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Pioneers Boulevard KinderCare

Karen Hemsath, Center Director

5601 Pioneers Blvd. Lincoln NE 68506
(402) 489-9075 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Colonial Hills. Right on the corner of 56th and Pioneers. Across the street from the Legacy

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Maxey, Morley, Zeman, & Humann


Welcome to the KinderCare Learning Center on Pioneer Blvd. We are proud to be one of the Nationally Accredited centers here in Lincoln. 

Our research based curriculum provides the best possible education for children.  We believe in developing the whole child, providing a balanced approach to learning in a fun and engaging environment.  Our teachers are committed to creating a love of learning that will last a lifetime and each child is provided with an individualized learning plan to prepare your child for success in school and beyond. 

Finding the right place and the right people for your child's education and care is a big decision, we welcome you to come in and experience a clean, safe, fun, and structured atmosphere.  Please contact us to schedule your visit; we look forward to meeting your family and introducing you to ours.

Karen Hemsath, 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.

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.


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

We have a staff of fourteen wonderful teachers, some of whom have been with us for over fifteen years. They make a great team working together for the children in our school.

  • Karen Hemsath

    Karen Hemsath, Center Director

    I love my job because it involves working with children and my staff of teachers that are great with the children. Everyday I see the children learning new things and see the teachers excited about them learning.

    Karen has been a Center Director with KinderCare for over 20 years. She loves being a part of Pioneers Boulevard KinderCare and all the center's families.

    Previous Experience:
    Karen worked for ten years at Southeast Community College in their Child Development Program as a Preschool teacher and as an Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    31 Years
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Julie Hudson

    Julie Hudson, Assistant Director

    I love seeing how the children progress throughout the years that they are here.

    Julie lived in Lincoln through her elementary years then moved to western Nebraska through high school.  She went to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for her college education.  Julie has been with KinderCare since 2001.  She has gotten married and had three children in these 15 years.  She now lives outside of Lincoln on 40 acres of land.  Her children go to Norris Public School.  She is very active with her chiidren's activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Julie has been our Pre-K teacher for many years. She has had many roles in our center in the last 14 years. Julie is now our Assistant Director
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Angela's Airplane
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Elementary Ed. degree
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Infant A Classroom

    It's a priveledge to work with children as they learn and grow. Kids have such different and unique personalities and to me it's a joy to see this in all children.

    Melissa is a mother of a nine year old son, and a toddler daughter.  Melissa is currently attending Southeast Community College for her Associate Degree in Applied Sciences, to achieve her goal as a Radiology Technician. Melissa has been helping out in the Infant Classrooms, but mostly she is with our Schoolagers in the afternoon.  She did work at KinderCare 10 years ago in our two's room. Melissa loves family time and spending time outdoors.

    Previous Experience:
    Melissa worked here at KinderCare for two years in the past.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1.5 years
  • Ms. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney, Infant A Classroom

    I love my job because I enjoy watching and helping all of the children learn and grow.

    Courtney was born in Norfolk, NE but then later on her family moved to Hastings. Courtney went to Hastings Senior High School, graduating in 2011. After graduating, she went to Central Community College in Hastings.  She graduated in May 2015 with her Associate in Early Childhood Education. Courtney moved to Lincoln over the summer and began working at KinderCare. She really likes working with children and infants.

    Previous Experience:
    Courtney worked for five years at a childcare facility in Hastings, NE before moving to Lincoln.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Infant B Classroom

    Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.

    Growing up, Shannon always knew she wanted to work with children. After graduating from college she got married and had two beautiful children of her own. They are now older, but she is still teaching them the values of life. She has worked with all ages of children from infants to school age. The favorite part of her job is singing songs, reading stories, and doing art projects with the children. She likes to finish each day hoping she has made a difference in the children's lives. One child at a time, one day at a time, and she is a part of that education.

    Previous Experience:
    Shannon has worked in childcare at a few places in Lincoln and as a Para in the Lincoln Public Schools.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Meg

    Ms. Meg, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love how much the children love me, once I have earned their trust and gained their love and respect.

    Meg first worked at Noah's Ark in July of 2011 here in Lincoln.  She fell in love with the job and worked for three years in the Toddler and Two's rooms.  Then Meg switched to KinderCare where she loves to make her room bright and fun for the children.  She recently started back to school to earn her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She feels blessed with the gift of working so well with the tiny ones, it's not for everyone!

    Previous Experience:
    Meg was a teacher at Noah's Ark for three years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Victor Vito
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing the kids faces light up when what they have learned clicks.

    Ashley grew up in Hasting, Nebraska ,and spent 7 years working in early childhood centers there. In 2012 she moved to Lincoln with her son and daughter began working at Kinder Care. She really enjoys teaching the children and making fond memories for them and for her. Ashley enjoys sharing new experiences with the children in her class and supporting them so they can accomplish their developmental goals.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Are You My Mother?
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Isa

    Ms. Isa, Preschool 1 Classroom

    I love teaching and watching the children evolve into thinkers.

