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Sterling Heights KinderCare

Michelle Lawler, Center Director

37201 Ryan Rd. Sterling Heights MI 48310
(586) 268-1680 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Northwest corner of Ryan and 16 Mile.

NW corner of Ryan Road and 16 Mile Road

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Due to low interest, we are currently not bussing to area schools

We consider our team of teachers a family, and we collaborate to meet and exceed the needs of children and families.

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Our Nationally Accredited KinderCare Learning Center is proud to offer one of the best early educational programs in the country - with an individualized curriculum for Infants and all children up to 12 years of age. Our research based curriculum focuses on six key areas of development: Cognitive, Creative Expression, Executive Function, Language and Literacy, Physical Development and Wellness, and Social and Emotional.  

Our Program Features:

  • Encouragement and support that helps build your child's self-confidence and self-help skills
  • Opportunities for your child to express him or herself creatively through music, art, dance and drama
  • Engaging small- and large-group experiences
  • Age-appropriate activities and materials that help your child build important learning concepts
  • Regular teacher-family communication, including daily updates to keep you informed, as well as Parent/Teacher Conferences 3 times a year

Michelle Lawler, 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.

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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

Our talented and experienced staff have cumulatively more than 200 years experience teaching and caring for children!  Our lead teachers are highly qualified with degrees and/or certifications and all are CPR and First Aid certified. All of our teachers receive Professional Development throughout the year, and look forward to providing the most up-to-date strategies for Early Childhood Education. We are constantly growing and learning as a team here at KinderCare and are dedicated to providing children meaningful learning experiences.

  • Michelle Lawler

    Michelle Lawler, Center Director

    The field of early childhood education is unlike any other profession. It brings us many personal and professional rewards. Part of those rewards is creating lasting relationships with our families. My philosophy is that no one knows their child better than their parents. I firmly believe this is a best practice and as a team of educators, we are here to meet each family and child where they are. As partners we will help your child grow developmentally by extending their learning experiences, offering a comprehensive curriculum, and building that strong family partnership.

    I have 14 years of experience working with children of all ages. I began as an assistant in the classroom and as I finished my degree, I promoted to a Lead Pre-K Teacher. I have 6 years of classroom experience as a lead and 6 years experience working in the public school system (K-4) setting.  Previously, I was an Education Coordinator and Assistant Director. I have my Associates in Early Childhood Development, a Bachelor's in Sociology/Family Studies, and my Master's in the Art of Education in Adult Education and Training.

    Previous Experience:
    Kindergarten Prep Teacher for 6 years Administrative Support and Mentoring Leader 5 years Substitute Teacher in K-4 for 6 years Education Coordinator/Assistant Director 2 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Ain't Gonna Paint No More
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Master in the Art of Education/Adult Education and Training
  • Nancy Sefick

    Nancy Sefick, Assistant Director

    I love the daily interactions I get to have with the children, the parents, and our amazing staff. I am excited to come to work every day!

    Nancy has been working in child care since October of 1979 and has participated in Professional Development twice each year. She has experience teaching in all classrooms as well as being an Acting Director, operating and managing the center. She partners with teachers to support them in their success as well as parents and their customer satisfaction. Her true passion is seeing children learn and grow. Nancy is the proud mother of a son who is a fire fighter and paramedic in South Carolina.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nancy has worked in Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms and has experience training staff, creating and implementing summer field trip calendars, as well as successfully directing KinderCare Learning Centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ain't Gonna Paint No More
    Year Started:
    37 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 Years
  • Miss Karen

    Miss Karen, Cook

    I love the challenge of meeting each child's daily needs. It is so rewarding to watch them complete their goals.

    I have been working for KinderCare since 1994. I began as a cook and a van driver. I still do the same job and I love it!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Kissing Hand
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
  • Miss Kelly

    Miss Kelly, Infant Classroom

    I love watching the babies develop, grow, and learn. I feel inspired knowing that I play an important role in their lives every day.

    Ms. Kelly is our Lead Teacher in the Infant Classroom, and does exemplary work implementing opportunities for Infants to learn and grow through use of manipulatives, music and sound, touch, mirrors, books, and a welcoming nursery environment. She is an Early Childhood and Development expert who trains our new Infant Teachers, to insure the highest quality care and curriculum is in place for all Infants. Ms. Kelly also helps our new parents to transition back into the work force, and is a reliable opener of our center at 6 a.m. Ms. Kelly partners with parents through verbal and written communication, care calls, as well as Parent/Teacher conferences.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss. Kelly came qualified to our center 17 years ago. When she first came, she was a nanny for a family. Now she has over 17 years of center experience!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    There's a Wocket in my Pocket by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Associate's Degree of Applied Science in Early Childcare
  • Miss Kristen

    Miss Kristen, Infant/Toddler Classrooms

    I love knowing that I am part of the children's process of learning and growing. The smiles on their faces when they walk through the door inspire me!

