Joy Ward, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Northwest side of Indianapolis in the Park 100 area.
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Central, Snacks Crossing, Eastbrook, Fishback Creek, Guion Creek Middle School, New Agusta NORTH and SOUTH, Lincoln Middle School, Eagle Creek, Deer Run
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Joy Ward, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2020
Education: Associate's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Teddy Pig and Julia's Birthday
Meet Joy Ward! She is the Center Director at Woodland Drive KinderCare in Indianapolis, Indiana. Joy attended Malcolm X College, where she earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2020, and before that directed a private daycare. Every day, Joy enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Her favorite quote is, “Honey, in this field, you need to have patience, love, and understanding to work with children.” Outside of work, Joy enjoys watching movies and spending time with her 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.
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.
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.)
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
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!
As the great grandparents of a very bright and active four year old little boy, we were at our wits end trying to find a good preschool fit for him. Hayden was at another well-known facility for over two years, but it was clear that was no longer working for him or us. My husband found KinderCare close to where we both work. It has turned out to be the best decision for our family. The first two weeks were admittedly rough, but the staff worked with us and made us feel we had made the right decision to bring our toddler here. He affectionately became known as the traveling baby boy to the staff. He would start off in Miss Keana’s room first thing each morning , where she would patiently work with him and then he would progress down the hallway as the day went on. KinderCare did everything to accommodate him and us, right down to his food allergies. He gets Phonics lessons from Miss Fannie, and music class from Miss Neida. A lot of love and attention comes from Miss Tyaisha. He finally has landed in Miss Crystal’s room. He is learning Spanish. He no longer ” travels” as much. He has also been able to start Crouching Tigers again. Hayden has learned so much in just a few short weeks. He truly enjoys going to school again! This is a collaboration, between family and KinderCare. We are so very grateful that, KinderCare staff, have our best interests at heart. We don’t have to worry about him at school. We know they will call if anything major comes up. The center is full of activity and life. We love it! It is truly a great value at a fair price.”
Karl and Donna S. - KinderCare Parent
Since I transferred my three-year-old and my 11-month-old children to KinderCare, I have noticed a transformation in them both. My three-year-old had a bad experience at his previous daycare. Ms. Casey and Ms. Judeia helped him to break out of his shell. He comes home everyday excited to tell me what he has learned. They were both very helpful with potty trainging, and after a couple of weeks he was completely potty trained and I am so grateful. My daughter's teachers , Ms. Amber and Ms. LaToya are absolutetly wonderful. My daughter is well taken care of . The way both teachers handle the babies, it's like their taking care of their own children. The office staff is what drew me in. Ms. Tyaisha the center director, Ms. Cynthia the assistand and Ms. Fannie the Program Specialist made this particular Center feel like home. They stay on top of thing and don’t miss a beat when it comes to the kids.
I love kindercare, I recently moved further out but refuse to change daycares because my I definitely give them an A+.
Paige H. - KinderCare Parent
I have been the proud mother of KinderCare pupils since July 2011. At that time, my three children ranged in age from six months to five years. I have been with this center since then, and would never consider taking my children anywhere else. Moreover, I have expanded my family, and my new infant son attends as well. I was first drawn to the center for its convenient location. I intended for my children to go to the Intech Blvd location; however, I was drawn to this facility for its friendlier staff (especially its director Ms. Powell). I felt right at home from the beginning. I LOVE all staff members, but Ms. Gloria, Mona, Paula, Neda, Fannie, and Cherrie are like members of my extended family. Everyone goes above and beyond the company standard of care, and my children love their teachers even more than I do.
I want to say THANK YOU to all those involved in my children's care. I know it takes a village to raise a child, and I am assured by the fact that the Woodland Drive KinderCare is apart of my family's village.”
Tiffany S. - KinderCare Parent
The KinderCare on 71st and Woodland has been such a blessing to us. I honestly wish my son started to go here yeas ago. The staff and his Prekindergarten B teacher have treated him with so much love. They really pay attention to the kids and I can call at any time and see how my child is doing. I feel safe and comfortable with him there. It's been a blessing!”
Cequila G. - KinderCare Parent
KinderCare has been such a blessing to me and my family. They allow the children to express themselves in a positive way, and allow the teachers to be teachers and parents to be parents. Whatever concerns I have are always taken into consideration, and we put our heads together to make the best decisions for my child. Not too many places are willing to take the time to know each individual child. They do this because they realize that no two children are the same and promote individualism as well as leadership skills at an early age.”
Destinee' F - KinderCare Parent
My son Parrish has been a student for your 5 year class for about a month and he has learned so much already. He loves it here and he never wants to go home. I feel extremely comfortable with him in your care. Thank you so much.”
Chael B - KinderCare Parent
I just wanted to thank you so much for everything you’ve done to help not only Isabella, but also my family as a whole! I’ve noticed so much in the last few weeks from Izzy attending your KinderCare. She’s opened up, she’s potty training better, she is learning so many new things, I can’t believe it! Even her use of the English language has grown drastically. She’s speaking in complete sentences (as much as a 2 ½ year old can at least!). She’s verbalizing more than she ever has before!
As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I feel 100% at ease with leaving Izzy in your loving care. You’ve been so helpful in reassuring me that she’s doing okay (including giving me hugs when I dropped her off and she begged me not to go!). I cannot imagine ever finding a more compassionate, loving, and devoted daycare for my daughter.
Thank you so much, for all that you do!”
Nikki M. - 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.