Erica Siegel, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
West 86th Street
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Crooked Creek Elementary - Before and After School drop-off and pick-up. Eastbrook Elementary - Before and After School drop-off and pick-up. College Park Elementary - Transports to the center.
Meet Erica Siegel, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2021
Education: Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Green Eggs and Ham
Meet Erica Siegel! She is the Center Director at West 86th Street KinderCare in Indianapolis, IN. Erica attended Bethel University, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Educational Curriculum and Technology. She has been with KinderCare since 2021, and before that was a center director at a childcare ministry for 14 years and an adjunct professor. Every day, Erica looks forward to helping children discover their passions. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela. Outside of work, Erica enjoys biking, reading, and spending time with 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.
West 86th Street 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.)
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!
My daughter has been attending the West 86th Street KinderCare for about a year. Before that she was at a day care where the staff was wonderful but there was no learning component. Now, not only is she cared for by a wonderful, caring, and credentialed staff, but she has truly blossomed under their care and with all of the social and educational learning opportunities that she gets to experience daily. My two year old now knows her ABC's, numbers, colors, and animals. She has learned about nature, is learning how to write, her speech has greatly improved, and has made some good friends. I have no doubt that she'll be ready for kindergarten and beyond.”
Zakiya C. - KinderCare Parent
Leaving my child and going back to work has been one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. My daughter has been enrolled at KinderCare since she was three months old and they have made being away from her so much easier. The infant room teachers were so supportive during that beginning transition time. They were also supportive that we were breastfeeding and worked with me to figure out the right amount of milk to send each day. Our daughter has moved to the toddler room and it is amazing to see the curriculum at work as her social and motor skills develop. Our family and friends always comment on how quickly her skills are progressing and my husband and I always give credit to KinderCare. The staff consistently handles every situation with open communication and professionalism. They have also been really terrific about our dietary preferences. I know this can be a pain, but they reassure me that they understand that I am just trying to be the best mom for my daughter. I highly recommend this KinderCare to any parent.”
Laura P. - KinderCare Parent
My three-year-old has been at kindercare for two weeks now. She loves it and I love it. She goes on and on about her teacher Ms. Angela when she gets home. On her first day she said "mommy I love Ms. Angela. Can she come live with us?". I love the fact that she is not just a face without a name to them. The center directors and her teachers call her by name when she comes in to school and when she is leaving. They are a really pleasant facility to visit. I also like the fact that this is a curriculum based facility. Not only do they play but they learn valuable lessons while at play. I hope to enroll my son in the toddler program when he turns two.”
Teia G. - KinderCare Parent
"I am a mother of one and my child was first enrolled at KinderCare when she was two years old; she is now seven and in the same KinderCare facility. This facility requires a code to get into the center, which makes me feel like my child is safe at all times while in their care. I have not had one problem with any staff member throughout the years; they are amazing and have always been from the very beginning. My daughter has learned so much from the staff and enjoys playing with her old and new friends that she's made over the years. Her favorite time of the year is definitely the summer when she gets to do special activities and go on field trips during their "summer camp". I would not change anything about this center. We will continue to attend KinderCare for as long as possible."”
Connie B. - KinderCare Parent
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding patience, professionalism and care provided by the at KinderCare development center.
KinderCare has been providing care and academic development to my son since he was 8 weeks, he is now 3 and in Ms Angela’s preschool class. I have seen this center, and the children grow and flourish under Jessica Langlais’ leadership as Director and Amber Lane Asst Director.
The center’s aesthetics are bright, fun, and more importantly reflective of the children they service. There is a welcoming atmosphere at the initial entrance into the center and beyond. The beautification project that has taking place on the grounds to include landscaping, floral and playground areas is very much impressive and a direct reflection of the pride and dedication Jessica and her staff have in their center, the children and families. This center sets a high standard of quality and service to their patrons.
Michelle B. - 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 West 86th Street 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 West 86th Street 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.