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Northeast KinderCare

Ms. Bernie Olin, Center Director

6900 Huntington Ave. Lincoln NE 68507
(402) 466-8285 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Pershing, Meadow Lane, Kahoa

Welcome

Welcome and thank you for visiting the Northeast KinderCare web page. We educate children from ages six weeks through 12 years old. Our research-based curriculum provides the best possible education for children. We transport school age students to and from Kahoa, Meadow Lane, and Pershing schools as well as provide a fun summer camp when the students are out of school.

Finding the right place and the right people for your children'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 you and your family!

We are proud to be part of the accredited centers in Nebraska!

Ms. Bernie Olin, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

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

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Our center brings the best of many worlds. We have members of our staff who have over 20 years experience at KinderCare. We also have staff who have achieved degrees in the education field. In addition to our experienced staff, our NAEYC Accreditation shows our commitment to excellence in early childhood education.

  • Ms. Bernie Olin

    Ms. Bernie Olin, Center Director

    I enjoy seeing the children grow up and then seeing them as young adults coming back to the center. They still have such a bond with the center and KinderCare family!

    Ms. Bernie grew up in the Panhandle of Nebraska with her three brothers and two sisters. She has two children and in her spare time loves to shop and watch football and baseball.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Bernie has been a part of the KinderCare family for over 23 years. Before becoming the Center Director, she was a teacher in almost every classroom at KinderCare as well as an Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

    Year Started:
    8/20/1991
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Human Services
  • Ms. Stacie Hubl

    Ms. Stacie Hubl, Assistant Director

    Ms. Stacie graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a bachelor's degree in child youth and family studies with a minor in education. She has worked in the early childhood education field for nine years. Ms. Stacie was born in Lincoln and recently moved back from Los Angeles, California where she lived for three years. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing sports, and shopping. She is excited to join the KinderCare team!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

    Year Started:
    1/4/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Youth and Family Studies with a Minor in Education
  • Ms. Carla

    Ms. Carla, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Carla was born and raised in Lincoln. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband and four children. They enjoy playing games, watching movies, and going on vacations to places they have never been together.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Carla has worked with KinderCare for over 17 years. She has worked in many of the classrooms throughout the center over the years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    11/11/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
  • Ms. Miranda

    Ms. Miranda, Infant Classroom

    I love walking into the room to be greeted by the children's smiles and hugs every day!

    Ms. Miranda was born and raised in Lincoln. She has three daughters and she enjoys spending her spare time with them as well as her two dogs.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Miranda comes to KinderCare with over eight years of experience in working in an early childhood education setting. She also had her own private in-home child care facility.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    There's a Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone

    Year Started:
    5/14/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
  • Ms. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Courtney is from Lincoln. I love watching the children grow and learn new things.

  • Ms. Kelsea

    Ms. Kelsea, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Kelsea was born in Scottsbluff, NE. Her favorite color is green, and she loves Mexican food. She also has a twin brother.

    Year Started:
    1/19/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Degree in Elementary Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Dawn

    Ms. Dawn, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Always take time for yourself.

    Ms. Dawn was born in Lincoln, but also grew up in Dorchester, Nebraska. She attended Southeast Community College where she received her associate's degree in early childhood education. She also has three daughters and one son. In her spare time, Ms. Dawn enjoys scrapbooking, camping, and doing fun things with her children and new grandson!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Dawn has been with KinderCare for over 20 years. She has experience working in many different classrooms as well as management within KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

    Year Started:
    4/4/1994
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Elaine

    Ms. Elaine, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Elaine was born in Denver, Colorado. She lived there for 56 years before moving to Lincoln in 2006. Ms. Elaine has two children and three grandchildren. In her spare time, she loves to cheer on the Denver Broncos!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Elaine has worked with KinderCare for almost 30 years. She began working at KinderCare in Colorado and transferred to Nebraska in 2006. Before working at KinderCare, Ms. Elaine was also the Assistant Director for another early child care facility in Aurora, Colorado.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    12/3/1984
    Tenure:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    40
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Teresa

    Ms. Teresa, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Every child is gifted--they just discover their gifts at different times.

    Ms. Teresa grew up in Elmwood, Nebraska. She attended Southeast Community College for her associate's degree in early childhood education. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband, son, and daughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Teresa has also been with KinderCare for over 23 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Victor Vito and Freddie Vasco by Laurie Berkner

    Year Started:
    3/28/1991
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Mikayla N.

    Ms. Mikayla N., School Age Classroom

    Ms. Mikayla was born and raised in Lincoln. She has one younger brother and a golden doodle named Teddy. In her spare time, Ms. Mikayla loves to spend time with her family and friends. She also enjoys reading and listening to music. Ms. Mikayla is currently working on her bachelor of science degree in elementary and special education at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    10/19/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Special Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, Cook / Health and Safety Coordinator

    I love hearing what the children have learned each day from KinderCare's curriculum. My coworkers and seeing the children's smiling faces inspire me to come to work each day.

    Year Started:
    5/7/1990
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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

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 know you want a healthy and safe environment for your child. We expect no less of ourselves! That's why we have a Health and Safety Coordinator to oversee all of our health and safety regulations.

