Kristen Kook, Center Director
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Welcome to Ryan Road KinderCare. Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.
You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills.
Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!
Kristen Kook, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the mouth of babes, comes the truth.
Ms. Gay Lynne loves children! If she has one thing to say she says she LOVES children. The way they learn and the way they grow is amazing. She always lends a ear when needed the most. Gay Lynne always has the Toddler B children singing, dancing and even playing basketball. She also drives the School-Age children to and from school on our KinderCare bus. Gay Lynn spends her time after work reading and motivating others and always helping the less fortunate.
I love having the opportunity to provide a safe, clean and nurturing learning environment for all children to grow and succeed in.
Kristen has been employed at KinderCare Learning Center since September 11, 2006. During her career with KinderCare she has worked in many of the schools positions as she worked her way up in the company to the Director position. Kristen obtained her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Macomb Community College. Kristen looks forward to developing strong relationships with all the children and families her care.
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.
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.
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.
Playing is a childs language, and toys are their words.
Ms. Shazia is a very energetic yet comforting toddler teacher. You can tell on her face that she loves what she does for the lives of little ones. Shazia always knew that she wanted to work with children from a very young age. She enjoys going to the movies with friends, shopping or just reading a book in her free time. She can't wait to encourage your little one to learn and grow in her classroom.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
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 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.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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