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Pleasant Hill KinderCare

Ms. Kelena Bonnell, Center Director

1425 Copper Creek Dr. Pleasant Hill IA 50327
(515) 262-3838 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEARS

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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 enrolled at our center. We strive to develop the whole child, so 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.

Ms. Kelena Bonnell, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

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


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.

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.

ABC Music & Me

Teachers & Staff

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 care for them and provide a safe and caring learning environment in your absence.

  • Ms. Kelena Bonnell, Center Director

  • Ms. Kelena Bonnell, Assistant Director

    I have always had a passion for educating and making a difference in children's lives. Thanks to KinderCare, I am able to do that each and every day.

    Ms. Kelena has been working in early childhood education for over ten years. She attended Hawkeye Community College and DMACC. She has previous experience teaching preschool, and as an Assistant Center Director. She recently earned her child development associate credential. Ms. Kelena looks forward to many more years with the company, with a future goal of becoming a Center Director. Ms. Kelena and her husband, Breck, have a son, Liam, and another baby due in March 2017. Together they live in Bondurant, and enjoy spending their free time together as a family outdoors, cheering on the Cubs and Packers, and watching Liam's sporting events. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kelena worked as a lead Toddler Teacher at a another child care center for many years, a preschool associate with a school district for three years, and as an Assistant Center Director for two years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Guess How Much I Love You? by Sam McBratney

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Jill

    Ms. Jill, Infant Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Jill taught second grade at a private school.
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Holly, Infant Classroom

  • Ms. Lexi

    Ms. Lexi, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Lexi currently lives in Des Moines with her cousin and her dog. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Ms. Lexi is excited to bring her skills to KinderCare and get to know all the children and families.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lexi previously worked at another local child care center as a Toddler Teacher. She has also worked with children of all ages.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    High School Diploma; Childcare Trainings
  • Ms. Charlesee

    Ms. Charlesee, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. 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. Ms. Charlesee loves the outdoors and drinking lots of Mountain Dew.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Charlesee worked in Early Head Start in the Community Action program in Lincoln, Nebraska. She also worked as a skill development assistant at ChildServe in Johnston, Iowa.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child, Youth, and Family Studies with a Minor in English
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Discovery Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Amy, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Amy loves spending time with her family and going on road trips. She enjoys working in the Preschool Classroom and getting to know the children and their families.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amy has worked at a local child care center for eight years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Sarah, Learning Adventures

    Ms. Sarah has been married for 16 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. Ms. Sarah loves baking and cooking and enjoys bringing that into the classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sarah previously worked at a local child care center and did practicums in college.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone and The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Degree in Elementary Education from Faith Baptist Bible College; Child Development Associate Credential from Rasmussen College
  • Ms. Tina, Chef

    Ms. Tina has three children and four grandchildren with one on the way. She has been married to her husband Brett for three years. Ms. Tina loves to spend time with her family, crochet, and exercise.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tina previously worked at a local child care center.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    High School Diploma

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegan

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

Along with children's happiness and education, their 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 system as well as two fenced-in playgrounds with locked gates. Enrolled families will have access to the code that will allow them to enter. 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, and current Mandated Reporter certificates. We cannot stress enough the importance of keeping all of our children safe!

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 have been taking my child to the Pleasant Hill KinderCare now for two years and we love it. The first thing that you will notice about the Pleasant Hill KinderCare is the neighborhood; the center is in a very inviting location, surrounded by nice houses along the Pleasant Hill Lake. Once you walk in the doors, you are greeted with genuine smiles from Ms. Anna and Ms. Erica. They are wonderful; they truly care about our family and we certainly consider them, and my daughter's teachers, to be an extension of ours! Ms. Anna definitely has every child's interests in mind when it comes to staffing the building or making decisions regarding the safety, education and happiness of the children. The building is so clean and sounds of laughter and singing add so much sunshine to the building. The staff is professional and educated; many of them have furthered their education by obtaining college degrees and I know one of her previous teachers has been with KinderCare for ten years, which is amazing! The education and experience of the Pleasant Hill KinderCare staff sets this center apart from others in the area. My little girl has learned so much while attending the center. I love that her classroom has evidence of learning hung all around the classroom and that once the unit is over, we can take it home and put it in her scrapbook. My husband and I wanted the best education for our child. We definitely have set her up for success by enrolling her in KinderCare! I owe so much to the staff at the Pleasant Hill KinderCare!

- Parent

I wanted to let you know how thankful we are to the KinderCare staff...all of my child's teachers are amazing - they are so thoughtful and calm. They fill me in every day about something wonderful that my daughter has done - that means a lot to working moms and dads! We're aware that we're missing out on all the wonderful things our humans are doing during the day, so to hear that her favorite song is the ABC's or that she helped a friend up on the playground, is really special! I love that I don't have to worry about her during the day. I think of her often, but I'm able to picture her sitting on a teacher's lap reading a story, or painting a picture, or washing her own hands after trying to use the potty. I appreciate being able to tell them my concerns, and know that it will be handled. I giggle when a teacher who isn't even in my daughter's classroom tells me a funny story of her - how cool, that it's like a family! My kids are so lucky to have KinderCare. We extend our deepest and sincerest thanks!

- Parent

We enrolled our son, who is now 4, at KinderCare when he was about 8 months old.  Our daughter is 12 weeks, and started there when she was 8 weeks.  We couldn't be happier with the care, attention, and education that they provide our children.  As soon as you walk in to the center, you are greeted with a smile.  The director, assistant director, and the teachers know everyone by name and make time to ask about our day.  It is so much more than just a daycare.  It is a surrogate family for our children, while we have to be away for the day.  I would love to be able to stay home with our kids, but since I can't, I'm glad that we have KinderCare.  Without them, dropping them off every morning would be much more difficult than it is.  I leave with a smile every day knowing that my kids will have a fun-filled, educational day with teachers that truly do love them.  Any questions or concerns that we have are addressed right away, and they listen to us about what we want and expect for our kids.  It's amazing all the things my son has learned there.  Almost weekly he surprises us with something that we had no idea he knew.  We have finally figured out to stop asking where he learned it, because his answer is alwasys, "at daycare!

- Parent

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