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Rockhill KinderCare

Joyce Linebarger, Center Director

7915 E Rockhill St. Wichita KS 67206
(316) 682-3210 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Across from Bradley Fair shopping area. West of Rock Road

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Gammon, Jackson

Rockhill KinderCare is located in a very convenient location, right across the street from Bradley Fair. We are currently enrolling in our Infant, Toddler, Discovery Preschool, Preschool and School Age classrooms.

Welcome

KinderCare on Rockhill is a family centered childcare facility, interested in meeting the needs of both the children and the parents we serve. Each classroom is designed to meet the needs of every child in our care and parents are invited to play daily.

Joyce Linebarger, Center Director

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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.

Math

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.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

At Rockhill KinderCare our staff are dedicated to ensure your children will learn in a fun and interactive way. All of our staff members have been in the childcare field for two years or more. Our staff at Rockhill will always make sure you are informed about upcoming events so that you can be involved as well. They look forward to meeting you!

  • Joyce Linebarger

    Joyce Linebarger, Center Director

    No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness, and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure." - Author Emma Goldman  

    Joyce Linebarger joined the Kinder Care family in 1989. She has experience as a Cook, Infant Teacher, Preschool Teacher, Assistant Director, and  Center Director. She graduated from Friends University. She worked for Child Start / Early Head Start as a Family Educator and Early Childhood Manager for 5 years.  Joyce is driven to provide the best quality care and education to families.

    Year Started:
    10/1/1989
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Organizational Management and Leadership, Kansas Director's License
  • Andrea Pankratz

    Andrea Pankratz, Assistant Director

    Ms. Andrea has been working for KinderCare for thirteen years. She has four children which gave her the love to work with children. Ms. Andrea always makes sure the infants are well taken care of and feel lots of love. She loves working with children. They bring joy to her life.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Amy began working for KinderCare in 2000 as a Toddler teacher. She has worked with all ages and is currently working in our Infant room. Ms. Amy feels teaching children is a wonderfully rewarding career.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Lorena

    Ms. Lorena, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Lorena began working for KinderCare in 2002 as a cook. She moved into the classrooms shorty after working with Infant to School Age children. Ms. Lorena loves coming to work everyday to spend time caring for the infants at Rockhill.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Life is too short to stress.

    Ms. Sarah has two children which attend our center.  Ms. Sarah is from California where she began her career in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with all ages from Infants to School Age. Currently Ms. Sarah is our Discovery Preschool teacher. She enjoys teaching new things to her kids and watching them learn.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Jessie

    Ms. Jessie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Jessie is from Ellis, Kansas. She grew up with her three sisters and two brothers. She started to nanny for a family when she was in Junior High and that is when she realized she wanted her career to be working with children. Ms. Jessie is currently working on continuing her education and wants to specialize with Autistic and hearing-impaired children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Jessie worked at Barton Daycare.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shelcy

    Ms. Shelcy, Pre-K 2

    Ms. Shelcy likes to hang out with her family. She also enjoys fishing, camping and hanging out with her niece. Ms. Shelcy always has a smile on her face and is always finding fun activities for her Preschool class to do. She enjoys coming to work each day because the kids always put her in a great mood.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Float/Music

    Jessica has been working for KinderCare since August 2012. Jessica has a 4 year old daughter that attends the Rockhill KinderCare, who gave Jessica the passion to work with young children. Jessica loves to come to work each and everyday because she gets to watch the children grow and play.

    Year Started:
    8/12/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Ana

    Ms. Ana, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Ana has been working with children for three years. She has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is working for her Bachelor's degree. Her future goal is to work with special education children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Ana worked at Barton Daycare Center and Rainbow Knowledge Christian Learning Center.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Coumba

    Ms. Coumba, Infants


     

    Coumba has been working for KinderCare since November 2013. Coumba loves watching the babies grow and explore their new world. The kids have taught Coumba that there is always something new to learn and that you can’t take life too seriously.
     

    Year Started:
    11/1/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's in International Bussiness
  • Ms. Ashley, School Age

    “While teaching kiddos they never cease to teach me something new everyday! They bring joy to my heart.”

    Ashley has been working for KinderCare since August 2014. Ashley is studying Elementary Education at Wichita State University. Ashley really enjoys working with young children. She enjoys doing art project with her School Age class. They always manage to put a smile on her face, and giggles in her heart!
     

    Previous Experience:
    Before working at KinderCare Ashley was a youth intern at Riverwalk Church of Christ. This is where children became her passion and her love of teaching was founded.
    Year Started:
    8/14/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Molly

    Ms. Molly, Toddler 1

    I have never imagined myself not working with children, my kids always make my day and put a smile on my face!"

    Molly has been working for KinderCare since September 2014. Molly graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in communications studies and a minor in sociology. Molly loves working with the toddler because it gives her the opportunity to watch how they grow.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Molly fostered a love of children and teaching when she would nanny for families that were close to her own. Molly also previously worked at other daycare centers around Wichita but says that KinderCare is her favorite place so far!
    Year Started:
    9/9/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts in Science Communication Studies
  • Ms. Haley

    Ms. Haley, Preschool

    Haley has been working for KinderCare since February of 2015. Haley has a sweet little 1 year old daughter that attends the Rockhill KinderCare. Haley is very exited to be teaching preschool students because they are so full of life. Haley enjoys playing games with and teaching her class. She looks forward to watching them grow and progress.
     

    Year Started:
    2/14/2015

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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 ensure your child's safety we provide a complete coded building, fenced in playgrounds and strictly enforced authorized pick up procedures. Our staff is trained in First Aid, Signs and Symptoms and CPR. 

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.

My children started going to KinderCare in 2005 and eventually got old enough to go to school. I have never had a complaint about KinderCare. Every single teacher that was there when my boys went there are still there and some new ones have come in. But those specific teachers remember who my children are and remember them like they were just there. I currently have my one-year-old daughter going there. I was a little nervous as I never had an Infant go to KinderCare before, but I have no complaints about the Infant room. My daughter is very attached to the teachers there. I have and would recommend more families to KinderCare. I am a very satisfied parent! Good job KinderCare family!

- Mother

When shopping around for childcares I was becoming very apprehensive, the centers my husband and I went to were not clean and the staff looked unhappy. Then I walked into Rockhill KinderCare. The director immediatly made me feel welcome and the staff were all very friendly. The infant room was clean and the teachers were engaged with the babies.  I have not regreted my choice in taking my grandchild to KinderCare.

- Grandmother
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