Michelle Swikert, Center Director
Meet Michelle Swikert, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2011
Education: Associate Degree, Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: The Secret Garden
Meet Michelle Swikert! Michelle is the Center Director at Greenfield KinderCare in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She attended Quincy University where she earned her Bachelor of Educational Studies. She also holds an Associate Degree in Early Elementary Education. Michelle has been with KinderCare since 2011. Her favorite quote is, "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." When she is not working, Michelle likes to spend time with her family and pets. She also loves to try new foods.
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.
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!
My son has been attending this center for almost two years. Every teacher has loved and cared for him as if he was their own. I am amazed at how much I have seen him thrive in this environment! The teachers communicate with me on a daily basis about what he is learning about in their classroom and how he is developing. My husband and I are so glad we chose to attend this center!”
Carrie - KinderCare Parent
I was nervous about enrolling my child in a large child care vs. a private, home-based daycare. Immediately, my fears were put to rest. All of the teachers at Greenfield 108th KinderCare have been so kind, patient, and loving. They really get involved in my child's growth and development along with their daily needs and care. The level of personal attention that each child receives is unbelievable. I'm always amazed at the details that every teacher knows about each child. It shows me that they really and truly care for my child. People ask me all the time how I like our child care and how it is going…I tell them every time, "I could not be happier!"”
Erin - KinderCare Parent
My daughter attended this center since she was six weeks old. Our experience with this center has been nothing but amazing! The teachers are dedicated to not only the care of the children, but the education to get them ready for school. My daughter learned so much during her time at KinderCare that when she started kindergarten this year, her new teacher was amazed at how advanced she was. This center is not just a daycare who watches children, but truly is vested in offering everything they can! I have and will continue to recommend this center to anyone and everyone who is looking for an amazing program with teachers who love what they do!”
CJ - KinderCare Parent
My two kids have been attending KinderCare for almost a year now. I am very pleased with the staff. The app is helpful to let me keep track on activity’s throughout the day which gives me peace of mind while at work. Thanks to all the teachers!”
Melanie H. - 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.