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Belmont Avenue KinderCare

Ms. Jenna Weisman, Center Director

420 Belmont Ave. Bala Cynwyd PA 19004
(610) 667-4947 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
On Belmont Ave. and Levering Mill Rd. across from Comcast Spotlight

Neighborhood:
1 mile off of City Avenue

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We do not bus to any Elementary schools.

We are a NAEYC Accredited Center. What does this mean for you and your family? Assurance that you are receiving the highest quality of education in the early childhood field.

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Welcome

Welcome to Bala Cynwyd KinderCare! Thank you for your interest in our center, we are so excited to meet you and your family! Here at Bala, our teachers use our curriculum with added enhancements of their own that allow for their passions to flow through them in their execution of lessons with their students. Allowing our teachers the ability to enhance and adapt different features to our KinderCare curriculum is what sets our students up for success in the classroom. Our teachers are able to address their passions which creates excitement and successful assessments throughout the day.

We strive each day, to ensure the safety for our children is at it's highest potential and that our students are consistently learning and growing through out their stay at our center. We work to offer a family based atmosphere in the center based on the relationships we have with each other and our current students and their families. Come in to visit us today and let our KinderCare community become part of your family!

We are located approximately a mile off of City Line Avenue with a cross street of Levering Mill Road. Across the street is Comcast Spotlight and we are connected to Mama's Pizzeria. Can't wait to meet you soon!

Ms. Jenna Weisman, 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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Math

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.

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.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

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 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.

  • Ms. Jenna Weisman

    Ms. Jenna Weisman, Center Director

    We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Jenna Weisman comes to us from a mixed background in teaching and management, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Kutztown University. She joined our KinderCare team in May 2014. Jenna loves working closely with her teachers to ensure success in the classrooms. Her diverse background carries into her position as a center director in the ways she places strong emphasis on coaching and developing the staff in everyday moments. Westtown KinderCare is set up with an open concept that allows for collaboration amongst the teachers and enhances the “family dynamic” that Jenna and her management team encourage. Jenna spends her days working closely with teachers, speaking with families to ensure their happiness is maintained through out each day, and interacting with her students!
     

    Previous Experience:
    Jenna has worked at the Goddard School, a substitute teacher in Philadelphia and Southeast Delco School District, and as a teacher at a Head Start. She worked as a camp counselor through out college and has volunteered at various places such as Overbrook School for the Blind and CHOP's Child Life program.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    5/30/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, Masters in Education
  • Kasey Johnson

    Kasey Johnson, Assistant Director

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin

    ~~Ms. Kasey joined the KinderCare family in the winter of 2015 as a lead teacher in the Discovery Preschool classroom. During the spring of that school year, Ms. Kasey assisted in opening a second preschool classroom as enrollment continued to grow at our center. By the summer, Ms. Kasey was promoted to Assistant Center Director.  During the Spring of 2016, Ms. Kasey used her knowledge and passion for teaching to implement lesson plans and curriculum in the prekindergarten classroom.  Ms. Kasey has enjoyed the bonds she has created with each and every child/ parent/family at our center.  She is proud of the quality service and care we provide to the children who attend our center!  In her spare time, Ms. Kasey enjoys cooking, CRAFTING, and spoiling her dog Sam.

    Previous Experience:
    Kasey began working with children since she was in high school when she became as a camp counselor and life guard. Throughout college, she worked for Mad Science as a camp instructor for their Space and Chemistry program. In 2007, Kasey received her Pennsylvania Professional Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education K-6 and Special Education. That year she began teaching in the School District of Philadelphia. From 2008-2014 Kasey taught second grade at a Pennsylvania charter school where she also mentored first year teachers, chaired the elementary writing intitiative, and was also a chair member of the Student Assistance Program.
    Year Started:
    2/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Learning Adventures

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

    Ms. Rachel has been a member of the KinderCare family for many years. She was first a parent having her own children enrolled at one of our facilities. Then in 2006, Ms. Rachel joined the staff at Bala Cynwyd KinderCare. She has been a teacher in all of our classrooms and now heads our Learning Adventures Enrichment program. Ms. Rachel teaches such diverse subjects as phonics, music, and math adventures. Ms. Rachel came to KinderCare after working many years as a School Librarian at both the School District of Philadelphia and at Episcopal Academy. Ms. Rachel is also a professional story teller.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rachel has worked for the School District of Philadelphia and Episcopal Academy in the Library departments.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
  • Ms. Tarren

