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Colerain KinderCare

Ms. Kristin Blair, Center Director

9959 Arborwood Dr. Cincinnati OH 45251
(513) 385-0365 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
near Springdale & Loralinda Dr

Neighborhood:
We are located on Arborwood Dr, right infront of the Northgate Meadows aparment complex, behind Ameristop. We are also just around the corner from Northgate Mall.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Colerain Elementary, Taylor Elementary, Pleasant Run, and Math and Science Academy.

We are located near Northgate Mall and the Northgate Meadows Apartment complex. 

We are currently transporting students to Colerain Elementary and Taylor Elementary. The Math and Science Acadmey and Pleasant Run schools also transport to us.

We have recently REMODELED our building, moving and expanding classrooms! Call us to schedule tour in our NEW AND IMPROVED center!

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Welcome

Welcome to Colerain KinderCare located in the heart of Colerain Township. We are very excited to have your family be a part of our family. We believe our families deserve the highest quality care and education. Our team works diligently each day to develop your child academically, socially, emotionally and physically.

Here at Colerain KinderCare, we pride ourselves on having qualified and caring staff members, a dynamic curriculum with complimentary activities and a structured and safe environment. We are the only center in our area that is Nationally Accredited AND Star Rated!

Ms. Kristin Blair, 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.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. 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.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Colerain KinderCare are caring and nurturing with every child in our center. Their main mission each day is to provide our children with the best educational experience. Combined, our teachers have 27 years of experience working for KinderCare and 46 years in Early Childhood Education. Currently 50% of our staff has received their degree in early childhood education. Our teachers and staff attend annual professional developments and training to meet our Step Up to Quality star rating.

  • Ms. Kristin Blair

    Ms. Kristin Blair, Center Director

    Children are our greatest resource.

    Kristin joined KinderCare in 2008, shortly after graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences.  She began in childcare as a Toddler Teacher and worked as a Program Specialist and Assistant Director before becoming the Center Director.  In a management role, she feels she can make the most impact on children's lives.  Kristin hires the most qualified, dedicated teachers to enrich the lives of children by providing rich educational opportunities and trusting relationships.  She is passionate about providing a quality learning facility filled with caring educators that are committed to providing the best possible service.  Kristin looks forward to welcoming you into her KinderCare family!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Is Your Mama a Llama?
    Year Started:
    6/8/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Social and Behavioral Science
  • Katie Ezell

    Katie Ezell, Assistant Director

    I love seeing the world through children's eyes. Each day is a new beginning!

    Katie graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. After college she joined the Peace Corps where she taught English in Thailand for two years. Before returning home she spent a month and a half traveling through Asia experiencing the different cultures and people. After returning home Katie started working for KinderCare where she has worked as a Toddler teacher and taught Learning Adventures. She has been an Assistant Director since 2011.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Amber Hillman-Sage

    Ms. Amber Hillman-Sage, Assistant Director

    I strongly believe that children are inheriting this world we live in. In order to continue to make it a better place, it is our responsibility as the influential adults in their lives; to shape, mold, guide and invest wisdom, love, and knowledge in them everyday. Here at KinderCare, our staff has made it their life commitment to help this wonderful journey along!

    Amber spent over three years combined, working with and helping run youth programs. After graduating Antioch College, she worked with a multi-billion dollar company for six years in project management, customer service, supervising, and corporate training. Though she had a successful career with this company, her heart and passion was still in working with children and she decided to make a change. Amber is now happily working for the KinderCare family!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb" by Al Perkins
    Year Started:
    3/19/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Psychology
  • Ms. Pam, Infant Classroom

    I am inspired to come to work each day to see the difference I am making for the children and the excitement they have to learn something new. I love watching them as they mature and develop on to the next phase.

    Ms. Pam has worked with young children for over 35 years in many different capacities including as a teacher and as an owner/operator of her own child care center in St. Louis before moving to Cincinnati.  Ms. Pam has her Child Development Associate. She believes in letting children explore the world around them and express themselves to the best of their abilities. It is evident by looking at the smiling faces of her infants that she is leading a creative, fun, and eager group of learners.
     

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Little Engine That Could"
    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 years
  • Ms. Sandra

    Ms. Sandra, Infant Classroom

    I love watching the babies grow into their own personalities. Each day is great when I get to spend it with my babies.

    Ms. Sandra has worked in the Infant Classroom for over fourteen years. She is very loving and warm with the babies. Ms. Sandra is a great comfort to all our new parents who are leaving their new babies for the first time because of her years of her experience and education, including a certificate in Early Childhood Education from Queen City Vocational Center.  Ms. Sandra’s philosophy is that the more she learns about teaching and molding young minds, the more she can pass on to the children as they learn and grow. She is honored to be a part of each child’s life and she loves and cares for each child as if they were her own.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sandra brings ten years of previous experience to the KinderCare family.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Good Night Moon"
    Year Started:
    12/1/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
  • Ms. Stacy

    Ms. Stacy, PreKindergarten

    I like to make a difference in the lives of children. You are never too young or too old to learn.

