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Brookhaven KinderCare

Margaret Stairiker, Center Director

201 Radio Park Lane Brookhaven PA 19015
(610) 876-7780 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Behind Wells Fargo Bank

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Parkside, Coeburn, Wallingford, Chester Community Charter (East and Upland Campuses), Grace Park and Widener Charter.

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Welcome

The Brookhaven KinderCare is a fun and exciting learning center for ages six weeks to 12 years old. Our convenient location in Brookhaven borough makes us a great choice and an easy drive from work or home! We are an equal opportunity care provider and welcome everyone to our center.

Margaret Stairiker, 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.

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

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.

Teachers & Staff

We have an enthusiastic and passionate teaching staff that works to give your child the best possible start to education. Our goal is to help develop young minds through positive interactions, fun activities, and a loving environment. Each one of our staff members bring a unique approach to learning by drawing from their diverse backgrounds in early childhood education.

  • Margaret Stairiker, Center Director

    Changing the World, one child at a time!

    Ms. Margaret was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. She lived in Florida for 16 years and is so happy to be back home with family. She has a daughter named Emily. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym, reading, and spending time with family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Margaret has taught children in grades Pre-K through 8th grade. She also served as a Reading Interventionalist for Elementary students and Director of Summer Reading Camp.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Caps for Sale
    Year Started:
    8/12/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    B.S. Elementary Education / Reading Interventionist
  • Franklin Mathews

    Franklin Mathews, Assistant Director

    Try not. Do or Do not. There is no try.

    Mr. Frank is an avid Phillies fan. He also loves the Eagles and Flyers. He attends church weekly, where he serves as Verger and Youth Group Director. He also sings in the Adult Choir. Mr. Frank enjoys playing pick-up sports with his friends and plays in a Men's Softball League on Sundays. Mr. Frank has a degree in Music Education and his primary instrument is the Baritone Saxophone. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Symphonic Winds and a former member of Durning String Band.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Frank has been a Children's Sermon deliverer at church since 2007. He was a student teacher at Rainbow Elementary School in Coatesville.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Deisen
    Year Started:
    2/2/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelors in Music Education
  • Ms. Casandra

    Ms. Casandra, Toddler

    Ms. Casandra is a wonderful asset to Brookhaven KinderCare. Serving as our center's health and safety coordinator. Casandra uses her vast knowledge of early childhood education to help the families and staff.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Casandra has worked at various KinderCares throughout the country.
    Year Started:
    1/2/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
  • Miss Porsche, Discovery Preschool

    Miss. Porsche is a native of Chichester. She graduatd from Cheyney University with a Bachelor's in Communication. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She has a radio show and loves music. She also sang in the concert and gospel choirs. Her favorite colors are pink and green. She enjoys mentoring to the youth any chance she gets!

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Prosche previously worked at Melmark and Elwyn, working with children with special needs, such as autism. She was also a camp counselor in college.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Fox in Sox by Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    2/18/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    B.A. Communications
  • Ms. Lela

    Ms. Lela, Toddler

    Believe you can, and you will!

    Ms. Lela has a passion for education! She is dedicated to helping all children succeed academically. She is a mother of six children. She loves her children and teaching. She also enjoys baking and reading!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lela has worked in the Early Childhood Industry for many years. She was formerly a Toddler teacher at Jump for Joy Daycare and a Pre-K teacher at Bring 'Em Young Daycare. At KinderCare, she has had the opportunity to teach various age groups.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
    Year Started:
    7/31/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Urban Early and Middle Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, PreKindergarten

    I've learned that people will forget what you've said, they will forget what you've done, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

    Ms. Jennifer has been with KinderCare for 15 years. She has two children and recently became a grandmother. Her life would not be complete without children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jennifer previously ran an in-home daycare for four years and has two children of her own.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Magic Fish
    Year Started:
    10/26/1999
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Childcare Development Associate Certificate
  • Ms. Leah

    Ms. Leah, Schoolage

    Ms. Leah has been living in Parkside, PA for 20 years and has been married for 21 years. She enjoys working with children and seeing them grow into young people. She takes pride in being a part of their growth.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Biscuit
    Year Started:
    2/13/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Dawn

    Ms. Dawn, Infant

    The best things in life aren’t things.

