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St. Francis KinderCare

Sally Truettner, Center Director

4692 S. Whitnall Ave. St. Francis WI 53235
(414) 482-3366 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Off of Pennsylvania Ave. and Layton Ave. between Hardees and Pick n Save Mall

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cudahy District: Lincoln, Parkview, Kozi, Saint Francis: Willow Glen, Deer Creek Milwaukee Public: Clement, Burdick

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Welcome

Welcome to the St. Francis KinderCare! We welcome both children and families into our KinderCare family by building strong relationships which foster caring and trust. Each day we strive to enrich children's lives by providing our quality programming in a fun and nurturing learning environment. We welcome you and your child to join us in our adventure of enjoying lifelong learning.

Sally Truettner, Center Director

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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.

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.

Math

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

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.

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  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

The teachers and staff at our St. Francis KinderCare are caring and dedicated to providing quality education to all children. Our teachers have a combined 120 years of experience in early childhood education and are committed to continuing education and professional development. Teamwork, compassion, hard work, and the pure joy of being part of the children's lives makes the staff at our KinderCare truly successful.

  • Michelle Holland

    Michelle Holland, Assistant Director

    Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I will learn." - Benjamin Franklin

    Ms. Michelle started with KinderCare in May 2010 at our Franklin center. In 2013 she transferred to our St. Francis center as the Prekindergarten teacher. Ms. Michelle's passion has always been for educating children, and it shows through her bold, creative and educational enhancements in her classroom. Recently, Ms. Michelle has taken on a new role as the Assistant Center Director to St.Francis Kindercare. 
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ella Enchanted
    Year Started:
    5/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelors degree in Educational Studies & Associates degree in Early Elementary Education
  • Ms. Nicki, Program Specialist

    Ms Nicki has so much love and experience to give to our Kindercare center. She has had the opportunity to work in both the Discovery Preschool and Preschool classroom as a lead teacher mentoring and training our new lead teachers.  She is an amazing leader and mentor to all of our teachers. Recently, Ms. Nicki has taken on a new role as the Program Specialist. She works closely with the teachers in each classroom and continues to make an impact on both the teachers and the students each day. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "It's the Bear" by Jez Alborough
    Year Started:
    1/22/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
    Education:
    CDA & Administrator Credential
  • Ms. Ayesha

    Ms. Ayesha, Discovery Preschool

    My Ayesha is the sparkle to the Discovery Preschool Classroom! She has continued to make a difference in all of her students lives by creating a beautiful themed classroom each month and by creating and implementing engaging lessons. Her Discovery Preschool curriculum radiates throughout her classroom!

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher in India and a nanny for 2 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    All books by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    11/14/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    CPR, Introduction to Child Care, First Aid
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Infants

    Ms. Julie is very passionate about everything she does, especially when it comes to her infant classroom! She takes the growth and development of her children very seriously, watching as they go from one phase to the next big accomplishment! She makes everyone's day from a simple smile or hug, making everyone who comes her way feel so special!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Julie voluntered at Milwaukee Public Schools in a Pre-k classroom for four years. She has also previously worked as a director and supervisor.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Maybe a Band-aid will Help" & "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"
    Year Started:
    12/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Intro to the Childcare Profession, Skills & Strategies, Fundamentals of Family, SIDS, Shaken Baby, CPR/Firrst Aid and Fundamentals of Family
  • Ashley, Pre-k

    Choose happy.

    Ashley grew up in a small town, Weatherly in PA. She graduated from college in 2011 with a Bachelors in Elementary/Early/Childhood/Special Education. She's been working with children since she was 18 years old. She currently moved to Wisconsin from Pittsburgh PA where she was a Kindergarten teacher. Ashley is a perfect asset to our KinderCare team and we are just so happy to have her!

    Previous Experience:
    Early Childhood teaching through college, School District subbing, 4th and 5th grade Special Education teacher, and one year as a kindergarten teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
    Year Started:
    1/6/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelors of Arts in Elementary, Early Childhood
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Pre-k

    Ms. Danielle began working for KinderCare in April of 2015. Ms. Danielle's passion is working with our Pre-k children. She brings spark to her classroom with beautiful displayed themes and engaging interactions with her children.  

