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Brunswick KinderCare

Joy Parker, Center Director

1211 Pearl Rd. Brunswick OH 44212
(330) 225-8225 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
Near Center Rd (Rt 303) & Pearl Rd (Rt 42) Next to the Circle K gas station

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hickory Ridge, Kidder, Applewood, Huntington, Willetts, Memorial, and Towslee

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Welcome

Welcome to Brunswick KinderCare! We are proud to be a part of our wonderful community since 1985 - 30 years of quality early childhood programming! Our team strives each and every day to provide families with the best in early education in a caring and nurturing environment. We would love to have your family as a part of our school's family and invite you to come visit to see us in action!

Joy Parker, 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.

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  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 talented staff takes great pride in our center and our classrooms. We work hard each day to make every family feel welcome, while providing the best care possible for the children in our center.  We are here to help you and your family!
 

  • Joy Parker

    Joy Parker, Center Director

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

    Joy has been in the field of education for over 12 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Shawnee State University.  Before becoming a Center Director, Joy was a Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten teacher, an Assistant Director, and a Curriculum Administrator. Joy’s passion is in insuring that every child that attends KinderCare in Brunswick, Ohio receives the best quality programming. She enjoys working with families and staff to help provide an environment in which children learn, play, and grow. She believes that communication with parents and children is key to creating a sound educational partnership.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare in January of 2016, Joy was an Education Director at another early childhood center in Medina County. She has also worked as a Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten teacher, and as a Curriculum Administrator.
    Year Started:
    2/10/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Brandy Carl

    Brandy Carl, Assistant Director

    I love interacting with the children and families in our school and watching them grow each year. It is so rewarding to see a child who I met as an Infant graduate into Kindergarten and know I played a part in preparing them for that big step!

    Brandy has been with KinderCare for over ten years. Beginning her career as a Toddler teacher she also held the positions of Discovery Preschool teacher and Preschool teacher both at the Brunswick location as well as a different KinderCare location. She loves working with the children and families and watching them learn and grow every day. Implementing our curriculum and enriching our center is one of Brandy's favorite things to do and she love to mentor her team of teachers in this aspect and leading them to make us the best school possible!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming Assistant Center Director at Brunswick KinderCare Brandy worked as a Toddler Teacher at a different KinderCare location. She moved to the Discovery Preschool Teacher position there before transferring to Brunswick as a Preschool Teacher. She became the Assistant Director in 2011.
    Year Started:
    12/10/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Infant Classroom

    Live life to the fullest, laugh often, love unconditionally.

    Ms. Jenny has been with KinderCare since June 2001. She has worked with many age groups including toddlers, school age, as well as being the cook. She has seen many children grow up in KinderCare, including her son, Jake, who is now a freshman in high school. Ms. Jenny is also the care coordinator for our center. She loves coming up with fun activities for the family and staff.

    Year Started:
    6/18/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration, Associate's of Arts Degree in Culinary Arts
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Discovery Preschool

    It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.

    Ms. Rachel has been the discovery preschool teacher since starting at KinderCare in March. She loves working with the children and enjoys watching them grow. She teaches the preschool and kindergarten Sunday school class at her church, as well as the Wednesday night first grade class. In her free time, Rachel loves to read, crochet and spend time with her family and friends.

     

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the Brunswick KinderCare team, Ms. Rachel was a preschool and kindergarten teacher.
    Year Started:
    3/24/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Laine

    Ms. Laine, Infant and Preschool

    I don't need easy. I just need possibly.

    Ms. Laine studied Early Childhood Education at Polaris Career Center in Middleburg Heights. While she attended there, she had an internship at Holy Family for five months in the infant room. Ms. Laine is currently in the process of receiving her CDA.

    Year Started:
    10/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Elise

    Ms. Elise, Preschool Classroom

    If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again – William Edward Hickson

    Ms. Elise is new to the Brunswick area; she just moved here less than a year ago. She is very busy working on a house she just bought. Before moving, she grew up with six other siblings. She also have five nieces and nephews that she adores to visit and play with during her free time.
     
