Melissa Dempsey, Center Director
- Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
Welcome to the Harcum location KinderCare! We have been a part of Harcum College since 1999. In 2001, Knowledge Learning Corporation acquired Harcum Children's Academy and in 2006 we became part of KinderCare Learning Centers. The curriculum features various topics which interest young children and also encompass age appropriate and developmentally appropriate activities. We focus on all areas of development including social, emotional, cognitive, and physical areas. The program is gauged to meet your child's individual needs. Activities in the classroom include sensory activities, creative arts, math, music, and movement. We hope that you will stop by to see our center, and make it a home away from home!
Melissa Dempsey, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The staff at Harcum KinderCare is highly trained and educated, but most of all passionate! Our teachers pride themselves on making personal connections with each family, and providing the best care possible for each little one. With a variety of impressive educational backgrounds and years of experience, our staff helps provide an exceptional learning environment for every child!
Children are not things to be molded, but people to be unfolded.
Melissa was born and raised in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Scranton in Counseling and Human Services. She went on to graduate school at West Chester University of Pennsylvania where she received her Master's in Eucation and is certified as a School Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. Previously, she has worked as a Director at a center near her home in Dunmore. Additionally, she has worked with children for most of her life through internships, nannying, and as a TSS. Her passion for the work, her commitment to helping young kids, and her drive to excel has lead her to our center here at Kindercare. She started with us in March 2016 and is excited to continue her career with the company.
I love seeing the excitement in the children's faces! Every day is a new experience!
Ms. Rachel graduated from Widner University where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education. She grew up with a big family and always knew she wanted to be a teacher. Rachel loves giving children the opportunity to explore and see that they can do on their own. In her spare time, Ms. Rachel enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
I love watching each child that I have in my care reach their own developmental goals and grow into their own little personalities.
The children's smiles and helping them reach different milestones no matter how small they may seem.
Jennifer has always wanted to work in the education field. In 2004 she began attending school at Delaware Community College for Early Childhood Education. She took a break from school, to start a family. She has spent the last nine years taking care of two amazing boys, and has enjoyed every moment! She is excited to be working in the Early Childhood education and looks forward to going back to school and focusing on her goals
The excitement and the smile on the babies' faces when I step into the classroom inspires me to come to work each day.
Ms. Rowena is currently the older Infant teacher and has been with KinderCare since 2007. She is originally from the Philippines where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Teaching and caring for the little ones has always been her passion. Ms. Rowena loves helping and taking part in nurturing their little minds. She finds joy and fulfillment in seeing them reach their developmental milestones.
My passion has always been working with children. I enjoy watching them learn and grow while conquering those developmental milestones.
Kelly has been in the Early Childhood Education field for over ten years now. She is currently majoring in Educational Studies at Grand Canyon Univeristy. Kelly has a four year old daughter that inspires her everyday. Her passion has always neen working with children.
The possibility, along with my desire in making an impact on a child's life is what inspires me to come to work everyday.
Ms. Nicole is a Philadelphia Native. She graduated from Saint Joseph's University in 2014 with a Bachelor's in Psychology. After graduation her desire to teach strengthened. Ms. Nicole previously worked at a 24 hour daycare as a one on one aide and in an after school program.
My favorite thing about my class is how eager the children are to read, build, and create new things!
Ms. Karla is eager to learn new things with the children and for them to learn new things from her. She received her Child Development Associate's Credential in 2014. Karla has been working in the childcare field since 2012 and loves every minute of it. In her spare time she enjoys arts and crafts, cooking, and spending time with her family.
The varying interactions that I have with the children on a daily basis inspire me every day.
Rebecca was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. She has four years of experience working with children at Prince of Peace Parish as an assistant second grade teacher. She has a dual Bachelors degree in Community/Clinical Psychology and Family Studies Sociology. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, photography, and going to the beach.
The thing that inspires me the most is the children. That's the reason that I am in this field.
Ms Sharon has been in the educational field for over 35 years. She has experience at every level, ranging from early childhood education through twelfth grade. Ms Sharon attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She also credits motherhood with providing her with a wealth of experience throughout the years!
Seeing the bright smiles on all the children's faces inspires me to come to work each day.
Kaitlin graduated from Lockhaven University in 2013 with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. Kaitlin loves dinosaurs, crafting, and has a second degree black belt! She is very excited to be part of our team!
Seeing the children excited to learn and explore new things inspires me to come to work each day.
Kim is originally from Upper Darby, PA. She has been working in the childcare field for over five years now. Kim enjoys being a part of helping young children learn new ideas and develop new skills.
Being able to see the children learn and grow each day is what inspires me to come to work every day.
Ms. Hasana has been working in child care for almost eight years. She has had a lot of experience working with Pre-K and Preschool age children.
Seeing first hand a child's pride in learning a new skills is what I love the most about my job.
Ms. Sallie earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Clarion University in 2005 and has recently earned my Child Development Associate's Credential. Some of her favorite things are Harry Potter, beaches, elephants, and outside time. The relationships that she builds with the children inspire her to come to work each day.
Watching the children learn and grow inspires me to come to work each day!
Lovely graduated from Widener University with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work. She has always loved working with children since she was in high school. Lovely loves traveling, eating pasta, and going to Phillies games. One day she hopes to travel to London and Switzerland. She is also tri-lingual and speaks Punjabi, Hindi, and English.
Being able to make children want to learn new things makes me want to come to work.
Ms. Aignhye was born in Philadelphia. She is a freshman at Harcum and am enrolled in the ECE Program. She's always wanted to work with children. Her goal is to become a teacher and work with grades K-4.
The smiling faces, joy enthusiasm and excitement the children show when they see you enter a classroom, provides me with endless inspiration.
Ms. Kim has over fourteen years of experience working in an educational setting. Her position during the school year as a prevention/intervention specialist enables her to provide a nurturing environment in which students receive instruction and guidance to learn to make healthy choices and solve problems. In addition, Ms. Kim is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has prior work experience counseling people of ages in an outpatient community counseling setting. In her free time, Ms. Kim enjoys being with her husband and son taking long walks and going bike riding.
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.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
Our center has a key-card entrance, followed by a keypad entry to ensure the safety of our little ones. Take a look at our securely fenced in playground area where we have everything from tricycles to seesaw's to accommodate active play for everyone. All of our staff is CPR and First Aid certified. We also participate in monthly fire and emergency drills with the children.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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