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19 & Schoenherr KinderCare

Krupali Patel, Center Director

13830 19 Mile Rd. Sterling Heights MI 48313
(586) 247-1133 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years

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Located near Lakeside Mall

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Jack Harvey, Browning, Trinity Lutheran, Graebner, Flickinger, St. Lawrence

Each Fall our Preschool and Prekindergarten classrooms celebrate the start of the school year with princess and super hero day. The first Friday in the Fall, we want our kids to dress up in their favorite costume and participate in a parade around the center. It shows our children that we understand what childhood is all about and that you can have fun at school too.


Welcome! KinderCare is proud to offer one of the best early educational programs in the country – from infant to kindergarten and beyond. Our team believes in building a strong relationship with our families and our parents consider us an extension of their home. Here at KinderCare in Sterling Heights, we believe in developing the whole child. We focus on cognitive, intellectual, physical and social development as well as providing a safe, secure and stimulating environment for our children. Most of our teachers have been with our center for many years. They are educated and have a true love and passion for the children they love to teach, nurture and care for.

Krupali Patel, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at the 19 and Schoenherr KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average tenure of five years at our center. The majority of our teachers have Bachelor's degrees or Associate's Degrees in Early Childhood Development. In addition, we strive for excellence by conducting Professional Development Days twice a year for on-going training. We are also excited to let you know that we are currently in the self-study process for NAEYC accreditation.

  • Krupali Patel

    Krupali Patel, Center Director

    I enjoy having the opportunity to help build the basic foundations in each child's life.

    Krupali is thrilled to have the opportunity of being Center Director, where she can oversee children's education, their safety, and create an atmosphere for happy parents and teachers. She believes it’s a rewarding job where all three elements come together to make children meet their potential. 

    Previous Experience:
    Krupali has also worked as a preschool teacher.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Bachleors in Early Childhood Education
  • Nikki Calvert

    Nikki Calvert, Assistant Director

    My goal is to provide a safe and educating environment for both you and your child. I will partner with you in their development and together we can help your child accomplish their highest educational goals.

    Nikki began teaching at KinderCare in 2008 where she loved and watched Toddlers grow. She accepted the position as the lead Preschool teacher in 2010. Her journey with KinderCare did not stop there. She felt she could be even more of a positive influence as an Assistant to the Program Director. In November, 2012, she accepted the position of Assistant Director while still continuing her role as the Preschool teacher for our three-year-old students. Her days are filled with fun and adventures. Nikki, like most of us, has another full-time job — a mother to her son, Avery, who was born November 14, 2012. She is truly a dedicated mother and teacher.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Nikki Giannopoulos

    Nikki Giannopoulos, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Nikki has been in Early childhood profession since past five years. She has bachelor's in psychology. She enjoys being with Toddlers. Seeing toddlers learn and grow is very rewarding for her. 

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
  • Ashlyn Hood

    Ashlyn Hood, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ashlyn has been in the early childhood profession for the past ten years. She is pursuing her associate in early childhood studies through Macomb College. She enjoys spending time with her one-year-old son, Danny. 

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Ms. Vanessa

    Ms. Vanessa, Infant

    The children keep me young at heart.

     Ms. Vanessa is the lead teacher in our infant room and has worked with children of all ages and builds a special bond with each one of them. Ms. Vanessa was  motivated by her love for the babies so she is earning her Child Devlopment Associate’s Credential (emphasis on infant and toddlers). Ms. Vanessa continues to partner with the parents regarding their childs devlopment and cannot wait to come to work to see the babies. Her number one pritorty is to make sure she  gives each child the one on one and the love they deserve.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Vanessa previously worked as a Nanny.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Obtaining Child Development Associates Credential
  • Antoinette Hand

    Antoinette Hand, Toddler Teacher

    Seeing the look on a child's face when they are proud of themselves when they have accomplished a goal they have worked towards is what keeps me motivated to give students my best everyday I come to school

    Antoinette Hand has been at Kindercare Learning Centers for over 3 years. She began her career at KinderCare as a part-time assistant at the Livonia center. After obtaining her CDA in infant/toddlers she became the Lead infant teacher for 2 years at the Livonia center. She has relocated to the Macomb area and is now the Lead Toddler teacher at the Sterling Heights center.
    She understands learning and exploring through play makes it fun; especially when crawling around on the carpet with your friends pretending to be animals or making a fire truck out of boxes to enjoy a scenic view of the things toddlers may see in their community.

