Sara Hyatt, Center Director
Meet Sara Hyatt, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2014
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Tree-Ring Circus
Meet Sara Hyatt! She is the Center Director at Newburg KinderCare in Louisville, Kentucky. Sara attended Wright State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2014. Every day, Sara enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Her favorite quote is, “If we want our children to move mountains, we first have to let them get out of their chairs.” – Nicolette Sowder. Outside of work, Sara enjoys reading, crocheting, and watching her sons play basketball and baseball.
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.
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!
My son attended for two years, from age three to five. The teachers at his KinderCare preschool are wonderful! I decided to move him to KinderCare when his first daycare/preschool would not move him up with other children his age. I wanted him to start writing, but he was not placed in the older class. It was puzzling to say the least.
At Kindercare he excelled. He was shy for a long time, but he still received the same attention as all the other children.
The best part of his KinderCare experience was the phonics class. Twice a week he went with a small group of two to three children and learned phonics. I highly recommend this extra service, it is worth every penny! He is in kindergarten now and started the school year reading at a first grade level. By October, he was comfortable with second grade books. In March, he started bringing third-grade books home to read. I am so grateful for KinderCare and Ms. Cheryl, his phonics teacher, for teaching him so much. Also, Ms. Emily and Ms. Catherine were his primary teachers and they had a way with him to get him to feel comfortable. They even helped me as we approached the transition to kindergarten.
We had so many good experiences there. They have a cooking class and music class, which he participated in as well. The director and assistant director are very knowledgeable and I was always impressed with how they ran the center.”
Patricia M - KinderCare Parent
I was originally very skeptical of putting my kids in a day care after all the horror stories I've heard, but my pediatrician said it would be best for my kids so we reluctantly began looking into different centers. On a whim, my mom stopped in and really liked the center but I still had my reservations. After a few days of unrelentless sales pitches from my mom, I gave in and went in for a tour. This is when I met Nikki and Sarah who run the center. They made me feel so comfortable that I knew that my children would be safe.
What I didn't know at that time is how amazing the teachers are. My children have thrived. Mrs. Emily, Ms. Zoey and Mrs. Cheryl prepared my five-year-old for kindergarten beyond even his teacher's expectations. It was the best decision that I've made for him. He was prepared for what was expected of him and what behavior is expected of him in an environment that I knew they cared about his well being and growth. It was so successful that my 2-year-old is now a student and they have helped him come out of his shell and work on his talking. Again, the teachers are amazing. Mrs. D and Ms. Casey have helped him grow so much in just a short time. They have truly been a blessing to our family.
If you can find an opening at this center don't hesitate! It will be the best investment in your child's future; preparing them for the next steps in their young lives. Sarah and Nikki, who run this center truly care about what is best for your child and make sure everyone has what is needed to be successful. I can't say enough good things about this school.”
Zak M. - KinderCare Parent
The staff treat each of their children as their own. I was always impressed with how caring and attentive all of the staff were to each individual child's needs and personal development.
This was my two and a half year old's first daycare experience, and I couldn't have asked for a more positive experience. Her transition into the three days a week program was a smooth one. She looked forward to seeing her friends and teachers every day on the way to school and it warmed my heart. Seeing her excitement to learn, play, and grow at KinderCare on Newburg Road only further solidified my decision to send her there and put me at ease knowing how well she was being cared for.
I highly recommend KinderCare to any prospective parents and children!
Hillary S. - KinderCare Parent
My son, Zach recently started with the KinderCare Newburg center in November 2014. As a first time mother, I was initially very nervous at the thought of leaving my son with “strangers”. Even though I knew these were qualified individuals, the thought of letting someone else feed him, hold him, change him, play with him, etc was truly overwhelming. In my short time with the KinderCare Newburg center, I was extremely pleased with the quality of care that my family received. In December 2014, we were fortunate enough to earn a spot at the daycare operated by my husband’s employer, which will prove to be a slightly less expensive and more convenient option for my family. Although I am excited for the opportunity to improve our situation, I am sad to leave the Newburg KinderCare facility as your administrative staff and teachers have provided me with the perfect example of what a daycare facility should provide: care, concern, support and empathy. From the minute we started with KinderCare, we were offered the best level of service I could’ve possibly imagined.
On my first day with the center, I was introduced to Zach’s teachers, Ms. Erin and Ms. Brenna. They were very eager to learn his routine, his personality and what I wanted to get out of the daycare experience. Each day when I picked him up, he was smiling and happy and I was told by various staff what a great baby he was and how much they enjoyed him. I could see that Ms. Brenna and Ms. Erin had already formed a bond with him, which meant so much to me and proved invaluable in my transition back to working full time. I am truly impressed by the maturity and professionalism of both Erin and Brenna.
Admittedly, I had a tough time leaving him on that first day and tears were definitely involved in the process. Sarah Hyatt said something that was unbelievably comforting, “if you were home right now, what would Zach be doing?”. In that moment, I knew that she was willing to do whatever it took to make me happy and pleased with my son’s experience. She was willing to ensure that my son would be cared for just as he was at home. What else could I ask for? Sarah may not have known it at the time, but with that one simple question she won me over as both a person and a customer. I would recommend absolutely anyone to the Newburg KinderCare facility, with complete confidence that their child would be provided with the best of care.