    Ms. Dawn always wanted to work with children, especially infants. Working at KinderCare has allowed her to futher her education while living her dream. Her two boys, Josh and Jake, and her husband, Chip, complete her life.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Dawn previously worked at two Montessori schools.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    4/2/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Childcare Development Associate Certificate
  • Ms. Larkay

    Ms. Larkay, Toddler

    The children have taught Miss Larkay that each moment counts.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Larkay has worked in the Chester Upland School District, Ms. Kathy's Daycare and the Achievement House.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Blue's Clues
    Year Started:
    1/17/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10+
    Education:
    B.A. Sociology
  • Ms. Diane, Preschool

    Learning is a Journey, not a destination.

    Ms. Diane has been married to her high school sweet heart for 32 years. They have two beautiful children and a wonderful son-in-law. Her daughter just married in September of 2014. Ms. Diane LOVES the Phillies (for better or worse) and her entire family bleeds Penn State Blue! She is very grateful for the opportunity to work with your children!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Kissing Hand
    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    18+
    Education:
    Masters of Ed in Elemntary Education; B.S. Business Administration
  • Miss Ashley

    Miss Ashley, Discovery Preschool

    Miss Ashley loves working with kids and babysits on a regular basis.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Ashley has experience working/volunteering in the Chester Upland School District
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Suess' Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    12/9/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Cathy

    Ms. Cathy, Toddlers

    I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.

    Ms. Cathy is currently a full-time student, studying to earn an Associateds degree in Early Childhood Education. She has more than 5 years worth of experience working children and infants. She loves kids and is so intrigued by the different ways that they grow and develop. In her spare time, Ms. Cathy loves watching moives, swimming and crocheting.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cathy was previously a preschool teacher at two other learning centers in the area. She was also a babysitter and Nanny. She is a volunteer for her church's Sunday School
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Junie B. Jones
    Year Started:
    2/17/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Working towards an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss TIffany

    Miss TIffany, Discovery Preschool

    If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.

    Ms. Tiffany is excited about life. She loves learning and teaching new things. She enjoys embarking on new journeys. She also loves to travel and meet new people.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tiffany has worked at the Chester Community Charter School (Upland Campus), Dixon Learning Center in Philadelphia as well as the KinderCare in Aston.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    No Peas for Nellie by Chris L. Demarest
    Year Started:
    4/28/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    B.A. of FIne Arts (Pyschology)
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Toddler

    A Person's a person, no matter how small.

    In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys meditating. Sarah has been working professionally with children for 6 years. She was first introduced to a toddler classroom while taking Child Development classes in HIgh School. She worked at a Montessori School and The Malvern School before coming to KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously, Ms. Sarah was a private nanny for 2 years and an assistant/substitute teacher for1 year. She was also a Toddler teacher at another center for 3 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Horton Hears a Who
    Year Started:
    5/4/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Child Development in Progress

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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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July

Health and Safety

The health and safety of your child is our top priority here at Brookhaven KinderCare. We have a health and safety coordinator that monitors the procedures of the center and is provided with the most current child safety information. The center also conducts fire and disaster drills so that the students and the staff are prepared for any emergency. All members of our staff receive annual training in fire and water safety, CPR, and first aid.

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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When my child first came to KinderCare she was very shy and I wasn't sure if this was going to be the right place for her. Within seconds of walking into the classroom the teacher became very engaged and made my child feel very comfortable. When I returned that evening to pick her up she was very happy and did not want to leave! I was so impressed because this was her first time away from me. KinderCare really did make transition very simple and I wouldn't want to put her anywhere else.

- Parent

I do not know what I would do without KinderCare. I have a crazy work schedule and I love the fact that KinderCare keeps me up to date about all of the wonderful things that my son has accomplished since he has been there. All of the staff is very caring and would do just about anything to see your child succeed!

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