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South Milwaukee KinderCare

Ms. Michelle Nelson, Center Director

1801 East College Ave. South Milwaukee WI 53172
(414) 762-0045 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
South Milwaukee: Blakewood, E.W. Luther, Rawson Lakeview. Cudahy: Parkview, General Mitchell, J.E. Jones, Kosciuszko.

Welcome

Welcome to the South Milwaukee KinderCare. We offer our families and children a safe and healthy environment where we teach children in a loving and nurturing setting. We have been a part of the community for over 25 years and are active participants in many community events. We provide the children a quality learning program where we encourage creativity and give them a chance to learn and grow.

Ms. Michelle Nelson, 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

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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

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.

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

Learning is meant to be a natural, joyful experience. We know that children learn by playing, experimenting, exploring, and testing, and that they flourish when the process of discovery is lovingly encouraged and gently reinforced. Our teaching staff at the South Milwaukee KinderCare takes great pride in the education and care we provide. We strive to meet and exceed all of your expectations. The staff at our center has been dedicated to educating children many years.  We have a wonderful caring staff with many years of early child care experience, including three teachers who have been with our center for more than 20 years each.

  • Ms. Michelle Nelson

    Ms. Michelle Nelson, Center Director

    Ms. Michelle has been with KinderCare since 1992, when she started at the center as an assistant teacher and found her passion. She continued to gain knowledge in the field and took classes to become a lead child care teacher. She taught in the classroom for seven years before moving up into the Assistant Director position and she is now the Center Director. Ms. Michelle enjoys working in the office and still being able to spend time in the classroom with the children. She also enjoys spending time with the families of our center and being an active part of the community. She has a great fondness for working with the wonderful staff at the center. She loves when the children stop in the office for a visit.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Michelle has previously worked as an assistant teacher, lead teacher, and Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    3/9/1992
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
    Education:
    Early Childhood I & II; Associate's Degree in Child Development; Administrator's Credential
  • Ms. Dawn

    Ms. Dawn, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Dawn has been with KinderCare since 2005. She has completed her child development associate credential in infant and toddler certification. Ms. Dawn believes in  providing a safe, loving, and nurturing environment with the infants in her care. She spends her days teaching, playing, singing, reading, and giving the children meaningful learning experiences in the classroom. She loves working with infants and being able to watch them grow and learn new things.

    Year Started:
    9/6/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
  • Ms. Milka, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Milka has been with KinderCare since April of 2016. She enjoys bringing fun art projects into the classroom so the children can express their creativity. Ms. Milka loves to watch the children learn from the things she taught them. She is inspired each day by the connection she has with the children and their families.

    Year Started:
    4/13/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Emily S., Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Emily joined our KinderCare team in April of 2016. She has a bachelor's degree in economics and data analysis. Ms. Emily brings excitement and learning through music and songs into her classroom. She loves to watch the children learn new skills and pick up new things every day. She is inspired by the positive impact that she has on the children.

    Year Started:
    4/18/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Julie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Julie has been with KinderCare since 1991. She is very creative in the classroom and provides wonderful learning experiences every day for the children in her classroom. Ms. Julie creates wonderful lasting relationships with the families and her students. Ms. Julie cares for the children in her class as if they were her own and is always interacting and facilitating new learning experiences to promote development.

    Year Started:
    9/10/1991
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
  • Ms. Haley, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Haley has been with KinderCare for a total of five years. She is currently enrolled at Rasmussen College and will complete her associate's degree in early childhood education this fall. Ms. Haley loves to be a part of preparing children for the next step in life. She also enjoys helping to shape the minds of the world's greatest asset: children! She is inspired by family members who have helped guide her into the profession.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Associate's Degree In Early Childhood Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Valerie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Valerie has been with KinderCare since 2014 and  is currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay to obtain her degree in early childhood education. Ms. Valerie has a passion for her work and loves learning new things to teach and pass on to her students. Her main goal in the classroom is not only to provide a loving environment for the children, but to also enrich their lives with learning while having fun.

    Year Started:
    5/19/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Stephanie, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Stephanie has been with KinderCare since April of 2016. She has completed one early childhood education course and is working on the second one. Ms. Stephanie enjoys reading new stories with the children and seeing how excited they are about reading. She loves teaching her class new things every day.

    Year Started:
    4/20/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    ECI and ECII
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Jessica has been with KinderCare since 2015 and is inspired by teaching children to get them ready for the next level of school. She knows that the learning she provides helps the children build the foundation for their learning journey and for all their bright futures. Ms. Jessica provides a learning environment rich in reading and writing to strengthen these skills for school readiness.

    Year Started:
    1/12/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Angelina, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Angelina has been with KinderCare since October of 2016. She brings a calm voice and compassion to our Prekindergarten Classroom. Ms. Angelina enjoys getting down on the children's level and talking with them about their day. The smiles that meet her at the door inspire her to continue to grow as a teacher.

