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21st Street KinderCare

Barbara Fretz, Center Director

457 N. 21st St. Camp Hill PA 17011
(717) 737-4404 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hoover Elementary, Highland Elementary, Washington Heights Elementary, East Pennsboro Elementary, and West Creek Hills Elementary

Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare at Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. 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. 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.

Did you know? 21st Street KinderCare offers discounts to many employers around the area and we also participate with ChildCare Network. Call today to schedule a tour of the center to see the classrooms and meet the staff!

We are a NAEYC accredited center who has a passion for teaching young minds. 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!

 

Barbara Fretz, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

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  • A 4 STAR-Quality Early Learning Center through Keystone STARS

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

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.

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 encourage you to schedule a tour with us so you can meet the experienced, passionate teachers in person! Building long lasting relationships between staff and families is most important to us. We are excited to be able to provide care and education to the children we care for!

"Passionate teachers, Confident parents, Whole child."

  • Barbara Fretz

    Barbara Fretz, Center Director

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

    Previously, Barbara has worked a variety of positions with KinderCare at a variety of locations - as well, she was a KinderCare kid!  She enjoys the unpredictability each day brings with the children and looks forward to their smiling faces.  When not working, she can usually be found playing volleyball or other recreational sports.

    Year Started:
    6/9/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Business Administration; Master's in Sports Management; Master's in Early Childhood Education (in process)
  • Kelsi Weigle

    Kelsi Weigle, Assistant Director

    It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings. -Ann Landers

    Meet Kelsi Weigle, Assistant Director. Prior to her current position, Kelsi was a teacher for six years at the KinderCare of Enola and worked with every age group, discovery preschool being her main teacher role. Kelsi has a degree in Early Childhood Education and loves to be around children! In her spare time, Kelsi enjoys spending time with family and staying active. As an assistant director, you will see her in the office as well as in the classroom, molding the minds of your children!

    Year Started:
    8/24/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Amanda is fairly new to our staff here at KinderCare! She is currently pursuing her child development associate at Rasmussen College and enjoys working with our toddlers. Ms. Amanda comes to us with experience from babysitting and taking early childhood education related classes. While not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her fiance and son! Ms. Amanda is a great addition to our team and looks forward to giving the children a new and exciting learning experience each day! 

    Year Started:
    10/10/2016
    Education:
    Pursuing child development associate
  • Ms. LaRe

    Ms. LaRe, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. LaRe is a great addition to our KinderCare family and is excited to be working with our discovery preschoolers! She has a great love for children as she has two boys of her own, whom she adores. LaRe is fun-loving, creative, and loves to watch the children grow!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
    Year Started:
    7/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Pursuing CDA
  • Ms. Mariena

    Ms. Mariena, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Mariena is a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School and comes to us from Hershey, PA. Her early childhood education experience comes from being a nanny and early childhood education classes while in school. The most unique fact about Ms. Mariena is that she is adopted from Russia! She loves working with children and is a great asset to our discovery preschool classroom. She enjoys helping the children learn and encouraging their development each day!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    10/10/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Pursuing child development associate
  • Ms. Katelyn

    Ms. Katelyn, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Katelyn is a energetic, passionate teacher who genuinely cares about each child. Working with three year olds allows Katelyn to use her creative mind. She has been around children her whole life as she is one of eight in her family. Katelyn greets every family with a smile and looks forward to seeing them each day!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Princess and the Pea
    Year Started:
    10/24/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Pursuing CDA
  • Ms. Hannah

    Ms. Hannah, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Hannah is our Prekindergarten teacher and has a great passion for education! She is a graduate of Shippensburg University with her bachelor of science in education degree as well as her teaching certificate! While not at KinderCare, Ms. Hannah enjoys spending time with her family and staying active by rock climbing. Ms. Hannah keeps our Prekindergartners busy with learning new things while still having fun. She makes the children's learning experience one to remember while preparing them for Kindergarten. Ms. Hannah is a great asset to the Holy Spirit KinderCare and is a reliable part of our team!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Possum Come A-Knockin' by Nancy Van Laan

    Year Started:
    6/6/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Hanna

    Ms. Hanna, Floater Teacher

    Ms. Hanna helps out in several classrooms as she visits us during holidays and summer break. She is currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education at Millersville University. Ms. Hanna loves working in every classroom and has experience with all ages. Her mellow personality makes it easy to connect with every child she encounters and she genuinely cares about each child!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Madeline - Ludwig Bemelmans
    Year Started:
    5/29/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education
  • Ms. Skylar, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Skylar comes to us excited and ready to help the children grow! She has experience with all age groups, but loves working with the infants and toddlers. Ms. Skylar is currently pursuing her degree in education and is always looking for opportunity to advance her knowledge in the field. In her spare time, Ms. Skylar enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her young niece and nephew! She also works part-time at a local retail store. Ms. Skylar is excited to be part of the KinderCare family and enjoys watching each child develop in their own, unique way! 

    Year Started:
    3/6/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree in Education
  • Ms. Sam, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Sam is a newer addition to our KinderCare staff and fits right into our Prekindergarten classroom! She has great passion for helping the children learn and grow and would like to continue her education in the early childhood education. When not working, Ms. Sam enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is also excited for the arrival of her daughter this spring and to become a newlywed in May of 2018! Ms. Sam is a great addition the the KinderCare team and she is a great asset to each classroom!

    Year Started:
    12/19/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

About Our Center

We would love you have you children enroll at the 21st Street KinderCare! Our curriculum allows your children to learn and grow as they create meaningful relationships with their friends and peers.

Did you know? 21st Street KinderCare offers discounts to many employers around the area and we also participate with ChildCare Network. Call today to schedule a tour of the center to see the classrooms and meet the staff.

We look forward to meeting you and your family!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day (mandatory staff training day)
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day (mandatory staff training day)
Thanksgiving Day
Black Friday
Christmas Day

We close early on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve

Health and Safety

Child care safety is very important to us here at KinderCare. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site that conducts monthly reviews. We also have a sick child policy and our teachers use a daily cleaning checklist to ensure we are cutting down on germs. We have several safety measures in place that include but are not limited to, keypad entry, furniture bolted securely, First Aid certified teachers, extensive safety training provided to staff yearly and disaster plans in place and reviewed monthly. KinderCare Learning Centers provide a warm,safe and fun environment that helps your child develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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

We are very pleased with the care and education that our daughter receives at the KinderCare Early Learning Center in Camp Hill. Each and every time we step through the doors of the center, we are greeted with smiles and kindness. The center finds ways to make learning fun and interesting for the children. Their educational and social goals are achieved through several different methods including arts, science activities, and dramatic play. You simply need to look at all the photos and art work/work samples on their learning boards to see the amount of creativity that goes into the children's learning. It is clear that the teachers at this KinderCare Center take the time to know each child as an individual and seek to meet their unique individual needs. Our daughter has certainly grown both academically and socially at KinderCare.

- Parents

"It has been a struggle with getting used to my youngest being in a childcare setting but the staff have made it easier for me to be comfortable."

- Mother
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