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Hylton Heights KinderCare

Deana Kinsley, Center Director

1205 Hylton Heights Rd. Manhattan KS 66502
(785) 539-7540 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Off Claflin, behind Blockbuster Video Between Claflin and Anderson east of Westport Rd.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Here is a list of the Elementary Schools that we bus to: Amanda Arnold Elementary, Northview Elementary, Bluemont Elementary, Lee Elementary

KinderCare Learning Center located at Hylton Heights Road in Manhattan is now accepting enrollments for the fall semester. Please contact us today to schedule your tour!

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Welcome

Welcome to the Manhattan KinderCare in Manhattan, Kansas. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at the Manhattan KinderCare, we believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parent's consider us to be an extension of their families (their village). Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Deana Kinsley, Center Director

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

Teachers & Staff

The Hylton Heights KinderCare is very lucky to have several staff members with tenure. With their experience and knowledge, combined with the new staff members’ fresh ideas, they make an excellent team. This team is just what our families desire for their child’s educator/caregiver. We invite new families with open arms and can’t imagine our life without KinderCare! We hope that you will take the time to come visit and get to know us and allow us to be a part of your life!

  • Deana Kinsley

    Deana Kinsley, Center Director

    Deana comes to KinderCare with over eighteen years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. She has worked with all age groups from Infants to School Age. Deana has been a Director in other states and has years of experience in managing a facility and team. She has her Child Development Associate's Credential and Director's Credential and plans to further her education in Early Childhood Education and Business Management. Deana enjoys watching children achieve new goals and objectives. She believes we are the foundation of the child being developed.

    Previous Experience:
    1996-1999: Family Childcare Provider, 1999-2002: Kindergarten Teacher, 2002-2004: Toddler Teacher, 2004-2005: Program Assistant , 2005 and 2012: Assistant Director, 2005-2011: Director, 2013 - current: Director
    Year Started:
    8/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+ Years
    Education:
    Kansas Director’s Credential, Florida Director's Credential, Child Development Associate's Credential, College Credits in Early Childhood Education and Business
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Assistant Director and Learning Adventures Teacher

    I enjoy getting to know all the children and their families. It is important to me that parents trust me with the care and education of their children.

    Denise graduated with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Kansas State University. Shortly after graduating she began working at KinderCare, which has allowed her to be with her three young children as they grew up. She has been at our center for almost 30 years. Denise worked in most all of the classrooms with most of her time working with the School Age class. She enjoys being part of her "kid's lives" and watching them grow and change into unique individuals. Denise also teaches the Learning Adventures Programs (Phonics and Math) at the Center. She really enjoys helping children work on learning their letters and sounds, and getting them ready to read. She is also the Assistant Director and assists the Center Director with her many duties in running the center daily.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1984
    Tenure:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Abby S, Discovery Preschool

    Previous Experience:
    Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher
    Year Started:
    1/20/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor in Early Childhood Education and Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Services
  • Ms. Aubrey, Discovery Preschool

    Previous Experience:
    Lead Teacher, and Assistant Teacher
    Year Started:
    10/20/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Training in Infants and Toddlers
  • Ms. Jeannette

    Ms. Jeannette, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy seeing the infant's smiles and seeing them grow and change.  Making new friend's with all families in the center including staff members.  All children need ot know we are her for them to love and keep them safe

    Jeannette has worked at KinderCare for 23 years having started after she had a home day care for 12 years.  She enjoyed home daycare but decided she wanted to work outside the home after 12 years.  After graduating from high school she attended Manhattan Vo-Tech School in Manhattan and received her Liscensed Pratical Nursing Degree in 1970.  After working for KinderCare she received her Basic Childcare Training Certificate, Certificate of Excellance Award, and Child Development Associate Certificate.  She works in the Infant Room and enjoys watching the babies grow to toddlers emotionally and physically.  It has been a wonderful experience to be apart of so many families lives and see their children grow and learn new things.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Jeannette ran a home child care for 12 years.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1990
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    Liscensed Practical Nurse, and Certificate of Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Tanzania, Infants

    Tanzania comes to KinderCare with years of experience in infant and toddler care. She worked on a DOD instulation for a few years in the infant program. She loves working with the infants and the parents and brings a lot of joy to our program.

