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Children deserve the best care...

Parents deserve peace of mind. Village Daycare is founded by teachers and serves teachers and their families. We are located in school buildings so teachers with children can focus on their job while knowing their children are just a few classrooms away.  

Our Mission

Village Daycare is dedicated to offering affordable, quality care in a loving and nurturing environment. We exist to promote the healthy emotional, social and cognitive development of children ages 5 and under.

 

Core Values

Family Partnership

“It takes a village to raise a child.”

–African Proverb

We believe working together results in a stronger company and community. When parents and staff partner to help a child achieve his or her childhood milestones, it creates an ideal environment for children to grow, learn and flourish. Parents are experts on their own children and parents are taking a leap of faith when they place their children in our care. We strive to keep parents informed, respond to all requests, and offer positive feedback and encouragement to parents. We are committed to fortifying parent/staff relationships with love, support, and understanding.

Quality Care

“Whatever you do, do it well.”

– Walt Disney 

Children’s safety is our number one priority. Village Daycare is committed to meeting and exceeding state quality, health and safety standard requirements. We maintain an experienced and well-trained staff. Village Daycare offers excellent programming designed to assist children in surpassing benchmarks in early childhood education. We are committed to achieve the highest levels of excellence in childcare. 

Joyful Play

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the

work of childhood."

- Fred Rogers

Childhood brings many opportunities for joy, and we pledge to promote and encourage those opportunities. We value being silly, laughing and having fun. At Village Daycare we foster an environment where kids are exposed to outside physical activity, open-ended materials for exploration, music, dance and story time. Play is the most valuable way that children learn and we take our fun seriously. 

 

Meet The Team

“All grown-ups were once children”

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery from The Little Prince 

Meg Richardson

Co-Founder/Daycare Director

As a 3 year old, Meg chose to wear red cowgirl boots and an oversized tie-dye headband whenever she was granted permission to dress herself. Meg has since learned to expand her wardrobe preferences. After attending the University of Kansas, Meg started her professional career by joining Teach For America in 2008. Meg has her Master’s in Education and over ten years of experience in education. Meg was honored as an Oakland Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year Finalist and the national Teach For America’s Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. She founded Village Daycare because she believes quality daycare is a human right. Meg and her husband Ben have a 2½-year-old daughter and a

15-month-old son. She adores being their mother. 

Jordan Childers

Co-Founder

At the age of 18 months, Jordan became a big sister. She proudly told anyone that would listen that she had a baby at home. Jordan has loved kids her whole life, and is excited to be a part of a new venture providing affordable, community-driven daycare to families in the KC metro. Jordan attended the University of Kansas where she majored in Spanish. After undergrad, she earned her M.Ed. in Secondary Education at Creighton University. Jordan began her professional career teaching social studies at East High School in Kansas City, Missouri. After a year of teaching, she knew she needed to develop her pedagogy to accommodate the diverse needs of her students and earned an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language. After teaching for three years, Jordan transitioned into a corporate position and currently works as a test developer at Ascend Learning.

Melinda Pratt

Daycare Provider

Melinda grew up in a large family with nine siblings. When she was 3-years old, Melinda wanted to name her new baby sister Green. Her parents, however, decided to go another direction. Melinda has experience working with children in a variety of settings, including libraries, daycares, and nonprofits. She has a degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University. For the past two years, Melinda has been serving as an Americorps member with The Literacy Lab as a K-3 Literacy Tutor. Through her service, she has helped many children reach grade-level proficiency in reading. Most importantly, everywhere Melinda has worked, she has helped children develop a love for reading.

 
 

LOCATION

KIPP Endeavor Academy

2700 E. 18th St.

Kansas City, Missouri 64127

  • Village Daycare at KIPP

      https://www.kippendeavor.org/ 

  • Village Daycare will be expanding to other school sites for future school years

  • We are first open to KIPP employee's children. Space permitting, we are then open to the community

 OPERATING HOURS

 

Monday - Friday:

7:45AM- 5:00 PM

(on regular school days)

 

Our Center will be closed on scheduled school closure days. The 2019 -2020 school year is from

August 5 - May 22. We will be closed during summer.

COST 

$265 per week.

 

Village Daycare does not charge for scheduled school closure days including summer vacation

 

Curriculum

At Village Daycare we have fun, and we foster an environment that promotes and encourages joy. Play is the most valuable way children learn. We also know that children thrive when they have consistency, so our care givers follow a predictable routine each day. At Village Daycare, children engage in the following types of activities EACH DAY:

  • Group Play: Singing, dancing, play-acting, games, reading, listening to CDs (story and music), warm-up activities to engage imagination 

  • Language: Nursery rhymes, finger plays, stimulus pictures or objects to encourage verbalization, reading to the children, flannel boards, mirror time for infants

  • Arts & Crafts/Sensory Time: Play dough, slime, crayons, blocks, paint, stickers, sensory bins, sensory bags, bubbles 

  • Physical Activity: (weather permitting this is outside) riding toys, running, ball playing, gardening toys, trucks, strolling dolls, stretching/baby yoga, water table, sand table, parachute, ball pit, tummy time, infant play gym

  • Music Time: We listen and sing songs with homemade instruments, shakers or scarfs. We include hand-movements and actions. Some songs tell stories, some are silly, all are joyful

  • Free Play: Children have a choice of – books, blocks, kitchen toys, dolls and accessories, duplos/legos, play sets, household toys, pull/push toys, puzzles

  • Dramatic Play: Dress up, role-playing, puppetry, etc.

 

Contact Us

2700 East 18th Street Kansas City, MO. 64127 

meg@village-daycare.com  |  Tel: 913-485-3108

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