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Lakewood Kindercare

Elizabeth Zsuzsics, Center Director

871 N.E. Anderson Lane Lee's Summit MO 64064
(816) 478-2102 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
Lakewood Blvd, South on Anderson Lane behind Lakewood Shops

Neighborhood:
Lakewood

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Chapel Lakes School Yellow School Bus picks up and drops off We transport to Hazel Grove, A.M. and P.M. Our Lady of the Presentation P.M.

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Welcome

Welcome to Lakewood KinderCare in Lee's Summit. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at Lakewood KinderCare, we promise you will know we value your child as a unique individual to be nurtured, protected, and respected at all times. We also promise you will know that committed, dedicated educators are caring for your child, and that by joining our center family you will watch your child develop a love of learning and a rich imagination. Our center is located conveniently close to Interstate 291/470, right outside the Lakewood Subdivision. We are open from 6:00 am - 6:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Elizabeth Zsuzsics, 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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

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.

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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. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The staff members at our center are dedicated individuals who want to change the world a little at a time by helping students learn and grow into their own unique persons. Our staff members have an average tenure of 10 years working with KinderCare! All of our staff have a rich background in child development and are committed to teaching children in a respectful and engaging manner.

  • Elizabeth Zsuzsics

    Elizabeth Zsuzsics, Center Director

    Quality Early Childhood Education is the key to our future. To be a part of that is the greatest responsibility and gift one could have.

    Ms. Elizabeth attended Kansas State University.  After graduation she got a job working at Fort Riley, KS for Child, Youth, and School Services working as an infant teacher.  She quickly moved up in the company and within a few years became an Assistant Director for the largest Child Development Center on Fort Riley.  She discovered that working with children was her passion and couldn't imagine doing anything else!  With a recent move to the area and promotion to Center Director, Ms. Elizabeth is excited to help shape the lives of our future.  It is her goal to create a safe and loving environment that children and families want to come to.
    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming the Director at Lakewood Kindercare, Elizabeth worked for Child, Youth, and School Services for Fort Riley, KS as an Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    7/13/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Social Sciences
  • Ms. Diane

    Ms. Diane, Assistant Director

    I like to watch the children grow and develop over the years. Knowing that parents can count on me to help keep their children safe means so much to me.

    Ms. Diane has been a part of the Kindercare family for over 20 years!  Most of her experience with the company was at the South Kansas City Kindercare, but when our center experienced significant growth we were lucky to have her added to our management team.  She brings a wealth of knowledge to help the teachers with implementing curriculum as well as superb organization skills to aid the center managment team.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining Kindercare, Ms. Diane worked for the Wichita State Child Development program, as well as Lawrey Air Force Base in Denver.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Peter's Chair by Jack Ezra Keats
    Year Started:
    11/21/1991
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35
    Education:
    CDA, Associate's of Art
  • Ms. Carol

    Ms. Carol, Infant Classroom

    I love working with young children and getting to see the wonder and excitement when they accomplish or learn something new.

    Ms. Carol has been with KinderCare for eighteen years. Prior to starting work in the childcare field, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Missouri State University. She also recently earned her Child Development Associate's Credential from Rasmussen. Ms. Carol likes to have activities in her room to catch the children's attention and to get them to interact with each other, herself and their environment. She is always looking for fun new activities for the kids. Ms. Carol enjoys working with children and feels they help keep her feeling young!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Carol spent ten years working at an in-home daycare center, two years at a University sponsored daycare center and one year at the Boy's & Girl's Club.
    Year Started:
    9/1/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    33 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Valerie

    Ms. Valerie, Infant Classroom

    Seeing the children smile every day and happy to see me, watching them learn and develop and knowing I was a part of it makes my job worth coming to every day. I truly enjoy working with children and watching them reach their everyday goals.

    Ms. Valerie has worked in several areas of our center, but has spent most of her time in the Infant room which is her true love. She enjoys helping the infants reach milestones and loves to turn up the Disney tunes and sing to the babies!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Valerie worked in customer service.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Jody

    Ms. Jody, Pre-Kindergarten

    It is absolutely crucial that I make children feel valued and of importance.  I strive to teach and guide children on an individualized level and promote opportunities to help them grow and learn to enhance their developmental domains.

    Ms. Jody has enjoyed the privilege of mentoring and taking care of young children with Kindercare since 1994.  She received her CDA in June 2013.  Jody's teaching style is all about the "hands on" approach.  She believes that children learn by doing.  She strongly supports and promotes opportunities for children to explore, investigate, and experiment in all aspects of their developmental domains.  Jody also enjoys planning special monthly activites in her class, such as Indoor Water Day and Cinnamon Toast turkeys.

    Year Started:
    3/28/1994
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Phyllis

    Ms. Phyllis, Preschool

    I love children, and watching them grow and learn!

