Jamie Sheets, Center Director
Meet Jamie Sheets, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2001
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Junie B. Jones Series
Meet Jamie Sheets! She is the Center Director at Microchips Early Learning Center in Kokomo, Indiana. Jamie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and has been with KinderCare since 2001. Outside of work, Jamie loves to go antiquing, visit Wrigley Field and watch the Chicago Cubs play. “You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” - Christopher Robin
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.
Kindergarten Programs (5–6 Years)
Welcome to kindergarten: the gateway to grade school and everything that comes next! Offered in select centers, our kindergarten programs have small class sizes and curriculums that mix learning and fun. The basic building blocks of reading, writing, math, and science are key in kindergarten, so we make sure they get lots of practice in all of these areas.
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.
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!
I have been bringing my children to MicroChips since 2003. The staff has always been exceptional, kind, and flexible. Both of my children have excelled in school, in part because of their early education at MicroChips. Thank you, MicroChips, for all that you have done and continue to do for my family.
Denise B. - KinderCare Parent
I have been bringing my children to MicroChips since 2014. From the start I was impressed with how friendly everyone was and how quickly they got to know my kids on a personal level. There is always something fun for them to do: playing with friends, field trips, sports programs, crafts, singing songs, reading, or playing outside. I am updated daily on their curriculum so I can stay on top of what they are learning. My daughter just adores her teachers and freely gives hugs to any staff member, and my son is so excited to see everyone each morning. I can tell that my kids' teachers truly care about them and I can't emphasize enough how much that means to me as a mom who works full-time. It gives me peace of mind to know that they are safe, happy, and loved whether they are with me or at MicroChips.”
Carrie B. - KinderCare Parent
We want to thank the staff and workers at MicroChips Early Learning Center for all their help with our little girl. She has been attending MicroChips since 2012, and we feel that MicroChips has programs to help her with childhood development skills and educate her in a friendly environment. MicroChips is clean, safe, and child-friendly. The staff and workers are caring, loving and always looking out for her best interests. She looks forward to going to MicroChips, she likes her teachers, and likes to play with the other children. Our family is grateful to have MicroChips, a place where our child is getting the best care.”
Samantha, Tim, Kathy - KinderCare Parent
Having to find child care for my children when they were younger was such a hassle and I was not comfortable with the few that I was able to find. But then I heard about MicroChips through a coworker. Once I had both of my children enrolled, my worries ended. The teacher at the time was Ms. Kathy, whom both of my kids loved. Today, four of my grandchildren go there and Ms. Kathy is now the Director. I know that my grandkids are in good hands and that she will make sure the center is run in a very caring, loving, and effective way. She oversees the staff and makes sure that each and every day is fun for my grandkids. I also want to recognize the others in the office (the cooks, summer help, teachers, and others) who exhibit professionalism and a love of children, and that I have the same peace of mind that I had 20 years ago when my two attended MicroChips. Now, finding child care with the integrity, values, safety, and security are more important than ever, and I am glad that MicroChips has all that I am looking for for my grandkids.”
Tina S. - 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.