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Racine KinderCare

Ms. Leah Hochschild, Center Director

700 Three Mile Rd. Racine WI 53402
(262) 639-8889 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Neighborhood:
Located in the Village of Caledonia

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Jerstad-Agerholm, Janes, Wadewitz, St. John's Lutheran School, Olympia Brown, Red Apple, North Park, Roosevelt, Trinity Lutheran School, West Ridge, HOPE Christian School

Welcome

Welcome to our Racine KinderCare! We look forward to sharing the joy of education with your child. We consider our center a family, which we believe provides us the key to helping your child grow toward a successful future. Give your child every advantage with our exclusive Learning Adventures enrichment programs. Currently we offer classes in Math, Cooking, Phonics, Reading, and ABC Music; our children love every minute of it! We also boast two separate fenced-in play areas: one designated for young children and one for our older children, both featuring a bike track and a play structure designed to help reduce the risk of injury. We cannot wait to welcome you and your family to our KinderCare family.

Ms. Leah Hochschild, 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.

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.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

What we are most proud of at the Racine KinderCare is the quality learning environment that we provide for all of our children! We are so excited to welcome new friends into our family and can't wait to meet you. To ensure the health and safety of everyone within our KinderCare family, each teacher holds the following qualifications: Infant/Child CPR and First Aid, Safe Sleep Certification, FBI Background Check, Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Training, and Mandated Reporter Training.

  • Ms. Leah Hochschild

    Ms. Leah Hochschild, Center Director

    Ms. Leah has been with KinderCare since 2010. She started her early childhood education career with the Hales Corners KinderCare as an assistant teacher. She then went on to work as a two-year-old teacher in the Franklin and St. Francis KinderCare for three years. Ms. Leah's passion and leadership then took her to the South Milwaukee KinderCare as the Assistant Director. In  2016, she found her home at the Racine KinderCare as the Center Director. Ms. Leah is very excited to be a part of the Racine team and to be able to create a fun and exciting environment for the children and families. Her passion and love of education stems from her early childhood education as a child of KinderCare! She wants to give the same great experiences to every child who joins our family!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Leah has worked as an assistant teacher, two-year-old teacher, Assistant Director, and has coached young children in downhill skiing.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    12/5/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Cassandra

    Ms. Cassandra, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Cassie has come to us with a passion for learning and having the opportunity to watch the children grow. Her favorite part of being a teacher is having close relationships with the families and being there to experience new and exciting moments with the children. She brings a positive, exciting energy wherever she goes and is so excited to share with everyone!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The BFG by Roald Dahl

    Year Started:
    5/9/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Amber is very excited to be in the field of early childhood education. She has just accomplished her associate's degree and is eager to take what she has learned and bring it to her classroom!

    Year Started:
    1/7/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Josephine

    Ms. Josephine, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Josephine has come to us with a passion for teaching! She loves being around children and having the opportunity to watch them learn and grow. Each day brings new and exciting experiences that she loves sharing with the families and children. Her favorite part of the day is coming into her classroom and feeling the warm welcome from all of the students!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Mouse Paint by Ellen Walsh

    Year Started:
    9/23/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    ECI and ECII
  • Ms. Emerita

    Ms. Emerita, Toddler Classroom

    "I always had an interest in working with kids. They are the future of our world. It is a great satisfaction when I see the kids learning how to read, draw, write, and socialize. As a teacher, it makes me so happy when I see the children feeling so proud about themselves when they are able to accomplish their goals.

    Ms. Emerita joined the KinderCare family in May 2006. When she started at the Racine KinderCare, she spent time as the lead teacher in both the Prekindergarten and Discovery Preschool Classrooms. She has since transitioned into teaching in our older toddlers. A native of Puerto Rico, Ms. Emerita loves to bring the Spanish language and culture into her classroom. She is our Spanish Learning Adventures teacher and a mentor for prospective teachers from area colleges. She also loves to discover new teaching techniques and strategies to help her students grow, learn, and play. Ms. Emerita has been happily married for over 18 years and has two children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare, Ms. Emerita was a Title 1 teacher for grades seven through nine. She was also an English and math teacher for grades one through three.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

    Year Started:
    5/22/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in English; Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing the children's faces when they learn something new.

