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Hampton KinderCare

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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Special Instructions:
Between Columbia and Hwy. 44

The Hill

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Our center does not provide transportation to any schools. Check with your child's elementary school to see if they will provide transportation to and from our KinderCare. This year the following schools provide transportation: Language Emersion; Shaw Elementary; Mason Elementary; Mullanphy Investigative Learning Center; Wilkinson Elementary, Mallinckrodt Elementary; Kennard Elementary

We're a very diverse center with a strong mix of families and teachers. We're always available with our open-door policy. Each staff member knows each child in our center. We offer a thematic curriculum based off the seven educational foundations (language and literacy, math, science, social studies, music, visual arts, health and physical ed).

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Welcome to the KinderCare School on Hampton! We are located near Hampton and Hwy 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 room to our prekindergarten program, our teachers are passionate about each child’s success!

Christy Wills, Center Director

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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


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.


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.


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. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

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

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to the Hampton KinderCare Learning Center, the premiere 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, emphasizing social, and 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 e-mail 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.

  • Christy Wills

    Christy Wills, Center Director

    Rachel got her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from Lindenwood University. After she graduated she became a Kindergarten teacher at Most Holy Trinity Catholic School in St. Louis. After two years of teaching, she was excited for a change. She got a job at the Manchester KinderCare as the school-aged teacher and quickly realized how much she loved working as a part of the KinderCare family. She then was promoted to Program Specialist where she taught all of the Learning Adventure Programs. Rachel realizes the value of the Learning Adventure Programs and believes they will give your child the advantage in school. Rachel then went on to become the Assistant Director at the Manchester KinderCare. She was very fortunate to grow and learn from all the Center Directors around her. She also served as the Center Director at the O'Fallon center. She is very excited to continue her career here at the Hampton KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Kindergarten Teacher at Most Holy Infant Catholic School
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Elementary Education
  • Ms. Christina

    Ms. Christina, Assistant Director

    Christina has been with KinderCare since 2008 and is the Assistant Director at the Hampton location. Prior to working at the Hampton location Christina worked in the Pre-Kindergarten and School-Age program at the Baumgartner location. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Truman State University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Missouri State University. Christina loves working with children because it makes her job fun. Not only does she get to enjoy smiles and hugs each day, but she gets to play games, listen to music, and dance with the children.

    She also loves to travel. Ms. Christina has visited over 15 different countries!
    Year Started:
    8 Years
  • 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 potion of our infant curriculum. She always has something out 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. And during 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:
    Taught school-age and infants at a local church for 2 years
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Currently working towards her CDA
  • Ms. Christina L

    Ms. Christina L, Infants

    Ms. Christina is a valued member of our team. She comes to us with several years experience at other Early Childhood Centers. She does a magnificent job of helping your child with their social and emotional development. She is always interacting with the children! You always see her singing, smiling, or just talking to every child, just like you would do! She is really committed to creating a strong bond with your child in a safe, fun “home-away-from-home” setting that feels like family!
    Previous Experience:
    Worked with infants for 3 years at another early childhood center
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • 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:
    Working towards her CDA
  • Ms. Sha'Vonne

    Ms. Sha'Vonne, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Sha’Vonne has been with KinderCare for four 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 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:
    Work at early childhood centers in the Illinois area for 5 years
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Taking classes toward her CDA
  • Ms. Calla

    Ms. Calla, Infants

    Ms. Calla is a new addition to our staff. She loves working with the infants. Ms. Calla helps foster the daily development of your child’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:
    Worked as a nanny for 3 summers with older children
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Toddlers

    Ms. Jenny has been with KinderCare for 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:
    She has had 20 years of experience here at KinderCare and another 6 years at a different early childcare setting
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Yvonne

    Ms. Yvonne, Toddlers

    You will see Ms. Yvonne paired up with Ms. Jenny in the toddler room! Ms. Yvonne is currently working toward achieving her CDA. 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Working towards her CDA
  • Ms. Amanda E, Toddlers

    Ms. Amanda has just moved into our Toddler program and is jumping right in. She used to work in the Preschool room, 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 that haven’t mastered all of the vocabulary yet!
    Previous Experience:
    Worked at another early childhood center for 6 years and in the Special School District for 7 years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Currently working towards her CDA
  • Ms. Sheena, Toddlers