    Year Started:
    10/12/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Kristen, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Kristen has been with KinderCare since February of 2016. She has extensive experience working with children with special needs. Ms. Kirsten's favorite part about teaching is being a part of shaping the minds of children and preparing them for the world. She is inspired each day by their smiles and by knowing that she makes a difference in children's lives.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kristen spent 17 years working in the school system as a paraprofessional.
    Year Started:
    2/25/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Paraprofessional Certification
  • Ms. Emily L., School Age Classroom

    Ms. Emily has been with KinderCare since June of 2016. She has completed both early childhood education courses. Ms. Emily enjoys playing sports with her classroom and teaching them about new things every day. She enjoys helping the children with their homework and being a part of their lives. She is inspired each day by the smiles and excitement she gets when she walks into the room.

    Year Started:
    6/8/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    EC1, EC2
  • Ms. Sue

    Ms. Sue, Learning Adventures

    Ms. Sue has been with KinderCare since 1992. She is the center cook, bus driver, and most importantly, our Learning Adventures Teacher! Each week she finds new and exciting recipes for the children to create! Her cooking classes consist of four to eight children, which allows each child to explore the science of cooking and the art of tasting new foods! Ms. Sue’s favorite part of her job is allowing the children to learn and explore through cooking!

    Year Started:
    2/5/1992
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    EC1 and EC2
  • Ms. Brooke, Support Staff

    Ms. Brooke has been with KinderCare since the summer of 2015. She currently attends Wisconsin Lutheran College, where she is pursuing her undergraduate degree in education. Ms. Brooke enjoys spending time with the kids giggling and having fun. She loves to be able to see the children grow and learn from the activities that she does with them. Ms. Brooke was inspired by her grade school teachers to teach and be the best teacher she can possibly be.

    Year Started:
    6/20/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education (In Progress)

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Health and safety are our number one priority here. Our center features a keypad entry system that requires a code for entrance into our center. This code is changed a minimum of two times per year. We have a secure, fenced-in outdoor play area where the children can play in a  protected environment. We keep Child Supervision Records in the classrooms, where the teacher checks attendance every half hour and center management reviews these records a minimum of three times a day. We have a sign-in and sign-out book located at our parent center that families are required to fill out at drop-off and pick-up. We ensure that only authorized people are picking up the children by verifying their photo identification and comparing them to the paperwork that was submitted by the parent. We clean our classrooms and main center areas daily and sanitize the center nightly, following all state and company health and safety guidelines to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all the children in our care.

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 am writing this to recommend South Milwaukee KinderCare Learning Center, which I have known for three years, as a candidate for your family's child care needs. In this time with KinderCare, I have watched my son grow exponentially and have been very pleased with his progress. My son is my firstborn and has been in child care since he was 12 weeks old... he is now three years old.  I cannot say enough about the child care providers at KinderCare and the role they have played in molding my little boy into the smart, funny, and handsome little man he's grown to be today. At first, I was very reluctant to entrust strangers with my child--I admit it was very stressful and difficult for me to deal with. I feel I have been blessed with a healthy son and I am very protective over him. In the beginning, the separation anxiety was mutual and it was tough to overcome those feelings.  Now I can sincerely say that I feel as if they watch over his well-being the same way that I would. My son is treated as if he were family. The caregivers at KinderCare have grown a great bond with my son and he truly enjoys his time with the staff. The instructors have learned how to handle his little personality and I am grateful for that. I could not have done it without the help of KinderCare. I truly couldn't be happier and as a full-time working parent, the fact that I never worry about them with my child is worth its weight in gold! I have no doubt KinderCare will be a valuable asset as your child care provider and I give my highest recommendation.

- Father

I wanted to give my personal recommendation for other families to enroll their children into the Phonics program at KinderCare. I cannot say enough about this program. I enrolled my daughter into the Phonics program in September of 2011 when she was three years old. Today she is still in the program and just turned four in December. She absolutely loves this program. On the days she has Phonics class, she comes home telling me about what she has learned and what they are working on. I cannot say enough about Ms. Judy and how well she does teaching my daughter all the concepts of phonics. Ms. Judy really gets excited to see how my daughter is growing each and every day in the world of reading. Ms. Judy ensures that my daughter is always growing and learning. If she sees that she knows a concept they were going to discuss for the day, she moves on to the next one. She doesn't see a point in holding my daughter back when she is willing to learn so much more.

- Mother

We wanted to let you know how much our son, who is two, is enjoying his weekly visits to South Milwaukee KinderCare. He looks forward to the chance to learn and socialize and has expressed that he wishes his mother would get a job there so he can attend daily instead of once a week. We appreciate the good job you are doing! Thanks!

- Mother
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