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17th Street KinderCare

Sarah Groat, 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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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.

Sarah Groat, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

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.

  • Sarah Groat

    Sarah Groat, 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:
    9 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. 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. 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. 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. 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
  • Fabiola M, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Miss Bia was born in Brazil and moved to the United States in 2004 with her husband for a new job opportunity. She currently has a degree in Psychology.  She and her husband have two children. 

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant Teacher at a KinderCare in Michigan
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Napping House

    Years in ECE industry:
    2+
  • Alyssa S, Multi-Age Classroom

    Miss. Alyssa loves seeing the children that she works with develop into amazing individuals. Her inspiration for teaching is her daughter. She describes herself as fun and energetic.  

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Yurtle the Turtle

    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
  • Melissa B, Multi-Age Classroom

    Miss. Melissa's favorite thing about teaching is that excitement on the children's faces when they come to school each day. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Flower Garden

    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Janice J, Preschool Classroom

    Miss. Janice enjoys watching children grow and learn. She loves seeing the joy on their faces when they learn something new. She enjoys teaching because children love learning. She is often amazed at how much children can learn.  

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Any Eric Carle or Biscuit book

  • Antoinette K, Toddler Classroom

    Miss Antoinette's favorite part of teacher is knowing that she had a part in shaping the children for their future. Her inspiration for teacher is giving back education that was given to her.  

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon

Upcoming Center Activities

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

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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