Lianne McMahon, Center Director
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Our center is now accepting enrollments for the fall season. Please contact us today to schedule your tour!
We are NAC Accredited!
Accredited programs exemplify excellence in the care and education of young children. These programs meet the Commission's high quality standards in the following ways:
Lianne McMahon, 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.
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.
Our loving and devoted professionals at KinderCare are passionate about teaching and caring for young children. As a high quality child development program, our teachers exceed state minimum standards for education level and ongoing professional development. Their lifelong love of learning is evident in their desire to stay abreast of new research and teaching techniques. Families meet with teachers three times per year to review their child’s progress, which is documented in our developmentally appropriate assessments, portfolios, and anecdotal notes about daily achievements. We feel privileged to work alongside families to form supportive and cooperative partnerships.
Lianne joined our KinderCare family in October of 1981. She left briefly in 2003, only to return in 2009. Lianne has been working with young children for over 25 years. She enjoys spending time with her two children. As a family, they love to travel to warm places! When she is not traveling, Lianne loves to read, work on puzzles, and is always starting home improvement projects. Lianne looks forward to work everyday! Children are full of surprises and are constantly growing and changing. She loves to watch their day to day development and at the end of the day, she loves visiting with the parents.
Every child is an artist. - Pablo Picasso
Taylor has worked with children since she was in high school and has worked her way up. Taylor started at KinderCare as a toddler teacher in 2012, moving up to closing manager in 2014. Recently in the winter of 2015 Taylor was promoted to Assistant Director. Taylor has her CDA (child development associates) from Rasmussen.
Rachelle has a wide variety of experience in different types of environments. She has worked in a Montessori school setting. She is a certified trainer to work with Behaviorial children. She has been a dance instructor and youth leader. Rachelle loves working with children of all ages. She enjoys making a difference and watching children learn and develop. This makes all the time, energy and efforts WORTH IT!
Mesha really enjoys working with the older age groups. She has so much fun trying new activties and projects with them. In her spare time Mesha likes to watch movies!
Mel is married with two children a son and a daughter. She has a total of five grandchildren, 3 girls and 2 boys. She started working for KinderCare in 2004.
Kelley is originally from KCMO. She started working at the Manhattan KS Kindercare in 1988. She relocated to our center in 1999. Kelley has 3 children, 1 boy and 2 girls. Kelley loves working with children and looks forward to each new day because you never have the same day!
Terri loves being outdoors, camping, fishing and gardening!
Judy is a mother of two children, ages 23 and 18. Her favorite colors are tan, navy and purple. On her down time she loves to spend time with her Fiance and her children. Her hobbies are walking, thrift shopping and decorating.
Megan loves watching movies, eating, really eating! She's a foodie. She loves old school R&B music and Reggae. She has been teaching dance for almost 13 years and her main goal is to open her own dance theater studio.
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.
Our center observes the following holidays and closings:
News Years Day
2 Professional In-Service Days- Feb. and Oct.
4th of July
Thanksgiving Day and the day after.
We have a key pad secured entry, doors locked at all times, and a fully fenced play area, including a separate fenced area for the toddlers and two's.
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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