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Schofield KinderCare

Torey Tilton, Center Director

5201 Alderson St. Schofield WI 54476
(715) 359-4118 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years

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Special Instructions:
Schofield Ave. go North on Alderson St. Near Target, Associated Bank, and Pick N Save

Schofield Neighborhood

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Weston Elem, Rothschild Elem, Montain Bay.

We are proud of the positive difference we make every day for the children in our community through our exceptional early childhood education programs and expert care. Our dedication to quality has earned accreditation from both the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the state’s coveted YoungStar 5-star rating.

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Welcome to the Schofield KinderCare Learning Center.We are very excited to meet with you and your family. Our learning center is more than a day care center. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. We want all children to reach their true potential and enjoy the learning experience. For us, we want our children to develop their love of learning at the earliest of ages and for them to love coming to school. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment from which to learn, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Torey Tilton, Center Director

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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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at the Schofield KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. The majority of our teachers have their Child Development Associate’s Credential (CDA), Associate’s Degree, or Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education. The Schofield KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from biannual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Torey Tilton

    Torey Tilton, Center Director

    I love that moment when a child does something for the first time. The excitement they get on their face.

    Ms. Torey started at KinderCare in 2007 as a teacher of the two and a half year olds. Ms Torey taught in different age groups during that time before being promoted to Assistant Director, where she held that position for a year and a half. Ms. Torey then became the Director in October of 2014. She loves her career and could not see herself doing anything else. On her spare time she enjoys spending time with her Husband and two sport oriented Boys.

    Previous Experience:
    Torey started her career in child care in a few different centers. She has experience in all age groups. She had the opportunity to stay home with her children while they were young. When her boys were a little older she found KinderCare and made it her home.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Colette Buchkowski

    Ms. Colette Buchkowski, Assistant Director

    I love the excitement and curiosity children have about everything. They make each day an adventure.

    Ms. Colette has worked with children for 10 years. She started her career working with School-age children at Fort Campbell KY. She attained her Child Development Associate Certificate in 2009. Ms Colette joined our team here at KinderCare in 2008. She taught Preschool for six and a half years before being promoted to Assistant Director.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Colette has two and a half years experience with School-age Services at Fort Campbell KY, before coming to KinderCare and teaching Preschool for six and a half years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If I Built a Car
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Certificate
  • Ms. Carolyn

    Ms. Carolyn, Junior Toddlers

    Teacher's that love teaching, teach children that love learning

    Ms. Carolyn started at KinderCare in July of 2011. She taught in the Jr. Toddlers classroom for 2 years before moving to Discovery Preschool1. She loves teaching in her classroom and watching the children grow and learn. "I'm always excited to hear what my two year olds will say." Is something you will hear from Ms. Carolyn quite often!
    Some of her favorite daily activities are group time and art, she loves how it involves everyone. The children get really excited for it too! Her high energy and silly antics always make the Discovery Preschool 1 room a fun place to be.

    Previous Experience:
    Carolyn has worked at one other center from October 2003 until July 2011 when she came to join our KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Lead Teacher Certifacate, Enrolled in Child Development Associat Certifacate
  • Ms. Sabine

    Ms. Sabine, Toddlers

    I love watching the children learn and grow through play. I love the smiles each day from these precious gifts.

       I have been with KinderCare over a month and enjoy it very much. I have 10+ years of experience with birth to age 4. I have two teenage children, a daughter who is 16 and a son who is 13.
       I love to bring fun and hands on to my classroom. Learning colors, shapes and numbers early on can help a great deal in the growth of a child.

    Previous Experience:
    Mountain Bay Elementary eight years Wausau Childcare 1 year.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Associates in Information Processing Specialist, Department of Public Instruction Certificate with the State of Wisconsin
  • Ms. Alyssa

    Ms. Alyssa, Discovery Preschool 1

    I love seeing the children grow up; it makes me happy to know that I helped them grow and learn something new everyday.

