Melissa Bluml, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Melissa Bluml, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 1990
Favorite Children's Book: Slinky Malinki
Meet Melissa Bluml! She is the Center Director at Millard KinderCare in Omaha, Nebraska. She has been with KinderCare since 1990, and before that she was a teacher and an assistant director. Every day, she looks forward to making a difference in a child’s life. Outside of work, Melissa enjoys having game nights, watching movies, reading, watching live music, and swimming.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
Millard KinderCare Programs
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.
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!
We switched from a La Petite Academy to the Millard KinderCare because LPA's staff was either unable or unwilling to deal with my oldest son's emotional outbursts. Almost immediately, the amazing, dedicated, and extremely knowledgeable staff under the leadership of Kathleen Hicks were able to turn it around and my kids are now doing great. The facilities are great, well-organized, and impeccably maintained. The teachers care. They take all of my concerns seriously and address them immediately. They take the time to work with my kids. The professionalism of the staff, both teachers and leadership, is outstanding. I could go on and on, but in the end, know this: If you want your kids to thrive in a loving environment with excellent teachers who simply care, there is only one place to take them to--Millard KinderCare.”
Charles G. - KinderCare Parent
In our quest for a different daycare, my husband and I had certain expectations about the kind of care we wanted for our two-year-old son. We decided to see what the KinderCare in Millard was all about and after one visit with the Director, all our expectations were certainly exceeded. Their curriculum is chock full of different ways for the children to learn--and have fun while they are learning. The teachers are actively engaged with the children each day and make it a point to keep the parents informed on what children are learning, how they are progressing, and the fun activities they did for the day. When I drop my son off, I don't have to worry because I know he is in great hands, he's having fun, and most importantly, he's learning!”
L. D. - KinderCare Parent
I have been bringing my children to Millard KinderCare for a little over four years now and I am so thankful to have found such a great place. I have developed strong relationships with the staff. They do a wonderful job keeping parents informed and the lines of communication open. As a single mother of twins, they have always been willing to work with me on payments if I happen to be running low on funds for a month. They inform me about events going on in the community that might help out or be fun for my family. KinderCare also has a wonderful summer program filled with fun activities and field trips. I feel that KinderCare offers my children several educational opportunities and a great environment to explore. I am so grateful to have found a place that I feel comfortable and trust to take care of my children while I’m at work. Thank you, KinderCare!”
K. C. O. - KinderCare Parent
What do you look for in a daycare? That is a loaded question, because each one of us as parents is looking for something a little different. First off there are the basics--look around and what do you see? At Millard KinderCare, you will see total involvement of all teachers and children--not once have I seen a child who was off playing alone. What types of interactions are happening all around, not just with the babies? All age groups are involved in playing activities, reading, or games. There is no TV-watching at KinderCare; it's all interactive. Ask about staff turnover...this is important because your children do get attached to people. Most of the same people are still working for KinderCare from the time my boys first came four-and-a-half years ago. Be involved....ask how your kids are doing. KinderCare's staff is wonderful when it comes time for communication about my children. As soon as I walk into each one of my boys’ classrooms, a teacher fills me in on their day. The most important thing I looked for in a daycare was that my children would be cared for and not just "looked after." My boys love their teachers and it is obvious to me their teachers love them. Not a day goes by that my youngest doesn't go to each and every one of his teachers for a hug good-bye. I wouldn't take my boys anywhere else!”
Trina B. - 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at Millard KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at Millard KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.