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Southgate KinderCare

Anne Kostecki, Center Director

15500 Reeck Rd. Southgate MI 48195
(734) 281-1111 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Off Eureka and Reeck

Eureka and Dix Toledo ***Please note this Center is located within a neighborhood***

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We offer before and after school care. We bus to: Allen, Eureka Heights, Hale Creek, and Taylor Exemplar

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We are very excited to meet with you and your family. 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 are committed to enhancing the educational opportunities for children, families, and dedicated professionals who serve them. We like to consider us an extension of your family. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for education and nurturing children.

Anne Kostecki, 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.

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

Our staff has a passion for educating in the Early Childhood Field. The majority of our staff has been employed at our center for over 12 years. Along with the desire to educate the children in our care our staff continues their education earning a Child Development Associate's credential and higher degree.

  • Anne Kostecki

    Anne Kostecki, Center Director

    Watching children open a box of crayons and creating a picture, I love seeing the faces of the children as they discover something new.

    Anne starting working at KinderCare in the summer of 1995. She received her degree in Early Childhood Education from Schoolcraft College She has experience working as a teacher, assistant director and now has the position of Center Director. She is a great support for our children, parents, and staff. Anne was raised in Southgate, Michigan and has been involved in Girl Scout leadership, the medical field, camping, and the theater. Anne spends her time during the day keeping our center operating smoothly and spending time in each classroom nurturing the children and supporting her staff.

    Year Started:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 years
    Child Development Associate's in Early Childhood Education
  • Sharron Brady

    Sharron Brady, Assistant Director

    I am inspired when I see children reaching out and grasping for more knowledge and I am privileged to be a part of their experience

    Sharron starting working at KinderCare in the summer of 1995. She has held the position of a teacher, assistant director, and health and safety coordinator. She is very passionate about the education of young children. Sharron was raised in Detroit, Michigan and has been involved in church activities, camping, and gardening.

    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Gretchen

    Ms. Gretchen, Infant Classroom

    The joy of seeing young children learning is really exciting.

    Ms. Gretchen is from the Downriver area and has been teaching at KinderCare in since 2007.  She has several years of training in the Early Childhood field. Before starting at KinderCare she worked with the Girl Scouts. Her desire to work with infants shows upon entering her classroom. Her room is warm and inviting and the babies smile when they see her in the morning.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Toddler Classroom

    I love being with the children and making a difference in their lives.

    Ms. Lisa is from the Downriver area and has worked for KinderCare for the past 15 years. She is very passionate about working with toddlers. She graduated from Michigan State University. Ms. Lisa also holds the title of Program Specialist.

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Family Community Services
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy being around children and have a passion for being in the early childhood education field.

    Ms. Maria has lived in the Downriver area for many years. She is very passionate about working with the toddlers and watching them become excited with the new things they are learning each day.  In Ms. Maria's spare time she visits her family in Mexico.

    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Coming to work brings lots of hugs and smiles, who would not love that!

    Ms. Karen has been on staff at our Downriver KinderCare for several years . Ms. Karen is passionate about helping her young Discovery Preschool children learn many firsts.  Her children are becoming more independent and learning to participate in more structured activities.  Ms. Karen takes great pride in the accomplishments of the children in her care.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Bachelor's Degree

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 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 all National Holidays.  We are also closed for two Professional Development Days each year.

Health and Safety

As a parent you can feel secure knowing that our center has a keypad entry, and fenced playground for the security of your child. Our staff has yearly training in CPR and First Aid by a qualified instructor.

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.

My son loves the Southgate location. He likes how the school lets him explore and learn new things. He's four and I can see the growth over time. I recommend this location to Downriver families in the area.

- Mother

We are just so grateful to all of you and so blessed to have found KinderCare.  The things that your center is doing for the development of young children is amazing!  It is so apparent that the staff has a genuine love for the children and the work you do daily. 

- Parents

My boys wanted to make a special card for the teachers at KinderCare Southgate. They wanted everyone to know that KinderCare is a place to learn and that the teachers ROCK!

- Parents

My son has Down Syndrome and requires Occupational, Physical and Speech therapy. Many of the same pedagogical strategies, classroom projects and gross motor activities mirror those of the therapy sessions. The staff is so loving, caring, and vested in the well being of my son. They truly are making a difference in not only my son's development and well being, but all those that pass through their doors!

- Parents

I looked around to six different centers before I decided on this KinderCare. I also tried the childcare at my work and there in no place as wonderful as this KinderCare.

- Parents

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