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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!

Phyllis DeMasi, Center Director

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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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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 bachelor's degree in home economics with a concentration in family and child studies. She taught preschool and kindergarten for ten 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:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Home Economics, Certified in First Aid/CPR
  • Jen Overbeck

    Jen Overbeck, Assistant Director

    Jen joined the KinderCare team in April 2012 where she started as a School Age teacher, but has been the Assistant Director since 2015. Prior to this she graduated with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her daughter and family. 

    Previous Experience:
    School Age teacher
    Year Started:
    4/3/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Elementary Education, Certified in First Aid/CPR
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Infant Classroom

    I love coming to work everyday to see my children smile and give me hugs.

    Ms. Heather has been working with us since she graduated high school in 2011. Ms. Heather loves spending time with all of the children, and her infectious laugh can be heard throughout the center.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Rainbow Fish
    Year Started:
    1/14/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Elementary Education, Certified in First Aid/CPR
  • Ms. Jeanine

    Ms. Jeanine, Infant Classroom

    I love coming to work everyday to see the children's smiling faces when they see me.

    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".

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Itsy Bitsy Spider
    Year Started:
    4/22/1991
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential, Certified in First Aid/CPR
  • Ms. Olena

    Ms. Olena, Toddler Classroom

    My favorite part about teaching is knowing that i'm making tomorrow a better, place one child at a time.

    Ms. Olena has been working with the company since 2013. Ms. Olena grew up in Belarus and received her associate degree in early childhood education. Ms. Olena is married and has three children, one of which joins us in our Prekindergarten classroom. As a family they enjoy exploring new places and food.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pinkalicious
    Year Started:
    2/10/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education, Certified in First Aid/CPR
  • Ms. Gina

    Ms. Gina, Toddler Classroom

    I love getting to see each child's personality shine through with different activities we do in the classroom.

    Ms. Gina just recently joined KinderCare. Ms. Gina has worked with mainly toddlers, but enjoys all ages. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    5/31/2016
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the faces of my children when they are excited to come to school.

    Ms. Linda has been with KinderCare for 13 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 14 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 and loves spending time with them. The joy she shares with her family brings a special touch to everything she does in her classroom.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear
    Year Started:
    6/9/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential, Certified in First Aid/CPR
  • Ms. Justine

    Ms. Justine, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy watching children grow and learn doing fun arts and crafts.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing a degree in Child Development, Certified in First Aid/CPR
  • Ms. Sarah M.

    Ms. Sarah M., Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy seeing the wonder and amazement in a child's eyes when they figure something out on their own.

    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 credential and her associate 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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare, Ms. Sarah worked with the Boys and Girls Club of America.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Guess How Much I Love You
    Year Started:
    1/5/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, Certified in First Aid/CPR
  • Ms. Sarah K.

    Ms. Sarah K., Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing all of the smiling faces each day and helping the children grow strong.

    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 five-year-old daughter in Kindergarten and a one-year-old son who joins us here in our Toddler 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:
    5/17/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential, Certified in First Aid/CPR
  • Ms. Sue

    Ms. Sue, Prekindergarten Classroom, Bus Driver

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

    Ms. Sue has been with KinderCare since 2012. 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 individuality.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Sue worked as a substitute teacher in public schools throughout the area.
    Year Started:
    5/31/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Elementary Education and Special Education; Early Childhood Education Associate Degree, Certified in First Aid/CPR
  • Ms. Suzanne

    Ms. Suzanne, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Watching each child grow and learn in their own individual way.

    Ms. Suzanne has been working with KinderCare for two years. She is inspired by the progress all of her children make year to year. Her classroom is filled with fun activities and lots of art projects. Ms. Suzanne has three children, two of which join us in our infant classroom and preschool classroom. As a family they enjoy being outside and spending quality time together. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear
    Year Started:
    10/13/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential, Certified in CPR and First Aid
  • Ms. Beth

    Ms. Beth, School Age Classroom, Learning Adventures, 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.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Burt Dow Deep Water Man
    Year Started:
    5/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 Years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, Certified in CPR and First Aid
  • Ms. Elise

    Ms. Elise, Floater

    I'm impacting future generations just by helping them succeed and helping them believe they are capable of the impossible

    Ms. Elise has been working with KinderCare for over a year. Ms. Elise is currently enrolled and working towards her degree at a local community collage, and often fills in throughout the week. She has worked with all age groups and enjoys being in all the rooms.

    Previous Experience:
    Before becoming apart of the KinderCare team, Ms. Elise was a teacher at a synagogue and also a nanny for five years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Kissing Hand
    Year Started:
    10/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing a Master's in Psycholgy, Certified in CPR and First Aid

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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.

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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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!

- 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

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 a wonderful KinderCare and community that allows us to thrive, love and learn each day.

- 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
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