Questions about our Childcare Center? Contact: Kim Reynolds at 734-241-3378 or email email@example.com.
Meet our Team
Kim Reynolds, Director
Mrs. Kimberly Reynolds joined MCES as our young toddler lead teacher in December of 2014. She is now the Director of Early Childhood Education at MCES. She has had many years of experience working with children. Miss Kim was the assistant director for Monroe County Community College childcare program for almost ten years while she attended MCCC to receive her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood development. She has two daughters of her own, Morgan and Carlie along with three step-children Eric, Aiden, and Averi.
Nadine Garcia, Lead Teacher
Ms. Nadine Garcia, known to most as “Nini” has been with MCES since September, 2012. Nini came to us after working 10 years at the Mercy Memorial Hospital Day Care. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood from Monroe County Community College and is the mother of two teenage children. Nini is one of the friendly faces on hand for parent pick up in the afternoons.
Miriam Labeau, Lead Teacher
Mrs. Miriam LaBeau came to work for us in September, 2013. She brings a wealth of knowledge of child development and is attending MCCC for a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has a son and daughter who both attended MCES, St. Mary’s Catholic Central, and now the University of Michigan. Ms. LaBeau recently moved into the role of lead teacher of our one year old classroom.
Sam Estill, Lead Teacher
Amanda Keck, Lead Teacher
Ms. Amanda Keck is the lead teacher for the Older Toddler classroom. She joined our program in August 2016. Ms. Amanda has several years of experience working in a childcare center for her church in Toledo, OH. She is bringing a wealth of knowledge of children, along with her passion for Christ. Her daughter is attending MCES as well.
Marina Garcia, Aide
Miss Marina Garcia recently joined MCES as a substitute teacher and is currently attending Monroe County Community College to obtain her associate degree in Early Childhood Education. Marina has taken on a part time position and has become a friendly face throughout our childcare center, preschool, and latchkey programs.
Sherry Jones, Aide
Tamicka Thomas, Aide
Ms. Tamicka Thomas is working in our young toddler classroom and will become a familiar face at pick up. Miss “Mimi” has had many years of experience working in infant and toddler programs. She has also worked with preschool and school age children.
About MCES Childcare
nfants- 6 weeks to 12 months
All of our children are important to us, but we will go out of our way to make our infants experience at the St. Michael campus a warm and homey one. It is our goal to make babies first time away from home wonderful for both mother and child. Each baby is on their own personal schedule. They sleep when they are tired, eat when they are hungry, and are held and given plenty of tummy time and activities when they are ready to play. Your infant will be provided with age appropriate social, emotional, physical and intellectual activities. We want our babies to experience language from the beginning with soft music, lots of storybooks, and especially teacher-child interaction. Parents are welcome to visit the classroom anytime during the work day to feed and rock their babies and spend as much time as they would like before returning back to their busy work day.
Mobile Children- 12 months to 24 months
When an infant begins to walk, switches to one nap a day, begins to be able to handle finger foods, and is showing signs of readiness he/she will transition into our mobile room. This room is for our children typically 12 months to 24 months age, however, a child may move out to the toddler room sooner or stay in the mobile room longer depending on their developmental level. We assess each child around 18 months of age and again at 24 months. Once in the mobile room, the children follow a more standardized schedule. They will have circle time with stories and songs. There will be daily activities to develop and challenge their cognitive, as well as physical skills. They will go outside every day and have a chance to run, climb, and play. We document all of our children’s activities on our daily sheets. We ask that you bring in a family picture or pictures of your family. The pictures will be placed on the wall so that they can look at them throughout the day which allows us to talk about families and it also shows diversity to the other children. There will be a lead teacher in your child’s classroom. All the teachers work together to ensure safety and supervision of children at all times while meeting the physical demands of their position.
Young Toddlers – 18/24 months to 30 months+
The classrooms are divided developmentally, rather than chronologically. When an infant begins to walk, switches to one nap a day, begins to be able to handle finger foods, and is showing signs of readiness he/she will move into our toddler class. As every child develops on his/her own schedule, this move may occur anytime between one year and eighteen months. Once in the toddler classroom, the children follow a more standardized schedule. They will have circle time with stories and songs. There will be daily activities to develop and challenge their cognitive, as well as physical skills. They will begin to socialize and interact with the other children in the class. They will go outside every day and have a chance to run, climb, and play!
By two-years old our tots are busy people, learning new skills every day. During this time you will see a child’s vocabulary grow by leaps and bounds. They no longer play alongside their friends, but interact directly with them. Their imagination takes over and they can be royalty one moment and the driver of a big yellow school bus the next!
Older Toddlers - 30 months +
In our older toddler classroom, we provide a safe and nurturing environment that encourages children’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Our program is for children ages 2 ½ to 3 years old and is designed to help prepare your child for preschool. We work together to design and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum according to the guidelines established by our school. The children will have a circle time where they will talk about the weather, the day of the week, read a story and sing songs. They will also begin to learn letter and number recognition. The children are also encouraged to participate in small group activities and lots of arts and crafts. At this age, the children play directly with each other. The teachers work with the children with problem solving techniques when issues arise. The children also have the chance every day to go outside to run, climb, and play! We document all of our children’s activities on our daily sheets.
And let’s not forget potty training at two years old. Almost all girls and a large majority of boys are toilet trained by the time they turn three. We ask that you bring several changes of clothes, as we know that accidents happen. Included in this packet is a list of things that your child will need while in our care. Please make sure everything is labeled with your child’s name.
3 year / 4 year old Preschool Latchkey BEFORE OR AFTER preschool class
MCES is proud to offer extended care services for our 3 and 4 year old preschoolers. Our program is another way of meeting the additional needs of our parents and to keep the children in a safe and happy environment. Only currently enrolled MCES preschool students are eligible to use our childcare.
151 N. Monroe St.
Monroe, MI 48162
Monroe Catholic Elementary Schools is a Christ-centered, Catholic learning community committed to the academic excellence and spiritual development of every student.
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