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Switzer Commons KinderCare

Jill Reed, Center Director

13445 Switzer Rd. Overland Park KS 66221
(913) 814-8509 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
off 135th St (Santa Fe) next to the Animal Clinic

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Morse, Cottonwood Point, Oak Hill, Heartland, Harmony, Liberty View, Heritage Christain

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Welcome

Welcome to Switzer Commons KinderCare. Our experts designed our classrooms where every activity and lesson helps prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.

You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills.

Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Jill Reed, Center Director

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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.

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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff members at Switzer Commons KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. We our proud of our tenured staff.  In fact, our teachers offer over 150 years of experience in early childhood education under one roof! The majority of our teachers have their Childhood Development Associate's Credentials, or Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. The Switzer Commons KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from biannual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching their love of learning.

  • Jill Reed

    Jill Reed, Center Director

    I truly believe that the early years are magical and an amazing time where children develop a love of learning! I am grateful for the opportunity to work with our families and be a partner in their child's early childhood education.

    Jill began her work in the field of Early Childhood Education over 23 years ago as a Certified Parent Educator. Since then, she has worked with various programs as a presenter and facilitator. Jill has over ten years of experience working with families in the social service setting and has ten years of experience as a Center Director. She has three children and although they are too old for KinderCare, she is able to relate families with a parent's perspective.

    Previous Experience:
    Jill has worked in the field for over 23 years. She has been a Center Director for over ten years.
    Year Started:
    6/25/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Master's of Arts in Human Development, Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Juliana

    Ms. Juliana, Infant

    Year Started:
    1/27/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. KaAnn

    Ms. KaAnn, Infant

    Year Started:
    4/5/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Quiana

    Ms. Quiana, Infant

    Year Started:
    2/26/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Liz

    Ms. Liz, Preschool

    Year Started:
    8/15/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Preschoool

    Year Started:
    4/2/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Jocelyn

    Ms. Jocelyn, Toddler

    Year Started:
    1/31/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Cherie

    Ms. Cherie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Cherie loves helping " the children learn and progress every day!

    Ms. Cherie has worked with children of all ages.  She recently "graduated" from the Infant room to the Toddler room with the children in her classroom.  She loves seeing and helping with their development.  She does an excellent job helping the toddler age children foster their independence while offering them a nurturing environment.  Ms. Cherie spend most of her day at the child's level, doing activities with them, reading books, or giving hugs!

    Year Started:
    4/23/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Rebecca

    Ms. Rebecca, Preschool

    Ms. Rebecca has been with our KinderCare since May of 2001 and is our Preschool Teacher.  She also helps lead our amazing Tutorial programs,. Ms. Rebecca’s goal while teaching at KinderCare is to teach children in a loving, safe and fun environment. She is currently working on completing her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rebecca’s previous positions have included Lead 2’s Discovery Preschool teacher and Lead 3’s Preschool teacher. She has been an Assistant Director at two previous Preschools.
    Year Started:
    5/7/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Business
  • Ms. Moriam

    Ms. Moriam, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Moriam has been with our KinderCare since September of 2001 as our Lead Prekindergarten teacher. Ms. Moriam obtained her Early Childhood Education degree in 2011, utilizing her skills in teaching her children everything she knows before they enter Kindergarten. Ms. Moriam’s goals while teaching at KinderCare include providing every child who enters her classroom with the most incredible, hands on learning experience possible. Every child learns differently, and her goal is to match what each child needs in order to be successful.

    Previous Experience:
    Moriam’s previous experience includes four years as a Two's Preschool Teacher
    Year Started:
    9/4/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education degree
  • Ms. Nasreen

    Ms. Nasreen, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Nasreen has been with our KinderCare since August of 2008 and has previous experience at a KinderCare in Illinois as their Preschool Teacher since October of 2007. Ms. Nasreen’s goal while teaching at KinderCare is to work hard to prepare each child not only for Kindergarten, but for the future.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nasreen joined our KinderCare as our Lead Prekindergarten Teacher, our children’s last step before going to Kindergarten.
    Year Started:
    10/15/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Science
  • Ms. Pam

