Nicole Etherton, Center Director
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Welcome to the Maumee KinderCare on Chesterfield Lane, where the excitement for learning and play come together! We are very excited to share with you the amazing things happening in our center!
Nicole Etherton, 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.
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.
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.
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 staff members of the Maumee KinderCare located on Chesterfield Lane are a passionate and dedicated group of educators. Our teachers embrace a balanced approach to learning, which gives parents confidence that their child will have fun as she or he develops socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. We are here to answer any questions, discuss concerns and help you with your child's educational needs at anytime.
I love seeing the children grow from year to year.
After graduating with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University, Nicole became the Center Director of our Ann Arbor, Michigan location. Nicole has been fortunate enough to experience our curriculum first hand. Her daughter Kelsey has been enrolled in a KinderCare center since 9 weeks of age. Additionally, her son Logan has been enrolled at the Maumee location since he was 10 weeks old.
I understand the importance of your child being part of safe, educational, and well managed classroom. I am always eager to meet all the children and their families!
Ms. Ilyse has been involved in many organizations including Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega National Co-Ed Service Fraternity, and Dance Marathon which helped improve and develop her leadership skills. Additionally, she interned with a non-for-profit foundation where she was able to enhance her administrative, problem-solving, and communication skills. She is pursuing her Child Development Associate (CDA) to increase her knowledge and skills within Child Development and Early Childhood Education.
Put all your effort into what you love doing!
Ms. Tracy has been with KinderCare since 1996, and says it has been an amzing experience. Each day is full of new discoveries. Ms. Tracy's favorite part of teaching is watching the children master a new skill that she helped them learn. She loves how they develop so quickly from 6 weeks to 18 months of age. Tracy loves singing and dancing with the children and just being silly.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. -Ben Franklin
Ms. Tammy is married with two children, and has been with the KinderCare family for 18 years. She has a variety of experience with children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Currently, Ms. Tammy is the teacher and primary caregiver for children ages 6 weeks to 18 months. She is a valuable part of the KinderCare Maumee team. In her words, 'I want the children in my care to feel loved and nutured, and I want their parents to know their children are learning each and every minute.'
Working with children of this age is never boring, I am excited to see them everyday. I love that they learn from me and I learn from them. 'Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.' -Margaret Mead
Ms. Pat started with KinderCare as a Toddler teacher in 2001 and has since been a teacher in the Discovery Preschool room and Infant room. Currently Ms. Pat is the Lead Jr. Toddler teacher where she works with ages 12 months - 18 months. Ms. Pats passion towards teaching and children truely shines every single day. She is able to go into any classroom of any age and make a difference.
Ms. Rosie is a newer addition to the KinderCare family here in Maumee! Rosies enthuaism and creativity truly shines in her classroom everyday. She makes every child in her classroom feel welcomed and at home. Ms. Rosie is excited to continue her journey here at KinderCare and grow as a teacher and caregiver.
100 years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.
Ms. Chelsea started her child care career in 2009. She enjoys spending her free time with her fiance and son. Her son has attended our center since he has been 10 weeks old! She is currently enrolled in the Child Development Associate program and looks forward to furthering her education and experience in Early Childhood Education. She is an enthusiastic and caring teacher to all ages and we are happy to have her as a part of our team.
Children are likely to live up to what you believe in them. -Lady Bird Johnson
Ms. Kristi received her degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Toledo in 2004, and has worked for KinderCare for the past 10 years. Ms.Kristi is currently the Two's/Discovery Preschool Teacher working with children 18 to 36 months of age.. "Teaching is my true calling and passion. I enjoy what I do and look forward to working with the children in my classroom everyday. We are family."
It's amazing what these children can do. I am impressed and proud of them everyday.
Ms. Kayla's enthusiasm and dedication to the children is contagious. Kayla has been with KinderCare for about two years working in the Infant, Toddler, and Discovery Preschool rooms. She is as eager to learn as the children are! Kaylas son has been attending KinderCare since he was 2 years old. Kayla is currently enrolled into the CDA program and excited to further her education in Early Childhood Education.
You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth." - William W. Purkey
Ms. Carlotta, along with Ms. Rosie, is a newer addition to the KinderCare family! Ms. Carlotta has been in the early childhood education industry since she graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2004. Her unique teaching style contributes greatly to our pre school program. Ms. Carlotta does a wonderful job of engaging her students everyday and preparing them for their next educational step!
I have a relationship with not only the children, but the parents and my co-workers; being here is more than a job, it's a dream come true. This is a great place for everyone, I can't imagine being anywhere else. 'Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.' -Nelson Mandela
Ms. Nicky has been with KinderCare since 2013 and she is a valuable part of the teaching team. Ms. Nicky has taught in every classroom and age group that our center has to offer. Her passion for teaching and children shines everyday through her teaching style. She wanted to be a teacher since she was four years old, and is now able to live out her dream everyday!
Ms. Missy has been a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at KinderCare since August 1996. She recieved her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Clarion University. Ms. Missy is a confident, passionate, and knowledgable leader in her classroom. She makes every child in her classroom and in the building feel welcomed and cared for. Ms. Missy is a wonderful addition to our teaching staff at KinderCare!
Being with the children and watching their growth in different ways is exciting!
Ms. Patti has been with KinderCare since 1986, with the majority of her experience in the Infant and School Age classrooms. She loves teaching children of all ages because of the enormous learning that takes place each and everyday. Ms. Patti enjoys playing the guitar and singing with her children on a daily basis!
I love working with kids! Watching them learn and grow is a huge blessing.
Ms. Kelsey has been with KinderCare for over a year now. She developed her passion for childcare while working at a home daycare before joining our team at KindeCare. Kelsey has worked in every classroom and age group that our center has to offer. She is able to make a special connection with each child she comes in contact with. Her daughter has attended our center since she was 12 weeks old! She is eager to learn and is looking forward to the many more years of teaching!
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.
Welcome to the Maumee KinderCare! We look forward to meeting you and your family to show you our curriculum and enrichment programs! We are confident that once you visit you will love our educated, warm and nurturing staff! Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts, labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!
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Keeping your child safe and secure is our FIRST priority. Our building is secured with a keypad entry, allowing only those families enrolled in our center to enter. All children must be signed in and out daily and will only be released to those individuals pre-authorized by parents or guardians.
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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