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Centerville KinderCare

Tricia Tyrell, Center Director

1074 Governour's Square Dr. Centerville OH 45458
(937) 435-1231 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Washington Township in Centerville

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Normady, Driscol, Cline, PVS, and Bauer

We are a quality rated center making sure that the children are receiving excellent care and preschool education. We would love for you to take the time to come in and tour our facility. We have an amazing family orientated environment that helps us strive to make sure our parents and children are involved and satisfied with the educational programs we offer their families. Here at KinderCare we believe communication and parent involvement is very important. This is why we highly recommend parents come visit at any time of the day. We are excited to show you that our center is just the place for you! Come tour now!


Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center located on Governour's Square in Centerville, Ohio off of McEwen. We are very excited to announce that we are a two Star Rated childcare center for Step Up To Quality. This quality rating assures parents that their children are receiving excellent care and preschool education while attending our center. We have an amazing family orientated environment that helps us to strive to make sure our parents and children are involved and satisfied with the educational programs we offer their families. Here at KinderCare we believe communication and parent involvement is very important, this is why we highly recommend parents come visit at any time of the day. We are excited to show you that our center is just the place for you!

Tricia Tyrell, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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


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.

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.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at KinderCare in Centerville are very passionate, nurturing and motivated. Our teachers have an amazing tenure of 50 years total working in the building. We have teachers that have worked in this building for 30 years and some that have just recently joined our family. The majority of our teachers have degrees ranging from Child Development Associate's Credentials to Master's Degrees. We are a center that strives for excellence through continuing education from Step Up to Quality courses, professional development, and different educational courses. We are here to make a difference in our families' lives.

  • Tricia Tyrell

    Tricia Tyrell, Center Director

    Tricia attended Pacific Lutheran University and received a bachelor's degree in Communications. She then attended Tiffin University where she received a Master's Degree in Humanities and a second Master's Degree in Education. Tricia has taught Prekindergarten since 2006 and in 2013 she moved into the field of administration and became an Assistant Director. Tricia is dedicated to her career in Early Childhood Education and looks forward to a great future with KinderCare Learning center and the families that are enrolled, or soon to enroll. Tricia is very family oriented and enjoys spending as much time as possible with her sisters and her nephew.

    Previous Experience:
    Tricia has worked with children of all ages since the age of 16 years old. She started volunteering with her church as a Sunday School teacher and has since then taught numerous classes too many children over the years. Tricia's love for children has continued to grow as she has never strayed from the field of early childhood education. It was her love for teaching and children that inspired her to receive her masters’ degree in education. When asked what she likes most about this job. Tricia responded: I get to spend everyday with children, which keeps me inspired and renewed.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith and Silly Sally by Audrey Wood

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Bachelors Degree in Communications, Masters Degree in Humanities, Masters Degree in Education
  • Whitney Cole

    Whitney Cole, Assistant Director

    I love watching the children learn and grow! The best part of the day is seeing the smiling faces of all the children when they walk through the door.

    Ms. Whitney is a very hard worker who utilizes an extreme level of patience when working with young children.  Her specialty is working with children who struggle due to their learning disabilities.  Ms. Whitney feels very passionate about inclusion and believes that no one should be left out in the education process.  She is committed and her dedication is what we admire most at our center.  Everyone loves Ms. Whitney and always seeks her advice and expertise in their classrooms.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Whitney was the lead preschool teacher at Edison Community College. After graduating, she came to work at KinderCare as the lead teacher for preschool. Whitney's hard work in the classroom led to her promotion as the Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Infant Classroom

    The thing I love about my job is the hugs and smiles I receive everyday. My love of children is what brought me to early childhood education and I am loving every moment!

    Ms. Lisa loves to greet each family with a smile. She also loves to give a helping hand to the other teachers.  She is committed to the job and her love for children is what keeps her refreshed and motivated each day.  Ms. Lisa has recently become engaged so she is looking forward to that exciting part of her life.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lisa has come to us with prior experience in customer service. She is passionate about people and loves to interact with everyone regardless of their age. Subsequently, it is her passion for teaching that not only inspired her pursuit of an education degree, but also prompted her to work in Early Childhood Education.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Bachelors of Science Degree in Education
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Infant Classroom

    I love kids...I love everything about working with them!

    Sara is a great asset to the team. She has come in and been a strong support for the infant classroom.  Many of the parents enjoy her input into the curriculum and lesson plans. Sara brings another level of expertise and professionalism that has been lacking in the infant classroom. She is flexible and able to work with children in all age groups

    Previous Experience:
    Sara worked a teacher at the School for the Deaf in Dayton Ohio. She loves working with children and helping them to explore and learn
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 15 years teacher experience
    Master's of Art in Expressive Therapies
  • Ms. Terry

    Ms. Terry, Toddler Classroom

    I love being a positive role model to all the children at the center. My goal is to inspire each of them to be the best they can be in life.

    Ms. Terry is our Prekindergarten Teacher and has been with KinderCare since October of 2013. Ms. Terry has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is working on her Bachelor's Degree. She has three children and loves to spend as much time with them as possible.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare Ms. Terry was employed as a pre-kindergarten teacher at La Petite. Terry has always loved children and welcomed the opportunity to work here in the Head Start program to expand her skills.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Associates of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nikayla

    Ms. Nikayla, Toddler Classroom

    I love watching and helping the children grow as this is a joy and privilege. I believe the role of the teacher is very important and I am passionate and committed to being a good teacher.

