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Coolidge Highway KinderCare

Melissa Mahoney, Center Director

5135 Coolidge Highway Troy MI 48098
(248) 641-8480 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
1 block N of intersection of Coolidge & Long Lake

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hamilton Elementary

We understand that one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make is where to start your child’s education. Our safe, secure and stimulating environment is the perfect place for children to discover their unique gifts and talents, as well as the world around them.

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Welcome! The Coolidge Highway KinderCare in Troy, MI is proud to offer one of the best early educational programs in the country – from infant to kindergarten and beyond.

Melissa Mahoney, 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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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. Thursday December 15, 2016
    1. Gingerbread House Decorating


      Families are invited to join their child(ren) in decorating a Gingerbread House.

Teachers & Staff

Our teachers are passionate about educating and caring for children. They are dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing environment as well as stimulating lessons with lots of fun!

  • Melissa Mahoney

    Melissa Mahoney, Center Director

    I am inspired by the opportunity to create a wonderful learning environment for children. I love spending time with the children, their families and the wonderful teachers!

    Melissa finds her role as a Center Director to be rewarding and stimulating. She is proud of helping children grow up healthy, happy, and well-rounded. Melissa loves to see all of the center's hard work and planning reflected in the confident smiles of the children!

    Previous Experience:
    Melissa previously worked with children as an elementary teacher and in the center setting as a teacher and Center Director. She has a young son, Ellis, who is also a member of the center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Pete the Cat Books
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Sarah Schuster

    Sarah Schuster, Assistant Director

    I love contributing to the "light bulb" moment. It is such an honor to be a part of a child's first learning experience. I adore the magic they see in the world!

    Ms. Sarah plays many roles in life. She is a mother, wife, and assistant director. She has worked in the early childhood industry for several years and enjoys contributing to children's first school experience. Although her children are school age, they both attended Troy KinderCare and were fully prepared for school.

    Previous Experience:
    She has worked in many education settings. Sarah previously worked as a paraprofessional at a school for gifted children, ran a summer camp program and was the lead toddler teacher before transitioning into childcare management.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Sarah's favorite child's book is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. She enjoys any book that gets the imagination going!
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science in Child Development
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Infant Classroom

    I am inspired by the smiles on the children's faces when I walk into the classroom.

    Ms. Elizabeth has wanted to work in childcare ever since she was a child and attended Preschool! She enjoys developing creative and fun art activities to provide the infants exposure to multiple art mediums and sensory experiences. She also excels at documenting the details of each child's day and capturing developmental milestones in pictures to share with the families.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Elizabeth has a long history of working with children including the B.E.S.T. Kids Program.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential (Infants & Toddlers)
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Toddler Classroom

    I love watching the children develop and grow as individuals.

    Ms. Michelle enjoys listening to and interacting with the children. She implements activities to support the many interests of the children in her classroom and loves to provide them with opportunities to express themselves.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Michelle's biggest adventure and joy in life is being a mother to her son, Liam. She has even led his Boy Scout Troop for a number of years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear Brown Bear
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    An Early Childhood Associates Credential with a focus on Infant and Toddler Development
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Toddler Classroom

    I love seeing the kids get so excited about learning, whether it is singing their favorite song or spelling their name correctly for the first time. Watching a child be proud about his or her accomplishments is the absolute best!

    Children love to be in Ms. Ashley's classroom because she knows how to make learning silly and fun.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley has worked in Early Childhood for the past few years. She also has experience as a youth cheer coach and is a mother to her young daughter, Olivia.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Guess How Much I Love You
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Attending Oakland University for Elementary Education
  • Ms. Colleen

    Ms. Colleen, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love coming to work everyday and being greeted by the sound of little voice saying hi as I enter the classroom.

    Ms. Colleen loves to be silly with the children and makes learning fun for the children in her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Colleen began working with children as a babysitter at age 11! Over her long career at KinderCare, Ms. Colleen has held many positions including Lead Infant Teacher, Acting Assistant Director, and Health and Safety Coordinator. Her wealth of experience and leadership within our center is greatly valued. Ms. Colleen also has a young son. He, too, is a member of our center!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    On the Night You Were Born
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    College courses in Elementary Education and Child Development
  • Ms. Kaylee

    Ms. Kaylee, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love watching children grow and learn.

    Ms. Kaylee's classroom is always full of happy, smiling faces as she makes learning fun and exciting.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kaylee loves spending time with children especially her young son, Silas.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pajama Time
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Pursuing an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Preschool Classroom

    I love the moment when you see a child grasp a new concept!

    Ms. Jessica has been a member of the KinderCare teaching staff for over 14 years. She comes to work each day excited about the possibility of making a difference in the life of a child. Ms. Jessica is wonderful at embracing the KinderCare curriculum and at creating an enriching learning environment. It is not uncommon to find Ms. Jessica dressed up in relation to the current theme, leading a dance party, or creating a fantasy world within her classroom. Her dynamic teaching style and structured classroom environment encourage children's curiosity and increased confidence.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jessica has also worked at an in-home child care center and has lots of experience as the mother of one!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Preschool Classroom

    I am inspired by the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and I love watching the children put to use the skills I have taught them.

    Ms. Ashley provides opportunities for the children to explore and learn at their own pace while having fun at the same time!

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining our KinderCare team, Ms. Ashley had a long history caring for children as a babysitter.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate Degree in Education- Paraprofessional Education
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love to watch the children reach their goals. Big or small, I love to witness when a child has an 'ah-ha' moment.

    Ms. Becky loves to bring reading and literature into the classroom. She feels that books are a powerful learning tool and can be enjoyed at any age.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Becky has a long history working with children. Her experiences include work at the early childhood level as a teacher and an Assistant Director and with the elementary age group as a substitute teacher. She has a young son, Jackson, who is a member of our center too!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Little Blue Truck
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Education Endorsement
  • Ms. Kara

    Ms. Kara, Transitional Kindergarten Classroom

    I love watching the "aha" moment when a child grasps a new concept!

    Ms. Kara loves to create a fun learning environment by providing lots of hands on learning activities. She structures the classroom to prepare the children for Kindergarten and a live long love of learning!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kara has a long history of caring for and educating children. She has worked at multiple KinderCare locations as well as a hospital based center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Skin You Live In
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    A Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education
  • Mr. Jarrod

    Mr. Jarrod, Learning Adventures Classroom

    I am inspired by the look on a student's face as they are learning and having fun.

    Mr. Jarrod specializes in making learning fun as he uses games, books, and songs to motivate learners.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Jarrod has worked with children in a variety of learning environments including as a student teacher and as a tutor.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    A Light in the Attic
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    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. Thursday December 15, 2016
    1. Gingerbread House Decorating


      Families are invited to join their child(ren) in decorating a Gingerbread House.

  3. Friday December 23, 2016
    1. Wear Red, White, and Green

      Wear Red, White, and Green to school

  4. 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

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

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 daughter has attended KinderCare in Troy for a year now and I cannot say enough about how wonderful this center is. The teachers are beyond exceptional in my opinion. They really involve the kids in activities and teach them material I never would have expected a Preschool to teach. Each teacher that my daughter has had has delivered their own brand of uniqueness. I hear all of the wonderful stories from her. They are caring and compassionate. My daughter has flourished and grown in that year. She does miss her friends and teachers very much now that she is in Kindergarten but we do hope to be back during school breaks. In addition to the teachers, the facility is well organized thanks to the two fabulous directors. They keep the center running smoothly and efficiently. It is clean, has a great selection of educational and fun toys, and has a great play ground outside.

- Mother

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