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Waukesha Pine St. KinderCare

Samantha Kwasniewicz, 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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Special Instructions:
Off Grandview Blvd across from Grand View Park

Neighborhood:
North Waukesha Location. We are located tucked into a small neighborhood, across the street from fenced in Grandview Park

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We transport to the Waukesha School District. These are the following schools - Blair, Bethesda, Lowell, Summitview, St. Williams, Hawthorne and Mount Calvery..

Our center in located right across the street from Grandview Park and is nestled in a family friendly neighborhood. Our older children are able to access the park, as well as our own private playground. Each classroom is geared to the specific age group, full of toys and curriculum components that challenge the children's thinking and creativity. We also have a large motor room to use when the weather is not in our favor, and when we are playing group games.

  • Accreditation Seal Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
  • NAEYC Accreditation NAEYC

Welcome

Welcome to Pine Street KinderCare in Waukesha, where we are more than a daycare. Excitingly, a child's first school experience sets the foundation for their 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 towards 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 as they develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually.

Here at KinderCare, we believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parent’s 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. 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! Come visit us today! We would love to show you around our school while introducing you to the team!

Samantha Kwasniewicz, 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.

Teachers & Staff

Here at the Pine Street 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!

  • Samantha Kwasniewicz

    Samantha Kwasniewicz, Center Director

    There is a saying: 'It takes a village to raise a child.' I feel that this saying is applicable to the children that attend her KinderCare. It takes the center and the families working together to help raise the children. We are a team!

    Ms. Sam, as all the children refer to her, has been working with children since she was 16 years old. She has worked her way up from an early childhood teacher to the center director position. Prior to that, she was a camp counselor, site coordinator for before and after school programs and summer camps, and a teacher's aid. She is very energetic and enthusiastic about her career and is always trying to better the program. She wants to make sure that every family is happy with the care and education its child is receiving. She also has two children of her own that attend KinderCare, and she believes in KinderCare's core values and beliefs.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sam worked as a camp counselor for three summers at a summer camp. She also worked for six years at a before and after school and summer program.
    Year Started:
    2/18/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Kelly Casper

    Kelly Casper, Assistant Director

    Wisdom begins with wonder. -Socrates

    Ms. Kelly began working for Knowledge Universe in 2005 as an Assistant Teacher.  As she continued her education, she moved from an Assistant Teacher to a Lead Teacher and 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 Learning Center.

    Previous Experience:
    Kelly worked at a summer camp as a camp counselor for two years and volunteered at Parent's Place before joining Knowledge Universe.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Napping House" by Audry Wood and "Rainbow Fish" by Markus Pfister
    Year Started:
    9/12/2005
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology, Early Childhood Education Credential
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Infant Classroom

    I love watching the children discover and take pride in their latest skill and knowing I will have the opportunity to be a part of those discoveries.

    Ms. Susan began with KinderCare Learning Centers in 2011 and is currently our Lead Infant room teacher.  What she loves the most about teaching is the excitement the children get over new experiences.  Her inspiration comes from being able to help with the development of the children and watching them learn and grow!  Ms. Susan uses her creative skills and love for children to make an impact on the infants' lives. Her passion and warm heart are contagious not only in the Infant room but around the whole KinderCare family. She absolutely loves her job and you can tell!

    Year Started:
    9/8/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degee in Elementary Education
  • Lauren

    Lauren, Toddlers

  • Ms. Becci

    Ms. Becci, Toddler 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

    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 with how advanced most of her students are.

    Year Started:
    9/12/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential

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About Our Center

The Waukesha on Pine Street KinderCare Learning Center is passionate about learning. We consider each moment a learning opportunity to enhance your child's development and preschool experience. We are proud of our world class curriculum with every learning center, every activity, and every story read that is specially designed to prepare your child 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.

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

Our daughter has attended The North Waukesha 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 3 year old is age appropriate and fun. She comes home excited about school - which is fantastic! Their rules and ability to handle the naturally occurring problems that arise with children are wonderful and use plenty of patience - a necessary component with little hearts and minds that have busy hands. I recommend this facility whole-heartedly

- Mother

My daughter has attended 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

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 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: KinderCare.

- 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 birthday! 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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