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Thurman KinderCare

Ms. 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, McCollom, Kensler, Maize Central

Welcome

Give your child the skills to learn and grow, and 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.

Ms. Jessica Stuart, Center Director

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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 education 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.

  • Ms. Jessica Stuart

    Ms. Jessica Stuart, Center Director

    Ms. Jessica began working for KinderCare in November 2007. She started in a Prekindergarten Classroom, was a Health and Safety Coordinator, taught Cooking Adventures, was a closing manager, and was Assistant Director before becoming a Center Director. Ms. Jessica has an associate of arts degree and is working toward her degree in elementary education. She has been in the child care industry for more than ten years and has four children of her own--children and education are her greatest passions in life. She believes that focusing on education, structure, and the nurturing of creativity and individuality makes it possible for children and teachers to thrive and succeed in any endeavor they embark upon.

    Year Started:
    11/20/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree with a Focus on Elementary Education; Degree in Elementary Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Assistant Director

    "Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." -Henry Ford

    Stephanie began her career with KinderCare in June 2000. She has worked in Early Childhood Education since she was 16 years old. She has always known that educating and caring for children was what she wanted to do. She is pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education and has her Director's Approval. Aside from being an educator Stephanie has 3 children of her own and loves to go floating at the lake on the weekends!  She had her own in home daycare for five years before returning to KinderCare as the Assistant Director here at Thurman KinderCare. Stephanie has made teaching children her life purpose and could not be a better addition to our team!

    Year Started:
    3/1/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Third in Charge / Cook

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

    Ms. Amanda has been a part 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, which strengthens their language and fine-motor skills. She reads to children daily and takes pictures of them to promote education and communication. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amanda worked as a Toddler Teacher at a different child care center for two years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    6/12/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Floater

    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.

    Ms. Jessica has been working at KinderCare since June 2016. She has her associate's 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:
    Ms. Jessica has worked for another child care learning center as the lead Preschool Teacher at Head Start.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Infant Classroom

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

    Being the oldest of seven children, Ms. 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
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Dana

    Ms. 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.

    Ms. Dana started with KinderCare in 2003 as the Infant Teacher. After a year and a half of teaching in the Infant Classroom, she decided that she wanted to work in the Discovery Preschool Classroom and then progressed to working with preschoolers soon after. She has played an integral part of the school growing and becoming better day by day. Ms. Dana first started working in the early childhood education field at a different location that turned into a KinderCare center. After working for different Directors at other centers, Ms. Dana realized that KinderCare was a great place to teach and grow as an individual. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Dana has worked for several KinderCares with a wide variety of ages. She also has experience working in the health care field 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. Ms. Lindsay 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!

    Year Started:
    4/6/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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 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 keypad entry system at our 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 and 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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