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Overland Park KinderCare

Ms. Stephanie Wood, Center Director

11842 West 112th St. Overland Park KS 66210
(913) 451-6066 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Heatherstone, Walnut Grove, Indian Valley

Welcome

Welcome to our Nationally Accredited Overland Park KinderCare! Our school is nestled on a quiet street a couple of blocks off of the corner of College and Quivira with easy access to 435 and Highway 69. Our tenured and educated teachers take pride in ensuring your child is immersed in a loving and nurturing environment that fosters a love of learning. We are more than a daycare and/or child care center; we are a school that has been nationally recognized for providing exceptional curriculum designed to meet each child’s individual needs. According to new data, kindergarten students who experience our high-quality early childhood education were on average four months ahead of their peers nationally. The study was conducted using Terra Nova, a widely used standardized assessment tool. These findings are consistent with other assessments, including previous results from the Maryland Model for School Readiness, which measures the impact that our learning programs have on children. Students enrolled in KinderCare centers for more than one year yielded even higher scores. We invite you to experience the accreditation difference by scheduling a tour at our school.

Ms. Stephanie Wood, 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

May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

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

Overland Park KinderCare is proud of all of our experienced and dedicated teachers. Our school has several long-term teachers, including an Infant Teacher with a tenure of 28 years, a Toddler Teacher with a tenure of 15 years, and a Discovery Preschool Teacher and Assistant Director who both have ten years of 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.

  • Ms. Stephanie Wood, Center Director

    Ms. Stephanie enjoys working with children and feels it is what she was born to do. She feels even on her 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!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stephanie has worked in many different areas of the early childhood field, in both public and private school districts as well as private and corporate preschool.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Stephanie's Ponytail by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    5/18/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sandy

    Ms. Sandy, Infant Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1998
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
  • Ms. Karina

    Ms. Karina, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Karina has been a part of our Overland Park KinderCare family for two years now. She has been in the early childhood education field for three years and loves working to meet each individual child's needs. She has two children and enjoys spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Karina has previous experience in other preschool settings.
    Year Started:
    1/27/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Dawn

    Ms. Dawn, Toddler Classroom

    "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.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1992
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Shelly

    Ms. Shelly, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Shelly joined KinderCare in May 2014. She has been in the early childhood education field for more than ten years. She was a Toddler Teacher at a Montessori school in Kansas City, Kansas for about ten years. She comes to KinderCare full of energy and excitement about building relationships and helping your child learn!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shelly has 11 years of experience teaching at a Montessori school.
    Year Started:
    5/21/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Lorriane

    Ms. Lorriane, Toddler Classroom

    I love working with children every day 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.

    Ms. Lorriane has been with KinderCare since May of 2015. She attended Kansas City Kansas Community College, where she received an associate's degree in science. She has a bachelor's degree in integrated studies from Emporia State University, although most of her courses were in education. Ms. 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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lorriane has provided evening and overnight child care for infants through seven years old in her home. She has also taught toddlers and Pre-K in a church preschool, and worked in an after-school program (K-6th grade).
    Year Started:
    8/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Science; Bachelor's Degree in Integrated Studies
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
  • Ms. Narbada

    Ms. Narbada, Preschool Classroom

    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 every day.

    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!

    Year Started:
    1/13/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Janetta

    Ms. Janetta, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Janetta loves the outdoors and also enjoys doing crafts of all kinds! Watching the children express themselves through their artwork always puts a smile on her face. Ms. Janetta is working toward completing her bachelor's degree in early childhood education and has been a member of the KinderCare family since 2013!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

    Year Started:
    4/10/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Jessica loves group time with the children and having group discussions with them. Ms. Jessica also enjoys teaching the children the alphabet and practicing what sounds letters make.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Jessica worked with children as an elementary school substitute and a paraprofessional in kindergarten.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    2/29/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education (In Progress)

Upcoming Center Activities

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May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

Thursday May 04, 2017
Spring Picture Day

Monday May 29, 2017
Center Closed for Memorial Day

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Nepali, Newari

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • 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

Your children are our number one priority and we take all precautions in our daily routine. For instance, we have an on-site Health and Safety Coordinator who keeps our center up to date with monthly drills, along with making sure we have adequate first aid supplies at our center. We check photo identification of anybody picking up a child and check it against the pick-up list. Our center has an electronic keypad system to gain access to the facility. All of our center staff members are First Aid and CPR certified.  

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 think Overland Park KinderCare is great, my kids are excelling so much at this school! My daughter enjoys going to school and my son is learning a lot as well. I think the teachers are well-trained and the staff is excellent, always warm and welcoming! I would recommend this school to anyone!

- Parent

The Overland Park KinderCare staff provides such a caring and nurturing environment for my son and our family. They are always there with friendly, helping hands. I love how curriculum is followed with all of the projects that are combined with it.

- Parent

I trust Overland Park KinderCare with our most precious treasure: our beautiful daughter. The staff has been wonderful! I am very thankful I found them years ago. As a parent, it is critical to make the best choices possible for our child. This was the best choice and I would highly recommend KinderCare to anyone looking for the right place they can count on.Thank you for all your help. I think you have done a fantastic job!

- Parents

I have to admit that when I changed daycare centers on the first of 2013 for my grandson, I saw the biggest change in his behavior--for the better. He has matured beyond words during these past months and has learned so much. He is actually teaching me new songs. The staff has been wonderful to work with and is in tune with each of the children. If there are ever any issues, they are discussed privately, which I respect. It's always fun when I drop off or pick up my grandson and the other children call me Grandma and give me hugs or pictures that they have drawn for me. My grandson has made so many friends at KinderCare and now wants to have play dates.Thank you, KinderCare, for all that you have provided for my grandson and me. You are the best!

- Grandmother

"Mommy, home" is what my son blurts out when we pull up in the KinderCare parking lot. I say, "Yeah, this is your second home!" Then out comes a very energetic, giggly "yes!" We have been going there since he was eight weeks old, and I have never once been worried about him a day that he's been there. We all know daycare is a pretty penny, but to know that your child is genuinely taken care of and loved by these teachers is priceless. Trusting your child in the hands of someone else is scary, especially when it's your first child. When we stepped in the building during our tour, we felt very comfortable and welcomed. All the teachers said hello and it was an instant "this is it." Our son loves going to school and has excelled so well. There are so many things he gets there that he would not get at other places. I'm amazed at how well he is doing. He talks about his friends and teachers on the weekends and can't wait to go back and see them. This will be the only daycare we ever go to. Some things you just can't put a price tag on. Thank you for being so amazing and for making it so easy to trust you with our child!

- Mom
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