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Chalfont West KinderCare

Phyllis DeMasi, Center Director

489 West Butler Ave. Chalfont PA 18914
(215) 997-9957 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Behind TD Bank Route 202 & School House Lane

Neighborhood:
Near Highway 202 on Butler

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Montgomery, Butler, Mill Creek, Pine Run, MMR, and Bridle Path

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Welcome

Welcome to the NAEYC Accredited Chalfont KinderCare! Located behind the TD Bank and across the street from CHOP!  Here, your child will find a rich, nurturing environment where learning is fun and the curriculum grows as your child's skills increase. We have been developing children socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually since 2001. Our teachers passionately embrace a balanced approach to learning and as parents you can be confident that our tenured staff will provide a high level of customer service, experience and commitment to your family. We would love to meet your family! Schedule a tour today!

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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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

Teachers & Staff

The staff at our center are individually unique and bring many different attributes to their classrooms. We have many tenured staff that have been here for over ten years, and some for longer than 20! Each is dedicated to the giving your child the highest quality of care possible. We offer our teachers many opportunities for professional growth in the Early Childhood field, through annually trainings and coursework. Please feel free to get to know them a little better below!

  • Phyllis DeMasi

    Phyllis DeMasi, Center Director

    I couldn't imagine my life without children in it. Seeing them happy and learning in a secure and nurturing environment is very important to me.

    Phyllis began working for KinderCare in December of 2005. Phyllis comes to the position with a wealth of educational experience. She holds a bachelors degree in home economics with a concentration in family and child studies. She taught preschool and kindergarten for 10 years before being promoted to director of Before and After Care with Lifespan School and Daycare, in Quakertown, PA. During her time with Lifespan she also was a specialist with their early intervention team. Phyllis is passionate about quality early childhood programs and she strives each day to create fun, educational nurturing environments for all children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare, Phyllis was the director for Before and After School programs, an early intervention specialist, and a kindergarten teacher.
    Year Started:
    12/6/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Home Economics
  • Dani Rapoport

    Dani Rapoport, Assistant Director

    Coming to school each day isn't work, it's a joy. It's a pleasure to watch children in each room learn and grow on a daily basis, as well as build relationships with their parents.

    Dani joined the KinderCare team in August of 2012, but has worked with KinderCare Education since 2010 where she was a Prekindergarten teacher. Prior to this she graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology from Susquehanna University, and taught preschool for a priviate school in Maryland. In her free time she enjoys any sport, but especially her Baltimore Ravens!

    Previous Experience:
    Dani previously worked as a preschool teacher for a private school, before coming to KinderCare Education in 2010 where she worked as a lead Prekindergarten teacher.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kay

    Ms. Kay, Infant A Classroom

    I love to come to work every morning and see the look on the faces of my babies. They just light up the room! I truly love taking care of them.

    Ms. Kay has worked for KinderCare for the past eight years. She enjoys being with the babies, and works hard to keep her room neat, organized so it's a safe place for her babies to grow and learn. She is the mother of three children, and proud grandmother of four grandchildren.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kay previously worked for 10 years as a nanny in Great Britain, then after moving to the states she continued her work as a nanny. Most recently she has been working in daycare for 16 years.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
  • Ms. Jeanine

    Ms. Jeanine, Infant B Classroom

    Ms. Jeanine has been with KinderCare Education since 1991. She has been with the Chalfont West KinderCare since May of 2012. Ms. Jeanine has been married since 1989, and has two wonderful teenage boys. What Ms. Jeanine enjoys the most  about working with children is seeing their smiles each day. She loves when her babies begin to walk and talk, and laughs when they try to say her name. She is confident in knowing each child's parent trust in her with their most "treasured little person".

    Year Started:
    4/1/1991
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Sue G.

    Ms. Sue G., Infant B Classroom

    It is so rewarding to be a part of a child's learning experience and to help them develop their unique personalities.

    Ms. Sue has been with KinderCare since 2003, in both our Infant and Toddler classrooms. She has an extensive background in the Infant and Toddler age groups. She has pediatric nursing experience and earned an Infant and Toddler Child Development Associate's Credential. Ms. Sue believes every child should have a safe, happy, and healthy classroom environment that promotes each child's individuality.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Sue was a pediatric hospital nurse, the mother of five children, an at home daycare provider, as well as working in the daycare setting.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Registered Nursing Credential, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Kelsey

    Ms. Kelsey, Toddler Classroom

    I absolutely love walking into my classroom and watching the kids grow and learn a little more each day. But I especially love listening to their interaction and stories. Toddlers keep my on my toes!

