Ms. Julie Smith, Center Director
Meet Julie Smith, Our Center Director
Julie started at KinderCare since 1993. She finished her administration credential through the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. What Julie loves most about working in early childhood education is seeing the expressions on each child’s face as they accomplish something new for the first time, sharing meaningful moments with the families, and knowing that we are building a strong foundation for their future education.
At KinderCare Since:
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Oh, the Places You'll Go!
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.
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!
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.