Tracy Hill, Center Director
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Welcome to the Country Club KinderCare! We have been growing in the West Des Moines area since 1993, where we were the first childcare center to be built. We continue to provide the community with quality childcare and preschool from ages six weeks to 5 years. We strive to create an environment that is educational, caring, safe and fun - while being committed to developing the whole child. Our dedicated staff have well over 70 years of combined KinderCare service, attend regular trainings, and several are pursuing further education in Early Childhood Development. Come see us today for a tour of the center and to meet our awesome staff!
Tracy Hill, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather
Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.
Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter
For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside.
The teachers and staff at Country Club KinderCare are devoted to providing quality care and education of all the children enrolled. Our staff has an average tenure of five years with a few well over 10! The staff education consists of several Child Development Associates, Bachelor's degrees, and Early Education certifications. Our staff continues to further their education by attending trainings, seminars, and taking additional college courses in the early childhood education field.
I love seeing the growth of the children every day!
Tracy started with KinderCare as a Preschool teacher at the West Lakes location. In 2010, she transferred to our center where she became the Assistant Director. Tracy continues to attend training and seminars to further her education in the Early Childhood field.
Not only do the children learn from me, but I learn from them as well.
Ms. Alisha has always known since she was a young girl that She wanted to work with children; it has always been her passion. She enjoys the innocence children bring and it fills her heart with love. In her free time she spends time with her amazing daughter Aaliyana. They sing, dance, and act silly because life is too short to sweat the small stuff.
I love having the opportunity to teach and learn something everyday, and knowing I can make a difference in a child's life! Oh and hugs too!
Ms. Lainey is happily married with two amazing children. She enjoys reading, crafting, and gardening.
I love working with children!
Ms. Michelle is married with one amazing daughter. She enjoys reading and watching football in her free time.
I am doing what I love and I get to help make a difference. I get to help kids learn how great it is to read, make friends, and explore new ideas.
Ariel is currently attending school to become a teacher. She loves reading and watching movies. She also loves hiking and superheroes!
I love watching the children grow and learn while knowing I am able to make an impact on their lives!
Ms. Ashely recently got married. She has two children and two dogs.
I enjoy watching the children learn and grow. Knowing you made an impact in their lives is very rewarding. The children inspire me to come to work each day because they always put a smile on my face.
Ms. Patty is a mother of two wonderful children and a grandmother of one awesome grandchild. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
I love watching children grow.
Ms. Rachelle enjoys spending time with her daughter, doing crafts, photography, and music.
I love that look of 'Ah-Ha' when a child finally realizes that he/she can do something they've been working so hard at.
Ms. Claire loves Disney movies! She has memorized every song from the movie Frozen. She has worked with all ages, infants to five years of age.
I like the staff here and my director, but I really enjoy the kids and seeing them happy and I hope they like my cooking.
Mr. Anthony is a quiet person who likes to read and hang out with his family. Before moving to Des Moines, Anthony worked for a realty company where he helped people find apartments and took care of properties.
Ms. Jessica is the oldest child in her family with three sisters and one brother. She grew up helping her parents look after her younger siblings and has enjoyed working with children ever since.
Ms. Akouavi was born in Togo, West Africa. She has five children and seven grandchildren. She speaks French and English. It is a pleasure for her to share her knowledge with KinderCare and be a part of the team and learn more while she is here.
I love being able to learn as we play; it is my favorite thing about teaching. I'm inspired to come to work every day by the children!
Ms. Brittany is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has three beautiful daughters who are her world. And she loves Basketball!
I enjoy seeing the kids grow and mature as they reach their milestones. I like the social interaction; I make them laugh and they make me laugh.
Miss Megan loves sports - softball, cross country, and she loves the outdoors. She spends a lot of time with her family camping and traveling. Her hobbies are photography and drawing.
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!
Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes.
Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines
The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places.
Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
At Country Club KinderCare, we provide a safe and healthy environment. We maintain a coded door access, adhere to strict parent/guardian identification, and require a daily sign-in. All of our staff are currently certified in First Aid and CPR. We do daily cleaning and have regular scheduled maintenance. Our Safety Coordinator keeps our staff and families updated on any new health or safety concerns.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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