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St. Charles KinderCare

Ms. Leah Patterson, Center Director

1900 Zumbehl Rd. St. Charles MO 63303
(636) 946-7681 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Located next to the Zumbehl Commons

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Harvest Ridge, Harris, Discovery, Coverdell


Welcome to the St. Charles KinderCare. We are very excited to meet with you and your family! We believe in developing the whole child, so we place an emphasis on assisting children's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Our experts designed our classrooms, and every activity and lesson, to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. Conveniently located in the heart of St. Charles next to the Zumbehl Commons Shopping Plaza, our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials to help your child connect spoken words and print, and develop early literacy and writing skills. We believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parents consider us an extension of their families (their village). Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but you will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Ms. Leah Patterson, 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.

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


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.

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center, the premier early childhood learning center. As a staff, we are dedicated to both the education and the safety of your child. If you at any point have any questions for us, feel free to stop in the office, call, or email. We feel very privileged and honored that you are considering our establishment.

  • Ms. Leah Patterson

    Ms. Leah Patterson, Center Director

    "I love working with children, talking to them, and listening to them. I encourage them to reach beyond their dreams!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Leah started working at KinderCare in 1998 as a Toddler Teacher while attending college at Lindenwood University. After college, she went to work as a third grade teacher for four years. In 2008, Ms. Leah accepted a management position at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education; Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling
  • Ms. Nicole Nelson

    Ms. Nicole Nelson, Assistant Director

    Ms. Nicole has been with KinderCare since 2010.  She loves coming to work and seeing all the smiling faces.  Watching the kids grow and develop is such a rewarding feeling for her.
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Lin

    Ms. Lin, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Lin has been with KinderCare since 1996 teaching all age groups, including kindergarten and infants. Her career has been centered around the education of children.  She graduated college with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. Over the years, Ms. Lin has taught school, had her own in-home daycare, and worked with youth through the YMCA. She has been a Girl Scout Leader and Boy Scout Cub Master and she also was a substitute teacher. Her family includes five adult children and four grandkids, three of which are triplets! Her weekends are always busy keeping up with all of her family's activities.

    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
  • Ms. Lisa, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Lisa has been with KinderCare since 2004. She started working with the school-agers and continued up until her center consolidated with another. She then began working at the St. Charles KinderCare. Ms. Lisa is now a Toddler Teacher and she is enjoying getting to know the children and the toddler ways!

    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. MaryLou

    Ms. MaryLou, Infant Classroom

    Ms. MaryLou looks forward to coming to work every day to love her babies and watch them grow and develop. Each day brings a new adventure and she takes pride in preparing each child to move up to the next classroom and seeing them keep going as they grow.

    Years in ECE industry:
    Degree in Child and Family Development
  • Ms. Natalie

    Ms. Natalie, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Natalie has worked at KinderCare for over three years. She started as a cook, but quickly realized she wanted to interact with children more. In 2012, she became the Multi-Age Specialist and enrolled into Rasmussen College for their Child Development program. A few months later, the Infant Teacher position was offered to her and Ms. Natalie feels that she is exactly where she should be. She absolutely loves her babies and her classroom. Ms. Natalie's favorite thing to do with her children is creative arts and spends a lot of time researching new ideas.

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  • Ms. Annie

    Ms. Annie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Annie has worked for KinderCare for over nine years. She has spent most of her time in the Preschool Classroom. She loves getting parents involved in everyday activities and themes and welcomes visitors anytime.

    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Brandi

    Ms. Brandi, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Brandi has been working at KinderCare for two years. She previously worked with two-year-olds before starting in our Toddler Classroom. She is currently attending school for dental assisting. Her favorite things to do in the classroom are art projects and reading and singing with her class.

    Years in ECE industry:
    Degree in Dental Assisting (In Progress)
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Melissa has worked with toddlers at KinderCare since 2011. Before coming to KinderCare, she had over ten years of experience working with children of all ages. Ms. Melissa is currently working on her degree in social work. Ms. Melissa enjoys doing creative art and sensory projects with the children in her classroom.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Brandi

    Ms. Brandi, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Brandi has been working for KinderCare since early 2014 and she loves it! All of her children are her babies and she loves them like they are her own. She looks forward to seeing their beautiful smiles and bright faces every day, and misses them when they are gone.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Colleen

    Ms. Colleen, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Colleen started working at KinderCare in 2011. She loves teaching the toddlers. They have so much fun learning through play and are always excited about new things.  Ms. Colleen's favorite things to do with her class are art and sensory projects and singing and dancing.

    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Rejhana

    Ms. Rejhana, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Rejhana loves to see children learn and grow.

    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Karla

    Ms. Karla, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Karla has worked at KinderCare for over 14 years. She taught in the St. Louis Public Schools for over 30 years before retiring. She teaches because for her it's the most enjoyable way to help mold a child. She feels it's all about caring and nurturing the children. In her classroom, she likes her style of teaching because it's all about making learning fun!

    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Tracy

    Ms. Tracy, Learning Adventures

    Ms. Tracy has her bachelor's in early childhood and elementary education and her master's in curriculum and instruction, both from the University of Missouri at Columbia.  She became the Prekindergarten Teacher at KinderCare in 2010. She enjoys getting her students ready for kindergarten by helping them practice self-control, sight words, addition, etc. She also enjoys introducing her students to Spanish words and phrases. Vamos a aprender!

    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education; Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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

  • German
  • Spanish
  • Bosnian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

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

The St. Charles KinderCare places the health and safety of their children first at all times. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator on staff Monday through Friday who ensures the safety requirements and compliance of state regulations. The center is locked at all times, and there is a single entrance in and out of the building requiring keypad entry. All of our playgrounds are fenced, and we are surrounded by a well-established, safe neighborhood. Each and every teacher has been CPR and First Aid certified.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I have three children ages 18, 12, and one. I am so happy to say that all three have attended St. Charles KinderCare. The love and dedication that the teachers have for my children is so amazing. My youngest is in the Toddler Classroom. I know when I leave him for the day he is in good hands, he is happy, he is safe, and he is learning so many things. He is with family!

- Mother

We have been a part of the St. Charles KinderCare family for almost seven years. Both of my girls have grown up here! The education and the love they have, and continue to receive, while at KinderCare has given them an unparalleled foundation in education and encourages to try new things. I don't know where we would be without KinderCare!

- Mother

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