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Waukesha Pine St. KinderCare

Ms. Kelly Casper, Center Director

1705 Pine St. Waukesha WI 53188
(262) 549-3283 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Waukesha School District: Bethesda, Lowell, Summit View, Hawthorne

Welcome

Welcome to Pine St. KinderCare in Waukesha, where we are more than a daycare. Excitingly, a child's first school experience sets the foundation for future academic success. It is not only our responsibility; it’s our privilege to make sure your child has the best experience and the strongest foundation possible. Our curriculum is geared toward kindergarten readiness. From our Infant program all the way up to our School Age program, our children are active participants within their own education. We believe in a balanced approach to learning, giving you the peace of mind that your child will have fun while developing socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Here at KinderCare, we believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parents consider us to be an extension of their families (their village). Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children. Come visit us today! We would love to show you around our school while introducing you to the team!

Ms. Kelly Casper, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Here at the Pine St. KinderCare, we work with a really fun group of people. It will be very hard to find another center with teachers this determined to ensure your child is having the best learning experience possible! We have a great mix of teachers here at our center and we believe that just like our students, we should be learning every day and we certainly do! We are constantly learning and adapting to ensure that our students are receiving the best care and education that any center has to offer. Come in and meet us! See the difference that our 5 star-rated KinderCare has to offer!

  • Ms. Kelly Casper

    Ms. Kelly Casper, Center Director

    Ms. Kelly began working for KinderCare Education in 2005 as an assistant teacher. As she continued her education, she moved from assistant teacher to lead teacher, and then onto the Health and Safety Coordinator before taking on the Assistant Director role. During her journey as a teacher, Ms. Kelly had the opportunity to teach in every classroom, Infant through School Age, and gain more experience and knowledge in each age group. Ms. Kelly has a strong belief in the benefits of early childhood education and encourages her teachers to go above and beyond for the children at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kelly worked at a summer camp as a camp counselor for two years and volunteered at Parent's Place before joining KinderCare Education.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Napping House by Audrey Wood and Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

    Year Started:
    9/12/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology; Early Childhood Education Credential
  • Ms. Sam

    Ms. Sam, Assistant Director

    Ms. Sam is currently working on furthering her education in early childhood and hopes to someday be a pediatric occupational therapist. Before joining the KinderCare team, Ms. Sam worked at a trampoline park as a party and events manager, where she got to work with children in a fast-paced, energetic atmosphere. In January 2016 she began here as an assistant teacher, helping out all in all classrooms based on the needs of the center; this allowed her to get to know each and every child at the center and build relationships with their families. A year later, she became the Health and Safety Coordinator and shortly after moved up to the Assistant Director position. Ms. Sam's favorite thing about working with children is that every day is different and there truly never is a dull moment. 

    Year Started:
    1/18/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associate of Arts and Science Degrees
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Michelle has been with KinderCare for 17 years! In that time, she has had the chance to teach in many different classrooms, including Preschool, Toddler, Discovery Preschool, and her favorite/current classroom: Infant. On top of her many years of experience, Ms. Michelle also has had the joy of raising two beautiful children of her own who attended KinderCare their entire early childhood and now they are involved in football and dance. Ms. Michelle and her husband love watching and supporting their children with their sports. Her positive attitude brings so much cheerfulness to her classroom and to our center overall. 

    Year Started:
    1/18/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Associate of Arts and Science Degree; Child Development Associate Credential; EC1 and EC2 Credentials
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Ashley is certified as a medical assistant.

    Year Started:
    9/21/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Certified Medical Assistant
  • Ms. Laurie

    Ms. Laurie, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    11/16/2016
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Toddler Classroom

    "Not only am I teaching the kids, but they are teaching me too!

    Ms. Danielle is originally from the northwestern suburbs of Chicago, but came to Wisconsin in 2012 for college at Carroll University. She loves animals as she has many pets, including a hedgehog! Children love being in her classroom because of her kind heart and creativity. Ms. Danielle has a great way of using art and literature to teach the children. She says that her passion for teaching stems from her love of watching children grow every day.  

    Year Started:
    9/7/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Educational Studies with an Early Childhood Minor
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Becky grew up in a family of teachers and learned a lot of her teaching techniques from watching them. She loves working with young children and turning everything into a learning opportunity. When she first started with the company, Ms. Becky was an Infant Teacher; she took a maternity leave after having her son, Henry, who has been attending KinderCare since he was only a year old. Upon her return, she worked as the center cook and eventually became the lead Toddler Teacher. Her favorite part of teaching is making the children happy and watching them grow as individuals. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Becky has worked as an Infant Teacher and cook for KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    9/19/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    6/17/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Becci

    Ms. Becci, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children because I love watching them learn and grow. I love the look they get when they have figured out how to do something new.

    Ms. Becci joined our KinderCare family in 2013. She loves being that teacher who can care for, help, and inspire children to learn.  Her inspiration comes from that smile the children in her classroom put on her face each and every day! Ms. Becci has such a passion for teaching (and not just playing with) the toddlers that it shows in her classroom due to how advanced most of her students are.

    Year Started:
    9/12/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Kathy, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kathy has many years of experience working in child care. She is adventurous and loves to be outdoors! Ms. Kathy does a great job of getting the children in her class involved in activities and really knows how to make learning fun! Outside of work, she likes to spend time with her own kids and husband gardening, hiking, and camping! 

