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Oakville KinderCare

Christy Wills, 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.

Christy Wills, 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. Wednesday September 09, 2015
    1. Teddy Bear Day

      Celebrate National Teddy Bear day by bringing in your favorite Teddy Bear to share the day with you!

  2. Thursday September 10, 2015
    1. National Swap Ideas Day

      This is a reminder that your great idea is better shared with others than only kept to yourself! 

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.

  • Christy Wills

    Christy Wills, Center Director

    I love spending time with children and the opportunity to talk to families and ensure that a program is running at the highest level of quality. I feel like the greatest compliment I can receive is a child's hug at the end of the day and a parents smile!

    Christy began her career with KinderCare as a Preschool teacher in 1992 while she was attending college. She was promoted to Center Director in 1997 just after getting married. Christy then started a family of her own. She has four children, two boys and two girls. She completed her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2012 specializing in English as a Second Language, as well as Infant and Toddler Care. She also received an Illinois Preschool Credential level 5 as well as an Infant and Toddler Credential level 3. Christy completed her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Administration in 2013.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1992
    Tenure:
    23 Years
  • Shante Elliott

    Shante Elliott, Assistant 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 3 boys of her own and is also a licensed Foster Parent. She earned her Bachelors in Early Childhood Specializing in Special Education in 2012 and is currently working towards her Masters in Early Childhood Studies.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Baby Beluga by Raffi
    Year Started:
    3/27/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Alaina

    Ms. Alaina, Infant Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    6/25/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • 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:
    8 Years
  • Ms. MaryAnn

    Ms. MaryAnn, Toddler Classroom

    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 held several additional leadership roles for our program. MaryAnn has always held a special place for the toddler room, this is where she has spent most of her career. Supporting young toddlers growth and prepareing them for our preschool programs is very fun and rewarding.
    Year Started:
    3/26/1991
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24
    Education:
    AA in ECE
  • 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:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
  • Ms. Anne

    Ms. Anne, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Anne was an art major in college, studing both Art History and French. But her love for children kept drawing her toward a path in teaching.
    Year Started:
    9/5/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelors in Arts
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Discovery Preschool Classroom - Lead Teacher

    To teach is a great honor, challenge, and joy.

    Since January 2013, Miss Sarah has been at KinderCare, starting in the Infant/Toddler unit, and now the Lead in our Discovery Preschool program. She enjoys being a teacher and loves to engage the children and share meaningful moments with their families. Sarah is currently pursuing a Child Development Associate Certificate. She has cared for children for many years and is thrilled to be working with vivacious, energetic two year olds!

    Previous Experience:
    Before working at KinderCare, Sarah had been a Prekindergarten teacher at an early childhood center. She has worked with all ages ranging from six weeks to five years.
    Year Started:
    1/14/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Christy L.

    Ms. Christy L., Preschool & Prekindergarten

    I just love when that little lightbulb goes off and you can see a child  learn something new for the first time. It melts my heart every time.

    Christy began her education career just after starting college. She says she always knew she loved working with children. She began as an assistant teacher in our toddler classroom, but it was the preschool class she was drawn to.  When she took over the preschool classroom she was so surprised at how much fun you really can have at work! Christy loves to get the classroom excited and add new things to the classroom each week.

    Year Started:
    5/3/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelors in Early Education
  • Ms. Debbie H.

    Ms. Debbie H., Bus Driver

    I truly enjoy watching each child grow in their own way and become something special.

    Debbie has been with KinderCare since 2000. Ms. Nana is our Before and After School lead and has spent much of her time facilitating transportation for this program. Debbie has

    Year Started:
    1/1/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
  • 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:
    1 Year
  • Mr. Ted

    Mr. Ted, School Age

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

    Mr. Ted has been with KinderCare since June 2015 and is a teacher in the School Age room and Transitional Kindergartner 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
    Education:
    Bachelors in Psychology, Masters in Kinesiology
  • Mr. Matt

    Mr. Matt, Transitional Kindergarten

    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 by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    3/9/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Miranda, Preschool

    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
    Year Started:
    6/22/2015
    Education:
    Student in a Cyber Security Program with a Psychology minor

September 2015 Events

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  1. Wednesday September 09, 2015
    1. Teddy Bear Day

      Celebrate National Teddy Bear day by bringing in your favorite Teddy Bear to share the day with you!

  2. Thursday September 10, 2015
    1. National Swap Ideas Day

      This is a reminder that your great idea is better shared with others than only kept to yourself! 

  3. Friday September 11, 2015
    1. Parents Night Out

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      We will enjoy a prehistoric meal and watch "The Croods".

  4. Sunday September 13, 2015
    1. National Grandparents Day

      Today is National Grandparents Day!

  5. Monday September 14, 2015
    1. National hug your hound day

      Here at Kindercare we love our pooches, so go give your pooch a hug and a smooch!

  6. Tuesday September 15, 2015
    1. National Make a Hat Day

      Today is a day for making a fun hat that shows off your personality!

  7. Wednesday September 16, 2015
    1. National Play Doh Day

      Because who doesn't love to play with play doh?

  8. Thursday September 17, 2015
    1. National Citizenship Day

      Today we celebrate our Citizenship to the United States of America whether we born here or immgrated.

  9. Friday September 18, 2015
    1. National Cheeseburger Day

      Here at kindercare we love our burgers, especially cheeseburgers. So we encourage you to go and celebrate this day by having a delicous cheeseburger. 

  10. Monday September 21, 2015
    1. International Peace Day

  11. Tuesday September 22, 2015
    1. Elephant Appreciation Day

      Let's celebrate Elephants today!

  12. Wednesday September 23, 2015
    1. Checkers day

      Get your friends and challenge them to a game of checkers to celebrate Checkers day!

  13. Friday September 25, 2015
    1. National Comic Book Day

      Gather some comic books and get lost in an adventure. 

  14. Monday September 28, 2015
    1. National Good Neighbor day

      Here at Kindercare we believe that being a good neighbor is the neighborly thing to do. 

  15. Tuesday September 29, 2015
    1. International Coffee Day

      Because a hot cup of joe makes the world go round. 

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.

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.

Share Your Story
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

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

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

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

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
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