    Ms. Tarren, Infants

    The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. -Sydney J. Harris

    Ms. Tarren is the lead teacher in our younger infant classroom (6 weeks - 6 months+).  She has over a decade of experience working with young children.  She joined the KinderCare family after enrolling her daughter in our infant program in 2015.  Ms. Tarren provides excellent care for children.   She supports and comforts all parents in answering the everyday questions and concerns  that occur when leaving your child in our care.  She ensures that you, and your baby feel safe by creating a happy, healthy environment in her classroom.  Her lessons always  include one-on-one language and literacy interactions, activities that support executive functions, and social & emotional growth, all while being mindful of  developmental milestones.  Ms. Tarren is open to sharing ideas and suggestions that are individualized to the needs of all children.  In her spare time, Ms. Tarren enjoys spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tarren has worked in various child care facilities in all age groups.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Ramona

    Ms. Ramona, Infants

    If you walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing.…but in our room neither talking or walking matter, we all dance and sing.

    Ms. Ramona joined the KinderCare family in the spring of 2015 as a teacher in our older infant classroom (6 months+ - 12 months).  Ms. Ramona has a bright and positive relationship with the children in her classroom.  Through experience and observation, she is able to create individualized plans that support the needs of each child in her care.  Ms. Ramona has raised six children of her own, all that pursued and completed various levels of higher education.  In her spare time, Ms. Ramona enjoys taking voice lessons, singing, and learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ramona has worked in local child care centers prior to joining the KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Jackie

    Ms. Jackie, Infants

    Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. -William Butler Yates

    Ms. Jackie joined the KinderCare family in the Winter of 2016 after enrolling one of her own children into our Prekindergarten program.  Ms. Jackie has been a great addition to our older infant classroom.  She provides a nurturing environment for all children.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
  • Ms. Eileen

    Ms. Eileen, Toddlers

    A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.

    Ms. Eileen has been the lead toddler teacher in our older toddler classroom (15 - 24 months) for several years.  She loves to incorporate a variety of activities into her daily lesson plans that include, hands-on wet & messy activities, arts & crafts, and singing & dancing.  Ms. Eileen ensures that her children are welcomed into a warm and loving environment each day.  In her spare time, Ms. Eileen enjoys going to the library, going to the movies, and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Eileen has worked at other child care facilities in the greater Philadelphia region. She is currently a student at Harcum College pursuing her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Cildhood Education.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
  • Ms. Theresa F.

    Ms. Theresa F., Toddlers

    You can find magic where ever you look.  Sit back and relax, all you need is a book. -Dr. Seuss

    Ms. Theresa is the lead teacher in our young toddler classroom (12 - 15 months).  The children in her classroom enjoy exploring new concepts as they are reaching developmental milestones.  She encourages the children in her class to become independent by providing them with opportunities to develop social & emotional skills through interactions with peers and adults.  Ms. Theresa is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children, listening to music, and learning new things.

    Year Started:
    12/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
  • Ms. Shakiya, Toddlers

    Learning never exhausts the mind. -Leonardo da Vinci

    Ms. Shakiya is a recent addition to our toddler classroom.  She has made an instant bond with the children enrolled in our toddler program.  Ms. Shakiya is always laughing and smiling, she can always brighten up a child's day with her cheerful and loving nature.  Ms. Shakiya engages with our toddler's through play, singing, dancing, and encouraging them to use newly acquired skills in everyday interactions.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Saamara

    Ms. Saamara, Discovery Preschool

    A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. -William A. Ward

    Ms. Saamara joined the KinderCare family in the summer of 2015.  Since then, she has been the lead teacher in our Discovery Preschool, classroom (2 -3 year olds).  She introduces and reinforces new concepts through songs, pictures, and motion.  She ensures that every child is seen as an individual and is very detail oriented when creating individualized plans for her students.  Ms. Saamara is also our school "Spirit" chair, she enjoys planning special events for teachers, collaborating with fellow teachers  international/multi-cultural holidays & traditions, as well as making sure everyone in our school feels special!  In her spare time, Ms. Saamara enjoys spending time with her husband, cooking, and planning for her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Saamara previously taught at child care facility on a military base in Texas.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
  • Ms. Cori

    Ms. Cori, Discovery Preschool

    Some days there won't be a song in your heart.  Sing anyway. -Emory Austin

    Miss Cori attended attended Albertus Magnus College where she majored in Sociology. She received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. When she is not at KinderCare, she enjoys being a nanny for a wonderful family. We are excited to have her join our Discovery Preschool Team and our family here at KinderCare!

