About Us

Program Goals

Kids’ Safari’s goal is to stimulate and enrich every child’s learning experience through a balance of self- and teacher-directed activities in a nurturing and loving environment that will serve as a platform for every child to reach their highest potential.

Our goal is for each child to realize:

  • To learn about themselves and others
  • To learn about feelings and emotions
  • To develop communication skills
  • To develop moving and locomotion skill
  • To acquire critical thinking skills

Our goal is for working with families:

  • To build partnerships with all families
  • To support families in their parenting roles
  • To support families in their role as primary educators of their child
  • To ensure that the home cultures of the children and families are valued and celebrated

Learning and Development Philosophy

Our philosophy is based on the blended perspectives of theorists Jean Piaget, Maria Montessori, and Lev Vygotsky; it is our belief that all children are unique individuals that learn best when an opportunity is provided for them to explore, experiment, ask questions and problem solve through interactive play and learning activities.

All children have the right to be cherished, treasured and loved no matter the child’s and family’s race, ethnic, or economic background. Diversity and cultural differences shall be acknowledged, celebrated and valued.

Holidays, Celebrations and Cultural Diversity

Holidays and celebrations are an opportunity for learning about the traditions and values of our families. We strive to provide a learning environment that is non-biased and reflective of our community’s ethnic, cultural and economic diversity. Exposing the children to the values traditions of others will encourage the respect and understanding of individuality and uniqueness; as well as discovering the commonalities that unite our families and communities collectively. We encourage family participation in teaching the children the important values and traditions of individual culture, be entering the classroom and participating in the interactive celebration and observance in relation to their family’s ethnical and cultural history.

We embrace cultural diversity in our teaching techniques by modeling positive behaviors and recognizing that our efforts now will instill values that will carry forward as a child grows. Thus, we have made the commitment to create a program that reflects the varied lifestyles of the children, their families, our staff and our community.

Staff interact with the children with love and admiration no matter of their race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, family structure, religion, socio-economic background or culture. Staff should embrace the cultural diversity by modeling positive behaviors and recognize that one’s efforts now will instill values that carry forward as each child grows. Staff make a commitment to reflect the varied lifestyles of the children, their families, our staff, and our community.

Basic Operations

Kids’ Safari Learning Center is a state licensed early learning center and child care center that is owned by Linda K. Vial.

We strive for absolute compliance with the WI DCF Licensing Rules and Regulations for Group Child Care. These rules can be found in the DCF 251 Handbook or online at http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/childcare/licensed/Rules.HTM

Hours of Operation: 6:00am – 5:30pm; Monday – Friday; Year-Round

Ages: 6 weeks- 11 years

License Capacity: 276 FTE

On a typical day, each classroom will open at 7:00am with one lead teacher. Additional staff will be scheduled as children’s’ schedules dictate. Before 7:00am, children in the preschool and school age programs will meet in the cafeteria with the Assistant Director.