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76th Street KinderCare

Ms. Susan Rommel, Center Director

6835 N. 76th St. Milwaukee WI 53223
(414) 358-2060 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 10 YEARS
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Darrell Lynn Hines Academy, Lancaster, Barton, Engleburg, Grantosa Drive, Milwaukee Sign Language School, Heritage Christian School, Little Scholars, Silver Spring, Browning, Hawthorne, St. Peters, Bruce, Northwest Catholic, Our Lady of Good Hope, Stuart, Bryant, Kilbourn, Parkview, Thoureau, Kluge, Thurston Woods, Early View Academy of Excellence

Welcome

Our center is nationally accredited with NAEYC and we are a level five on the Youngstar program through the state of Wisconsin. We pride ourselves in both our staff retention as well as our parent retention. We are passionate about customer service and developing strong family relationships. Finding the right place--and the right people--for your child's education and care is a big decision. To help your family with this choice, we would love to have you meet our teachers, see our classrooms and learn more about our center and programs. We look forward to meeting your family and introducing you to ours. 

Ms. Susan Rommel, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

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.

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

Thank you for your interest in our 76th Street KinderCare! All of our teachers are here because they have a passion for nurturing and educating their children. They are always busy planning, preparing, and implementing lessons and activities that provide the children with fun and exciting experiences on a daily basis. Our current staff members have over 130 years of combined teaching experience in the early childhood education field, proving that they love what they do!

  • Ms. Susan Rommel

    Ms. Susan Rommel, Center Director

    Growing up, I always wanted to be an educator. I've always enjoyed being involved in the education of young children; it is an amazing feeling to see a child learn something new. I have the opportunity to be involved in the lives of all the children and families in our center. It is great to be able to say that I love coming to work each day.

    Ms. Susan has worked at KinderCare since 1991. She has an associate's degree in early childhood education from Cardinal Stritch University. Ms. Susan took her center successfully through NAEYC accreditation three times. They have been accredited since July of 1998. Ms. Susan is actively involved in the Youth Education Program with the International Institute of Wisconsin. She also coaches Peewee Softball and Youth Gymnastics.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Susan has always worked in the early childhood education field.
    Year Started:
    4/24/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Pauline Crump

    Ms. Pauline Crump, Assistant Director

    I grew up in a family of educators. Watching their passion in the teaching field made me just as passionate about working with children and watching them grow and develop into responsible adults. It is a wonderful feeling to know that I have had the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of the many children and families that we have served and continue to serve.

    Ms. Pauline attended the University of South Western Christian College and has a degree in child psychology. Ms. Pauline was a Center Director for 33 years out of her 37 years with KinderCare. She was the first KinderCare in Wisconsin to be NAEYC accredited. Due to her center closing, she stepped into the role of Assistant Director at the 76th Street center. She is proud of this company--from the staff to families and the community. She has been involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Milwaukee. Ms. Pauline has also done volunteer work with Sojourner Truth House (house for battered/abused women and children).

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her roll as Assistant Director, Ms. Pauline worked in the public school system.
    Year Started:
    10/15/1976
    Tenure:
    40 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    40
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Psychology
  • Ms. Lakeshia

    Ms. Lakeshia, Staff Member

    The children, families, and coworkers who I see every day inspire me in different ways--the children and their knowledge of learning, the families and their insight in their child's developmental needs, and my coworkers 'idea's and support.

    Ms. Lakeshia started with KinderCare in May of 2006. She started with us with just her early childhood credential and has continued her education in this field. She currently has her child development associate credential. Ms. Lakeshia loves to create an environment of learning. She is very artistic and provides tons of creative learning for the children. She is also very competitive and has to have the best room of all the time.

    Year Started:
    5/6/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
  • Ms. Cheryl

    Ms. Cheryl, Infant Classroom

    Seeing the growth and development of children and making the laugh and smile every day.

    Ms. Cheryl worked in a nursing home prior to coming to KinderCare. She has her early childhood credential and is currently enrolling in Rasmussen College to pursue her child development associate credential in this field. Ms. Cheryl loves working with the infants, holding them, cuddling them, and teaching them new skills every day.

    Year Started:
    4/4/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Early Childhood Credential; Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Tiquila

    Ms. Tiquila, Infant Classroom

    I love teaching children because I enjoy the expressions that they have on there faces when they get an understanding of something. Children inspire me because they are our future and I am a part of their growth and development.

    Ms. Quila started with KinderCare in September of 2004. She came to us from another childcare center. She started with us with just her early childhood credential and has continued her education in this field. She currently has her child development associate credential in education. She continues to grow as an educator with her infants every day.

    Year Started:
    9/28/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Jessica, Infant Classroom

    Ms Jessica started with KinderCare in March of 2015. Ms. Jessica currently has her early childhood credentials for infants, toddlers, and preschool. She is continuing her education in the early childhood field to get her child care credential.

    Year Started:
    3/31/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Shanice, Infant Classroom

    "I love working with children and their families. I feel honored to be a part of so many firsts and new discoveries.

    Ms. Shanice started with KinderCare in October of 2015. She has done mentoring and volunteer work at her children's school. Ms. Shanice has her early childhood credentials in infants, toddlers, preschool, and school age. In December of 2016, she graduated from Ramussen College with her child development credentials.

