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West Center KinderCare

Ms. 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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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Morton, Harvey Oaks

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 here to help him or her succeed. We're excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Ms. Claire Conrad, 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

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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?

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 college degrees or are working toward achieving them. The staff participates 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.

  • Ms. Claire Conrad

    Ms. Claire Conrad, Center Director

    Ms. Claire obtained her associate 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, Ms. Claire was an assistant at our Bellevue KinderCare location. Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Claire was a store manager for American Eagle and worked at her son's preschool.
    Year Started:
    3/17/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Erica Dryer, Assistant Director

    Ms. Erica loves to spend time with her family, playing soccer, reading, and camping. She has two kids, Keagan and Charlotte, who both attend West Center KinderCare. 

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Erica worked for the YMCA, where she spent six years as a Director in three different locations. She was also a lifeguard, swim instructor, and Preschool Teacher with them.
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Pschology
  • 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 lives--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 Classroom at West Center KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lori has experience as a Lead Preschool Teacher, Lead Twos & Toddler Teacher, Paraprofessional for Public Schools, Assistant Director, and has run her own home daycare.
    Year Started:
    1/6/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22
  • Ms. Chelsea, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Chelsea has worked with kids for five years. She is currently pursuing a degree in graphic design from University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she has one year left. She loves to hang out with her family and friends, and one of her favorite hobbies is DIY projects!

    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design (In Progress)
  • Ms. Erin, Infant Classroom

    Prior to joining our KinderCare team, Ms. Erin taught prekindergarten for seven 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 six children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Erin has also taught prekindergarten.
    Year Started:
    7/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Sarah has worked with young preschoolers for over eight 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:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Dani

    Ms. Dani, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Dani has her associate's degree in drug and alcohol counseling and a bachelor's degree 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.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining the KinderCare team, Ms. Dani worked as a Child Behavioral Specialist for Behaven Kids.
    Year Started:
    10/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Science; Associate's Degree in Drug and Alcohol Counseling
  • Ms. Shamica

    Ms. Shamica, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Shamica has a five-year-old son and one-year-old daughter who attend West Center KinderCare. She is currently working on her associate's degree in early childhood education. She has taught infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. 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:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Tashia, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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 just moved back into the Prekindergarten position and loves being back with the older kids. 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 Degree and Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education
  • Ms. Thresa

    Ms. Thresa, Staff Member

    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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Office Technologies
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Cook

    Ms. Linda has worked at KinderCare for more than 17 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
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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: 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, 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 a keypad entry system. 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 they 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.

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I come from the North West Omaha location that closed. We were there for over three years and I was very afraid to bring my four 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 had 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 know. The staff here at KinderCare is amazing and we are so grateful to them for taking us in!

- Mother

Everyone at West Center 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.

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