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Orem KinderCare

Ingrid Brouwer, Center Director

765 East 1200 South Orem UT 84097
(801) 226-8970 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Next to University Mall Across from Nordstrom's

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cascade Elementary, Cherry Hills Elementary, Foothill Elementary, Hillcrest Elementarty, Northridge Elementary, Orchard Elementary, Scera Elementary, Sharon Elementary, Vineyard Elementary, Wasatch Elementary, Westridge Elementary, Edgemont Elementary and Noah Webster Academy.

At Orem KinderCare our teachers are dedicated professionals who are passionate about providing excellent care and learning opportunities for the children in our care. Give us a call today to schedule a tour for the opportunity to experience our curriculum and to meet our teachers and center support staff. We look forward to meeting you!

Welcome

Welcome to the Orem KinderCare. Our website is a great first step to getting to know what our experienced and passionate team of teachers have to offer you and your child(ren).

Ingrid Brouwer, Center Director

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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.

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

Our team of teachers brings diversity, dedication, passion and one-hundred thirty years of combined experience in Early Childhood Education.

  • Ingrid Brouwer

    Ingrid Brouwer, Center Director

    You never know what will come out of a child's mouth!

    Todd spent some time in the military as a medic for the Navy.  He was deployed with a Marine unit to Iraq and then to South Korea.  After completing his military service, he got married and now has four children.  He graduated from the University of Utah.  While finishing up his degree he worked for knowledge Universe as a Prekindergarten Teacher.  This is where he really found his passion for teaching young children.  He left Knowledge Universe but continued to be involved in the childcare community as a childcare licensor.  As Todd worked with the State of Utah he inspected close to 100 different centers around the state.  He decided he missed being directly involved with the development of children.  In June of 2014, he went back to Knowledge Universe as a Center Director for the KinderCare in Orem.  In Todd's spare time, he loves to wrestle with his children and go fishing when possible.  He is actively involved in his community and the scouting program.

    Previous Experience:
    Todd has two years of experience in childcare licensing. He was a prior Prekindergarten Teacher, Learning Adventures Teacher and School Age Summer Camp Lead Teacher.
    Year Started:
    6/2/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, Bachelor's of Science in Consumer and Community Studies, Minor in Health Education
  • Jennifer Robbins

    Jennifer Robbins, Assistant Director

    It is important for me to instill in the minds of children that if they believe, they can achieve anything they set out to do.

    For more than 20 years, Jen Robbins has worked in the field of education.  She grew up in Virginia and started her career in early childhood education for KinderCare Learning Centers at the age of 18.  Having been raised in a large family with 16 brothers and sisters, Jen knew she wanted a career in education.  She worked for KinderCare for ten years and decided to take some time off to raise her children.  Although Jen took time to raise her family, she developed a preschool curriculum and performing arts group for her children and neighboring children.  Jen has taught in various positions in education, including elementary education and she was recently a teacher for a private school, teaching middle and high school students.
    Jen came back to the KinderCare family in October, 2014 as a director in training.  She has been working in Orem as an Assistant Director and thoroughly enjoys working with the children, families and teachers at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    I spent ten years with KinderCare from 1989-1999. I also developed preschool curriculum for own children and neighboring children.
    Year Started:
    10/6/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential in 1994 and in the process of renewing the credential
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Health and Safety Coordinator

    I love my job because I love seeing children learn new things and grow.

    Ms. Sarah has been at the Orem KinderCare since February 2013. Before moving to Utah she was an Assistant Director at a KinderCare in Southern California. Prior to taking on the Assistant Director position, Ms. Sarah was the Health and Safety Coordinator and the Learning Adventures teacher at that center. She currently has an Associate's in Arts Degree in Liberal Arts and an Associate's in Arts Degree in Social Sciences. She is continuing her education at Utah Valley University studying Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sarah has previous experience working as a Learning Adventures teacher, Health and Safety Coordinator, Bus Driver, Assistant Director at a previous KinderCare and a Preschool teacher.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2008
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree Liberal Arts and Sciences, Associate's Degree in Social Sciences
  • Ms. Caryn

    Ms. Caryn, Infant Classroom

    I love my job because of the amazing people I work with and the joy of being around all the kids.  I also love that when learning with a child, I get that rewarding smile!

