Jill Schlag, Center Director
Meet Jill Schlag, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2006
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Human Service Management
Favorite Children's Book: Don't Push the Button
Meet Jill Schlag! She is the Center Director at Kimberly KinderCare in Wisconsin. Jill has earned an Associate Degree in Business and Child Development, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service Management. She has been with KinderCare since 2006, and before that she was a teacher. “Do the right thing... even when no one is looking!” Outside of work, Jill enjoys reading and spending time with her family. Together they love camping, traveling, and going on adventures.
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.)
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!
If you need amazing an child care center, this is the perfect one! I have three kids who attend here at Kimberly KinderCare and I love it! I love the facility, and the staff are amazing! I have been a part of the KinderCare family for almost three years now. I love the fact that the staff have been here long-term, which makes it very nice for the kids. The staff are very caring, understanding, and have a lot of patience. I love how active they are with the kids. They have a great curriculum, and I am amazed at how much my kids have learned. They hold family events year-round, which is another great perk, so meeting the parents of other kids and bonding with the KinderCare family is common! During the summer they have guest speakers and do field trips! They also have a great security protocol to ensure your kids never leave with someone they should not leave with. KinderCare Kimberly is the way to go! I love being able to be at work knowing my kids are in very good hands and safe. Come join the KinderCare family--I can promise you won't be disappointed!”
Ashley W. - KinderCare Parent
We have been part of the Kimberly KinderCare family for more than six years. It truly feels like the staff at KinderCare is an extension of our family. Each and every staff member, from current and past teachers to administrators and management staff, knows everyone in our family by first name. We are always greeted at drop-off and pick-up with smiles and stories about our children's day or recent antics. Every teacher has made us feel like our children are the most important people in the building. We have always felt our children receive quality, compassionate, safe, reliable care here. We have watched our children grow and develop new skills because of the amazing experiences provided by KinderCare. It is evident in our children's daily activities that KinderCare strives to promote healthy development in all areas, like social, emotional, and cognitive skills. Although it can be a difficult decision finding the right care for your child while you are working, we feel blessed and fortunate to have had the opportunity for our children to experience our local KinderCare. Our children are better, brighter kids because of KinderCare! A heartfelt thank you and sincere appreciation goes out to the staff at Kimberly KinderCare! We appreciate all you do each and every day.”
Molly W. - 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.