Cerner Kids Learning Centers are Cerner owned and operated Montessori education centers for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years for the exclusive use of Cerner associates. Cerner Kids fosters continual growth and a unique educational experience through developmentally appropriate and socially oriented activities, instilling the Montessori philosophies of independence, peace, respect and education. It is our philosophy that each child is a unique and special person. It is our desire and privilege to share in the development and education of each child entrusted to our care. In acknowledgement that the parents or guardians are the first and foremost educators of their children, we form a partnership with them so that every child has the best environment and opportunity for growth and maturation.
We are professionals in early childhood education, and incorporate this knowledge into the daily activities. We teach to the whole child ensuring that he or she is developing socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically. We have a child-centered curriculum that plans for the individual child who can explore and learn at his own pace. In caring for children, our educational approach and environment is a loving one filled with excitement, curiosity, and fun.
Cerner Kids hours of operation are from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Cerner Kids is currently accepting applications for Early Childhood Teacher and Early Childhood Support Teacher positions. The Montessori philosophy guides our programming, and we look for talented teachers to build lessons and activities to capture the interests of the children in their classroom. Cerner Kids candidates should possess the ability to assess and respond to the needs of children, using professional knowledge of children’s developmental milestones along with the ability to apply creative and varied approaches to children’s unique behavioral, developmental and educational needs.
Teachers need to work cooperatively and collaboratively with their team members, remain calm and positive in a sometimes-stressful environment, possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to multi-task. Teachers at Cerner Kids are responsible for curriculum planning, implementation and assessment, parent partnership and basic care giving for children 6 weeks to 6 years of age.
Cerner Kids offers paid summer internships for college students who have completed their freshman year and are enrolled in an education-related field. Interns are encouraged to identify areas of interest so opportunities for professional development can be provided in the classroom. Each intern has a mentor who provides informal and formal coaching on topics such as Montessori philosophy, lesson planning, behavior management, parent communication and student assessment.
We are so fortunate that Cerner offers an early education facility for staff to enroll their children ... The teachers look at each child as an individual, with their own strengths and needs.
Cooper and Elizabeth Walker
I can't say enough about how Cerner Kids has been such a positive change in our child and family lives. It's a great feeling to be able to drop your kids off every day knowing that teachers are 'all in'.
Since starting at Cerner Kids both of my children have grown so much! I am so grateful for the time and love that been put into my children from the teachers and staff at Cerner Kids.
My son loves having his great teachers that are nurturing and fun, while at the same time encouraging growth. The minute he started at Cerner Kids as an infant, we saw changes in his adaptabiliy, independence and confidence.
Justin and Stephanie Lewis
The staff that works closely with our daughter noticed she was progressing slower than her peers and suggested reaching out to Playabilities. If it wasn't for the teachers investment in her care and education, we may not have gotten the extra attention needed.
As Senior Director of Associate Services, Tracy Hiegert focuses on developing strong talent and process excellence within the Cerner administrative support teams and Cerner Kids. She collaborates with our leadership team to provide incomparable care and education to our associates’ young families. Tracy has a BS degree in Business from Avila University.
As a Lead Program Manager, Katie assists with recruitment, training, leadership development as well as standardizing programming and operations across centers. She is passionate about creating an environment where children, families and teachers thrive. Katie has a BS from Drake University in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.
As an Early Childhood Director, Paula manages daily operations at Cerner Kids World Headquarters. She is passionate about leading a program where teachers are equipped to help children build a strong foundation for learning. Paula has a BS in Early Childhood Education from South Dakota State University and Montessori Certification from MEPI.
As an Early Childhood Director, Sandy manages daily operations at Cerner Kids Realization. She is very passionate about setting children up for a successful future by giving children a positive learning experience. Sandy has a BS from Graceland University in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and Montessori Certification from AMI.
As a Lead Executive Assistant, Ann supports daily operations at Cerner Kids. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with a group of individuals dedicated to providing an exceptional experience for teachers, children and their families. Ann received her B.A. in Communications from Fort Hays State University.
