Amie Herrin, Center Director
Meet Amie Herrin, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2007
Education: Child Development Associate Credential
Favorite Children's Book: Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Meet Amie Herrin! She is the Center Director at Prairie View KinderCare in Kansas City, MO. Amie earned a Child Development Associate credential from Ellis University. She has been with KinderCare since 2007 and holds several Early Education certificates. Every day, Amie looks forward to helping children discover their full potential. "If I could give my child three things, it would be the confidence to always know their self-worth, the strength to follow their dreams, and the ability to know how truly, deeply loved they are." Outside of work, Amie enjoys traveling and spending quality 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.
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.
Transitional Kindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
If your child finished pre-K but missed the kindergarten cutoff date, transitional kindergarten is a great stepping stone to big-kid school. Our project-based learning model emphasizes critical thinking, communication, and creativity. Kids take lead roles on projects and complete them in small groups.
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.
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.)
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 4-year-old daughter has stayed home with me up until now. She has horrible separation anxiety from me and throws fits so terrible that I knew I needed to take her to a structured preschool to help with her behavioral issues. Miss Amie, Tychelle, Kelsey, and Heather have been amazing! They truly care for my daughter's well-being and are such understanding and wonderful teachers! My daughter comes home everyday and tells me how much she loves her teachers. I will always recommend anyone to bring their kids here. It's a great place in every way. I'm so happy to have found Prairie View KinderCare for my daughter!”
Lena J. - KinderCare Parent
I have a 7-month-old son and an 18-month-old daughter, both of whom have attended since they were 7 weeks old. I am extremely grateful for the communication that the center has with my wife and I about the care, needs, and education of our children. I love the daily notes as well as pictures throughout the week on what the children have done. We feel blessed our children are at a place were we feel valued as a family and can see the genuine care and love for our children.”
Michael R. - KinderCare Parent
I have two boys who attend KinderCare and they absolutely love it. They are excited to go each and every morning. The teachers are fantastic, the Directors are very involved in more ways than one and they always stay on top of everything. Everyone there is always friendly and always has a smile on their faces. My boys have developed and learned so much at an incredible rate since attending KinderCare. As a parent, I couldn’t ask for more out of a preschool. As for my children, I don’t think they could either. We all love it and I would highly recommend them to anyone in search of a preschool.”
Jeff C. - KinderCare Parent
My 5-year-old son has been attending this center since he was 13 weeks old. It has been a great experience for my son as a student and for me as a parent. The associates are kind, knowledgeable, and friendly. Although there are many wonderful things to say about Prairie View KinderCare, what I appreciate the most is that the staff truly cares about my son and his future. I feel he has gotten a great start here at KinderCare from the caring staff, the fun educational environment, the individual attention they give to each student, and the all-important communication between parents and teachers. Keep up the great work and thanks for all you do!”
Katie - KinderCare Parent
My twins have been attending KinderCare for just over a year. The staff is very responsive to any need for change and you can just feel the positive vibes coming off everyone there. The staff seem to love their jobs and our kids. My daughter has extra needs and the staff have gone above expectations to meet her needs, help her achieve goals, and there's an overall overwhelming sense that they want our kids there. I would absolutely recommend it to another family.”
Shawnee T. - KinderCare Parent
Our son first joined Prairie View KinderCare during March 2012 when he was one and a half years old. We had spent the previous month or so touring different facilities, meeting with Center Directors, etc. in an attempt to find a good fit for our son while we were at work. Upon walking into KinderCare, we were immediately impressed with the cleanliness of the center, the numerous labeled (& organized) 'stations,' as well as all of the artwork and photos hanging on the walls. However, the main deciding factor was the teachers. All of our son's teachers have made him feel special and unique each and every day they spend with him. He is given the adequate attention he needs, yet the space to interact with his fellow classmates/friends. As he has advanced through the different classrooms (he is now in the Discovery Preschool class), we have continued to be impressed with the activities, topics discussed, and in turn, the direct increase in his knowledge of day-to-day life lessons. The best part is picking him up and seeing how excited he is to show off the different artwork activities he has done during the day. This class has continued to challenge him while still offering a stable, safe, and daily routine he needs to build his confidence. Whether it has been helping us to teach him how to use his words, wean him off of his pacifier, learning how to use the big boy potty, or how to interact in a social environment, KinderCare has been a huge help and asset in the development of our child's learning. Thank you!”
Mike & Shelby R. - KinderCare Parent
Choosing a daycare center can be one of the most difficult decisions a parent makes. Once we thought about it, we realized that our child’s teacher(s) were going to spend more awake time with him than we would during the workweek. Like any parent, we want the best for our child and with KinderCare, we have made a great choice. Our son has been enrolled since he was three months old. Ms. Lauren did an amazing job nurturing our son and was just as excited as we were when he could roll over, sit up, and take those first baby steps. Once our son graduated to Ms. Kristina and Ms. Kodi’s class, his sense of exploration increased as he further developed social and communication skills. His teachers take the time to let us know how his day was and what adventures he accomplished during the day. It takes a village to raise a child, and we certainly appreciate the one we have. Ms. A.J. and Ms. Jamie are as involved as our son’s teachers are and know just as well how his day was. Our son has asthma and the Directors and his teachers are fully aware of the symptoms and administer the prescribed medical attention as he needs it. The staff is wonderful at communicating with our family and we feel comfortable voicing any concern we may have with our son’s care. It is comforting to know our son is in such caring hands while we are away. KinderCare is truly a family beyond our family.”
Jill B. - KinderCare Parent
I take my son here and they are very loving. My son loves going here, he wakes up every morning asking me if it’s time to go to school yet. If anyone needs a place to send their child this is the best place. They make us feel warm and welcome there.”
Nan. - 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.