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Longmont KinderCare

Kristen Johnson, Center Director

851 Crisman Dr. Longmont CO 80501
(303) 651-1008 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
West of Main (287) and 23rd Avenue. IBMC College

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Sanborn, Mt. View, Alpine Bus Runs @ 8:00am - 9:00am & 2:45pm - 4:00pm

Come take a tour with us! We are currently enrolling in all of  our classrooms. We accept children from six weeks to twelve years old. Please contact the center with more questions or to set up a time to come visit. We look forward to hearing from you.

Welcome

Located in the heart of Longmont, Colorado our school is "all designed for learning". We offer Early Childhood Education for Infants starting at six weeks all the way through After School. We also offer Private Tutorials for children in the subjects of Phonics, Reading, Math and Spanish! Call our school at anytime for more information and thank you for considering our Longmont KinderCare for your your child's early education!

Kristen Johnson, Center Director

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Accreditation

  • Quailstar 4

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

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Meet our Staff! At the Longmont KinderCare we pride ourselves on the education and knowledge of our staff! Please take a few minutes to look through our staff bios. If you have any questions please contact the school for further information.

  • Kristen Johnson

    Kristen Johnson, Center Director

    As far back as I can remember all I ever wanted to do was to work with children.  I love coming to work everyday and seeing all the children and families that we serve.  The hugs and smiles on their faces are a benefit of this job you just can't put a price on.

    Ms. Kris enjoys interacting with all ages of children and their families every day. She values the positive relationships that are created and believes that there is no better investment than to invest in the lives of young children. She is a lifelong learner and loves to have fun.

    Previous Experience:
    Kristen has been in the Early Childhood Education field for eighteen years. She was a teacher for Discovery Preschool classroom and has been in a management role for the since February 2013.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Director Certificate, Infant/Toddler Supervisor Certificate, Early Childhood Education Para-Educator's Certificate
  • Jackie Purcell

    Jackie Purcell, Assistant Director

    I love walking into my school everyday and greeting all the children. I also love how all the children greet me with a warm smile and a hug. I love connecting with the families and reassuring them that their children are in a safe and loving environment.

    Jackie has been with the Longmont KinderCare for over sixteen years. She started in the Toddler room and quickly moved into the Assistant Director role which she has held for twelve years. Jackie loves to spend her extra time with her family, especially her four grandchildren.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the Longmont KinderCare Jackie had the pleasure of raising her two daughters and offering in-home childcare for nineteen years.
    Year Started:
    9/2/1997
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Infant Nursery Supervisor, Universal Precautions & Medication Certification, EpiPen Certification
  • Ms. Dawn

    Ms. Dawn, Infant Classroom

    I love to see the Infants change and grow.  I get excited and love to show off newly aquired skills and when a milestone is met; like new teeth, crawling or waving bye-bye.

    Ms. Dawn attended Kearney State College and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. She taught school for two years before moving to Colorado where she taught another four years as a substitute. KinderCare became her home when she realized that her passion was for the younger children. In the classroom, hands on learning and one-on-one interaction is the way Ms. Dawn builds self-confidence in the children each day. She loves coming to work and helping each child be successful at their everyday learning experiences.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Dawn taught second grade in Nebraska for a year and was also a substitute teacher for a year. After moving to Colorado, she substitute taught for four years.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1997
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, Colorado Teaching License
  • Ms. Terra

    Ms. Terra, Infant Classroom

    II'm lucky because I get to do what makes me happy and fills my heart with joy eveyday!  I wouldn't choose to do anything else.

    Ms. Terra went to Front Range Community College in 1998 and took a couple of Early Childhood Education classes with a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship. Ms. Terra has been working with children since 1993, first starting out at a in-home daycare, then as a nanny, cementing her feet in the childcare and preschool center environment. She has worked with children ages from 6 weeks to 13 years old. Ms. Terra attended the Institute of Business and Medical Careers in 2011 for a medical background to be a "daula" for expecting mothers while giving birth. Ms. Terra also works with the youngest children in the nursery at her church.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Terra worked as a nanny and an in-home childcare center.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
  • Ms. Lavinia

    Ms. Lavinia, Kitchen

    Children are great imitators, so give them something to imitate.