Cerner Kids is based on the educational teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori. The children in our modified Montessori setting are introduced to many aspects of learning including cognitive, emotional, physical and social development. The Montessori philosophy is introduced in the Infant classroom and the curriculum is begun with the Pre-Primary classrooms and is carried through the Primary classrooms.
Through our prepared Montessori environment, children develop the habits and skills of lifelong learning. The curriculum encourages each child to grow as a unique individual and to be happy with him or herself. The teachers and parents form a partnership that promotes growth in all areas of the individual child’s development. They guide, question, and encourage throughout the day. Activities will be prepared around the child’s individual developmental level and interests.
The Montessori method allows children to focus on their areas of interest and readiness. The Montessori teacher acts as facilitator to offer assistance as the child explores the activities within the environment. Each child learns at his or her own pace based on their individual preferences. Children gain confidence, self-motivation and self-discipline when interested in a particular area or activity. This learning process enables children to grow to their fullest potential. The Montessori activities help to develop concentration, coordination and work habits necessary for future learning experiences. The curriculum units are broken down as follows:
Cerner Kids World Headquarters, located in Kansas City, Missouri, opened in September 1995. Cerner Kids is housed within the Cerner Associate Center, which also features the Healthe Fitness Center and the Healthe Clinic.
Cerner Kids Realization opened on October 1, 2007. It is located approximately 1 mile from Cerner Realization and approximately 2 miles from Cerner Innovations in the Grandview Triangle.
All teachers and support staff are specifically screened to meet high standards of professionalism and competence. Cerner Kids has degreed teachers, Montessori certified teachers and teachers with significant childcare experience to provide diverse backgrounds and experiences for teaching and guiding young children.
In addition to the Cerner pre-employment requirements that all new Cerner teachers complete a criminal background check and a Family Care Safety Registry screening as determined by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.
Following two days of Cerner training, teachers attend two days of new teacher orientation where they complete Cerner and state required trainings and learn about the Cerner Kids philosophy. Teachers shadow for two days in a classroom with their new co-teacher before moving into ratio.
Professional development opportunities for teachers are provided throughout the year in addition to three in-service training days. Our associates meet Missouri State Licensing requirements and are trained in CPR, first aid, infant safe sleep practices, emergency procedures and proper food handling and allergy management with children birth to age six.
Parent communication is foundational to providing high-quality care and education to children. Our team utilizes two digital tracking programs, BabyConnect and Transparent Classroom, to foster a strong partnership between families and teachers. BabyConnect is used exclusively in our infant and toddler classrooms to track physical needs such as sleep, diapering and bottles. Teachers add information in real-time which parents can access through an app on their phones. Parents can post care details they complete at home allowing for seamless transitions in care.
Transparent Classroom is a cloud-based tool that tracks the development of children’s fine and gross motor skills as well as their social and cognitive progress from infancy through pre-kindergarten. Each day a photo and an observation is uploaded along with a group activity so parents have regular visibility to the progress of their individual child along with the overall activities of the classroom.
Cerner Kids recognizes the following holidays (consistent with Cerner Corporation): New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Cerner Kids is closed three days each year for professional in-service training required for staff. The first occurs in February on President’s Day, the second occurs the Friday prior to Easter, and the third occurs the Friday prior to Labor Day. Attendance is required by all staff. Additional information regarding the content and schedule will be provided prior to each in-service day.
Cerner Kids may also close on additional days as needed to support internal business activities or in emergency situations. In those instances, as much advance communication will be provided as possible. Cerner Incident Connect, powered by Global Alert Link System is a tool used to notify all Cerner associates of closings or emergency situations. In an effort to maintain clear methods of immediate communication with our staff and families, Cerner Kids will also use this system to send notifications via phone, text and email of closings or emergency situations that are occurring at either center.
Teachers earn paid time off.