    Ms. Phyllis has been at Kindercare for 4 years.  She excells teaching at all ages, but especially enjoys the Pre-K age group.  She enjoys working on learning sight words with them and working in small groups in their Spanish journals.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining Kindercare, Ms. Phyllis taught at Head Start and YMCA Early learning programs.
    Year Started:
    11/8/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28
  • Ms. Shirley

    Ms. Shirley, Preschool

    I like teaching the children and watching their eyes light up when they learn something now. I like seeing them smile!

    Shirley enjoys playing games and making art projects with the children, and interacting with them by singing silly songs.  She enjoys spending time with outside teaching them fun things to do outdoors as well!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining Kindercare, Ms. Shirley worked for another child care center in Texas.
    Year Started:
    2/29/1988
    Tenure:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    33
  • Ms. Samantha

    Ms. Samantha, Preschool Classroom

    Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

    Samantha graduated from Lincoln University in Jefferson City in May 2013 with her BLS in Elementary and Special Education.  She has been working with children for over 6 years and values every moment!  There is nothing more rewarding to her than seeing lots of little smiling faces!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Samantha worked for a program in Jefferson City prior to moving to the Kansas City area and joining Kindercare.
    Year Started:
    8/12/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Liberal Arts with emphasis in Elementary and Speical Education
  • Ms. Alaina

    Ms. Alaina, Toddler

    I love working with children because there is never a dull moment. They are sponges waiting to absorb what I teach them!

    Ms. Alaina has worked primarily in the toddler class, however, she also teaches a multi-age yoga class here!  She enjoys getting messy and learning with her little kiddos.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining Kindercare, Ms. Alaina taught children at a private preschool and as an elementary school tutor.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Currently attaining Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Katie is from New Hampshire, but moved to the Kansas City area to earn her Master's Degree, where she met her husband.  Ms. Katie began working at Kindercare part time in our Discovery Preschool classroom and loved it, helped the center by acting as cook for several months, and now enjoys the infant room!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting with Kindercare, Ms. Katie had experience working with children as a children's pastor.
    Year Started:
    5/12/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    BA in Religion, Master's in Divinity
  • Ms. Shayna

    Ms. Shayna, Toddler Classroom

    I love working with children and watching them as they grow and discover new things.

    Ms. Shayna attends the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she is pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She has experience with several age ranges, but has spent most of her time with infants and toddlers.  Ms. Shayna loves coming to work and seeing the smiles on the childrens' faces and watching them learn and grow every day!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the staff at Lakewood Kindercare, Ms. Shayna worked for the company at our Raytown location.
    Year Started:
    10/12/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tiffany

    Ms. Tiffany, Toddler Classroom

    I love working with and teaching kids. Teaching them is a reward in itself.

    Ms. Tiffany has taught in many classrooms at our school and also excelled as the cook! She has recently joined the Toddler teaching staff and is very excited to be with this age group. She enjoys seeing their personality develop and all of the adorable things they do!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Tiffany worked as a nanny and at Tinytown Daycare center.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's education
  • Ms. Lavette, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    The best part of working in Early Childhood Education is watching each child develop in their own way and time!

    Ms. Lavette has worked in our Discovery Preschool class for many years!  She likse to have a fun time in her class but also does a wonderful job of fostering growth in the children. Potty training, language development and self help skills are all things that are focused on in her class.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Lavette worked at a private in-home day care and Montessori Learning Center.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Briana

    Ms. Briana, Early Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I think the best part of my job is building relationships with the children!

    Ms. Bri enjoys spending her time in the classroom playing with the children. She is great at being a calming influence in the classroom and is eager to learn from her co-teachers and the children!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Briana worked at Life Connection Child Care.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Cassie

    Ms. Cassie, Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy being part of the children's learning and growing each and every day.

    Ms. Cassie started at KinderCare in October of 2006. She has her Associate's of Arts Degree and earned her Child Development Associate's credential. In addition to her responsibilities as a preschool teacher, Ms. Cassie serves as the Health and Safety Coordinator for our center. She enjoys hands-on activities and craft projects with the children. Ms. Cassie also enjoys singing and dancing with the children.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Associate's in Arts Degree, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy knowing that I am molding the children of today into the best citizens they can be for tomorrow.

    Ms. Rachel started at Lakewood KinderCare in July of 1995. She was the Assistant Director here, then moved and became Center Director at another location. She decided she preferred working with the children so she went back to teaching! Ms. Rachel enjoys creating new themes within the classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her current role, Ms. Rachel was a Center Director.
    Year Started:
    7/1/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Business with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Preschool Teacher

    Working with children is rewarding. I enjoy building relationships with them.

