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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 Upland Campus.

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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.

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.

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

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

    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 Prekindergarten 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education / Reading Interventionist
  • Angelina Hayes

    Angelina Hayes, Assistant Director

    I want to make a difference in every child's life.

    Ms. Angelina graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Elementary Education. She completed her student teaching in Hilltop and Boothwyn Elementary Schools and worked as a substitute teacher in ChiChester School district. Mrs. Angelina lives in Wilmington, Delaware with her husband and two children. Ms. Angelina enjoys reading, gardening, and travelling. Mrs. Angelina is committed to make a difference in every child's life and impact every family in a positive way. 

    Previous Experience:
    Mrs. Angelina worked as a Center Assistant Director at Aston KinderCare and taught Prekindergarten at Naamans KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Mitten by Jan Brett
    Year Started:
    7/18/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Bachelors in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Casandra McIver

    Ms. Casandra McIver, Health and Safety Coordinator

    I love to see children grow.

    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.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Gingerbread Boy by Jim Aylesworth
    Year Started:
    1/2/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
  • Ms. Alissa Locke

    Ms. Alissa Locke, Multi-Age Classroom

    Children inspire me.

    Ms. Alissa has a passion for education! She is dedicated to helping all children succeed academically. At her spare time, Ms. Alissa teaches Sunday school at First Baptist Church of Ogden. She plays the flute and enjoys baking, cooking and stamping cards.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Alissa worked as a teacher's aide and a personal care assistant in Elementary Schools in Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
    Year Started:
    6/25/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Counseling
  • 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:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Childcare Development Associate Certificate
  • Ms. Leah

    Ms. Leah, School-Age

    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:
    9 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:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Childcare Development Associate Certificate
  • Miss Ashley Chandler

    Miss Ashley Chandler, Infants

    Children are like little sponges that are eager to learn.

    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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Cathy Monsalvo

    Ms. Cathy Monsalvo, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Cathy is currently a full-time student, studying to earn an associate degree in early childhood education. She has more than five 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 movies, 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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Working towards an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jahlisa

    Ms. Jahlisa, Toddler Classroom

    Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.

    Ms. Jahlisa is a very goofy, happy person. She absolutely loves working with children. She also has a son.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jahlisa previously taught at the Brightside Academy Creative Learning Center
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    6/26/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Working on Child Development Associate
  • Miss Samantha Curry

    Miss Samantha Curry, Toddler Classroom

    You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.

    Ms. Samantha was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. She grew up in foster care, creating her passion to help children in some way. She started working with children when she was 22 years old. She moved to Pennsylvania to start her own family and is excited to part of our KinderCare family now!

    Previous Experience:
    Lead Infant and Toddler Classroom teacher in Florida
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    8/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Child Development Associate in Progress
  • Miss Antonee Murphy

    Miss Antonee Murphy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    The more you know yourself, the more patience you have for what you see in others.

    Miss Antonee enjoys teaching and learning with and about her little students and finds it enjoyable to see children discover new things.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Antonee previously worked at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    9/6/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Ms. Antonee has a Bachelor of Science from Kutztown University.
  • Miss Porsche Pinder

    Miss Porsche Pinder, Preschool Classroom

    Worry about your character, not your reputation. Your character is who you are. Your reputation is who people think you are.

    Ms. Porsche takes pride in knowing that she was a part of her students' development.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Porsche worked at Elwyn as a therapeutic support professional and has been a teacher at KinderCare since 2013.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Fox in Socks
    Year Started:
    2/13/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts from Cheyney University

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.

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

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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