Mandy Kostman, Center Director
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Welcome to Martindale KinderCare in Shawnee, Kansas. We have a lot of experience in the child education field. In fact, between our eleven staff members, we have a combined 109 years of experience. We all look forward to having you become a part of our KinderCare family. Our passionate team is committed and dedicated to meeting all your child’s development needs: social, emotional, physical and intellectual, all while having fun! You can be confident that you will be treated as an important member of our family. So, come join us now! It would be our honor and privilege for you to be a part of our family!
Mandy Kostman, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
Welcome to the West Shawnee KinderCare! Our staff is dedicated to making sure your child leaves having had a great day while he or she has been learning. As a Nationally Accredited early learning center, we provide more than a daycare as we work hard every day to meet each child's individual and developmental needs. As part of our emphasis on the safety and well being of your child, all of our teachers are CPR and Pediatric First Aid certified. We pride ourselves on sending children home from our center safe, clean, and happy at the end of each day. Family and friendships bloom in our school and we are always looking to add another member to our growing KinderCare family! With our high-quality early education program, we provide great learning experiences and give your child all the tools they need to be successful upon entering elementary school. Come and visit us soon to see all the wonder things our West Shawnee KinderCare can offer!
Ms. Mandy has a passion for making a difference in the lives of students and staff. She has known since a young age that she wanted to be a educator. She has recently been the director of a small center that grew very quickly and is excited to become part of our team. She is dedicated to supporting our growth and looks forward to meeting all the new families!
Brandi Ulmer has been with KinderCare for almost two years and has many years of experience in Early Childhood Education. She has worked as a teacher for KinderCare and has recently stepped into the role of Assistant Director at our Martindale location!
I love to teach all of the children how to be messy in their artwork. I enjoy creating memories and pictures for mom and dad, as well as teach them through developmental milestones to help the children get ready for their next step.
Ms. Amanda is the lead teacher in our Infant room. She started at KinderCare in 2010. Ms. Amanda is First Aid and CPR Certified. Ms. Amanda loves seeing the smiles on the children's faces every morning, knowing that they are going to learn and grow together with all of us at KinderCare. She loves to teach all of the children how to be messy in their artwork. She enjoys creating memories and pictures for mom and dad, as well as teaching them through developmental milestones to help the children get ready for their next step.
Ms. Jessica chose working in early childhood because of her passion for working with children. She loves the hugs and smiles she gets from the kids as well as support from their families. Her favorite part of teaching is watching a child accomplish a goal and the look they have when they reach their goals.
Challenge yourself to do better every day, smile, and brave through it.
Ms. Kayla loves working with children and seeing their smiles and laughter inspire her every day. We are excited to have her be a part of our KinderCare family!
Good, better, best never let it rest until your good is better, and your better is best we expect is success.
Ms. Kayleaf wanted to work in Early Childhood Education so she could give each child a positive start in life. She is inspired by knowing that she can make a difference in each child's life. She loves seeing each child's eyes light up when they learn something new.
Ms. Stephanie is always excited to try something new and she chose Early Childhood because being around children has always felt natural to her. She has worked with multiple age groups, including teens. She loves that young children see the world so literally and inspiring children to try something new is what inspires her.
He loves to watch them learn and the honesty they have.
Mr. X'zavier loves working with children and seeing them learn. He is motivated by seeing children get the education they need and is inspired by seeing his students happy faces every day. He works hard by giving them the best education he can and loves watching them learn and the honesty they have.
Ms. Brittany chose early childhood because of her joy of being with children. She is inspired by knowing she's able to provide a safe and loving environment for children every day while they are away from their parents. She loves watching her students master a skill and the pride they have when they accomplish even the smallest tasks.
I love working with the toddlers and watching them grow.
Ms. Sandy is the Lead Teacher in our Discovery Preschool room. She has been employed with KinderCare since March 2000. Ms. Sandy is inspired by the smiling faces of the children in her care and takes pride in knowing that they are in a safe environment. She loves working with young children and watching them grow.
Mr. Jan is a teacher in the School Age room. He has been employed with KinderCare since January of 1992. He is amazed to see children when they understand the "wow" factor and enjoys being creative enough to show them something new everyday.
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.
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.
New Year's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
Two training days per year: President's Day and Columbus Day
Your children are our number one priority and we take all precautions in our daily routine. For instance, we have an on-site Health and Safety Manager. She keeps our center up-to-date with monthly drills along with making sure we have adequate first aid supplies at our center. We check photo identification cards of anybody picking up a child and check it against the pick-up list. Our center has an electronic keypad to gain access to the facility. All of our center staff members are First Aid and CPR certified.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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