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Ryan Road KinderCare

Dathan Kelly, Center Director

33300 Ryan Rd. Sterling Heights MI 48310
(586) 978-9099 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Pearl Lean, Green Acres, St. Anne's, Angus, Jefferson, Lessenger

Ryan Road KinderCare is a NAYCE accredited center. We are currently enrolling children in all of our classrooms. Please feel free to call and schedule a tour for the opportunity to tour our center and meet some of our staff members.


Thank you for taking the time to look at our school. We know that finding the right place can be a diffcult decision for your family. We provide a curriculm for all children in our care from our Infants thru School-Age. We focus on many areas of development such as Congnitive, Language and Literacy, and Social/Emotional. Our staff is committed to providing the higest quality care to your child. We are here to help in any way we can and look forward to buliding a strong relationship with you and your child.

Kristen Kook
Center Director

Dathan Kelly, 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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

The staff here at KinderCare work collectively to ensure and maintain your child's success in learning is met. We have a team of highly qualified and compassionate teachers that are eager to help your child learn and grow in each stage of their development.

  • Dathan Kelly, Center Director

  • Danielle Reeves

    Danielle Reeves, Assistant Director

    I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.

    Danielle is the Assistant Director here at our Sterling Heights KinderCare. She has been working with our company as our Learning Adventures teacher as well as the Assistant Teacher in Preschool and Prekindergarten classrooms. Danielle received her Child Development Associate's credential from Rasmussen College and looks forward to building strong, loving relationships with everyone enrolled at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming the Assistant Director Danielle was a Toddler teacher, Preschool teacher, Prekindergarten teacher's assistant and a Learning Adventures teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Barbara, Center Support

    A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, touches a heart, shapes the future.

    "Ms. Baba!" as the children yell when they see her walk in to the building is a very fun and helpful worker. She is loved by all in the center. The children's faces as she walks in the room are full of smiles. She is always willing to help a coworker in need. You will always her her singing a familiar song or even exercising with the children. She has five children and ten grandchildren of her own that she loves to cook for when they come to visit. In meeting her you will feel the warmth just like your own grandmother and she will treat you like one of her own.

    Previous Experience:
    Asside from being a mother and loving grandmother, Barbra has worked in many child settings.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Just Shopping With Mom By Mercer Mayer
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 50 years!
    Teaching Degree
  • Ms. Erica, Infant Classroom

    I call my Infants "My Kids" because in our year together they aren't just kids on my class list, they become a part of my heart.

    Mrs. Erica is the Lead Infant Teacher and a member of the management team as the center Health and Safety Coordinator. She has her Child Development Associate's Credential in Infants and Toddlers. She has a great passion for her job as she takes on many tasks of the center. You can see in the babies faces that they love her as a mom away from home. In her free time, she enjoys going to dinner with her husband Robert or just playing video games with her son Cole (even if he wins every time!) She can't wait to have your child start their journey with KinderCare in her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Erica has many years of babysitting. She worked in a Kindergarten classroom for seven years as a aid. Erica has been a youth group leader and a cheerleading coach for school age children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Lorax
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential

Upcoming Center Activities

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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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • French

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Health and safety is a key component to our center. We are a locked facility and require a keypad code to enter our building. We have a fenced in facility with locks on all of our gates. All of our staff members are certified in CPR for infants, children and adults, as well as certified in 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.

Our children have been attending KinderCare for just over a year now. All of the staff and teachers are very professional, caring, and dedicated. Their current teacher, Ms. Jasmine, is always so pleasant and you can really tell she and all of the teachers have your child's best interest at heart. I absolutely love how up-to-date we are kept with how their day went and the educational activities that they do each day.

- Parent

Our family has had the pleasure of working with Ms. Jasmine for almost a year now and she has been every bit of fantastic. She joined the center as a teacher when our daughter was in the infant room and was always warm, friendly, easy to talk to, and it was clear how much she cared about our daughter's well being and progress. She was especially vigilant while our daughter was battling several early food allergies. When she grew out of them, Ms. Jasmine was very excited for her and a great partner in reincorporating foods. We were lucky enough that she was promoted to the lead teacher role in Toddler A so our daughter moved along with her. Just today, she called me to share some developmental milestones that she had observed and she was just as excited as me. Her passion for what she does is apparent in her work and we are grateful to have such warm and loving care.