    Ms. Lavinia has been with KinderCare, as our chef, since 2013.  Ms. Lavinia shtarted working in child care as a teacher and cook assistant at the same center she attended as a young child.  Ms. Lavinia loves her job as our chef and enjoys the time that she gets to spend in the classrooms as well.  She enjoys watching the children learn and grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lavinia has worked in child care center with her Mother in Warrenton, VA. It was the same center that she attended when she was a child. Ms. Lavinia also has experience working as a caregiver with disabled adults.
    Year Started:
    4/30/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Denise received her Associates of Applied Science degree from Northeaster Jr. College and in the last 5 years has furthered her education through Front Range Community College to earn her Director certification.  Ms. Denise has worked in childcare since 1992 and has enjoyed with the children.  She has fun teaching and likes to teach sign language as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Denise has worked in child care since 1992.
    Year Started:
    8/25/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    Education:
    AAS degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Jamie  has worked with KinderCare for a short time, but enjoys working with the staff.  Ms. Jamie finds working with the toddler's in her classroom very rewarding, everytime they learn something new.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jamie has worked at Shining Stars and Noah's Ark child care centers.
    Year Started:
    3/17/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love to come to work and see the smiles, teach new concepts to young children and interact with great teachers.

    Ms. Sara has worked for KinderCare for almost eight years. She received her Child Development Associate's Credential in 2008 and finished classes for her Director's Certificate and Infant Nursery Supervisor in May 2013. One of her favorite things to do in her classroom is sing! She also loves group time with her two year old children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Sara worked at an in-home childcare center for seven years and spent another ten years in other childcare center settings.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2005
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Infant Nursery Supervisor and Director Certificates
  • Ms. Cherie

    Ms. Cherie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love teaching children the basic foundation building blocks that will inspire their love of learning.

    Ms. Cherie attended Edison State College in Florida and earned her Child Development Associate's Credential in Early Childcare. Working with children in preschool is a passion for Ms. Cherie as she builds friendships with each child and becomes familiar with each child's learning style. She enjoys teaching children basic foundations skills so that he or she can use them as building blocks to further their educational development skills while having fun. Ms. Cherie attended University of Phoenix and obtained her degree in Psychology. She has taught one year of kindergarten, eight years of Prekindergarten and one year with two year old children at KinderCare. In addition to the many years of experience that Ms. Cherie has working with children in childcare, she has been a nanny and has done volunteer work in the childcare facility at her church. She enjoys coming to work everyday and making a positive difference in a child's life.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Nicolette

    Ms. Nicolette, School Age Classroom

    I love working with the children and knowing that I am making a positive impact on a young life in some small way, even if they don't remember me.

    Ms. Nicolette is currently attending Front Range Community College for her degree in Early Childhood Education. She attended Longmont High School and graduated with honors. She has currently received her Child Development Associate's Credential. Ms. Nicolette loves coming to work and being part of each child's learning experience.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nicolette has previous experience working as a babysitter.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Year
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Pursuing Degree in Early Childhood Education

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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

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

In addition to our attentive staff, we offer many other safety features in our school. This includes our center being in consistent lock down with a key pad entry, fenced in playgrounds and locked outer doors. All of our staff members are trained in CPR, Universal Precautions and First Aid. Many of our staff members are also certified in Medication Administration and EpiPen Administration. Our Infant staff is certified in our Safe Sleep program with the most up to date information on best sleeping practices for infants.

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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We started coming to KinderCare when our oldest son, Garrett, was 2 years old in 2007.  Oour son, Gunnar, also attended KinderCare and now our daughter, Grace, is in the infant room.  We appreciate the long term staff that KinderCare has, we know Grace is in caring hands when we drop her off.

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