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Thurman KinderCare

Brooke Conley, 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

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. 

Brooke Conley, Center Director

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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. 

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

As a parent, you want to be assured that your children are spending their day with quality and nurturing teachers. You are certain to find very passionate individuals that truly care about the needs and development of the children in our program.

  • Brooke Conley, Center Director

    Working with children is such a blessing. I am very lucky to come to work everyday and share meaningful moments with the children in our program. As a Director, I believe in the importance of challenging and encouraging behaviors and interactions with the kids in our school.

    Brooke started with the company as an Assistant Director at Thurman KinderCare in 2014. After a year in a half as an Assistant Director, Brooke was promoted to Center Director. During her time at Thurman she worked hard everyday to make sure that the staff and children were achieving their goals everyday. Brooke is very grateful to be apart of the Thurman KinderCare family and excited about the positive things to come their way. 

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool teacher, Lead Preschool teacher at Child Start
    Year Started:
    12/8/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelors degree Early Childhood Development and Master's Degree in Human Health Performance and Recreation
  • Brooke Conley

    Brooke Conley, Assistant Director

    Working with children is such a blessing. i am very lucky to come to work everyday and share meaningful moments with the children in our program. As a Director, I believe in the importance of challenging and encouraging behaviors and interactions with the kids in our school.

    Brooke started with the company as an Assistant Director at Thurman KinderCare in 2014. After a year in a half as an Assistant Director, Brooke was promoted to Center Director. During her time at Thurman she worked hard everyday to make sure that the staff and children were achieving their goals everyday. Brooke is very grateful to be apart of the Thurman KinderCare family and excited about the positive things to come their way. 

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool teacher, Lead Preschool teacher at Child Start
    Year Started:
    12/8/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelors degree Early Childhood Development and Master's Degree in Human Health Performance and Recreation
  • 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
  • Elsa

    Elsa, Infant Classroom

    I love being able to watch our infants come in so small, and grow with maturity everyday. I always develop a close relationship with all my families which allows me feel like their grandmother away from home. I take pride in providing a safe environment for my infants. .

    Ms. Elsa's goal is to provide a safe, loving and fun learning environment for all of our infants.She does this by displaying each child’s progress, providing a stimulating and different theme enriched classroom each month and understanding their individual needs.Our infants use their five senses and bodies to explore our environment. Our infants see what they are learning on the walls and she believes this helps them to remember what they are learning and together they build on it to continue development. She takes such pride in helping the infants grow, develop, and learn. She is so grateful to be trusted with your infants and for the trust you have put into myself and our infant team.   

    Previous Experience:
    School District employee working with children with disabilities for 20+ years, Infant teacher for two years
    Year Started:
    11/6/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
  • Ms. Saundra

    Ms. Saundra, Prekindergarten Classroom

    If you think you can, you can. If you think you can't, you're right.

    Ms. Saundra has been apart of the KinderCare family for one and a half years. She is always eager to come to work and teach her amazing students. In the past, Ms. Saundra worked with Prekindergarten students and School Agers with a desire to get all of her students ready for school. Each day she challenges her students to do their very best.

    Previous Experience:
    11 years in the public school district as a preschool teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree

    Year Started:
    7/7/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • 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

Upcoming Center Activities

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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. 

Monday January 02, 2017
Center Closed in Observance of New Year's Day

 

Monday January 16, 2017
Join our Open House the week of January 16–20!

Your whole family is welcome to join us for an Open House the week of January 16–20.

During wintertime we get a chance to get cozy and focus on fun activities that bring learning to life for children. This is the perfect time to see firsthand the learning and joy that happens in our classrooms every day. The center director and teachers will be on hand to meet you and talk about what makes our center so special. See you there!

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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