Wendy Martinez, Center Director
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Welcome to Pleasant Hill KinderCare in Pleasant Hill, Iowa. We would love to meet with you and your family to share with you everything that our center has to offer. We are passionate about education and the happiness that we can bring to each child that is enrolled at our center. We strive to develop the whole child; we provide several activities that will help your child develop socially, emotionally and cognitively. Pleasant Hill KinderCare's experts enjoy being a part of our families' lives and have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.
Wendy Martinez, 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.
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.
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.
The teachers and staff at Pleasant Hill KinderCare realize how important your child is to you and your family. That is why we dedicate ourselves to all of the children here at KinderCare by promising to educate and to provide a safe and caring learning environment in your absence.
I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children. I love that on a daily basis we are educating our nation's future and I am truly excited that I can provide a safe and caring environment where all the children have the opportunity to be successful and reach their full potential.
Wendy started with KinderCare in January of 2013 as the Assistant Director in West Des Moines, Iowa. She then transferred over to Pleasant Hill to help with management. In January of 2014, Wendy became the director of Pleasant Hill. On a personal level, Wendy loves spending time with her husband Gabe and their five kids; Jasmine, Alyssa, Nashon, Layla and Little Gabe. Wendy also spends most of her free time coaching softball and running a photography business.
I have always had a passion for educating and making a difference in children's lives. Thanks to KinderCare Learning Centers, I am able to do that each and every day.
Jen is from West Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2010. Jen began her career with KinderCare as the co-lead Preschool teacher in 2013 at the KinderCare in West Des Moines, Iowa. A few months later she transferred to the other West Des Moines KinderCare where she was the Learning Adventures Specialist. From there, she was promoted to Assistant Director at the Pleasant Hill KinderCare. Jen looks forward to many more years with the company with future goals to one day becoming a Center Director.
I love seeing children learn and accomplish something for the first time. I love being a small part of a child's life. I have really enjoyed my experience with KinderCare and I believe that it is a great corporation to work for.
Ms. Jill is married and has two boys. In her spare time, She loves to read and listen to music. She also enjoys doing puzzles.
I love my job. I have loved taking care of Infants since I was a young girl feeding my baby dolls and rocking them.
Ms. Karen has been with KinderCare for over a year. When she is not a work, Ms. Karen enjoys spending most of her time with her three children. She also enjoys bike riding, going on walks and watching her children play soccer.
I really enjoy working with kids. I enjoy watching them learn new things every day.
Ms. Kaylene has worked for KinderCare for six years. She was born in Nebraska and moved here when she was in the second grade. Ms. Kaylene is married and enjoys watching movies and listening to music.
With so many people saying it couldn't be done, all it takes is an imagination. -Michael Phelps
Madi is engaged and has two cats (Clark and Jimmy), and two dogs (Bella and Zoie). She enjoys baking and decorating cakes, as well as spending time with her family and friends. Madi is excited to bring her creativity to the toddler classroom.
Without passion, any rational person would give up. -Steve Jobs
Cortni has always loved working with children. After doing a teacher assist program in middle school, and again in highschool, Cortni decided teaching was for her. Cortni loves to see the kids she works with learn and grow everyday.
You always will stand taller when you kneel to help a child.
Heather loves working with all ages. She is a mother of three wonderful children and is a wife of 22 years.
"I love my babies" - Ms. Heather
Lexi currently lives in Des Moines with her cousin and her dog. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Lexi is excited to bring her skills to KinderCare and get to know all the children and families.
All the worlds a stage, and all mean and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts, this acts being seven ages. -Shakespeare As you like it Act 2, Scene 7
Kayla is a full-time student at Drake University. She is originally from Perry, Iowa and after HighSchool she moved to Los Angeles, CA, for two years. Kayla went to London, England, to study Theatre History for a semester. Kayla has one dog and one cat.
Amy loves spending time with her family and going on road trips. She enjoys working in the three year old classroom and getting to know the children and their families.
Education is the most powerful weapon for changing the world. -Nelson Mandela
Sara was born and raised in Seattle and moved to Iowa in April of 2012. She has worked at KinderCare since December of 2012 and lives with her daughter Emma and her cat Marble. Sara is a big Seahawks fan and is going back to school for management.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. -Arthur Ashe
Charlesee is from a ranch in Mulun, Nebraska, where she lived and graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She moved to Des Moines in December 2014 and loves movies and reality tv. Charlesee loves the outdoors and drinking lots of Mountain Dew :)
Live. Laugh. Learn.
Nicole has three kids ages six, five, and two. She lives in Clive and is enrolling in the CDA Program. Nicole enjoys all the classrooms and being with her kids. She loves to do arts and crafts.
A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart. -Unknown
Sarah has been married for sixteen years and has three boys. She loves working with children and feels that it is so rewarding to watch them grow and learn new things. Sarah loves baking and cooking and enjoys bringing that into the classroom.
Love you to the moon and back!
Tina has three children and four grandchildren with one on the way. She has been married to her husband Brett for three years. Tina loves to spend time with her family and crochet, and exercise.
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.
Along with your child's happiness and education, your child's health and safety is also at the top of our priority list here at Pleasant Hill KinderCare. We are extremely fortunate to be located in a great neighborhood that exudes safety. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, Pleasant Hill KinderCare also has a keypad entry as well as two fenced in playgrounds with locked gates. Enrolled families will have access to the code that will allow them past the keypad accessed entry. Otherwise, a door bell is available for visitors who will be greeted by one of our friendly staff members. At Pleasant Hill KinderCare we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. One of Ms. Lisa's jobs is to conduct monthly fire and tornado drills and to ensure that all of our staff has current certifications in CPR, First Aid, Universal Precautions as well as current Mandated Reporter certificates. We cannot stress enough the importance of keeping all of our children safe!
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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