    Ms. Pam, Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Pamela has been with our KinderCare since April of 2000. Pam has her Program Director Approval up to 100 and has her Early Childhood Education degree. Ms. Pam’s goals while teaching at KinderCare are to make sure each child is prepared for Kindergarten and beyond by giving them the tools to do this each day they learn with her.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Pam began as our Lead Infant and Toddler Teacher but found her passion in teaching our Kindergarten program. She is also our Lead Chef in our Cooking Adventures program.
    Year Started:
    4/10/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Degree
  • Ms. Roohe

    Ms. Roohe, Support Staff

    Ms .Roohe has been with KinderCare since October of 1987. She joined our KinderCare in 2010 as a Lead Support Staff member. Ms. Roohe speaks Persian (Farsie) and has experience teaching in elementary school. Ms. Roohe’s goals while teaching at KinderCare are to help our children learn and love and to make sure they are happy.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Roohe's previous positions include Preschool instructor and School Age teacher.
    Year Started:
    12/14/1987
    Tenure:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Switzer Commons KinderCare is proud to be a part of the Overland Park and surrounding communities for over 14 years!  Being an established school gives us the benefit of a tenured, professional and well trained staff.  We welcome all families to join in on the fun of our learning journey!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese, Bengali

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Our Switzer Commons KinderCare is equipped with a keypad entry, and heat sensitive exit doors. Playgrounds are surronded by seven foot iron rod fence, rubber matted play equipment and canopy topped picnic tables. All staff memebers are CPR, AED and First Aid certified. Everyone upon hire must submit to a background test and must have experiece in the Early Childhood Industry. Background checks on exsisting staff members are also conducted annually. We participate in Tornado, Fire and Intruder drills monthly.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

We couldn’t be happier with the experience that we have had with KinderCare. Our three year old son has attended for almost two years. I am so comfortable dropping him off every day, because I know that he is not only well taken care of, but he is also well loved. Every teacher in the building knows his name and takes the time to talk to him and hug him as he goes to his classroom each day. The staff is knowledgeable, well-trained, educated teachers, who truly want what is best for each child. It is exciting to see everything that my son is learning at KinderCare. My husband and I feel very lucky to have found a place that Jack loves to go to every day.

- Mom

The Switzer Commons KinderCare has been our center for our first child since September of 2008. It's hard to believe that almost 5 years has gone by! We now have two children who attend, both who we enrolled at 12 weeks old. It's amazing to see how they progress to each classroom and make great friendships. We have also been nothing but pleased with the management, teachers and support staff and knowing they are attending a safe and clean environment.
The teachers enthusiastically care for the children and the families as a whole. They are involved and care about the growth and education of all of the children they have in their classrooms. Our youngest has various physical needs due to being born prematurely and they are more than accomodating and helpful with all that is involved with her care and development.

We have enthusiastically recommended KinderCare to our neighbor who, in turn, had become a part of the warm Switzer Commons KinderCare family. We are very pleased with our decision to place our children here knowning they are being cared for physically and stimulated mentally throughout the day with their curriculum and optional enrichment classes like music, active adventures, phonics and many more! We know we made the right choice amoung many choices in our area.

- Parents

Both of our kids go to KinderCare and have enjoyed being there. They've built great friendships and bonds with the teachers and kinds they've interacted with.  KinderCare fosters an environment that is secure, friendly and caring. All the teachers and the director, Courtney have been commited to keeping the kids safe, healthy and well-informed.

- Parents

KinderCare has been an amazing experience for our 2 year old son. He has learned so much, so quickly in his one year attending this center. He greeted by name and with a smile by each teacher every morning. They are warm, inviting and so caring. They keep me updated on his daily activities and let me know areas where he is thriving. He enjoys going to day care every morning to see his friends and teachers. KinderCare has helped instill a love of learning in him and self-confidence. We appreciate the staff so much at KinderCare and would be happy to recommend their program to anyone.

- Parents

Where to begin with all the awesome!!
-Teachers/staff that are remarkable!
-Care for my children as if they were theirs.
-The knowledge and patience each teacher gives daily is outstanding.
-The fun the teachers bring to the learning - my kids say every single day they had fun at school today!
-The willingness to assist the parents with our concerns: getting them potty trained so quickly was such a huge help!

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