Sarah Jones, Center Director
Meet Sarah Jones, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2020
Education: Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
Favorite Children's Book: Marsupial Sue
Meet Sarah Jones! She is the Center Director at Overland Park KinderCare in Kansas. Sarah attended Johnson County Community College, where she earned an associate degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare for one year, and before that she was a teacher. Her passion is leadership and inspiring others to find joy in teaching young children. "Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society." -Maria Montessori. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys discovering new restaurants and watching live music.
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.
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.)
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!
I think Overland Park KinderCare is great, my kids are excelling so much at this school! My daughter enjoys going to school and my son is learning a lot as well. I think the teachers are well-trained and the staff is excellent, always warm and welcoming! I would recommend this school to anyone!”
Rachel - KinderCare Parent
The Overland Park KinderCare staff provides such a caring and nurturing environment for my son and our family. They are always there with friendly, helping hands. I love how curriculum is followed with all of the projects that are combined with it.”
Amanda B. - KinderCare Parent
I trust Overland Park KinderCare with our most precious treasure: our beautiful daughter. The staff has been wonderful! I am very thankful I found them years ago. As a parent, it is critical to make the best choices possible for our child. This was the best choice and I would highly recommend KinderCare to anyone looking for the right place they can count on.Thank you for all your help. I think you have done a fantastic job!”
Casey and Crista W. - KinderCare Parent
I have to admit that when I changed daycare centers on the first of 2013 for my grandson, I saw the biggest change in his behavior--for the better. He has matured beyond words during these past months and has learned so much. He is actually teaching me new songs. The staff has been wonderful to work with and is in tune with each of the children. If there are ever any issues, they are discussed privately, which I respect. It's always fun when I drop off or pick up my grandson and the other children call me Grandma and give me hugs or pictures that they have drawn for me. My grandson has made so many friends at KinderCare and now wants to have play dates.Thank you, KinderCare, for all that you have provided for my grandson and me. You are the best!”
Jo J. - KinderCare Parent
"Mommy, home" is what my son blurts out when we pull up in the KinderCare parking lot. I say, "Yeah, this is your second home!" Then out comes a very energetic, giggly "yes!" We have been going there since he was eight weeks old, and I have never once been worried about him a day that he's been there. We all know daycare is a pretty penny, but to know that your child is genuinely taken care of and loved by these teachers is priceless. Trusting your child in the hands of someone else is scary, especially when it's your first child. When we stepped in the building during our tour, we felt very comfortable and welcomed. All the teachers said hello and it was an instant "this is it." Our son loves going to school and has excelled so well. There are so many things he gets there that he would not get at other places. I'm amazed at how well he is doing. He talks about his friends and teachers on the weekends and can't wait to go back and see them. This will be the only daycare we ever go to. Some things you just can't put a price tag on. Thank you for being so amazing and for making it so easy to trust you with our child!”
Becca O. - 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.