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Oakville KinderCare

Shante Elliott, Center Director

2580 Baumgartner Rd. St. Louis MO 63129
(314) 846-0171 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEARS
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Special Instructions:
"At Baumgartner Rd. and Gebhardt" 1 block west of Telegraph

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Rogers, Point, Beasley Blades, Oakville, Queen of All Saints and Trautwein Elementary. Wohlwend (Bus picks up & drops off at Center)

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Welcome

Welcome to the Oakville KinderCare conveniently located on Baumgartner Road, just next to the Oakville shopping plaza. Our nationally accredited KinderCare provides a quality educational environment designed to foster your child's individual growth, which sets us apart from daycare programs. Our passionate teachers plan fun and enriched daily activities in our safe classroom environment. We work together as a partner with your family to create memorable moments and provide your child with exciting educational opportunities that will prepare them for a lifetime of learning. We welcome you to visit our early learning center and see why we are the premier preschool program in Oakville, Missouri.

Shante Elliott, 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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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. Friday December 09, 2016
    1. Parent's Night Out

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      Get your shopping done while your kids have some fun!

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at the Baumgartner KinderCare are what set us apart from anywhere else. We are very passionate about teaching and caring for each and every child that walks through our doors. Communication is key for us to be your child’s home away from home. We have ongoing conversations daily, Parent-Teacher conferences 3 times a year, on-going assessments of your child’s development and a daily sheet to take home that captures the highlights of each day. KinderCare offers continuing education at our Professional Development Day, two times per year, that focuses on the latest techniques in Early Childhood Education. Our teachers take pride in making each day designed for learning.

  • Shante Elliott

    Shante Elliott, Center Director

    I love when I see children get as excited about learning new things as I do!

    Shante began her career at KinderCare in March of 2002. She has taught in the Infant/Toddler, Discovery Preschool, and Preschool classrooms! Shante has been married for 13 years and has three boys of her own and is also a licensed Foster Parent. She earned her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Specializing in Special Education in 2012 and is currently working towards her Master's in Early Childhood Studies.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Baby Beluga by Raffi
    Year Started:
    3/27/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • MaryAnn, Assistant Director

    I love knowing I am going to see so many smiling faces every day, and then when I get the hugs and high fives too, it is just icing on the cake!

    MaryAnn began working at KinderCare 24 years ago. MaryAnn has worked with every age group in the center as well as holding several additional leadership roles for our program. MaryAnn has always held a special place for the toddler room because this is where she has spent most of her career. Supporting young toddler's growth and preparing them for our preschool programs is very fun and rewarding.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Big Bird's copycat day - Sharon Lerner
    Year Started:
    3/26/1991
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Education:
    Associate of Art in Early Childhood Education
  • Mr. Ted

    Mr. Ted, Program Specialist

    Not everyone can be great, But greatness can come from anyone. " - Ratatouille

    Mr. Ted has been with KinderCare since June 2015 and is a teacher in the School Age room and Infant and Toddler room. 

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Ted has worked with kids in many different contexts. He has a been an extended day counselor at an elementary school, as well as a counselor for children with autism. He also has been a soccer coach for children as young as preschool and as old as high school.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giver
    Year Started:
    6/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Psychology, Master's in Kinesiology
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Infant Classroom (Lead)

    Knowing that I make a difference in a child's life each day is what I love most.

    Ms. Donna has been with KinderCare since 2007. She has spent the past years of service as an Infant and Toddler teacher. Donna has three children of her own, and has lived most of her life in the South County area.

    Year Started:
    5/5/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
  • Ms. Sharone

    Ms. Sharone, Toddler Classroom

    I love working with children of all ages. It is so much fun to be a part of teaching children something new and helping them grow and learn.

    Ms. Sharone began her career with KinderCare almost 18 years ago as a preschool teacher. Over the years she has taught our infant, Discovery Preschool, and Prekindergarten programs before taking over the Toddler class. She loves to spend time in all the classrooms and really getting to know each and every child. She is always full of energy and never without a smile.

    Year Started:
    9/2/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
  • Miss Tia

    Miss Tia, Toddler Classroom

    I am raising two wonderful children and just graduated from college. I am looking forward to pursuing my master's degree. 

    Previous Experience:
    Worked with Foster Care and Investigations for the Department of Children and Family Services
    Year Started:
    8/1/2016
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art in Social Work
  • Ms. Kody

    Ms. Kody, Infant Classroom

    You're never too old to be young" - Walt Disney

    Previous Experience:
    She has experience working at the Bryan LHG child development center and also she has experience as a nanny.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Knuffle Bunny - Mo Willems
    Year Started:
    10/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Alaina

    Ms. Alaina, Discovery PreSchool

    It amazes me on a daily basis what each child is capable of accomplishing. Each day brings new accomplishments and surprises!

    Ms. Alaina has been with KinderCare since 2012. She has spent time working with preschool, but more recently found a love for infants. Ms. Alaina has lived and worked in the South County Area for most of her life. She is currently working towards a degree in early childhood education.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Fox in Socks - Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    6/25/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Salina

    Ms. Salina, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    We can not always build our future for our youth. But we can build our youth for our future." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Previous Experience:
    Lindbergh Early Childhood Education as a school age assistant. I have also directed a St. Louis County Parks summer camp.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Count the Monkeys" - Mac Barnett
    Year Started:
    8/1/2016
    Education:
    Associates of Arts in Education
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, PreSchool

    Previous Experience:
    CDA at Great Lakes Naval Base
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Grouchy Ladybug" - Eric Carly
    Year Started:
    9/15/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Preschool Classroom

    Be the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi

    My name is Stephanie and I've been married since May of 2014. I love to read and play the drums. I have been working with children since junior high and have loved every minute of it. It's one of my biggest passions. 