    Ms. Caryn has worked with KinderCare for about a year and a half and has absolutely loved the challenge of always being there for the children in whatever they need; even if it is acting silly, dancing around with a toy on her head.  She has spent most of her life taking care of children and looks forward to every child she can help and teach to grow and learn every day.

    Year Started:
    7/15/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Stacy

    Ms. Stacy, Toddler Classroom

    "Happiness is a good thing but a long face won't get it" - Wilbur Paul Glidewell (my Grandpa)

    Ms. Stacy has always enjoyed spending time with children.  She has 12 nieces and nephews all under the age of ten.  She loves to tell stories, sing songs and listen to the crazy things kids say!  Stacy has a Bachelor's Degree in Family Consumer Studies and Human Development from the University of Utah with a minor in Anthropology.  She is looking to get her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Stacy loves learning about how we grow and develop especially in our relationships.  Family is very important to Stacy and she wants to help strengthen families in every way she can.  Stacy is very positive and friendly!  She is very happy to be working with and is looking forward to wonderful adventures that await her!

    Previous Experience:
    7 months at a children's museum, 7 years retail, 2 1/2 years as supervisor
    Year Started:
    10/26/2014
    Education:
    Family Consumer Studies and Human Development Bachelors of Science
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Toddler Classroom

    Every time I meet a child, I think about how many dreams they must have and who they want to become. It truly is inspiring to me and very touching that I get to encourage them on their journey and play a small part in the search for self discovery. I have always treasured the arts and it has made an amazing impact on my life. My goal is to introduce more of this practice in daily activities. I feel art is a true communication of the heart, especially for a child.

    Ms. Stephanie became our Toddler Teacher in 2014 and is an excellent addition to our teaching team.  She graduated from Brigham Young University in Idaho with her Bachelor's of Science in University Studies with minors in Home and Family and Child Development.  She looks forward to getting to know your children better and helping them learn and develop new life skills.

    Year Started:
    10/27/2014
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science in University Studies with Minors in Home & Family and Child Development
  • Ms. Britney, Discovery Preschool

    I love working with kids and watching them learn and grow!  It's so exciting to see the progress that the kids make everyday.  It is impossible to have a bad day when you walk into your classroom and there are a dozen smiling, laughing kids ready to learn and play!

    Ms. Britney has only been at the center for a short time but she has been working with children of all ages since she was 12.  She has taken many childhood development classes and plans to pursue a career in elementary education.  Ms. Britney enjoys working with the children and is a firm believer that art projects and treats make learning more fun!

    Previous Experience:
    Three years at 24 Hour Fitness Kids One year as a Nanny Endless Babysitting!
    Year Started:
    1/6/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love being such a big influence on little minds!  Watching them grow and learn is very rewarding.

    Ms. Nicole has been working at KinderCare since March 2012 and in the Early Childhood Education industry for nine years. She took Early Childhood Education courses for her technical education in high school and has also studied American Sign Language, including infant signing. She's also taken courses in Child Health, Safety and Nutrition. She is currently taking courses to obtain her Child Development Associate's credential.  While at KinderCare, Ms. Nicole has been teaching the two-years-old children in the Discovery Preschool class. In her classroom she likes to incorporate hands-on learning. The children learn through storytelling, art and even dance. Ms. Nicole likes to make learning exciting and fun!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nicole has worked as a two-year-old teacher for six years, a teacher for children 18 months to three-years-old for three years and has also taught School Age summer camps.
    Year Started:
    3/20/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Vocational Technology; Training for Early Care and Education I and II
  • Ms. Kyndra

    Ms. Kyndra, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love to see the children grasp a new concept.  I enjoy seeing them get excited about what we are doing.  Working with these amazing children and families is the best part of my job!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kyndra has worked in many Preschools with a wide age range of children in Idaho.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Child Development, Associate's Degree in Preschool Education
  • Ms. Corinne, Preschool Classroom

    We need more kindness, compassion, joy and laughter.  I definitely want to contribute to that.  - Ellen Degeneres

    Corinne has been here since February.  She has spent two years in a preschool setting.  She enjoys letting the children participate in every way they can as well as letting them explore things that appeal to the individual child.

