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Thurman KinderCare

Debra Castle, 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


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.

Debra Castle, 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


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.

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!

  • Debra Castle, Center Director


  • Brooke Conley

    Brooke Conley, Assistant Director

    Brooke joined KinderCare in December 2014. In 2012 she started her career as a lead teacher at Child Start working with three-year-olds. She taught for two years and has experience working with children and families, and has enjoyed being apart of their lives. Brooke has a passion for being around kids and loves walking into work seeing the smiles 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 Educational Leadership (May 2017). 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors degree Early Childhood Development
  • Amanda, Infant teacher

    Life is tough, but so am I.

    Mandy has worked with children for three years. Her favorite age group to work with are the infants. She enjoys coming to work and watching how much the infants are improving as they laugh and grow each and every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Three years working with children
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little One
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    High School Diploma
  • Poetry

    Poetry, Assistant Toddler Teacher

    Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not.  -The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

    Poetry is currently enrolled at Butler County Community College where she is working towards a degree in Early Childhood Development. She is the oldest of eight children and loves being able to help out and watch them grow. She is very outgoing and eager to become a great teacher for all children and families.

    Previous Experience:
    Volunteering at family day care centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Current student at Butler Community College
  • Amanda

    Amanda, Cook/Third in charge

    Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.

    Amanda has been with the KinderCare family for eight years. She has worked as the two-year-olds teacher and has helped out in other classes as well. Amanda has three children who have all attented KinderCare and learned so much. She loves working with children and making an impact on their lives.

    Previous Experience:
    Eight years working with children at KinderCare Learning Center
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    High School Diploma
  • Tina

    Tina, Toddler teacher

    Life isn't about getting and having it's about giving and being.  -Kevin Kruse

    Tina enjoys being apart of children's life and helping to make a difference along the way. Her favorite classroom to work in is the toddler classroom because they are all curious and ready to have fun.  She has worked with children for three years and loves every minute of working with children and families.

    Previous Experience:
    Little Angel's Playground Hutch High Daycare
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat in the Hat
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    BS Degree in Exercise Science
  • 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Saundra

    Ms. Saundra, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not.

    Saundra enjoys working with children. and loves the work that she does. With the experience and training she has received, she is able to apply it to working with children and helping them succeed along the way.

    Previous Experience:
    Eleven years with USD 259 as a Pre-K paraprofessional, nine years servicing children with special needs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • 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:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

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

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.

- Mother

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