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Oak Creek KinderCare

Keri Rodriguez, Center Director

7677 South Howell Ave. Oak Creek WI 53154
(414) 762-9050 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
"Between Rawson and Drexel Ave. on Howell Ave." south of Classic Lanes

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Southwood Glen, Cedar Hills, Shepard Hills, Carrolton, Deer Field (4K ONLY), Edgewood, Rawson and Lake View

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Welcome

Welcome to the Oak Creek KinderCare! We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. In our center you will find that staff all work together as a team and enjoy establishing new relationships with the children and families. We strive to make our families feel as if KinderCare is part of their extended family. Stop in today to have a guided tour of our wonderful center.

Keri Rodriguez, 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.

Math

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.

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 teachers and staff at Oak Creek KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Many of our teachers have 10 years or more experience working with children. Our team strives for excellence through continuing education from bi-annual professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Keri Rodriguez

    Keri Rodriguez, Center Director

    I love the positive impact I make on the children's lives.

    Keri joined KinderCare in 1991 at the Greendale location. She started as a Preschool teacher and went on to become the Program Specialist. There after she chose the challenge of the Assistant Center Director role.  Keri transferred to Oak Creek location in 2013 and now is the Center Director of that location.

    Previous Experience:
    Keri started her career with KinderCare as a Preschool Teacher and Program Specialist before moving up to the Assistant Center Director Role.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Velveteen Rabbit
    Year Started:
    10/22/1991
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Wisconsin Administrator's Credential, ECE I; ECE II
  • Rebecca Parr

    Rebecca Parr, Assistant Director

    I love having an impact on the children's and families' lives in and out of the classroom! I love knowing I am a key factor in their future success by helping the learn, love, and grow!

    I started with KinderCare as a Preschool teacher in 2012 and loved working with the children. I then became an Assistant Director in 2014 at the Oak Creek KinderCare. I love working with the families to ensure them that this is the best center for their child(ren). It makes me proud knowing that I am part of such a wonderful team that promotes learning and development in a fun and loving way!

    I am proud to be part of the KinderCare family!

    Previous Experience:
    Rebecca worked as a Preschool Teacher, Substitute Teacher, & Para-Professional
    Year Started:
    8/27/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Ann Knetter

    Ms. Ann Knetter, Infant Classroom

    Leave No Child Behind.

    I love knowing that I have had a positive impact on the development of the children in my care. Currently I work with infants and have worked with toddlers but I love children of all ages.

    Year Started:
    1/4/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Erika Jones

    Ms. Erika Jones, Infant Classroom

    I love seeing their smiling faces and watching each child grow...it truly makes my day.

    Ms. Erika started at KinderCare Learning Center the summer of August 2013. She finished High School and graduated in 2005. She continued her education at UW Parkside with a pending Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. Ms. Erika finished her Medical Assistant Certificate in October 2011. She loves to keep her hands on activities with the children like sensory or art activties.

    Year Started:
    8/19/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Franklin High School - 2005; UW Parkside Sociology Bacehlors - Pending; Medical Assistant Degree - US Career Institute
  • Ms. Cassondra Hess

    Ms. Cassondra Hess, Toddler Classroom

    Children make everything worth while.

    Ms. Cassondra started when the Oak Creek location was Children's World. She completed her Early Childhood I and Early Childhood II, Infant /Toddler Certificate, School Age Certificate, Special Education Certificate and more while working at KinderCare. Cassondra decided to take a break from working to be a stay at home mother for a while. She returned in 2011 as a 3 year old teacher and a school age teacher until she was was promoted as a Cook and Learning Aventures Teacher. As the Learning Adventure Teacher, Ms. Cassondra always tries to make each Learning Adventure Day a New Adventure.

    Previous Experience:
    Babysat for family, had my son 1 year before
    Year Started:
    3/4/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood I, Early Childhood II Infant /Toddler, School Age Certificate, Special Education / Aggressive Behavior
  • Ms. Kymberly

    Ms. Kymberly, Discovery Preschool

    I love working with children, to be able to see them grow in their learning and social skills is so amazing. I couldn't think of a better job!

    Kymberly is so excited to be part of our team. In her classroom your child will learn many things, some them being colors, shapes, letters, numbers, social skills and of course help to potty train your child. Kymberly has been in childcare since 2000 and is currently enrolled at MATC. She is very excited to be working with your child and can't wait to share all their new experiences with you.

    Previous Experience:
    Kymberly has worked in the childcare field since 2000
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Crayon Box that Talked
    Year Started:
    1/13/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Courses 1&2, Infant and Toddler Course
  • Ms. Kirstie

    Ms. Kirstie, Preschool Classroom

    I love being a person in my children's' life that they can trust, have fun with, rely on and learn from.

    Ms. Kirstie has 2 1/2 years of experience in childcare. She has worked at KinderCare for 4 months. Ms. Kirstie has completed the first of three childcare administrative credential courses and is working towards an administrative role in childcare. Ms. Kirstie loves bringing creativity in the classroom. She enjoys creative art, reading and encouraging imaginative play.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2.5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Early Childhood Education Credential I & II (Infant & Toddler)

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

  • NAEYC

    NAEYC

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Holiday Closures:
New Years Day
Presidents Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day
 

Health and Safety

Safety is our number one priority here. Our entry has a key pad that requires a code for entrance into our center. This code is changed twice a year or more if needed. We have a secured fenced-in outside play area where the children can play protected. We keep Child Supervision Records in the classrooms where the teacher checks attendance every half hour and center management reviews a minimum of three times a day. We have a sign-in and out book in the entry way that families are required to fill out at drop off and pick up. We ensure that the proper people are picking up the children by verifying their photo identification and comparing them to the paperwork that was submitted by the parent. We clean our classrooms and main center areas daily and sanitize the center nightly, following all state and company health and safety guidelines to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all the children in our care.

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.

I wanted to take the time to write a note about all the great staff. It has been wonderful with you as the new director and I am excited that Rebecca has joined the staff as well. My daughter joined Ms. Beth's room recently, and it is so exciting to see all the great things they are learning and great activities they do each day. The kids really learn to be responsible and communicate with one another. She has had some great teachers as well, including Ms. Tina and Ms. Cass in the younger rooms. We had our son (now 6 years old), at KinderCare as well and I think the classroom setting and structure KinderCare provides really helps kids learn and transition into their next levels of education into Kindergarten and First Grade. Thanks so much! We are excited for the year ahead!

- Mother

The staff is great! The center works great with my schedule. I love this childcare! KinderCare does so much with the children!

- Mother

I absolutely love KinderCare. When I first started at KinderCare I was nervous because I was a stay at home mom for so long. But the interaction that my children are having with other students and seeing them grow in their classrooms really blesses me. I have complete trust in the teachers and the curriculum that is being taught to my children. ~~Mom of three

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