Jennifer Woelke, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years
The Bettendorf KinderCare is located at the corner of Tech Drive and 18th St. in Bettendorf, Iowa.
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Paul Norton, Herbert Hoover, Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain, Grant Wood, Lourdes Catholic, Riverdale Heights, Pleasant View, Hopewell
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Jennifer Woelke, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2020
Education: Bachelor of Arts
Favorite Children's Book: The Wonky Donkey
Meet Jennifer Woelke! She is the Center Director at Bettendorf KinderCare in Iowa. Jennifer attended Rasmussen College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare for just over a year and has worked in early childhood education for over 30 years. Every day, Jennifer looks forward to helping children discover their true potential. “You have been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved.” – Mel Robbins. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking with her family.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited - nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.
Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
Transitional Kindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
If your child finished pre-K but missed the kindergarten cutoff date, transitional kindergarten is a great stepping stone to big-kid school. Our project-based learning model emphasizes critical thinking, communication, and creativity. Kids take lead roles on projects and complete them in small groups.
School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
Elementary School Distance Learning
Healthy bodies, happy hearts, growing minds. We make distance learning easy on your whole family! Our teachers are trained to facilitate safe and dynamic learning experiences online and in-person. Since every school has their own learning plan, we’ve added flexible enrollment options to meet your family’s needs. Whether you choose to enroll full-time, part-time, or before and after school, we’re here for you!
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)
You’ve probably heard a lot about how important STEM education is for your child, but what does that really mean? Our STEM Innovators program takes kids’ natural ability to make sense of the world and applies it to robotics, chemistry, coding, geology, and more. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
This has been a long time in coming, but I wanted to thank the Bettendorf KinderCare for the great care and early education my son has had since infancy. He is a fine man of 18 now, and I have always said KinderCare made a difference. The staff at the time, Marybeth, Lori, Miss Millie, and all of the others, were amazing. My son's older sister also turned out smart, social, and well-rounded. My son will graduate May 24th from Bettendorf, #1 in his class. He had a 35 ACT and 1560 on SAT. He had perfect math scores on both exams. He will attend University of Iowa this fall in the honors program with a full tuition, room, and board scholarship. I really have always said it was that I read to him every night, he had natural gifts, and the start he had with love and care from the staff at this center. Thank you!”
Luanne - KinderCare Parent
Learning Adventures at Bettendorf KinderCare has been a very positive and encouraging experience for our daughter. Each day that she gets to work with Ms. Kylie, she comes home with information to share and an excitement that we've never seen her show for learning before. Personally, we always struggled to get our daughter to sit with us for little lessons at home, but with Learning Adventures, she appears to be very engaged and her confidence has grown.”
Clint and Amanda - KinderCare Parent
I wanted to give a most sincere thank-you for all of your help and encouragement of my girls during their first week in the Toddler Classroom. The teachers have been absolutely amazing and they have been so understanding with my girls' transition. It made it a lot easier on Eric and me. We really appreciate all the extra effort and attention that the staff has been giving the girls to welcome them into the classroom.”
Katie - KinderCare Parent
After showing an interest in letters and their sounds, I enrolled my three-year-old son in Learning Adventures. I was debating about whether or not I should enroll him because of his age, but I'm so glad that I did! I noticed an improvement in his Phonics skills within the first few weeks. It's exciting to watch him sound out letters, and I love to watch the look on his face when he figures out words. I'm so proud of him, but on top of that, I see that he is proud of himself because he has more confidence in his abilities. I like the attention he gets with the small group size, and I appreciate the daily sheets that come home describing both what they learned that day and what I can do at home to continue the lesson. Ms. Kylie is energetic and attentive, and she is an important part of why my son looks forward to his Phonics days.”
Elly - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.