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Rochester Hills KinderCare

LeeAnn McCollum, Center Director

226 Meadowfield Dr. Rochester Hills MI 48307
(248) 651-7171 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Neighborhood:
Corner of Rochester and Avon Rd

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hamlin, Hampton, Holy Family South, McGregor


Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where children can explore and make new discoveries.

Welcome

Welcome to the Rochester Hills KinderCare! At our center we believe in building strong relationships with each and every family. We strive to provide a positive and nurturing atmosphere for each child and truly believe every family is an extension of our KinderCare family. Our teachers are experienced, educated and are ready to provide your family with the best care around. We believe in whole child development and have a program focused on your child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs. Please stop in so we can show you around! We would love to meet your family!

LeeAnn McCollum, 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

February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

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

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.

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to the Rochester Hills KinderCare! Our teachers have many years of experience and education in the early childhood field. We look forward to welcoming you to our KinderCare family!

  • LeeAnn McCollum

    LeeAnn McCollum, Center Director

    I love that I get to build new relationships with families, children and staff on a daily basis. Working with children is one of my passions. I couldn't imagine doing anything else!

    LeeAnn has been a part of the KinderCare family since 2005 when she began her schooling to receive her Associate's Degree in Early Child Development.  LeeAnn loves getting the chance to work with all of the talented teachers at the center. They bring so much joy to the children and families on a daily basis. She looks forward to playing an active role in your child's growth and development.  In her spare time, she loves playing recreational sports such as softball and volleyball.  LeeAnn is proud to be able to support and cheer on her oldest daughter in the two sports she has played for many years.  She loves to spend quality time with her husband and their three daughters. 

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming the Center Director, LeeAnn began her KinderCare career as an Assistant Teacher before being promoted to a Lead Preschool Teacher and Schoolage Lead Teacher.
    Year Started:
    2/22/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Associates in Early Child Development
  • Heather Stringer

    Heather Stringer, Assistant Director

    Working with children and their families are my passion. I enjoy what I do each and every day!

    Heather began her career with KinderCare and working with young children in 1994.  She obtained her degree in 2007.  She has been a Lead Infant teacher for many years and now loves her position as Assistant Center Director.  She is able to work with all the children, families and support the staff to provide a safe, clean, happy, educational environment for the children. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her son.   

    Previous Experience:
    Heather began her career working with young children when she started working for KinderCare in 1994.
    Year Started:
    9/27/1994
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Infant Classroom

    Every day is different. I get to inspire, be inspired, and watch young minds grow!

    Ms. Lauren began her career with KinderCare in May 2015.  She has worked with young children for many years.  She is inspired each day by the fantastic children who she gets to watch grow and learn.  It makes her so happy to be working with amazing teachers, so it makes coming to work that much better!  She was raised in Ohio, and is currently attending Ohio University, working on her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and is enrolled in the Child Development Associate program for infants and toddlers. Ms. Lauren is a very sweet and loving communicator and has a very strong passion for working with infants.

    Year Started:
    9/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Language Arts
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Amy began working with KinderCare in 2015.  She has had the chance to work in a few  different age groups.  She is a very caring and loving person who loves that she is able to work with the younger toddlers on a daily basis. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amy was a nanny for over six years.
    Year Started:
    12/14/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Working towards her Child Development Associate Credential in Infant and Toddlers
  • Ms. Cathy

    Ms. Cathy, Toddler Classroom

    I am very excited to be a part of the KinderCare family and I can't wait to help your child learn and grow!

    Ms. Cathy has been with KinderCare since August 2007. She has a Child Development Associate Credential in Early Childhood Development. She loves the relationships that she builds with the children and families in her care.  She works in the older Toddler classroom. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and also she loves to cross stitch.

    Year Started:
    8/29/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential in Early Child Development
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love the interactions that go on each day with children. I especially enjoy seeing the children in my classroom engaged. Every time a child learns something, it makes me feel so proud that I am making a difference in their lives. Building a foundation and seeing the positive outcome of their learning keeps me going each day.

    Ms. Kim began her career with KinderCare in October 2015. She is a warm and gentle teacher. She treats the children the way she would want any teacher to treat her own children one day. She wants parents to feel comfortable going to work and not worry about their child. That is why she goes the extra mile to comfort and care for the children. 

    Previous Experience:
    Previously Ms. Kim worked with the Boys and Girls Club.
    Year Started:
    10/15/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1+
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies with a minor in Social Work and Sociology
  • Ms. Hannah

    Ms. Hannah, Preschool Classroom

    I love coming to work each day because I know that I'm making a difference in a child's life.

    Ms. Hannah began her career with KinderCare in May 2015. She has had the joy of working with young children since 2007. Ms. Hannah enjoys every moment with her class and it is pretty amazing to see how engaged her class is, especially with all the fun songs and finger plays they learn on a daily basis.  Outside of her class, Ms. Hannah loves spending time with family and friends and she especially loves going to concerts!

    Year Started:
    5/11/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Laura

    Ms. Laura, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy working and building relationships with all the children in my care.

    Ms. Laura began with KinderCare at the end of December 2016. Her goal is to make sure all of her children are prepared for kindergarten. She truly loves watching the children learn and grow each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Laura graduated from Western Michigan University and had a internship in a four- and five-year-old program.
    Year Started:
    12/21/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Special Education and Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Development and Language Arts

Upcoming Center Activities

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February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

Monday February 20, 2017
Closed for Professional Development Day

Our center is closed today to provide additional training to our teachers.

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Nationally Accredited

    Nationally Accredited

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Thanksgiving Day and Friday after
Christmas Day
New Years Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day for Professional Development 
Presidents Day for Professional Development


 

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 where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise, a door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a staff member. Our teachers also conduct checks every half hour to ensure the safety of every child. Here at KinderCare we strive to have a clean and safe environment. We utilize daily and weekly cleaning charts in each of our classroom. All of our staff members are CPR and First Aid certified.

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.

As a mom and dad, you only wish and hope your child is taken care of with lots of love and attention when left at daycare. I don't have enough words to thank you all. You have become second mothers to my son!! We will always be grateful!

- Mother

We are recent transfers from Poland and experiencing many life transitions while needing care for our toddler son. All of the teachers were so welcoming and warm to us. It made our choice very simple. The school is like a home away from home. The communication is very extensive and the curriculum is both fun and academic. We feel so fortunate.

- Mother

At first, it was so hard to leave my infant.  I now know that she is well cared for and she loves coming.  I can drop her off and have no worries.

- Mother
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