Theresa Castronovo, Center Director
Meet Theresa Castronovo, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2010
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: The Lorax
Meet Theresa Castronovo! She is the Center Director at Hales Corners KinderCare in Franklin, Wisconsin. Theresa attended Marquette University, where she earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Education and English. She has been with KinderCare since 2010. Every day, Theresa enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, gardening, running, and spending time 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.
Hales Corners 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.
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.
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 wanted to express my gratitude for KinderCare. Today I had to leave work early and take my grandmother to the hospital. While I was there, I could focus on helping my grandma because I knew my kids were in good hands. When I rushed back get my kids, they did not notice it was beyond their usual pick-up time--they were engaged with their peers, I got a hug from one of the teachers after she asked how things were going, and Kayla had made a soup in cooking class that was hot and ready to go home. I consider it a blessing that my kids can be valued socially and have academic rigor at KinderCare, but also I want to recognize the difference that this center's staff truly makes--my family and I are so thankful to have them in our daily lives. Theresa, thank you for your leadership at KinderCare, as I have seen a positive impact on the staff and environment since you have become the Director.”
Nichole - KinderCare Parent
My son attends KinderCare at Franklin/Hales Corners, WI center. We love it there! All of the staff are wonderful and welcoming to kids and parents. My son has some severe food allergies. He is a toddler and puts everything in his mouth, so we worry about him getting into something that could literally kill him. The KinderCare staff are so good with him and keep him safe. They are always thinking about his allergies when they do new projects or activities, and call me at exactly the moments I would want them to to ask if something is okay for him to touch (which really means, he'll put it in his mouth). They have adapted their curriculum so that my son can participate whenever possible – they have made me cry many times knowing that he can be with his friends. I know that his teachers truly love and care for him. It makes me feel so good knowing that he's safe and loved when I'm not with him. The Director and staff really deserve some recognition for going above and beyond.”
Kim - KinderCare Parent
My children were ages four and two when they began daycare. Previously they were cared for exclusively by family, so as a mother, I was nervous leaving them for the first time with strangers. The staff eased all of my concerns right from the start. All of the teachers were and continue to be warm and caring toward myself and my children. They always greet us with a smile in the morning and welcome my children into their classrooms. I have a very open relationship with their teachers and always know what has gone on during the day, both good and bad. I feel comfortable talking to the teachers about any topic and know that they are genuinely interested in what happens in my child's life. The staff and teachers have helped with potty training, eating concerns (including a special diet), and transitioning into school. My children have grown to love going to daycare and look forward to "daycare days." They talk about all the fun activities they do, friends they've made, and their teachers. I know that when I drop them off they are being cared for just as I would. As a mom, it's a great feeling knowing the teachers and staff will not only keep my children safe, but are truly invested in their lives. Thank you for everything you do, Hales Corners KinderCare!”
Jennifer A. - KinderCare Parent
Honestly, we cannot say enough good things about how well the staff and all the teachers take care of my daughter. They do such a good job answering all of our questions and making us feel comfortable. I tell all my friends and family what a great daycare we have!”
Christina F. - KinderCare Parent
Entrusting your children to someone else is always difficult, but Hales Corners KinderCare has made it easy. The teachers are warm, friendly, and honest. They listen to your needs or concerns. Being a pediatric nurse, I am very critical of others when taking care of the medical needs of children. I have always been impressed with the communication and consistency of fantastic care this staff provides.”
Lynelle F. - KinderCare Parent
My granddaughter currently attends KinderCare Hales Corners during off-school days and breaks. Their curriculum keeps her engaged and eager to go to daycare! Not to mention they offer great field trips to keep her active, but also bring fun activities to center. My granddaughter has attended other centers over the years, but this one is by far the best! The director and staff are amazing! Thank you so much for keeping her safe and happy!”
Patty D. - 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 Hales Corners 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 Hales Corners 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.