Stephanie Wood, Center Director
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Welcome to your Overland Park KinderCare. Please look around our homepage and see all the great opportunities we have to offer. We would love to have your family come into our center for a tour so we can show you first hand the quality program we provide to our students. We pride ourselves on building relationships with students and their families so we hope to be a long-lasting friendship with you and your family. Please call us to schedule a tour of our program or feel free to just stop by at your convenience. We look forward to meeting your family, and welcoming you to ours!
Stephanie Wood, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KinderCare Overland Park is proud of all of our experienced and dedicated teachers. Our school has several long term teachers, an infant teacher with 28 years, a toddler with 15 years, a twos teacher and assistant director with ten years teaching experience at this location! Teachers are trained and educated each year with the latest trends in early childhood education. Teachers are CPR and First Aid certified. Please come in and meet this amazing teaching staff and let them share with you the wonderful and balanced curriculum that they create each day in their classroom.
100 Years From Now It will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in or how much money I had. But the world may be a little bit better because I WAS IMPORTANT IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD
Ms. Stephanie enjoys working with children and feels it is what she was born to do. She feels even on your grumpiest day a child can always bring a smile to one's face. Ms. Stephanie is the mom to five children. Her oldest is a college graduate and her youngest is in first grade, so needless to say she is always on the go but wouldn't have it any other way.
When our little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it is our job to share our calm, not join in their chaos.
Ms. Gretchen has always had jobs working with children- in church, babysitting, through practicums in college, and now for over ten years with Kindercare! She loves hearing what funny things they say everyday, how they use their imaginations and are so creative, and seeing milestones happen! She loves music and has her degree in Music Education from Northwest Missouri State University. She directs her church choir and loves to spend time with her family!
Karina has been in the field for a year. She is currently enrolled in a Child Development Associate program through Rasmussen College. She has two children and enjoys spending time with her family.
I love early childhood education because it gives children the chance to learn and create using fun activities.
Ms. Sandy has been with KinderCare since 1988. She is a great asset to our center. She is a wonderful Infant teacher who really enjoys getting down on the floor and playing with the babies.
Janetta moved over to us from the Olathe Kindercare center in May 2014. She has a son who attends our center.
I am loving my job day by day as it is rewarding me with full smiles from little faces and enabling me with more to expand those smiles everyday.
Ms. Narbada creates a fun atmosphere for our Preschoolers. It is truly a joy to listen to her sing songs with them at group time!
I love working with children everyday and watching them grow. I believe any child can learn if given the opportunity. Seeing the look on their faces when they learn or experience something new is the best reward for me.
Lorriane has been with KinderCare since May of 2015. She attended Kansas City Kansas Community College where she received an Associates in Science. She has a bachelors of Integrated Studies from Emporia State University although most of her courses were in education. Lorriane enjoys working with children especially in the areas of science and art. These two subjects inspire children to ask questions and be creative which leads to learning in all areas of the curriculum.
Shelly joined Kindercare in May 2014. She has been in the Early Childhood Education field for more than 10 years. She was a toddler teacher at a Montessori school in Kansas City, Kansas for about 10 years. She comes to Kindercare full of energy and excitement about building relationships and helping your child learn!
What I love best about my job is teaching Toddlers things that they will use every day!
Ms. Dawn has experience with a lot of the aspects of our center, but has found her "home" in our young toddler classroom. She is great at helping your child grow by making the transition from infant to toddler as smooth as possible. For example Ms. Dawn does an excellent job introducing new foods and big kid sippy cups.
I love being greeted by my class and seeing them excited to be here every day!
Ms. Megan is one of the most well-loved teachers we have here at our center. She has a special way of developing relationships with the children in her care that last far beyond the short time that she has them in her classroom.
Ms. Megan is also the Health and Safety Coordinator for our school.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
We have a secure entry which a person must have the code in order to enter the building. We also check identification on every person we are not familiar with when they arrive to pick up a child. Our staff is certified in CPR and First Aid. Our goal is to keep your child safe as well as others in the center as well as providing an exciting learning experience!
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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