    Previous Experience:
    Two years working in Infant and Toddler programs
    Year Started:
    10/13/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    DOD Training in Infants and Toddlers
  • Ms. Brooke, Toddlers

    Previous Experience:
    Lead Teacher, Assistant Teacher
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Services
  • Ms. Jessica, Toddlers

    Year Started:
    3/12/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Working toward degree in Early Childhood Education and Business
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, School Age

    I love seeing their smiling faces every day. The hugs always cheer me up and make my day better no matter what!

    Amber has been working at KinderCare since June 2013. She is a student at Kansas State University. She is pursuing a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with hopes of continuing education to one day become a Speech Pathologist.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amber was a Teacher's Assistant at a local elementary school before joining our team.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Kaitlyn, School Age

    I'm inspired to come to work each day because of the laughs, energy, and teachable moemtns provided by the children.

    Since Kaitlyn has started at KinderCare she has loved getting know her class and adapting to their energetic lifestyle.  Kaitlyn is currently a junior at Kansas State University studying Elementary Education.  In the classroom, some of Kaitlyn's favorite things to do are blowing bubbles and doing the chicken dance with the children.  She couldn't be happier to be a part of KinderCare!

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny, Elementary Classroom experience and tutoring
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Less than 1 year
    Education:
    Working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Debi

    Ms. Debi, Preschool Classroom

    I love to see their eyes light up when they have figured out what I am teaching them is priceless!

    Ms. Debi has worked for KinderCare for almost 30 years. She completed the training for KinderCare and also has her Child Development Associate's Credential. She is currently taking classes to finish her Early Childhood Degree. Ms. Debi's classroom is fun and inviting to the children. She is a very loving and caring person and enjoys teaching the children in her class. She has worked in every classroom in the center, cooked lunch and even driven the bus. She is knowledgeable of her job and the needs of the children. Ms. Debi loves her job especially  "The Hugs" she receives each day!

    Year Started:
    1/1/1984
    Tenure:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, College Classes in Education
  • Ms. Tara

    Ms. Tara, Preschool Classroom

    I believe that children have a unique personality. I enjoy interacting with them, they are honest and they tell you what they think. They will be our future, so it is important that they are provided with a healthy environment and good education. We will continue to lead the world.

    Ms. Tara has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Biology. She started teaching at a local Learning Center as an Assistant Teacher for one year, and was quickly promoted to Lead Teacher. She continued working while obtaining her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She left the Learning Center and started to obtain her second Masters Degree in Public Health and Nutrition. Ms. Tara has taught night classes at Kansas State University, and works closely with Fort Riley teaching Cultural Education to the soldiers. Ms. Tara is currently one of our prekindergarten teachers.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tara was a college instructor and a Preschool teacher before joining our team.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Master's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Danielle Hermesch

    Ms. Danielle Hermesch, Pre-Kindergarten

    “A person’s a person, no matter how small!” -Dr. Suess

    Danelle Hermesch is passionate about being in the field of Early Childhood Education. She graduated in 2014 with a degree in Early Childhood Education Unified. Previously, she has been involved in the workings of the international organization, OMEP, as an administrative assistant. She has accumulated 700 plus hours of practicum with young children from age’s birth to six years. As a member of the NAEYC, KAEYC, and OMEP (all organizations that advocate for young children) she stays up-to-date with the on goings of child development, appropriate practice, policy, and licensing. Danelle believes in building a strong foundation for all children. In her classroom one can see her love of children as she teaches to each individual child, meeting all their needs. She encourages learning through play and a strong emphasis on peer interaction. It is through this guidance that she helps prepare children for what the future might hold.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant Teacher at KinderCare and FEATS, Administrative Assistant to Membership Chair of OMEP, and a year and a half of student teaching in infant, toddler, and preschool classrooms.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education Unified
  • Ms. Lyndsie

    Ms. Lyndsie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.

    Ms. Lyndsie transferred from a KinderCare in Highland, California where she was first hired in October of 2012. Although she first started pursuing a dregree is in Graphic Design, her true passion was teaching so she ended up majoring in Child Development and Education. Ms. Lyndsie plans to continue her education with Kansas State University. She loves bringing art and creativity to the classroom in order to better connect with children to make their learning experience brighter!