    Ms. Kelsey has been with KinderCare since 2007. She has previously taught in our Prekindergarten class, and has now teamed up to teach in our growing Toddler room! She began college pursuing a degree in Archaeology, but is thankful she changed quickly to Education. Ms. Kelsey is very proud of her classroom, and enjoys maintaining a safe, engaging environment for her students each day.

    Year Started:
    3/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Sarah K.

    Ms. Sarah K., Toddler Classroom

    I love seeing the smiles on the children's faces as they greet me each morning!

    Ms. Sarah came to America from England in 2001 to be an Au Pair. During this time she met her husband and they moved to Philadelphia. They enjoy traveling and have been to many great places, including South Africa and Nepal. Ms. Sarah also has a two-year-old daughter that joins us here in our Discovery Preschool classroom. As a family they enjoy being outside and spending quality time together.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Sarah was a nanny and worked for a Montessori school.
    Year Started:
    1/2/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Janice

    Ms. Janice, Discovery Preschool A Classroom

    I love seeing children get excited when learning new things! I come to work every day knowing that I will learn new things from the children as they explore and learn new things from me.

    Every day that Ms. Janice is with her students, she knows that she and her students are learning from one another. Ms. Janice get most excited when she is able to witness her students grasp a learning concept that was difficult for them in the beginning.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Janice has spent time in the traditional Early Childhood Education field, Special Needs - Early Intervention, and Visually Impaired settings.
    Year Started:
    12/6/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Discovery Preschool B Classroom

    The children teach me new things each day. I truly enjoy the experiences we share during our days here.

    Ms. Kim has been back with our Chalfont center since September 2013. Prior to this, she was at several other KinderCare locations in many different roles. Ms. Kim has her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, where she student taught Kindergarten in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In her classroom she always encourages her children to be vocal and kind to others.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Kim worked at LifeSpan, and was a tutor for children.
    Year Started:
    11/9/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Minor in Psychology
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Discovery Preschool B Classroom

    I love watching each child as they discover new things and learn to share these discoveries with each other through conversation and play.

    Ms. Linda has been with KinderCare for ten years. She has worked with mainly Toddlers and two-year-old children, but enjoys all ages. After graduating from high school, Ms. Linda worked in the business world for a number of years. She spent fourteen years directing a Sunday morning nursery, and because of her love of children, decided to enter the childcare field in 2003. Ms. Linda has seven grandchildren (one works in the Preschool A classroom!), and loves spending time with them. The joy she shares with her family brings a special touch to everything she does in her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Linda taught a Sunday morning Preschool class for two years, and was the Director of a Sunday morning church nursery for fourteen years.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Heather C.

    Ms. Heather C., Preschool A Classroom

    I enjoy coming to work to see the smiling faces of children, especially the ones that greet me with a big hug!

    Ms. Heather graduated from Penn State University in 2001, where she earned her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology. She has been teaching with KinderCare since 2002 and is one of our current Health and Safety Coordinators. While in school, she met her husband and was married in 2005. She has four young nephews and enjoys being around children every day. In her free time, Ms. Heather enjoys reading and being with her family.

    Year Started:
    7/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Vanessa

    Ms. Vanessa, Preschool A Classroom

    Ms. Vanessa is the grand daughter of our two year teacher Ms. Linda, and always spent summer with our school age campers while completing her degree from Gettysburg College.  Upon completion she joined our preschool teaching team full time and works closely with Ms. Heather.  Ms. Vanessa has always enjoyed children, and spending time with her younger brothers and sisters, but in her free time loves to travel the world!

    Year Started:
    6/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Sue F.

    Ms. Sue F., Preschool B Classroom

    I believe each and every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world.

    Ms. Sue F has been with KinderCare since 2012, always working with our Preschool students.  She makes her classroom a fun learning environment.  She believes every child should have a safe, happy and healthy environment that promotes each child's indvididuality.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Sue F worked as a substitute teacher in public schools throughout the area.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Elementary Education and Special Education; Early Childhood Education Associates Degree
  • Ms. Colleen

    Ms. Colleen, Prekindergarten A Classroom

    I can do it! Believe in yourself!

