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St. Francis KinderCare

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

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.

Ms. Sally Truettner, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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.

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.

  • Ms. Michelle Holland

    Ms. Michelle Holland, Assistant Director

    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 by Gail Carson Levine

    Year Started:
    5/1/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Educational Studies; Associate's 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 Classrooms 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:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Administrator's Credential
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Infant Classroom

    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 with a simple smile or hug. Her goal is to make everyone who comes her way feel so special!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Julie volunteered at Milwaukee Public Schools in a Prekindergarten Classroom for four years. She has also previously worked as a Director and supervisor.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Maybe a Band-aid Will Help by Anna Grossnickle Hines and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

    Year Started:
    12/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Merita

    Ms. Merita, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Merita was an Infant Teacher at the Maple Grove KinderCare in Minnesota from 2006 to 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 eight years, and has been with the St. Francis KinderCare since 2013.
    Year Started:
    10/2/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    ECI; ECII; Infant / Toddler; Bachelor's Degree in Bio-Chemistry
  • Ms. Sandy

    Ms. Sandy, Infant Classroom

    This is Ms. Sandy's tenth 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:
    12
    Education:
    ECI; ECII; Infant / Toddler Certification
  • Ms. Kim, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Kim joined our team and instantly connected with 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30+
    Education:
    ECI and ECII
  • Ms. Marria, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Marria joined the St. Francis KinderCare fresh out of high school. She has experience in all the classrooms and has created a strong relationship with the families. Ms. Marria strives to bring creativity to each classroom and to all the children in her care. She is currently pursuing a degree in education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marria is also a Sunday School teacher.
    Year Started:
    1/29/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    ECI; ECII; Degree in Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Kathleen

    Ms. Kathleen, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    ECI Credential
  • Ms. Ayesha

    Ms. Ayesha, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. 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 beautifully themed classroom each month and by creating and implementing engaging lessons. Her Discovery Preschool curriculum radiates throughout her classroom!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ayesha was a teacher in India and a nanny for two years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    All books by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    11/14/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Carlie

    Ms. Carlie, Preschool Classroom

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

    Year Started:
    12/9/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ashley, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Ashley grew up in a small town called Weatherly in Pennsylvania. She graduated from college in 2011 with bachelor's degrees in elementary education, special education, and early childhood education. She's been working with children since she was 18 years old. She currently moved to Wisconsin from Pittsburgh, where she was a Kindergarten Teacher. Ms. Ashley is a perfect asset to our KinderCare team and we are just so happy to have her!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley taught children through college. She has been a substitute teacher for the local school district subbing, a fourth and fifth grade special education teacher, and a kindergarten teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    1/6/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, and Special Education
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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 beautifully displayed themes and engaging interactions with her children.  

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Danielle has been a Director, Assistant Director, K4 Teacher, Preschool Teacher, Infant and Toddler Teacher, and School-Age Teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

    Year Started:
    4/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    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 13 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 homework, eat a healthy snack, and interact with 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
    Education:
    ECI; ECII; Infant / Toddler Credential
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Ashley has been a part of our team since 2012. Her flexibility carries 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:
    4
    Education:
    ECI; Bachelor's Degree (In Progress)

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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

  • Hindi
  • Albanian, Urdu

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • 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, you should check with your Center Director for specific closures. 

Health and Safety

Safety is our number one priority here. We have a keypad entry system in our entrance and all fences and doors are locked. We have a sign-in and sign-out book in the entryway 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 gives me all the information I need 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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