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.

I want to express my appreciation for the wonderful job that the Northeast KinderCare staff does taking care of my two children. Moving to a state with no family and no support makes it kind of scary when you have to leave your children while at work with others, but after looking and touring numerous daycare centers, I had to make a decision and I'm very happy I chose KinderCare. When I walked into the center for open house, I immediately felt welcomed. The staff and Directors are so awesome, and it feels good to see that they all have fun and learn at the same time. If you are looking for a place for your little ones, KinderCare is the place where your child will feel loved and safe, while learning many skils to prepare them for there road ahead! Thank you, KinderCare!

- Mother

I wanted to write to share just how happy my husband, Chris, and I are with the care that our daughters, Reagan and Peyton, receive from their teachers and all the other wonderful staff at Northeast KinderCare. When my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our first child, I immediately knew where I wanted to have our baby attend daycare. Not only did I receive an excellent recommendation from my sister, Erin, who had brought her children to KinderCare, but it is also the same center she and I attended as children ourselves, which I only have fond memories of. When we visited the center, I was sold after meeting Bernie, the wonderful teachers, and hearing about all of the great things that KinderCare had to offer. I love that it is not a place that is simply “babysitting” our children, but instead, they are being taught, cared for, and loved! In fact, it has become quite the family affair because our youngest sister, Rachel, now brings her daughter to KinderCare as well. As difficult as it is to leave my children somewhere while I go to work, I never worry about the care they are receiving. Every morning I drop my girls off, we are greeted with smiles and I am amazed how the teachers and staff members know all of the children by name, even though they may not be in the classroom with them. There are many children at the center, yet the teachers take the time to know all of the children individually, which I find extremely special. Not only do my husband and I love the care our girls receive, but it is obvious our children do too. My daughter shrieks with excitement every morning we walk in and she sees Carla for the first time. My other daughter always comes home with stories about her day and what she did with her friends and teachers. Anytime we drive by KinderCare, she will point and scream “my school”! It is amazing how much she has learned the past two and a half years from your center. I honestly cannot give enough wonderful praises for Bernie, Reagan and Peyton’s teachers, or the rest of the KinderCare staff! Thank you so much for all you do for our precious girls, and the other children at the center. In case we don’t say it enough, you are all truly appreciated.

- Parents

My name is Ava, I have been coming to KinderCare for about 10 years; I have met many new friends. "Well, what if my kids have allergies, like peanuts?" Tammy’s got you covered. Tammy is in the kitchen most of the time. If your kid does have allergies, just talk to Bernie Olin, the Director of the center. "Boy, it’s a hot summer day--it's 100 degrees Fahrenheit." The kids will not be able to go outside because 92 is the limit. Yes, your child will be wearing sunscreen. There are many different kinds of classrooms; infants are right when you walk in to your right. A little bit down the hall is the Toddler room. The next room would be the two's. Straight down is the three's room. Now to your left is the kitchen, four's, five's, and school-age. Outside is a wonderful place to be. We have balls, four-corners, sand table, a jungle gym, and a bike path that’s just the for four's, five's, and school-age. Along the fence are bikes, slides, and a jungle gym. That’s for the toddlers and twos. KinderCare has taught me how to read and write. They offer phonics and cooking, and now my brother does phonics. They serve breakfast, lunch, and snack after nap time. Nap time is two hours for four's, five's, toddlers, two's, and infants. If you have any questions, please ask Bernie Olin or Brittney Cambern.

- Child Herself

Thank you, Northeast KinderCare! At a most difficult time for my four-year-old son, in the middle of a custody case, he had great separation anxiety, especially with drop-offs at preschool. KinderCare provided a safe environment where I felt good about where my son would be during his time in preschool, with a keypad entry system, clean and very well-equipped classrooms, great meals, and great staff/teachers, who helped tremendously with transitioning my four-year-old to feeling okay about being dropped off at preschool. He made a special bond with his teacher, who went over and above to help him each morning at drop-offs, quickly engaging him so I could get to work without him having a huge meltdown. He made friends with other children in his class, as well as the other staff at KinderCare, who all make the effort to know the kids' names. When the regular school year ended for public schools, KinderCare provided a summer program to continue regular preschool attendance, which was amazing to keep my son accustomed to being dropped off at school. It was a long process to where he finally does great when it's time for school, so it would not have been good to then have three months off for school holidays, so the KinderCare summer program kept him going through the summer months with many great activities and field trips, leading up to transitioning to kindergarten in public school. I have three children, with my four-year-old being the youngest, so I was amazed at how many drawing projects the kids do, giving us a great little pile of art projects to put in a school book in comparison to public preschool, which my two older children attended. KinderCare provided a great preschool program, which I feel has given my four-year-old a great head start on his school years. He has mastered all of the fundamentals that my two older children learned at public preschool. However, I felt that my four-year-old had it the best by attending KinderCare and he came to like going to school, even on days when it was optional through summer holidays, and my four-year-old and I would often say he has "the best school ever!" Thank you, KinderCare, for making preschool a great experience for my son.

- Mother
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