    Ms. Colleen has been with KinderCare for ten years and is working hard on obtaining her Child Development Associate's Credential in early 2014. Ms. Colleen has always been an advocate for children, and began in the childcare field as a teenager. She owned and operated her own in-home daycare for a number of years and believes in building and growing the "whole child". You can walk into her room at any moment and find her students doing yoga and chanting "I can do it!". Ms. Colleen believes in building the children's self confidence and teaching life long values and morals.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Colleen worked as a nanny and owned her own in-home daycare for fifteen years. Ms. Colleen has worked in daycare since she was in high school. She has also coached soccer, taught a Mommy and Me class at a local YMCA, and was a party planner for a children's activity zone.
    Year Started:
    10/30/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Sarah M.

    Ms. Sarah M., Prekindergarten B Classroom

    I love seeing the joy on a child's face when they figure something out for themselves.

    Ms. Sarah has been working with KinderCare for ten years. She has worked at centers in Minnesota and Pennsylvania. While in Minnesota she earned her Child Development Associate's Credential and her Associate's of Arts degree. She is a very quirky and outgoing teacher that loves to incorporate a lot of art and dramatic play into her classroom. While not working, Ms. Sarah enjoys spending time with her son, and getting outside as much as possible!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare, Ms. Sarah worked with the Boys and Girls Club of America.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Kindergarten Classroom

    I love being there when a child finally understands what they have been learning.

    Ms. Julie started at KinderCare in 2010. This is her second year teaching Kindergarten, and she has found her place with us. Ms. Julie is excited to be taking on a new adventure, and welcoming her first son in December.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Julie joined our KinderCare team right out of college, but has spent her student teaching experiences in kindergarten and first grade area.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, Kindergarten Enrichment

    Ms. Jenn really enjoys her classroom. She is excited when her students teach her something, sometimes on a daily basis! Jenn leaves each day with a smile on her face because of all of the fun  things her students do and say!

    Year Started:
    1/2/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Beth

    Ms. Beth, Learning Adventures Classroom, Bus Driver

    Children make me smile! My day is not complete until I have spent time with a child!

    Ms. Beth has been a loyal employee of KinderCare for the past 12 years! She has worked with all ages of children, from Infants to School Age. Ms. Beth is our resident bus driver and Learning Adventures teacher. She always has a smile for everyone! She truly loves children and it shows!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Beth has always worked with children. After graduating college she started in daycare, and has been working with either her own two children or others for 25 years.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Cook and Floating Teacher

    I enjoy seeing the children in my class so excited every day when they come to school. When I see my kids doing new things that I have taught them, it lets me know I am doing my job.

    Ms. Ashley has been working with children from Infants to School Age for nearly seven years. Three of those years she has been with KinderCare working as a Toddler or two-year-old teacher, and has now taken on the role of chef! Ms. Ashley really enjoys working with younger children, and displaying their creativity throughout the room. When she was not at KinderCare, you could find her spending time with her family, shopping or just relaxing at home!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley has worked with children in a child care setting for four years before joining us at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Heather M.

    Ms. Heather M., Floating Teacher

    Ms. Heather M has been working with us since she graduated high school.  She is currently enrolled and working towards her Associates Degree at a local community college, and often fills in throughout the summer months.  Ms. Heather loves spending time with all of the children, and her infectious laught can be heard throughout the center.  During the summer months, Ms. Heather can always be found down at the shore spending a lot of beach time with her friends and family.

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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

The health and safety of the students at our school is our highest priority. There is a front desk located in the lobby where the front door is secured by a keypad entry. Each of our three playgrounds are fenced in and accessible only from classrooms or through a gate near the front of the school. To ensure the safety of the students in their classrooms, each teacher is certified in CPR and First Aid annually. If you have any further details about our Health and Safety procedures please contact the center.

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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We are so thankful for the loving and caring teachers and staff at KinderCare! Thank you for making every day special!

- Mother

We are so thankful for the way our boys are loved here at KinderCare. We LOVE it here and love all the teachers. Thank you!

- Parents

We are so thankful for a wonderful KinderCare and community that allows us to thrive, love and learn each day.

- Mother

My family enjoys KinderCare because it is not just a daycare - it's a school! My child is not playing all, she is involved in activities that help her grow and she receives one on on attention from teacher to help her learn!

- Mother

Teachers have helped my child make KinderCare a fun and exciting place to come and learn. My children have grown and learned so much from being here!

- Mother

Thank you teachers for accommodating my child's special needs and celebrating her accomplishments!

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