- Mother

My son, Jacob, has been in child care for over four years. As a parent, my decision to choose KinderCare was that the environment promotes values, ethics, and a positive learning atmosphere. After trying home-based child care and Montessori-based care centers, we've returned to KinderCare for the variety of programs, and for the dedication that the teachers have shown to the individual students. Jacob has taught our family the weather, phases of the moon, reminds us to use a tissue when needed, and that sharing is the right thing to do. Every week, I am amazed at the new topics that Jacob learns! It's very reassuring to know that my son is in a safe, happy environment that promotes the same values that we practice at home.

- Mother

My daughter started at KinderCare when she was eight weeks old. We first went to look two months before she was born and knew right away that's where we wanted her. Throughout that time, I had a lot of questions and they were fantastic with responding quickly. Ms Erica in the infant room is amazing and made us feel so welcome and at ease. I love the projects they do with them, the individualized development plan for each child, and extra activities they plan for the entire center. Baby #2 will be starting there next year and I'm excited to have another child going through their first years with the support of the teachers and assistants. My daughter is currently in the toddler room and I'm always amazed at the things she learns (songs, counting, etc.). Their meals are nutritious (all meals included) and well balanced. I can't say enough great things!

- Mother

 We enrolled our son in the Sterling Heights, MI KinderCare when he was one year old. Scared to leave our most cherished blessing with strangers we found comfort in the KinderCare program. We had toured and interviewed many, many other day cares only to come back to this KinderCare location. Over the past year we have found that they do a wonderful job in loving our son and making sure his needs are being met. As with any successful business, the leadership begins at the top. Kristen Kook is the director and she does a very good job of running this location. This location is always very clean and very orderly. She is on top of communication to the parents about upcoming events and is always available to take a call or an email. She plans lots of events at KinderCare for the parents to participate in; book readings, art shows, dinners, pot lucks for employees, and date nights for parents. She often knows personal details about my son's day even though she is not one of his teachers. Our son’s teachers are just as wonderful. Ms. Shazia is the lead in Toddler A, and she and everyone who has worked with our son (Ms. Lora, Ms. Alex, Ms. Nathalie) is constantly communicating with us about our son’s day; what he ate, who he played with, how his nap time went, and things that he enjoyed doing while he was in their care. Our son is always doing an art project, experiencing a new sensory, playing outside, listening to books, learning how to clean up, learning to use the potty, the list goes on and on.

Last month we made the mistake of leaving this location for a daycare that was much closer to our house. We assumed that all of these attributes would be similar at another day care and we were wrong. After less than one month at the 2nd day care we realized that comfort we had in Kristen’s program and all the teachers she employs was priceless and well worth the extra drive.

We are very comfortable leaving our son with his teachers we know he is safe and having a wonderful time. KinderCare’s business is taking care of our son and they are great at it.

- Mother

My daughter started KinderCare and the staff is great! I love the staff and they are aware always of my child's needs and help communicate any concerns to us right away!

- Mother

I have checked out a number of childcare facilities, and I didn’t feel comfortable leaving my children there until I found this KinderCare. KinderCare has offered an educational, social and safe environment for our three kids. The teachers are warm and caring. They were a tremendous help during the potty training of our two younger kids. They have helped our kids come out of their shell, especially my youngest son who is now very social and outgoing. They helped nurture their imaginations to encourage learning.

- Mother

My son is almost 3 years old and he has been attending Ryan Road Kindercare since he has been 6 months old.  As a full time working mom, choosing the best child care facility for my son was an important decision and a big challenge, until I toured Kindercare.  I wanted more than just a ‘daycare’, I wanted a Learning Center.  I wanted a place where I felt secure leaving my child 4 to 5 days a week as well as a place that I knew would be emphasizing on the same things we do at home:  manners, compassion, imagination and most importantly education.  I love the curriculum and learning plans designed for the children and their age groups.  At 6 months old my son had a lesson plan!  They introduced him to so many things to sharpen his motor skills, communication with others, and problem solving and continue to challenge him every day.  My son loves the extra music and cooking classes!  I cannot wait until he starts the phonics classes!!  The teachers/staff at Ryan Road Kindercare are trusting, compassionate, knowledgeable, friendly, loving… I cannot say enough about them!!  Enrolling my son at the Ryan Road Kindercare has been one of the best decisions I have made for him!  I know he will be more than ready for kindergarten when the time comes!! Thank you Kristen, Danielle and ALL of the teachers for loving my son so much and treating him like he is your own!!

- Mother

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