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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

Director

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.

Accreditations

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 74 Reviews
Kimberlee Evert • Google
July 15, 2021
I will preface this review with the fact that I don’t usually write reviews, and I have extremely high (possibly unrealistic) standards…however with that said, I cannot say enough wonderful things about Learning Edge of New Berlin! I had my son at a different daycare and was growing increasingly unhappy there, and so was my son. I was nervous about making a change because he was 4 and the middle of the pandemic. When I contacted Learning Edge, the director and assistant director, took their time talking to me, answering questions, giving me a virtual tour and even let my son visit the center to meet potential teachers and classmates. They are wonderful and made this nervous mom feel good about the transition! From day one, I knew Learning Edge was special. Not only is it safe and incredibly CLEAN, but day after day you can see the genuine smiles of everyone who works there and happy kiddos having fun. They even take the time to make welcome, birthday and anniversary signs at the entrance for the kids and teachers, which is such a nice and sweet touch. As for my sons teachers…Ms. Char and Mrs. Cherie of the 4K program are beyond AMAZING! They are patient, creative, fun, kind and wonderful women. My son has so much fun everyday, and he has also flourished academically…these teachers have more than prepared my son for kindergarten. My absolute biggest regret is not bringing my son here sooner! I highly recommend!!
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Kim Ann • Facebook
July 14, 2021
I will preface this review with the fact that I don’t usually write reviews, and I have extremely high (possibly unrealistic) standards…however with that said, I cannot say enough wonderful things about Learning Edge of New Berlin! I had my son at a different daycare and was growing increasingly unhappy there, and so was my son. I was nervous about making a change because he was 4 and the middle of the pandemic. When I contacted Learning Edge, the director and assistant director, Erin and Cathy, took their time talking to me, answering questions, giving me a virtual tour and even let my son visit the center to meet potential teachers and classmates. They are wonderful and made this nervous mom feel good about the transition! From day one, I knew Learning Edge was special. Not only is it safe and incredibly CLEAN, but day after day you can see the genuine smiles of everyone who works there and happy kiddos having fun. They even take the time to make welcome, birthday and anniversary signs at the entrance for the kids and teachers, which is such a nice and sweet touch. As for my sons teachers…Ms. Char and Mrs. Cherie of the 4K program are beyond AMAZING! They are patient, creative, fun, kind and wonderful women. My son has so much fun everyday, and he has also flourished academically…these teachers have more than prepared my son for kindergarten. My absolute biggest regret is not bringing my son here sooner! I highly recommend!!
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Liz • Google
June 14, 2021
If you live anywhere near Learning Edge New Berlin, this is the place to send your child. My 3 year old son started there a couple months ago, and altho the first few days at a new place can be tough on toddlers, I couldn't believe how quickly he adjusted. Within a few days, he was happily waving me goodbye without looking back once. Both the Heads of Staff and Teachers are kind, thorough, and caring. I can tell they all knew my son by name right away and took time to know his personality and needs over the first couple weeks. They have themed weeks and days, including interactive singing videos, visits from real kittens, and hands-on crafts and projects. We also love the app they give us access to - we receive daily photos and videos of our son and get updates on what he is learning and eating as well as the friends he is making. Our whole family is extremely happy having our son here!
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Elyse Marie • Facebook
May 26, 2021
We have been so happy with all of the staff here. Everyone goes above and beyond to create educational AND memorable experiences daily for the kiddos! Highly recommend, my daughter loves it here.
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