    Year Started:
    10/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Infants

    Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing. ~Muhammad Ali

    Ms. Kim has been working with children for many years, in which she has grown to love Early Childhood Education. Ms. Kim has earned her Child Development Associate's Credential and will continue to further her education in her passion to teach. Ms. Kim loves to explore different teaching stratagies, in which she uses a multitude of items such as sensory experience (hands on), music, art, and education materials to promote all areas of life. Ms. Kim wants children to experience everything and for children to reach their potential.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kim was a personal trainer for children for two years. She also counseled young teens on nutrition. She has worked with both the one and two year old children at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Physical Education and Health with an emphasis in Adaptive Education, Child Development Associate's Credential

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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.

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

One of our primary responsibilities is to keep the children in our care healthy and safe from injury and illness. Our Children’s health and safety is the responsibility of all staff in our center. This includes managers and teachers as well as kitchen staff and any other person who is in our center. We are a State Licensed Center and follow all state regulations. This includes the training of each and every staff member, making sure that all employees are First Aid and CPR trained. Maintaining the child/teacher ratio is the utmost importance in keeping a safe environment. Making sure that all toys are age appropriate and that our rooms are arranged to prevent any accidents and to allow visibility of our children at all times. Outside time is very important for physical activity of the children. It is also one of the most dangerous times of the day. To prevent any accidents and ensure the children’s safety, our teachers arrange themselves so that they can see every inch of the playground. By doing this we minimize the probability of accidents on the playground and making it a safe place for our children.
We strive to make every parent feel welcome and comfortable in our center. It is important that they feel that they are leaving their children in the care of someone that is going keep them safe and out of danger. With our open door policy we encourage parents to visit or call often (if they need to). Parents feel comfortable with our security entrance and know that we do not let unauthorized people in our center. One way we do this is too check the I.D. of every person other than parents entering our center to pick up a child. Of course this is done only with the written authorization of the parent.

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.

Our experience with KinderCare has been very rewarding. Throughout the past four years we have had the experience with 3 different KinderCare facilities due to moves across the country. Each time we looked to KinderCare without hesitation as our day care of choice. KinderCare staff has always been extremely helpful, friendly, professional and supportive of our family. The curriculum that KinderCare offers is amazing and has given our daughter and son the tools they need to excel in their development. I am amazed at the growth both my children have made and do believe I owe a lot to the staff at KinderCare.
Since the drop off when my daughter was six weeks old, I shed my tears, and also shed many more when we had to move each time. I have found a family with all of the KinderCare facilities, and value their programs and teachers without waiver. I was amazed at the book that was put together with all of the activities my daughter had done from six weeks to 24 months prior to our first move. My husband had been deployed and had missed a great part of my daughter’s development, which he was able to look back on and see with this book. I still shed tears when I look back on how much she has grown.
As we traveled cross country from Washington to New Jersey, we enrolled my daughter again in KinderCare for a few months before our final transition to Kansas. The New Jersey KinderCare welcomed us with open arms and my daughter finally had the opportunity to be in a class with lots of little girls (Washington was all boys). We are very grateful for the ease of transition for both me and my daughter. Emma’s new brother had arrived and we were still awaiting daddy’s return. It was a busy few months but we prevailed and finally moved on to the next chapter in our life Kansas.
We were not able to start our journey in Kansas at KinderCare.Yes I am still trying to recover. However it didn’t take long before some spots opened up and we were able to send both of our children there. But the time apart was when I noticed how much my daughter really learned at KinderCare and how she would progress with the curriculum that was in place. The daycare our kids were in prior was nothing more than a glorified babysitting service and this was brutal. I am a person that thrives on learning and not seeing progression in my children or my daughter or son bringing something home to show me what they learned was difficult. We were so happy when we finally got our feet in the door at KinderCare.
Overall our experience has been wonderful and I do encourage others to check out KinderCare and their offerings. I was that person who always said I would never use KinderCare before I was a parent because I wanted something more personal like a home daycare. I could not have been more wrong. I have had nothing but a great experience and am looking forward to the next few years to come. We love our KinderCare family!

- Parent

Finding daycare, especially as a new parent, can be stressful and frustrating. However when you find that great fit where you know your child will be taken care of, looked after, challenged educationally and provided with numerous fun activities; it is a feeling of great relief. My husband and I have been fortunate enough to have that situation with KinderCare. I appreciate the daily updates and the individualized feedback from the staff as to how our daughter handles each day with regard to behavior, eating habits, and whether or not she enjoys the activities; to long-term progress in development. I'm thankful that the staff is easily accessible and willing to help with any question or issue. But most importantly, there is no substitute for the feeling of comfort I have when I drop off our daughter in the morning, and as we walk in, we are greeted by teachers and children from the other age groups. I have the sense that everyone - teachers and kids alike - look out for each other, like a family. We are incredibly grateful for the positive experiences we've had with KinderCare.

