning. We found all that - and much more - at Marystreet KinderCare. Her teacher(s) offered her a warm environment and even did effort through voice recognition program to look up Dutch words at the start. It made communicating less frustrating for her, and she felt listened to, even if it was difficult sometimes. After two weeks, she had her first try outs in English and it quickly progressed after that. Ten months later, when it was time to return home, she was fluent in English, was very proud of the letters she could write and had made wonderful new friends, as well as lifelong memories. She had, as the rest of the family, a great year overseas, and the joy she experienced in her classroom contributed greatly to that.

- Mother

I am so thankful for KinderCare making my transition from a stay at home mom into the workforce extrememly easy. From day one, my kids have expressed thier love for KinderCare and thier wonderful teachers! I would definately reccomend them!

- Mother

~~This is by far the best child care option in the Leavenworth area. I highly recommend sending your children to this wonderful, loving environment (especially for those parents attending Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Ft. Leavenworth). The teachers are patient, kind, and well educated/trained in children's education needs. (The songs they made up to help learning be fun--like days of the week, sharing, food groups--were fun, silly, and a big hit with the kids!)
 I was amazed every day at how much my twin toddlers LOVED being there. Their teachers cared so much about the kids' well-being and growth that it was like dropping your children off at your favorite family member's house. Every parent I met was so happy with their choice in using Lansing KS KinderCare Learning Center, including me!

- Mother

Fun, Kind and reliable staff who I completely trust with my son.  I love that they care about him so much and they are so accomodating to our needs.

- Mother

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