    As a student at Gateway Technical College studying early childhood education, Ms. Sarah joined the Racine KinderCare team in 2013. She was immediately recognized by her mentor teacher as a great asset to the families we serve every day. While finishing her degree, she works in our Discovery Preschool Classroom.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    4/17/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education and Safety Certification
  • Ms. Amber, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Amber has come to us from the University of Stout as a 2016 graduate. She is very excited to enter into the field of early childhood education with a wealth of knowledge to share with our children and families. Ms. Amber's passion is to witness the experiences that the children have day to day that will increase their knowledge in their future education.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Pokey Puppy

    Year Started:
    5/9/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, 4K Classroom

    I'm a kid at heart and truly love making a difference to each child!

    Ms. Amanda has come to us from Peoria, Illinois on her biggest adventure yet to create a new home in Racine, Wisconsin! She is currently working on her master's degree in early childhood education at National Louis University. She loves seeing children realize their importance and relevance to the world around them. The different learning experiences that Ms. Amanda creates within her classroom help each child to develop a strong, lifelong love for learning! Children love being in Ms. Amanda's classroom because she earns each child's respect by showing them the individual respect they deserve!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak and Curious George by H.A. Rey

    Year Started:
    6/6/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Cook / Bus Driver

    I enjoy working in the kitchen and planning the children's meals and snacks. When the children come up to me asking for seconds, I know that I am doing a good job!

    Ms. Mary is one of our most tenured staff members. She initially started in 1987 as a teacher in our Infant, Toddler, and Discovery Preschool Classrooms. She then transitioned into our center cook position. As our cook, she maintains an impeccable kitchen, serves up our delicious meals and snacks, and is always the happy face greeting the children in the morning. Furthermore, Ms. Mary is very adaptable from being a tenured teacher and therefore she performs quite a few roles. She is not only our cook, but also our center’s bus driver. Aside from being a great asset to our center, Ms. Mary has been married for over 33 years. She and her husband have two grown children and three grandchildren. Both her children and grandchildren were either previously enrolled or currently are enrolled as KinderCare students.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting with KinderCare, Ms. Mary worked at an Arizona Kid Stuff DayCare.
    Year Started:
    5/17/1987
    Tenure:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    Cook Training; Food Program Training

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

About Our Center

We are proud to maintain our accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as well as hold a 5 star rating with the state of Wisconsin's YoungStar program!  Our team in Racine strives day in and day out to provide a safe and nurturing environment to children ages six weeks through 12 years old. Our Early Foundations curriculum begins in our Infant Classroom and continues through each age group into our School Age program. Our daily activities allow for each child to develop a strong love for learning as they grow through each classroom. We understand that choosing an early educational program is a big decision, and we want to help you make the best choice for both you and your child.

Special Features

  • 4K through Racine Unified School District offered on site

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, and the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day. In the event any of these holidays fall on a Saturday, the holiday will be observed on Friday. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, it will be observed on Monday.

Health and Safety

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition, the front door of the building has a coded entry system, where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. A doorbell is available to visitors, who will be greeted by a center staff member. At the Racine KinderCare, we have a Health and Safety Coordinator (Ms. Diane) on site as well. The Health and Safety Coordinator’s role includes conducting monthly tornado and fire drills, ensuring that all staff’s first aid and CPR certificates are up to date, and maintaining high cleanliness standards. She has completed training and certification in order to hold this position here at our center and is available to answer any questions and concerns that may arise.

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.

