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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

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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Accreditation

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

Cooking

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.

Math

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.

Music

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday August 31, 2015
    1. Guest Performance: Firefighter Chuck

  2. Wednesday September 02, 2015
    1. Water Day

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:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Sarah Schuster

    Ms. 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, student, and assisitant director.  She has worked in the 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 at a paraprofessional at a school for gifted children, ran a summer camp program and was the lead Todller 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 your imagination going!
    Year Started:
    12/8/2003
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    CDA credential
  • Ms. Colleen

    Ms. Colleen, Infant Classroom

    I love watching the children develop their own personalities as they learn new skills. I am inspired by knowing that I have a part in children’s growth and development and that I am teaching children the skills they will use for the rest of their lives.

    Ms. Colleen is the Lead Infant Teacher and a member of the management team as the center Health and Safety Coordinator. She has a Child Development Associate's Credential in Infants and Toddlers and is working on earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Oakland University.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Colleen began working with children as a babysitter at the age of 12 and has enjoyed working with children ever since.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Charlotte's Web
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Degree in Infants/Toddlers
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Infant Room

    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:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential (Infants & Toddlers)
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Toddler Classroom

    Inspiring new and creative activities for the success of all children.

    Ms. Nicole likes to keep the children actively engaged and provides a large variety of activities to keep things interesting. Some of her favorite things to do with the children include exploring textures, painting with unusual art mediums such as whip cream, and watching the classroom fish throughout the day. She encourages the children to use their imaginations frequently as they pretend to cook in the dramatic play area, use puppets to make animal sounds and play dress-up. Ms. Nicole, in partnership with the KinderCare Toddler Curriculum, provides classroom experiences designed to support the social, emotional, language, cognitive and physical development of all of the children in her care.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nicole has had multiple experiences working with children as a babysitter, as a teacher during her student teaching and work with a Head Start program. She also has a young son of her own, Liam.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    11/1/2006
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Development, Master's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Cally

    Ms. Cally, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the children grow and especially love the many hugs!

    Ms. Cally enjoys introducing the children to a large variety of art mediums and projects. She loves to see what each child will create and the excitement the children demonstrate when they achieve their goals.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cally loves working with children and has experience tutoring children of all ages.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Critter Books
    Year Started:
    10/1/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Family Studies
  • 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 12 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:
    9/1/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Larissa

    Ms. Larissa, Junior Kindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy getting to know the children and finding new ways to make learning fun.

    Ms. Larissa loves reading, history, and painting and enjoys bringing these personal interests into the classroom. She is consistently looking for inventive ways to educate the children and embraces the fun side of learning. She is most proud of the positive classroom environment she has created and her role in preparing the children for Kindergarten and academic success.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Larissa has experience working with many age groups as a preschool teacher and as a substitute teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree
  • 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:
    6/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Education Endorsement
  • 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:
    8/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

August 2015 Events

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  1. Monday August 03, 2015
    1. Guest Performance: Musician Joel Palmer

  2. Wednesday August 05, 2015
    1. Water Day

  3. Monday August 10, 2015
    1. Kona Ice Treats

  4. Wednesday August 12, 2015
    1. Water Day

  5. Monday August 17, 2015
    1. Guest Performance: Jake the Musician

  6. Wednesday August 19, 2015
    1. Water Day

  7. Monday August 24, 2015
    1. Guest Performance: Rusty the Clown

  8. Wednesday August 26, 2015
    1. Water Day

  9. Monday August 31, 2015
    1. Guest Performance: Firefighter Chuck

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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