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The staff at Learning Edge Childcare & Preschool, New Berlin takes the responsibility of educating young children to heart and have dedicated themselves to creating a nurturing preschool environment that balances the development of social, emotional, physical, and intellectual skill. We offer care and early education programs for ages 6 weeks to 12 years old.

Our Programs

The Ascend Curriculum

Ascend CurriculumOur proprietary Ascend Curriculum is different from the curricula you’ll find at other preschools because it takes a skill-based approach to early education. The flexible framework built into the Ascend Curriculum allows us to help your child progressively build skill sets in a wide variety of subjects like Literacy, Mathematics, Technology, and Kind Child every month. Teachers are encouraged to modify activities to the needs and interests of each child so that these educational experiences are engaging, challenging, and fun!

5 Star Rating & NAC Accreditation

YoungStar Rating LogoYoungStar is the child care quality rating and improvement system that the State of Wisconsin uses to measure the quality of thousands of child care providers every year. YoungStar’s rating system gives parents a snapshot of a program’s overall quality by evaluating four important areas of care: Education & Training, Learning Environment & Curriculum, Professional & Business Practices, and Children’s Health & Well-Being. Learning Edge Childcare & Preschool, New Berlin currently has a 5 Star rating, which is the state’s highest rating.

NAC Accreditation LogoOur preschool has maintained accreditation through the National Accreditation Commission (NAC) since December 2008. NAC Accreditation requires us to continually meet or exceed 91 Standards across component areas such as Curriculum, Classroom Health and Safety, and Family Engagement. Both Learning Edge locations are accredited and we’re proud to be 2 of over 1,500 NAC Accredited programs across the country.

Getting to Our Preschool

Learning Edge Childcare & Preschool has two schools in Wisconsin. Our location in New Berlin was the first Learning Edge school and is conveniently located just north of the I-45. If you’re traveling on the I-45, take the exit at Moreland Road and head north, turn left a couple blocks later to head west on Beloit Road, then left again to head south on Emmer Drive. Our preschool center is at 5245 S Emmer Drive, New Berlin, WI 53151.

Our Team

Erin Thurmer

Erin Thurmer


I have been with Learning Edge since 2007. I started my career as a Lead Teacher, then after 3 years I transitioned to the Assistant Director position, and in 2013 I became one of the School Directors. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education for PreK-6th grade with a minor in Language Arts. I am married and have 3 wonderful children.

Catherine Biggs

Catherine Biggs

Assistant Director

I have been with Learning Edge since summer of 2016 and working with children since my college days in 2005. I have my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and a passion for educating young children. I have experience working with all ages as well as being a center director. I was a Lead Teacher and worked with both our Toddlers and 2½-year-olds before becoming Assistant Director here at Learning Edge. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to the movies, or reading a good book while listening to music.


NAC Accreditation

The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC) is a national accreditation program that was developed for early care and educational programs. NAC offers early childhood leaders the opportunity to demonstrate and document quality performance using research-based criteria and evidence-based practices. The National Accreditation Commission provides a comprehensive, ongoing quality improvement system and accredited schools must meet standards in the following 6 component areas: Administration, Family Engagement, Health and Safety, Curriculum, Interactions between Teachers and Children, and Classroom Health and Safety.

Reviews from Parents

5.0 Rating based on 68 Reviews
Brenda Baranczyk • Facebook
April 02, 2021
If you are looking for a great daycare, you have found it. Our son has gone here for 2 months. We switched from another daycare and have had one regret, why didn’t we do this sooner. They make you feel like family and you know your child is safe and happy there. The director and assistant director know everyone by name and you see how much they love their jobs. The 2 year old room teachers are amazing. They communicate well with the parents and make a fun environment for the kids. I can’t say enough good things about this place! We all love it there and cannot wait for the doors to open up after Covid.
Victor • Facebook
March 24, 2021
My daughter really enjoys everyday staying in Learning Edge New Berlin. She loves all the teachers, activities and food. As the parents, my wife and I would recommend Learning Edge New Berlin to anyone.
victor sun • Google
March 23, 2021
My daughter really enjoys every day staying in Learning Edge in New Berlin. She loves all the teachers, the activities and the food. As parents, my wife and I would, with NO reservations, recommend this great Childcare & preschool to anyone.
Allison • Google
February 21, 2021
We are interested in learning about the toddler care program for our two year-old twins, Harriet and Jack (DOB 11/29/2018), with the intent to begin at the start of the fall 2021 school year.

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