    Year Started:
    9/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Education
  • Mr. Clay

    Mr. Clay, School Age Classroom

    Year Started:
    5/8/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Learning Adventures

    Ms. Amy currently teaches our Learning Adventures Math and Phonics programs. She genuinely cares about each of the children she teaches and she works hard to make sure each one of her students gets individualized lessons based upon their interests and needs. At home, she is the mom of three beautiful children and enjoys spending time with her family and staying active. 

    Year Started:
    9/6/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Social Work; EC1 and EC2 Credentials
  • Ms. Sabrina

    Ms. Sabrina, Support Staff

    Ms. Sabrina has worked with all ages and is currently in school going for her bachelor's degree in early childhood at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Outside of work, she enjoys playing rugby with the Milwaukee women's team. Children love being in her classroom because of her patience and ability to connect with each child. She says she loves every day of working in child care because she gets to watch the kids grow physically and intellectually, and that is the ultimate reward of being a teacher. 

    Year Started:
    9/2/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Fine Arts and Science; EC I Credential; Infant/Toddler Credential
  • Ms. Amanda, Support Staff

    Ms. Amanda recently graduated from the Waukesha County Technical College with her degree in the early childhood program. She plans to further her education at Carroll University in the fall in hopes of getting her bachelor's degree in early childhood. Ms. Amanda helps out in all of our classrooms as needed and is the Cooking Adventures Teacher! In her free time, she loves spending time with her nephews and going up north to fish. 

    Year Started:
    4/28/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Early Childhood Associate Credential; EC1 and EC2 Credentials; Infant-Toddler Credential
  • Ms. Kirbie

    Ms. Kirbie, Support Staff

    Ms. Kirbie moved here from Kentucky back in July of 2016. She recently graduated with her associate's degree in art at ACTC and plans on furthering her education in social work at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Ms. Kirbie works with all ages at our center and is always very energetic! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and seeing her family as much as possible. 

    Year Started:
    8/22/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Art; EC1 Credential

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

About Our Center

The Waukesha Pine St. KinderCare is passionate about learning. We consider each moment a learning opportunity to enhance your child's development and child care experience. We are proud of our world class curriculum, with every learning center, every activity, and every story read specially designed to prepare children for the big world they will become part of. Our center is a family, which is the key to any effective foundation in helping your child blossom toward a successful future. You will experience this sense of family as soon as you walk through our front door!

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

We maintain our building at above average standards to ensure the health and safety of our children, their families, and our staff.

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.

Our daughter has attended the Waukesha Pine St. KinderCare for a year now and we all love it. The staff are thoughtful and generous. The hours offered are flexible and conducive to a busy modern-day family, and the rates are reasonable. They have family-building events such as Fall Festivals and Cookie Exchanges. The food is healthy and nutritious--not just fast food junk! Things like cottage cheese and peaches, strawberries, wheat crackers, etc. The curriculum for our three-year-old is age-appropriate and fun. She comes home excited about school, which is fantastic! The rules followed by the staff and their ability to handle the naturally occurring problems that arise with children are wonderful, and they use plenty of patience--a necessary component with little hearts and minds that have busy hands. I recommend this facility wholeheartedly!

- Mother

Since my daughter was at KinderCare, she has learned so much--counting, table manners, and interaction--which is great, because at home she is an only child. She sings songs like "Itsy Bitsy Spider," and she is only one year old! She can do all the hand movements to go with the song as well. She talks more and while reading, she points to the words. The staff makes it a point to know the parent and build a bond with the children. It was hard for my daughter in the beginning to adjust to her new surroundings, but the staff was patient and went on her comfort level. When I was looking for daycare, I was most interested in the education and not just having a "babysitter." KinderCare has pleased my expectations, and the caring atmosphere has been phenomenal. I would recommend this KinderCare to all parents! My income is limited, but my child's education is more important than most things and I will keep my baby in school at KinderCare.

- Mother

My daughter has attended Waukesha Pine St. KinderCare since she was eight weeks old. I have been 110% satisfied with all of the staff members, as well as the facility. They go above and beyond to make sure that the children are cared for and their communication is outstanding. For the last five years, I have been extremely pleased with this program, so I would recommend KinderCare to everyone!

- Mother

It is nice to see the socialization my son is getting. He plays with the other babies and enjoys himself. We're seeing him grow out of the infant phase and into the toddler phase by the activities he does, things he eats, and the way he communicates. We like how concerned the teachers are about making sure they're doing the right thing for him. For example, he is sensitive with dairy, so they always ask before giving him anything different. They do so many fun art projects with him (we've saved every one!) and even made special projects when it's Mommy and Daddy's birthdays! Some things I took into consideration when deciding to go to this center: good location, fair price, cleanliness, safety, NAEYC accreditation, and the overall comfortable feeling while on the tour. People have asked me about KinderCare and my husband and I both say, "We love it and our boy seems to love it as well!" They are very flexible with our schedule and fill us in on any "accidents" our son has. All the teachers truly seem to love their jobs and love our son--even when he is a stinker! We would definitely refer our friends to KinderCare!

- Mother
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