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St. Charles KinderCare

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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Special Instructions:
Schnuck's market area, behind McDonalds

Located next to the Zumbehl Commons

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Harvest Ridge, Harris Elem., Monroe Elem., Becky David Elem., Jefferson, Discovery Elementary School, Coverdale Elementary School

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Welcome to the St. Charles KinderCare. 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. 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 will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Leah Patterson, 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.

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 premiere 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 e-mail. We feel very privileged and honored that you have chosen our establishment for your child. Thank you for trusting us with your loved one.

  • Leah Patterson

    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:
    I started working at KinderCare in 1998 as a toddler teacher while attending college at Lindenwood University. After college I went to work as a third grade teacher for 4 years. In 2008, I accepted a management position at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    BA in Elementary Education and MA in Professional Counseling
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Assistant Director

    Angela began working with children right out of high school as a nannying, substitute teacher, and summer camp counselor.  She joined the KinderCare family as a prekindergarten teacher in 2005.  She became the assistant director in 2007 and then the center director in 2010.  She recently took the role as assistant director again to make more time with her family.  She loves working with children, parents, and the teachers in her center.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Nikki

    Ms. Nikki, Center Chef

    Ms. Nikki has work with children for most of her life.  Her mother was the director of a small preschool and from the time she was in first grade, she loved helping the teachers after school.  This eventually became her first job and by the time she graduated high school she knew working in the early childhood education field is what she was wanted to do with her life.

  • Ms. Brandi

    Ms. Brandi, Discovery Preschool

    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 everyday and misses them when they are gone.

    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    pursuing a CDA certificate
  • Ms. Ciera

    Ms. Ciera, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Ciera has worked in the Discovery Preschool room for over a year now.  Before coming to KinderCare, Ms. Ciera has many years of experience with children and caring for children.  Ms. Ciera loves playing dress up with the children as well as sensory projects in the class.  She is currently finished her degree in Media Studies/Radio Broadcast.  Afterwards, she plans on pursuing her CDA credential.

    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    pursuing a degree in Media Studies/Radio Broadcast
  • Ms. Natasha

    Ms. Natasha, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Natasha knows that she can make a difference in each child's life and that is truly what makes her happy.  Ms. Natasha loves being able to teach children and watch as they grow.

    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Discovery Preschool and Health and Safety Coordinator

    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
    CDA credential
  • Ms. Lin

    Ms. Lin, Infant

    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 B.S. in Health and P.E.  Over the years Ms. Lin has taught school, had her own in home day care 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 5 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:
    18 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  • Ms. MaryLou

    Ms. MaryLou, Infant

    Ms. MaryLou looks forward to coming to work everyday 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:
    25 years.
    Child and Family Development focus
  • Ms. Natalie

    Ms. Natalie, Infant

    Ms. Natalie has worked at KinderCare for over 3 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 Natalie feels that she is exactly where she should be. She absolutely loves her babies and her classroom.  Ms. Natalies's favorite thing to do with her children is creative arts and spends a lot of time researching new idea.

    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Ms. Tracy

    Ms. Tracy, PreKindergarten

    Ms. Tracy has her bachelor's in early childhood and elementary education and her masters in curriculum and instruction, both from the University of Missouri - 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:
    11 years
    Bacehlor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ms. Annie

    Ms. Annie, Preschool

    Ms. Annie has works for KinderCare for over 9 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:
    21 years
    CDA credential
  • Ms. Karla, Preschool

    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 teachers 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:
    14 years
    Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Leah

    Ms. Leah, Preschool

    Ms. Leah started in September 2014.  She is in the Preschool classroom and is devoted to helping children grow.  Before she joined the KinderCare team, she worked as a prekindergarten teacher and also worked at a preschool for low-incomed families.  She has volunteered for St. Charles school district, Youth in Need and a womens shelter called our Lady's Inn.  Since she started in this field, she plans on working with children the rest of her life.  She loves making the children laugh, especially with her "terrible" dancing and when they join in on her silliness, it makes it even better!

    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
  • Ms. Rejhana

    Ms. Rejhana, Preschool

    Ms. Rejhana loves to see children learn and grow.

    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
  • Ms. Brandi

    Ms. Brandi, Toddlers

    Brandi has been working at KinderCare for 2 years.  She previously worked in a two year old classroom 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:
    4 years
    pursuing a degree in dental assisting
  • Ms. Colleen

    Ms. Colleen, Toddlers

    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:
    3 years
  • Ms. Lisa, Toddlers

    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:
    11 years
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Toddlers

    Ms. Melissa has worked in the toddler room since 2011.  Before coming to KinderCare she has over 10 years experience working with children of all ages.  Ms. Melissa is currently working on her degree in social work.  Ms. Melissa is enjoys doing creative art and sensory projects with the children in her classroom.

    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years

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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

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.

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We have been a part of the KinderCare family for almost seven years.  Both of my girls have gorwn up here!  The education and the love they have, and continue to receive, while at KinderCare has given them an unparrelled foundation in education and encourage to try new things.  I don't know where we would be with out KinderCare!

- Mother

I have three children ages 18, 12, and 1.  I am so happy to say that all three have attended KinderCare.  The love and dedication that the teachers have for my children is so amazing.  My youngest is in the Toddler class.  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

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