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Monona KinderCare

Tracy Peterson, Center Director

6109 Monona Dr. Monona WI 53716
(608) 222-6333 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Two blocks off beltline on Monona Dr.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
McFarland Schools, Schenk Elementary, Glendale Elementary, Elvehjem Elementary, Frank Allis Elementary, Nuestro Mundo Community School, St. Dennis Catholic School, Immaculate Heart of Mary School, and Monona Grove School District

At the Monona Kindercare we value all the families in our center. We hold parent teacher conferences twice a year and we hold our annual Winter Gala where students come together and perform holiday favorites. We are here to meet your needs and give you assurance that your child is in a fun, healthy and educational setting. We value our open door policy and invite families into our center to be a part of our community.

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Welcome

We here at the Monona Kindercare value each and every family. Every family is greeted with a friendly hello upon coming into our center. The staff and management are here to help your family along your journey. We place the highest importance on the fact that you are your child’s first teacher and look forward to working with you to help your child grow to their fullest potential!

Tracy Peterson, 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.

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.

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.

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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

The staff here at KinderCare would like to welcome you to our center for a friendly visit. We believe that you are the most important person in your child’s life and we are here to assist you in any way you need.

  • Tracy Peterson

    Tracy Peterson, Center Director

    Children learn through modeling and play, so be a good role model and play a little.

    Tracy has been working in the childcare setting for over 25 years. She has worked with all ages, but especially loves the two and three-year-old children. Tracy has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is working towards her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Tracy previously worked for HeadStart and owned an in-home childcare business.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    1/11/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+ Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, currently pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Assistant Director

    Previous Experience:
    Sunburst MATC YMCA Nanny
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Sidewalk Ends
    Year Started:
    5/16/2016
    Education:
    Associate Degree Early Childhood
  • Ms. Diana, Float/ Infant B

    Year Started:
    9/8/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Debra

    Ms. Debra, Infant A

    Bitten by the 'baby' bug 20 years ago and have always loved it! If you're not giving, you're not living!

    Deb has an Associate Degree from MATC and came to KinderCare nearly two years ago after many years of doing her own in-home daycare. She has been married for almost 30 years and has four children, two dogs, two cats, and three grand-puppies. Besides spending time with her family, Ms. Debra loves singing, dancing, reading, and art. She truly believes that each child is unique and special in their own way.

    Previous Experience:
    Over 15 years in home childcare and six years in a child care center
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Franklin Series
    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+ years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree and Infant/Toddler experience
  • Ms. Valeria

    Ms. Valeria, Infant A

    I love seeing the children grow and learn!

    Ms. Valeria was born in Mexico and raised in Madison, WI where she graduated from Memorial High School.  She loves spending time with her family and friends, watching movies and listening to music.  She also loves to dance.  Valeria really enjoys working with children, especially the babies!

    Previous Experience:
    Child Development Inc.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cat: I Love my White Shoes
    Year Started:
    2/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    MATC
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, Infant B

    I love watching your children grow and helping them to master different development levels!

    Ms. Jamie grew up in Hanover Park, Illinois, and graduated from Western Illinois University. She moved to Madison in 2010 to be with her husband. She loves coming to work to see her classroom and all the children in it. They put a smile on her face and it is such a joy for her to watch them grow up and enhance their skills.

    Previous Experience:
    Many years working with Preschoolers and grade schoolers, during high-school and summers. 2 years tutoring elementary children. Substitute teacher for 1 year in elementary and middle schools.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    1/2/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Education
  • Ms. Shanna, Infant B

    Ms. Shanna was born and raised in Madison, WI.  She has a younger brother and two sons.  She enjoys spending time with her adorable children, DJ and Cori when she has free time.  Shanna started at KinderCare as the cook, and slowly transitioned into the classroom.  She loves being with the babies!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Many Colors of Me
    Year Started:
    1/2/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Infant/Toddler Credential
  • Ms. Karlyn

    Ms. Karlyn, Toddler A

    You never know until you try.

    Karlyn was born in Illinois, but moved to Minnesota when she was four years old.  She went to Iowa State University and received a bachelor's degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services.  Her boyfriend got a job in Deerfield, WI, which brought them to Sun Prairie in January 2015.  She then began working here at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting, three years in a school age summer program, nannying, and 1.5 years in a childcare center
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Courduroy and any Sandra Boynton book
    Year Started:
    1/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services from Iowa State University
  • Mr. Luke

    Mr. Luke, Toddler A

    Live, Laugh, Love.

