Melanie Buchele, Center Director
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Welcome to Candlewood KinderCare! We would love to have you come and join our KinderCare family. At our center your child can learn and grow in a creative, fun filled, educational environment. We serve children ages six weeks to twelve years of age. We look forward to meeting you and your family soon!
Melanie Buchele, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The teachers and staff at Candlewood KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. The majority of our teachers have their Child Development Associate's Credential, Associate's Degree or Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or are near completion of their degree program. The Candlewood KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from biannual company 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.
I enjoy working with children everday. Their curiosity with the world makes it easy to create meaningful moments and to help them become life-long learners.
Geoffrey attended San Diego State where he obtained his bachelor degree in Liberal Arts. He also attended San Diego State to complete student teaching and to obtain his elementary teaching credential. Geoffrey was the Prekindergarten teacher at his current KinderCare location for almost eight years before becoming the Assistant Director. The children learn in many different ways in his classroom. He feels it is important to make learning fun because teaching the children is important but teaching the children that learning is fun is just as important to create life-long learners.
I love teaching the children new things everday and the smiles and hugs during the day makes the day great.
Ms. Lacy brings many years of Early Childhood Education to the Discovery Preschool Classroom. Ms. Lacy enjoys completing art with the children in her classroom. What she loves most about teaching is the new things she does with her students everday. The big smiles she gets when she walks into her classroom inspires her to come to work each day.
I love all the relationships I have made with children, families and staff in the last nine years at KinderCare.
In her career at KinderCare, Ms. Kristy has worked in all the programs and had a variety of leadership roles in the company. She feels fortunate in all the positive connections she has made with the families here. She also loves that she gets to take her baby girl to work with her each day. In her current classroom, Ms. Kristy loves to add enhancements and do creative art projects that relate to the current theme. When she is not working she enjoys reading, scrapbooking and spending time with her family and friends.
I love working with children and sharing the love of knowledge. It's the best reward to see their smiling faces and watch them gaining new skills.
Ms. Ally is a fun, loving, and structured person. She loves adding her own lessons into the already wonderful curriculum provided. Her main goal is to provide a home-away-from-home experience where the children feel comfortable to grow and learn.
The thing I loved the most - and still love the most about teaching - is that you can connect with an individual or a group, and see that individual or group exceed their limits. - Mike Krzyzewski
Traci was born and raised in Glenwood, IA, where she had her first job working with children at the age of 17. She moved to Omaha in 2012 and started working at KinderCare. Traci has two great danes and a beautiful baby boy. In her free time she loves hanging out with family, shopping, and relaxing on the couch watching Netflix.
Never miss an opportunity to show children affection - compassion and consideration are essential.
Infants absorb everything around them! Carolyn wants the infants to have the most positive and caring environment possible while still providing a place for the children to learn about themselves and the world around them.
If we wait until we're ready, we'll be waiting for the rest of our lives. -Lemony Snicket
Molly was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. Prior to working at KinderCare, she managed and ran summer camps, and held positions as supervisor, assistant department head, assistant event planner, and site director. Molly is pursuing her bachelor degree in Exercise Science at UNO. In her free time she enjoys concerts and traveling.
What I love is that each child who comes into my room and gets to learn something new that day - even if its not what I wanted them to initially learn - they still are able to take away new knowledge!
When Kali was a child her mom always said she would teach, she never believed her, yet here she is teaching little children about animals, plants, sharing, friendship, and much much more! The children teach Kali just as much as she teaches them. Kali encourages her students to explore and use every moment to assist them in learning or to help them engage in new surroundings.
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss
Kacie enjoys traveling and hanging out with her family and friends. This is Kacie's first job in a childcare setting and she loves working with all the infants, from 6 weeks all the way to 18 month olds. Kacie is furthering her education in the field of Early Childhood Education as she pursues her Bachelor Degree.
You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book." - Dr. Seuss
Ciera moved to Omaha from Phoenix, Arizona one year ago and is very excited to work with the Toddlers here at KinderCare. She has 5 years of experience working in an elementary education setting and is studying Speech Pathology at the University of Phoenix. She fell in love with helping children learn and grow when she worked with first graders at Hopi Elementary in 2011. She is passionate about improving the lives of children and wants to work with children with speech delays to improve their lives. When she is not teaching little ones she is at home with her fiance, training and playing with her puppy, Ody. She also enjoys baking, trying new food, and playing the cello.
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.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
We understand that your child’s health and safety is of the utmost importance which is why it is our top priority! We are dedicated to providing a safe, healthy and clean environment for you and your family. The center has a dedicated Health and Safety coordinator who oversees all state and KinderCare health regulations and cleaning procedures. All center staff are trained on SIDS prevention, Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention, First Aid and CPR. The center office is located in the front of the building and secured access to the building is provided through use of key code entry. The building and playground are completely fenced in with access only from the inside of the building. Our teachers take name to face attendance every 30 minutes to ensure all children are accounted for at all times. Only parent authorized individuals are allowed to take children out of the center and are required to have photo identification. Rest assured, we take the safety of the children in our care very seriously and provide a healthy and safe learning environment.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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