Kari Bartlett, Center Director
Meet Kari Bartlett, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2016
Education: Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education Bachelor’s Degree in Community Leadership and Development
Favorite Children's Book: The Giving Tree
Meet Kari Bartlett! She is the Center Director at Waukesha Sunset Drive KinderCare in Wisconsin. Kari attended Milwaukee Area Technical College, where she earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She also obtained a bachelor's degree in Community Leadership and Development from Alverno College. She has been with KinderCare since 2016 and was an assistant director previously. Outside of work, Kari enjoys writing, painting, and spending time with her family. Together they like to do outdoor activities. "A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink." - Gina Carey
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.
Waukesha Sunset Drive 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.
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!
My son has been attending the Waukesha KinderCare since he was three. When he started going there, he wasn't able to talk in complete sentences. I was concerned about his development and shared my concern with the staff at KinderCare. Ms. Resmi took a special interest in my son. Now, he's quite the talker! She has been such a positive influence and has taught him so much that has prepared him for kindergarten. I feel that the staff cares about your child's progress. They prepare them for school in so many ways. There are parent/teacher conferences to talk about their development, what they've learned, and what they plan to work on. KinderCare also helps the children get comfortable with a classroom environment. Now that my son is in kindergarten, he's doing really well. I really think KinderCare has been a foundation for his learning in school and has made that transition easy for him. I appreciate everything the Waukesha KinderCare staff does! I would recommend this KinderCare to any parent!”
Amanda D. - KinderCare Parent
I send my son to the Kindercare on Sunset in Waukesha. He loves going every day. His vocabulary has improved greatly since he started. He was almost one when he started and by his first birthday, he was using lots of new words. He also has become more social with other children. He learned to share and take turns. When I drop him off in the morning, he waves bye and is ready to play. I love how they have learning activities that are designed to make a child think that they are playing and want to keep doing over and over. Seeing how happy my son is to go to school every day makes me want to keep sending him there.”
Amelia - KinderCare Parent
When I first started with KinderCare I was a single mother with a 1 1/2 year old and a newborn. From the beginning the teachers have always been so kind and gentle to my girls and they've always been empathetic with my situation. You don't just feel like you're sending your kids to some daycare, the staff has become family. I have never brought my kids to a more kind, understanding group of people. The empathy and love we have received from the staff at this center is unbelievable. With COVID, Katie worked tirelessly to be able to open the center back up for families (like mine) that were essential employees. As a single parent household, not being able to have care for my children was detrimental to us financially and Kindercare Waukesha took it upon themselves to be one of the first centers that were shutdown to reopen. I've laughed with this staff and I have cried with them the same and I couldn't imagine being a part of any other daycare family.”
Nicole K. - 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 Waukesha Sunset Drive 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 Waukesha Sunset Drive 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.