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Schofield KinderCare

Ms. 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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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Weston, Rothschild, Mountain Bay


Welcome to the Schofield KinderCare. We are very excited to meet with you and your family! Our learning center is more than a daycare--we believe in developing the whole child, so we place an emphasis on assisting children's 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.

Ms. Torey Tilton, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

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


Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at the Schofield KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. The majority of our teachers have a credential or 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.

  • Ms. Torey Tilton

    Ms. Torey Tilton, Center Director

    I love that moment when children do something for the first time, seeing the excitement on their faces.

    Ms. Torey had the opportunity to stay at home with her children while they were young. When her boys were a little older, she found KinderCare and made it her home! She started at KinderCare in 2007 teaching two-year-olds. Ms. Torey also taught different age groups before being promoted to Assistant Director 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. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sport-oriented boys.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Torey started her career in child care in a few different centers. She has experience with all age groups.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate 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 ten years. She started her career working with school-age children at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. She attained her child development associate credential 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 had two and a half years of experience with School-age Services at Fort Campbell before coming to KinderCare and teaching preschool for six and a half years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Carolyn

    Ms. Carolyn, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Carolyn started at KinderCare in July of 2011. She taught in the Toddler Classroom for two years before moving to the Discovery Preschool Classroom. She loves teaching in her classroom and watching the children grow and learn. Ms. Carolyn is always happy to hear what the children have to say. Some of her favorite daily activities are group time and art, because 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 Classroom a fun place to be.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Carolyn has worked at one other center from October 2003 until July 2011, when she came to join our KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Lead Teacher Certificate; Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Sabine

    Ms. Sabine, Toddler Classroom

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

    Ms. Sabine has been with KinderCare over a month and enjoys it very much. She has over ten years of experience working with children from birth to age four. Ms. Sabine has two teenage children--a daughter who is 16 and a son who is 13. She loves to bring fun and hands-on activities to her classroom. Learning colors, shapes, and numbers early on can help a great deal in the growth of a child.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sabine worked at Mountain Bay Elementary for eight years and at Wausau Childcare for one year.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Information Processing; Department of Public Instruction Certificate with the State of Wisconsin
  • Ms. Alyssa

    Ms. Alyssa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

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

    Ms. 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. Ms. Alyssa loves spending time with the children outside exploring and teaching them new things. Ms. Alyssa enjoys reading stories to the children and being at their level interacting with them.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Cathy

    Ms. Cathy, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Cathy has been at KinderCare since September of 2014. She teaches our toddlers. She received her associate's degree in early childhood education 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 is always willing to lend an ear to families 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 every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cathy has spent ten years in family child care along with two and a half years in a child care center.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, 4K Classroom

    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 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 the University of Wisconsin at 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:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Middle Childhood Education; Minor in Mathematics
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, 4K Classroom

    I love watching the children learn and grow each day!

    Ms. 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 associate's 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lacey, Support Staff

    The children's happiness brings me happiness.

    Ms. Lacey is new to our center. She is currently enrolled to obtain her child development associate credential. Ms. Lacey is a loving mother to two young children and has a husband. She enjoys spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lacey does not have child care experience, but she was a CNA for two and a half years before deciding to take a new career path.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Mariah

    Ms. Mariah, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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 career during her junior year at DC Everest High School. She began working at KinderCare in October of 2014. Ms. Mariah started as a floater until June 2015, when she became lead teacher of the Discovery Preschool Classroom. In her classroom, she and the children always use silly and creative ways to learn!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Assistant Child Care Teacher Certificate; Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Janessa

    Ms. Janessa, Support Staff

    Ms. Janessa did her practicum here at KinderCare in 2011 to 2012 before she was hired. She got her associate's degree in early childhood education at Northcentral Technical College. She loves to watch the children grow and learn every day. She also loves to watch the children overcome a hard task. Ms. Janessa loves to build special relationships with her children and families. She also loves to spend time with her family and friends, and loves to be outside.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • 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 five years. She has many years of experience in food service, and a great sense of humor. Ms. Peggy always has time to give a child a hug.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Peggy spent 18 years working in food production and four years as an assistant cook.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    ServSafe Certification

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

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

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

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

Our learning programs start as early as six weeks of age and continues through our School-Age program. Our programs are 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 system that only authorized family members have the code needed to enter. A doorbell 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, 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 Schofield 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 about the 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 Schofield KinderCare since he was nine months old. He'll be four in October. Throughout these three and a half years, I've had the pleasure of getting to know his teachers not only as caregivers, but as friends. They have helped us work through some family 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 child care. 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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