Sydney Drexler, Center Director
Meet Sydney Drexler, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2022
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Master's Degree in Leisure, Youth, and Human Services
Favorite Children's Book: The Giving Tree
Meet Sydney Drexler! She is the Center Director at Country Club KinderCare in West Des Moines, Iowa. Sydney holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Toledo. She also holds a Master's Degree in Leisure, Youth, and Human Services. She joined KinderCare in 2022, and before that she was a teacher and a director. Outside of work, Sydney enjoys traveling, watching sports, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog. Her favorite quote is, "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin
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.
Country Club 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.
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 daughter has learned so much with great help from Country Club KinderCare! She has attended KinderCare since she was six weeks old and is now two years of age. I have found each staff member to be so helpful, caring, and very interactive when it comes to my child and others. Since my daughter has been here, I find her just amazingly smart and advanced for her age. The curriculum KinderCare offers is just fabulous. My daughter comes home now sharing the many new things she is learning. I'm so pleased with my choice of learning centers.”
Alisha G. - KinderCare Parent
Both of my children have been attending KinderCare since they were each six weeks old. It has been a great experience for each of them. Now that my daughter is in school, I've begun getting feedback from her teachers about everything that she already knows and I know that she learned these things while attending KinderCare. My job has moved our family to different states, and we have been lucky enough that each time we have moved, we were able to transfer to another KinderCare without any problems.”
Lloyd L. - KinderCare Parent
Our daughter is as rough and tumble as they come--strong-willed, stubborn, and always "on-the-go." The Country Club KinderCare she attends has been exceptional. All of the staff have shown such love and care for her. She has learned more in the time she's been there than we ever could have imagined. Accidents will happen, as it did on June 3rd, but she received the best attention and care from the staff at the time of the incident. By the time I got there, she was smiling through her swollen lips. I can't thank them enough for everything they did for her that day and have done every day to develop my beautiful little girl. Knowing my daughter is safe and well cared for at KinderCare is all we need.”
Leigh H. - KinderCare Parent
My child has been attending KinderCare since she was a year old. Over the years, I have enjoyed seeing the center grow and change with the new quality teachers, and the great leadership that is going on in the center now. My daughter learns something new every day and I love hearing her talk about her friends and teachers at school. I know she is going to be more than ready for kindergarten due to the help from everyone at Country Club KinderCare. Thank you for all you do!”
Mandy R. - KinderCare Parent
My kids thoroughly enjoy going to phonics throughout the week. It has helped them grow and thrive in the classroom. As a teacher, I can see the difference it is making in all aspects of their learning.”
Emily - KinderCare Parent
The first day we started, Michelle opened her arms to our entire family, constantly keeping us in the loop. Her ability to communicate not only with children, but with parents, is a wonderful asset to have in the infant room! She has been a blessing through some of Otto's health issues, and always listens and offers suggestions. She greets us with a smile and a hug in the mornings, always happy to see Otto, and we are going to miss the joy she brings to our lives! She has felt like an extension of family in taking care of Otto in his first year, and we couldn't have asked for better! Because of Michelle, we felt comfortable leaving our Otto in someone else's care for 8 hours/day. We will miss her as Otto's primary care teacher!
Lainey is the reason we chose KinderCare for Otto. On our tour, she took time out of her busy day to show us around the infant room. She is always so calm and loving. She has been extremely helpful when we've asked questions about sleep, scheduling, and feeding. She also asks the right questions of us to get the most information before offering suggestions. It shows that she has been around infants for several years, because Lainey is a book of knowledge! KinderCare is so lucky to have her!
Otto loves his Brittany! She brings fun and laughs to the classroom, constantly having dance parties with Otto and giving high-fives. Otto likes upbeat, and Brittany is just that. She's a great communicator and always has Otto's best interest in mind. She is so willing to step in when needed, and we appreciate her for that! Otto's smiles are the biggest for Brittany!
We felt so much better about leaving Otto at KinderCare later into the evening when Alivia was in his classroom. It is clear that she loves children, and always makes sure Otto is in her line of sight. She gives great updates at the end of the day and is so loving to all of the kids. She finds great joy in little things, which is the perfect person to have when celebrating so many milestones.”
Curt and Laura S. - KinderCare Parent
The Learning Adventures program has been a great opportunity for my child to get a jump start on the reading and math skills they will need as they go to school.”
Parent - 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 Country Club 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 Country Club 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.