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Camp Hill KinderCare

Lauren Shriver, Center Director

3715 Kohler Place Camp Hill PA 17011
(717) 761-4934 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
KinderCare provides transportation to Camp Hill School District West Shore School Distirct: Hillside and Highland Elementary Schools Cumberland Valley School District: Hampden Elementary School, Sporting Hill Elementary School provides busing to and from our center. Good Shepherd Elementary School, Camp Hill

Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare at Kohler Place! The moment that you become a member of the KinderCare family, a partnership of care is formed - care that is not only safe and protective, but that provides the foundation for a lifetime of learning and success. Knowing your child is having fun and learning in ways that are appropriate to his or her level of growth and development also gives you the peace of mind you need as you begin your own day.

Lauren Shriver, 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.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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.

Teachers & Staff

We have more than 125 years combined experience here at the Kohler Place center. Having a team of dedicated teachers that have been here 20+ years speaks volumes about their level of commitment and engagement in the children and families we serve!

Our teachers believe this is what learning looks like…
Each classroom is alive with education! Each activity in the classrooms is intended to help your child explore, share and grow in a safe and nurturing environment. Our child-directed learning centers are spaces within the classroom where your child can choose his or her own learning experiences. Our 6 areas of focus include: Communication with others, Building brain power, Developing lasting life skills, Growing a healthy body, Making new friends, and Nurturing creativity.
 

  • Maria Speca

    Maria Speca, Assistant Director

    Ms. Maria  was adopted from Guatemala at age one and has lived in Mechanicsburg area all her life. This October will mark her second year teaching at KinderCare. She has been apart of the family for four years. Her daughter has been attending the school since she was six weeks old. Ms. Maria looks forward to many more years with the KinderCare family. She is ecstatic to have an educational and fun filled year with all the students in the school.

    Previous Experience:
    She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2013 where she was a Board of Governors Scholar.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    6/10/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Mrs. Lauren, Cook

    Year Started:
    9/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Miss Marge

    Miss Marge, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Marge has been part of the KinderCare family here at Kohler Place for 23 years. She has her bachelor's degree in Education and her child development associate credential in Early Childhood. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and shopping for them. In her spare time, Ms. Marge likes to read, watch a good movie, and enjoy a night of creating and painting with friends and family. Ms. Marge loves to go to TSO concerts around Christmas time. Ms. Marge says that she loves developing close and loving relationships with all of her infants as well as developing a trusting and caring relationship with parents. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marge was a High School English teacher prior to becoming part of the Kohler Place KinderCare. She has been the infant teacher for 25 years and enjoys watching the babies grow and develop at their own pace.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Mr. Pine's Mixed up Signs by Leonard Kessler. She has fond memories of being read to and all the fun pictures to look at.

    Year Started:
    1/25/1993
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Jayne

    Ms. Jayne, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Jayne has been a teacher with KinderCare for over 24years. She is a grandmother to a little boy and is expecting grandchild number two this fall! Ms. Jaybe also likes to complete crossword puzzles, read, and attend painting events with friends. Ms. Jaybe enjoys working with all the childrena and educating them as well as building close relationships with her families. 

    Previous Experience:
    Jayne started her career as an Elementary teacher. She started with KinderCare at Kohler Place in 1993 as the infant teacher. Throughout her career here she was the toddler teacher as well. She currently became the toddler teacher again and is enjoying nurturing and educating the children.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Big Red Barn by Margert Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    8/26/1993
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Sydney

    Ms. Sydney, Toddler Classroom

    After a hurricane comes a rainbow - Katheryn Hudson

    Sydney is beyond thrilled to be apart of your toddlers years. She is currently a student in the online division of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. She is earning her Bachelors degree in English while taking online education courses. In her free time she loves to read and doing creative writing. Sydney looks forward to spending time with your child and watching them grow. 

    Previous Experience:
    She graduated from Indiana Univeristy of Pennsylvania in 2013 where she as a Board of Governor's Scholar. To further her education she is currently working on obtaining her CDA certification by this fall.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    6/11/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 months
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in English (2020)
  • Ms. Lindsey

    Ms. Lindsey, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Lindsey recently got married to her husband Mr. Coolidge this August (yes related to the President Coolidge). She has a huge love for animals and has a one-year old cavapoo puppy named CeCe. She has a Bachelors degree in Public Relations from Messiah College. Lindsey is thrilled to be a part of KinderCare and I look forward to getting to know your child and watching them learn and grow!

    Year Started:
    8/1/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 months
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations
  • Ms. Kara

    Ms. Kara, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart. ~Anonymous

    Ms. Kara has her Child Development Associate's credential and some college credits in Early Childhood.  She has been working with KinderCare at Kohler Place since 1996. Ms. Kara enjoys watching 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' marathons on television, spending time with her nieces and nephews, and staying close to her family and friends. She is the youngest of four brothers and has seven nieces and nephews. Ms. Kara loves teaching because she knows she is making a difference in children's lives.  She also enjoys watching them grow every day and building relationships with all of their families.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kara started with KinderCare right out of high school. She graduated from Cumberland Valley School in 1996. Ms. Kara has held many positions while at KinderCare. She was the Prekindergarten teacher, Health and Safety Coordinator, Acting Assistant Director, a Program Specialist and Learning Adventures teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Kara's favorite children's book is the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. She enjoys reading the book along with acting the book out using the puppet for her nieces and nephews.
    Year Started:
    11/6/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Rhonda

    Ms. Rhonda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Rhonda is fro the Bronx, New York and moved this year to PA. She graduated from Grambling State University in Louisiana in 2002. She earned her Bachelors degree in Science (Biology/Pre Med). Rhonda is a certified emergency medical technician and has a license as a security officer. She loves to work with children and plans to attend medical school and become a pediatrician. In her free time she loves to play and watch sports, especially the WNBA, draw, and spend time with family and friends. 

