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Kirkwood KinderCare

Julie Johnson, Center Director

341 S Kirkwood Rd Kirkwood MO 63122
(314) 966-5244 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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Kirkwood Neighborhood

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

NAEYC Accreditation

We’re proud to offer distance learning for elementary school kids, grade K-6! We’ll ensure your child is logged on, help them with their school schedule, make sure they have plenty of mental and physical breaks throughout the day, and our highly-trained teachers are here to help your child stay on track! As always, we also offer care for all children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Check out the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. We can’t wait to see you soon!


We’re so proud!

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.


What Learning Looks Like

Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

Our Programs

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.

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.

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. 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!

Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)

KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It 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. Your child will experiment with activities like learning how lemon juice and baking soda interact to uncover secret messages, watching fizzy reactions in action, and discovering how to use technology to do amazing things!

Our Teachers

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!


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.

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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.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • There are so many teachers I want to thank for their help! I'll start with Ms. Sarah. They have been so supportive and understanding of my son. They know all of the children in their class as individuals, which is very impressive with the number of children in their class! I've noticed this with all the teachers and staff as well. My child's speech has improved greatly since coming to Ms. Sarah's class. My child also seems to have a great bond with Ms. Karlee. Thanks to you all. I could imagine my child being at any other daycare!

    Eileen W. - KinderCare Parent
  • We love Ms. Melissa! You can really tell she loves these children so much. Her creative activities with the babies and proactive communication with the parents has been off-the-charts fantastic.

    Stephanie E. - KinderCare Parent
  • I love the pics! We hang them in our son's bedroom. My morning starts with beautiful smiles and friendly voices! My son knows what to expect... consistent, high-quality care! Thank you! The five-year-old room rocks!

    Monica M. - KinderCare Parent
  • They tell me funny stories from my son's day. They get as excited as I do when my ten-month-old does new things, which he seems to do every day! They are still excited to see my older kids, even though they are KinderCare graduates now!

    Amy Z. - KinderCare Parent
  • My child has been with Ms. Sam for a while now. She is awesome because she truly loves our child. It makes us feel great to drop him off every day and know he will be in the care of such a great person.

    Chris B. - KinderCare Parent
  • Ms. Kristen, we love your enthusiasm and thank you for your patience. Our child is learning so much! As I leave every day, everyone says something to my child, whether it's good-bye, a little story, or just a smile. It is obvious that everyone at Kirkwood KinderCare really loves every child. Thank you.

    Olivia R. - KinderCare Parent
  • Ms. Darcy is awesome because she's super organized and prepares our kids so well for kindergarten! Ms. Debra is awesome because she is so caring and loves the kids!

    Mary G. - KinderCare Parent
  • Ms. Kelly is awesome because when my child is feeling shy when I drop her off in the morning, Ms. Kelly is always ready with a big hug to make her feel better. Drop-off can be so stressful, but Ms. Kelly helps make it easy! Ms. Kelli is awesome because she is so engaged with the children. She treats them with respect and sincerity and I know my child responded to that--she loved Ms. Kelli immediately! Both "Kelly/ies" have helped make my child's transition to KinderCare really smooth, and I'm so happy with the way things are going--and my child seems pretty happy too!

    Anne V. - KinderCare Parent
  • Ms. Samantha is awesome because she makes my child love school and want to learn! Ms. Jessica is awesome because she teaches special subjects and makes them fun for kids. Ms. Darcy is awesome because she really trains the kids well for kindergarten. My child is advanced and breezing through his assignments now!

    Gabriela E. - KinderCare Parent
  • Ms. Darcy and Ms. Deborah, I would like to say thank you so much for preparing my child for kindergarten. His success in kindergarten is all because of the dedication you have for those prekindergarten children! He is in the top tier of readers in his kindergarten class because of the wonderful teaching you gave him.

    Nicole B. - KinderCare Parent
  • Ms. Jessica, thanks for the great instruction and positive reinforcement! My child comes home and excitedly tells us about music, phonics, and math. She always smiles when she talks about music class! Both Sarahs: The activities we do at home and the write-ups of the day help us feel connected. Thanks for the individual attention paid to each student and trying to find new and exciting things to keep them busy and learning!

    Heather T. - KinderCare Parent
  • We love our daughters' teathers! Mornings can be tough. It is always great to walk into classrooms with smiling teachers who seem genuinely happy to see my girls. They love coming to school and I especially appreciate the pictures from Ms. Kristen of my daughters playing and doing art projects.