    Ms. Isa is from Broken Bow, Nebraska and has lived in Lincoln for 13 years.She joined our KinderCare in January of 2002, and she loves to cook and read and shares those loves with the children in her class. Isa enjoys teaching her preschoolers all about their world, while giving them the tools they need to build strong social skills. She enhances her curriculum with extra books, music and art, and allows her children to explore through various open ended activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Isa came to our Kinder Care from a Kinder Care in Chicago. She loves the structure and strong curriculum that comes with the educational program.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Splat the Cat and When Sophie Gets Angry, Really, Really Angry
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
  • Ms. Mitzi

    Ms. Mitzi, Preschool 2 Classroom

    The thing that I love most about teaching is helping the children learn new things.

    Mitzi was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska and has one grown son, who she is very proud of. She graduated from Lincoln High and attended Kaplan University, where she earned her Associate Degree. Mitzi began working for KinderCare in 2001, and has spent the last 14 years enriching the lives of the children in her class. She has a program rich in music and art, and consistently adds enrichment materials to her curriculum to enhance her children's learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Mitzi started working with young children while still in high school, and began working as a nanny after graduating from high school. She began working in the early childhood center setting in 1994 and began working for Kinder Care in 2001.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Associates Degree
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, PreKindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Rachel is originally from Schaumberg, Illinois. She has lived in Nebraska for 8 years. Ms. Rachel is the oldest of 3 children and received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Union College.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rachel has her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Union College. She has worked at KinderCare for over 2 years and has worked in other Early Childhood Education settings as well.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cat and Where the Sidewalk Ends
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4.5 Years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Lacy

    Ms. Lacy, School Age Classroom

    I enjoy watching the children grow and mature from kindergarten through sixth grade.

    Ms. Lacy grew up in Fairfield, Nebraska. She attented the University of Nebraska at Kearney for Elementary Education. Once she completed college she moved to Lincoln and began working at KinderCare. Ms. Lacy has been with KinderCare for over seven years now and enjoys the anticipation of what the children will do and say.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lacy received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Floater

    Dance like no one is watching!

    Amanda has worked in child care for five plus years. She went to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received a Bachelor's Degree in Advertising/Public Relations. Amanda enjoys turning on some music and dancing with the children. She has always enjoyed working with children. Amanda is going back to school for occupational therapy and wants to specialize with young children.

    Previous Experience:
    Amanda has had five plus years in child care. She was also a nanny for two years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ride a Purple Pelican
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Advertising/Public Relations
  • Ms. Wanda

    Ms. Wanda, Cook

    I love what I do! I have always loved cooking and trying new recipes.

    Wanda worked in the nursing home field for over 20 years, in the dietary department. She went to Southeast Community College for Dietary Management and then, took over managing a staff of 17 in the nursing home kitchen. Wanda loved the interaction with the residents and preparing their food. In 2006 her first grandchild was born. Wanda decided to have a home daycare to help raise her grandchildren. After 10 years, the children are grown and in school. Wanda is now ready for her next adventure here at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Wanda ran a home daycare for many years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little House on the Prairie
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Associate Degree in Dietary Management

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!

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

When you enter the building we have a keypad entrance to get to the children. All our staff members are CPR and First Aid certified. Each age group has it's own outside time on our large fenced-in playground.

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.

Being a parent, it's never easy taking your children to daycare, but at KinderCare it is more than a daycare, it's like another family.  The staff has been nothing but amazing, in the four years I've taken my children there.  My children light up with excitement when they see some of their favorite teachers in the morning, especially after a weekend without seeing them.  These teachers not only teach, but they comfort, love, and interact so well with my boys.  It's a great feeling knowing i can leave my children at school, and feel confident and comfortable they are well taken care of while I am away, which is very hard to find.  The staff at KinderCare is great!  Not to mention the director, Karen, she is an amazing leader for the teachers and children.  If there is ever a concern, you can always talk to Karen, her door is always open.  No words can describe how amazing it is to walk into a center and see your director interacting, singing songs, and playing with your children, she is wonderful.  The communication is always clear at KinderCare not only between the teachers/staff, but between the teachers/families as well.  We LOVE KinderCare!

- Mother

My three grandchildren have been going to KinderCare for 13 years now.  My oldest grandchild is about to turn 13, the other one is 9 and my youngest is 5, and about to start Kindergarten.  They all have attended since 6 weeks old.  They really love going to school and playing with their friends. 
The two older boys were reading small books and doing some basic math before they started Kindergarten.  And now the 5 year old is following with the same skills.  They all participated in the Learning Adventures Phonics Program and excelled!  I may be partial as their grandmother, but they are so smart and put together.  I know that attending KinderCare for all those years has helped them. 
Thank you to all the teachers that have loved and taken excellent care of my babies.

- Grandmother

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