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West Dodge KinderCare

Jewel Miller, Center Director

520 North 152nd Avenue Circle Omaha NE 68154
(402) 445-8000 Contact this center

Ages: 6 WEEKS to 12 YEARS
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Neighborhood:
Pepperwood

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Aldrich and Grace Abbott

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Welcome

Welcome to West Dodge KinderCare. Our experts designed our classrooms — and 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!

Jewel Miller, Center Director

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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! 

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.

Teachers & Staff

  • Jewel Miller

    Jewel Miller, Center Director

    Jewel's passion is quality care for young children, teaching and molding them to be successful in the future.  For fun, Jewel enjoys being with her family doing any type of outdoor activity.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the KinderCare Learning Center, Jewel was the Program Director at a church affiliated Child Development Center. She was a Center Director in Kansas and did some consulting for centers in North Carolina, Kansas, Nebraska, Florida, South Dakota, and Louisiana.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    10/3/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Education, Early Childhood Education continuing education units
  • Miss Morgan Koubek

    Miss Morgan Koubek, Assistant Director

    Morgan was born in Nebraska, but grew up all over the country. She is very outgoing and enjoys finding the little things that make life fun.  She has a furry child of her own named Rocky and considers her KinderCare kids a part of her own family.  

    Previous Experience:
    Morgan previously worked in and around most of Omaha and Lincoln with KinderCare as a teacher, program specialist, assistant director, and acting center director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Williams

    Year Started:
    3/12/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6+
    Education:
    Associate in Child Youth and Family Studies
  • Ms. Kortni L.

    Ms. Kortni L., Program Specialist

    Previously Kortni was the Assistant Program Coordinator at Daybreak. Since then, she has worked at KinderCare as a teacher as well as Assistant Director. Kortni loves being able to see the kids learn and grow each day. For fun, she loves spending time with her husband and son.  

    Previous Experience:
    Behaven Kids - Assistant Program Coordinator
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    6/9/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Ms. Dawn S.

    Ms. Dawn S., Infant Classroom

    Dawn started her education in the United Kingdom. After moving to the USA, she decided to further her education by continuing onto college in New York, and then completing at Omaha, Nebraska. Dawn was a member of her High School Honor Society and made the dean's list in college for eight consecutive semesters. Living in the United States has provided Dawn with the opportunity to grow and develop, both in her personal and professional life, accomplishing many successful careers, however the most rewarding has been in the childcare industry.  Dawn has come to love working with children of all ages. Dawn also hopes to continue working and being an advocate for children's rights, fulfilling a life long dream. 

    Previous Experience:
    Dawn joined KinderCare in May of 2016. Dawn previously interned at Daybreak for two semesters, where she gained hands on training knowledge in the groundbreaking behavior modification treatment program.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

    Year Started:
    5/2/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 +
    Education:
    Associate in Human Science, Pre-Nursing, and Business Administration
  • Ms. Cassie T.

    Ms. Cassie T., Toddler Classroom

    Cassie has had seven years of childcare experience working with all ages. She loves working with children because of the changes and growth that can be seen in every child, every day. She also loves spending time with her husband, dog, cat and hanging with family and friends. She also loves Husker football. 

    Previous Experience:
    Cassie has previously worked at Rosewood Academy and Millard Public Schools Foundation Early Childhood Center
    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

    Year Started:
    3/27/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education and Bachelor in Rehabilitation Studies
  • Ms. Rebecka M.

    Ms. Rebecka M., Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Rebecka has two years of experience in childcare and has been babysitting since she was 14. She loves kids and watching them grow. She also has three very young siblings who she enjoys spending time with. She also loves seeing the impact she has on children and their development.

    Previous Experience:
    Rebecka has previously worked at Olive Crest Learning Center and Premiere Academy
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete The Cat books

    Year Started:
    3/20/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Currently attending Metro for Early Childhood and then plans to continue on to University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • Ms. Shamika B.

    Ms. Shamika B., Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Shamika is excited to be joining KinderCare. She has a passion for children, especially toddlers. During her free time, she enjoys reading, visiting the zoo and spending time with her children.  

    Previous Experience:
    Shamika has previously worked at Premier Academy as a mobile infant teacher and also at Olive Crest as a toddler teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear.

    Year Started:
    3/27/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over a year
    Education:
    Associate in Business Management
  • Ms. Kristy

    Ms. Kristy, Preschool Classroom

    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, scrap-booking and spending time with her family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kristy has held director and assistant director positions at KinderCare. She worked as a Substitute teacher for Fremont Public Schools. She has also worked as a prekindergarten teacher in another childcare facility for four years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Curious George

    Year Started:
    3/21/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 +
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Art and Education (Field Endorsement in K-12 Art, Concentration in Commercial Art)
  • Mrs. Kamina L.

    Mrs. Kamina L., Prekindergarten Classroom

    Kamina is excited to join the team at KinderCare. She is a wife and mother of four, as well as a community volunteer in her spare time.  

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    4/10/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Master in Brain Research with an emphasis in Brain-Based Teaching
  • Ms. Jacqueline S.

    Ms. Jacqueline S., Floater

    Before coming to KinderCare, Jacqueline was working at PSN caring for disabled adults. She has a big heart for helping people and has always worked with children whenever she could. Jacqueline is currently going to school for a degree in Non-Profit. When she is not working, she loves spending time at home with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Jacqueline previously interned in children's ministry at Bridge Church.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

    Year Started:
    4/3/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
  • Ms. Jalisa P.

    Ms. Jalisa P., Health and Safety Coordinator and Learning Adventures

    Jalisa has been with KinderCare for over six years. She enjoys watching children grow and learn new and exciting things.

    Previous Experience:
    Jalisa has worked previously as a toddler teacher, a two year old teacher, and infant teacher. Jalisa has also been a health and safety coordinator for over two years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    4/11/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education and currently enrolled in AAMA Medical Assistant program
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Cook

    Ms. Susan has over 26 years of tenure, educating the children at KinderCare. She is one of our openers, here at the center and is there to greet everyone with a smile and a perky, good morning! In addition to opening our center, she helps our toddlers learn through hands-on experiences and discovery. She provides a safe, nurturing environment where little ones can safely explore the bigger world around them.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1985
    Tenure:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32

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! 

Friday June 16, 2017
Desserts With Dad!

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Please come join us in celebration of Father's Day 2017! Finally you can have your cake and eat it too, just bring your dad.

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • 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

At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent / guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

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