Kristin Morgan, Center Director
Meet Kristin Morgan, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2000
Education: Bachelor of Science
Favorite Children's Book: Where the Wild Things Are
Meet Kristin Morgan! She is the Center Director at East Lansing KinderCare in Michigan. Kristin attended Michigan State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Education and Family Community Services. She has been with KinderCare since 2000. "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." - Mr. Rogers. Outside the work, Kristin loves to travel, play games, and complete wooden puzzles with her three 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.
East Lansing KinderCare 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.
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.
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!
I was such a nervous new mom leaving my daughter at daycare when she was just 6 weeks old. All the staff in the infant room at Kindercare were incredibly compassionate and took great care of Charlotte. She continues to thrive there and her little face lights up when she sees Kindercare staff she recognizes.”
Laura P. - KinderCare Parent
We have had our two children in several different daycares. Most of the centers had education objectives and gave a great presentation when viewing their centers. However, education development was not taught and the centers were more a play center. We moved to East Lansing and looked into KinderCare, event though we thought it would be like the other centers we have experienced.
Instead of a play center, KinderCare has been the best. My children are comfortable here. My son only does before and after school care, and my four year old is in the prekindergarten program. My youngest has developed writing skills, understands the days of the week, learns about the weather, and animals and brings home art work and activities that she did that week. I get a daily report everyday and I know exactly what she was doing all day.
Furthermore, the staff is very friendly with great teachers and director. The place is very clean and my children a rarely sick. Their play area outside is set up well with plenty of room. My daughter looks forward to Fridays, which are show and share, because she can bring something from home to share with her classmates and teachers. The meals are well-rounded with a good variety. Everything has been great; I highly recommend this center.”
Theresa R. - KinderCare Parent
Our daughter has been at East Lansing KinderCare since she was about eight-months-old. She has excellent experiences in both the Toddler and Infant programs! Unfortunately our little one has some unusual allergies and has also had to have routine breathing treatments. The Center Director and her teachers have always paid special attention to these issues, consulted with us, and made us feel very welcome with our special medical requests. The language our child brings home is astounding to us. She also learned great social skills already as a two-year-old! The teachers are caring, creative, fun and loving, yet firm in enforcing rules and safety precautions. My daughter absolutely loves to go to "school" at KinderCare. We love the safe, educational, nurturing, creative and inspiring environment and all of her teachers, and she loves exploring, practicing new skills and the fun! I am a former teacher and really have high standards about the educational aspect of care and would recommend this facility 100+% in that regard. Couple that with the wonderful people and personalities that are her teachers, the organization of the center, the special events including picture day, parent/teacher conferences, holiday events, nature hikes, water day each week in the summer, and more and we are very, very happy!”
Katherine R. - 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 East Lansing KinderCare?
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 East Lansing KinderCare?
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.