Emma Anderson, Center Director
Meet Emma Anderson, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2016
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Astrid Lindgren Books
Meet Emma Anderson! Emma is the Center Director at Davenport KinderCare Preschool in Iowa. She attended Malmo University in Sweden, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education. Emma has been with KinderCare since 2016. She started her career as a teacher and worked her way up to becoming the Center Director. Emma's favorite quote is, "You are never too old, too wacky, too wild - to pick up a book to read to a child." -Dr Seuss. When she is not working, Emma likes to teach fitness classes and spend time outside 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.
Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)
You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!
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.
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.)
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!
I just wanted to take a few minutes today, as I reflect back on the last two years, to tell you how much I have appreciated the whole staff of Davenport KinderCare taking care of my son. There was not a single day that I worried when I dropped him off, and every day was a good day! He has learned so much and grown so much during his time in the center. Ms. Angie has done an amazing job teaching my son and working with him! She is a wonderful teacher! He has made so many friends and loves each and every one of the teachers. I especially want to let you know how much we have appreciated the male staff members. Mr. Marshall and Mr. Ryan have been wonderful and we are going to miss them! The level of love, support, and involvement from Mr. Marshall and Mr. Ryan was amazing. Mr. Ryan always had a hug or a high five for my son and always made us feel that he was so happy to get to teach him. I feel so blessed to have been able to be part of the Davenport KinderCare family. I cannot tell you how much I have appreciated their kindness and understanding, especially when we came to them desperate. They made room for us, which no else did, and I am so thankful for that. They have been a blessing in our lives and for that, we humbly thank them!”
Annulka S. - KinderCare Parent
I would like to take a moment to show my appreciation for the service provided by Ms. Stephanie and her staff at the Davenport, Iowa KinderCare location. Being able to drop off a three-year-old into a safe place where he learns each day how to prepare for his journey in life is a decision of trust that the staff does not take lightly. They listen and they care.”
Jack K. - KinderCare Parent
I love bringing my daughter to KinderCare. I know while I am away at work she will be well cared for. Her teachers are very attentive to her needs and keep me posted about her day. When she had her four month shots, she was a little fussy. Her teacher rocked her until she was calm. My daughter and I are always greeted by the wonderful teachers when we come in. When my little girl misses a day, the teachers miss her... they genuinely miss her! That shows me how much all of the teachers care for and about my daughter. Thank you for everything, Davenport KinderCare!”
Nicole M. - KinderCare Parent
Our story starts in July of 2013. My husband's youngest sister passed away unexpectedly and left behind her two-year-old son. For many reasons, it was not in his best interest to be returned to his father, so my husband and I became his temporary guardians until we could figure out what was going to be our next step. We have two of our own children, 22 and 25 years old at the time, and both my husband and I work full time outside of the home. In addition to many other things, we needed to find a place for him to go during the day while we worked - as soon as humanly possible! That's where KinderCare comes into the picture. I had asked for suggestions from my peers at work and one of them brought up our Davenport KinderCare location. She had taken her daughter there when she was younger (she's 23 years old now), and couldn't say enough good things about the care her daughter received. I called the center and arranged a meeting and tour of the facility for the following week. From my first phone call, I felt this may be the right spot for our nephew - neither Stephanie nor Andrea could have been any more pleasant to speak with right from the start.
My husband and I went for our first meeting with Stephanie and were immediately met with kindness and compassion for our situation, and reassurance that they would do whatever they could to help us with our unique circumstances. We left the center that day (me in tears) knowing that this was going to be the best place for all of us. It was an immediate sense of relief knowing that he would be so well cared for, especially given what he had endured for the first two years of his life. Prior to his first day, Stephanie and Andrea made sure we were familiar with what to expect - from his daily schedule to what emotions he would most likely experience for the first several days and/or weeks. They answered all of our questions without hesitation and continued to reassure us that they were there to help us. His first days were difficult - at least the "dropping off" part - but just as everyone told us, as time went on there were less and less tears and more and more smiles than we could have imagined. He has been there for about eight months now, and has made more progress than my husband and I ever expected him to. Everyone we have come in contact with over the past several months has been pleasant, patient, and has showed a genuine interest in his well-being. Again, everyone has been great, but I can't end this message without specifically addressing his teacher, Ms. Cathy. She has been a life-saver for him as well as for my husband and I. She has served as his educator, but also as a symbol of routine, structure, security, and affection - all of which he was in desperate need of. My husband and I often speak of how Ms. Cathy has made such an impact on all of our lives, not just our nephew's, and how grateful we are for her. What would we do without her? She has gone above and beyond to give him a foundation to build on - a foundation that will serve him well for years to come. In closing, I would like to say thank you. Thank you for providing an educational program that has given our nephew the opportunity to flourish, and thank you for having a center full of dedicated, compassionate people who have helped my husband and I to navigate through what has been an exceptionally challenging and emotional chapter in our lives. We are beyond grateful for KinderCare.”
Jaynee S. - 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.