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Waukesha Sunset Dr. KinderCare

Cassie Maduscha, Center Director

125 East Sunset Dr. Waukesha WI 53189
(262) 542-6994 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 10 YEARS
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Prairie Elementary School, SDW Whittier Elementary School, SDW Heyer Elementary School, SDW S.T.E.M. Academy Randall Campus, SDW

We are proud of the positive difference we make every day for the children in our community through our exceptional early childhood education programs and expert care. Our dedication to quality has earned our site accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Wisconsin Department of Children and Families highest quality rating, 5 Stars on the YoungStar Rating Scale.

Welcome

Welcome to Sunset Drive KinderCare in Waukesha, where we are more than a daycare.  We work hard each and everyday to ensure that we are an extension of your family.  Our staff are passionate about providing top notch care for each and every child.  We use a curriculum designed by KinderCare Education's top notch early education team.  The curriculum has a proven track record of preparing young minds to be highly successful in future learning.   
As you walk through our building you will feel like you are part of the family.  We hope to see you soon!

Cassie Maduscha, 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

February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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

Our KinderCare Learning Center teachers are passionate about your child's happiness, growth and provide a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem.  This is more than a job for our teachers...it's an opportunity for them to share their passion for education!  Our teachers will inspire, engage, and awaken the wonder inside each and every child.  We are proud of the work we do every day and cannot wait to have you join our KinderCare family!

  • Cassie Maduscha

    Cassie Maduscha, Center Director

    Cassie is married with twin three year old boys!  She has two black labs at home that hunt with her husband, Andy.  We love to be outdoors in any season doing fun activities like camping, fishing, snowmobiling, walking the dogs, and gardening.  

    Previous Experience:
    I have been in a variety of positions in the Early Childhood field in Head Start, Public Education, Special Education, and Child Care. I have had the opportunity to see how children and families grow and thrive in different settings.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Kissing Hand

    Year Started:
    9/14/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Administration, Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood, Special Education DPI License, Regular Education Early Childhood DPI License, Administration DPI License
  • Sue Graf

    Sue Graf, Assistant Director

    I love you MORE.

    Sue absolutely enjoys and takes pride in what she does each and every day.  She loves to provide students with a variety of educational tools and a challenge, then observe them explore and problem solve their own solutions.  Student stories, ideas, and "AHA" moments keep her passionate about teaching.  She carries her love of guiding into her role as a manager, where she works hard to ensure that her team has every tool they need to be successful.  At home, she loves cookng, baking, and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Sue has been a Special Education Assistant working in concert with teachers and therapists to provide an exceptional education each individual student in her care. She has worked for KinderCare as our Pre-Kindergarten Teacher and prior to having her sons, she was an Assistant Director at this KinderCare location for many years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen
    Year Started:
    8/25/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    Associate Degree Interdisciplinary Studies, Bachelor Degree Accounting, Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Samantha Pivett

    Ms. Samantha Pivett, Health and Safety Coordinator

    Sam P. is an early bird!  She is here to open the center at 6 AM, and loves every minute of it!  She gets to cuddle with all the other early risers!  Sam P. creates a loving and fun learning community with her Toddlers.  Each month, you will find new and exciting activities, room enhancements, and ways for children to learn and grow.

  • Ms. Donalyn

    Ms. Donalyn, Infant Classroom

    The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.

    Donalyn has been married for two years.  Her husband serves in the United States Army as an Army Recruiter.  They recently moved here from Oklahoma where they both call home.  They have four children, two boys and two girls ranging in age from 8 years to 8 weeks! 
    Her heart and passion lies in setting children up to be successful.  She does this by guiding them through the appropriate developmental building blocks to reach their next milestone.  In her classroom, she and her students enjoy reading, writing, coloring, painting, building with blocks, and singing and dancing!

    Previous Experience:
    Donalyn has worked for Altus Air Force Base Child Development Center and La Petite Academy prior to joining our team!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    It Looked Like Spilt Milk
    Year Started:
    10/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
  • Ms. Mayra

    Ms. Mayra, Discovery PreSchool Assistant

    Don't wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect!

