Traleece Graves, Center Director
Ages: 16 MONTHS to 12 YEARS
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Orange Hunt, Cardinal Forrest, Keene Mill, West Springfield, Rolling Valley Now serving Kings Park Elementary!
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
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 Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. Kids in this delightful and delicious program whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
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.
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
My three year old daughter has been with Ms. Kristin for nine months now and I've been impressed with how well she knows my daughter even though she only attends part time. From working closely with her physical therapist in the class when she had one, to helping me get the pacifier away and get her potty trained, she has been a great support. She has provided me with excellent feedback on her progress and been open to hearing my concerns. My seven year old daughter attends after school and on most school holidays and has lots of fun! Whether they are working on a cooking project or making up a game, she has made some good friends who attend other schools which I think is really great. As a family, we love and appreciate Parents Night Out! Being new to the area without family makes it difficult to have a date night, this has been really helpful to us. Whenever I had a concern, Andrea, Chris and Bibi heard me out and acted swiftly to rectify the situation. Whether I am popping my head in the office with a quick question or just to chat, they always make me comfortable and greet my girls with a warm hello or hug.
Carolyn K. - KinderCare Parent
We enrolled our daughter into the West Springfield KinderCare initially based on location. Living and working in Springfield, we wanted a center that would be accessible and had hours that supported both of our work schedules. We also needed an environment that would be supportive of our daughter as she had some speech and communication delays. The transition for our daughter was just wonderful. The center director sent me pictures on the first day so that I could see her in class and happy. Her teacher and the assistant have treated her like she is their child and provide a tremendous amount of encouragement and support for our daughter and her language needs. The entire staff know her by name and on those days when she decides to show all of her true three year old colors, they are all right there to give her a hug and help get her back on track. We have loved our experience thus far and look forward to one more fantastic year!
Valerie H. - KinderCare Parent
We've been a part of the KinderCare family for about a year now. The staff goes out of their way to welcome the boys every day. We love the pre-school program and the teachers. My son is excited to go to KinderCare every day, which means a lot to me. The facility is well run and the teachers are wonderful to our kids, and us too!
Leigh Ann S. - KinderCare Parent
Our daughter Megan has been attending KinderCare in West Springfield for nearly two years and we have loved watching her flourish socially and educationally. We have had an even better experience than expected as it relates to her finding a happy place that she's excited to visit every day and have also been amazed by how quickly she's advancing verbally since starting her phonics class at the center. And, when we hit a rough patch with an incident at the school, the entire staff was supportive, transparent and made changes and worked with us to ensure that Megan is safe and trusts her teachers and environment.
Julie P. - KinderCare Parent
My son was at KinderCare for 2.5 years and when it came time to decide what pre-school my daughter would go to, there was no question what our choice was going to be -- the KinderCare on Bauer Drive in Springfield. My son was and my daughter is extremely well cared for both academically and emotionally. The center teachers understand that each child is different but create an environment where all of the children are included and loved. The center director and assistant director manage the facility seamlessly and ensure it is a safe and clean environment every hour of every day of the week. I am very lucky that this day care and learning center is so convenient to my house since I would not choose any other.
Susan K. - KinderCare Parent
“It is clear that the entire staff at West Springfield Kindercare genuinely cares about the school, the children, and the curriculum. They have gone out of their way to make us feel welcomed and valued. They take action where ever needed and this flexibility and willingness to help is priceless. The facility is filled with artwork and projects made by the kids and it is clear that the teachers and staff make a significant effort to ensure that the kids are engaged and learning in a fun way. Any concerns that pop up are addressed promptly, patiently and in a tailored way that best fits with our kids or situation. Best of all, our kids LOVE their school and teachers and as a result have really blossomed. My older son has actually come home counting in Spanish!
Rebekah L. - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.