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Thurman KinderCare

Jessica Stuart, Center Director

8722 Thurman St. Wichita KS 67212
(316) 721-0168 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Peterson; McCollum; Kensler; Maize Centeral Elm;

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Welcome

Give your child the skills to learn and grow and the adventures to last a lifetime when you enroll in one of our exclusive Learning Adventures Programs. New sessions of Phonics, Math, Cooking and Music begin every four weeks. These specialized classes expose your child to concepts, ideas and skills that complement our core curriculum in a nurturing and engaging environment.

It is our privilege at Thurman KinderCare to educate, nurture, and develop future successful adults. This is why we are not just a preschool or a daycare, we are a learning center dedicated to helping young minds grow and flourish.  We are committed to providing a safe and loving environment for children to grow in. Our wonderful program fosters creative expression, cognitive development, physical development and wellness, social and emotional development, language and literacy, and executive function.  We are able to explore all of these domains while having fun through music, creative movement, math and science, problem solving and memory retention. We encourage self-expression by allowing children to convey their feelings, ideas, and thoughts through speaking and listening. Our mission is to create an environment that is enjoyable, educational, and comfortable for children and their families.

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Monthly Activities

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

Teachers & Staff

At Thurman KinderCare, we are passionate about the education and emotional well-being of each child we care for. We regard the families we serve as an extension of our own families. Our entire team strives for excellence through continuing education, from bi-annual company professional development training to seeking additional college courses within the field of education. At the end of the day, the true key to our success is our teachers' passion for educating children along with their love of learning. We hope that each family and child goes home at the end of the day feeling successful and loved.

  • Jessica Stuart

    Jessica Stuart, Center Director

    Jessica began working for KinderCare in November 2007. She started in a Prekindergarten classroom, was a Health & Safety Coordinator, taught Cooking Adventures, was a closing manager, and was Assistant Director before becoming a Center Director. Jessica has an Associate of Arts degree and is working towards her degree in Elementary Education. She has been in the child care industry for more than 10 years and has four children of her own; children and education are her greatest passion in life. She believes that focusing on education, structure, and the nurturing of creativity and individuality children and teachers are able to thrive and succeed in any endeavor they embark upon.

    Year Started:
    11/20/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Associates of Arts Degree with a Focus on Elementary Education
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Toddler Classroom

    I love getting to be a positive part of a child's life. I get to make a difference, even if it's just for a short period of time. 

    Jessica has been working at KinderCare since June 2016. She has her associate degree in Mass Communications and is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. She is great with the kids and loves doing circle time with them. She is great at singing and counting with the toddlers and her favorite thing to do with them is go outside and learn about nature. 

    Previous Experience:
    Worked for another childcare learning center, lead Preschool teacher at Head Start
    Year Started:
    6/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children, watching them grow, explore and achieve their goals.

    Being the oldest of seven children, Elizabeth has always been around children and enjoys caring for them as well. It brings her joy to see how far they have come in the short time she has with them as they age up. Ms. Elizabeth comes from an Accredited Center in Colorado. She values her job and works as a model to lead her children in the right direction.

    Year Started:
    7/29/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Amanda

    Amanda, Cook, Third in charge

    I love my job and I enjoy making children laugh. Laughter cannot be imitated, it comes from the heart.

    Amanda has been apart of the KinderCare family for almost ten years. She has worked as the Discovery Preschool teacher for six years before being promoted to third in charge and the center cook. She helps in all classrooms with curriculum and assists teachers if they need help as well. Her goal is to promote creativity along with verbal communications.She provides children with various art materials to help them learn to express themselves through creativity, this will also help strengthen their language development, as well as encourage the development of their fine motor skills. She reads to children daily and takes pictures of them to promote education and communication. 

    Previous Experience:
    Toddler teacher at a different childcare center for two years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    6/12/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
  • Poetry

    Poetry, Infant Classroom

    I love helping the kids learn, even if it's something small and making them feel happy and safe when they are here.

    Poetry has been an infant and toddler teacher at KinderCare for one year now. She is currently enrolled in school to become a pediatric nurse, and enjoys being with her "little people". Poetry loves participating in messy art with her toddlers and playing with bubble and singing songs to the infants in the afternoon.

    Previous Experience:
    Volunteering at family day care centers, oldest of eight children
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham

    Year Started:
    1/4/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Current student at Butler Community College
  • Dana

    Dana, Preschool Classroom

    I love helping a child grow and learn while I give them the love and care they need while their families are working.

    Dana started with KinderCare in 2003 as the infant teacher. After a year and a half of teaching in the infant room, she decided that she wanted to work in the two's classroom and then progressed to the preschool teacher soon after. She has played an integral part of the school growing and becoming better day by day. Dana first started working in the Early Childhood Education field at a different location that turned into KinderCare Learning Center. After working for different Director's at other centers, Dana realized that KinderCare was a great place to teach and grow as an individual. 

    Previous Experience:
    Health Care field working with disabled patients
    Year Started:
    10/3/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
  • Ms. Lindsay Jarrell, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Lindsay has been with the KinderCare team since 2015. She has a two year old son who is full of energy and happiness. She says that teaching is rewarding because she gets to be a part of the development of young minds. She is excited that she is helping to create future generations, while watching each child grow into their own person. She has a calm and nurturing demeanor and loves to do hands on activities with her class. She believes that each child learns and grows in their own way and at their on pace. We are proud to have her as a part of our team!

    Previous Experience:
    4 years total in Early Childhood Education
    Year Started:
    4/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Pursuing a Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Megan Jackson, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Megan has been with KinderCare since January of 2017. She is so full of energy and bursting with creativity and love. She has a two-year-old son of her own that keeps her busy and entertained. She cares for each infant as if they were her own, with love and respect, and a gentle touch. She is currently pursuing her nursing degree and has her LPN. Megan has a gentle and sincere quality that relaxes and soothes babies.

    Year Started:
    1/9/2017
    Education:
    Licensed Practical Nurse

Upcoming Center Activities

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Saturday March 11, 2017
Delano District St. Patrick's Day Parade

We will be driving the bus and have it decorated for the occasion!  We would love for our families to walk with us and represent our wonderful center.

Monday March 20, 2017
Donuts with Dad

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Join us to celebrate our dads!

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. Do you have a question about your child's development? Ask our staff and they will help you to understand the many stages of early childhood development.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Years Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas

Health and Safety

Our school is equipped with a key code entry door, and upon enrollment each family receives a security code. All doors and playground gates are locked and secure at all times. All teachers are certified in CPR/First Aid, and all employees working with children under the age of two receive SIDS, Shaken Baby, and Infant Brain Development trainings annually. We practice tornado and fire drills every month for the safety of everyone in our building. 

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