Meet Carlie Kleinschmidt, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2018
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and an Administrator Credential
Favorite Children's Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Meet Carlie Kleinschmidt! She is the Center Director at Pewaukee KinderCare in Wisconsin. Carlie attended Carroll University, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She also earned an Administrator credential from Waukesha County Technical College. She has been with KinderCare since 2018, and before that she was a teacher and an assistant director. Outside of work, Carlie enjoys relaxing, watching TV, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite quote is, "You are never done learning!"
Pewaukee 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.
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.)
“ We have had our child at Pewaukee KinderCare now for over two years. He recently turned five and is bussed over from the Pewaukee school district at noon every day. He really enjoys his time and friends that he has made at the center. The staff work very hard at filling the needs of each and every child as well as considering the parents' desires. We have been very impressed at how hard they work at being professional, but also at being personal. We would strongly recommend this center!Show more
“ We moved to Pewaukee a few months ago and I needed to find a great daycare for my three-year-old. After visiting a couple of places, I checked on Pewaukee KinderCare. My first visit happened on a hectic day (picture day) though everyone was really welcoming for us to join the morning at the center. Everyone was so loving and nice with the kids. I spent two hours with my daughter in the three-year-old class and every game, every moment (even at recess time) was a fun moment of learning. Ms. Danielle and Ms. Yomaira do an awesome work. We were offered on that first visit to stay for lunch and I loved it. My daughter came back another day for a test experience by herself. When I came back to pick her up, she was so happy! She really enjoyed her day. I felt this was the place I was looking for and we joined Pewaukee KinderCare right away. I cannot be happier (and my daughter never wants to leave when it is time to go). On top of everything, during the last couple of months, the center went through a fantastic renovation. It looks beautiful and it really shows off the great job they do with the kids.Show more
“ Our child has been at Pewaukee KinderCare for two years shortly after we moved to Pewaukee, and our second child just joined a few months ago. The experience has been wonderful! Having our son in multiple rooms at KinderCare, every teacher is very welcoming and caring of each child! The atmosphere is very dynamic and exciting! The teachers do a wonderful job at lesson plans--art projects and themes are creative, challenging, and engaging. Our oldest looks forward to the many special activities, such as holiday parties, PJ days, etc. Our child is so proud of everything made at daycare, and cannot wait to show us what is waiting at the end of the day. We are starting on our second scrapbook of art projects and pictures we receive! We are constantly receiving communication from the teachers regarding how each day went, newsletters on each month's new lessons and activities, and even the occasional phone call during the day for more important items. We cannot stress how much interaction there is between teachers and parents. KinderCare also encourages parent involvement. There are many activities after daycare hours--Parent/Teacher meetings, Winter Gala, Trunk or Treat, Easter Celebration--which really excites the kids. In fact, parents coming in to visit during the day is encouraged. The few times we have had the opportunity to stop in, we've noticed that everyone is happy and excited to be there! There are smiles and laughs all around. We cannot be happier with KinderCare and our experience. Our children are excited to go to KinderCare and look forward to each day!Show more
“ As most working professionals, my wife and I were searching for the best care available for our two kids. After extensive search that began with over-priced and trendy names such as Goddard and local Montessori programs, we ended at KinderCare Learning Center in Pewaukee. We quickly realized that the "boxed learning programs" do not matter as much as the teachers do.Show more
“ I wanted to say Happy Teachers' Day to everyone at the center. I have been so pleased over the two years with the care and love that all of the teachers have given my two children. Everyone goes out of their way to talk to the kids and say hello and goodbye…they love the extra attention. The staff has been so helpful in many ways--academically, emotionally, and socially. I hope you know that you all are doing a great job and are very much appreciated by us.Show more
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 Pewaukee 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 Pewaukee 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.
We're so proud!
AMERICA'S MOST ACCREDITED
What Learning Looks Like
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.
An Educator Dedicated to Making Readers
Soft-spoken, creative, and laser-focused on literacy, Alisha Jackson is a real role model for early childhood educators. “I am being the change I wish to see in the lives of children,” she says. Watch and find out how she helps children find a love of books and reading.
This Top Educator Teaches With Her Whole Heart
Music is learning. It lights up everything” says this award-winning early childhood educator. Attiya Mirza is particularly adept at using music to teach: She recorded a pop album in her native Pakistan and was also the captain of the Pakistani national cricket team (leadership skills are extremely helpful in a class full of three-year-olds)!
Gallup - Great Workplace Award
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.
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.
This Inspirational Family Puts Love First
Music to our ears. Meet the Bachmans, an all-American, multi-racial family from Chicago who show us all what love is really about.
A Family That is Busy with a Capital "B"
When both parents are professionals, carving out some family "together" time can be a serious challenge. See how the Dorazios do it—from Taco Tuesday to trips to the shore.