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17th Street KinderCare

Michele Wambold, Center Director

224 North 17th St. Allentown PA 18104
(610) 969-2949 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
At 17th and Chew Street across from Lehigh Valley Hospital

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We do not currently bus to any schools at this time.

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Welcome

Early Childhood Education is the backbone to a solid education.  Children will have many opportunities to explore, create and challenge themselves. Our dedicated teachers create a classroom that enhances learning and socialization between the children and the teachers. With the help of our excellent teaching staff, your child will excel. Each child is unique and will be treated as individuals. Our teachers have over 100 years experience working with young children here at KinderCare.  Our knowledgeable and engaging teachers will make sure that your child is having fun while learning. It is never too early to get a start on a great education. We are very excited to have you and your child become part of our family.

Michele Wambold, Center Director

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Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Friday December 23, 2016
    1. Holiday Celebrations

Teachers & Staff

The well trained and enthusiastic staff are ready to make your child's learning experience memorable. We make learning fun and help enrich your child through many different and engaging activities. The staff tenure ranges from one year to eighteen years employed at this center. Overall, we have over 100 years of experience just here at KinderCare. Many of the staff have Child Development Associate's credentials, Associate's Degrees in Early Childhood Education or a Bachelor's Degree in Education.

  • Michele Wambold

    Michele Wambold, Center Director

    Children are like sponges. They soak up everything and still want to learn more. By creating a fun and enriching learning environment, we can make a child's first learning experience memorable.

    Michele is a fun and caring person. She has been here at KinderCare for six years. She began working in all the classrooms. She then moved to the Assistant Director position. Here, Michele learned how to run the center. As the previous Director of 20 plus years retired, Michele was able to help parents and staff make the transition less stressful. She enjoys going in the classrooms and participating with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Michele has worked with multiple age groups at other centers before joining KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    12/17/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Director's Credential
  • CarlaSue Morris

    CarlaSue Morris, Assistant Director

    It is a great thrill to watch children's smiling faces throughout the day. It is fun to see them watching, looking, and pointing to object in the book while I am reading to them.

    CarlaSue Morris recently joined our team. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Kutztown University. She is enthusiastic and willing to learn something new each day. She looks forward to helping the children reach their full potential and have fun while doing so.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare, CarlaSue taught for three years as a second grades substitute teacher, and has over 30 years as a sales manager at Day Timers.
    Year Started:
    6/19/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Haleema, Discovery Preschool

    I love the toddlers because the other teachers and I work great as a team. I enjoy working with the children and seeing their smiling faces.

    Ms. Haleema loves working with the toddlers and helping them excel in learning.  She makes it fun and exciting.  She keeps the children interested and egaged in activities throughout the day.

    Year Started:
    5/5/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Carmen, Infant Classroom

    I love teaching infants every day and I enjoy seeing what they learn.

    Ms. Caremen loves working with children a great deal.  She loves watching them discover new things and their expressions towards that.  She watches and helps the infants learn how to crawl, walk, sing, talk, clap hands and so much more.

    Year Started:
    11/10/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Mayra G., Infant Classroom

    I love watching the baies learn and grow.

    Ms. Mayra has been with us since 1996. She has watched and taught many children that have begin here as an infant and continue until they are ready for Kindergarten. She loves the infants and helping them to reach their milestones.

    Year Started:
    9/9/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Mayra S., Infant Classroom

    I enjoy sharing, teaching ans spending time with the chidlren. I love to give them quality time and there are really good relationships with my co-workers and parents.

    Ms. Mayra loves working with children. Infants hold a special place in her heart. She interacts with the children by getting on their level and playing with them. Ms. Mayra loves to see how the infants will develop and become their own person. She helps each child become independent at their own pace.

    Year Started:
    10/28/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Yeny, Infant Classroom

    I love to work with the babies. I love seeing how they learn and reach milestones like crawling and walking.

    Ms. Yeny enjoys working with the Infants. She loves teaching them new things like coloring, walking, and so much more. She watches them grow from Infants to Toddlers. Ms. Yeny enjoys the happiness and smiles that the children have every day.

    Year Started:
    10/23/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    College Credits
  • Ms. Diamond

    Ms. Diamond, Young Toddler Classroom

    Young Toddlers are so much fun. They keep me going! They also keep a smile on my face and I love to see how much they can learn.

    Ms. Diamond loves what she does because she loves the children. She likes to see how far the children can go when learning new things. Seeing a child smile or making a silly face brightens Ms. Diamond's day.

    Year Started:
    6/4/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Young Toddler Classroom

    I love Young Toddlers because every day is a new adventure.

    Ms. Heather believes that Toddlers are a challenging yet very exciting age group. They're on the move , curious about everything and learn through everything they do. In the Young Toddler Classroom, Ms. Heather encourages hands-on activities, interactive boards and lots of play.

    Year Started:
    8/27/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Cathy

    Ms. Cathy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    The children develop and learn so much at this age. I love being a part of it.

    Ms. Cathy enjoys interacting with the children, especially the creations that they build in the Lego Center.  She loves to work with the children, great staff and wonderful families.  Ms. Cathy loves working with the Toddlers and watching them grow and discover new things.

    Year Started:
    3/29/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Joanna, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy walking into a class of fun and energetic children. My classroom teachers and I work very well together to make learning fun and exciting.

