Stephanie Ivancic, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 6 years
The near site child care program is located approximately 1/10th of mile from the UCAR's Center Green campus in Boulder off of Valmont and near Foothills Parkway.
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Stephanie Ivancic, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2005
Education: Bachelor of Arts
Favorite Children's Book: The Rainbow Fish
Meet Stephanie Ivancic! She is the Center Director at KinderCare Learning Center at UCAR in Boulder, CO. Stephanie attended Simpson College, where she received her Bachelor of Art in Psychology and Biology. She also received her Director's Certificate. Stephanie has been with KinderCare for 16 years. Stephanie believes children see the world through fresh eyes, and she loves supporting their journey! “I've learned that people may forget what you said, people forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband and children.
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.
KinderCare Learning Center at UCAR Programs
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.
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
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!
Extracurricular Programs: Music Munchkins (12 months and older), JumpBunch (18 months and older)
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!
We love the center! From the moment we toured the facility, we knew that this was the school that we wanted to have our son attending. We tried another child care center, but we found it to be advanced babysitting. KinderCare Learning Center at UCAR, on the other hand was open, child centered, and active in helping our wee one to develop. We chose to enroll our son at KinderCare because there is a very open line of communication between the staff and the parents. The staff themselves are very knowledgeable and into what each individual child's needs are. They're very flexible, and there is always a center director there to guide and answer any questions. Our son has blossomed at KinderCare. Thank you.
Melissa C. - KinderCare Parent
With two working parents, excellent child care is an absolute necessity. We found this at KinderCare Learning Center at UCAR. Our two boys (now two and a half years and eight months) have attended since infancy and we couldn't be happier. We've been impressed from the start with the warm teachers, and stimulating environment surrounding our children. Weekly, our oldest son returns home with a new word or concept and enthusiastically shares the activities that fill his day. We've enjoyed and taken advantage of "extracurricular activities" available through the center such as Spanish and JumpBunch. Keeping a precocious toddler busy is no simple task, but the teachers at KinderCare seem to do this effortlessly. They always make sure to share a warm story or anecdote about the day and seem to truly enjoy their time with our children. It is a relief to know my boys are in such caring and capable hands and enjoying themselves when mom and dad have to be at work.”
Tasha J. - KinderCare Parent
It feels a little weird to say that your one-year-old or even two-year-old is in pre-school, but that is the environment that KinderCare Learning Center at UCAR provides. It is way more than a day care and the environment is very inviting to both kids and the parents. The teachers are both nurturing and interested in providing an environment for young activities. Dropping off my kids in the morning is so easy because I know my kids are in a caring environment, where they will not only learn something but enjoy their time as well.”
Billy E. - KinderCare Parent
Our daughter has attended KinderCare Learning Center at UCAR since she was five months old and has now moved up to the toddler room. She enjoys going to KinderCare each day so much that she immediately begins playing with a big smile on her face right when we arrive. The staff are well trained in childhood development, so that they have a good understanding of milestones and age related behaviors and needs. The staff always act professional and are very loving to the kids. The director is very friendly with parents, teachers, and kids, and is always available to parents if they need to talk. We are very happy with KinderCare and would recommend it to families with young children.”
Sarah H. - KinderCare Parent
CCLC has been absolutely wonderful for us and our daughter. Our daughter has been at home with a nanny for most of the last three years, but when we moved to Boulder Valley we agreed that it was time to enroll her in a preschool program. We both work full time and have resisted daycare for as long as possible because like many parents, we felt no place could be good enough for our baby and give her the care, attention, and love she deserves. But then we found CCLC, they really took an interest in us and our daughter from our initial meeting and tour. It has a very different feel than the other places we visited. I think the small more intimate classroom settings, the calm, positive and welcoming demeanor of the directors and the staff, and the fact that the center is well regarded and well attended so there is no marketing vibe led us to know immediately that this was the right place. Everyday I feel like the teachers and directors are happy to talk about her day and any concerns and let us hang out. I actually feel comfortable leaving my little girl and I know she is in good hands. CCLC is such a safe, loving, caring, fun, and interesting environment that has already expanded her mind and her social skills. I know she is having more fun and learning far more than she would all day with me or at home with a nanny. In a relatively short period of time we have seen positive changes in our daughter and I credit the people at CCLC with that. I would highly recommend CCLC.”
Chris and Alisa - KinderCare Parent
We enrolled our daughter at CCLC when she was 15 months. After being home with her mom since birth, she wasn't so sure about child care. But the teachers at CCLC worked hard to make her (and us) comfortable during the transition. Within a few weeks, our daughter was excited to visit her new friends at school every day, even reciting their names on the drive in the morning. We appreciate the care and attention the staff at CCLC show to their students, and we look forward to the daily reports and photo updates. They do a great job engaging with parents as well. Recently, our daughter moved up to a new classroom, and while she felt a bit uneasy at first, we felt very sure the teachers would take good care of her during the transition. Now she's fully acclimated like we knew she would be. Thanks CCLC!”
Brooke N. - 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at KinderCare Learning Center at UCAR?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at KinderCare Learning Center at UCAR?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.