By Kathy DeMott
KidFit Daycare is a brand-new center that provides a hands-on approach to learning while also focusing on movement and wellness. It provides safe and developmentally appropriate care for children ages six weeks to 12 years of age. It is located at 8146 Merchant Place in Portage adjacent to Kingdom Soccer. Hours of operation are 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Opening a business during COVID-19 has its challenges, said owner Stephanie Keenan. She and her husband, Chris, also own Kingdom Soccer. Multiple soccer families who work at Stryker expressed a desire for a nearby day care. “It made sense to extend our commitment to healthy, active living by opening a day care that would promote movement.”
In November 2019, they broke ground and posted the KidFit sign. Within weeks, they had 55 families on a waiting list. Then COVID-19 resulted in area layoffs or parents working from home which has decreased the immediate need for day care. Currently, KidFit has open spots in each of their classrooms.
Kari Momcilovich, director of KidFit, has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and has been working in the field in various positions for 10 years. “I want to make a difference and am passionate about helping and supporting families. Children are fun and there is never a dull moment!”
Kari explained they use the HighScope Curriculum which focuses on children’s interest and level of development. They provide observational assessments to provide interactive, hands-on play which is age appropriate and educational for each child. They partner with parents and welcome visits and participation.
Each age group from infant to school-age has its own classroom filled with games, toys, learning materials, art supplies, large group areas and books. The center provides virtual school support for students which includes a teacher in the classroom. They also have before and after school programs available. Currently there is busing available for students attending Central Elementary School in Portage.
One of the benefits that sets KidFit Daycare apart: The children all have access to the Kingdom Indoor Center next door. The children can play outside as well as enjoy the large indoor sports complex. Encouraging active play and gross motor activity is a priority. Having a 60,000 square foot recreational area provides plenty of room to play regardless of the weather. All children age 4 and up receive a free six-week session with a soccer coach as part of the enrichment activities. KidFit members also receive 50% off soccer programs throughout the year at Kingdom Soccer.
Other benefits include daily breakfast, lunch and snacks. Each day is filled with free play, group time, quiet time for younger children, and daily movement. Stryker employees receive a 10% discount at KidFit.
To explore more about KidFit Daycare, visit www. kidfitdaycare.com or call 269-775-1311.
KidFit Daycare opens in Portage
By Kathy DeMott