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Neenah KinderCare

Jill Schlag, Center Director

776 Birch St. Neenah WI 54956
(920) 722-1110 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
On corner of Cecil St and Birch St.

Neighborhood:
Residential Area

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hoover, Wilson, Lake View, Roosevelt, Alliance, Tullar, Spring Road, Coolidge, Horacemann

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

Welcome to Neenah KinderCare Learning Center!  We are conveniently located in a quiet residential area right off of Cecil Street near several Elementary Schools. We believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parents consider us an extension of their families (their village). Your child will not only have a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Our experts designed our classrooms to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. Our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials to help your child connect spoken words and writing.   Developing early literacy and writing skills is the key to success in kindergarten and beyond. 
 
Jill Schlag, Center Director
 

Jill Schlag, 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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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 at the Neenah KinderCare are dedicated to planting the seed of learning. Combined, our teachers have over a century of passion and teaching in the Early Childhood Education field. We provide a warm, safe, and structured environment by consistently sustaining a quality classroom. Overall, we share the commitment to developing the best leaders we can and ourselves being leaders in Early Childhood Education.

  • Jill Schlag

    Jill Schlag, Center Director

    Every day is different and the children teach me so many new things as they learn and grow.

    Jill started at KinderCare in July of 2006. Jill has been in the child care field for over 14 years and could not imagine herself doing anything different. Since joining the KinderCare team she has been truly inspired by the children, staff, and families she works with every day. Jill feels that child care is a huge investment for a child’s future and strongly believes that KinderCare will give the children the knowledge and education they need to be successful. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare Jill was a Preschool Family Director at the YMCA.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Business, Child Development Associates Degree and Bachelors Degree in Human Service Management
  • Alicia Honick

    Alicia Honick, Assistant Director

    I love watching the children grow and become their own little person.

    Alicia has been with KinderCare since September 2006.  Alicia started her career as a toddler teacher and loved every moment of it.  As Alicia’s leadership skills grew over the years she made a perfect fit for the Assistant Director position.  Even though Alicia advanced her career within the corporation she is still very dedicated to the children and families within the classrooms.  Outside of KinderCare Alicia and her husband Jason love spending time with their five children.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Ms. Alice

    Ms. Alice, Infant Classroom

    I'm so inspired by the smiles, the first steps, the giggles, the accomplishments, and just everything! Helping and encouraging all of our children grow and learn is what I love most.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1990
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Stacy

    Ms. Stacy, Cook and Float

    I love working with the children and listening to their excitement in their little voices when I enter the room.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1989
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kealeigh

    Ms. Kealeigh, Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the children grow!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Ann

    Ms. Ann, Float

    I love sharing my enthusiasm for the world around me with the children as we learn together.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1986
    Tenure:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Tiffany

    Ms. Tiffany, Prekindergarten Classroom

    It's so rewarding to know I am part of the learning and growing of a child.

    The families inspire Ms. Tiffany to come into work each day.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Mr. Craig

    Mr. Craig, School-Age and Preschool

    I enjoy sharing new and fun activities with the kids. At the of each day, I feel like I have accomplished something!

    Year Started:
    9/30/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Stacy

    Ms. Stacy, Discovery Preschool

    I love watching the children learn and grow. The children's smiling faces inspire me to come to work each day.

    Year Started:
    6/11/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Nikkia

    I love that there are never two days the same when it comes to helping children learn and grow!

    Year Started:
    6/17/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Toddler Classroom
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Hailey

    Ms. Hailey, Toddlers

    Seeing the children smile everyday. Knowing I'm playing an important part of the childrens lives".

    Year Started:
    7/2/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Mariah

    Ms. Mariah, Discovery Preschool

    I love watching the kids minds grow. Making an impact in their lives brightens every day I'm with them".

    Year Started:
    9/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Tiana

    Ms. Tiana, Float

    Its so rewarding to see the progress children make and knowing I am a part of that".

    Year Started:
    6/24/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Caitlin

    Ms. Caitlin, Toddler Classroom

    Being able to inspire children about new things every day.

    Year Started:
    6/11/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year

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
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

We ensure a healthy and safe environment by providing a keypad entry for the families enrolled as well as fenced in playgrounds. We also make sure that all staff members are CPR and First Aid certified.

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.

My son has been enrolled with KinderCare for a little over a year, and in this short period of time I have been able to establish a very essential relationship with the amazing teachers and director at this location. Being able to communicate the needs and expectations of his development is something that I value, and they have made this usually a very difficult task simple and exceptional. I value their dedication and determination to ensure that the environment, as well as the material, is always meeting his needs. I am very involved with my child’s education and well being and with the staffing they have made it extremely easy for me to know what is going on in the class room and what they are involved in on a day to day process. He is also involved in the Phonics program that is offered as well. In the time that he has spent growing and learning with this program I have been able to notice an exceptional progress in being able to recognize and write the different letters of the alphabet as well as the “sounds” that are associated with them. I have personally referred a number of different families to this center with only positive feedback in return for the experience and care that their children have received. Being a “Five Star” center I feel is a sincere under statement for the above-average staffing and learning environment that I have witnessed first-hand from KinderCare. There are some people that I would love to recognize for their hard work and reliable communication that I depend on daily. Ms. Tiffany, who is the teacher in my child’s room has been able to help him with respecting his friends and teachers, learning the material in a way he can understand it and loving coming to school as well as taking his learning development seriously. She is always happy to be there and shows love and attention to each child. As for Ms. Jill who is the director at the center; this is by far one of the most amazing people that I have encountered in this industry! She shows concern and passion for every family and child, works hand-in-hand with her staff and always goes above and beyond the duties of any other director. These women have made my life much easier with feeling comfortable and encouraging in the aspects of my son’s future in his education! This center is much more than a daycare and much more than a baby sitter; KinderCare has proven to be an investment in my child’s future and present well being and learning carrier.

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