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Overland Park KinderCare

Stephanie Wood, Center Director

11842 West 112th St. Overland Park KS 66210
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Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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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 69 Highway. 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 that is 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 the 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 1 year yielded even higher scores. 

We invite you to experience the accreditation difference by scheduling a tour at our school.

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

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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

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.

 

  • Stephanie Wood, Center Director

    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. 

    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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Rachel Dorman

    Rachel Dorman, Assistant Director

    Rachel has been with KinderCare since April 2011.  Before she began my career with KinderCare, she was an Assistant Site Coordinator at Kid's Country, Lee's Summit R-7 School Districts before and after school program! Being her first true experience working with children, it was there she found her true passion for working with children. Her goal is to ensure our promise of quality care is achieved in every classroom, with every child - every single day! Here at our Overland Park KinderCare we strive to set the standard for excellence in early childhood education in all of our programs & would love to meet with you and your growing family!

    Previous Experience:
    Lee's Summit R-7 School District
  • 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 Years
  • Ms. Karina

    Ms. Karina, Infant Classroom

    Karina has been apart 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 need. She has two children and enjoys spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Karina has previous experience in other preschool settings.
    Year Started:
    1/27/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • 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:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Shelly

    Ms. Shelly, Toddler Classroom

    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!

    Previous Experience:
    Shelly has 11 years Montessori experience.
    Year Started:
    5/21/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2003
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Lorriane

    Ms. Lorriane, Toddler Classroom

    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 bachelor's 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.

    Previous Experience:
    Provided evening and overnight childcare infants thru 7 years in her home. Taught toddlers and Pre K in a church preschool, Worked in afterschool program (K-6th) Kids Care Before and After
    Year Started:
    8/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Associate in Science, Bachelor's 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:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Janetta

    Ms. Janetta, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Jenetta 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. Jenetta is working towards 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • 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 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!

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

    Year Started:
    2/29/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

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

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 Manager. She 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 cards of anybody picking up a child and check it against the pick-up list. Our center has an electronic keypad 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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I think 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 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 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. You were 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 8 weeks old and I have never once been worried about him a day that he's been there. We all know day care 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 day care we ever go to. Some things you just can't put a price tag on. Thank you College and Quivira center for being so amazing and for making it so easy to trust you with our child!!

- Mom
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