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Belmont Avenue KinderCare

Ms. Kasey Johnson, 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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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.

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. Kasey Johnson, 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

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

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?

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. Kasey Johnson, Center Director

  • Kasey Johnson

    Kasey Johnson, Assistant Director

    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 initiative, and was also a chair member of the Student Assistance Program.
    Year Started:
    2/2/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    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. Franny

    Ms. Franny, Infant Classroom

    Franny comes to KinderCare with an immense background working with children. She has assisted at other education centers and has babysat and nannied. Not only is Franny one of our teachers, but she is also a parent at our school. Franny is a staple in our infant room and looks forward to each and everyday to challenge her students with new activities.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

    Year Started:
    11/23/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
  • Ms. Julia Z

    Ms. Julia Z, Infant Classroom

    Julia comes to us from another KinderCare. She loves working with children of all ages, but has a passion for our babies. Any day you walk into her classroom, you are sure to find a creative activity going on. Julia lives in Philly and when she is not at work, you can find her hanging out with friends, taking a kick boxing class, or exploring the city!

    Year Started:
    9/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Star Career Academy
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Toddler Classroom

    Stephanie comes to KinderCare from a previous childcare center. She has a diverse background working with children; she has been exposed to every age group in early childhood and has a passion for all ages. Stephanie works in our Young Toddlers classroom. She loves getting to help them explore and create a self awareness. Stephanie is currently working on obtaining her bachelor's degree in psychology. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, The Places You'll Go!

    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
  • Ms. Teresa F.

    Ms. Teresa F., Toddler Classroom

    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. 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.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shakiyah

    Ms. Shakiyah, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Shakiyah is a great addition to our toddler classroom. She has made an instant bond with the children enrolled in our toddler program.  Ms. Shakiyah is always laughing and smiling, she can always brighten up a child's day with her cheerful and loving nature. Ms. Shakiyah 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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Katelyn

    Ms. Katelyn, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Katelyn joins our KinderCare team with a degree in Music Education from Penn State University. Prior to joining the KinderCare Education family, she was a music teacher at Chester Community Charter School. She organized lessons for classes ranging from Kindergarten through eighth grade. Now in our DPS classroom, she is able to bring her love of music to life in her classroom lessons. Katelyn is originally from York, PA but currently resides in Roxborough. When she is not at work, she can be found hanging out with her cat, Fifi.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Stellaluna

    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Music Education
  • Ms. Ramona

    Ms. Ramona, Toddler Classroom

    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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Mr. Carl

    Mr. Carl, Floater

    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. 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
    Tenure:
    1 Year

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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.

Share Your Story
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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