    Ms. Nikayla is a great asset to our family. She has a warm heart and loves to educate and guide the children in the right direction of learning. She has a great process with potty training and works hard with the parents so that they both are on the same page. Ms. Nikayla loves traveling and spending time with her own family.

    Previous Experience:
    Nikayla worked several years in the community and finally realized her passion belonged with children. She has always loved children and is thoroughly enjoying this job as this is a critical age in the foundation of learning for children.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    ALL Dr. Seuss' Books

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Samantha Bridges

    Ms. Samantha Bridges, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Children are the best in the world...I just love being around them and taking care of them

    Samantha comes to us from KinderCare in Massachusetts. She worked in the Toddler room as the assistant teacher for over two years.

    Previous Experience:
    KinderCare Toddler Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Certificate
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Preschool Classroom

    I believe that kids are innocent at this age, and that they see good in everything. For this reason, I am excited to come to work everyday as this is a time to positively impact the children.

    Ms. Sarah is our Preschool teacher. She has been working with KinderCare for several years and is a new transplant to the Dayton Market.  Sarah loves the children and welcomes every opportunity to make a positive impact on their lives.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare Sarah was employed at several other day cares. In her mind, there is no such thing as burnout but an opportunity to refresh and keep going.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies
  • Ms. Erika

    Ms. Erika, Preschool Classroom

    Making a difference thats what it is all about for me!

    Ms. Erika loves getting to know each child's personalities and helping to improve their good qualities. Her years of babysitting and volunteer work her at KinderCare is what has inspired her to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to being employed at KinderCare Ms. Erika worked as a volunteer in the School Age room. She loved going on field trips and helping out so much that she decided to come on board as an assistant teacher while she finished her degree. Ms. Erika's kind and gentle spirit is what we love the most!
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Pursuing a Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Paula

    Ms. Paula, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    I want to inspire children and this is a good place to start!

    Ms. Paula is our School Age teacher. She has been working at our facility since June 2009. When asked why she loves this job Ms. Paula's answer was simple.  "I love to see the expression that appears on a child’s faces when they accomplish something that they did not think that they could".

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Paula has previous experience working as a Public School teacher. Instead of retiring and walking away from the field Ms. Paula decided to work in early childhood education. Her expertise has been a rich addition to our center.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Valorie

    Ms. Valorie, School Age Classroom

    I have always loved working with children and working with school agers is my passion

    Valorie has been in ECE for years.  She has worked in the infants, toddlers,  preschool, pre-kindergarten, and school age classrooms.  She is what we like to call the jack of all trades as she can do anything within the center.  Valorie is a strong team player and works tirelessly ensure our classrooms are always following state policies and procedures.  Valorie loves to travel and spend quality time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare Ms. Valorie was the Center Director at Youth Land Academy
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Ain't Gonna Paint No More
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Associates in Early Children Education
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, School Age Classroom

    I love working with children and watching them grow. The best part of my day is seeing the light bulb go off when a child learns something new!

    Ms. Ashley is a nurturing and loving Infant teacher. As a result, the School Age classroom is always filled with smiles and laughs as the children interact with Ms. Ashley.  Aside from work, she has a child of her own that she loves to spend every moment with. 

    Previous Experience:
    For as long as Ms. Ashley can remember she has always worked with children in some capacity. In her eyes education is the foundation of life and it is here (in ECE) that she can make the most impact.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Kirstie Lopez

    Ms. Kirstie Lopez, Floater

    I just love working with children especially babies!

    Ms. Kirstie has worked at several child care centers including Rainbow and previously at the KinderCare on Rahn Road. She has a lot of experience and has the ability to work with all kids in all classrooms

    Previous Experience:
    Worked for several years as an assistant teacher at KinderCare and Rainbow
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Cook

    I want to inspire children...something the new generation seems to lack.

    Danielle has a long history of cooking gourmet meals so functioning as our new cook is a skill set she gladly welcomed.  Danielle is warm and friendly and all of the children in the building wait with anticipation for her meals everyday.  Why?  Simply because she serves it with love and most of all the children think everything taste delicious.  Danielle has a son that she loves and adores!  She loves spending as much time with him as possible.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare Danielle worked with CCDC in Centerville so she is no stranger to childcare. Danielle has a long history of preparing meals so functioning as our new cook is a skill set she gladly welcomed.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Teacher

    I have done this for years and everyday is still a new adventure

    Denise has been with KinderCare for years.  She has worked in the infants, preschool, pre-kindergarten, and school age classrooms.  She is what we like to call the jack of all trades as she can do anything within the center.  Denise is a strong team player and works tirelessly as our health and safety coordinator to be sure the building is always up to par.  Denise loves to travel and spend quality time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare in 1985 Denise volunteered and taught children throughout the community. Denise loved children so much that she decided to work in Early Childhood Education as a profession.
    Year Started:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Bachelors Degree in Arts & Science

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

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • French
  • Spanish

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

Health and Safety is our number one priority in our center. Our teachers are continuously gaining knowledge through First Aid, CPR, Child Abuse, Communicable Disease, as well as at least ten hours of child development classes. To maintain the safety within our center we are equipped with a key pad to be able to enter the building and keep our children and staff safe.

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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I love KinderCare. The staff truly cares about the children. I lovve when I pick Evelyn up adn Ms. Terry tells me all about how Evelyn has been feeling/doing that day. I't makes me feel like my daughter is family there.

- Mother

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