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Pioneers Boulevard KinderCare

Ms. 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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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
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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 him or her 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 our 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.

Ms. 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 wonderful teachers, some of whom have been with us for over 15 years. They make a great team working together for the children in our school.

  • Ms. Karen Hemsath

    Ms. Karen Hemsath, Center Director

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

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

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. 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 by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Julie Hudson

    Ms. Julie Hudson, Assistant Director

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

    Ms. 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. Ms. 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 children's activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Julie has been our Pre-K Teacher for many years. She has had many roles in our center in the last 14 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Angela's Airplane by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kysa

    Ms. Kysa, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Kysa graduated from Crete High School. After that, she went to work at a daycare center in Crete for three years. During that time, she went to Southeast Community College and majored in early childhood education. To be closer to school, she moved to Lincoln and worked at another center for three years. She fell in love with one family and they asked her to be their nanny for a year. After that, she moved back to Crete to work at another center. Ms. Kysa wanted to try something new so she went to cosmetology school. Realizing that styling hair wasn't for her, she went back to what she loves: children. She started working here at KinderCare and is loving it. She is looking forward to many years teaching here.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney, Infant Classroom

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

    Ms. Courtney was born in Norfolk, but then later on her family moved to Hastings. Ms. 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's degree in early childhood education. Ms. Courtney moved to Lincoln over the summer and began working at KinderCare. She really likes working with children and infants.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Courtney worked for five years at a child care facility in Hastings before moving to Lincoln.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Infant Classroom

    Growing up, Ms. 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:
    Ms. Shannon has worked in child care at a few places in Lincoln and as a Paraprofessional in the Lincoln Public Schools.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Discovery Preschool Classroom

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

    Ms. Ashley grew up in Hasting, Nebraska and spent seven years working in early childhood centers there. In 2012, she moved to Lincoln with her son and daughter, and began working at KinderCare. She really enjoys teaching the children and making fond memories for them and for her. In 2016, Ms. Ashley achieved her goal by working hard to receive her associate's degree in early childhood education. Ms. 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? by P.D. Eastman

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Isa

    Ms. Isa, Preschool Classroom

    I love teaching and watching the children evolve into thinkers.

    Ms. Isa is from Broken Bow, Nebraska and has lived in Lincoln for 16 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. Ms. 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:
    Ms. Isa came to our KinderCare from a KinderCare in Chicago. She loves the structure and strong curriculum that comes with the educational program.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Mitzi

    Ms. Mitzi, Preschool Classroom

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

    Ms. Mitzi was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska and has one grown son, whom she is very proud of. She graduated from Lincoln High and attended Kaplan University, where she earned her associate's degree. Ms. Mitzi began working for KinderCare in 2001, and has spent the last 15 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:
    Ms. 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 KinderCare in 2001.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood and Don Wood

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Children are our future--teach them well so they grow up to be exceptional adults.

    Ms. Rachel is originally from Schaumberg, Illinois. She has lived in Nebraska for ten years. Ms. Rachel is the oldest of three children and received her bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Union College.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rachel has worked at KinderCare for over two years and has worked in other early childhood education settings as well.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    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 attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney to study 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.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education; Minor in Special Education
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Floater

    Ms. Amanda has worked in child care for over five years. She went to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and received a bachelor's degree in advertising and public relations. Ms. Amanda enjoys turning on some music and dancing with the children. She has always enjoyed working with children. Ms. Amanda is going back to school for occupational therapy and wants to specialize in young children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amanda was a nanny for two years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Ride a Purple Pelican by Jack Prelutsky

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    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.

    Ms. 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. Ms. Wanda loved the interaction with the residents and preparing their food. In 2006, her first grandchild was born. Ms. Wanda decided to have a home daycare to help raise her grandchildren. After ten years, the children are grown and in school. Ms. Wanda is now ready for her next adventure here at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Wanda ran a home daycare for many years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Dietary Management

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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

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

We have a keypad entry system in place in order to protect the children. All our staff members are CPR and First Aid certified. Each age group has its 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.

Share Your Story
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 Pioneers Boulevard KinderCare 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, 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 nine, and my youngest is five and about to start kindergarten. They all have attended since six 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 five-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 who have loved and taken excellent care of my babies.

- Grandmother

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