Julie Smith, Center Director
Meet Julie Smith, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 1993
Favorite Children's Book: Oh, The Places You'll Go!
Meet Julie Smith! She is the Center Director at Janesville KinderCare in Wisconsin. Julie attended University of Milwaukee Wisconsin, where she earned a Center Administrator credential and an Early Childhood Education certificate. She has been with KinderCare since 1993. Every day, Julie enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Outside of work, she enjoys 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.
Janesville 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!
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!
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 son attends “school” at KinderCare in Janesville, Wisconsin in the Two-Year-Old Classroom. His primary teachers are Ms. Miki and Ms. Rachel. I wanted to let you know that words cannot express my sincerest gratitude and appreciation for the care my son has received at KinderCare. I started him in full-time day care in January 2013. My mother had been his primary daycare provider up to this point and, of course, I had a very difficult time making the decision to place him in the care of “strangers.” Despite her offering to continue caring for Mason, I felt he needed more structure and socializing (even though this meant I would have to pay for child care for the first time). From the moment I spoke with Ms. Julie on the phone to arrange my first visit, to my daily interactions with his teachers, I have been overwhelmed with pride, comfort, and joy. The progress my son is making in his learning, his social skills, his language skills, and his ability to deal with his emotions, is far beyond anything I could have imagined. His teachers are wonderful in working with me personally and professionally. They have helped me work through my personal struggles with rearing my son and have even provided a shoulder to cry on when I felt like nothing was going right. They have been flexible and understanding as we’ve tried various dietary experiments, and have been unbelievably patient and disciplined in making sure he wears his eye patch the prescribed time each and every day. Words cannot express how overly happy and grateful I am to everyone at KinderCare in Janesville. Ms. Julie, Ms. Tammy, Ms. Miki, Ms. Rachel, Ms. Lori, and Ms. Ashley have been angels sent from heaven. I know my son is great hands. In the morning when I drop him off, he transitions very well, and in the afternoons when I pick him up he’s full of energy and excitement as he spends the rest of the night talking about what he did and how much fun he had. As a mom working full time in health care, I understand that customer service drives business. I also realize that too many times we are very quick to criticize, but rarely offer words of appreciation. I know there was a survey recently provided to parents allowing us to express our concerns. I appreciate the ability to provide feedback and I am also comforted in knowing that our feedback is taken seriously. Beyond the standard survey, however, I would just like to share my utmost satisfaction with every aspect of KinderCare Janesville. Please be sure to acknowledge the fantastic work these teachers and caregivers do each and every day. I know I could never do their job and the comfort of knowing that my child is in such great care means so much more than I could express in a survey. Thank you, thank you, thank you, to everyone (but especially to Ms. Miki and Ms. Rachel)!”
Laura K. - KinderCare Parent
I wanted to express my deep appreciation for the Janesville KinderCare. I currently have three children enrolled and the staff is just awesome. I am a foster parent and in the past three years I have enrolled 13 children at the location. As you are probably aware, many children in foster care have suffered significant trauma. They can be aggressive, disrespectful, and just a "handful." With every child we have enrolled, Julie and her team have been wonderful. They treat these children with kindness and compassion, and provide them with the nurturing environment they need. Every child I have enrolled in KinderCare has grown emotionally, intellectually, and socially.
I have had children in every classroom except the Prekindergarten 4. Every single teacher, veteran or newer, has been wonderful. They keep me informed with the progress each child makes. They let me know if there are behavior issues we need to address. I would single out teachers for recognition but I would simply end up listing the entire staff. They are all that good.
Julie has built a great team! I am quick to recommend KinderCare to colleagues, friends, and other foster parents that are searching for daycare.
You should be proud of the way the group in Janesville represents your company. They are a blessing to me and the kids that have been placed in my care.”
David G. - 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 Janesville KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. When the unexpected arises, KinderCare ensures you have access to reliable childcare in a pinch. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and drop-in childcare—you’re always covered with KinderCare.
How does naptime work at Janesville 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.