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Martindale KinderCare

Mandy Kostman, Center Director

5416 Martindale Rd. Shawnee KS 66218
(913) 441-9202 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Belmont, Clear Creek, Prairie Ridge, and Riverview


Welcome to our Nationally Accredited West Shawnee KinderCare!  Our School is nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac with easy access to 435 and Kansas Highway 7 in Western Shawnee.  

Our tenured and educated teachers take pride in ensuring your child is immersed in a loving and nurturing environment that fosters a love of learning.   

We are more than a daycare and/or child care center; we are a School that has been nationally recognized for providing exceptional curriculum that is designed to meet each child’s individual needs. According to new data, kindergarten students who experience our high quality early childhood education were on average 4 months ahead of their peers nationally. The study was conducted using the Terra Nova, a widely-used standardized assessment tool. These findings are consistent with other assessments, including previous results from the Maryland Model for School Readiness, which measures the impact that our learning programs have on children. Students enrolled in KinderCare centers for more than 1 year yielded even higher scores. 

We invite you to experience the accreditation difference by scheduling a tour at our school.

Mandy Kostman, 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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

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.

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


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.

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.


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?

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to the Nationally Accredited West Shawnee KinderCare! Our tenured staff has almost 100 years of combined experience working with children.   

As a Nationally Accredited early learning center, our teachers go above and beyond state and local regulations. All staff members are CPR and Pediatric First Aid Certified as well as trained in Safe Sleep practices. KinderCare provides high quality training over the minimum amount required by the state.   We use positive child guidance and use an all-inclusive approach to helping children build social skills that last a lifetime. We also give every teacher the opportunity to get their Child Development Associate through our company and additional support for furthering their education.

Come and visit our KinderCare family soon to see all the wonderful things we can offer your family!

  • Mandy Kostman

    Mandy Kostman, Center Director

    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!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mandy was a public school teacher for 13 years and has spent the last five years working in childcare.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Masters in Administration and Bachelor's in Elementary Education
  • Brandi Ulmer

    Brandi Ulmer, Assistant Director

    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!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brandi has worked in numerous preschools along with teaching public school.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Art in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Infant Classroom

    I am the lead teacher in our Infant room. I love 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. 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 teaching them through developmental milestones to help the children get ready for their next step.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Associate of Art Degree in Early Childhood Education, Pediatric First Aid and CPR, Safe Sleep Practices
  • Miss Chelsea

    Miss Chelsea, Multi-Age Classroom

    Ms. Chelsea is the Transitional Toddler room teacher! She has a passion for loving, nurturing, and educating young children. Her job impacts so many children to be life long learners, and that gives her an amazing purpose.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Last semester of Associate in Early Childhood Education, Pediatric First Aid and CPR, Safe Sleep Practices
  • Miss Brittany

    Miss Brittany, Toddler Classroom

    I chose early childhood because of my joy of being with children. I am inspired by knowing I'm able to provide a safe and loving environment for children every day while they are away from their parents. I love watching my students master a skill and the pride they have when they accomplish even the smallest tasks.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate in Arts, Pediatric First Aid and CPR, Safe Sleep Practices
  • Ms. Sandy

    Ms. Sandy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I am the Lead Teacher in our Discovery Preschool room. I am inspired by the smiling faces of the children in my care and I take pride in knowing that they are in a safe environment. I love working with young children and watching them grow.

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Pediatric First Aid and CPR, Safe Sleep Practices
  • Mr. X'zavier

    Mr. X'zavier, Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children and seeing them learn. I am motivated by seeing children get the education they need and am inspired by seeing my students happy faces every day. I work hard by giving them the best education I can and love watching them learn and the honesty they have.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Master's in Early Childhood Education and Psychology, Pediatric First Aid and CPR, Safe Sleep Practices
  • Miss Jessica

    Miss Jessica, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I chose working in early childhood because of my passion for working with children. I love the hugs and smiles I get from the kids as well as support from their families. My favorite part of teaching is watching a child accomplish a goal and the look they have when they reach their goals.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Pursuing RN, Pediatric First Aid and CPR, Safe Sleep Practices

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

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

Health and Safety

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.

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.

I started my search for a daycare while I was still in my second trimester of pregnancy.  From my first phone call to my first visit, Malynda put me completely at ease.  I felt great knowing my son was going to be in such a great and supportive environment.  I was not just dropping him off somewhere where he would be babysat all day; I was taking him to a place that would be teaching him, even at such an early age.  The group of teachers they have there are amazing.  They have an awesome team approach.  I know my son is in great care.  Throughout the day, he is learning things that I know we could not teach him at home.  Even at only three-months-old, I have already seen a change in him.  I love how detailed they are with me about him. When I arrive at the end of the day, I know exactly what he did, how much he ate, how he acted, and what he learned while I was not with him.  Everyone there is so helpful, caring, and patient.  They do not even mind my several phone calls during the day to check on my baby.  They have made my transition back to work so much easier than I thought it would be.  I'm very pleased with KinderCare and can't wait to see what they have in store for my son as he gets older.

- Mother

Thank you so much for everything you have done to make our experience at KinderCare such a positive one. Luke and Linden have both grown so much since starting and they love it here. We will sure miss you all and hope you stay in touch.

- Parents

Thank you KinderCare teachers for all you do every day for our little ones. They have helped them grow and learn to become good kids! Special thanks to Kage's teacher, Jessica, for all of her hard work and caring about the kids.

- Parents

My son has been going to Martindale KinderCare for over six months. The management is open and, most of all the teachers are very kind, involved, and caring towards the children. I really like the way KinderCare encourages the kids to build character and individuality. They have good detailed curriculum for the kids. The teachers really care about the kids and I am always hearing at home about how much my son loves Ms. Sandy, Miss. Stephanie and Miss. Jessica. My son really loves to go here and he has learned so many things. I'm glad to have found this daycare and would highly recommend it.

- Parents

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