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Muncie KinderCare

Debi Adney, Center Director

4001 West Clara Lane Muncie IN 47304
(765) 286-1850 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Royerton, Pleasant View, Yorktown, Westview, SouthView, Muncie Career Center Coop, Wes-Del, Hartage Hall, and St. Mary's

Muncie KinderCare is currently enrolling. All  curriculum is research based and every program has been professionally refreshed this year to include larger growth in Spanish, Executive Function skills, wet and messy opportunities, and just plain fun. The teachers, children, and parents are all enjoying these new additions!! Come join us as we dive into our lifelong love for learning!!


Welcome to Muncie KinderCare. We are conveniently located near Ball State University. We strive to have the best open communication with all our families whether it is on the phone with our friendly staff or with email access. Our center has an open door policy and encourages parent interaction.

Debi Adney, Center Director

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  • NAEYC Accreditation NAEYC
  • NECPA Accreditation NECPA

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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


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.

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.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

The Muncie Management and Teaching Team is comprised of educators who have chosen Early Childhood Education as their profession. Each member has a heart for children, college degrees or early childhood certificates, years of experience, and the drive to creatively inspire children to grow and develop in our research based setting. Our center management team assures continued growth for our teachers including two Professional Development Days yearly for the entire staff. Inspiring teachers to continue their lifelong love for learning develops their creative teaching growth and development to filter to the children.

  • Debi Adney

    Debi Adney, Center Director

    Early Childhood Professional is the greatest career in the world! I'm welcomed by eager eyes, open arms, and unconditional love every single day!! I am inspired by each child, family, teacher, and visitors.

    Ms. Debi is the Center Director at Muncie KinderCare is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis in Elementary Education and Kindergarten, and has been working with children most of her life.  From her church nursery, to summer camp counseling, to Director of Counselors in Training for Girl Scouts of America she has gained experience with children of all ages. While a PreKindergarten and Kindergarten Teacher at KinderCare she taught at Ivy Tech Community College, and was a professional tutor for all ages for over 10 years.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Debi worked a substitute teacher in IPS, summer Girl Scout camp counselor taught at Indiana Vocational Technical College and was a private tutor.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I have a great love for nursery rhymes but love the book by Very Hungry Catepillar by Eric Carle.
    Year Started:
    35 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    34 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a Kindergarten Endorsement
  • Kelly Cheesman

    Kelly Cheesman, Assistant Director

    I am inspired by the smiles on each child's face. I love bing greeted by their hugs! The stories the children tell me make my days extra special.

    Ms. Kelly has completed a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Kindergarten through Third Grade. Ms. Kelly has spent her years at KinderCare teaching students from Infancy through School Age. She performs Center Trainer duties as well as fulfilling all aspects of the Assistant Director role. She is excited to expand our Phonics and Reading Learning Adventures.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kelly has had prior Early Childhood teaching experience with another center, she worked in latch key at Royerton Elementary, and various tutoring experiences prior to coming to KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is my favorite Children's Book!
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shea

    Ms. Shea, Preschool

    I love watching that "Ah-Hah" moment on each child's face. That is what makes me want to come to "work", although it really isn't work to me because I enjoy the children!

    Ms. Shea joined the KinderCare team in 2014.  She is studying at Ball State University with majors in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and a Spanish minor.  Ms. Shea is wonderful with all age groups and enjoys working with all of the children. She is participating in the Immersive Learning Project through Ball State Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shea has had multiple learning experiences throughout her education at Ball State.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood/Elementary Education/Spanish Minor
  • Mr. Drae

    Mr. Drae, School-Age

    I enjoy working with children because I like to see them grow and develop. The more they grow, the more they learn that they can achieve anything they set their minds to. This is the success any teacher/mentor would want to see.

    Drae joined our KinderCare team in September 2015. He is a Youth President working with all ages and is Minister of Music at Prayer House of Deliverance. He has 2 sisters and attended the Muncie KinderCare when he was a child.  He just graduated from PJ's Cosmetology school and is able to work with us on a full time basis

    Previous Experience:
    Attended Ball State for 2 years working toward a RT degree. He just graduated from PJ's with a Cosmetology license
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Bud, Not Buddy" is Drae's favorite Children's Book.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    working on Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Mary Margaret

    Ms. Mary Margaret, Infant Classroom

    I have a great love for theater, literature, and people. I love sharing music, books, and telling stories with my infants. I am inspired by knowing I am needed by my co-workers and by the pleasure my "Good morning my children!" brings out of each child in my care. My love for teaching is motivated as I learn how differently each child learns!