    Kari F. - KinderCare Parent
  • How quickly time passes. We are fortunate to have been part of the Kirkwood KinderCare Family for over eight years. Coming into the center as first-time parents, with no family in the area, the teachers and staff could not have been any more supportive of our efforts and caring to us and our children. It might be unexpected to use the term “family,” but that is how we feel about the staff at the Kirkwood KinderCare. We were fortunate to be invited to several staff weddings and kept informed on several occasions on new births to the staff at KinderCare. In addition, the staff is always so caring, encouraging, and supportive that we couldn’t help but become as involved/active at the center as we could. After-hours programs and parties for families got us involved and introduced us to other families just like us – working adults trying to be good parents. In fact, several families continue to be close friends. Aside from the outstanding academic program, the entire center exposed our children to so much more than we could have at home or even with a home-based child care. Both our children were well prepared (perhaps even overly prepared) for their next academic step, but just as importantly, socially ready. While at KinderCare, our children were encouraged to interact with all the staff – teaching them the importance of respect for teachers and caregivers – as well as all the other children at the center. KinderCare’s environment gave our children the opportunity to interact with kids at every level (age or otherwise), and learn from and even lead other children. My kids are better people because of that interaction.

    Joe L. - KinderCare Parent
  • Our family moved from out of state about one year ago. Being in a new state, in a new house, and having left our friends and family behind, our kids were uncomfortable and hesitant in their new surroundings. We chose Kirkwood KinderCare based on their reputation and available hours of care. With both of us working full time, it was critical that we could access the daycare with some flexibility. The kids were clearly thrilled from the beginning. I credit their adjustment to the teachers and all the staff at KinderCare. The predictability and structure of their day made them feel safe. Our kids are curious and imaginative, they play well with others, follow directions, act with patience, and respond to structure. They are coordinated and confident from play and they show empathy from the friendships they have grown. They spend nearly ten hour daily, forty hours per week, in the hands of the more than capable and truly loving teachers and other staff at KinderCare. They excitedly prepare for "school" every day and happily recount their day at dinner. They are exposed to so many learning opportunities, as well as good old-fashioned play time. Their teachers guide them to explore and try new things; they do not try to make them anything other than who they are. The teachers provide feedback and are always available to discuss concerns or special circumstances, responding with love and care. These talented teachers have endless energy and patience: They are always smiling and encouraging to the children, celebrating their successes every step of the way. I could never ever do do what they do and with KinderCare, I can count on tireless love and care for my babies every day. My husband and I are so thankful for their genuine commitment to our children.
    A special shout out to Sarah L., Sarah P., Samantha, and Darcy for loving our children and keeping them safe and happy every day.

    Ellen F. and Jared K. - KinderCare Parent
  • I just wanted to take a moment to share how much I think of the Kirkwood KinderCare staff. They always have a smile or kind word to say and that is just a nice way to begin and end the day. Not to mention, as a parent, I rest assured knowing the children are in good hands. In particular, the Sarahs, Karlee, and Dot go out of their way to tell me about the kids' day or mention an encouraging word. Jason and I truly appreciate their hard work. 

    JJ G. - KinderCare Parent
  • Kirkwood KinderCare, thank you so much for providing a safe, nurturing, and learning environment during our daughter's tenure in your center. As first time parents, we were apprehensive about leaving her in the care of anyone outside of our immediate family. However, once we toured and took the leap of faith of putting our daughter in the care of someone else, we were not disappointed. We are grateful to the staff at KinderCare for partnering with us in our child's development, both socially and academically. We now recommend this KinderCare location to friends who are considering placing their child in the care of someone else. We know firsthand that this center is committed to making sure children have a safe place to explore the world around them, while developing the social and academic skills that will prepare them to enter the next stage of their development--kindergarten.

    J. Family - KinderCare Parent
  • After living in Ohio for a year, I have realized how much my two boys benefited from their years at the Kirkwood KinderCare center. One just turned five and is currently in preschool. He is significantly more advanced than his classmates. My wife and I feel like most of his schoolwork he already knows. Both of my boys love going to school, and I know this is a direct result of the great time they had at this center. I don't have any discipline problems with them at school and I feel like the time they had at Kirkwood was more than worth it. I highly recommend KinderCare, and the Kirkwood center specifically, to everyone I can and tell them about the excellent experience we had. You have top-notch teachers and my wife and I appreciate all that you taught our boys. I wish you continued success.

    Jack W. - KinderCare Parent

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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.

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