    Luke's love for children was founded in college where he pursued his Associate Degree in Early Childhood. Luke is truly passionate about giving each child the opportunity to grow and learn all while having fun. He loves getting to know each child and his or her family.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    PJ Funny Bunny by Marilyn Sadler
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Alicia

    Ms. Alicia, Toddler B

    A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite imagination and instill a love of learning." Brad Henry

    Alicia was born and raised in Oregon, Wisconsin where she graduated from Oregon High School in 2014. Growing up she always wanted to be a teacher and a positive role model for children. It is Alicia's passion to make a positive impact on the lives of children. She loves being in a position where she is able to watch them grow and become "someone".

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Toddler B

    I love seeing the children's reactions when they have accomplished something new

    Melissa was born and raised in Monona, Wisconsin and graduated from Monona Grove High School in 2006. She is currently pursuing an Associate Degree in Early Childhood after recently completing her CDA program. She is truly passionate about ensuring the children have a variety of experiences to enhance their growth and development.
     

    Year Started:
    9/12/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Infant/Toddler Credential, CDA, and currently pursuing an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Toddler C

    Nothing makes me smile more than a child's laughter.

    Ms. Michelle has been working with KinderCare for five years, four of which she has spent in her current position teaching toddlers. She has a six-year-old daughter of her own who also attends KinderCare. She really enjoys working with toddlers. Her favorite part of the job is when a child learns something new and the parents see it and get excited.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Ms. Gaynell

    Ms. Gaynell, Discovery Preschool A

    By any means necessary...

    Ms. Gaynell currently lives in Madison and enjoys spending time with her Yorkshire Terrier dog named Isabella.

    Previous Experience:
    17 years working with children who are at risk
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Mari

    Ms. Mari, Discovery Preschool A

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Engine That Could
    Year Started:
    11/16/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12+ years
    Education:
    Bachelor Degree in Social Work
  • Ms. Emily, Discovery Preschool B

    We only live once so live life to the fullest.

    Ms. Emily grew up in Columbus, Wi and now currently lives in Fall River with her 3 year old daugher and 2 cats.  She loves doing arts and crafts with the children she takes care of during the day, as well as with her own.  While Ms. Emily has a passion for children, she also loves helping people. She is pursuing a psychology degree and hopes to one day work as a counsler.

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher at other child care centers
    Favorite Children's Book:
    When Sophie gets Angry- Really, Really Angry... by Molly Bang
    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Enrolled in Psychology program
  • Ms. Erin

    Ms. Erin, Discovery Preschool B

    I love seeing the children grow and explore their new world!

    Erin has grown up in the Madison area and has been with KinderCare for nearly one year now. Outside of work she loves shopping, playing with her dogs and spending time with her family. Erin loves to be in the classroom and help the kids learn through getting messy. She is currently continuing her education by pursuing her CDA in Early Childhood Education.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    CDA in Early Childhood
  • Ms. April

    Ms. April, PreK

    I love my job for all the 'little' reasons.

    Ms. April grew up in Clyman, WI with her parents, younger brother, and older sister.  She attended Dodgeland K-8 and then transfered to Watertown High School.  While in high school, Ms. April was shown a passion for child care by an amazing teacher, Ms. Haack.  With her guidance, April was able to grow into an amazing teacher.  She graduated in June 2003 and jumped right into being a child care teacher and loves every moment.  The best part of this job is seeing these kids grow up and be great people. 

    Ms. April was only supposed to be at KinderCare for a summer, and decided to stay on permenantly.  She loves working with all the great staff and families.

    Previous Experience:
    3.5 years at Good Shepard Lutheran Daycare 7.5 years at Head Start 3.5 years at After the Stork School-Age program 1 summer as Dodge County Daycamp Counselor 3 years as YMCA of Watertown Kids Korner/ Youth Room Provider 1 summer as Nanny 1 summer at Kids Palace School-Age
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane Derolf
    Year Started:
    6/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Infant/Toddler Credential, Assistant Child Care Teacher, Skills and Strategies for the Child Care Profession, School-Age Assistant Child Care Worker, Family Service Credential for Early Education and Care Providers, CDA
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, PreSchool A

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

    Ms. Lori was born in Oconomowoc, WI and grew up in Watertown.  Her family moved back to the Oconomowoc area when she was in grade school and she graduated from Kettle Moraine High School in Wales.  Ms. Lori has an associates degree in early childhood education from Waukesha Cunty Technical College.  She is married and has two children, a boy and girl.  In her spare time, Ms. Lori like to garden, bowl, and golf.

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher at Montessori Methods School, teacher at various preschools and Headstart
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Peef, The Christmas Bear by Tom Hegg
    Year Started:
    9/14/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Associates Degree from Waukesha County TC, PreK-6 degree from Lakeland College
  • Ms. Kathryn

    Ms. Kathryn, PreSchool B

    'Reach for the moon, for even if you miss, you will land among the stars.'