    Previous Experience:
    Director, Assistant Director, K4 teacher, Preschool Teacher, Infant & Toddler teacher, and Schoolage teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
    Year Started:
    4/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Associates degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Merita

    Ms. Merita, Infant

    Ms. Merita was an infant teacher at the Maple Grove KinderCare in Minnesota from 2006-2013. In early 2013 she transferred to the St. Francis KinderCare as the infant teacher. Ms. Merita comes to her classroom each day a provides a nurturing environment for the infants in her care.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Merita has held a variety of teaching positions over the past 8 years, and has been with the St. Francis KinderCare since 2013.
    Year Started:
    10/2/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    ECI, ECII, Infant & Toddler, Bachelor's Degree in Bio-Chemistry
  • Ms. Sandy

    Ms. Sandy, Infant

    This is Ms. Sandy's 10th year with KinderCare. Throughout the years, Ms. Sandy has displayed unconditional devotion to the infants and families in her care. She has shown this through her soft and patient approach with the children and her daily conversations with families.

    Year Started:
    10/20/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    ECI, ECII, Infant & Toddler
  • Ms. Kim, Toddler

    Ms. Kim joined our team, and instantly connected wtih the children and families in her classroom. She brings 30 years of early education experience with her, and strives to provide the best possible care for her students.

    Year Started:
    2/17/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    ECI and ECII
  • Ms. Marria, Toddler

    Ms. Marria joined the St. Francis KinderCare fresh out of high school. She has experience with all the classrooms, and has created a strong relationship with the families. Ms. Marria strives to bring creativity to each classroom, and all the children in her care.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marria is also a Sunday School Teacher
    Year Started:
    1/29/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    ECI, ECII, Pursuing Education Degree at UWM
  • Ms. Kathleen

    Ms. Kathleen, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Children are the future.

    Ms. Kathy has worked in Early Childhood Education for five years. Since joining the St. Francis KinderCare, Ms. Kathy has taught in all of our classrooms, which has given her the opportunity to know each of our families. She enjoys the smiles on the children's faces as they discover something new.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kathleen has previous experience working as a teacher for Children's World.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    ECI Credential
  • Ms. Carlie

    Ms. Carlie, Preschool

    Ms. Carlie joined our KinderCare team late last year. She has spent time in several classrooms, and currently team teaches in the Preschool classroom. Ms. Carlie shows a persistant devotion to the education of her students.

    Year Started:
    12/9/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Pursuing an Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Marcia

    Ms. Marcia, School Age Classroom

    I love my job and the joy I receive from making a special impact on a child's life by showing them love and respect.

    Ms. Marcia began working for KinderCare this past November. She brings thirteen years of early education experience with her. Ms. Marcia strives to make a positive impact on the lives of her students by showing them love and respect. She will provide your child with a safe place to complete their homework, eat a healthy snack and interact with their friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marcia has previous experience working as a Lead Teacher at Jackson's Daycare since 2000.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    ECI, ECII, Infant & Toddler Credential
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Schoolage Classroom

    Ms. Ashley has been apart of our team since 2012. Her flexibility caries her to every room in the building. During the summer she is primarily the Assistant Teacher in the School-Age classroom. Ms. Ashley brings creativity and variety to her enhancement plans. She loves the enjoyment that the children receive from her classroom activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley had a previous teaching position with another child care facility.
    Year Started:
    11/26/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    ECI & Currently pursuing Bachelor's of ___ degree at UWM

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

  • Albanian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We will be closed during 2015 in observance of the following holidays:
January 1, 2015; May 25, 2015; July 3, 2015; September 7, 2015; November 26, 2015; November 27, 2015; and December 25, 2015.
We are also closed two days for Professional Development Days. Professional Development Days (PDD) are two days of scheduled training for our teachers. This is an opportunity for teachers to learn and grow in their positions.  The professional development days are typically Presidents Day and Columbus Day. The center is closed on these days.

Health and Safety

Safety is our number one priority here. We have a key code in our entrance and all fences and doors are locked. We have a sign-in and out book in the entry way that families are required to fill out at drop off and pick up. We have Child Supervision Records in the classrooms that the teachers check every half hour. We also ensure that the proper authorized individuals are picking up the children by verifying their photo identification and comparing that to the paperwork that was submitted by the parent.

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.

As a mother of a premature baby, when it was time for me to go back to work I was very worried. I was worried because my son required a heart monitor, extra attention, and just plain worried because I couldn't be the one caring for him daily. But after I found KinderCare, it was a little easier to know they accepted kids with a variety of different needs and children with no special needs at all. The daily sheet they write out gave me all the information I needed to find out how my son's day was and the fact that the staff works with every baby individually as well as a group. I can now say I think of the staff as a family because my son and I love the care and the people at KinderCare.

- Mother

My children have been attending KinderCare since they were Infants. I know that when I'm at work my children are in the best possible care. The staff and management team at the St. Francis center have always made our family feel a part of their KinderCare Community.

- Father
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