    Miss. Kristen is a full time Assistant Teacher, primarily in our Infant Room. She is organized, nurturing, and an exemplary member of our KinderCare staff. She loves working in our Infant Room. Her long standing relationship with her co-teacher Miss Kelly makes this room extra special!

    Previous Experience:
    We are so foruntate to have Miss Kristen with us. She had dedicated 13 years of her life to the field of early chilhood. Her experience and expertise come from her years of service here at our center!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goldilocks and the Three Bears
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    HIgh School Diploma
  • Miss Amanda

    Miss Amanda, Discovery Preschool

    I love reading stories with the kids and doing fun activities with them. Sensory is one of my favorite classroom activities.

    I began my journey into early childhood development and education when I became a Nanny. This was my first job working with children and families. I have been a Preschool teacher for over 6 years now. Working with children is something I always wanted to do, so I went to college and earned my Bachelor's Degree in ECD. I love doing sensory activities with children as well as engaging them during circle time activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss. Amanda has six plus years of early childhood education behind her. She came to us with previous experience as a Lead Toddler Teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    How do Dinosaurs say I Love You?
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 plus years
    BA in Early Childhood
  • Miss Jessica

    Miss Jessica, Discovery Preschool

    Miss Jessica is an amazing Assistant Teacher. She has the ability to work in all classrooms within the center! Her love of children is reflected not only in her classroom, but can be seen in her interactions and relationships with her children and families. She is our Learning Adventures Cooking Teacher as well! She loves coming up with great ideas for cooking classes and really enjoys running the program!

    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    High School and some college
  • Miss Leonela

    Miss Leonela, Toddler Classroom

    What inspires me is knowing that I am helping the children discover new adventures that come with learning.

    Ms. Leonela is our Lead Toddler Teacher. She is nurturing and passionate about the children in her classroom. She has her Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education from Arizona State University.

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting, Field Placement, Student Teaching
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Infant CPR and First Aid
  • Miss Nicole

    Miss Nicole, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love seeing the children learn and grow. Their curiosity inspires me!

    Miss. Nicole has been an amazing teacher of Phonics, Math, Cooking, and Music Adventures, as well as an assistant in Preschool and Prekindergarten classrooms at our KinderCare Learning Center since 2013.   She is now  Lead Teacher in our Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten Program. She is creative, nurturing, organized, and most importantly, an extremely effective teacher! Miss. Nicole partners with parents to meet children's individual needs to promote academic, social and emotional needs for future success in school. 

    Previous Experience:
    Miss. Nicole is a senior at Oakland University studying Elementary Education and is planning on continuing her education to earn her MA in Early Childhood Development.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Day the Crayons Quit
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5+ years
    Earning her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Oakland University
  • Miss Alexandra

    Miss Alexandra, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Alexandra loves teaching kids! She is also our Learning Adventures Teacher. She teaches Phonics and Math Adventures three times per week. She enjoys this enhanced learning program that is offered at our center. She sends home homework, activities, and weekly updates to all of her parents. Part of the program includes performing assessment on children to determine learning levels and parent conferences!

    Previous Experience:
    Alexandra first came to KinderCare during the summer of 2015. She worked in School-Age as an assistant. Today she is a Lead Teacher in our Pre-K Program.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Nedra

    Miss Nedra is our Infant Room Assistant Teacher. She is dedicated to providing the best care for our youngest children. She loves the babies and families in her room. She is very loving and dedicated to ensuring our famlies and their infants are receiving the best care possible while they are here.

    Previous Experience:
    Began working with children in High School
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    BA in English
  • Miss Elaine

    Miss Elaine, Preschool

    Miss Elaine has her MA in Early Childhood Education from Oakland University. Her dedication to children is reflected not only in her credentials, but in her classroom! She is great at engaging her class of little learners! She loves to bake with her children and makes the experience a learning center!

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Elaine comes to us with several years experience working with young children. She is a seasoned teacher!
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 plus years
    MA in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Donielle

    Miss Donielle, All Classrooms

    I love to see how children react when they have mastered a new skill!

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Donielle began her career in early childhood as a babysitter. Like most of us in this profession, the bonds we create with families and their children is what leads us into a center setting. We celebrate her dedication to her families and the children in her care.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates Degree in Elementary Education, CPR & First Aid

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!