    Kathryn grew up in Kiel, WI with her mom, dad, younger sister, and brother.  After high school, she went to UW- Stevens Point to earn her degree in Early Childhood Education.  She was active in Girl Scouts all the way through college and it is where she realized that she loves teaching and helping your children discover and learn about the world.  When Kathryn is not working, she loves being outdoors, camping, canoeing, reading, and spending time with her friends and family. 

    Previous Experience:
    2 years at the Stevens Point YMCA childcare 6 years at Trinity Learning Center and Preschool
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Curious Kitten
    Year Started:
    9/2/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and minor in Early Childhood Special Education
  • Ms. Penny

    Ms. Penny, Prekindergarten

    Never say I can't; say okay, I will try.

    Ms. Penny grew up in Illinois and attended Northern Illinois University. She moved to Madison in 1997 for employment, which is when she started here at KinderCare. Ms. Penny has always wanted to be a Kindergarten teacher and was the Kindergarten teacher here until the Kindergarten program closed. She then moved into the four-year-old room.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    There's a Witch Under the Stairs by Maggie Smith
    Year Started:
    1/1/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Special Education
  • Ms. Teagan

    Ms. Teagan, School Age

    You're Awake. You're Awesome. Live Like It. -Kid President

    Ms. Teagan graduated from UW-Whitewater in December 2014.  In her free time she loves painting and sewing.  She also loves photography and traveling.  Teagan recently relocated to the Madison area from West Bend, WI.

    Previous Experience:
    Boys and Girls Club staff: 4 years Day Care center: 1.5 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Press Here by Herve Tullet
    Year Started:
    3/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Bachelor degree in Psychology and minor in Communication Disorders
  • Ms. Lindsey

    Ms. Lindsey, Float

  • Ms. Nikki

    Ms. Nikki, Float

    Helping children learn everyday and seeing them grow while having fun is a very rewarding job.

    Nikki comes to KinderCare from Illinois. She is currently in school for fashion marketing. Her first love is working with children and she loves to help out with all of the age groups. Nikki loves to be creative and encourage children to express themselves through the process of art.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Nancy Drew
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Best of Monona: Daycare

    Best of Monona: Daycare

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

*New Year's Day
*President's Day
*Memorial Day
*Independence Day
*Labor Day
*Columbus Day
*Thanksgiving Day
*Friday after Thanksgiving
*Christmas Day

If any of these holidays fall on a Saturday, the holiday will be observed on Friday.  If the holiday falls on a Sunday, it will be oberved on Monday.

Health and Safety

We value the health and safety of our children and staff. Our staff is First Aid and CPR certified. We are a peanut free facility. Fire drills are conducted every month and tornado drills are done every month from April to October. Our center features key pad entry, computer sign-in, and face to name attendance every 30 minutes.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

We're relatively new to KinderCare but I've found the staff to be incredibly patient and very much concerned with the well-being of my son. I wasn't sure what to expect with a larger center but really have been pleasantly surprised. The food is homemade, the outdoor play area is awesome and the caregivers are attentive and care about what we want as a family, not what they think we need. It's been a very positive experience for us!

- Mother
I appreciate the consistency provided by Kindercare staff. I can count on seeing familiar, caring faces and know that the staff work hard to build trusting relationships with both the children and their families. Both of my children attended Kindercare Monona, and I would recommend them to anyone looking for consistent quality childcare.
- Mother

My two daughters have attended KinderCare for three years now. I have been very pleased with KinderCare for many reasons. My girls absolutely love the teachers and staff. Teachers keep you informed on the positives of how your child is doing and if there are any concerns. The flexible hours are important for my work schedule and you can tell the staff take a genuine interest in each child. Its important to me that there is an indoor gym so the kids can get exercise even when weather doesn't permit them to go outside and comforting that the gym is in a basement in the case of a tornado.

I would strongly recommend KinderCare to anyone.

- mother

KinderCare Monona has provided my children meaningful curriculum to nurture their academic growth, a warm and caring environment to foster their social relationships and maturation, and friendly staff who provide a positive learning atmosphere for all ages. My children began in the infant room and have progressed through all ages including the school age care. I know when I drop off my children their day will be filled with learning, plentiful activities and fun. I would recommend this center for any age.

- Mother

When we were first looking into daycares for our son, who is also our very first child, we were focusing on in-home daycares.  After months of searching, we decided to look into some cetners for comparisions, and I am so glad we did!  From the moment I walked in the door at KinderCare Monona, I knew that the more of the center I saw and the more staff memebers I met, I became more and more sure of mydecision.  Everyone is so nice and friendly, but still very professional , and the center is always very clean.  I really like our son's teachers as well, which makes it that much easier to drop him off in the mornings.  I highly recommend this center!

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