    Previous Experience:
    Antoinette Hand has been at Kindercare Learning Centers for over 3 years. She began her career at KinderCare as a part-time assistant at the Livonia center. After obtaining her CDA in infant/toddlers she became the Lead infant teacher for 2 years at the Livonia center. She has relocated to the Macomb area and is now the Lead Toddler teacher at the Sterling Heights center. She understands learning and exploring through play makes it fun; especially when crawling around on the carpet with your friends pretending to be animals or making a fire truck out of boxes to enjoy a scenic view of the things toddlers may see in their community.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    BA Elementary Education
  • Ms. Alia

    Ms. Alia, Discovery Preschool

    Her favorite teaching moments come from the joy students get from understanding difficult tasks.

    Ms. Alia has been a teacher for 3 years now and moved from Albuquerque, NM in January of 2015. This is also where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico.
    Ms. Alia loves creating art with her students and holds a teaching focus on reading and language learning. Her favorite teaching moments come from the joy students get from understanding difficult tasks.
    Ms. Alia is so happy to be a part of the Kindercare team and to get to know you and your family!
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor in Secondary Education
  • Ms. London

    Ms. London, Preschoool

    She has a passion for making their learning exciting, challenging, and fun.

    Ms. London began her journey with KinderCare in Texas before transferring to our Sterling Heights center. She has two beautiful children. While working in Texas Ms. London received her CDA in early childhood from Rassmusen College. She transfered from Texas with a lot of experience from teaching and being a personal nanny. She really enjoys being part of their growing process and preparing them for the next level which is pre-k.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
  • Ms. Cheryl

    Ms. Cheryl, Pre-Kindergarten

    Watching children grow academically, Socially and Physically while getting ready for Kindergarten.

    Ms. Cheryl began her journey with Kindercare in 1987 as a Center Director, After she had her son and daughter she moved to the Pre- Kindergarten Teacher where she strives to challenge her students each day by thinking about the box, inside the box, and outside the box. Imagination is the key to her teaching strategy. She makes sure each student has the tools and skills to be successful in Kindergarten and loves being part of their journey to elementary school.

    Year Started:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Associates of Early Childhood Education
  • Sandy Roman

    Sandy Roman, School-Age

    I always look forward to working with the children and sharing my knowledge and experiences with them.

    Ms. Sandy has an Associate's Degree in Child Care Training, and over twenty years of experience working with children. She has worked both in private and public settings, such as day care and babysitting. She has worked in the classroom as an assistant, lead teacher, and has worked as an administrator as well.
    Ms. Sandy has also worked as a customer service manager for over ten years. Ms. Sandy is originally from Mexico, has traveled extensively, and speaks fluent Spanish. She tries to incorporate her life experiences into the classroom, by teaching the children Spanish, and about other cultures.
    Ms. Sandy has worked with every age group from infants to school age, and enjoys teaching the Pre-K and older students the most. She is very excited to be in the School age room, and has a lot of ideas and activities planned for them.

    Previous Experience:
    Multiple years in child care; in home and public.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Associates Degree - Child Care Training

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

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.

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Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

KinderCare observes
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day and the Friday following
Christmas Day
New Year's Day
Memorial Day

Health and Safety

Our center adheres to the highest safety, cleanliness and maintenance standards. Our center is accessible via single-entry security with keypad access, with daily sign-in and strict parent/guardian identification procedures. All staff members participate in annual health and safety trainings including CPR and First Aid.

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.

My child loves going to KinderCare!  My son has been attending the 19 mile/Schoenherr location since he was 10 months.  I am pleased with the care he has received over the past two years.   Daily I am presented with a sheet that outlines the activities he participated in on that day.  The center also has a school calendar that keeps parents informed of special events that are taken place throughout the month.  The staff and teacher do a wonderful job and KinderCare and my family is very pleased with the learning that takes place.  I have and will continue to recommend KinderCare to my friends and family. 

- Parent

I am so pleased with the staff that takes care of my child.  Every morning she attends they are so happy to see her and we feel nothing but comfortable with leaving our child knowing she will be in good hands!  Since she started at KinderCare she has come out of her shell and loves attending!  They are also awesome and knowledgeable when it comes to my daughters asthma and food allergies!  I am so sad that she will be moving on to kindergarten next year and we will be leaving this wonderful team!

- Mother

Thank you so much for the care, love and attention the 19 & Schoenherr KinderCare team has always shown my two children! They have learned so much in the past six months, from colors, shapes, and letters, to manners, friendship, and cooperation. The lesson plans have been wonderful and the detailed daily reports always keep me well informed. Even potty training has been a breeze with your team always being on top of it. I can't say enough about how warm and welcome your KinderCare center is! I highly recommend it to anyone who wants their children to feel at home (and happy!) in a fun, creative learning environment. It has been a pleasure!

- Mother

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