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15 & Schoenherr KinderCare

Monica Van Sumer, Center Director

13777 15 Mile Rd. Sterling Heights MI 48312
(586) 978-8930 Contact this center

Ages: 6 WEEKS to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
on 15 Mile Rd E of Schoenherr

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Carlton Middle School, Collins, Disney, Dekeyser

We would love for you to come in and learn first hand how our Infant, Toddler, Discovery Preschool, Preschool and Prekindergarten programs help to set your child up for school success!
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Thank you for taking the time to look at our center. We know that choosing a learning center can be a crucial discussion, and we are here with you every step of the way. Our programs have a hands-on learning approach that provides ample time for your child to explore and learn. To teach the child as a whole, we have to create an environment that will set them up for success in all areas in learning and development. Our program will provide them with the building blocks to support future knowledge. We strive to fulfill our customer promise to have passionate teachers, confident parents, and to educate the whole child. We welcome family involvement and want to bridge the gap between home and school and provide them with a strong foundation which will give the child the confidence to learn for years to come.

Monica Van Sumer, 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.

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.

Discovery Adventures

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

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

Teachers & Staff

Our teachers are truly one of a kind at our center!  Their passion drives them to do better each day and to find new ways to make learning fun and exciting.  Our teachers are passionate and committed to the education of children by having each child reach his or her full potential. They embrace the whole child and create an environment that will set them up for success in their learning and development.  They partner with our parents to bridge the learning gap and to find that special spark that each child has.

  • Monica Van Sumer

    Monica Van Sumer, Center Director

    My goal is to make every day the best day of each child's life.

    Monica Van Sumer and has been with KinderCare since September of 2000 and has been the Center Director since October of 2012. She started KinderCare as a toddler teacher and has had been able to experience the children grow through the programs as she has moved into the management position. Monica is passionate about early childhood education and has seen how great KinderCare's curriculum has been for her own two children. The best past of her day is being able to join the children for activities and seeing the excitement on their faces when they explore and learn. Monica and her team work together to ensure that each child has the best possible experience everyday in her center.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Kari Schultz

    Kari Schultz, Assistant Director

    Why fit in when you were born to stand out" - Dr. Suess

    Kari Schultz has been with KinderCare since November of 1998 and has been the Assistant Director since October or 2012.  Even though Kari has held many roles at the center, she shined as the Pre-K teacher for over 10 years.  She is married and has had the opportunity to watch her son grow through the KinderCare program and build his lasting friendships. Seeing the children grow and develop from infants to school-age just amazes her and she loves to know that she has an active part in their success. Kari's true passion is in the classroom helping the children to feel that they can accomplish anything. She takes the not so fun, like cleaning, and with the right music makes it the best part of their day! She feels honored to be a part of your child’s educational journey.

    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Completing: Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Madonna

    Ms. Madonna, Toddler Classroom

    Their hands may be small but their opportunities are endless

    Ms. Madonna has been working at KinderCare since 1994 and has her Associates in Early Childhood as well as her Bachelors in Elementary Education. She has always been the lead toddler teacher and is amazed by the children everyday.  She loves to explore the learning through the children's eyes when they make a connection, explore something new or achieve a new milestone.  Madonna has her beautiful twins who attended the center from infancy and graduated from our school age program in 2011.  She loves to see the children build a strong foundation, a love for learning and even friendships while they are in her room.  She is an active partner with families to ensure that the children has a running start and a love for learning.

    Year Started:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Samantha

    Ms. Samantha, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    We didn't realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun

    Ms. Samantha has been with KinderCare since October of 2011 and has her Child Development Associates Credential.  Ms. Samantha loves to enhance her classroom and bring the curriculum to life through enriching each area.  The children go on amazing adventures and journeys and learn through fun and hands on experiences.  The best part of her day is being able to read to the children using expressive voices and movements.  Her goal is to see a smile on each of the children's faces and the excitement for learning in their eyes. 

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Gail

    Ms. Gail, Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the children build excitement about learning.

    Ms. Gail has been with KinderCare since October or 1983 and has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Ms. Gail's passion for early childhood education shows in her classroom and in the childrens hugs and smiles.  She loves to celebrate achievements with her class, because even the smallest achievement isn't very small at all to a preschooler.  The children love Ms. Gail's energy level and all the fun and new ways she knows how to play chase outside.  She loves to come to work every day with new and exciting activities that will get the children excited about learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Gail worked for another child care center prior to joining the KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    35 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Beth

    Ms. Beth, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I am a teacher; It's who I am. It's my passion, my calling and my world

    Ms. Beth  has been with KinderCare since October of 2013 and has her Associates in Early Childhood as well as her Bachelors in Elementary Education.  Her experience working in the elementary school has given her the extra knowledge to prepare her class for Kindergarten.  She takes the time to get to know each child so she can help them learn the best way they know how.  Ms. Beth is a mother of four amazing children so she knows what it is like to be a very busy and is there to partner with you to make it easier.  Her passion for education shows in her classroom and the children themselves.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Beth worked as a substitute teacher at Utica Community Schools.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

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

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child’s safety is one of our top priorities. 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. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. 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.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

The teachers are really doing a great job. All of the hard work Ms. Monica and Ms. Kari have put into getting everything (and everyone) on track, is truly paying off, and really shows. I get such a good feeling when I walk in now, and I even notice a change in the way my child looks at certain things. I may look at things a little differently than most of the parents, but I think having my history there, and now being a mom, gives me an even deeper appreciation of how good they all are at what they do.

- Mother

Monica and team, we wanted to thank you for being a part of our children's lives. On a daily basis you demonstrated love, care, and compassion for them. My wife and I are fortunate to have found such an amazing learning center and staff that truly brings a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem.

- Father

I really appreciate all the excellent communication this center offers. The staff is awesome, the teachers are great. My son really enjoys coming and he doesn't cry anymore when I drop off. It is a great experience and I am so glad we found you guys!

- Father

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