       Alyssa has only been with KinderCare a short time. She recently graduated from Northcentral Technical College with her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Alyssa loves spending time with the children outside. She spends time exploring with the children and teaching them new things. Alyssa enjoys reading stories to the children and being at their level interacting with them.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Cathy

    Ms. Cathy, Discover Preschool 2

    A Hundred Years from Now "A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I live in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world maybe different because I was important on the life of a child." ~Author Unknown

    Cathy has been at KinderCare since September of 2014. She teaches our Jr. Toddlers. She received her Early Childhood Education Associate Degree from NorthCentral Technical College. Ms. Cathy takes pride in getting to know her families on a personal level so she can understand and help each child individually learn and grow. Ms. Cathy has ears that families can come to in need and she will try to help the best she can.
    Her classroom can look chaotic some days, but she is letting the children learn independence and to learn through play. Ms. Cathy enjoys observing the children and the adventures they learn everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cathy has ten years in family child care, two and a half years in a child care center.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12.5 years
    Early Childhood Education Associate Degree
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, 4K D.C. Everest School District

    I enjoy seeing the children excited to learn each day. I love having the opportunity to make a difference in their lives.

    Ms. Karen has been the 4K teacher at KinderCare for two years. She loves spending time with children and helping them learn and grow. She is married with a young daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with family.

    Previous Experience:
    After graduating from UW Green Bay, Ms. Karen worked as a substitute teacher in a number of different schools and child care centers in Houghton, MI, Sturgeon Bay, WI, and Wausau, WI.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Middle Childhood Education; Minor in Mathematics
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, 4K Assistant

    I love watching the children learn and grow each day!

       Stephanie has been our 4K Assistant teacher since the Fall of 2014. She is currently going to school at Northcentral Technical College to get her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. In her spare time she loves playing with her two dogs and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Graduating in December 2015 with Early Childhood Education Associates Degree
  • Ms. Lacey, Suport Staff

    The children's happiness brings me happiness.

    Lacey is new to our center. She is currently enrolled in her Child Development Associate Certificate. Lacey is a loving mother two young children and a husband. She enjoys spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Lacey does not have childcare experience, but she has been a CNA for two and a half years before deciding to take a new career path.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Mariah

    Ms. Mariah, Support Staff

    I love my day, from the minute each child walks in smiling! Each day at my job is an adventure; the children can always catch me by surprise with something wonderful!

    Ms. Mariah began her early childhood education during her Junior year at DC Everest High School. She began working at KinderCare in October of 2014. Ms. Mariah started as a float until June 2015 when she became lead teacher of the Discovery Preschool 2 classroom. In her classroom they always use silly and creative ways to learn!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Assistant Child Care Teacher Certificate, will be obtaining her Child Development Associat Certificate
  • Ms. Janessa

    Ms. Janessa, Support Staff

    It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.

    Ms. Janessa did her practicum here at KinderCare in 2011-2012 before she was hired. She got her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education at Northcentral Technical College. She loves to watch the children grow and learn  everyday. She also loves to watch the children over come a hard task. Ms. Janessa loves to build special relationships with her children and families. She also loves to spend time with her family, friends and loves to be outside.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Early Childhood Education Associates Degree
  • Ms. Peggy, Cook

    When making choices in your life, good or bad you must live with them.

    Ms. Peggy has been at KinderCare for over 5 years. She has many years if food service, and a great sense of humor. Ms. Peggy always has time to give a child a hug.

    Previous Experience:
    18 years food production, 4 years Assistant Cook
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Serv Safe Certification

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Our learning program starts as early as 6 weeks of age and continues through our school-age program. Our program is enhanced with rich learning environments.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
The day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

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 interior doors of the building have a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. A door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a Center staff member. At Schofield KinderCare we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. The Health and Safety Coordinator’s role includes conducting monthly earthquake and fire drills, ensuring that all staff’s First Aid and CPR certificates are up to date, as well as Shaken Baby and SIDS prevention, and maintaining the center’s high cleanliness standards.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

   My daughter has been going to KinderCare for the past two years off and on. When my daughter came back the second time I couldn't see her going any place else. She loves coming to daycare. She is always telling people about how she loves it and things she does and the teachers she sees. I myself like KinderCare so much that when I found out they were hiring I applied.

- Mother

   My son has been coming to KinderCare since he was 9 months old. He'll be 4 in October. Throughout these three and a half years I've had the pleasure of getting to know his teachers not only as care givers, but as friends. They have helped us work through some family problems and behavior problems. I truly believe he is so smart and observant because of all the wonderful people at KinderCare By two and a half years old, he was learning his ABC's and counting. Now that's impressive!!!

   I have taken tours of other daycares. I would recommend KinderCare to anyone who is looking for childcare. When I drop him off every morning before work, I know he is safe and with teachers who care about him. I can't imagine my son going anywhere else!!!

- Mother

The teachers are so warm and loving! They treat your children as their own. Whenever I ask my girls who they would like to invite to their birthday parties, they always say they want to invite their teachers! Warms my heart!!!

- Mother

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