    Year Started:
    3/1/2016
    Education:
    Master's Degree of Business Administration
  • Mr. Carl

    Mr. Carl, Discovery Preschool

    Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me, anything can happen, child, anything can be. -Shel Silverstein

    Mr. Carl joined the KinderCare family at our Westtown center in 2014.  In the summer of 2015 he was welcomed to our Bala Cynwyd center.  Mr. Carl has taught in our Discovery Preschool, Preschool, and Prekindergarten classrooms.  He has a passion for music and often DJ's school events.  The children love interacting with Mr. Carl especially when it comes time to sing and dance.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Carl joined the KinderCare family at our Westtown center in 2014. In the summer of 2015 he was welcomed to our Bala Cynwyd center. Mr. Carl has taught in our Discovery Preschool, Preschool, and Prekindergarten classrooms. He has a passion for music and often DJ's school events. The children love interacting with Mr. Carl especially when it comes time to sing and dance.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelor Degree of Science in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Theresa G.

    Ms. Theresa G., Preschool

    Every child is a different kind of flower.  All together they make this world a beautiful garden.

    Ms. Theresa has been a part of the KinderCare family for many years.   She was inspired by her own children to pursue a career in education.  Ms. Theresa loves to create lessons that are fun and engaging.  Her class loves singing songs at circle time and spending time outside.  Ms. Theresa also enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Theresa previously worked as a Teacher's aid for the School District of Philadelphia. After receiving her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood education from the Community College of Philadelphia, Ms. Theresa became a lead preschool teacher at one of our sister locations in Center City, Philadelphia. Ms. Theresa joined the Bala Cynwyd family in early 2015.
    Year Started:
    2/16/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Floater

    The more you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you will go. -Dr. Seuss

    Melissa attended Haverford High School and is currently enrolled at Penn State University majoring in Food Science. When she is not at KinderCare, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, drawing, and playing with her dog and cat. We are excited to have her join our family here at KinderCare!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Melissa is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Food Science
    Year Started:
    7/1/2016
  • Ms. Marissa

    Ms. Marissa, Floater

    Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. -Aristotle

    Marissa attended Haverford High School and is currently enrolled at LaSalle University majoring in Secondary History Education. When she in not at KinderCare, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, babysitting, and traveling. We are excited to have her join our family here at KinderCare!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marissa is currently pursuing her Bachelor's of Science in Secondary History Education.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2016
  • Ms. Caroline

    Ms. Caroline, Floater

    It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.

    Caroline attended Archbishop Senior High School and is currently enrolled at Scranton University majoring in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. When she is not at KinderCare, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, babysitting, and working as a camp counselor in Haverford. We are excited to have her join our family here at KinderCare!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Caroline is currently pursuing her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education
    Year Started:
    6/1/2016

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

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

  • AM Snack
  • PM Snack

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

Health and Safety is of the utmost importance to us here at the Child Development Center. With features such as staff trained in CPR and First Aid Certification, an on site Health and Safety Coordinator (Kasey Johnson), a nut-free environment, a keypad entry system, and a fenced-in playground, you have the comfort of knowing your child's safety is our top priority.

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.

There are no words to express how much I appreciate the quality of care my daughter receives at KinderCare. I am filled with gratitude for all the hard work, effort, love, and dedication shown to my daughter. This was my first experience with daycare/preschool, and I could not have chosen a better place for my child to grow, learn, and develop her early learning and social skills. That first day I dropped off my daughter I was terrified and hysterical. But since that day, I have never worried once when I knew she was in your care. As a nervous mother, I call KinderCare to check in on my daughter constantly. I never once got a negative reaction from anyone. As a working mother, KinderCare has given me and my family the confidence and trust I was looking for in a school. It is a very difficult decision to leave your child with people whom you barely know, but KinderCare’s reassuring and understanding ways made the decision very easy. The staff at KinderCare has embraced my daughter. Every time I speak with her teachers, they put a smile on my face with their warm welcome and positive outlooks. I am blown away how each and every teacher at KinderCare knows my daughter and has a personal relationship with her, whether they are teaching in her class or not. Each staff member is always helpful, respectful and pleasant. KinderCare is bright, happy, and filled with total caring and love for children. My daughter has thrived in this educational environment and she learns new things every day. I love that her teachers know what my daughter enjoys, and they work hard to incorporate that into their daily curriculum. They say it takes a village to raise a child and for me, I could not be more appreciative to all of you at KinderCare for being part of my village in caring for my daughter.

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