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Millard KinderCare

Ms. 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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Neighborhood:
Stony Brook

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bryan, Rockwell

Now enrolling for our fall programs!

Welcome

Welcome and thank you for visiting the Millard KinderCare web page! We educate children from ages six 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 provide 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, and we are proud to be part of the accredited centers in Nebraska!

Ms. Kathleen Hicks, 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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

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.

Teachers & Staff

We are proud to provide our families and children with over 156 years of combined early childhood experience. 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 their 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.

  • Ms. Kathleen Hicks

    Ms. Kathleen Hicks, Center Director

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

    Ms. Kathleen began her career in early childhood education in 1993. She started out as a Lead Teacher in the Preschool and the Infant Classrooms prior to getting promoted to Center Director.  Ms. Kathleen has over 24 years of experience in this field, so she brings a lot experience and enthusiasm to this center. She always has an open door policy for everyone who would like to talk--parents, teachers, and children. Ms. 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 Ms. Kathleen to do her job. She takes pride in the fact that, together with her teachers, she helps build skills in children that will assist them for a lifetime.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the KinderCare family, Ms. Kathleen worked with another early childhood education company, where she was a teacher for two years and then was promoted to the Center Director for over 23 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Next Place by Warren Hansen

    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    24
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Missy Bluml

    Ms. Missy Bluml, Assistant Director

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

    Ms. Missy began her career with KinderCare in July of 1990. She started out as a teacher many years ago before being promoted up to the management department, where she has been helping to manage the day-to-day operations of the center. Ms. Missy has seen many children grow up with KinderCare and they always have a big smile and a hug for her, whenever they see her.  Her favorite part about teaching is planning new experiences for the children each day.  She loves how excited the children are when they are discovering new concepts.  She enjoys being on the children's level, watching their excitement as they grow and master a task.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. 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 by Audrey Wood

    Year Started:
    7/1/1990
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Kirstie

    Ms. Kirstie, Infant, Learning Adventures Classrooms

    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! Ms. Kirstie provides a safe, nurturing experience while providing lots of sensory activities to spark those curious minds that are just waiting to be encouraged as they learn. She is one of our openers at our school and ensures that our center is opened up on time and children are greeted with a smile. In addition, Ms. Kirstie is a Learning Adventures Teacher. She guides one-on-one experiences for our children in the areas of phonics, cooking, art, music, and math.

    Year Started:
    10/25/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art in English Education
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Amber is attentive to her younger infants. You can find her on the floor laughing, tickling, and teaching her students to strengthen their motor skills. She offers a safe, clean, and nurturing environment for our infants that sets the foundation of learning about the world around them. She is one of our closers at our center, so her daily communications with parents is a great asset to our families.

    Year Started:
    2/8/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Terra

    Ms. Terra, Infant Classroom

    I love coming to work to see the babies. I enjoy seeing them grow and learn new things.

    Ms. Terra works closely with our children making sure they are safe and busy, and she offers a safe, clean, and nurturing environment for our infants that sets the foundation of learning about the world around them. She is one of our closers at our center, so her daily communication with parents is a great asset to our families. 

    Year Started:
    2/1/2017
  • Ms. Kristin

    Ms. Kristin, Toddler Classroom

    I love the way children's faces light up when they see me and how inquisitive they are about learning something new.

    Ms. Kristin has a love for teaching and brings enthusiasm to her classroom. She is very calm and soft-spoken, and is always down at the children's level. She makes learning fun and exciting for her students while developing their social skills, such as listening, sharing, and cooperation. She implements our Toddler program, which promotes independence while preparing your child for the next exciting phase: Discovery Preschool! 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kristin had worked for KinderCare previously for 12 years before going to another center, where she worked with infants and toddlers for three years before coming back to KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
  • Ms. Emma

    Ms. Emma, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love how excited the children are to be together and learn something new. Their giggles make me smile!

