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Hampton KinderCare

Ms. Christy Wills, Center Director

2500 Hampton Ave. St. Louis MO 63139
(314) 645-8300 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
The Hill

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We do not transport to any schools. The following schools provide transportation to our center: St. Louis Language Immersion; Shaw VPA; Mason; Mullanphy Investigative Learning Center; Wilkinson Early Childhood Center; Mallinckrodt A.B.I.; Kennard

Welcome

Welcome to the Hampton KinderCare! We are located near Hampton and Highway 44 on The Hill, close to downtown St. Louis. Walking in our front door, you will immediately feel welcomed by our friendly staff and cozy environment. Each room is designed to foster your child’s individual growth and development. From our Infant Classroom to our Prekindergarten program, our teachers are passionate about each child’s success!

Ms. Christy Wills, 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

May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

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

Welcome to the Hampton KinderCare Learning Center, the premier early childhood learning center. Our teachers and staff provide a balanced and thoughtful approach to each individual child. Classroom activities are intended to help your child explore, share, and grow. Self-expression is always encouraged and practiced through movement, music, art and play, which all emphasizes social, emotional, and physical development. We provide a high-quality educational environment to your child through enriched daily activities, safe classroom environments, and quality staff members. As a staff, we are dedicated to both the education and the safety of your child. It takes a village to raise a happy, healthy child. We’re committed to a supportive partnership with parents to help families thrive. If you at any point have any questions for us, feel free to stop in the office, call, or email with the contact information provided. We feel privileged and honored that you have chosen our establishment for your child. Thank you for trusting your loved one with us.

  • Ms. Christy Wills

    Ms. Christy Wills, Center Director

    Ms. Christy began her career with KinderCare in Belleville, Illinois as a Preschool Teacher in 1992. Shortly after, she knew this field was her passion and she began moving up in the company. By 1997, Ms. Christy took on the role as Center Director. During that time, she also began her family and has four amazing children! Her oldest is 24 and her youngest is nine, so she has a full house! Ms. Christy has a master's degree in early childhood administration and is always looking to continue her education. She truly believe we never stop learning and also believes the best way to stay relevant in a field is to always continue to learn. Ms. Christy loves sharing the amazing things she sees our children do here at the center every day with their parents. Ms. Christy knows she has the most amazing career! She loves what she does, knowing that the children in her care are learning. 

    Year Started:
    12/7/1992
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education Administration
  • Ms. LaShawnda

    Ms. LaShawnda, Infant Classroom

    Ms. LaShawnda is a big kid at heart and loves everything about her job. One of her best qualities is being open with the families. She is always available to talk to the parents. She also loves the Wet and Messy portion of our Infant curriculum. She always has something fun for them to do. During the month of April, the theme was Growing Gardens and she always had soil out for the kids to play with. In the month of June, the theme is Wonderful Water. She always has the kids playing in water! Ms. Lashawnda knows that rich sensory experiences provide developmentally appropriate opportunities that enhance brain development and introduce concepts such as cause-and-effect, trial-and-error, and object performance. She would love to show you her classroom!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. LaShawnda has taught school-age children and infants at a local church for two years.
    Year Started:
    9/4/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Infants


    Ms. Ashley has been with KinderCare almost a year now! Her infant classroom is full of the littlest ones. Her classroom helps foster the daily development of your infants mind and body. With activities like Wet and Messy that help infants understand the world around them and focused Community Time that helps support your infants social and emotional development, Ms. Ashley’s room has it all!
    Previous Experience:
    Worked with infants for 2 years at another early childhood center
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Working towards her CDA
  • Ms. Sha'Vonne

    Ms. Sha'Vonne, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Sha’Vonne has been with KinderCare for five years. Ms. Sha’Vonne does a great job of communicating with her parents every morning. She knows how important it is to make sure we know what your baby's unique needs are so he or she will thrive in our care. She makes sure her room is warm, welcoming, and safe. Her room is set up so your baby has the freedom to move and explore, because physical development is important for infants to master. Ms. Sha’Vonne loves sharing and celebrating developmental milestones with her families. She makes sure that she selects activities that are just right for your child! Stop by to see what she has planned this month!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sha'Vonne has worked at early childhood centers in the Illinois area for five years.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Calla