    Ms. Mary Margaret's love for the arts and people, her commitment to education and literature, and her desire to inspire others is a definite assets to her teaching abilities. The life experiences growing up with parents in ministry and having opportunities in Christian Education have lead her to Lay Ministry in her spare time at two local churches. So, Ms. Mary Margaret's commitment to growing people from infants to adults drives her to passionately lead and inspire others.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mary Margaret worked at KinderCare from 1991-1995, then left to pursue other things. She has worked in children ministries. She also directed a music and art camp.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Masters degree in Adult and Community Education
  • Ms. Dena

    Ms. Dena, Preschool Classroom

    No two days are ever the same! I am inspired by smiling faces each day as the children enjoy learning together with their friends. I am passionate about hands on learning fun both inside and outside the center!

    Ms. Dena's 19 years at KinderCare combined with her experience at the Base Child Development Center make Dena a skilled teacher. She leads a Girl Scout Troop in Hartford City in her spare time. She is dedicated to offering outstanding curriculum opportunities young children of all ages leading them to a love for life and learning! Ms. Dena is committed to continue learning and educational growth for herself and her children! Ms. Dena's passion is reading. She loves reading to the children and giving them opportunities for literacy growth.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Dena worked for five years as a teacher at the Nationally Accredited Oakland Army Base Child Development Center in California .
    Year Started:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Child Development Associate Certificate and College Credits in Early Childhood

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

Muncie KinderCare welcomes families new to the Muncie Area as well as current residents.  Our staff is comprised of loving, nurturing early childhood professionals dedicated to making your childs first years their best.  Our team of teachers, research based curriculum, and enriched learning experiences are second to none.  Please call us soon to see for yourself.

Special Features

  • Ball State Employee Disc
  • IU Ball Emp Disc
  • Referral Bonus
  • Nationally Accredited & Undergoing additional National Accreditation
  • Top State Rated

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Years
Presidents Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day and the day after
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

On every given day children enter KinderCare being greeted by teachers and friends, then head to the sink to wash their hands singing "ABC's". Cleanliness and hygene are very important aspects of our day. Teachers follow rigid cleaning schedules and pride themselves on providing a clean, and safe environment. Each teacher must complete the  fingerprinting and criminal background screening prior to hire. All staff have ongoing First Aid, CPR, Standard Precautions, and Child Abuse Awareness training. The center Health & Safety Coordinator assures playground, building, evacuation safety. The keypad entry and high fences are a protective feature most appreciated by parents.

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

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

The KinderCare Staff has done an amazing job for both myself and my son over the last three years. They have made it so easy for both of us when my son first started. Over the years, I have truly enjoyed hearing the stories my son has told me about his friends and activities at school. The staff is amazing, and you start to feel like part of a family. I know the teachers here have taught my son well and helped to mold him into the smart, happy child he is, and I thank them for that. As he leaves to begin public school, he will take all he has learned from KinderCare and be better for the experiences and love he has been given. Thank You KinderCare!

- Mother

I had been actively on the lookout for a good daycare for my 14-month-old daughter before and after I moved to Muncie for a new job, as my husband is working in California and my new job is quite overwhelming and demanding. I tried an in-home care environment where I had horrible experience and my daughter had to leave, before we finally settled down at KinderCare and love it as our home. Muncie KinderCare changed the world for me! We were so warmly welcomed when I brought my baby here on a Monday morning. She is so well treated and loved by every teacher that takes care of her. The director is extremely nice and kind and has such loving characteristics that I don’t usually see in such a role at other places. For the first time, I feel like home in a group care environment. If I were to pick one reason to stay here for as long as possible, it would be the fantastic teachers. All of them are so kind and caring, and I have no worries at all to leave my baby with them. They are also so cheerful that many times I even want to join as a kid and play with them! :-) It's really not easy to choose a good daycare for your baby. I was thankful for both the good and the bad things I have experienced elsewhere, without which I would not be as appreciative as I am now. Having been there myself, I think the most important factor is the people. With great teachers (and a great director) your life is much easier and no stress at all. I'm so grateful that we've found our new home here. Thank you so much Debi for what we have received.

- Parent

I cannot begin to tell you enough how much I appreciate each of the ladies at KinderCare. I never worry when I drop my child off that he will be loved, learning and well cared for. I cannot tell you the peace of mind I feel and how much I value this KinderCare. I work to send my child here so he may have a head start in life. He will have the benefit of an excellent education. I know he has a wonderful day learning and growing as I peel him off of his teacher to leave each day. These ladies are gifts from God and bless our lives each day.

- Parent

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