  3. Wednesday October 26, 2016
    1. Trunk-or-Treat


      Calling all ghosts and goblins! We will be hosting a family event on October 26 from 6 pm-7 pm in our center! We will be serving pizza and salad, doing crafts in the classrooms, and Trunk-or-Treating in our parking lot! This is a fun family event!  This is a great opportunity to meet your children's friends parents!

About Our Center

Our KinderCare Learning Center consists of an Infant Nursery, Toddler Classroom, Discovery Preschool Classroom, Preschool Classroom, Pre-Kindergarten classroom and a School Age area. All of our closed concept classrooms are large, and we have 4 playgrounds, each designed with specific age ranges in mind.

Awards and Recognition

  • National Accreditation

    National Accreditation

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Polish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Our center is closed for the following days:

  • New Year's Day
  • Presidents' Day (Teachers' Professional Development)
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day (Teachers' Professional Development)
  • Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

We are open when the schools are closed for Snow Days. School age children are welcome to join us for curriculum and activities, breakfast, lunch and snacks, as well as an enriched classroom environment with manipulatives and creative art opportunities.

Health and Safety

While our passion is to nurture and educate the children in our care, our number one priority is child safety. All exterior doors are locked from the outside, our front door entry is accessible only with a security code and all playgrounds are enclosed with high fences. Staff and children participate in monthly fire and tornado drills and playgrounds are inspected daily for debris by our designated Health and Safety Coordinator, Ms. Kristi. We pride ourselves in operating above state licensing standards, as we are accredited by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs. In order to pick up a child from our care, a designated parent, guardian or trusted family friend must be documented on the Child Information Record. If we do not recognize the individual, we require picture identification to accurately match the Child Information Record, which is completed by the parent or guardian upon enrollment. Our food preparation is federally monitored and we follow safety procedures for sanitation and disinfection of our center, including but not limited to the exclusion of children with illness. There are safety procedures for transportation of children to and from school and additional procedures in place for the safety of children participating in field trips. Overall, these procedures and safety guidelines help our families to feel confident and secure about their child's experience while 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.

KinderCare is a great place for your kids to be when you have to go to work. Not only are the teachers helpful but are also caring. A great place for kids to learn, play, and be safe.

- Father

Everyone is friendly and the center is always clean. They send me home with pictures of my daughter learning and I love it, I would recommend them to everyone I know. I love the family environment.

- Parent

My daughter is in the infant room and the teachers are amazing about keeping up with the things I've asked them for her and I am always getting fun pictures and art work with her prints on it.

- Mother

I love my kids teachers! My son is in Pre-K and Miss. Nicole sends home pictures and tells me fun things about what he is doing and saying everyday and he absolutely loves her too!

- Parent

I want to personally thank the staff at the 16 Mile and Ryan location. They have gone above and beyond to help me. I am currently pregnant and high-risk.  I have been put on weight restrictions, so I am unable to pick up my son and put him in his car seat.   The teachers in the Infant and Toddler Room, as well as the Director and Assistant Director have brought my son to the car and put him in the car seat (and I strap him in.) They are all are a blessing in disguise. If they did not help (with picking up my son), I would have been on bed rest and would have been off of work for the duration of my pregnancy.  Everyone at the center are so amazing and caring. I definitely made the right decision bringing my son to that location, which happens to be further from my home.  Thank you all very much.  

- Mother

My daughter started school in early February this year and our experience has been amazing. She is so excited about the activities she have on a daily basis. Everyone welcomed her and made us so comfortable with EVERYTHING by being so caring and understanding! I think I love her school more than her. I have and will continue to recommend the Sterling Heights center to anyone.

- Mother

I enjoy taking my daughter to KinderCare each day of the work week because I know she is in great hands there. There is a family feel I get from KinderCare and all of their employees, my child enjoys each day and has learned so much.
I would recommend KinderCare to anyone I know with a young child. The staff is wonderful and the programs they learn are so creative and educational, my child loves learning new things each day here.

- Mother

My daughter has built many warm, loving relationships here. I never worry when I am at work because I know she is in good hands.

- Mother

We are first-time parents, and the decision to leave our daughter at day care was a difficult one. Her teachers and the entire staff are very caring and she enjoys going. This makes it much easier on us and getting pictures and daily reports help keep us aware of what she's doing daily.

- Mother

We love that we truly feel that our children are safe and well cared for at KinderCare. It is a great place for little ones to learn to interact with other children and to get excited about learning!

- Mother

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