    Ms. Joanna loves working with children of all ages. She enjoys seeing them learn through play. When walking into her classroom, Ms. Joanna loves how the children run up to her to give her hugs and greet her for the day. She is currently working towards her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and would like to achieve her goal of Bachelor's Degree in Education.

    Year Started:
    1/15/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Credits, Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kristy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    All the children have funny and outgoing personalities. That helps me to get through my wonderful day.

    Ms. Kristy loves working with Discovery Preschool because the children are always willing to try new things. Toddlers are her favorite because they are just learning to talk and do the funniest things. For Ms. Kristy, being a part of them and helping them develop makes her happy.

    Year Started:
    1/3/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Some College
  • Ms. Shelby

    Ms. Shelby, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    The staff works great together as a team to make sure that the children are having fun while learning.

    Ms. Shelby enjoys working at KinderCare because of the wonderful children. They make her laugh with the interesting things that they say. She loves to see them grow and learn new things daily.

    Year Started:
    12/5/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    600 Hour Certificate in Education, Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential, Some College
  • Ms. Jess, Preschool Classroom

    I love the light in a child's eye when they learn something new is rewarding and is what drives me to teach.

    Ms. Jess enjoys seeing the development of a child from infant to school age and beyond. Having worked with the ages newborn to 12 years of age, the children have taught me how to be patient. Ms. Jess has also learned new ways to help those children that may be struggling.

    Year Started:
    9/23/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Sylvia, Preschool Classroom

    It is incredible to see the Preschool children learn. I am glad to be a part of their learning experience and the opportunities that they have here each day.

    Ms. Sylvia has a love and passion that inspire her to work with children everyday. She feels that children are great imitators. Ms. Sylvia gives them things to imitate along with teaching them about caring and being independent.  MS. Sylvia is currently working towards her Assocoate's Degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Sylvia has a love and passion that inspires her to work with children every day. She feels that children are great imitators. Ms. Sylvia gives them things to imitate with teaching them about caring and being independent.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tammy, Preschool Classroom

    I love the children.

    Ms. Tammy comes to us with years of experience. She loves helping the children learn and become well rounded individuals. She creates engaging environments for each child to excel and reach their full potential.

    Year Started:
    1/27/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Brittany, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love watching the children learn and develop to their full potential.

    Ms. Brittany uses her creativity to get on the child's level and create memorable moments.  She is patient with each child and works with them to reaech their full potential.  She is creative and things of different ways and ideas to make the children's learning experience memorable.

    Year Started:
    1/25/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sue

    Ms. Sue, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love seeing the 'light bulb' go off in the children's eyes when they understand what we are learning and having fun while doing so.

    Ms. Sue enjoys her experience working here at KinderCare. There have been many wonderful children that she has had the privilege of working with. She believes that children are an endless source of wonder. Ms. Sue loves to help children reach their full potential.

    Year Started:
    8/10/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Pennsylvania Board of Private Academic Schools Nursery/Kindergarten Certificate
  • Ms. Jenn, School Age Classroom & Kitchen

    I love watching the children grow and learn.

    Ms. Jenn loves working with children. She thinks that it is amazing how a smile can brighten up a room. Ms. Jenn does her best to make sure that every child is comfortable and happy to be here at KinderCare. She encourages children to be their self and to be proud of the person that they are. Ms. Jenn loves helping the children grow to be a positive and well rounded child.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jenn previously worked here at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    10/12/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
  • Ms. Gretchen, Floating Teacher

    I get to spend time with the children in every room and have fun learning new things with them.

    Ms. Gretchen loves reading to the children and helping them grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally. She enjoys interacting with the children and learning from them. Every day brings on a new adventure.

    Year Started:
    4/26/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, Certificate in Special Education, Master of Education Degree in Instructional Technology
  • Ms. Stephanie, Floating Teacher

    The smiles on the children's faces brighten my day.

    Ms. Stephanie loves helping the children develop the skills and knowledge they need for their education.  Watching the children progress in their learning is amazing to observe.  Teaching and playing with the children is why Ms. Stephanie chose to be in this field and why she chose to work here at KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    5/21/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Friday December 23, 2016
    1. Holiday Celebrations

  3. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

One of the center's many features is to make sure that the staff and the children are safe at all times. We have a keypad entrance that requires a code. The Allentown Parking Authority monitors the parking lot at random times throughout the day. The playgrounds are all fenced-in, and we have ramp access through our back door which also requires a code to enter. Once inside, the center follows strict guidelines to ensure that all children and staff are safe at all times.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Choosing KinderCare as a center to care for my daughter was not a hard decision at all.  I've known about the center since my sister started attending when she was about two or three years old.  The center was under the name Magic Years.  My sister attended Magic Years until she went in to first grade.  Magic Years back then had Kindergarten.  She is now 28 years old, a working mother and her two children attend KinderCare.  My niece and nephew are smart children thanks to KinderCare in part.  Now my daughter attends the center also.  She does patty-cake, points, and is very vocal.  Everyday that I pick her up from KinderCare, she always has a smile on her face.

- Mother

Choosing KinderCare was fairly easy.  Compared to other child care facilities I had visited prior, I knew this was where I wanted to settle with my girls.  Just the security and alarms ystem to ensure my daughters safety and security gave me so much piece of mind.  The warm welcoming staff and learning capabilities all the stuff demonstrated with the children, I knew I couldn't turn them down.

- Mother
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