Ms. Michelle Polivka, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Fox Chase, East View, Old Post, Prarie Point, Southbury, Hunt Club, Boulder Hill, Long Beach,and Churchill Elelmentary Schools. District busing from Browkaw Early learning Center.
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
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)
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.
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!
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!
KinderCare has been so awesome for our son! Before he was at a different place but all the did was just play. At KinderCare Oswego he has learned so much. He did not talk before KinderCare. Now his communication skills are excellent. He is so confident because KinderCare has so many educational activities. He has learned so much its unbelievable. The staff is so friendly and helpful that I feel like they are just like a extended family. Thank you KinderCare family for letting my son be a part of your family and helping him along the way.”
Shekhar B. - KinderCare Parent
I just wanted to take a minute and let you know how impressed and happy I am with the staff at the Oswego KinderCare. My children were always taken care of at home by their great-grandma. Unfortunately, due to her age and health she was unable to care for my youngest son, Alden, anymore. So, I put him in a home daycare that turned out to be a bad situation. Out of desperation, I requested information on-line, (to which I received a prompt response.) I came to the center and was immediately greeted, by name, and all of my questions were answered. I set up a time for us to observe and Alden to spend the day. On his visit day, he was immediately greeted by name, from the staff as we entered. When we went to his classroom (Pre-K) he was made to feel welcome. He enjoyed the day, was given a lot of one-on-one time, made a stuffed animal and had a pleasant experience. He could not wait to go there again. As a mom, of a child who does not like change and doesn't do well with strangers, this was a pleasant relief. Every experience has been positive and I only wish that I would have put him in earlier. He is learning not only academically but socially as well. He looks forward to every day and feels connected and secure. I have made surprise visits, and every time the facility is clean, he is actively engaged and enjoying himself. These are the things that comfort a worried parent. I would and do highly recommend your entire staff to everyone and anyone. Thank you for providing this invaluable, quality opportunity for children.”
Elaine B. - KinderCare Parent
I have three children, ages 7, 5 and 15 months. My children have been attending KinderCare since the summer, and each of them have loved coming everyday! My older son was in the School-Age room full-day this summer and is currently attending before and after school. He loved the summer field-trips and enjoys the projects Miss Shanta sets up in the classroom after school. My middle son is in the Preschool classroom. He loves all of the activities Ms. Michelle does to keep him busy! My daughter started in the Infant room and just transitioned to the Toddler room. Having never been in daycare before, I thought it would have taken my daughter longer to adjust, but she became attached to Ms. Ginny and Ms. Tammy very quickly. All of the staff at KinderCare has been wonderful to work with. Everyone has taken a sincere interest in my children, which puts me at ease while I am at work.”
Jessica W. - KinderCare Parent
Our son started at the South Oswego KinderCare back in April of 2013. We were new to the area and when we contacted Kim (the director), she as well as the entire staff welcomed us with open arms. The director sat down with us and provided pertinent information about the center as well as answering all of our questions, she did everything she could to assist in making the transition smoother for us. Since the time our son began at the center, we have witnessed his development grow in leaps and bounds. Our son has been in previous daycare and this center definitely is heads above the rest because everyone is very hands on (the director, our sons teachers and the entire staff). One of the best things about this center is that they are big on communication, which is so important to parents. I cannot emphasize how much this makes a difference to me as a parent, because it is so easy to get caught up in schedules and routines. It is refreshing to know that the staff will not hesitate to give me a thorough update on how my child's day went. They also take the time out to email us pictures of our son while he is in the midst of a learning or play activity (this is the only daycare center I have ever had that did this). It really means a lot that they go the extra mile just to keep us in the loop and give us that additional insight into our child's day. I would also like to add that the entire staff is very supportive and gracious. Our child has special needs and the flexibility, patience, nurturing and kindness demonstrated by the KinderCare staff has been unmatched, we are truly thankful for every employee there. It is also a plus that the center always has ongoing creative/learning activities for the kids (our son is in music class) as well giving them opportunities to interact with our public servants in the community (i.e. fireman, police officer visits) in an effort to extend the scope of classroom education. Our son's classroom teacher, Ms. Rhonda is more than a teacher to our son, she is truly a caregiver. She is informative, resourceful and warm, the reflection of everything a child's teacher should be. I would recommend this center to any parent because when we leave our son with the staff at KinderCare, we know that he is in good hands and this is evidenced by his bond with the entire staff as well as their interactions with us.”
Yolanda A. - KinderCare Parent
The West Oswego KinderCare is such a wonderful extension of our family! Our two daughters (age 2 and age 4) are just blossoming there. The entire staff is so caring and dedicated. Their facility is clean, organized and provides a lot of social and learning opportunities for all of the children's ages. My 4 year old has a song that she sings when she arrives at KinderCare. It's called the "I love my school" song. It's a wonderful feeling having the trust and strong relationships with the staff at the West Oswego KinderCare. I know that our daughters truly are taken care of during the day!”
Elyse G. - 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.