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Avon Lake KinderCare

Shannon Gregory, Center Director

407 Lear Rd. Avon Lake OH 44012
(440) 933-2531 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
In the Learwood Square Shopping Center

We are located in the Learwood Shopping Plaza across the parking lot from Giant Eagle and Next to 5/3 Bank.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
The Avon Lake City School Bus picks up and drops children off at our door for the following schools: Eastview Elementary, Erieview Elementary, Redwood Elementary, Westview Elementary, Troy Intermediate, and St. Joes Catholic.

NOW ENROLLING!  We look forward to meeting you and your family to show you our curriculum and enrichment programs!

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Welcome to KinderCare of Avon Lake, Ohio. We would love to have the opportunity to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child and will assist with the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of your child. All of our teachers are very passionate and dedicated to the children and families in their classrooms. Stop by and see our beautiful center, highly qualified teachers, and happy children.

Shannon Gregory, Center Director

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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.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


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.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

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

Teachers & Staff

Our professional teaching staff is made up of individuals who are loving and caring. Every classroom has a teacher who has either an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree. All staff members continue their education annually through in-service training in Child Development and/or Early Childhood Education. Our talented staff takes great pride in our center and our classrooms. We work hard each day to make every family feel welcome, while providing the best care possible for the children in our center. We are here to help you and your family!

  • Shannon Gregory, Center Director

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

    Shannon has been with KinderCare for over six years. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashland University. Before becoming Center Director, she taught in the Prekindergarten classroom, as well as working as the assistant director. Shannon spends most of her time helping her teachers improve their classrooms to ensure each child receives the best possible education. She believes communication with parents and children is key to making her center strong.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    June 29, 1999 by David Weisner
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Denise Kowalski

    Denise Kowalski, Assistant Director

    Believe you can and you're halfway there.

    Denise started her road to child care in high school by taking a child care vocational classes. While attending Cuyahoga Community College, she worked at a center in both the preschool and school age classrooms. Denise was a nanny for a family of four for six years. She started with KinderCare in 1997 as an infant teacher before transferring to the preschool room. She then moved into the Pre-K classroom, and in 2001, she became the Assistant Center Director. In June 2015, Denise was blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Laurie Marie.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Floater

    It's not the hand that you're dealt, but how you play your cards

    Jenn is currently enrolled at the University of Phoenix studying for her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been working in child care for about two years. In her spare time, Jenn likes to bake and write. She also loves spending time with her eight year old niece. Jenn is a big fan of basketball, especially the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Corduroy by Don Freeman
    Year Started:
  • Ms. Armentha

    Ms. Armentha, Infant Classroom

    Live life in the moment but do not set yourself up for failure.

    Armentha is a student at Cleveland State University to become an early childhood education teacher. She has been working at Avon Lake KinderCare for almost a year and loves it. She has been babysitting since she was 16 years old. She enjoys helping children build their future. Armentha’s life goal is to have a family of her own some day. When not at work, she likes to spend time with her family and husband. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
    Year Started:
  • Ms. Gerry

    Ms. Gerry, Infant Classroom

    Gerry is originally from Pennsylvania, but has been in Ohio for many years. She was a stay at home mom and raised her three children. Gerry had the opportunity to help raise her grandson before starting here at KinderCare in the Infant classroom sixteen years ago. In her spare time she enjoys relaxing and catching up on the news.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by Jane Taylor
    Year Started:
    16 Years
  • Ms. Chriss

    Ms. Chriss, Infants

    "Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate." - Anonymous

    Chriss grew up in Canton, Ohio. She has three wonderful children. Chriss has been educating children for fifteen plus years. She enjoys being a teacher and educator in every age group. Her interests include traveling, reading, and shopping. Chriss also loves taking photos of nature and her family.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Associate Degree in Office Administration
  • Ms. Maili

    Ms. Maili, Toddler Classroom

    Never let the fear of striking out stop you from playing the game.

    Maili is from a small town named Wellington, Ohio. She currently is attending Lorain County Community College for Early Childhood Education. In her spare time, she loves to fish, ride her horse, and spend time with her family. Maili is a huge animal lover and has lots of them. She has one sister who is 21 years older than her. Her favorite sport is softball. Maili played softball for 14 years including travel ball.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Discovery Preschool

    I love when I walk into a classroom and hear the children yell across the room "Ms. Becky, Ms. Becky" all excited to tell me something that has happened.

    Becky received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education specializing in Special Education from Ashland University. She has been with KinderCare for nine years. Becky loves watching the children learn and grow in her classroom. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. During the summer, Becky enjoys being with her father and her cat, Izzy.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Special Education
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Every child is a different kind of flower and all together makes this world a beautiful garden.

    Becky was born in sunny Southern California. She moved to Ohio seven years ago. She has always loved working with children and is currently working towards receiving her Child Development Associate’s certificate. In her free time, Becky enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves to craft and play on Pinterest. When it’s nice outside, she spends a lot of time at the pool enjoying the sun.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Tracy

    Ms. Tracy, Preschool

    Learning never exhausts the mind" - Leonardo da Vinci

    Tracy attended Lorain Community College where she received her Associate's Degree. She is married and has two wonderful children. Tracy loves coming into work everyday and watching the children learn and grow.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Associate Degree in Childhood Devlopment & Police Science
  • Ms. Esther

    Ms. Esther, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love working with children because it is a great feeling knowing that I am able to help in their early learning.

    Esther was born in Mexico and moved to the United States when she was 15 years old. She has been in early childhood for about 28 years. Esther is married and has a daughter named Tiffany. She loves animals and has a small zoo at her house containing dogs, cats, frogs, and bunnies. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, shopping, and watching her Spanish soap opera.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Mr. Kevin

    Mr. Kevin, School Age Classroom

    We learn from our experiences. Touch, feel, smell, and play. Don't be afraid to let children explore!

    Kevin was born in Elmhust, Illinois and grew up playing hockey and lacrosse. He received his history degree from Winona State in Minnesota. Kevin also coached lacrosse for Oberlin College for ten years. Most recently, he worked at a child care center in Oberlin for the past two years. Kevin loves Notre Dame and the zoo! He currently resides in Avon Lake with his son, Tyler.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    No, No David! by David Shannon
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor’s of Arts in History
  • Ms. Terri

    Ms. Terri, Cook

    Love what you do, do what you love.

    Terri studied early childhood education at Medina County JVS, as well as two years at Kent State. She has three grown children. When they were younger, she had a small in-home daycare. She returned back to child care centers in 2005 as a director of a very small center. She worked at Strongsville Montessori, Medina KinderCare, and then here at Avon Lake KinderCare. Ms. Terri also loves doing photography.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Associate in Early Childhood 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. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Welcome to the only NAEYC Accredited Center in Avon Lake!   Our center holds the prestigious accreditation through the National Association of the Education of Young Children and we hold a 3 STAR Step Up To Quality rating through the State of Ohio. Our center has been open since May of 1997, and we have teachers that have been here since opening day.

We look forward to meeting you and your family to show you our curriculum and enrichment programs! We are confident that once you visit you will love our educated, warm and nurturing staff! Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Awards and Recognition

  • NAEYC Accreditation

    NAEYC Accreditation

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

Our center only closes nine days out of the entire year. Those days are New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, President's Day and Columbus Day.

Health and Safety

Safety is a high priority at our center. You will notice a keypad entry, fenced in safe playgrounds and all staff hold certifications in CPR, First Aid, the Management of Communicable Diseases and Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention.

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