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76th Street KinderCare

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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Special Instructions:
"South of Good Hope north of Mill road."

Neighborhood:
Milwaukee Neighborhood

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Buses to DHL, Lancaster, , Barton, Engleburg, Grantosa, Milw Sign, Miliwalkee Heritage, Little Scholars, SilverSpring, Browning, Hawthorne, St. Peters, Bruce, NW Catholic, OLGH, Stuart, Bryant, Kilbourn, Parkview, Thoureau, Kludge, Thurston Early View Academy

We are proud of the positive difference we make every day for the children in our community through our exceptional early childhood education programs and expert care. Our dedication to quality has earned accreditation from both the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the state’s coveted YoungStar 5-star rating.

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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. I look forward to meeting your family and introducing you to ours. Susan Rommel - Center Director

Susan Rommel, 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.

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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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!

  • Susan Rommel

    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.

    Susan has worked at KinderCare since 1991. She has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Cardinal Stritch University. Susan took her center successfully through NAEYC accreditation three times. They have been accredited since July of 1998. Susan is actively involved in the Youth Education Program with the International Institute of Wisconsin. She also coaches Pee Wee Softball and Youth Gymnastics.

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

    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, 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 degree in Child Psychology. 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. Pauline has also done volunteer work with Sojurner Truth House (house for batter/abused women and children).

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

    The children, families and coworkers that I see everyday inspire me. The children and their knowledge of learning, the families and there 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 continue her education in this field. She currently has her Child Development Associate's Credential. Ms. Keshia 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:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
  • Mr. Charles, Cook \ Driver

    ~~"I love working with children and their families.

    Mr Charles comes from a very large family of 7 girls and he is the only boy. So he grew up with the experiance of cooking with his sisters. He also has his early childhood class 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:
    16 Years
  • 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 off and pick ups for home as well as school transportation. He also hold his early childhood classes in Preschool and School-Age, so he also works with the school age children on off school days and summer.

    Year Started:
    2/17/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Trina, Driver

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

    Ms Trina is one of our bus drivers for School and home. Trina has worked in the childcare field for over 10 years as a driver and a teacher. She has her Early Childhood classes in Infant/Toddler, Preschool and School Age. She helps out in our school age rooms on off school days and summer.

    Year Started:
    12/20/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Shalonda

    Ms. Shalonda, Infant and Prekindergarten Classrooms

    The response I get back from the children. 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 Administrative Credential to become and Assistant someday.

    Year Started:
    5/15/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Credential
  • 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 Credentlial and is currently enrolling in Rasmussen College to pursue her Child Development Associate's Credential in this field. Ms. Cherly loves working with the infants, holding them, cuddling and teaching them new skills every day.

    Year Started:
    4/4/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Credential, Pursuing Child Development Assoiciate's Credential
  • 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. Quilla 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 continue her education in this field. She currently has her Child Development Associate's Credential in Education. She continue to grow as an educator with her infants every day.

    Year Started:
    9/28/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Miss Jessica, Infants

    ~~"There is no greater gift than seeing the sense of pride a young child gets when they learn something new

    Ms Jessica started with KinderCare March of 2015. Ms Jessica currently has her Early Childhood classes in Infant/Toddler and Preschool.  She is continuing her education in the early childhood field to get her childcare credential.

    Year Started:
    3/31/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Shanice, Infants

    ~~"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. Shanice has done mentoring and volunteer and her childrens school Shanice hase her Early Childhood classes in Infant/Toddler, Preschool and Schoolage. In December of 2016 she graduate from Ramessan Colleger with her Child Development Credentials.

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

    Ms. Carolyn, Toddler Classroom

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

    Carolyn actually started working for us in 2005. She left to presue another career and came back to us in 2009. She has continued her education in the childcare field and plan on getting CDA in 2015.

    Year Started:
    3/16/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Credentials
  • Ms. Dana

    Ms. Dana, Toddler Classroom

    Being part of the babies day, helping them through daily needs and TLC, holding them singing and talking to them. The babies, the fountain of youth they provide me with.

    Ms. Dana started with us in June of 2005. She worked previously worked at another Kinder Care 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:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Credentials
  • Ms. Shelly

    Ms. Shelly, Discovery Preschool (Twos) 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 childcare center. She started with us with just her Early Childhood credential and has continue her education in this field. She currently has her Child Development Associate's Credential in Education. She continue to grow as an educator with her toddlers everyday.

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

    Ms. Tawauna, Discovery Preschool (Twos) Classroom

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

    Ms. Tawauna started with KinderCare April of 2007. She previously worked at a family owned childcare before coming to KinderCare. She is continuing her education in the Early Childhood Education field.

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

    Ms. Hazel, Discovery Preschool Classroom

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

    Ms. Hazel has been in childcare since 1993. Previously she work with the elderly. She has worked with every age group but currently she went back to her roots and works with the 2 1/2 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:
    21 Years
    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 childcare before coming to KinderCare. She is continuing her education in the early childhood field. Ms. Tina also has worked with foster care in mentoring and caring for them.

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

    Ms. Sheila, School Age Classroom

    Coming to work everyday 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. 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 or special Math, Phonic and Cooking classes. Ms. Sheila has also the back up Assistant Center Director. She also have children who she taught come back to visit her at the center as well as personally kept in touch with her outside the center.

    Year Started:
    6/1/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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
  • 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 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.
 

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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First I would like to take the time to thank everybody at KinderCare for the past 2 years that you have given to my daughter. You 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 had asked for more. Thank you again to everyone for their love and work.

- Mother
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