    Ms. Stacy has been teaching since 2008. She has been studying Early Childhood Education at Brown Mackie College and is eager to graduate with her Associate’s Degree so she can continue shaping young minds to the best of her ability. Ms. Stacy is proud to be teaching because she loves to see the growth in each child and watch children continue to push the limits of what is possible. Each day they discover something new that they could not do yesterday, and it is amazing to be a part of it.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Stacy has worked in with children for 5 years before coming to KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Guess How Much I Love You"
    Year Started:
    4/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
  • Ms. Felicia

    Ms. Felicia, Toddler

    Educating children is the most rewarding profession because we are educating the future!

    Ms. Felicia has her Associate's Degree and has experience working with children in various capacities for 12 years. She has most recently worked caring for the elderly before coming to KinderCare. She truly enjoys working with young children and watching as the kids progress through different developmental stages. The best part about being so close to the children is learning each one's different personality, likes and dislikes, and using that information to best plan an individualized curriculum for each child. Her passion for educating has made her a real assest to our school.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Green Eggs and Ham"
    Year Started:
    9/13/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    >1
    Education:
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Jackie

    Ms. Jackie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy working at KinderCare because I love to watch children grow in their learning experiences.

    Ms. Jackie has her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education with over 25 years of experience working with children. Ms. Jackie loves to plan learning experiences that utilize the senses and allow the children to explore new surroundings. She practices being on each child’s level while communicating and interacting because it helps build the child’s comprehension, language, and social skills. Ms. Jackie takes it upon herself to give each child in her care play, repetition, consistency, and love, and to make sure that each interaction is a meaningful one. Each day, according to Ms. Jackie, the kids teach her as much as she teaches them, and it is an honor to mold the minds of tomorrow.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jackie taught at Early Head Start before joining KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Harry The Dirty Dog"
    Year Started:
    5/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Education
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Discovery Preschool

    I love helping the children learn something new everyday.

    Ms. Lori has attended Diamond Oaks and studied Early Childhood Education, and has worked with young children since 2002. After spending six years in the business management industry, she has returned to her passion of working with young children. She is currently attending classes to earn her Child Development Associate to further her knowledge of age appropriate practice and to help with individualizing the curriculum to meet each child's needs. Ms. Lori believes that learning takes place best in a positive, safe environment filled with laughter. That is exactly what she provides to her children every day!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I Love You Through and Through"
    Year Started:
    1/13/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
  • Ms. Sidney

    Ms. Sidney, Toddler Classroom

    Children are our future.

    Ms. Sidney has been with KinderCare since 2014, but has over 8 years over experience teaching children. She has her Child Development Associate certificate, which has helped her plan fun, age-appropriate learning activities. Ms. Sidney loves teaching because the children are so eager and excited about every new experience. Her teaching strategy is to allow the kids to have hands-on learning.  Her favorite activities to do are science experiments that peak the children's interests in trial and error and problem solving.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms Sidney has worked for Head Start before coming to us.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Green Eggs and Ham"
    Year Started:
    6/19/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Schoolage classroom

    I love working with the children and seeing them grow and learn everyday.

    Ms. Danielle has been working the early childhood education field for over 9 years. Her passion is teaching because it is so exciting to watch the everyday changes that happen as a result of our learning experiences. In the school age classroom, she plans fun activities and experiences that extend learning throughout the day.  Ms. Danielle enjoys the school age children because they are sponges who absorb everything and can teach each of us as much as we teach them.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where the Sidwalk Ends"
    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Nutritional Specialist

    I love watching the children use the tools they have learned as stepping stones that guide them for their futures.

    Ms. Jenny has worked for KinderCare since 2011 as a teacher with all ages and as the cook. Currently, she works as the nutritional specialist planning and preparing healthy meals for the children. She loves helping to nourish both their minds and bodies.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I'll Love You Forever"
    Year Started:
    4/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Step Up to Quality Rated

    Step Up to Quality Rated

  • Nationally Accredited

    Nationally Accredited

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We will be closed on New Year's day, Memorial day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. We also close two days a year for Professional Development days which  fall on Columbus day and President's day. We will close early on Christmas Eve.

Health and Safety

Safety of our students is a very high priority to us here at Colerain. The front doors to our building are locked with a key code entry that the parents are given upon enrolling with us. In addition, the doors that lead to our classrooms are also accessible only through a key code entry.

We have appointed a Safety Coordinator for our building that takes time to review the emergency procedures with our staff on a monthly basis, including monthly fire and weather drills!

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