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Manchester KinderCare

Mr. Nick Loehr, Center Director

1290 Holgate Dr. Manchester MO 63021
(636) 225-6844 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Valley Park, Hanna Woods, Sorrento Springs, Barretts, Wren Hollow


Welcome to Manchester KinderCare!  We are conveniently located in Manchester just minutes from Ballwin, Kirkwood, and Chesterfield, near the intersection of 141 and Big Bend Road. We are proud our school is Nationally Accredited along with every KinderCare in Missouri! We would love to have you come in to see our new classrooms and meet our teachers--send us an email at All of our teachers offer something unique. Whether it's tenure and education, or fresh enthusiasm and new ideas, everyone learns from each other. Our dedication to developmentally appropriate practices is refueled from bi-annual Professional Development trainings. From creative art activities to digging in the dirt, the teachers are passionate about facilitating educational and meaningful experiences. Teaching children to become lifelong learners is what drives them to excellence. 

Mr. Nick Loehr, 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.

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


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.


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.


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

At Manchester KinderCare, our staff far exceeds expectations. We have a wonderful mix of tenured teachers as well as several new up and coming all-stars! Our staff combines experience with the new, fresh ideas of our newest staff members. Please take the time to read about each one. Our teachers shine in the classroom! Stop by and see them in action.

  • Mr. Nick Loehr, Center Director

    Mr. Nick has lived in Manchester his whole life. After graduating from Parkway South, he went on to receive his bachelor's degree in elementary education from UMSL. After graduation, he taught in a public school, but decided his true passion was working with younger children. Mr. Nick's career at KinderCare began as a Pre-K Teacher at the Sulphur Springs Center. He was later promoted to Assistant Director at the Creve Coeur KinderCare. And, now he is the Center Director here at Manchester KinderCare. When you are ready to come in and see where your child's educational journey begins, give him a call at 636.225.6844!

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Assistant Director

    Children are our future, so it is our responsibility to make a difference and have a positive impact in their lives.

    Ms. Kelly began her career with KinderCare in the toddler program. Ms. Kelly loves being messy--she always implemented some sort of sensory experience for the children in her class. She utilized play dough, finger-painting, and goo for the kids to play with. Ms. Kelly is dedicated and very passionate when it comes to the children's growth and progress.  Ms. Kelly was promoted to Assistant Director in 2017.  She spends everyday coaching and training the staff and supporting them to make sure we provide the children with the best preschool in Manchester.  

    Favorite Children's Book:

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

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Beth

    Ms. Beth, Infant Classroom

    I have the best job in the world. I work with amazing children every day who are always learning something new.

    Since Ms. Beth has been a part of the Manchester KinderCare family, she has helped the center tremendously. She has worked with every age group and settled in our Infant Classroom. Ms. Beth does a wonderful job of helping the infants with their cognitive, emotional, physical, and language development. She responds in a warm, loving, and responsive way toward all the children under her care.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Miss Suzy by Miriam Young

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology
  • Ms. Janet

    Ms. Janet, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    These children and their families are like my own.

    All of Ms. Janet’s experience has helped her become an amazing Discovery Preschool Teacher. Her endless patience is a necessity when she helps guide the children through the potty training process. Her classroom is filled with fun, enriching things for the child to learn and grow. Ms. Janet loves working with the two-year-old children because they are always excited about learning something new.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Special and Elementary Education
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Brittany loves working in our Toddler classroom and seeing the excitement the children have when they come to school. She enjoys implementing fun and exciting activities as well as singing and reading to the children.  

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Buzzy's Boo Boo

    Associate Degree in Elementary Education

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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

We are conveniently located in Manchester, just minutes from Ballwin, Kirkwood, and Chesterfield. We align age-specific learning goals with social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development domains and then, we mix in the fun. Art, music, games, and friends are all a big part of the learning process. Our remarkable teachers encourage exploration and fun so that every child might develop a lifelong love of learning. Here at Manchester KinderCare, we see new developments each and every day. From rolling, to crawling, to cooing, to talking, young bodies and brains are constantly growing. Part of the beauty of discovery is that minds are built, not born: We help infants and children learn from the world around them. We encourage each child with their upcoming milestones, and share those achievements with the families we serve. 

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Chinese

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

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Holidays Observed

We are closed the following holidays: New Years' Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve closed at 3:00, and Christmas Day.

Health and Safety

We understand that your child’s health and safety is of the utmost importance, which is why it is our top priority! We are dedicated to providing a safe, healthy, and clean environment for you and your family. The center has a dedicated Health and Safety Coordinator who oversees all state and KinderCare health regulations and cleaning procedures. All center staff is trained on SIDS prevention, Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention, First Aid, and CPR. The center office is located in the front of the building and secured access to the building is provided through use of a keypad entry system. The building and playground are completely fenced in, with access only from the inside of the building. Our teachers take name-to-face attendance every 30 minutes to ensure all children are accounted for at all times. Only individuals authorized by parents are allowed to take children out of the center and they must present photo identification. Rest assured, we take the safety of the children in our care very seriously and provide a healthy and safe learning environment.

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.

My son loves all the activities he can do in the Learning Adventure program. It is great to see him show me what he is learning and he points out new letters when he sees them. Over time, he has been participating in Phonics Adventures. I have seen him learn so much and enjoy his one-on-one time with his teacher. It has strengthened his confidence in himself.

- Mother

My two children attend Manchester KinderCare and I could not be happier. The staff is always pleasant and great with my children. My older son has moved through the Two-, Three-, and now Four-Year-Old rooms and I have been pleased with all of his teachers. My younger son is now in the Toddler Classroom and again, his care has been great. I would recommend this center to anyone. I always feel confident that my kids are receiving great care during the day and they both learn so much. Having peace of mind that my children are being well cared for makes being a working parent much easier.

- Mother

"Every day, I am greeted by warm, smiling faces ready to spend the day with my two children. The staff are knowledgeable, caring, and have a true interest in my children's success, both academically and socially. I am always telling other parents and friends about the wonderful service Manchester KinderCare provides, and my husband and I appreciate their hard work every day."

- Mother

My husband and I both highly recommend the Manchester KinderCare. The staff is friendly and caring, and they really get to know and love your child. I have peace of mind that my child is being cared for in a way that shows him love and nurturing as well as education. He is provided with opportunities to learn and grow that are specific to him. Not only do they take great care of my son during the day, but also, the KinderCare staff has helped my husband and me with many difficult parenting issues, such as sleep problems, bottle weaning, pacifier weaning, and now potty training. It makes the time we have together as a family more enjoyable.

- Mother

My child loves learning about letter sounds in the Phonics Adventure, and knows how to recognize all the letters and sounds many words out!

- Mother

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