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Millard KinderCare

Kathleen Hicks, Center Director

5636 South 147th St. Omaha NE 68137
(402) 895-5337 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
1 Bk S of 147th & Q St

Neighborhood:
Stoney Brook

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
KinderCare Van transports to/from : Bryan and Rockwell Elementary.

Our Center is located in a quiet neighborhood with easy access to Q street and Stoneybrook Blvd. Our experts have designed our curriculum with lessons and activities to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. We provide transportation to and from local schools. During the summer our School Age children go on field trips once a week and we also offer in house visitors for all ages.

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Welcome

Welcome and thank you for visiting the Millard KinderCare webpage. We educate children from ages 6 weeks through 12 years old. Our research based curriculum provides the best possible education for children. We transport school age students to and from Bryan and Rockwell Elementary schools, as well as, providing a fun summer camp when the students are out of school.  We are also now serving military families through Child Care Aware fee assistance.

Finding the right place and the right people for your children's education and care is a big decision. We welcome you to come in and experience a clean, safe, fun, and structured atmosphere. Please contact us to schedule your visit. We look forward to meeting you and your family!

We are proud to be part of the accredited centers in Nebraska!

Kathleen Hicks, Center Director


 

Kathleen Hicks, 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.

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.

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

Teachers & Staff

Our excellent team of teachers work together to support each other, as well as the children and their families. We have biannual trainings for our staff to develop our teaching skills. Each day we come to work knowing the enrichment we provide to each child in our care is making a difference in their lives.

  • Kathleen Hicks

    Kathleen Hicks, Center Director

    The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.

    Kathleen began her career in Early Childhood in 1993.  She started out as a Lead Teacher in the Preschool and the Infant classrooms prior to getting promoted to Center Director.  Kathleen recently joined KinderCare Learning Center, this year and she brings a lot experience and enthusiasum to this center.  She always has an open door policy for everyone that would like to talk-parents, teachers and children.

    Kathleen brings a high level of family engagement into her center and is always striving to find new and exciting ways to better the education in her building. Watching children learn and develop every day is what inspires Kathleen to do her job. She takes pride in the fact that, together with her teachers, they help build skills in children that will assist them for a life time.
    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the KinderCare family, Kathleen worked with another Early Childhood Educating company, where she was a teacher for two years and then was promoted to the center director for over 22 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Next Place by Warren Hansen
    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Currently working on CDA
  • Missy Bluml

    Missy Bluml, Assistant Director

    I love to come to work and watch the children at my center grow each day. Everyday is a new experience for them and I am happy to be a part of that.

    Missy has been at KinderCare since July of 1990. Her favorite part about teaching is planning new experiences for the children each day. She enjoys being on the children's level, watching their excitement and the growth they experience.

    Previous Experience:
    Missy has previous experience teaching all ages children, working as the cook, chaperoning field trips and driving the center bus.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Silly Sally
    Year Started:
    7/1/1990
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Jalisa, Infant Classroom

    You can see the learning come to life with Miss Jalisa's bulletin boards. She is always on the move.  It may be simply doing a messy sensory activity with her infants to reciting body parts or colors. She is well versed in developmental stages and pushes each infant to reach their potential.

    Year Started:
    3/10/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Associates in Liberal Arts
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Infants

    Ms. Amber is attentive to her younger Infants.  You can find her on the floor laughing, tickling, and teaching her students to strengthen the motor skills.  

    Year Started:
    2/8/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Elizabeth, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Elizabeth is a quiet and gentle teacher. She is great at taking our top notch curriculum and enhancing it each day with her children. She uses a hands on learning technique when it comes to expanding little minds.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kirstie

    Ms. Kirstie, Infants

    Ms Kirstie has a wonderful way of bringing comfort to all her Infants.  She loves to sing and read with her students and teach them new finger plays!

    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Susan, Toddler Classroom

    Mrs. Susan has dedicated her life to educating children here at KinderCare. She may be a veteran but maintains the high energy level requried to keep those toddlers busy. She is great at recaping your child's day for you.

    Previous Experience:
    Mrs. Susan was a Center Director for KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1985
    Tenure:
    31 Years
  • Kelsey, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kelsey has grown with her Discovery Preschool class since most of them were infants. Kelsey has developed a strong bond with each child in her care.  She not only teaches curriculum as well as teaching life skills like sharing and verbalization.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Associates of Arts and Early Childhood Education
  • Morgan, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Miss Morgan keeps her little hands busy with a variety of activities. Her daily routine build a structured atmosphere in her classroom. She sure doesn't mind getting messy, whether its painting dinosaurs to digging in the mud for some worms, your child will learn without even realizing it.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Morgan has been Assistant Director for KinderCare Learning Centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
    Year Started:
    3/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Vanessa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Vanessa always has a smile on her face.  She is patient with all the children in her class as they learn skills such as eating with a spoon to potty training. 