    Elise has previously worked in the school age room. She ran the summer program until she went off to Mercyhurst University for two years where she studied psychology. She came back closer to home and attended John Carroll and Tri-C for an education degree. Elise is now very interested in pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education. She just recently became a certified babysitter for foster children and hopes to succeed in my education very soon.

     

    Year Started:
    2/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Paige, PreKindergarten

    Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

    Ms. Paige has worked in child care for almost four years. She really enjoys working with the children and getting to know them individually. She has taken some prerequisites in college and is working towards her degree in early childhood.
    Ms. Paige married her middle school sweetheart and together they have a two year old daughter. They are excited to be expecting their second child in February. In her spare time, Ms. Paige enjoys spending time doing fun activities with her family.
     

    Year Started:
    8/11/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Shelle

    Ms. Shelle, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Life is not about the destination, it's about the journey. Getting lost helps you find yourself.

    Ms. Shelle has been in the Early Childhood Education field for 38 years. She attended both Cuyahoga Community College and The University of Akron for her degrees. She has two daughters and two grandchildren, Mackenzie and Zackary. Her favorite place to go is the beach. Ms. Shelle hopes to run a center of her own one day.

    Year Started:
    4/6/1992
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    38 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, Associate's of Arts Degree in General Studies, Prekindergarten Associate's Certificate
  • Ms. Katie, PreKindergarten Classroom

    Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.

    Ms. Katie is originally from Strongsville, Ohio. She currently is going into her third year of college at Kent State University. When she was in middle school, she fell in love with math and knew she would become a teacher some day. Katie is studying middle childhood education where she has already started her field work at Akron City Schools. During winter and summer breaks, she works here at KinderCare as a PreKindergarten teacher. While at school, she tutors math to college students through Kent State’s academic success center. Tutoring gives Katie a great experience to teach in different ways according to each persons own learning style.

    Year Started:
    6/26/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Ashley, School Age

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

    Ms. Ashley has been with KinderCare for five years, and in those five years, she has learned so much from the children. She has had the chance to work with many age groups. Ashley believes a child’s education is the most valuable thing in the world. Knowledge is power and she recognizes that the earlier it begins, the better for the child. The most amazing thing is to see or hear one of the children apply the skills that you have taught them and see the excitement on their face. Ms. Ashley is very proud to be given the opportunity to watch them grow.
     

    Year Started:
    3/15/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Pam

    Ms. Pam, School Age

    Treat everyone as you want to be treated. And live as it is your last day.

    Ms. Pam is one of six children with three brothers and two sisters. Her parents raised all six of them to be responsible, active, involved students and adults. Ms. Pam taught health and P.E. for grades PreK through 8th grade for 36 years. She also coached for 20 years.
    Ms. Pam is an avid bowler in three leagues. She is president of the Medina Women’s Bowling Association and president of the Ohio Local President’s Club. She is a lifetime member of The United Church of Christ in Valley City and the director of the choir there. Teaching, bowling, and music are her passion. But her first love is her family and friends.
     

    Year Started:
    6/22/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Sue

    Ms. Sue, Cook

    Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people. – Eleanor Roosevelt

    Ms. Sue celebrated her big 10 year anniversary with KinderCare in 2014. She was hired as the cook and has been serving the nutritional needs of the children here, as well as lots of fun snacks. In addition to cooking, she has been the Health and Safety Coordinator for our center for the past five years. Her strengths in creativity, planning, and decision making make her a perfect fit to serve the needs of our families here at KinderCare.
     
     

    Year Started:
    5/4/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years

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

We look forward to meeting you and your family to show you our curriculum and enrichment programs! We are confident that once you visit you will love our educated, warm and nurturing staff! Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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

We feature a secure keypad entryway, completely fenced in playground and a brand new fire alarm/safety system. All of our teachers are trained in CPR and First Aid as well as given background checks prior to working with children.

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