Ms. Theresa Castronovo, Center Director
Meet Theresa Castronovo, Our Center Director
Theresa started at KinderCare in 2009 growing through several positions including teacher, program specialist and assistant director, eventually rising to center director at Hales Corners KinderCare. Theresa believes in each and every one of the children at her center. Every day, she looks forward to helping them express themselves and loves being there for the families!
At KinderCare Since:
Background in Early Childhood Education
Favorite Children's Book:
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)
Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.
Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)
As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)
At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.
Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)
As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.
Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)
Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.
Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)
Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.
Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care 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. Kids in this delightful and delicious program 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! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It 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. Your child will experiment with activities like learning how lemon juice and baking soda interact to uncover secret messages, watching fizzy reactions in action, and discovering 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.