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Alicia

    Ms. Alicia, Preschool

    Ms. Alicia has a great bond with every child in her classroom.  She enhances each aspect of her curriculum to challenge her students to grow each and every day.  She starts off her class each morning with a fun filled circle time and has a variety of activities for the children to build their physical, social, and emotional developement.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Deb, Preschool Classroom

    Mrs. Deb is loved by all. She shares just as much joy as the children have when they blow bubbles or do a cooking activity. She has a passion for educating and always has a smile while doing just that.

    Previous Experience:
    Mrs. Deb was a Center Director for KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1991
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Dylon, Preschool Classroom

    Mr. Dylon is a great male role modle in the classroom. He is a kid at heart who enforces sharing during playtime.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
  • Mr. Craig

    Mr. Craig, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Mr. Craig has a love for teaching and brings the outdoors inside the classroom.  He is very calm and soft spoken and always down at the children's level.  He makes learning fun and exciting for his students so they are prepared to go on to their next Kindergarten adventure. Mr Craig is also a Learning Adventures teacher for our Phonics class.

    Year Started:
    10/15/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies
  • Mr. Coop

    Mr. Coop, Prekindergarten

    Mr. Coop is a great addition to our Pre-K class.  He's does such a great job animating activities in his class, the students do not realize he is teaching a lesson!

    Year Started:
    1/13/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 months
  • Ms. Dominique

    Ms. Dominique, Schoolage Teacher

    Ms. Dominique works with our School-aged children for our before and after school program and also implements our summer program.  She plans tons of fun-filled activities and she is great at keeping her class on task and organized and has great relationships with the children throughout the center.

    Year Started:
    3/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    College Credits
  • Ms. Kea

    Ms. Kea, Cook

    Ms. Kea brings a lot of laughter to her students every day.  She is always reading a book in silly voices or is up dancing with her class. She opens the center and is there to greet everyone with a smile.  In addition to opening our center, Ms. Kea prepares our meals for all of our children; providing them a healthy, well-balanced meals.

    Year Started:
    9/23/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

KinderCare is closed on New Year's Day, President's Day (for our staff professional development training day), Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day (for our staff professional development day), Thanksgiving Day, The day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Health and Safety

Ensuring the safety of the children is of the utmost importance. We have staff that are CPR and First Aid trained. We understand the policies and procedures that are in place at pick up and drop off times, which allow only authorized persons to take children out of the center and every thirty minutes each classroom performs name to face attendance. Secured access to the building is provided through use of a key code entry and the building and playground are fenced. Our on-site Health and Safety Coordinator, Jalisa,  educates, evaluates and coaches teachers and staff on best practices.

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.

In our quest for a different daycare, my husband and I had certain expectations about the kind of care we wanted for our 2 yr old son.  We decided to see with what the KinderCare in Millard was all about and one visit with the director, all our expectations were certainly exceeded.  Their curriculum is chock full of different ways for the children to learn and have fun while they are learning.  The teachers are actively engaged with the children each day and make it a point to keep the parents informed on what your child is learning, how they are progressing, and the fun activities they did for the day.  When I drop my son off, I don't have to worry because I know he is in great hands, he's having fun, and most importantly, he's learning!

- Mom

What do you look for in a day care? That is a loaded question because each one of us as parents is looking for something a little different. First off there are the basics, look around what do you see? At KinderCare you will total involvement of all teachers and children, not once have seen a child that was off playing alone. What types of interactions are happening all around not just with the babies? All age groups are involved in playing activities, reading, or games. There is no TV watching at KinderCare it's all people interactive. Ask about turn over...this is important because your children do get attached to people. Most of the same people are still working for KinderCare from the time my boys first came four-and-a-half years ago. Be involved....Ask how your kids are doing. KinderCare staff is wonderful when it comes time for communication of my children. As soon as I walk into each one of my boys’ classrooms a teacher fills me in on my child's day. The most important thing I looked for in a day care was that my children would be cared for and not just "looked after". My boys love their teachers and it is obvious to me their teachers love them. Not a day goes by that my youngest doesn't go to each and every one of his teachers for a hug good bye. I wouldn't take my boys who are three and four-and-a-half years old anywhere else!

- Mother

I have been bringing my children to KinderCare for a little over four years now and I am so thankful to have found such a great place. I have developed strong relationships with the staff. They do a wonderful job keeping parents informed and the lines of communication open. As a single mother of twins, they have always been willing to work with me on payments if I happen to be running low on funds for a month. They inform me about events going on in the community that might help out or be fun for my family. KinderCare also has a wonderful summer program filled with fun activities and field trips. I feel that KinderCare offers my children several educational opportunities and a great environment to explore. I am so grateful to have found a place that I feel comfortable and trust to take care of my children while I’m at work. Thank you KinderCare!

- Mother
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