    Ms. Calla, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Calla loves working with the infants. Ms. Calla helps foster the daily development of children's minds and bodies. She does a great job making sure that your infant is engaged in activities that will help his/her own personal development. She makes sure there are plenty of fun things to do in the classroom, like experimenting with toy instruments and rattles.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Calla has worked as a nanny for three summers with older children.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Hannah

    Ms. Hannah, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Hannah has been a nanny for several different families before coming to KinderCare. One of the families had a newborn, so she has experience with infants. Ms. Hannah is a classically trained musician and feels that music is very soothing to infants as well as a positive outlet for children to express their emotion. She loves being able to help the infants explore a variety of creative media, such as art, music, and movement. We are happy to have her as a part of our family. 

    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Neonatal Nursing
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Jenny has been with KinderCare for over 20 years! She knows that toddlers learn through discovery. Ms. Jenny wants to make sure the toddler environment is a safe place for her kids to discover new things on their own. Ms. Jenny has set her room up to provide opportunities for toddlers to move about and use their natural curiosity to explore beginning math, science, and literacy concepts! She would love for you to stop by and see the fun the kids have while learning throughout the day!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jenny has had over 20 years of experience here at KinderCare and another six years at a different early child care setting.
    Years in ECE industry:
    27
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Yvonne

    Ms. Yvonne, Toddler Classroom

    You will see Ms. Yvonne paired up with Ms. Jenny in the Toddler Classroom! Ms. Yvonne is currently working toward achieving her associate credential. She gets to practice what she is learning in class with the children. Ms. Yvonne knows that toddlers are just learning how to create relationships and learning how to play with friends. Through guidance and encouragement, Ms. Yvonne helps toddlers feel safe while participating as part of a larger classroom community. That sense of community is important to encourage early in children!

    Year Started:
    3/24/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Amanda has just moved into our Toddler program and is jumping right in. She used to work in the Preschool Classroom, but loved the toddlers! Ms. Amanda knows that language and literacy development is key to such young learners. The language-rich environment focuses on communicating and expressing thoughts, feelings, and experiences. She is also implementing sign language for her youngest learners who haven’t mastered all of their vocabulary yet!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amanda worked at another early childhood center for six years and in the Special School District for seven years.
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Brittany loves to let the toddlers get messy! There are so many art activities for the toddlers to explore. Through a variety or age-appropriate materials the toddlers can express themselves through, including artwork, songs, and movement. There is a lot to do in the classroom. Music is always going! She also knows the importance of communication with families. She makes sure that regular teacher-family communication is a top priority.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Antonia

    Ms. Antonia, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Antoina has been with KinderCare for a little over two years now. She has worked in a variety of rooms, including Infant and Toddler Classrooms, but she has landed in our Discovery Preschool Classroom. You will always see here with a smile on her face to greet you in the mornings! Ms. Antonia knows that your two-year-old is ready to take on the world, and she does a great job of building their confidence to encourage them to explore and discover. In Ms. Antonia’s class, children get the freedom to solve problems while they develop important skills in reading, math, and science. Ms. Antonia is currently a student at Missouri Baptist University.

    Year Started:
    5/5/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Barb

    Ms. Barb, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Barb has been with KinderCare for over 20 years. She knows that prekindergarteners are ready to learn and soak it up like a sponge. Ms. Barb knows that now is the time that shapes future leaders. Ms. Barb helps children understand and interact with the work around them. She makes learning concrete and relevant to their experiences through hands-on activities, daily routines, and imaginative play. She encourages and supports the children in her room to help build their self-confidence and self-help skills.

    Year Started:
    9/1/1991
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Becky holds her associate's and bachelor's degrees in elementary education from Harris Stowe State University. She brings years of experience working with multiple age groups to the center. She knows that learning happens every day and loves to see it when kids learn something new. Ms. Becky knows that prekindergarteners are thirsty for knowledge, so she makes sure that her classroom is rich with activities that help with their cognitive development, such as responding to open-ended questions, engaging in representational thought involving symbols, and pretend play. She does a great job of preparing your child for the next big step – kindergarten! Ms. Becky would love to have your family join her for a group time, so you can see the learning in action!

