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Bridgeville KinderCare

Cherise Brawner, Center Director

391 Meeting House Rd. Bridgeville PA 15017
(412) 221-1777 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
behind the 7-11 on Boyce Rd

Neighborhood:
close to Washington Pike/Route 50 closest to Boyce Road, in Hunting Ridge housing plan

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
School bus to and from South Fayette, Kindercare van to Upper Saint Claire, Muse Elementary, Streams Elementary, Chartiers Valley Elementary

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Welcome

Welcome to the Bridgeville KinderCare. We are conveniently located near the Southpointe Business Park and I-79. The center services the South Fayette, Chartiers Valley, and Upper St. Clair School Districts.

Cherise Brawner, 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.

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

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.

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 center has been a staple in the Bridgeville community for 30 years!  Our staff are dedicated, passionate, eager learners, and strive to provide the best possible learning experience for their students.

  • Cherise Brawner

    Cherise Brawner, Center Director

    I am passionate about ensuring every child has access to high-quality early childhood education. I hope at the end of every day to impact the lives of at least one child and their family.

    Amber graduated from Rowan University in New Jersey in 2009. She moved from New Jersey to the Pittsburgh area after graduation and began working at KinderCare in Downtown Pittsburgh. While there, Amber worked her way from the Discovery Preschool room, to Preschool, then finally to the Prekindergarten classroom. She loved having parent involvement in the classroom. Every month she hosted a parent event. The parents really loved the talent show and prom that her class hosted every year. Amber received a great opportunity to join the staff at KinderCare in Monroeville as the Program Specialist and quickly became the Assistant Director. In October 2013, Amber received another great opportunity and became the Center Director at the Bridgeville KinderCare.
    Amber recently completed her Masters Degree in Public Policy and Advocacy.  She spends her free time mentoring for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County, attending seminars and conferences related to early childhood education, and hanging out with her husband, Tomas, their cats and two pygmy goats!

    Previous Experience:
    Amber has previous experience working as a Preschool teacher, Prekindergarten teacher, Program Specialist and Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    8/17/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education & English, Child Development Associate's Credential, Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education: Public Policy & Advocacy
  • Debbie Streeter

    Debbie Streeter, Assistant Director

    I love my job because every day I get the opportunity to inspire and create lasting relationships with the children and their families.
     

    Debbie graduated from Clarion University of PA with a BS in Elementary Education. She has more than 15 years of experience in Early Childhood Education in both public and private school environments. Debbie previously taught second grade in Hickory, NC. When she returned to the area, she became a preschool teacher as well as a director. Since joining KinderCare in 2012, Debbie has been a toddler teacher at the Mt. Lebanon Center and a preschool teacher at the Washington Center. Debbie was recently promoted to Assistant Director at the Bridgeville Center.

    Debbie is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Debbie has previous experience as a second grade teacher, preschool teacher, director and toddler teacher
    Year Started:
    9/17/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    BS in Elem. Ed., PA Private Preschool License
  • Dawn Sandt

    Dawn Sandt, Program Specialist

    I love walking into the classroom in the morning and seeing the children's smiling faces and listening to their exciting stories!

    Dawn graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in May 2012 with a BA in Early Childhood Education. After graduating she worked at two different school districts as a Substitute Teacher as well as a Summer Achievement Camp Teacher. She also worked at a Children's Center as a two year old teacher. While working for Corry Area School District, Dawn had three wonderful opportunities to work as a Long Term Substitute Teacher for Fourth Grade, First Grade, and Reading Specialist. All three positions were great experiences. Dawn enjoyed working closely with staff and families to provide the best learning experiences for the children. In November 2013 Dawn moved to Pittsburgh from Warren County, Pennsylvania. She started working at Bridgeville KinderCare on November 18, 2013 as a Program Specialist and Infant Teacher. 

    Dawn is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Dawn has previous experience working as a Substitute Teacher, Two Year Old Teacher, and Summer Achievement Camp Teacher.
    Year Started:
    11/18/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Katy

    Katy, Floater

     I enjoy working with children because I love watching them grow and learn! It is so rewarding to see a child get excited when they learn something new.

    Katy is a sophomore at Grove City College, and is studying Middle Level (4 – 8) Math/Science Education. She has done field experiences in public and private schools, and has taught a few lessons in some of the classrooms she has observed. Katy has tutored and babysat children many times in the past. She has recently joined the KinderCare team at the Bridgeville location last July! Although Katy does not have her own room, she enjoys being able to get to know all the students in the center! In her free time she enjoys to do crafts and read books.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Going to field experiences (private and public schools), teaching lessons, tutoring, and babysitting
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Sophomore at Grove City College studying Middle Level Math/Science Education
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Infant/Toddler Program Specialist

    I love having the opportunity to impact a child's life and they always bring a smile to my face!

    Miss Lori lives in Taylorstown and is very active with her family, including a little niece and nephew, and friends. She enjoys camping, boating, and pretty much anything that involves being outside. She also is an avid Pens fan and never misses a game. She is excited to be a part of the KinderCare family!

    Previous Experience:
    Educator at Carnegie Mellon's Cyert Center, Preschool teacher in Canonsburg
    Year Started:
    11/18/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Laura

    Laura, Infants

    I love helping them learn, watching them grow, and knowing that I am a part of each child's development.

    Laura has been in the field of child development for the past 14 years. She has a wide variety of knowledge throughout the field. Laura began her career at Kindercare as a preschool teacher for one and a half years in the Washington Center. She then transferred to the Bridgeville Center as an Infant teacher where she has been for the past nine months. Laura has been married for 7 years, has a 13 year old step-son and two daughters, ages 5 and 1.