    Previous Experience:
    Taught preschool
    Year Started:
    2/16/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
  • Ms. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney, Preschool Classroom

    I am passionate about creativity and doing my best to support, teach and help every child.

    Ms. Courtney is a new teacher to our center.  She has been teaching in the Early Childhood Education field for 3 1/2 years and has previously taught at two other preschools.  Ms. Courtney has a Bachelors of Science degree in Communications from Brigham Young University - Idaho.  She enjoys creating artwork with the children she teaches as well as working with them to make sure each child gets to learn based on their own individuality.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously taught at two Preschools; one in Utah and one in California. Has also worked in a daycare setting.
    Year Started:
    10/6/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science in Communications, ECE training
  • Ms. Alice

    Ms. Alice, Prekindergarten

    Hello friends, I'm Ms. Alice.  Since I was a little girl, people have called on me to babysit.  I've always known I wanted to be a teacher.  I started teaching two years ago, a classroom of 4 and 5 years olds, in Layton, Utah.  I'm so excited to be here at KinderCare and work with your children!

    Previous Experience:
    Taught Prekindergarten for two years.
    Year Started:
    1/5/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
  • Ms. Tia

    Ms. Tia, Kindergarten Classroom

    I love my job because I love working with children and seeing the light in their eyes when they finally understand a concept.

    Ms. Tia grew up in a large family so she was always surrounded by kids.  She knew she wanted to be a teacher from a young age.  In college, she pursued a degree in elementary education.  Her student teaching was done at Zaharis Elementary in Arizona, where she learned how to make learning fun and engaging for students.  She hopes to have many years of success working with children.

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny, Tuxedo Park Preschool in New York, Zaharis Elementary School in Arizona, Desert Ridge
    Year Started:
    2/9/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Andrea

    Ms. Andrea, Kitchen

    Life the life you love and love the life you live.

    Andrea has been working with us since February 2015.  She has been working as a chef for over 5 years now.  She enjoys cooking for others and is passionate about food.  Andrea takes pride in her work and is always open to feedback.

    Previous Experience:
    Five years of previous job experience
    Year Started:
    2/2/2015
  • Ms. Melanie

    Ms. Melanie, Floater

    The thing I love the most is when I teach a child something new, and then I see them use it on their own.

    Ms. Melanie has been working for KinderCare for three years.  She started at the Draper center then transferred down to the Orem KinderCare in February 2014 because she decided to continue her education at Utah Valley University.  Ms. Melanie enjoys spending her time at KinderCare working with all ages!

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny for four years
    Year Started:
    2/12/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Ms. Lindsay, Support Staff

    Ms. Lindsay has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She has worked for ten years as a preschool teacher for Headstart before joining our KinderCare team.

    Previous Experience:
    Ten years at Headstart
    Year Started:
    1/20/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Support Staff

    I love the kids!  They are eager to learn and teach me so much.  Their thirst for knowledge is what makes me excited to teach!

    Ms. Michelle joined our KinderCare family in 2013 and is a great addition!  She believes that the best part about her class is the unity.  She helps support children to learn about themselves and how to help one another make the world a better place.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Elementary Education
  • Ms. Robin

    Ms. Robin, Bus Driver / Support Staff

    I love watching the children learn and grow!

    Ms. Robin has been at KinderCare for 3 1/2 years. She has spent most of her time in the Toddler and Discovery Preschool rooms. She is working on getting her Child Development Associates Credential.  Ms. Robin loves working with the children, watching them learn new things and grow over the years.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Robin is a mother to three active boys.
    Year Started:
    3/10/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 1/2 years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential

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About Our Center

Thank-you for visiting the Orem KinderCare website! Our intention is for it to serve as a useful resource, to help you get to know our experienced and passionate team of teachers and directors.

-Todd Harper, Center Director

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish
  • Grenadian Creole

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

The health and safety of children is something we pride ourselves in. Our entire staff has cleared thorough background screenings and is required to have CPR/First Aid and food handler's certification. The building has a secured entry and the outside doors are always locked. We have a dedicated health and safety coordinator who is committed to monitoring our center on a daily basis to maintain our high standards

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