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61st Street KinderCare

Ms. Kelly Grohall, Center Director

2374 S. 61St St. West Allis WI 53219
(414) 546-0730 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 9 YEARS
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Neighborhood:
West Allis

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Fairview, Manitoba, Honey Creek, Longfellow, Pershing, Jefferson, Franklin, Wilson, Milwaukee Spanish Immersion

Welcome

Finding the right place--and the right people--for your child's education and care is a big decision. To help your family with this choice, we would love to have you meet our teachers, see our classrooms, and learn more about our center and programs. We look forward to meeting your family and introducing you to ours here at 61st Street KinderCare!

Ms. Kelly Grohall, 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.

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

Welcome to 61st St. KinderCare in West Allis. Our goal as a staff is to invest our time and energy into our children to ensure a bright future. We treat all of the children at our center like they are our own. We appreciate that the parents entrust us with their children every day! At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Ms. Kelly Grohall

    Ms. Kelly Grohall, Center Director

    The children always come first. If there is ever a decision to make, the first thing I think about is what is right for the children.

    Ms. Kelly has been with the company since 1997. She still wakes up every day excited to make a difference in the life of a child. Ms. Kelly has watched her own children grow up in the KinderCare family and has seen them become successful young adults. She wants that for each child in her care. Ms. Kelly wants to make families feel like they cannot imagine a world without KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kelly started as an assistant teacher and worked her way up to the Center Director position with hard work and dedication to the profession.
    Year Started:
    5/1/1997
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Administrator's Credential
  • Ms. Katie Witkowski

    Ms. Katie Witkowski, Assistant Director

    Making a difference in a child's life is a joy that keeps me coming back day after day.

    Ms. Katie has been in the early childhood field since 2002 and has been with KinderCare since 2009. She enjoys teaching young children and loves to see their excitement when they discover and learn something new. Ms. Katie also enjoys swimming, playing with her dogs, and spending time with her family in her free time.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Katie worked as a Preschool Teacher with KinderCare before advancing to become the Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Master of Arts Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Heather has been in early childhood since 2004. She likes knowing how even at a young age, the babies depend on her to be here for them every day. She is inspired to come to work each day in seeing the children and watching them grow. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
  • Ms. Lovey, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Lovey has been in early childhood since 1987. She joined KinderCare in 2005. She enjoys teaching the children new things and seeing the look in their eyes when they discover something for the first time. She is inspired to come to work each day because of the children's smiles and hugs. Outside of work, she likes to scrapbook.

    Year Started:
    1/3/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
  • Ms. Debra

    Ms. Debra, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Debra has been with KinderCare since 2006. She enjoys making a difference in a child's life. The KinderCare environment inspires her to come to work every day. In her free time, she enjoys the company of her family.

    Year Started:
    1/2/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
  • Ms. Genny

    Ms. Genny, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Genny has been in early childhood education since 2010. She enjoys watching children discover and learn new things. She thinks that it is great to interact and learn from them as well! Seeing the smiles on every child's face each morning and knowing she is making a difference is what inspires her to come to work. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family--it is how she likes to relax.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Nicole has been in early childhood education since 1996. She enjoys watching the children learn and discover new things as they grow. She is inspired to come to work each day by having the opportunity to bring a new discovery into a child's life. Outside of work, her favorite thing to do is go to her cottage.

    Year Started:
    3/5/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Carla

    Ms. Carla, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Carla has been in early childhood education since 2012. She joined our team in 2014. Ms. Carla enjoys seeing the personalities of the children grow as they learn new things. She is inspired to come to work each day because of the children. In her free time, she enjoys cheering on the Dallas Cowboys and spending time with her daughter and husband.

    Year Started:
    8/18/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Genesis

    Ms. Genesis, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Genesis has been in early childhood education since 2013. She joined our team in 2014. Ms. Genesis enjoys meeting new children and knowing she makes a difference in their lives. The bond that she has with the children inspires her to come to work each day. Outside of work, she enjoys shopping.

    Year Started:
    9/9/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Christina

    Ms. Christina, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Christina has been teaching little ones for over 23 years. She joined KinderCare in 2008. She is eager to meet your little one and be a part of his or her early childhood educational development. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her grandson and three children.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1994
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
  • Ms. Ivette

    Ms. Ivette, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Ivette has been in the early childhood education field since 1999, so she brought a lot of experience when she joined the KinderCare family in 2003. She enjoys teaching young children because she loves to see them grow and be an important part of their life. She also enjoys spending time with her family in her free time.