- Mother

KinderCare has been an extension of our family. The teachers here are caring, nurturing, and target their students' strengths to engage them in activities. My son has emerged a confident, bright, and curious individual ready to go to Kindergarten.

- Mother

I am writing to you to tell you about our KinderCare experience. It started last August (2012), our son who was two years old at the time and was scheduled to start when classes resumed for me. Our daughter, who was born in July, was going to stay at home with a nanny until September/October when there would be a spot for her in the baby room. 

To give you a short background, we moved to Kansas from Massachusetts. We have no family out here to help in emergencies. I am a full time veterinary student and my husband works full time. Knowing this we contacted the nanny agency in April to get a nanny for end of August. Five days before classes began, two of which were the weekend, the agency informed us that they did not have a nanny for our daughter.  They were of no help, and really left us hanging and desperate. I called Lisa for help and advice. I figured she knew the daycare systems and the area better than anyone and would be the best resource. After talking with her, she said “hold on, I’ll call you back”. When she called back, she told me that she figured out a way to accommodate us and would allow Lucy to start when Nate did.

We were beyond grateful for her help and understanding. We did not expect that from her, we honestly were just looking for advice. Lisa and the staff at KinderCare in general, have become people we know, trust, and can count on for advice and help when needed. I literally had no other options, help or support.  Lisa came through for us and went above and beyond what we expected. For this, among other things, we are truly eternally grateful.

The following Monday I went to drop off both kids. I was a wreck; I had been feeling overwhelmed by guilt for months, and leaving my five week old daughter in the care of someone else was almost more than I could take. Not that I didn’t trust Jeanette and Amy, but I just felt beyond guilty about leaving her.  Everyone was fantastic throughout the day. I received texts and pictures of both kids, updates on how well they were doing and how much they were enjoying themselves. It made me feel so much better.  Other than my family, there is no one else I would trust with my kids. I never worry about them or wonder if they are receiving the kind of love and kindness we would be giving them. I know that when they are at “school” they are cared for and loved and nurtured, and this means the world to us.

I also really appreciate that whenever I had an extended lunch period, I was able to go and feed my daughter. It was the best hour out of my day. I got to see Lucy and I could get updates on how her day was going. I got to see her interact and grow with the other babies. I would find my cheeks hurting often after my “lunch dates” from smiling and laughing because it was such a pleasure. Jeanette, Amy, Denise or anyone else who happened to be in the baby room were always welcoming. For a nursing mother that kind of support and understanding is so important. 

Our son, Nate, LOVED his time at KinderCare. He constantly talks about his friends from school, and his teachers. We were making a puzzle one night at home, and he kept telling me which letters were Miss Debbie’s and Miss Kim’s favorites. I asked his teachers if they had talked about those letters recently and they hadn’t. He really was just including them in what we were doing at home. 

Every afternoon when I would go to pick up the kids I would have to stop in his room first. I’d ask him if he was ready to leave or if I should go and get Lucy first. He always replied that he wasn’t ready to go yet and I should get Lucy so he could play longer. Additionally he was always excited to show me what art project he did, any new pictures they had, or new toys. On the way home our car was usually filled with stories about what they did or talked about during the day.

What amazes me most are the times when he tells me something that is correct, but something we haven’t talked about with him or taught him. He started telling me the days of the week one morning at breakfast. And then told me which day it was. He took off his shoe one day and when I told him to put on his shoes he said “I only need my left one” and was correct!  These are things that we don’t teach him, but obviously are taught at KinderCare and in a way that does not appear to be lectured. The information comes up in appropriate times and settings. So the teaching must be done in such a way that it doesn’t seem like teaching to the kids, just another fact of life that they are learning. I think my favorite time was when he said “we don’t spit on our friends, but we spit out our toothpaste. We don’t bite our friends, but we bite food. We don’t kick our friends, but we can kick balls”. I was thrilled that that sort of teaching and understanding was going on with Nate and his teachers.