    Year Started:
    4/10/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    5months
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Science (Biology/PreMed), license in security, certified emergency medical technician
  • Ms. Erin

    Ms. Erin, Preschool Classroom

    Erin graduated from Misericordia University, in Dallas, Pennsylvania in 2014, with a degree in Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys going on hikes, going to the gym, and playing with her two dogs Reilly and Lyla! She says that working with children as been a dream of hers for years. She is excited to see what the children learn from her and what she can learn from them. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise
    Very Hungary Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    5/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Miss Megan

    Miss Megan, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Megan attended the University of Kutztown where she obtained her bachelor's degree in English/Professional writing. She says that her students are a part of her passion and she loves learning from them on a daily basis. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Ms. Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard

    Year Started:
    9/12/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1year
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in English/Professional writing
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, School Age Classroom

    A teacher affects eternity and can never tell where the influences stop. ~Anonymous

    Ashley has been a member of the Kohler Place KinderCare since October of 2006. She has held a postion in all the classrooms at one time or another. She graduated from Ceder Cliff High School. Duirng her free time Miss Ashley enjoys to do scrap booking, spend time with her family and watching and going to Penn State Football games.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley began her career with KinderCare soon after her graduation from Cedar Cliff High School. Since becoming a teacher, she has been a teacher in the Toddler, Preschool and Prekindergarten classrooms, as well as a co-teacher in the Discovery Preschool classroom. She recently became our Learning Adventures teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    10/6/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11Years
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Floater

    Amber graduated from Newport High School in 2015 and Cumberland Perry Vo-Tech in child care, June 2015. In her free time she is a volunteer firefighter at the New Bloomfield fire house. She loves spending time with her family and friends. She loves working with children on a daily basis. Amber says they always put a smile on her face each and everyday!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    3/1/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 months

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

The Kohler Place KinderCare is equipped with a Nursery for infant care, a Toddler room, Discovery Preschool and Preschool room, a Pre-Kindergarten program and a School Age Program. Our staff has combined tenure of more than 100 years, with varying levels of expertise from Child Development Associates (CDA) to Masters Degrees and we strive to be ahead of the curve with our professional development.. We are part of several professional associations including Pennsylvania Keystone Stars program, and NAEYC accreditation program. We want every child to benefit from our research based curriculum and creative curriculum enhancements. As a team, we believe that educating and nurturing young children will help to make them successful young adults. We value our families and strive to build strong relationships with them and our surrounding community. Please stop by in and let us welcome you into our family.
 

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day - Teacher Inservice
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day - Teacher Inservice
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

KinderCare's Committment to Safe Sleep
We practice Safe Sleep for babies! Teachers at Kindercare are trained in Safe Sleep practices and standards.
We follow guidelines established by the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding infant sleep position and surroundings.
 

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.

As a first-time parent, I was anxious and nervous about leaving my child all day. I did my research and visited many centers before choosing KinderCare. Everyone from the director to the cook to the infant room teachers were all very warm and welcoming. I remember when I left my 8-week-old daughter for the first time. Jane told me everything would be fine and Marge told me that I was allowed to miss her but not to worry. Over the past year, the Kindercare family has truly become a second family. Sometimes I even come in early so that I can talk and hangout with the infant teachers. I suggest KinderCare to any parent looking for a facility that has a great education, knowledgeable teachers, and a family filled atmosphere.

- Mother

KinderCare is not just our daycare, KinderCare staff is our family!  As a mother, my greatest life concern is for my children.  So,  when I returned to work 5 years ago, I needed to find a daycare facility and staff that afforded me absolute confidence and peace of mind that my babies would be in loving, caring hands. With KinderCare, I got that, and SO MUCH MORE!
 
Not only do they love my children like their own, but I am also constantly amazed by the continuous learning experiences provided for my children. From day one, and every day, KinderCare provides a safe, loving environment, rich with an enjoyable, educational experience.  The teachers at KinderCare are AMAZING people, professionally and personally.  They embrace every opportunity for growth if ever suggested and are always working hard toward the next goal they may have for themselves as individuals, or their classrooms or the center as a whole.  They don't just watch my kids, they care for, teach and LOVE them too!
 
KinderCare is our family; and my ability to go to work, knowing my kids are in such loving hands, gives me peace of mind that is truly a gift! My kids have THRIVED at KinderCare, and I recommend them to families everywhere - without pause or reservation.  I am confident that other children and families will agree that KinderCare located on Kohler Pl in Camp Hill is a gift that never stops giving!

- Mother
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