Nikki was also very comforting during our entire time at KinderCare. She initially toured me around their center and “sold” me on sending my son to their facility. Nikki’s eagerness to please in whatever way possible is what makes her such an invaluable asset to your KinderCare team. I don’t believe she knows the word “No” and in fact, anytime I spoke with her she was more than willing to not only say “Yes”, but to go above and beyond what I asked. I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to get to know her.
On several occasions I witnessed both Nikki and Sarah pitching in (changing diapers, feeding and playing with kids, assisting with naps, etc). It is refreshing to see that your leadership team is willing to do whatever it takes to make the center successful, and in turn please their teachers, their students, and their customers.
In conclusion, I would like to thank everyone at the Newburg KinderCare center who cared for my son in the short time we were there. You truly are a fantastic group of caretakers!”
Brittany U. - KinderCare Parent
My husband and I were relieved to enroll our 14-month-old daughter Cameron at KinderCare Newburg. Several factors came in to play in our decision: the professionalism of the staff, the safety precautions taken by of the franchise, the location, the curricular nature, cleanliness, and the care taken by Ms. Nikki to orient us to the entire program as opposed to our immediate need. Thank you Ms. Nikki for understanding that this was a tough decision/transition for our family.
When Cameron turned two we enrolled her in ABC Music and Me with Ms. Catherine where children experienced expressive movement and singing. Then she moved up to Kelsey's Music Adventures where reading notes and keyboarding were introduced.
At the age of three we enrolled her in Phonics and Reading Adventures with Ms. Emily and Ms. Ronisha. These teachers made phonics and reading fun! Cameron can write each letter, recognize the written letter and each sound as well as provide sounds for each letter.
We added Science Adventures to Cameron's curriculum with Ms. Emily when Cameron turned four. The experiments and connections she made to her environment were impressive for her age.
Today, Cameron is five and her cheer-leading coach calls her a free-spirit, I love it! I believe her spirit grew from the experiences at KinderCare and music class. Cameron's phonics grade on her first quarter report card is 99.3%. This is quite a testimony to the teachers at KinderCare!
There are many teachers that touched my daughter's life that I have not yet mentioned but each one of them are family. Thank you to each and every one of you, you made the difference!”
Angela Y. - KinderCare Parent
My daughter has been part of KinderCare for the past four-and-a-half years. It has been a great experience, and I am proud to say that Meghan is ready to start Kindergarten in the fall. The teachers have not only taught her all the "academic" skills she will need to be successful in school, but provided her with a home away from home. What a relief for my husband and me to know that Meghan is in caring hands while we work. Thank you KinderCare staff for doing a wonderful job. We truly appreciate your hard work!”
Connie M. - KinderCare Parent
After an unsuccessful experience with an in-home caregiver, I was given the recommendation for KinderCare from a friend. She was so happy about her choice with KinderCare and I now understand why. We meet Nikki at the Newburg location and began our adventure with KinderCare. She was understanding and open-minded when listening to our past experience. She then showed us around and introduced us to the teachers. The interactions that we witnessed put me at ease with our upcoming decisions.
After enrolling our son, Bronson, we were excited about his upcoming learning, interactions, and opportunities. The teachers were so kind and cared for him as if he was family. They did a great job communicating his growth, sharing stories of his day and providing guidance when needed. As Bronson entered the Toddler room his personality and independence began to shine. In fact, he couldn't get to his classroom quick enough to see his teacher (Ms. Bethany and Ms.Linda) and his friends. He loved being there! At times, he would cry when leaving.
We, as parents, loved his enthusiasm, art projects, feedback on his learning, seeing him interact with the other kiddos, and the personal interaction with his teachers.
We have had a great experience with KinderCare's staff and their acceptance to the KinderCare family.”
Erin N. - KinderCare Parent
There really isn't enough room to write how much we recognize and appreciate all the hard work and love the women in the nursery give the children. We learned a lot from them as well. When we started in the nursery we worried our boys wouldn't get love like moms give-Boy were we way off! It is VERY clear the nursery teachers love and care for the children from the heart, like a mother would. A huge thank you to Ms. Brenna, Ms. Catherine, Ms. Julie, Ms. Dolores, and Ms. Becky for helping our boys and us navigate this first year. You're Loved!”
Kris and Katherine - KinderCare Parent
We have just moved to the toddler room and really appreciate all the love and caring and very important teaching that the boys get. Thank you to Ms. Linda, Ms. Cheryl, Ms. Vanesa, Ms. Ronisha, and Ms. Sheree!”
Kris and Katherine - KinderCare Parent
Ms. Charnay and Ms. Stephanie do an exemplary job with my child. Absolutely wonderful caregivers and teachers!”
Cole - KinderCare Parent
Thank you Ms. Cheryl!! My daughter LOVES to read and she loves you, too! :)”
Kelly E. - 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.