Janice Anderson, Center Director
Meet Janice Anderson, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2007
Education: Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: The Giving Tree
Meet Janice Anderson! She is the Center Director at West A KinderCare in Lincoln, Nebraska. Janice attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology. She also attended Concordia University, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2007, and before that she was a teacher. Outside of work, Janice enjoys listening to music and audiobooks, learning to crochet, and having family game night and movie nights. “She turned her cannot into can do and her dreams into plans.”
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.)
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!
We love West A Street KinderCare! Prior to having our daughter, KinderCare was our first choice but being first time parents, we rationalized that she should receive the same level of care and cleanliness everywhere (said with a smile). So we made our decisions based upon financial reasons. We opted for a non-profit church center and by ten months, she had been exposed to RSV, whooping cough, and hand, foot & mouth in her Infant Classroom. While I was on a business trip, the center had a case of E.Coli and our daughter was only eating 1 oz of milk per day for them. We chose to remove her from that center immediately and toured KinderCare again. This time our requirements had changed and we were looking for a center with sensory learning activities, a curriculum, routine/structure (but not rigid), and impeccable cleaning procedures. KinderCare fulfilled all of our needs. At the time, they were actively looking for an additional teacher in the Infant Classroom, and we were placed on a waiting list. They kept us informed of their progress and notified us when an opening was available. It was worth the wait! It is so fun to hear our daughter sing new songs, identify animals that we didn't know she knew, or to say new words that we don't use (i.e., tennis shoes). At two, she's now participating in elective music and cooking classes. We cannot rave enough about the KinderCare team! It really surprised us that teachers from the School Age Classroom know our daughter. We really feel like she is truly loved by everyone there, from the teachers to the management team!”
Stephanie K. - KinderCare Parent
West A Street KinderCare is the best thing that has happened to my husband, myself, and our three kids! We had taken them to an in-home daycare prior to coming to KinderCare and I always worried about them. My baby would be in a swing all by himself in the kitchen. He had no interaction from anyone. It made me so sad. Then KinderCare came into our lives! My kids are so happy now. They even ask on the weekends if they could go to KinderCare. They are always doing activities to keep them busy. The staff is amazing! They are so gentle and kind. Thank you, KinderCare! We love you!”
Robin P. - KinderCare Parent
We have been KinderCare customers for years and we wouldn’t dream of going anywhere else! We enjoy being greeted by friendly staff each morning and we haven’t had a teacher we didn’t love. It’s nice to be able to feel confident that your child is in good hands when you leave them for the day. Our youngest has food allergies, which was a major concern for us leaving her in someone else’s care. But Janice, Michaela, and the rest of the KinderCare staff have been wonderful about making sure she isn’t given things she shouldn’t have, never hesitating to call and check with us if they have any questions. Our child is even able to enjoy the cooking classes they offer as the class teacher is kind enough to modify the recipes for her to accommodate her food allergy. We love seeing the big smile on her face when she brings home her creations from cooking class!”
Julie M. - KinderCare Parent
I couldn't be more blessed to have such a wonderful team of caregivers with my children, who enjoy the time they spend at the West A KinderCare. I hear about new activities, topics, and projects that the kids have done on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis. I know they enjoy their teachers when my little guy shows them his smile in the mornings and is ready to give them hugs. My daughter is usually deep into a project when I come to pick her up at the end of the day, and then wants to stay and finish it. Thanks to everyone at the West A KinderCare for keeping me well informed of my children's learning, health, and well-being. You make it easier for me, knowing that my kids are at a place I trust and can feel comfortable.”
Charlene F. - KinderCare Parent
I enrolled my children at the KinderCare on West A Street in May of 2012. I chose KinderCare because of the classroom setting (what a fantastic way to get children ready for school!) and the secured entry system. After meeting with the Center Director and the teachers, I knew I had made a good choice. My daughters were two and four at the time they started attending. They are now four and five and they look forward to going to, as they call it, "school" every day. We love the center. It's a warm and welcoming feel when you walk in. The kitchen is always cooking up something yummy that smells delicious. My five-year-old started kindergarten this year and thanks to the hard work her teachers put in with her, she is ahead of where she needs to be for reading! My four-year-old knows all her colors and numbers (one through ten) in Spanish! I'm so very pleased with all of the teachers at this center. They go above and beyond. They know all the children by first name and take the time to stop and say "hi" to every child who walks through the door. They have great lines of communication with the parents and work hard to keep the classrooms calm, clean, fun, and safe. They prepare fun projects and have great ways to involve all the children in everything.”
Tina S. - KinderCare Parent
My child has been enrolled in KinderCare on West A since August of 2012. We absolutely love KinderCare, all of the teachers are very friendly and so welcoming. She has learned her letters, how to spell her name, her colors, counting, and much more. Every morning she loves to get up and get ready to go to "school"--she can't wait to see her teachers and her friends. I love all the fun activities that they have at their center, like the Color Run, Family Fun Night, Book Fair, and Winter Gala, to name a few. I feel like this center is doing a great job with my daughter and I am so happy with the care she is receiving here.”
Kalli R. - 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.