My husband and I had worked opposite shifts since the birth of our daughter (age three) and neither she nor our son (age 16 months) had been in daycare. In December of 2011, my husband had to go to first shift and we were in a predicament to find daycare, fast. I tend to be anxious as it is, so the thought of leaving my children with someone else who was not a family member or close friend made me cry! I was very nervous to even start looking for daycare, but I did start my search and went to about 15 centers in Racine and Kenosha. My family told me I would know by a feeling when I found the right center and I had the instant “I feel comfortable” moment when I walked into Racine’s KinderCare. Michelle was wonderful when I first met her and took a lot of time to sit with me and my husband to talk about KinderCare. I remember we came late and she stayed past the center closing to talk to us. Ms. Diane even called me a few days later to talk to me about my little baby son (who was 12 months at the time) being in her care. I again instantly felt comfortable with Ms. Diane and knew she would be an excellent teacher to my children! Once I decided on KinderCare, Michelle also took the time to try and work with my husband and I with our financial situation. She also allowed me to visit many times and let my child visit, which made it easier to start the transition. Finally January 31, 2012 came and I had to drop my children off for their first day. I was dreading the day from the moment I found out I had to put them in daycare. After I said goodbye, I went to my car and cried, but not as bad as I thought I would cry. I actually felt okay, knew this was the right place for me and my family, and was able to proceed with the rest of my day. I thought I was going to have to take a vacation day because I would be so upset leaving them for the first time, but I think all of the positive experiences I had already had with KinderCare made it much easier for me to say goodbye. And all of the continued positive experiences have made it easier for me to say goodbye every day when I drop them off for care! As the months have progressed, I have been extremely happy with all of the teachers and Ms. Michelle. My son reaches to Ms. Diane like she is a family member and is so happy when I leave him with her in the mornings. She is a wonderful person/teacher and I would feel comfortable leaving my newborn with her if I do decide to have another baby! Ms. Lisa and Ms. Bethany are wonderful with my daughter and have taught her so much more than I expected! I can’t believe some of the concepts and vocabulary she has gained from attending KinderCare. They have also helped to potty train her and given me valuable advice on how to parent. All of the teachers realize that I need the extra time when I drop them off or pick up to talk about my children, and I appreciate they take the time to listen and talk to me. Ms. Emerita, Ms. Ashley, and Ms. Elisa have also been great in the limited interactions I have had with them and I look forward to getting to know them more as my children get older and spend more time with them as well! And Ms. Mary is always so nice to us in the mornings and my children (especially my son) love her because they knows she is bringing them good food! I am very lucky to have found Racine KinderCare and look forward to many more years of attendance with my children. Thank you for your great staff and wonderful programs!

- Mother

My 23-month-old son has been attending KinderCare since he was six months old. It was very difficult for us to leave our only child in another person's care. When we toured the center, the director was infectious with her enthusiasm and love for children. We also met the infant caregiver, who has been at the center for over 27 years! Since then, we've been very happy with the center's director and entire staff. Every staff member is so loving and caring toward my son…even the cook! It's so comforting to see my son so happy with everyone there. They truly provide a home away from home for my son. To this day, the center director updates me on my son's daily events with great enthusiasm. We are very happy with KinderCare as they provide affordable rates and priceless discoveries in a safe, nurturing learning environment.

- Mother

I first contacted Michelle, the center director, in early summer 2012 with a lot of questions and concerns because as foster parents, we were not sure if placing our little ones in child care all day was the best option for them. After talking with Michelle, I was completely put at ease due to her knowledge of the special needs that many foster children come with. She immediately made me feel assured and I knew if we made the decision to place our little ones in child care, we would go in this direction. About a month or two later, my husband was at the Racine Zoo with one of our little ones and he saw KinderCare on a summer field trip. When he came home, he could not say enough wonderful things about how the teachers worked with the children and how they were learning and having fun, yet were under control, polite, and working together. After witnessing that, I immediately made another call to the center to speak to Michelle and made the decision to enroll our little ones as soon as the new school year started and my husband, a teacher, started back at school again. Since then, we've had multiple little ones who have come into our lives and gone onto different homes in the last nine months and we have watched all of them grow and flourish beyond anything I could have ever imagined. It takes a very special bunch of educators to make scared little ones who were just removed from their home, placed in foster care, and now placed in child care to feel loved, comforted, stable, and learn. Michelle and all of her teachers, especially Ms. Bethany, who has been lucky enough be the teacher of all of our little ones, have made nothing but a positive imprint on the lives of all of these little ones and we will be with this KinderCare for as long as we are foster parents.

- Foster Mother

I brought my son to Racine KinderCare shortly after my wife and I found out he has food allergies, with his food allergies being a huge concern! They have an on-site cook who is able to provide different substitutions for him.  I have no doubt in my mind that he is being watched over with his food intake. KinderCare also is providing his soy milk for him and therefore I don't have to provide anything for him to eat and drink. KinderCare takes care of him.

- Father
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