    Year Started:
    1/6/2003
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Maria has been in early childhood education since 2011, when she joined the KinderCare family. She enjoys being such an important part of the children's lives. She is inspired by the children and seeing them progress. In her free time, she enjoys going to thrift shops and finding pieces to make her own.

    Year Started:
    8/9/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Ashley recently started in early childhood education when she joined our team in 2014. She enjoys being able to inspire and teach children every day. Planning new activities with the children inspires her to come to work each day. Outside of work, she likes to spend time with her family.

    Year Started:
    9/16/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Amanda joined KinderCare in 2014. She loves watching children grow and get excited with new experiences. Knowing how happy the children are to see her inspires her to come to work each day. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her own children.

    Year Started:
    3/5/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Ashley has been in the early childhood education field since 2008 and has been with KinderCare since 2011. She enjoys teaching young children and loves to see them grow and develop. The preschoolers are her favorite age group. She enjoys spending time with her family in her free time. Ms. Ashley looks forward to watching your child grow and learn with our KinderCare family.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Melissa has been in early childhood education for over 20 years. She joined the KinderCare family in 2009. She loves the joy she gets being a teacher. Having the opportunity to read and play with the little ones and the hugs they give inspire her to come to work every day. In her free time, she participates in cosplay.

    Year Started:
    8/26/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
  • Ms. Sylvia

    Ms. Sylvia, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Sylvia has worked for KinderCare since 1997. She enjoys teaching in our Discovery Preschool Classroom. She is inspired by seeing the joyful faces of the children every day. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family at her camper.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1997
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
  • Ms. Meghan

    Ms. Meghan, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Meghan recently started in early childhood education when she joined KinderCare in 2014. She likes watching the children grow. When the children see her and get a smile on their face inspires her to come to work each day. Outside of work, her favorite activity is to sleep.

    Year Started:
    9/25/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Nikki

    Ms. Nikki, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Nikki has worked in early childhood education for over ten years. She joined the KinderCare family in 2011. She lives her life to inspire children and loves watching the children grow and learn. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Kristil

    Ms. Kristil, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Kristil joined KinderCare in 2014. She enjoys watching the children interact and apply things they learn every day. Knowing that the children look forward to seeing her and getting hugs reminds her that she is making a positive impact in their lives. Outside of work, Ms. Kristil enjoys spending time with her family and daughters.

    Year Started:
    5/27/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Mr. Gerry

    Mr. Gerry, School Age Classroom

    Mr. Gerry has been in the early childhood education field since 2004 and has been with KinderCare since 2012. He enjoys teaching young children, buy school age is his favorite age group because he loves to see kids growing up into young adults. He also enjoys football and baseball in his free time. Mr. Gerry looks forward to watching your child grow and learn with our KinderCare family.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Dawn

    Ms. Dawn, Cook / Bus Driver

    Ms. Dawn enjoys working with children. It is her true passion. She also likes watching the children's faces as they try something new. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1995
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22
  • Mr. Darryll, Cook / Bus Driver

    Mr. Darryll has been in early childhood education for over 14 years. He enjoys meeting the children, talking with them, and having fun. Outside of work, he enjoys sleeping.

    Year Started:
    11/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Loren

    Ms. Loren, Floater

    Ms. Loren has been in early childhood since 2013. She loves watching the children grow and experience new things. It inspires her daily to come to work, knowing that she is able to help each child learn something and get excited about it.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4

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

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

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

To protect the health and safety of the children, our entire teaching staff is trained in CPR and First Aid. We also require our teachers to better themselves through ongoing education courses as well as closing our doors twice a year for training days, during which all of our surrounding KinderCare centers come together for a day of learning. Our security is set up with a keypad lock on each classroom door to keep the children safe and secure. We also require ID from those other than parents for child pick-up.

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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I honestly cannot imagine my son in any other preschool/child care. The entire staff is incredible and it seems that everyone, not just the teachers, are involved in his life. He spends a great deal of time with our KinderCare family, so I am thankful that KinderCare is his home away from home. There are days when I pick him up and it's 45 minutes before we are done hanging out and saying goodbye to everyone--I love that.

- Mother
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