    Ms. Debbie has worked with all ages in the center and enjoys making sure the center is a clean and safe environment for the children. She helps the center by serving as a driver as well!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Debbie worked for the Blue Springs School District.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Education, Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Reading

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. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

We have a wonderful facility, and we are sure you will feel right at home.  We have many teachers with over ten years of experience, and even a few who have been with us for 20 or more!  Our commitment to quality is evident in the number of families who chose us year after year!

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and following day, Christmas.

Health and Safety

At Lakewood KinderCare, 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 front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. Ms. Cassie's role includes conducting monthly fire and tornado drills, ensuring that all staff's First Aid and CPR certificates are up to date, and maintaining high cleanliness standards.

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.

When we joined the KinderCare Family, we came from a daycare situation that did not end well.  From day one, when we dropped off our son with Ms. Carol, we have been shown nothing but respect from the staff of KinderCare.  It's such a welcoming environment and everyone seems to know who our son is!  This speaks volumes to the staff and shows that they care enough to take the time to get to know the children that attend there.  Our son has individual memories with each of the teacher's he has had.  Whether it's a high-five at the end of each day, learning their names when we talk about them at home, or saying "bye-bye" to them as we leave the center.  We are now in the two-year old room and have only been there for a short while, but the teachers in that room have been so good with our transition.  We can't thank KinderCare enough for the growth that we've seen in our son since he's joined back in February 2015.  We can see daily changes in him.  Thank you KinderCare!!!

- Mother

My husband and I feel very fortunate to have built such a positive relationship with the staff at KinderCare.  The staff have cared for, loved and educated several of our foster children.  They have always provided a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment.  They have shed tears along with us when our foster children have had to move on to the next steps in life.  Our daughters love going to school every morning, discussing their hopes for the day on the way there.  They have learned and grown so much.  On numerous occasions they have taken what they have learned in the classroom and used it correctly in other situations.  This is a testament to the quality of educational programming and conscientious teachings at KinderCare.  The staff is providing our children the necessary skills to be successful in kindergarten.  We are thankful for the staff at KinderCare.

- Mother

The process to find an accredited center that met my standards as a mother was long and tiring. I had visited countless other facilities and always left not having enough trust in them to care for my daughter. I walked in KinderCare when my daughter was 10 weeks old and questioning my decision to go back to work.  The director handled me coming in without an appointment beautifully and everything was in order. She asked me what I was looking for in a center which made me feel at ease.  I hadn’t been asked that before.  Once I did the tour of the infant room and met Ms. Carol, who was very long tenured, I knew this was the place for my child.  My daughter had some medical concerns and I needed someone who was going to help us jump the hurdles while she was away from our care.  Ms. Carol and the other faculty at KinderCare jumped right in and has far exceeded my expectations. I feel completely at ease to leave my daughter in their care every day and I’m excited when I pick her up to see what fun activities she was able to participate in and pick up on things she has learned from her classmates.  She is happy and thriving, the only things that matter to a mother.

- Mother

I have a six year old, three year old and two year old at the Lakewood KinderCare.  We have been part of this family for two years.  I would say this facility is clean, organized, structured, maintained and prepares healthy meals.  I wish I could say these teachers are good but can’t.  They are super, duper awesome!!!!  We are lucky they took us in and care for us like family.  They are a special team and we are blessed to have them raise our babies when we can not.  My whole heart smiles for OUR KinderCare!

- Mother

I have been sending my children to the Lakewood KinderCare for over ten years. With three children, you will have three very different personalities. From my boisterous boy to my shy girls, the staff at KinderCare has nurtured each of my children's needs and given them the courage to try something new. I love how consistent the staff is between each age level and how long each teacher has been at this center. It gives my children comfort to walk in and see the same faces each day. I could not imagine my children growing so much in any other place.

- Mother

Absolutely love this daycare/school, my son has been here for going on his 4th week. He is in the ones class room and the teachers are wonderful. The director Julie is amazing. She is so caring, and comforting which is what it takes to run a daycare. You truly must care the children or else it shows to the parents that's not your number one priority and she is amazing at making sure you know your child is cared for all day. I went through 2 different centers before I finally put my son here and it was the best choice I could have made so far. my son is allergic to eggs and the first day I dropped him off the cook at the school called me herself to get specifics on what my son could and couldn't have. That is itself shows they are organized and care about the health of their children. It's more expensive than most daycare's in lees summit but worth every penny. You just can't put a price on good child care. Those are your babies, your life, and your most valuable belongings.

- Mother

I can not say enough good things about this school! I was extremely nervous putting my three-year-old son in a Preschool and going back to work, but the staff at KinderCare is so great with him and the kids are very well behaved. I was just blown away by how helpful and guiding everyone is at this location. My son has learned so much in the time he has been there and still gets excited to go to school every morning. KinderCare is totally worth every penny and even a little extra drive time!

- Mother
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