     

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny, Children's therapist, Behavior Specialist Consultant
    Year Started:
    11/3/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Communication and Master's in Applied Development Psychology
  • Ms. Jencie

    Ms. Jencie, Infants & Toddlers

    I came into this profession thinking of all the wonderful things I could teach children. It didn't take me long to realize that I had that statement backwards.

    Ms. Jencie knew she wanted to work with children ever since she was one. She moved from her home in Singapore to attend college in Pittsburgh. She's almost finished with her first degree and can't wait to begin her next one! Ms. Jencie enjoyed her previous employment as a face painter, and still occasionally dabbles in it as a hobby. When not attending classes or at KinderCare, she enjoys spending time with friends and reading.  Miss Jencie recently finished her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and was accepted to Edinboro University for Fall 2014.

    Previous Experience:
    Interned at the German European School and Willow Nursery in Singapore
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education with a focus on Special Education
  • Bethany

    Bethany, Kindergarten Prep

    I love everything about being a teacher! I feel so lucky to be a part of the growth and development of the children in my classroom. They amaze me and make me smile everyday!

    Ms. Bethany always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development. Bethany spent a year substitute teaching , then took time off to stay home with her four children. She recently returned to teaching as a building substitute, long term second grade and kindergarten substitute teacher in the Peters Township School District. Bethany came to the Bridgeville KinderCare in September as the Kindergarten Prep teacher. Kindergarten is Bethany's favorite age to teach! She loves watching the children gain confidence and independence as they master new skills. When not at KinderCare Bethany enjoys spending time with her husband and children. They are avid sports fans and love watching the Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins. Bethany is thrilled to be teaching kindergarten at KinderCare!
     

    Previous Experience:
    K thru 6th grade substitute teacher, long term substitute second grade and kindergarten teacher
    Year Started:
    9/16/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    BS Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development
  • Jessica, Pre-Kindergarten

    I like working with children because I love to watch their growth and improvement in school. I also feel accomplished and happy at the end of the day for teaching children to love learning and trying new skills inside and outside of school. ​
     

    Jessica Little was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She is 23 years old and lives in Upper St. Clair Township.  She graduated from Upper St. Clair High School in 2010.  Jessica then attended Slippery Rock University and graduated in December 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood/Special Education with a minor in Dance.  Her work history includes teaching at summer camps, day care centers, and preschool dance camps.  Jessica currently teaches dance at Showtime Dance by Carly.
     

    Previous Experience:
    day care centers, summer camps, student teaching
    Year Started:
    1/26/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Caity

    Caity, Preschool, Pre-k, and School Age

    The children bring out my inner happiness.

    Caitlin Baird is a December 2013 graduate of La Roche College and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.  Caitlin is planning on continuing her education in the social service field with attention to children and youth.  Caitlin has always enjoyed working with children and has been involved with many youth programs to include vacation bible schools, mentoring programs, and church mission trips,  While participating in these programs her responsibilities included preparing play and learning materials, supervision, of children's play while ensuring their safety and providing guidance on social behavior.

    Caitlin is currently finishing her Child Development Associate Credential and is looking forward to continuing her education in the early childhood field.
    Previous Experience:
    Vacation Bible Schools and Mentoring Programs
    Year Started:
    1/8/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Ms. Paige

    Ms. Paige, Toddlers

    It is amazing to see the children grow and learn and when they learn something new they have the biggest smiles on their face which makes everything worth it.
     

    Being the toddler teacher has been very rewarding for Paige. The children make coming to work special. They always can put a smile on her face. Seeing them happy, learning, and excited is why Paige loves her job.
    Paige is recently engaged and loves to go camping, quad, and snowmobile riding. Being outdoors is her favorite way to spend her time outside of Kindercare.

    Year Started:
    2/6/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, Preschool Classroom

    I truly enjoy the children in my care. I love helping them to discover and learn more about the world around them. My passion is being able to turn the children in my care into children that love to learn and care for each other.

    Ms. Jamie has literally been with the center since the beginning. She opened the center in 1984. Many things have changed since then but not Ms. Jamie's dedication to the children and families at the center. She is definitely a fixture at the center and in the community. Many former students have returned with their children just so they can have her as a teacher too!! She is always willing to greet former students and catch up on their lives. Ms. Jamie has helped to coach many staff members as well and share her wealth of experience.

    Previous Experience:
    Mrs. Jamie has spent her whole career with KinderCare at this location.
    Year Started:
    7/6/1984
    Tenure:
    31 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 years
  • Ms. Megahn

    Ms. Megahn, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy seeing the smiles on the children's faces and seeing them do something for the first time.

    Ms. Megahn enjoys helping students to learn and getting them ready for kindergarten. She takes many notes on the children throughout the day to help assess their progress in the classroom. She is always jotting down something new to share with families during informal conversations or parent teacher conferences. Ms. Megahn is a great artist as well and enjoys creating scenery for her dramatic play area.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Education; Child Development Associate Credential

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About Our Center

We are a NAEYC accrediated center and currently hold a KeyStone Stars 4 star rating. 

Our classrooms are not based on chronological age; we work together with families to find the classroom that best fits their child's individual developmental needs.  We pride ourselves on having a passionate, dedicated, and well - educated team of teachers.  All of the teachers at our center have a degree in education or a related field; most of the teachers are currently in school pursuing a higher education in the field of early childhood.  We strongly believe that we are all life-long learners and we strive to continually grow professionally and personally for the benefit of the children at our center.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • French
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

All major holidays, including Presidents' Day and Columbus Day.

Health and Safety

All teachers employed at the Bridgeville KinderCare are CPR and First Aid Certified.  The teachers participate in monthly trainings and professional development opportunities.

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