I love the KinderCare methods and philosophies. I love the way you teach our children and care for them.  I was talking with someone who used to work at another KinderCare. She was telling me that she didn’t enjoy it.  hey had a mouse problem in the kitchen, mold in the classrooms and they were supposed to hide it from the parents as much as possible. I was telling her about how much I love ours and she said “I love what KinderCare stands for, I just didn’t like this one”. And I said “You know what? I never feel like anything is hidden from us.  hey are very upfront about everything. They take the time to talk to me EVERY DAY about my kids and what’s going on. I’m sure part of that is KinderCare, but I think that reflects more on the type of people that work at our KinderCare.” And I have to say that is absolutely true.  If Lisa, Denise, Kim, Jeanette, Amy, Anna, Holly or any of the other staff all left and went to a new location, you better believe we’d follow them there. It was very sad for us when Debbie moved, because these people have truly become such an important part of our lives.

Jeanette is one of the kindest, sweetest, most caring people I know. After spending just five minutes with her it’s obvious that she loves her job, and truly loves the babies. And they in turn love her. She handles a crying baby with such care, and they laugh and smile with her constantly. She’s the type of person that I would want to care for me, and I love that we had her to care for our daughter. Every morning Nate enjoyed talking to her and showing her his shirt. She is loved by all. I will miss my time with her in the baby room next year.

Amy was also great with the babies. Again, you could tell that she loved her job and the babies. She cared for them like an experienced mother. Lucy was always excited to see her. She taught Lucy so many cute tricks like moving her tongue back and forth and “pat the baby”. We were thrilled when we learned that Amy would be a new mom herself.

Anna spent many afternoons with the babies. Every time I picked up with her she was so pleasant and would update me on how Lucy’s afternoon was. She’d share any concerns with me or tell me about Lucy’s accomplishments. She always took the time to talk with me and let me know just how Lucy was, and would answer any questions I had. She was fantastic.

This year was the first opportunity I had to really get to know Denise. She would often help out in the baby room during lunch. She would jump right in to help with the babies. She would feed, rock, burp and play with whichever baby needed her attention. I was very impressed with her willingness to help with whatever work needed to be done. And again, she was so welcoming and supportive of me and that is something I really appreciate.  Not to mention Nate loved his time with her as well!

I cannot say enough good things about Debbie. When we first visited KinderCare she was working with the one-year-olds. We heard her sing, saw her interact with the kids, and knew that this was going to be a great place for our son. When Nate started Debbie had moved into the two-year-old room. I was upset since I had loved her so much (and not to worry, we loved Nate’s first teachers just as much!). So we were thrilled when Nate got to have her this year. She handles the children so professionally and with such care. Nate absolutely loved her and would tell us stories about her all the time. And again, she always took the time to discuss things with me and listen to my concerns or even my proud parent stories. We were so sad to learn that we would be losing her, but Omaha is so lucky to get her.
Kim has been a wonderful addition to the KinderCare family. She is just wonderful with the kids and it’s so clear that they love her. She is always playing and interacting with them. You can tell she’s just like a big kid. She handles difficult situations well and is always upfront and honest with us.  It’s obvious why the kids love her so much. I love the mornings when she arrives during breakfast and the kids yell “Yay!  Miss Kim is here!”, she’s like a rock star with them. I know that Nate will miss having her next year as a teacher, but am glad that she will be right next door so he will still get to see her. I was so impressed with her care, knowledge and professional manners, as well as her ability to connect with the kids.

To say that we love, admire and are grateful for all the teachers at KinderCare is an understatement.  Words cannot adequately express our gratitude for everything that this KinderCare does for our family. My kids are my whole life and world; if anything were to ever happen to them I don’t know what I would do.  But every day that I leave them at KinderCare I know that they are being cared for, but more importantly they are being loved and nurtured. Anyone can change a diaper, put some food on a plate, and make sure that they receive the minimum and most basic care they need.  Lisa, Denise, Kim, Debbie, Jeanette, Amy, Anna, Danelle, and all the others who have helped are truly special people. They discuss concerns that we have or they have with us, they update us, they listen to us. I recommend KinderCare to everyone I know who is having a baby. I honestly cannot say enough good things about these individuals and how they work to care for my children.

I could write volumes on these people and this KinderCare in particular. But to conclude, I thought I would let you know what Nate said about his teachers during teacher appreciation week. I asked him “what should we write on this card?  What do you want to say thank you for to your teachers?” After thinking about it he said “Thank you for not biting me.” See? These truly are the kindest, most caring individuals I know and clearly they can be trusted with our most valuable treasures.

- Family
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