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Oak Creek KinderCare

Ms. 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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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Southwood Glen, Cedar Hills, Shepard Hills, Carollton, Deerfield (4K ONLY), Edgewood, Rawson, Lakeview, Forest Ridge

Welcome

Welcome to the Oak Creek KinderCare! We believe in developing the whole child, so we place an emphasis on assisting children's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. In our center, you will find that our 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!

Ms. Keri Rodriguez, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Oak Creek KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Many of our teachers have ten 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.

  • Ms. Keri Rodriguez

    Ms. Keri Rodriguez, Center Director

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

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

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. 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 by Margery Williams

    Year Started:
    10/22/1991
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
    Education:
    Wisconsin Administrator's Credential; ECE I; ECE II
  • Ms. Rebecca Parr

    Ms. 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 them learn, love, and grow!

    Ms. Rebecca started with KinderCare as a Preschool Teacher in 2012 and loved working with the children. She then became an Assistant Director in 2014 at the Oak Creek KinderCare. Ms. Rebecca loves working with the families to assure them that this is the best center for their children. It makes her proud knowing that she is part of such a wonderful team that promotes learning and development in a fun and loving way! Ms. Rebecca is proud to be part of the KinderCare family!

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

    Ms. Ann, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Ann loves knowing that she has had a positive impact on the development of the children in her care. Currently she works with infants and has worked with toddlers, but she loves children of all ages.

    Year Started:
    1/4/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    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 the University of Wisconsin at Parkside with a bachelor's degree in sociology. Ms. Erika finished her medical assistant's certificate at the US Career Institute in October 2011. She loves to use hands-on activities with the children, like sensory or art activities.

    Year Started:
    8/19/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology (In Progress); Medical Assistant's Degree
  • Ms. Cassondra Hess

    Ms. Cassondra Hess, Toddler Classroom

    Children make everything worthwhile.

    Ms. Cassondra started when the Oak Creek location was Children's World. She completed her certificates and degrees while working at KinderCare. Ms. Cassondra decided to take a break from working to be a stay-at-home mother for a while. She returned in 2011 as a Discovery Preschool and a School Age Teacher until she was was promoted as a Cook and Learning Adventures Teacher. As the Learning Adventure Teacher, Ms. Cassondra always tries to make each day a new adventure.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cassondra has previously babysat for family and had her own son one year before.
    Year Started:
    3/4/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Early Childhood I, Early Childhood II Infant/Toddler, School Age Certificate, Special Education/Aggressive Behavior
  • Ms. Kymberly

    Ms. Kymberly, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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!

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

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane Derolf

    Year Started:
    1/13/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Early Childhood I and II, Infant / Toddler

Upcoming Center Activities

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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

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

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Holiday Closures:
 New Year's Day
 President's 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 at Oak Creek KinderCare. Our entry has a keypad system that requires a code for entrance into our center. This code is changed twice a year or more if needed. We have a secure, 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 sign-out book in the entryway 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 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 six 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 child care center! KinderCare does so much with the children!

- Mother

I absolutely love Oak Creek 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. 

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