Jeani Meehan, Center Director
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Welcome to the KinderCare Learning Center located on Raymond Road and McKenna Boulevard in Madison, Wisconsin. We are so happy that you have chosen to visit our center and explore all that we have to offer. Our main goal is to make your family feel safe, respected, and welcomed each and every day. We are constantly working to make each and every one of our family stories be heard and told. Whether your child has first words or first grade in the near future, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning! Thank you again for your interest in learning more about our Raymond Road KinderCare. My team and I look forward to meeting your family!
Jeani Meehan, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Raymond Road KinderCare Learning Center strives to have a warm and caring learning environment. The passionate teaching staff loves working with children and are dedicated to each individual child's progress and needs. Each team member is educated and well trained. We are always looking for new and exciting ways to continue our passion for learning in hopes of passing along the same thirst for knowledge to the children and families.
Children are life's greatest gifts. They are joy, curiosity, and energy all wrapped up in tiny humans with an infinite potential to become and a limitless capacity to love. -L R Knost
Jeani started working for KinderCare as a Schoolage Teacher in Schofield, WI. Shortly afterwards she was promoted to Assistant Director. She spent six years at the KinderCare in Schofield. The decision to move back to Madison was a hard one, but she decided that it would be best to be closer to family. During that time she has worked at three other KinderCare centers and has helped out with district recruitment and training. In November of 2015 she had the wonderful opportunity to come back to the Raymond KinderCare as the Center Director. Jeani has been actively involved in the community by working with the 4K program in Madison and Launching into Literacy and Math, that supports training for teachers in the field of Early Childhood.
Each day brings a new learning experience not only the children, but for me as well!
Ms. Gabbi works in the Infant classroom. She has received her Infant and Toddler Credential and her Associates Degree in Early Childhood. She is also our Health and Safety Coordinator and a member of our management team.
I love interacting with the children and watching them grow and develop daily.
Ms. Melissa works in the Infant classroom at the Raymond Road KinderCare Learning Center. She loves this age because of all the important milestones she gets to witness. She prides her classroom for being creative, organized, and full of laughter.
Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.
Kia was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She attended college in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, She ended up living in Madison, because her sister is a teacher for the Madison Metropolitan School District. She is bilingual. Hmong was her first language. She is from a family of nine and two yorkies.
A great teacher is one who realizes that he himself is also a student and whose goal is not to dictate the answers, but to stimulate his student's creativity enough so that they go out and find the answers themselves." -Herbie Hancock
Ms. Lisa grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin and moved to Madison in 2009 to attend the University of Wisconsin School of Music. She taught music for eight years before deciding she wanted to enter Early Childhood Education. She is currently pursuing her Child Development Associate from Rassmusen College.
Children are like sponges. They absorb all your strength and leave you limp, but give them a squeeze and you get everything back." - Barbara Johnson
Ms. Amanda has been with the Raymond Road KinderCare for four years now and currently teaches in the Discovery Preschool classroom. She loves that each and every moment includes a learning opportunity for the children and herself. Ms. Amanda is inspired to come to work every day so she can have a chance to make an impact on a child's life.
We are some of the people that the children see the majority of the day. So, it's important for me to lead and guide them in the right direction while nurturing and loving them.
Children are Clarice's passion. In her classroom, she likes to focus on each individual child as she guides them. She was born and raised in Wisconsin and enjoys singing, cooking, relaxing with family, writing, and shopping in her free time. She looks forward to being a positive impact in your child's life!
I love seeing the children develop during their time in each classroom.
Ms. LiQuita is the lead teacher in the Prekindergarten classroom. She enjoys watching the children explore and learn new things every day. Ms. LiQuita believes that children learn the most through play. That's why she encourages her entire classroom to take full advantage of their surroundings and materials at KinderCare.
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.
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.
We are closed New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
We close at 3:00 pm on Christmas Eve.
The Raymond Road KinderCare Learning Center strives to have a warm and caring learning environment. The long-term teaching staff loves working with children and are dedicated to each individual child's progress and needs. Each team member is highly educated and trained. We are always looking for new and exciting ways to continue our passion for learning in hopes of passing along the same thirst for knowledge.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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