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Candlewood KinderCare

Geoffrey Barassi, Center Director

1735 N 121st St Omaha NE 68154
(402) 493-5399 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:

We’re proud to offer distance learning for elementary school kids, grade K-6! We’ll ensure your child is logged on, help them with their school schedule, make sure they have plenty of mental and physical breaks throughout the day, and our highly-trained teachers are here to help your child stay on track! As always, we also offer care for all children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Check out the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. We can’t wait to see you soon!


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.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

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. Kids in this delightful and delicious program 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! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It 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. Your child will experiment with activities like learning how lemon juice and baking soda interact to uncover secret messages, watching fizzy reactions in action, and discovering how to use technology to do amazing things!

Our Teachers

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!


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.

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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.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • Like many parents who struggle with daycare options, I was overwhelmed. My wife and I narrowed our list down to three after a long search. While she was focused on our daughter's ability to express herself and grow artistically, I was more concerned about the quality of education. With that in mind, I was also a bit scared by the weekly cost of attendance. With that said, I would pay the weekly amount again and again if asked! Not only was I impressed immediately with the quality of education, we took it a step further and enrolled our daughter in phonics and later in math. She knows a few words in Spanish, can count to 100 on a regular basis, has embraced the rule structure that will be needed in kindergarten, and made lots of friends. Ms. Holly and Ms. Ally are not only great teachers, but great people. My daughter will truly miss them next year. I cannot forget to mention the Director Lee-Ann and and Assistant Director Geoff. I have never seen people in such positions know the name of every child and take a interest in their well-being. Oh, and they are completely approachable and will always work with you about anything. In summary, despite my initial concern about cost, I would repeat this experience for my daughter in a heartbeat and know she will miss her teacher and friends. Do not forget: If education is what you are most concerned about, you cannot do better than Kindercare at Candlewood!  

    Josh and Kelly - KinderCare Parent
  • Ms. Kristi is wonderful and truly deserves to be honored. She takes time out every day to chat with me since we are part time and do not always have a clear picture of what happens at school. She is always willing to share the day's news, and makes sure to have a report written for us in addition to her verbal report. I've seen our son grow so much since he started a mere four months ago. He absolutely adores Ms. Kristi. She has such enthusiasm and patience. I don't know how she does it with all those boys! I am very grateful to have her as my son's teacher.

    Carrie L. - KinderCare Parent
  • Monday through Friday, we get up out of bed to get ready for school. I ask my daughter: “Wanna go see Ms. Sue?” She replies “Yes, Mamma!” with great enthusiasm. It’s such a comfort knowing your child is so well taken care of. Ms. Sue welcomes my daughter every day with a hug and a big smile! Ms. Sue is so patient and calm with all the children, and her room runs like clockwork. She takes the time to write my daughter's favorite part of the day on her sheet. Most of the time as I read what she wrote, it puts a big smile on my face and I can see my daughter doing it right then. As working mothers, we miss out on so much, so it really makes it easier knowing they are having so much fun at school. We listen to our music CDs every day to school and back home. My daughter is now singing songs to her baby sister and looks forward to music each and every Friday with Lacy!

    Tracy R. - KinderCare Parent
  • My son is thriving at Candlewood KinderCare! Last summer we had him enrolled in a Montessori program. He cried every day. It broke our hearts. This summer is a completely different story! He loves KinderCare, his teachers, and his friends. He looks forward to going every day. He loves the field trips and other fun activities. It is extremely comforting to know he is happy and well cared for when he is not with us. Thank you, Candlewood KinderCare, from the bottom of our hearts! We'll see you next summer!

    Elaine H. - KinderCare Parent
  • My kiddos have been attending Candlewood KinderCare since July 2010. We are so grateful to have found such a wonderful place for our children! We know our children will be well cared for and provided with an early education atmosphere, which will more than prepare them for kindergarten. The staff at Candlewood are all amazing people who really take the time to get to know the children and the parents. They do an awesome job working with the children, from learning to walk to learning the ABC’s. I know we never would have survived our potty training days without them! The staff is very understanding and willing to work with parents on everything. They truly do have the best interests of our children in mind. It is such a relief knowing we do not need to worry about our children when we are at work.

    Sheila P. - KinderCare Parent
  • My experience with Candlewood KinderCare has been wonderful. My three oldest children attended one summer while I was expecting my fourth child. I immediately noticed the cleanliness of the facility, which is huge for me and the whole “daycare” experience. The other wonderful thing was the education the faculty has to have to work with the children that attend. I feel anyone who works with children needs to be trained to do so. These factors contributed to my decision to place my new baby in the care of the Candlewood KinderCare. The acting Director at the time was fantastic. She was understanding and knowledgeable about everything concerning daycare. She actually cared about the family as a whole. She made the facility very “homey.” I was afraid things would change dramatically with the new Director as far as how clean and accommodating the faculty was. I’m thrilled to my ears that things haven’t changed; they have, in fact, exceeded all my expectation. Deborah Clute is doing a fantastic job!

    Renee A. - KinderCare Parent
  • After an exhaustive search for the best learning center for our kids three years ago, we discovered Candlewood KinderCare. Three years later, we couldn't imagine a better place for our kids. The staff is very professional and maintains a core group of teachers who have remained there since we started. Our children look forward to each and every day at "school." The best compliment we can pay Candlewood KinderCare is that we don't worry about our kids when they are there. We know they are in a safe, kid-friendly learning environment that fosters imagination and self-confidence.

    Brian O. - KinderCare Parent
  • Making a choice around your child’s care is a very stressful and difficult decision to make! However, my husband and I feel so fortunate to have found a daycare like Candlewood KinderCare to bring us peace of mind. While I cannot wait to pick up my sweet girl at the end of each day, it helps knowing she enjoys her time here and the affection she has for the staff. It warms my heart seeing the staff’s interactions with her and I cannot rave enough about how genuine they are! The staff is extremely friendly and updates me on what progress our daughter is making or silly things she did throughout the day. It definitely feels like a team effort (strong parent/teacher communication). I cannot stress enough how much it means to find a center that is clean and organized. We actually had our daughter enrolled in a different center prior to Candlewood KinderCare. After about a month, my gut was telling me something wasn’t right. Cleanliness and organization were the primary reasons we left the other center and Candlewood KinderCare is leaps and bounds ahead in these areas. I would absolutely recommend Candlewood KinderCare to any family seeking care for their children. The staff and facility continue to find ways to improve and impress me.

    Nikki R. - KinderCare Parent

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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.

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