Anna Patterson, Center Director
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Welcome to WestLakes KinderCare in West Des Moines, Iowa. We would love to meet with you and your family to share with you everything that our center has to offer. When you visit our center, you will see how passionate the team is about education and the happiness that we can bring to each child that is enrolled at our center. We strive to develop the whole child; we provide several activities that will help your child develop socially, emotionally and cognitively. The brain develops the most in the first three years of life, so we strive to introduce your child to several learning activities and opportunities every day. WestLakes KinderCare's experts enjoy being a part of our families' lives and have a true passion for educating and nurturing children. Call today to schedule a tour; we would love to show you around our center!
Anna Patterson, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 WestLakes KinderCare realize how important your child is to you and your family. That is why we dedicate ourselves to all of the children here at KinderCare by promising to educate and to provide a safe and caring learning environment in your absence.
I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children. I love that on a daily basis we are educating our nation's future and I am truly excited that I can provide a safe and caring environment where all the children have the opportunity to be successful and reach their full potential.
Anna started with KinderCare in the fall of 2006. She has experience as an Infant/Toddler/Discovery Preschool/Preschool/Prekindergarten/Kindergarten/ School Age teacher, Learning Adventure Teacher and Assistant Director with KinderCare. Anna enjoys being able to support the teachers in assisting children reach their full potential as learners and as citizens.
On a personal level, Anna loves spending time with her husband John and their son, Zachary. They love to vacation (usually someplace warm), spend time with family and spend time outside; Anna says it really doesn't matter what they are doing, just as long as they are spending time together.
I love watching the children learn and grow and succeed every day. To see the children and teachers engaged in their classrooms and learning makes my job fun.
Rachel has been with KinderCare since 2009 and became the Assistant Director in 2013. Before coming on board as the Assistant Director she was a Toddler and Discovery Preschool teacher.
I love seeing them grow and develop every day through their first year of life.
Ms. Caroline joined our team in 2015 after completing her Bachelor's in Adult and Family Services at the University of Northern Iowa. Caroline's passion was to work with children and families from a very young age. Ms. Caroline loves to read in her spare time at home and everyday to the infant room.
I love helping the children and their families, and giving them peace of mind for the many hours they are away from their children.
Ms. Shannon relocated to our center from the Cedar Rapids location in 2013. She has a son and daughter who both attended our program. Ms. Shannon started in our older Toddler classroom and then joined our Infant room. In college, she studied Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education.
I love being able to help the children reach their first milestones in my classroom.
Ms. Kathi started with KinderCare in March 1999. She started out as a Prekindergarten teacher and worked her way to management. She also received her Child Development Associate's Credential. Ms. Kathi is now the lead teacher in our Infant classroom and our Health and Safety Coordinator.
I love watching each child grow into their own personalities.
Ms. Amanda has worked around children for a few years in a home setting and is excited to expand her career in the Early Childhood Education field. In her experience she found that she was passionate about teaching infant and toddler age groups, which led her to join our family at KinderCare in 2014.
I love that I get to see them grow every day.
Ms. Arati is orginally from India and has lived in Iowa since 2008. She has two children and previously worked at a in-home childcare center in India. Ms. Arati really enjoys reading to the kids and helping them learn new songs!
I love seeing the growth of the children and being a part of that process.
Ms. Martha grew up in Des Moines and studied at the University of Northern Iowa. Ms. Martha's favorite activities are music time and dancing with the toddlers!
I love that I play a part in shaping the children of today to be caring, successful individuals.
Ms. Sidney joined our Kindercare family in the spring of 2014 after finishing her Early Childhood Education degree. She has a passion for teaching and a knack for creativity that she likes to share in the classes artwork.
I have four children myself and my love for children grows every day!
Ms. Z helps the children transition from babies into toddlers by teaching them new and exciting things every day. She loves her group times and teaching them new words and songs. Ms. Z has created many lasting relationships with our children and families in the years she has been with us.
I love to see the children smiling when they see me walk in to the room every morning, it makes my day!
Ms. April moved to Iowa from New York in 2011 with her husband and they have two little boys. April started in our Toddler class room and moved up with her first class to Discovery Preschool. She loves to sing and dance with the children and do anything to make them laugh! She is also our Learning Adventures teacher.
I love to see the children smile. If I can see that every day I know that I am doing a good job.
Ms. Britta is originally from Minnesota and moved to Iowa to attend Iowa State University. Ms. Britta was an intern for Department of Human Services child protective services for six months before she joined our KinderCare team. Her favorite part of the day is arts and crafts with her kids.
I have had a passion for teaching since I was young. I enjoy helping them develop and grow.
Ms. Kim an her family retired from the US Air Force after 20 years. During that time they lived in many place and most recently Germany. The last teaching position she held was working with special needs children. She enjoys spending time with her four children and supporting them at their sporting events.
I love to see the children practicing a new skill that I have taught them! I am passionate about teaching the children new skills and ideas.
Ms. Nicole joined our Kindercare family in August of 2015 after relocating from Buffalo, New York. She loves spending time with this age group and seeing them explore so much!
I love seeing the children smile and laugh. Their smiles are why I am in this profession!
Ms. Julie went to Iowa State University and achieved her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with Certification in K-8 Art Education. Ms. Julie currently lives in the Beaverdale area.
While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.
Ms. Nicole graduated from Davis County High School in 1999 and then graduated from Indian Hills Community College in 2001. She has worked with children of all ages but has spent the majority of her time teaching Preschool. Ms. Nicole started at Westlakes in 2008 and had also worked at a KinderCare in Wichita, Kansas.
I am a big kid at heart, so I enjoy teaching them new and exciting things that make them wonder.
Ms. Shannon worked at KinderCare in 2003 until she moved to Minnesota in 2007 and worked there as Preschool Teacher. She loves to do fun science experiments with the kids, and always has great insight on how to help each child learn.
I love watching the children's different personalities develop every day.
Ms. Stacie was born and raised in the Des Moines Area and still lives here with her husband and four children. She has attended Des Moines Area Community College for the last two years working towards a degree in Human Services.
Don't ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive and do it because what the world needs is people who have come alive. -Howard Thurman
Ms. Brooke is a nurturing and silly teacher who enjoys being a part of the development and education of her students. She enjoys science experiments and reading children's books during group time.
I am passionate about the children and seeing them enjoy school.
Ms. Erin went to school at Upper Iowa University for Elementary Education. She enjoys teaching the children all aspects of literacy to help prepare them for Kindergarten.
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.
We do a lot more than watch your child for you. We are teachers. Partners. Guides. We get excited about making every moment a learning opportunity, and look forward to making the most of our time together – with both you, and your child. We would love for you to come in and experience the Westlakes KinderCare difference!
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Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
Along with your child's happiness and education, your child's health and safety is also at the top of our priority list here at WestLakes KinderCare. We are extremely fortunate to be located right next to the West Des Moines Fire Station; the center is located in a great area that exudes safety. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, WestLakes KinderCare also has a keypad entry as well as two fenced in playgrounds with locked gates. Enrolled families will have access to the code that will allow them past the keypad accessed entry. Otherwise, a door bell is available for visitors who will be greeted by one of our friendly staff members. At WestLakes KinderCare we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. One of Ms. Kathi's jobs is to conduct monthly fire and tornado drills, and to ensure that all of our staff has current certifications in CPR, First Aid, Universal Precautions as well as current Mandated Reporter certificates. We cannot stress enough the importance of keeping all of our children safe!
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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