    Mayra loves being a part of our KinderCare team!  She enjoys getting to know each child individually, and having the opportunity to guide them in their development.  She enjoys singing with her students, getting down on the floor to play with them, and planning art projects for them. 
    She loves spending time with her family, and expecially enjoys her Sunday dinners out with her mom and dad.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare, Mayra supported teachers at Banting Elementary School in Waukesha.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    5/18/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    EC1, EC2
  • Ms. Maritza

    Ms. Maritza, Kitchen and Cooking Adventures

    Sharing is Caring

    Maritza has been an amazing addition to our team!  She has brought life to the food our students eat.  Her love for serving and caring for people has made a distinct difference in our center.  Her favorite part of early childhood is seeing how much the children learn each and every day!  Maritza also brings her joy for cooking into the classroom! She teaches our Cooking Adventures Program that provides children an opportunity to practice real life skills while also learning to share, and work as a team.
    Maritza has two beautiful daughters that she loves having at work with her, and when she is at home, spending time with them keeps her bucket filled!

    Previous Experience:
    Maritza has worked in a variety of customer service positions prior to joining our team.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
    Year Started:
    11/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Working on EC1
  • Ms. Sam P., Toddler B

    Sam P. is an early bird!  She is here to open the center at 6 AM, and loves every minute of it!  She gets to cuddle with all the other early risers!  Sam P. creates a loving and fun learning community with her Toddlers.  Each month, you will find new and exciting activities, room enhancements, and ways for children to learn and grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Sam started her career with KinderCare at the Menomonee Falls location, we are lucky to have had her transfer here!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh the Places You'll Go
    Year Started:
    5/8/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    EC1, EC2, Infant and Toddler
  • Ms. Sam S

    Ms. Sam S, Preschool

    To be trusted is a better compliment than to be loved

    Sam's favorite part of Early Childhood is getting to know many different children.  Her ability to form a strong, nurturing bond with each child she works with is amazing!  Her Preschool Classroom is full of positive energy, music for singing and dancing, reading stories, and creating art! 
    Sam has three children of her own, Eli who is 6, Wyatt who is 4, and Penelope who is 1!  The have all been here at KinderCare, learning and growing with Sam's coworkers.  When they are at home, they love watching Disney Movies and reading stories together!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare, Sam S worked as a nanny for 4 children, a 6 year old and 5 month old triplets!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    4/7/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    EC1 and EC2
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Pre-K

    Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.

    Lori enjoys working with children of all ages.  She strives to ensure that every child in her classroom is getting exactly what they need.  She finds children's conversations fascinating - they have such creative stories!  She and Sarah work together to create a positive community in their classroom so that the children can learn and grow together.
    At home, Lori has a husband, two grown daughters, two dogs, a cat, a rabbit, and fish.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare, Lori was a Paraprofessional for the Waukesha Public Schools.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Fancy Nancy
    Year Started:
    1/5/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9

Upcoming Center Activities

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February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

Monday February 20, 2017
Closed for Professional Development Day

Our center is closed today to provide additional training to our teachers.

About Our Center

Our Sunset KinderCare, located on the corner of Sunset Drive and East Avenue in Waukesha, is proud to be NAEYC Accredited.  This location has been part of the community for over 25 years!  Our goal is to ensure that each day your child recevies the highest quality care and early education available.  We would love for you to stop by and see what we mean when we say our KinderCare is world class!

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

Keeping your child safe and secure is our first priority. Our center is equipped with a coded front entry which is provided to families upon enrollment.  For added security, this code is changed periodically.  To ensure that children are always within sight and sound of staff, name to face checks are done every 30 minutes and at transitions.
We value your child’s health and recognize the importance of cleanliness.  Our staff and contracted cleaning professionals follow a strict regimen to ensure the highest level of sanitation, reducing the spread of illness. We actively strive to monitor the health and well-being of all children in our care.

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 son has been attending the Waukesha KinderCare since he was three. When he started going there, he wasn't able to talk in complete sentences. I was concerned about his development and shared my concern with the staff at KinderCare. Ms. Resmi took a special interest in my son. Now, he's quite the talker! She has been such a positive influence and has taught him so much that has prepared him for Kindergarten. I feel that the staff cares about your child's progress. They prepare them for school in so many ways. There are parent/teacher conferences to talk about their development, what they've learned, and what they plan to work on. KinderCare also helps the children get comfortable with a classroom environment. Now that my son is in Kindergarten, he's doing really well. I really think KinderCare has been a foundation for his learning in school and has made that transition easy for him. I appreciate everything the Waukesha KinderCare staff does! I would recommend this KinderCare to any parent!

- Mother
 I send my son to the Kindercare on Sunset. He loves going every day. His vocabulary has improved greatly since he started. He was almost one when he started and by his first birthday, he was using lots of new words.He also has become more social with other children. He learned to share and take turns. When I drop him off in the morning, he waves bye and is ready to play. I love how they have learning activities that are designed to make a child think that they are playing and want to keep doing over and over. Seeing how happy my son is to go to school every day, makes me want to keep sending him there.
- Mother
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