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Raytown KinderCare

Ms. Candace Wesley, Center Director

8643 Raytown Rd. Raytown MO 64138
(816) 356-2294 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 10 YEARS
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Raytown School District: Spring Valley, Blue Ridge, Norfleet, Fleetridge, Robinson

Welcome

Teachers and staff at Raytown KinderCare have a heartfelt desire to educate and nurture young children. We specialize in providing a superior curriculum for an area in which quality education is in great demand. Our teachers have an average tenure of six years at our location and 20 years in the early childhood field. We serve both the Raytown and Hickman Mill School Districts, as well as several private schools within those school district boundaries.

Ms. Candace Wesley, 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.

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 Raytown KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from biannual company professional development trainings and seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field.

  • Ms. Candace Wesley

    Ms. Candace Wesley, Center Director

    "It's amazing to be able to observe children's growth and development. I like to inspire our staff to become great early childhood educators.

    Ms. Candace began her career at KinderCare in 2000. For eight years, she was the Assistant Director at this location. In 2011, she became the Center Director. Ms. Candace’s passion has always been helping children to learn and grow at their own pace. Security and safety is her number one priority each and every day. Sharing special moments with students and parents is the one of the most rewarding aspects of her daily activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Before becoming the Center Director, Ms. Candace was the Assistant Director at this location for eight years. She also has extensive experience in customer service as well as teaching in the early childhood education field.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    9/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Team Lead / Health & Safety Coordinator

    Ms. Stephanie loves watching children reach their developmental milestones. She enjoys the smiles and hugs she receives each morning as she walks through the door.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stephanie volunteered at another child care facility until she was old enough to begin working at KinderCare. She has worked for us ever since.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

    Year Started:
    9/6/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Associate of Arts in Teaching; Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Connie

    Ms. Connie, Infant Classroom

    "I love working at KinderCare because every day is special. I enjoy being with the children because it is fun.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Connie owned & operated a home daycare and has extensive early childhood classroom experience.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Any Dr. Seuss book

    Year Started:
    10/1/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Sylvia

    Ms. Sylvia, Infant Classroom

    I love when I can see excitement on a child's face about what we are learning.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    No, David! by David Shannon

    Year Started:
    6/4/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Leah

    Ms. Leah, Infant Classroom

    I love helping the children be able to interact with others and the smiles they bring when they show you new things they are learning!

    Year Started:
    9/23/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Raja

    Ms. Raja, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy teaching the toddlers basic things for life. They inspire me to come to work each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Raja has been involved in early childhood education for ten years and previously worked at a KinderCare in Kansas.
    Year Started:
    3/13/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Nichole

    Ms. Nichole, Toddler Classroom

    I've always enjoyed learning, and having the chance to make a difference in a child's life is a wonderful opportunity. I am happy to be a part of that.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nichole worked with a before- and after-school program before working at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty

    Year Started:
    5/2/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Art Teaching
  • Ms. Katelyn

    Ms. Katelyn, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I think it's neat to teach the children all of their developmental skills. I love getting to see all of my students each day because they are so important to me.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

    Year Started:
    8/30/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Billee

    Ms. Billee, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I like that I get to teach each child something new every day. I love all the hugs I get when I walk in the door and how excited the children are to see me.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Billee's previous experience includes raising three kids of her own as well as babysitting younger family members.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Sleeping Beauty

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Child Development Assosciate Credential
  • Ms. Sherry

    Ms. Sherry, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love my class because the children get so excited when I introduce them to new things. The parents have confidence in me and how I teach their children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sherry has extensive child care classroom experience.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Corduroy by Don Freeman

    Year Started:
    4/5/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
  • Ms. Tenequa

    Ms. Tenequa, Preschool Classroom

    My favorite part about working in child care is being able to play an important role in the early stages of a child's life.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tenequa taught at another KinderCare location before transferring to our center.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Rathmann

    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Mikiah

    Ms. Mikiah, Preschool Classroom

    I love to see children overcome obstacles and help them grow into the best they can be.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mikiah held an internship for early childhood education prior to working for KinderCare. She also teaches Children's Church.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat: I Love My Red Shoes by Eric Litwin

    Year Started:
    8/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Vivian

    Ms. Vivian, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love to see the excitement on the children's faces when they learn something new. I also love the way the students greet me every day with a hug and a smile.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Vivian worked at a KinderCare in Lee's Summit before transferring to our center.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Suess

    Year Started:
    8/1/1985
    Tenure:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
  • Ms. Krystal

    Ms. Krystal, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love that every day is different and I get to help children grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Krystal was previously a nanny. She also worked at Raytown Early Childhood and another KinderCare location before coming to work with us.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Foot Book by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    5/25/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Chelsea

    Ms. Chelsea, School Age Classroom

    The potential that all children have is beyond limits. It's rewarding to not only see them grow, but to also be a part of it.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Chelsea worked for another child care program before coming to work for KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    10/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Art Teaching; Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Deah

    Ms. Deah, Phonics Tutorial Specialist

    "I like to have fun with the children and teach them new things in fun and different ways. I'm inspired to show each child the meaning of 'care' in KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Deah home-schooled both of her children.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    8/10/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Cook

    I'm inspired to find new ways to reach each child's unique interests!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Golden Books series

    Year Started:
    5/28/2003
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14

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

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.

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 top priority at Raytown KinderCare is to provide a safe and healthy environment for our children, families, and staff. We do this through rigorous training and constant assessment and evaluation of proper policies and procedures. Your child’s security begins at the front door, literally. All guests and those authorized for pick-up are checked for identification and escorted through the building. Of course, our teachers have all cleared local, state, and federal background checks, including fingerprinting. We are trained in infant and child CPR and First Aid. We do routine fire, storm, and lockdown drills to prepare for the unexpected. Throughout the day, your child will be supervised at all times. No child is ever left unattended, even for a minute. Teachers have all been trained in supervision, discipline and guidance, and developmentally appropriate practices to ensure they understand the risks associated with the children in their care. If your child has food allergies or specific medical conditions, we will work with you to ensure your child’s well-being while in our care. We also take the responsibility of your child’s emotional security very seriously. We want every child to feel safe, loved, and respected while at KinderCare.

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 son has attended this KinderCare since he was nine weeks old, and this week marks one year of him attending the school. I am always greeted with friendly faces and I am always happy to see how much love my son receives each day. He is extremely attached to the two teachers he had in the infant room, which makes me feel more comfortable being away from him since I know he loves his teachers so much. 

- Father

There is only one word that could describe Raytown KinderCare and that is awesome! My kids even beg to go on my off days! If the kids and the parents love it...win-win!

- Parent

KinderCare in Raytown is a godsend. We have been through the gamut, from in-home care, to a private Montessori, and lastly La Petite. Kindercare in Raytown is my family's favorite place for child care. My kids have never been happier. The staff turnover is nonexistent, and they are so dedicated to taking great care of the kids. I love that we found them.

- Mother
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