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West Center KinderCare

Claire Conrad, Center Director

15990 Elm St. Omaha NE 68130
(402) 334-7025 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
1 Block S of 160th & W Center Rd

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Morton Elementary Harvey Oaks Elementary

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Welcome

We are conveniently located south of Center Street and 160 Street in Omaha, Nebraska. The open floor concept of our classrooms allows for every activity and lesson to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You'll also find that our classrooms feature a print rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children's literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we're helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we're excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Claire Conrad, 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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

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 here at West Center KinderCare are passionate about nurturing the children and ensuring they reach their growth and development levels. They take pride in helping develop young minds and seeing the new things they learn each day. The majority of our staff have their Child Development Associate's credential, Bachelor's degree or Master's degree, or are working towards them. The staff participate in a biannual company professional development training to further their knowledge in the education field. At the end of each day, our teachers success can be contributed to their confidence and their love of teaching and learning

  • Claire Conrad

    Claire Conrad, Center Director

    While we try to teach our children about the world, our children teach us what the world is really about.

    Claire obtained her Child Development Associate's Credential. She is passionate about providing quality care for families and children. She is excited to lead a program that our teachers and families are proud of. She looks forward to building family engagement and making the center one of the best in the area. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children Kaius, Landon, and Presley.

    Previous Experience:
    Before becoming a director Claire was an assistant at our Bellevue KinderCare location. Prior to joining KinderCare Claire was a store manager for American Eagle and worked at her son's preschool.
    Year Started:
    3/17/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Melanie Buchele

    Melanie Buchele, Assistant Director

    I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." –Maya Angelou

    Melanie is currently working towards her Child Development Associate's Credential. She is excited to be a part of an expanding program and is dedicated to giving all families a unique childcare experience. She believes that creating a fun and educational environment for our children will help to engage them and prepare them for the future. In her spare time Melanie loves to travel and also enjoys spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Before working at KinderCare Melanie spent 8 years in retail where she was most recently a store manager for American Eagle.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt
    Year Started:
    3/21/2016
    Education:
    Currently obtaining her childcare associate credential
  • A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning

    Ms. Kristen has been working with children for the last 5 years. Prior to working at Kindercare, she went to Wayne State College to pursue a degree in Elementary Education which she completed in December of 2015.

    Year Started:
    6/2/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Thresa

    To thine own self be true. Pick your battles. Don't sweat the small stuff.

    Ms Thresa enjoys water volleyball in the pool, road trips in the "hot rod" and spending time with her husband of 24 years and their 4 kids.

    Year Started:
    1/19/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Office Technologies
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Be the change you wish to see in the world.

    Ms. Sarah has worked with young preschoolers for over 8 years. Ms.Sarah was a foster mom for two years. She enjoys watching the children in her room learn and grow. When she is not working she enjoys running, taking road trips and being with her husband.

    Year Started:
    11/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Currently obtaining her Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. CoCo, Infant Classroom

  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Infant Classroom

    I've always enjoyed teaching children to be kind to one another!! Be as involved as you can in your children's life - they will always remember those moments!

    Ms. Lori is a devoted wife of 23 years and is blessed with two amazing daughters. At an early age she began babysitting and quickly realized that she loved children! She has worked as a lead teacher in the Discovery Preschool, Toddler and Infant classrooms while at KinderCare. After she had her second daughter she started an in-home daycare. When her second daughter started Preschool, Ms. Lori moved on from the in-home daycare to work full-time at their elementary school. She worked in the kitchen at the elementary school as well as the Assistant Director for the after school program. She worked in the elementary school setting for seven years, KinderCare for three-and-a-half years, Rosewood Academy for one-and-a-half years, and has now returned to KinderCare to teach in the Infant room at West Center KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Lead Preschool Teacher Lead Twos & Toddler teacher Paraprofessional for Public Schools Assistant Director Business Owner of Home Daycare
    Year Started:
    1/6/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
  • Ms. Tashia, Infant Classroom

    If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way the child can learn." Ignacio Estrada

    Ms. Tashia started at KinderCare as a Prekindergarten teacher at our Bellevue location. She moved over to this location to help the center grow and achieve accreditation. Ms. Tashia is currently an infant teacher but enjoys filling in with the older children when needed. In her spare time she enjoys shopping, sports, and spending time with her wife and their dog google.