    Ms. Emma has a love for teaching our busy two-year olds. You can find her on the floor laughing and reading, and teaching her students to become lifelong learners. She offers a safe, clean, and nurturing environment for our Discovery Preschool students that builds on the foundation of learning about the world around them. She is one of our closers at our center, so her daily communication with parents is a great asset to our families. She makes learning fun and exciting for her students while developing their social skills, such as listening, sharing, and cooperation. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Emma worked in the early childhood industry for two years before coming to KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Deb

    Ms. Deb, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Deb has over 25 years of tenure and experience working with the children at KinderCare. 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.

    Year Started:
    1/16/1991
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Alicia

    Ms. Alicia, Preschool Classroom

    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 development. This approach gives children the freedom to solve problems as they develop skills in reading, math, and science.

    Year Started:
    9/7/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Mr. Dylan

    Mr. Dylan, Preschool Classroom

    Mr. Dylan has two years of experience working with children in the early childhood education field. He is a kid at heart who encourages children to build positive learning behaviors with each other. He gives the children the freedom to explore their independence as they are mastering their social and emotional skills.

    Year Started:
    11/16/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Mr. Coop

    Mr. Coop, Preschool Classroom

    Mr. Coop is a great addition to our Preschool classroom. He helps our Preschoolers become increasingly familiar with a more organized environment while developing their social and emotional skills. He helps the children be lifelong learners while helping them develop stronger problem-solving skills. 

    Year Started:
    1/13/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • 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 is always down at the children's level. He makes learning fun and exciting for his students while developing their social skills, such as listening, sharing, and cooperation. He implements our Prekindergarten program, which promotes independence while preparing your child for the next exciting phase: Kindergarten!

    Year Started:
    10/21/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies
  • Ms. Dominique

    Ms. Dominique, School Age, Learning Adventures Classrooms

    Ms. Dominique works with our school-age children for our Before- & 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. She is also a Learning Adventure Teacher. She guides one-on-one experiences for our children in the areas of phonics, cooking, art, music, and math.

    Year Started:
    4/29/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Caitlyn

    Ms. Caitlyn, Support Staff

    Ms. Caitlyn works in all of our classrooms in the afternoons. She previously worked as a lead teacher with our Pre-K class before taking time off to be with her daughter. She returned to KinderCare and has lots of exciting ideas and creative projects for our children to do, while maintaining great parent communications during pick-up time. 

    Year Started:
    9/6/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Kristen

    Ms. Kristen, Support Staff

    Ms. Kristen works in all of our classrooms in the afternoons. She worked for KinderCare in our School Age Classroom previously for two years. She works closely with our children making sure they are safe and busy, while maintaining great parent communications during pick-up time. 

    Year Started:
    6/2/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • 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 is one of our openers here at the center and is there to greet everyone with a smile. In addition to opening our center, Ms. Kea provides children a healthy, well-balanced meal each day.

    Year Started:
    9/23/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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. Every 30 minutes throughout the day, each classroom performs name-to-face attendance to ensure all children are accounted for. Secured access to the building is provided through use of a keypad entry system, and the building and playground are fenced. Our on-site Health and Safety Coordinator, Ms. Missy, 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.

We switched from a La Petite Academy to the Millard KinderCare because LPA's staff was either unable or unwilling to deal with my oldest son's emotional outbursts. Almost immediately, the amazing, dedicated, and extremely knowledgeable staff under the leadership of Kathleen Hicks were able to turn it around and my kids are now doing great. The facilities are great, well-organized, and impeccably maintained. The teachers care. They take all of my concerns seriously and address them immediately. They take the time to work with my kids. The professionalism of the staff, both teachers and leadership, is outstanding. I could go on and on, but in the end, know this: If you want your kids to thrive in a loving environment with excellent teachers who simply care, there is only one place to take them to--Millard KinderCare.

- Father

In our quest for a different daycare, my husband and I had certain expectations about the kind of care we wanted for our two-year-old son. We decided to see what the KinderCare in Millard was all about and after 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 children are 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

I have been bringing my children to Millard 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

What do you look for in a daycare? 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 and what do you see? At Millard KinderCare, you will see total involvement of all teachers and children--not once have I seen a child who 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 interactive. Ask about staff turnover...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's staff is wonderful when it comes time for communication about my children. As soon as I walk into each one of my boys’ classrooms, a teacher fills me in on their day. The most important thing I looked for in a daycare 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 anywhere else!

- Mother
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