    Previous Experience:
    She has worked a before and after school program during high school. She has teaching experience in multiple preschool and special education classrooms during college. She has worked with adults with disabilities helping them to live independent lives.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
    Year Started:
    3/14/2016
  • Ms. Miranda

    Ms. Miranda, Prekindergarten Classroom

    None of us come to this earth to gain our worth; We brought it with us" - Sheri L. Dew

    Growing up as the oldest of 5 siblings, I have always loved being around kids! While working with them, I have learned and enjoyed so much about how they each develop their own individual personalities, and my biggest priority is creating an environment in which those characters constantly grow!

    Previous Experience:
    Kid's club afternoon teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin Jr, John Archambault
    Year Started:
    6/22/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Student in a Cyber Security Program with a Psychology minor
  • Miss Mikayla

    Miss Mikayla, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Education is the most important weapon you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

    My passion for teaching started at a young age. I started teaching swim lessons when I was 14. Since then I've volunteered in schools at home and then went to further my education at the university of Illinois. My students never fail to amaze me and I look forward to seeing them everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Mikayla was a camp counselor for two years, a swim instructor for five years and student taught at Kenwood Elementary in Champaign, Illinois.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Any Book by Mo Willems
    Year Started:
    6/16/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Mr. Matt

    Mr. Matt, School Age

    Every Child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up" - Pablo Picasso

    Mr. Matt has worked in the early childhood field for over a decade. His greatest reward is when a child realizes that they have learned something new. He teaches art classes to pre-school ages through adults, is heavily involved in the Metro St. Louis theater circuit. He lives in Illinois with his dog Mervin. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Shape of of me and other things - Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    3/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Charleyne, School Age

  • Ms. Debbie W.

    Ms. Debbie W., Cook

    It makes me happy to know that I am providing healthy meals and snacks for the children.

    Ms. Debbie has been with KinderCare since 2005. She has been our cook for the entirety of her service at the center. Currently, one of Ms. Debbie's four children attends the center. She has lived and worked in the South County area all her life.

    Year Started:
    9/6/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years

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. Friday December 09, 2016
    1. Parent's Night Out

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      Get your shopping done while your kids have some fun!

  3. Monday December 12, 2016
    1. Hot Chocolate and Special guest readers

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      Buddy the Elf will visit and read stories!

  4. Tuesday December 13, 2016
    1. Writing letters to the troops

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      We will be writing holiday letters of well wishes to our troops. 

  5. Friday December 16, 2016
    1. Classroom parties

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      Come celebrate with treats and friends at our holiday classroom parties. Please ask your child's teacher for more Information. 

  6. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

We are so excited to announce that our center will be introducing KinderCare's Early Foundations Transitional Kindergarten program. The Early Foundations Transitional Kindergarten is an enhanced learning program during which children work collaboratively while building a strong foundation for kindergarten and beyond. The program is designed to meet the needs of children who have completed or mastered prekindergarten but did not meet the cutoff date for kindergarten. Enhanced whole group-activities and project related learning activities help engage children in key competency areas such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. 

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

As you arrive at our front door, you will see our keypad entry system. When we start and end our days in our family gathering classrooms, you will see that safe, age appropriate toys and activities are available. Our CPR and First Aid certified teachers ensure the classroom environments are clean and safe every day. We conduct monthly disaster drills and have emergency plans in place for all natural disasters that may occur. The safety of your child is very important to us at the Baumgartner KinderCare.

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

KinderCare have been a part of our family for over a decade now and I could not imagine our lives without them. My boys have not only learned social skills, but they have also learned to be independent and have always been ahead in their classes. I love that we have gain KinderCare as part of our family for life!

- Father

Our preschooler loves her teachers and to go to school to learn, play and interact with her friends. Our infant also loves school and seems to learn new skills and develop more rapidly with the extra enrichment and interaction offered at KinderCare. Teaching our children an early love of learning is very important to us, and KinderCare helps us achieve that goal.

- Parents

As a working parent the most important decision you make is who will care for your child(ren). I personally look for a place that is going to expose her to learning and new experiences, all while caring for her the way I would. We have found this at KinderCare. My daughter is cheerfully greeted everyday by the wonderful staff. She loves going to preschool each day and is excited by what she is learning. Often times I am amazed at the knowledge my daughter has gained, all while playing. I highly recommend KinderCare.

- Parent

We've been part of this KinderCare family for five years and would not head anywhere else. In each class, all of my three children have received the special attention they deserve while being challenged to grow in their own special ways. I am always truly amazed at how the teachers seem to be able to make each child and family feel like they are truly cared about. The center management not only cares for the children but also makes sure to keep parents informed on any and all happenings, and takes any concerns very seriously. We are so fortunate to have found this place, and our children have always not only learned so much, but have also been very happy attending!

- Parents

We have been coming to this KinderCare for a couple of months now. My daughter LOVES the Prekindergarten classroom and I love seeing her progress and learn so many new things each day. After we recently moved, our daughter had a very hard time with the transition to a new school and now she even asks to go to Ms. Paige's class on the weekends! The center director and teachers helped her through the new transition and we could not be happier with the education and care we are receiving at KinderCare.

- Father
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