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Thurman KinderCare

Jennifer Robinson, 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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Special Instructions:
Near 13th & Tyler

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Peterson; McCollum; Kensler; Maize Elm.; Maize Centeral Elm; Maize South Elm; Pray-woodman

Welcome

Thurman KinderCare is a one-of-a-kind early learning program. Our staff is well educated in early childhood and is prepared to offer your child a unique experience. We work to individualize the programs we offer to best fit the needs of your child. KinderCare uses a curriculum based program that encourages hands on learning. The team at Thurman wants to become a partner with each family to give the children the best start to their education.

Jennifer Robinson, 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.

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

The staff at Thurman KinderCare has over 100 years combined experience working with children. Most of our staff have degrees in early childhood or a related field. Our families rave about the wonderful teachers that care for their children every day!

  • Jennifer Robinson

    Jennifer Robinson, Center Director

    "Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." Lady Bird Johnson

    Jennifer bagan working for KinderCare in 2002.  She began her career as a Toddler Teacher Assistant and eventually worked her way up to become a lead teacher.  Jennifer became Assistant Director in 2008 and in 2015 became the Center Director.  Jennifer strives to build a solid foundation for each child so that they may become a successful individual.  With over 12 years in early childhood education Jennifer has excelled in providing children and their families with a nurturing atmosphere and an enriching curriculum.  In her spare time Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and reading.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Seuss's "O The Places You'll Go"
    Year Started:
    8/25/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, Kansas Director's License
  • Brooke Conley

    Brooke Conley, Assistant Director

    Brooke joined Kindercare December 2014. In 2012 she started her career as a lead teacher at Child Start working with 3 year olds. She taught for 2 years and has experience working with low-income families and has enjoyed being apart of their lives. Brooke has a passion for being around kids and loves walking into work seeing the smile on all the children's faces. Brooke is currently enrolled in the Masters Program at Pittsburg State University where she plans to earn a degree in Human Health Performance and Recreation (May 2015). Her love for children helps her to become a good teacher, Assistant Director and a better person.

    Previous Experience:
    Lead teacher for 2 years at Child Start (Shirley Mayes Head Start)
    Year Started:
    12/8/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelors degree Early Childhood Development
  • Jessica

    Jessica, Infants Lead Teacher

    Jessica is the Lead teacher for the infants. She has been in childcare for more than 20 years and has a great passion for working with children. She has worked in childcare centers, as well as running her own childcare business out of her home in the past. She is the mother of 2. Christina,28 who is also in the childcare field, and Tony, 15 who is a student athlete at Northwest High School. Jessicas goal as the Lead teacher is to get to know each child personally and to teach them in all areas including physical, emotional, social, cognitive, creative, language and literacy. Jessica wishes to make the journey and transition as positive as possible.

    Year Started:
    11/3/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+
  • Elsa

    Elsa, Infants Assistant Teacher

    Elsa has worked with children for many years. She enjoys working with children with or without disabilities because she knows that she is helping the child to become a better student. Elsa is now the Assistant teacher in the infant classroom. She plans to continue to work so that she can make a difference in the lives of children and to watch them grow and prepare them for the future.

    Previous Experience:
    Rainbows United (4 years). USD259 (21.5 years)
    Year Started:
    11/3/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
  • Heather

    Heather, Toddlers Lead Teacher

    Heather has worked with Kindercare since September 4, 2014. She is the lead teacher of the Toddlers and has a daughter of her own. She enjoys working with children and looks forward to a great year with Kindercare.

    Year Started:
    9/4/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Dana

    Dana, Two's Lead Teacher

    Dana has worked for Kindercare since October 2003. She has been a lead teacher in all classrooms and loves working with children. Dana has been married for 15 years and they have two daughters together Sarah (15) and Kait (10).

    Previous Experience:
    Director of the Children of Hope Program at the Union Rescue Mission (2001-2003).
    Year Started:
    10/8/2003
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
  • Savannah

    Savannah, Pre School Lead Teacher

    Savannah began working for kindercare July of 2014.She has worked in childcare for a little over three years and always had a love for working with kids. She doesn't have any children of her own but she loves her students as if they were hers. Savannah is studying to become a pediatric nurse.

    Year Started:
    7/10/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Sparkle

    Sparkle, Pre-k Lead Teacher

    Sparkle has been with Kindercare on and off since 2009. She worked at Kelly Elementary for 3 year as a food service aid, latchkey, and as a custodian as well. She is currently enrolled into Hutchinson Community College where she plans to earn a degree in Physical Therapy. Sparkle is married and has 3 girls and 2 boys. She enjoys relaxing, spending time with her family, and she also does hair as a hobby. Sparkle is the Pre-k teacher and she is looking forward to teaching them as much as possible this year.

    Year Started:
    10/5/2009
    Tenure:
    5 Years
  • Renae

    Renae, Float

    Renae began working for KinderCare in 2013. She has worked in childcare for over 20 years. She has been married for almost 22 years and has 2 wonderful sons. Renae loves being apart of Kindercare and loves being around children everyday.

    Year Started:
    2/18/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
  • Nolan

    Nolan, Float

    Nolan began working for KinderCare in 2014. He is currently going to a community college where he plans to finish out his general studies and continue on to become a verterinarian. 

    Year Started:
    1/15/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1

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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

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

Health and Safety

Safety comes first at Thurman KinderCare because your child's safety is our priority. For the comfort of our families, we provide a secured facility, which includes a key code entry system, fenced in playgrounds, and strictly enforced authorized pick-up procedures. Our staff is trained in First Aid and CPR, with child and building safety procedures reviewed both weekly and monthly.

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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KinderCare is not only a learning and childcare facility, but it's a family setting for my children. We have been with KinderCare for four years, I have been so impressed with the staff and how they've taught my kids so much! I can't even express my gratitude on how they've played a huge part of my children's development. The things I love about KinderCare are that I know what my kids are learning everyday, and that they have extra curricular activities to help my children to progress in other areas. I also know my children are in a safe environment.

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