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Westlakes KinderCare

Anna Patterson, Center Director

6670 University Ave. West Des Moines IA 50266
(515) 221-0718 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEARS

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On University Ave., in West Des Moines, next to Panera Bread

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WestLakes KinderCare is currently enrolling Preschool children for the Summer and Fall.

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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

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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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.

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.

ABC Music & Me

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Wednesday September 28, 2016
    1. National Good Neighbor Day

  2. Thursday September 29, 2016
    1. Share Day Letter D

Teachers & Staff

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.

  • Anna Patterson

    Anna Patterson, Center Director

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Anna worked as Kindergarten Teacher as well as training for a major chain restaurant.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Associate's of Arts Degree
  • Rachel Ross

    Rachel Ross, Assistant Director

    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.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Caroline

    Ms. Caroline, Infant Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare Ms. Caroline worked in a childcare center as support staff while she was in college and a full time infant teacher once she graduated.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Bachelor's in Adult and Family Services
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Infant Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood & Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kathi

    Ms. Kathi, Infant Classroom, Health & Safety Coordinator

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kathi was a Nanny and Preschool Teacher prior to joining our team in 1999.
    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Toddler Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amanda has a two year old son, and had nannied before coming to KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Arati

    Ms. Arati, Toddler Classroom

    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!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Bachelor's Degree in Economics
  • Ms. Martha

    Ms. Martha, Toddler Classroom

    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! 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Martha had worked at a YMCA as a Site Supervisor and a school age teacher before relocating to Des Moines.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Studies in Leisure, Youth and Human Services, Currently working on her Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Sidney

    Ms. Sidney, Toddler Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare Ms. Sidney was a baker and cake decorator.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Early Childhood Education Associates Degree
  • Ms. Zymrije

    Ms. Zymrije, Toddler Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Z was a Toddler teacher in Arizona for eleven years before moving to Iowa.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. April D.

    Ms. April D., Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. April was a restaurant manager in New York.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Degree in Criminal Justice, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Britta

    Ms. Britta, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Child, Adult and Family Services & Psychology, Currently obtaining her Master's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kim H.

    Ms. Kim H., Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms.Kim worked in Germany on a US Air Force Base as a teacher where she received her Child Development Associate's credential. In addition to her work overseas, she owned her own daycare for five years.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare Ms. Nicole taught Preschool in Buffalo, New York.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Bachelor's in Early Childhood Development and Master's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Julie worked for a HeadStart Preschool.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nicole previously worked as a Preschool teacher in Bloomfield, Iowa for 10 years.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Child Care Technician
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    ParaEducator Certification in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Stacie

    Ms. Stacie, Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Stacie worked at Respite Health Care and as a nanny.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Pursuing Degree in Human Services
  • Ms. Brooke

    Ms. Brooke, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brooke has previous experience working as a Toddler and two-year-old teacher.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Erin

    Ms. Erin, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Erin taught Preschool in Waterloo, Iowa.
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education, with an Endorsement in Early Childhood Education

September 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday September 01, 2016
    1. Share Day - Letter M

  2. Friday September 02, 2016
    1. Wear your favorite Disney Character

  3. Monday September 05, 2016
    1. Labor Day - Center Closed

  4. Tuesday September 06, 2016
    1. Read a Book Day

  5. Thursday September 08, 2016
    1. Share Day - Letter P

  6. Friday September 09, 2016
    1. National Teddy Bear Day

  7. Monday September 12, 2016
    1. National Chocolate Milkshake Day

  8. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

    2. National Positive Thinking Day

  9. Thursday September 15, 2016
    1. Share Day - Letter A

      Hat Day

  10. Friday September 16, 2016
    1. National Guacamole Day

      Wear fall colors

  11. Monday September 19, 2016
    1. National Love Note Day

  12. Tuesday September 20, 2016
    1. National Fruit Punch Day

  13. Wednesday September 21, 2016
    1. National Mini Golf Day

  14. Thursday September 22, 2016
    1. Share Day - Letter S

  15. Friday September 23, 2016
    1. National Checkers Day - Wear Stripes Day

  16. Wednesday September 28, 2016
    1. National Good Neighbor Day

  17. Thursday September 29, 2016
    1. Share Day Letter D

  18. Friday September 30, 2016
    1. National Hot Cider Day

About Our Center

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!

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

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!

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Our family has been at Westlakes KinderCare for over five years now.  We couldn't be happier with the care and education that our children have received.  Westlakes KinderCare is truly a learning center.  The teachers are educated and have made a lasting impression on our family.  They are an extension of our immediate family; we are so blessed to have them in our lives!
Anna and Rachel are so accommodating and helpful.  They care about us and the well being of our children.   All of the staff are the same way, they love my children and I feel so comfortable and confident leaving them in their care every day.  They are amazing!  I refer all of my friends because everyone should give their children this opportunity to have this education in this warm and safe environment!
Thank you to Anna and the staff for everything that you do!

- Parent

It is a great feeling knowing that while I am at work my son is receiving the best care imaginable at the Westlakes KinderCare located on University Avenue in West Des Moines. Right away in the morning, as we walk in the door, we are greeted with warm hellos and bright smiles from the management team; Tracy and Anna are always more than willing to assist me with whatever I may need and are always there to listen. As you walk through the secured access entry, you hear sounds of laughter and the welcoming voices of the teachers greeting the children and parents as they walk in the classroom. It is certainly evident that the Westlakes KinderCare is not a daycare facility but a true learning center. In fact, every time I enter our KinderCare, I am reminded of what makes the center so remarkable, the artwork and projects, along with pictures of the children do those learning activities are displayed neatly on each of the classroom walls. I can tell that these educated, tenured teachers are proud and happy to work with my child; their smiling faces and clean, curriculum filled classrooms say it all. If you are looking for a safe and caring environment that gives your child an educational advantage while you are at work, the Westlakes KinderCare is the place for you!

- Parent

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