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Country Club KinderCare

Tracy Hill, Center Director

7210 Vista Drive West Des Moines IA 50266
(515) 222-9685 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEARS
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Special Instructions:
Across from Kum and Go Across from Wells Fargo Call Center

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
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Welcome

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

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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.

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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

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.

  • Tracy Hill

    Tracy Hill, Center Director

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Tracy started her KinderCare career as a Preschool Teacher at the West Lakes KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Alisha Gulans

    Alisha Gulans, Assistant Director

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Alisha has volunteered at IMMC Daycare during summer breaks from ages 11 to 14. She was the Lead Two's teacher in childcare center from 2001 to 2014. She has experience nanning for three families and babysitting since she was 14 years old to Current.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Lainey

    Ms. Lainey, Infant Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lainey has babysitting experience and many years of working with children.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1993
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Infant Classroom

    I love working with children!

    Ms. Michelle is married with one amazing daughter. She enjoys reading and watching football in her free time.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Michelle has babysitting experience and she has worked at other childcare centers.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Ariel

    Ms. Ariel, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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!

    Previous Experience:
    Ariel has babysat since she was 10 years old and has worked with all age groups.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ashley has worked with KinderCare in the past and with the mentally disabled.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Medical Assisting and Vet Tech Schooling
  • Ms. Patty

    Ms. Patty, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Rachelle

    Ms. Rachelle, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love watching children grow.

    Ms. Rachelle enjoys spending time with her daughter, doing crafts, photography, and music.

    Previous Experience:
    Rachelle has had previous work experience in other childcare facilities.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    CNA
  • Ms. Claire

    Ms. Claire, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Claire has been babysitting for the last eight years and has worked in a variety of childcare centers while in college pursuing her Associate's degree in Early Child Education.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Mr. Anthony, Cook

    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.

    Year Started:
    2/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jessica has worked at a previous childcare center.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Youth and Family Ministry
  • Ms. Akouavi "Vicky"

    Ms. Akouavi "Vicky", Staff Support

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Akouavi has worked for childcare centers in Africa and France.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Staff Support

    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!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Brittany has been raising her girls, babysitting, and working at previous childcare centers.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Miss Megan

    Miss Megan, Support Staff

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Megan has spent time babysitting while attending school and leading a Cub Scout group.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    High School diploma

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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

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.

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 daughter has learned so much with great help from KinderCare! She has attended KinderCare since she was six weeks old and is now two years of age. I have found each staff member to be so helpful, caring, and very interactive when it comes to my child and others. Since my daughter has been here, I find her just amazingly smart and advanced for her age. The curriculum KinderCare offers is just fabulous. My daughter comes home now sharing the many new things she is learning. I'm so pleased with my choice of choosing this learning center.

- Mother

Both of my children have been attending KinderCare since they were each six weeks old. It has been a great experience for each of them. Now that my daughter is in school, I've begun getting feedback from her teachers about everything that she already knows and I know that she learned these things while attending KinderCare. My job has moved our family to different states, and we have been lucky enough that each time we have moved, we were able to transfer to another KinderCare without any problems.

- Father

Mindy, I appreciate the letter and the offer of the company to reimburse our out of pocket expenses, but I will have to respectfully decline the offer. Our daughter, Lilly, is as rough and tumble as they come. Strong willed, stubborn and always "on-the-go". The Country Club KinderCare she attends has been exceptional. All of the staff has shown such love and care for her. She has learned more in the time she's been there than we ever could have imagined. Accidents will happen, as it did on June 3rd, she received the best attention and care from the staff at the time of the incident. By the time I got there she was smiling through her swollen lips. I can't thank them enough for everything they did for her that day and have done every day to develop my beautiful little girl. Thank you again for the offer, but knowing Lilly is safe and well cared for at KinderCare is all we need.

- Mother

My child has been attending KinderCare since she was twelve months old. Over the years, I have enjoyed seeing the center grow and change with the new quality teachers, and the great leadership that is going on in the center now. My daughter learns something new every day and I love hearing her talk about her friends and teachers at school. I know she is going to be more than ready for Kindergarten due to the help from everyone at Country Club KinderCare. Thank you for all you do!

- Mother

My kids thoroughly enjoy going to Phonics throughout the week. It has helped them grow and thrive in the classroom. As a teacher I can see the difference it is making in all aspects of their learning.

- Mother

The Learning Adventures program has been a great opportunity for my child to get a jump start on the reading and math skills they will need as they go to school.

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