    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Mrs. Maggie

    Mrs. Maggie, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Maggie is a valued member of our family. She loves watching them grow up to be the best person they can be. Ms. Maggie works hard to ensure that your child will have age appropriate activities all through out the day. She loves having the infants explore the Discovery Baskets. Each month there is always something new for them to explore! She also loves talking to the parents about how their child’s day went. She loves sharing all about their experiences. Ms. Maggie knows how important communication is when talking about your child.  

    Previous Experience:
    Worked as a nanny and at other early childhood centers for several years.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Jessica has recently moved from the health care field to early childhood education. Seeing children grow and reach new milestones is very rewarding to Ms. Jessica. She provides a safe and nurturing environment, as well as educational. You can feel safe knowing that your baby is in her hands. You will always see Ms. Jessica smiling and talking to the babies in her class, just like you would do at home! She is committed to creating a strong bond with your child that makes our center feel like a home away from home!

    Previous Experience:
    In-home daycare (three years), Caretaker and Therapist to the elderly and disabled (12 years)
    Year Started:
    1/30/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    MO State Certified Nursing Assistant and Restorative Therapist

Upcoming Center Activities

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May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

Monday May 29, 2017
Center Closed for Memorial Day

About Our Center

Here at the Hampton KinderCare, we are committed to providing your child the highest quality early childhood education in a safe, nurturing environment where care and learning focuses on the whole child. Our programs are leading the way in early childhood development, with a focus on six areas: language and literacy, social and emotional development, creative expression, physical development and wellness, executive function, and cognitive development. With personalized attention in a literacy-rich environment, your child will quickly gain new skills that will prepare him or her for the next stage of development. Our curriculum programs are based on early learning standards that lead to success in elementary school and beyond. We're proud to tell you that a state study found that more KinderCare children are fully ready for kindergarten then those who enroll in other programs! 

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • French
  • Albanian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day - Teacher Professional Development Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day - Teacher Professional Development Day
Thanksgiving
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

We pride ourselves on providing our children and families with a clean, healthy, and safe environment to learn and grow in. Before you even step foot in our building, you will notice some of our safety features, like fenced playgrounds and a secured keypad entry system in our lobby. Walking into our building you will continue to see our safety features, such as a cleaning and sanitation process in each of our classrooms and throughout our building. Providing a safe environment starts with our youngest, tiniest friends: Our Infant Classroom Teachers practice safe bottle procedures and are trained in safe sleep. We all take pride in participating in monthly fire drills, emergency weather drills, and lock-down procedure drills. You can have peace of mind knowing every smiling teacher who greets you is First Aid and CPR certified. Our Health and Safety Coordinator would love to talk to you in more detail about the daily tasks she completes to ensure the health and safety of every child in our care.

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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The caring teachers and staff are just one of the things my family loves about the Hampton KinderCare. Every day the kids are excited to go to school to be with their friends and see their favorite teachers. I know that while I am at work, they are being offered a wonderful environment that supports and caters to their needs. The mix of structure and free play offered in Ms. Barb's class really supports a learning environment that encourages children to develop and grow both socially and academically at their own pace. Because of this, I have no doubt my twins will be ready for kindergarten come the fall!

- Mother

Our daughter is thriving thanks to Ms. Anna and the other teachers in the Toddler program at Hampton KinderCare. She is excited to come to school every morning and lights up when she enters her classroom. Ms. Anna keeps us well informed each day about our daughter work through her resistance to napping and some toddler behavior that needs to be curbed, including discussing ways to ensure consistency in our approach to these issues at home. The collaboration, patience, care, and stimulating learning environment provided by the Toddler program have been amazing for our daughter!

- Parents

My children have attended Hampton KinderCare for over a year now. Upon moving from New Jersey to St. Louis, we were very apprehensive as to where our children would attend daycare. The staff is extremely caring, compassionate, and motivated to ensure each child's day is fulfilling and educational. The facility is kept very clean and organized, activities are planned based on educational motivation, and at the end of the day, my children are happy and well cared for! Having three children close together can make things challenging from day to day, and I am so appreciative of the staff's help and attention to detail regarding my children. I would highly recommend Hampton KinderCare to any parent looking for a wonderful place for the nurturing and growth of their children.

- Mother
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