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Switzer Commons KinderCare

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

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 here to support you. We're excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Ms. Jill Reed, 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

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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.

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 associate credential 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 and their love of learning.

  • Ms. Jill Reed

    Ms. 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.

    Ms. 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. Ms. 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 to families with a parent's perspective.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. 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:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
    Education:
    Master of Arts Degree in Human Development, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Juliana

    Ms. Juliana, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/27/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. KaAnn

    Ms. KaAnn, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    4/5/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
  • Ms. Quiana

    Ms. Quiana, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    2/26/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Jocelyn

    Ms. Jocelyn, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/31/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Cherie

    Ms. Cherie, Toddler Classroom

    "I love helping the children learn and progress every day!

    Ms. Cherie has worked with children of all ages. She recently "graduated" from the Infant Classroom to the Toddler 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 spends most of her day at the child's level, doing activities with them, reading books, or giving hugs!

    Year Started:
    4/23/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Liz

    Ms. Liz, Preschool Classroom

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

    Ms. Sara, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    4/2/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Rebecca

    Ms. Rebecca, Preschool Classroom

    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 Discovery Preschool Teacher and lead Preschool Teacher. She has been an Assistant Director at two previous preschools.
    Year Started:
    5/7/2001
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    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:
    Ms. Moriam’s previous experience includes four years as a Preschool Teacher
    Year Started:
    9/4/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • 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:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Science
  • Ms. Pam

    Ms. Pam, Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Pamela has been with our KinderCare since April of 2000. Ms. Pam has her Program Director Approval up to 100 and has her degree in early childhood education. 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:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28
    Education:
    Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • 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 (Farsi) 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 Teacher and School Age Teacher.
    Year Started:
    12/14/1987
    Tenure:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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, Urdu, Farsi

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 system, and heat-sensitive exit doors. Playgrounds are surrounded by a seven-foot iron rod fence, rubber-matted play equipment, and canopy-topped picnic tables. All staff members are CPR, AED, and First Aid certified. Everyone upon hire must submit to a background test and must have experience in the early childhood industry. Background checks on existing 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.

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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 Switzer Commons 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 are 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 our son 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 five years have 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 accommodating 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 knowing 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 among many choices in our area.

- Parents

Both of our kids go to Switzer Commons 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 committed to keeping the kids safe, healthy, and well-informed.

- Parents

KinderCare has been an amazing experience for our two-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 daycare 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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