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Highland KinderCare

Melissa Fuller, Center Director

9735 Prairie Ave Highland IN 46322
(219) 922-8220 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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Our center is located in Highland. We are located one block west of the intersection of Indianapolis Blvd & 45th Street. We are located behind the Highland Gyro on the left side of the street at the corner of 45th Street and Prairie Avenue is a Highland Gyro.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Johnston, Merkley and Warren in Highland; Ready and Beiriger in Griffith; Hess and Harding in Hammond; Protsman and Bibich in Dyer; Frank Hammond in Munster

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

We’re proud to offer distance learning for elementary school kids, grade K-6! We’ll ensure your child is logged on, help them with their school schedule, make sure they have plenty of mental and physical breaks throughout the day, and our highly-trained teachers are here to help your child stay on track! As always, we also offer care for all children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Check out the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. We can’t wait to see you soon!


We’re so proud!

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.


What Learning Looks Like

Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

Our Programs

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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

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. 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!

Our Teachers

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!


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.

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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.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • Praises for Highland KinderCare. The teachers are caring and skilled educators! The teachers have given stability to my granddaughter. The environment is safe, clean, and peaceful. My granddaughter wants to go to school in the morning. Thank You!

    Dancing F - KinderCare Parent
  • My three children have attended KinderCare for the last four years and my whole family loves it.  The staff is very warm and inviting. I really appreciate Ms. Missy and Ms. Ashley in the office because they have been extremely helpful to me and my children.  Even now that my children aren't so little and only go to KinderCare after school I am dreading the day they won't attend and we will definitely still visit all of the wonderful staff.

    Nicole V. - KinderCare Parent
  • It is rare to find educators that have taught 15+ years and still carry a passion for teaching as if it were their first day.  I was blessed to have found that individual at KinderCare.  Mrs Camille is an extraordinary teacher who is by far one of the best instructors I have ever met.  My daughter, Mikayla, was new to the KinderCare family and I was extremely nervous about her transition to a new daycare.  Mrs. Camille sensing my hesitation greeted us with such warmth and reassurance that I had very little hesitation letting go of her hand.  Since that time, there is not a day that goes by that my daughter hasn't shared with me all the new and interesting things she's learned.

    Asia M. - KinderCare Parent
  • KinderCare has exceeded my expectations. Their curriculum is very creative and they spend a lot of one on one time with the children.  My children love KinderCare and it's atmosphere.  It's almost a home away from home for my three children.  In the last three years the staff at KinderCare have been very open with any questions I may have and very helpful.  I can't think of a better place for my children!

    Kenya S. - KinderCare Parent
  • After much research and feedback from family and friends, we decided to try KinderCare. From my first visit with Missy, the Center Director, I was convinced that this was a place that cares about it's kids. They provided us with materials describing the typical day of a child in their center, showed me around the center, showed me their security procedures and answered all of the questions a neurotic first time mom could have. Alex's first day in the center was hard. Working mom's guilt took completely over and I questioned how I could leave my baby in the care of these "strangers." That feeling quickly subsided when I saw the staff's interaction with Alex and the rest of the kids in the class as well as the empathy that the teachers felt for me as I cried walking out the door everyday. It was quite an accomplishment the first day when I left him at the center without any tears (from either of us).
    Highland KinderCare has been a true partner to us in helping us to raise Alex. Ms. Jessica, Ms. Amanda, Ms. Andrea, Ms. Camille, Ms. Cari, Ms. Judy and Ms. Shannon have all taught Alex so much in his 3 years in their care. They not only taught him how to sit in a circle for story time, his numbers, his letters, shapes and colors, but they also taught him how to share, how to be a friend and how to care for others. I have seen the love that they all had for my son and always knew that he was well cared for when he was in their charge.
    The teachers and Directors have also been a source of support for me, a working mom. I will never forget the time that Alex shut the screen door on his fingers and I felt the need for "someone" to look at his fingers with me to ensure that they weren't broke (before I panicked and drove to the ER.) Ms. Missy was happy to oblige (and still suggested I get his fingers checked out "just in case").
    Now that Alex is ready to head into kindergarten, I need to thank the center for what they have done for Alex and our family. Kindergarten is another big stepping stone in his life. While I am sad that he will be leaving his KinderCare family, I am relieved that he will still be in their care for a few hours after school everyday.

    Mildred M. - KinderCare Parent
  • I am writing in regards to the Highland, Indiana, Kindercare. I can't tell you how happy my wife and I are with the degree of attention and development each of our children receive at the center. We have reviewed most of the centers as well as private caregivers in the area, and we have settled on what we feel is our best choice hands down. Missy runs a very effective program, and the teachers actually care about the children and their development. In the instances where we have had concerns, each has been promptly dealt with and addressed without delay.

    I hope that this letter receives you well, and that you can also provide feedback to the staff on how great a job they are doing in developing the leaders of tomorrow.


    Ron R. - KinderCare Parent
  • My two children have attended this center for almost seven years. My son was just a few months old and my daughter was four years old. KinderCare has been like a second family for my children. They truly love all of the teachers at the center. The staff is very loving and patient with all the children in their care. My children both have learned so much while attending KinderCare and both did excellent when tested for elementary school. I would highly recommend this center to other families.

    Ashely S. - KinderCare Parent
  • My son Benjamin has been enrolled at KinderCare since he was one year old.  I truly love all of the teachers my son has had and feel that KinderCare has become a part of my family.  My son has learned so much physically, emotionally, and academically from the teachers here.  The teachers at KinderCare are friendly and seem to really enjoy what they do. My son is now 4 and in the Prekindergarten program and I don't want to think about not coming here anymore. The staff at KinderCare are fantastic and are invested in each child. I love this center and would recommend it to everyone.

    Ann S - KinderCare Parent
  • Our two boys attended the Highland KinderCare facility for a little over three years.  We are pleased with the level of care and compassion exuded from the teachers, specifically Ms. Camille, Ms. Toni, Ms. Judy, and Ms. Jasmine.  They have been the epitome of the expression,  "Teachers make all the difference in quality education (childcare)." Enough cannot be said about the genuine care that these teachers have for our boys and the growth and the way we have seen them flourish as a result!

    GQ H. - KinderCare Parent

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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.

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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.

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