    Year Started:
    9/14/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Master's and Bachelor's Degree in Physicial Education
  • Ms. Dani

    Ms. Dani, Preschool Classroom

    Patience is bitter, but it's fruit is sweet." Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    Before joining the Kindercare team Ms.Dani worked as a child behavioral specialist for Behaven Kids. Ms.Dani has her Associate's degree in Drug and Alcohol counseling and Bachelor's in Behavioral Science. Ms.Dani loves watching children learn new things. In her free time she likes to spend time with her husband, her stepson Tyler, and her daughter Hannah. She enjoys bowling, spending time outside, singing karaoke, and watching shows on Netflix.

    Year Started:
    10/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Behavioral Science
  • Ms. Erica

    Ms. Erica, School Age Classroom

    Your brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes you can steer yourself any direction you choose." -Dr. Seuss

    Ms. Erica loves to spend time with her family, playing soccer, reading and camping. She has 2 kids, Keagan (3) and Charlotte (8 months) who both attend West Center Kindercare. Prior to Kindercare Ms. Erica worked for the YMCA where she spent 6 years as a director in 3 different locations. She was also a lifeguard, swim instructor and preschool teacher with them.

    Year Started:
    4/18/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Pschology
  • Ms. Erin, Toddler Classroom

    The first 5 years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out!

    Prior to joining our Kindercare team, Ms. Erin taught Pre Kindergarten for 7 years. Throughout her 17 years of child care experience she has worked with special needs and behavioral children of all ages. Ms. Erin enjoys spending time wither her family and is the mother of 6 children.

    Year Started:
    7/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Kortni, Infant Classroom

    Teachers who love teaching, Teach children to love learning.

    Prior to starting with KinderCare Ms.Kortni worked at Behaven Kids as the assistant program cordinator supervising the day and the treatment floor. She has worked with children for over 7 years and enjoys seeing the growth of each child. Kortni has her Bachelor's degree in Pshchology and will be pursing her Master's degree in school counseling. Korti likes to spend her spare time with her husband, their son Maddox, and their two dogs!

    Year Started:
    6/9/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Psychology
  • Ms. Shamica

    Ms. Shamica, Preschool Classroom

    A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove... but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child. ~Forest E. Witcraft (1894-1967, Teacher, Scholar)

    Ms. Shamica has a 5 year old son and 1 year old daughter who attend West Center KinderCare. She is currently working on her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has taught in infants, todds, and preschool. She loves to teach preschoolers the most to see them learn and work with them on their beginning stages of writing and literacy.  Someday she would like run/own a child care center.

    Year Started:
    2/6/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Center Cook

    It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice. ~John Cassis

    Ms. Linda has worked at KinderCare for more than seventeen years. She has been married for 43 years and has a daughter and a son. She likes crafting and likes to travel.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Linda worked as an Adult Psych Tech and was a Behavioral Paraprofessional for eight years.
    Year Started:
    8/19/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential

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

As part of the largest privately owned Early Childhood Education and care provider in the country, we're pioneering the practice of developing the whole child - of giving each child the skills he or she needs to excel socially, emotionally, physically and, most importantly, intellectually.
We believe a whole child is a happy child!
 

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

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, helathy 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 indentification.  Rest assured, we take the safety of the children in our care very seriously and provide a healthy and safe learning environment.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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I come from the North West Omaha location that closed. We were there for over 3 years and I was very afraid to bring my 4 children to a new center. We toured this location and made the transfer. I have to say that the staff has treated us as if we have never left KinderCare. I am so glad the team is kind, loving, and genuinely concerned with the well-being of the parents and our children. I have worked with children for over 15 years and you just can't fake it, as we the parents just know. The staff here at KinderCare is amazing and we are so grateful to them for taking us in!

- mother

Everyone at KinderCare is so willing to go the extra mile to make sure my two girls are cared for in their own way. I see evidence of learning through my children and I am always impressed with the methods of teaching. I know each day when I drop the girls off that they will not only have fun and learn, but will be well cared for.

- Mother

The staff at the West Center KinderCare is a part of our family. Their sense of care and concern is incredible. I would not trust any other staff of ladies to work with my child.

- Mother
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