    Ms. Sheena is new to our KinderCare team, but brings years of experience with her. She has worked for several different youth groups. She comes to us from Texas where she worked with toddlers for several years. She is busy learning all about the KinderCare curriculum and all it entails. She knows that KinderCare develops the whole child from language and literacy to executive function and social and emotional development to creative arts. She brings knowledge and experience to the table and we are happy to have her here.
    Previous Experience:
    Worked as a youth and teen site coordinator and preschool teacher based in Texas
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Aura

    Ms. Aura, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Aura knows that two year olds have a big agenda! They are navigating a newly discovered sense of independence and Ms. Aura knows exactly what to do to help guide them in their journey. Ms. Aura does it all! She knows that balancing language and literacy development along with social and emotional development is very important at this age. She provide age-appropriate activities that focus on specific executive-function skills, such as focus, attention, problem-solving and planning. Join Ms. Aura for her fun and purposeful small group times! The other day the kids were painting with ice cubes and water colors. There is something for everyone in the Discovery Preschool classroom!

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at several different centers through out her time in early childhood
    Years in ECE industry:
    Completing her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood in August of 2016
  • Mr. Moses

    Mr. Moses, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Mr. Moses has been working as a multi-age specialist for a year now. He transferred to our center from the Hazelwood KinderCare and we couldn’t be happier that he is here. He has lots of experience in all age groups but he really loves the Discovery Preschool classroom! He makes learning concrete and relevant to their experiences and what is important to them. Any kind of play can be turned into a learning experience with Mr. Moses around! Mr. Moses also gives the children the freedom to explore their independence while offering them the structure needed to build positive learning behaviors and prepare them for preschool. Mr. Moses does a phenomenal job of encouraging children to convey their ideas, thoughts, and feelings through speaking. He focuses on early reading skills and strengthen conversations skill through group sharing activities.

    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Antonia

    Ms. Antonia, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Antoina has been with KinderCare for a little over 2 years now. She has worked in a variety of rooms, including infant and toddlers. But she has landed in our preschool room. You will always see here with a smile on her face to greet you in the mornings! Ms. Antonia knows that preschoolers are ready to take on the world! And she does a great job of building their confidence that encourage them to explore and discover. In Ms. Antonia’s class they get the freedom to solve problems while they develop important skills in reading, math, and science.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Student at Missouri Baptist University
  • Ms. Cietta

    Ms. Cietta has worked all over the center! She has worked in all of classrooms. Ms. Cietta is always working with the kids, whether she is changing diapers or on potty patrol in the Discovery Preschool room or working with children in their writing journals in the Pre-Kindergarten room. Ms. Cietta always knows what needs to be done to keep your child happy, healthy, and growing! She has a great connection with all the children in the building! Ms. Cietta does a wonderful job helping, guiding, and inspiring children all over the center to reach their full potential.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Multi-Age Specialist
  • Ms. Barb S.

    Ms. Barb S., Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Barb has been with KinderCare for over 20 years. She knows that Pre-Kindergarteners 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:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Mr. Justin

    Mr. Justin, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    We are so happy Mr. Justin joined us again for the summer! He was busy finishing up his degree for Music Education. Mr. Justin loves to surprise the kids with impromptu music concerts. He knows that creative expression is important to pre-kindergarteners. Children are able to share thoughts, feelings, and ideas through music! He does a great job of planning activities that focus on planning and problem solving through investigation and exploration. Just the other the day he have kids use paper towel rolls to create marble mazes on the walls!

    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Music Education
  • Ms. Becky S.

    Ms. Becky S., Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Becky holds her Associates and Bachelors in Elementary Education from Harris Stowe State University. She brings years of experience in multiple age groups to the center. She knows that learning happens everyday 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors in Elementary Education, Harris Stowe State University
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Cook

    Ms. Amanda has worked for KinderCare for 11 years. She has worked in the toddler and discovery preschool room. She knows that providing healthy and yummy foods for children helps their growth and development. Family style serving is an important part of our day and we couldn’t do it without the help of Ms. Amanda!


    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

About Our Center

Here at the Hampton KinderCare we are committed to providing your child the highest quality early childhood education for our families, 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 these 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 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 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. With this in mind, we maintain a commitment to investing in the development of our unique curriculum, while continuing to exceed the highest national standards for early childhood education.

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
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 in our lobby. Walking into our building you will continue to see our safety features, including 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 partcipating 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 they complete 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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

The caring teachers and staff are just one of the things my family loves about KinderCare. Everyday 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.  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 if 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 3 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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