    Year Started:
    10/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Shalonda

    Ms. Shalonda, Infant / Prekindergarten Classrooms

    I'm inspired by the response I get back from the children and also watching the affection that each one gives to us.

    Ms. Shalonda started with us in May of 1997. She worked previously for Wee Care Day Care before coming to KinderCare. Ms. Shalonda started with us as the Preschool Teacher. She now works with the infants from September to June. In the summer, she works with the Prekindergarten camp program. Ms. Shalonda is also our educational coordinator. She ensure programs are running and coaches staff. She is working on getting her administrator's credential to become an Assistant Director someday.

    Year Started:
    5/15/1997
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Early Childhood Credential; Administrator's Credential
  • Ms. Carolyn

    Ms. Carolyn, Toddler Classroom

    I like watching the children learn and grow. The sparkle in their eyes is priceless.

    Ms. Carolyn actually started working for us in 2005. She left to pursue another career and came back to us in 2009. She has continued her education in the child care field and received her child development associate credential in 2015.

    Year Started:
    3/16/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Early Childhood Credentials; Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Dana

    Ms. Dana, Toddler Classroom

    I'm inspired by being part of the babies' day, helping them through daily needs and giving them TLC, holding them, singing and talking to them--thee babies provide me with a fountain of youth!

    Ms. Dana started with us in June of 2005. She worked previously worked at another KinderCare before coming to this one. Ms. Dana started with us as an Infant Teacher. She now works with the toddlers.

    Year Started:
    6/9/2003
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Early Childhood Credentials
  • Ms. Shelly

    Ms. Shelly, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy working with the toddlers--they are so amazing to watch them when they get excited about something new they have learned.

    Ms. Shelly started with KinderCare in October of 2001. She came to us from another child care center. She started with us with just her early childhood credential and has continued her education in this field. She currently has her child development associate credential in education. She continues to grow as an educator with her toddlers every day.

    Year Started:
    10/18/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Tawauna

    Ms. Tawauna, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I truly enjoy watching children grow--watching them learn inspires me to teach them something new daily.

    Ms. Tawauna started with KinderCare in April of 2007. She previously worked at a family-owned child care before coming to KinderCare. She is continuing her education in the early childhood education field.

    Year Started:
    4/2/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Hazel

    Ms. Hazel, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I really enjoy listening to the children and seeing them learn through all the experiences we provide for them.

    Ms. Hazel has been in child care since 1993. Previously she worked with the elderly. She has worked with every age group, but currently she went back to her roots to work with the two-and-a-half-year-olds. She gets the biggest kick out of their language development and starting to mold their personalities.

    Year Started:
    9/7/1993
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Credentials
  • Ms. Tina

    Ms. Tina, Preschool Classroom

    Children are truly my passion in life. They are fun, challenging, and have very interesting ways about them. Love watching them develop their own personalities.

    Ms. Tina started with KinderCare June of 2007. She previously worked at a family--owned child care before coming to KinderCare. She is continuing her education in the early childhood field. Ms. Tina also has worked with foster care children by mentoring and caring for them.

    Year Started:
    6/15/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Sheila

    Ms. Sheila, School Age Classroom

    Coming to work every day inspires me because I'm doing a job I love the most and it makes me feel good to see children learn new things.

    Ms. Sheila started with KinderCare and then left to start her own business. She returned to us in 1999. Ms. Sheila has worked with several age groups and loves them all. She currently is our School Age Teacher and our Learning Adventure Teacher, where she teaches our special Math, Phonics, and Cooking classes. Ms. Sheila has also served as the back-up Assistant Center Director. She also has children who she taught come back to visit her at the center, as well as personally keep in touch with her outside the center!

    Year Started:
    6/1/1999
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Mr. Charles, Cook / Driver

    "I love working with children and their families.

    Mr. Charles comes from a very large family of seven girls--he is the only boy. So he grew up with the experience of cooking with his sisters. He also has his early childhood credential in school age, so he helps out with driving and field trips in the summer and off-school days.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Early Childhood Credential - School Age
  • Mr. Bobby, Driver

    "I love the unique bond that I form with each child and the opportunity to see their individual personalities.

    Mr. Bobby is our transportation guru. He schedules all the drop-offs and pick-ups for home as well as school transportation. He also holds his early childhood credentials in preschool and school age, so he also works with the school-age children on off-school days and summer break.

    Year Started:
    2/17/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
  • Ms. Trina, Driver

    "I love the opportunity to be able to build relationships with all of the children and families who attend our center.

    Ms. Trina is one of our bus drivers for school and home. Ms. Trina has worked in the child care field for over ten years as a driver and a teacher. She has her early childhood credentials in infant, toddler, preschool, and school age. She helps out in our School Age Classrooms on off-school days and summer break.

    Year Started:
    12/20/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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
  • AM Snack
  • 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

At 76th Street KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. Being on a main thoroughfare, we offer secure playgrounds with eight-foot fences. From daily sign-in to strict parent/guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing to chance. 

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First I would like to take the time to thank everybody at 76th Street KinderCare for the care that, for the past two years, they have given to my daughter. They have became like an extended family to me and her, and have helped me teach her and raise her into a beautiful little girl. The whole staff has been so great and such a blessing to have, and I couldn't have asked for more. Thank you again to everyone for their love and work.

- Mother
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