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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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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!

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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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Monthly Activities

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

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 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:
    8 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:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • 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:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
  • Ms. Tamica, Infants

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

    Ms. Tamica has been working with children for 5 years and has served all groups from infants to school agers. She provides the best possible care for her children by loving each one like they were her very own. Her compassion and loving nature makes her an excellent teacher and caregiver for all of the children in her class.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Grinch Stole Christmas"
    Year Started:
    9/6/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Brittonie

    Ms. Brittonie, Toddler

    A child may not remember what you said, but he will always remember how you made you made him feel.

    Ms. Brittonie has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Cincinnati State. She has been working with young children for over 10 years and has four children of her own. She loves teaching because she can positively influence the lives and futures of the children around us. Her favorite activities to do with her class are ones that allow the children to be their most creative.

    Previous Experience:
    She has worked as a toddler teacher for 3 years before coming to KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Any "Llama Llama" book
    Year Started:
    3/9/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. China

    Ms. China, Toddlers

    Nine tenths of education is encouragement.

    Ms. China has been teaching young children for 5 years. She loves to enrich her classroom with teacher-made games and activities that allow the children to constantly have a new and exciting environment. Her strength is in her caring nature and her committment to every child that steps foot in the building. Ms. China does not let any child fail because she continuously encourages each child's personal strengths.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where The Wild Things Are"
    Year Started:
    2/10/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Iiesha

    Ms. Iiesha, Toddlers

    Education is a gift that no one can take away.

    Ms. Iiesha has been teaching for 6 years in early childhood settings. She has two children of her own and teaches her class as if she were teaching her own children, with love, patience, and praise. She likes creative expression in her class and allowing the children to display their own creativity through the use of a variety of materials including art, music, and dramatic play. Her goal is to provide the children with an environment that stimulates learning to the best of their abilities.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Good Night Moon"
    Year Started:
    5/17/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
  • 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. Sidney

    Ms. Sidney, Discovery Preschool 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. 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. 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Resa

    Ms. Resa, School Age

    Learning ignites a curiosity we never even knew we had.

    Ms. Resa is currently enrolled at the University of Cincinnati pursuing her degree in Psychology. She plans activities for her class that help the kids work together and develop their sense of community. She works diligently to help the children build character and become successful not only in school, but in their home lives as well. Ms. Resa leads her class with respect and teaches them that with hard work, all things are possible. 

    Year Started:
    5/4/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Juana, Floater

    It does not matter how slowly a child learns as long as you encourage them not to stop.

    Ms. Juana has been working the Early Childhood Education field for over 20 years, both as a teacher and as an administrator. In addition to working with our children, she is also an aide to local high school students. She connects with the kids in a way that encourages trust and respect. She loves giving the children the tools they need to problem solve on their own. She enjoys working with every classroom because every age group has a unique and fun way of learning. She learns from the kids every day as they are learning from her.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie"
    Year Started:
    5/9/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
  • Ms. Jasmine, Floater

    Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning.

    Ms. Jasmine aspires to be an elementary school teacher and is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Education. She is excited to work with every classroom and get to know each child as individuals. She believes that every child deserves the chance to have a positive educational experience, and she is honored to be a part of that.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"
    Year Started:
    9/26/2016
  • Ms. Latoya, Floater

    Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

    Ms. Latoya has dedicated herself to the care and education of others. She has worked as a caregiver for the elderly and for the developmentally disabled before becoming a teacher. She loves seeing the eager faces of children when they are introduced to a new idea. She is caring and compassionate with all of the children she serves and can't wait to watch them as they grow into our future leaders.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You Hear?"
    Year Started:
    10/7/2016

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

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

  • Nationally Accredited

    Nationally Accredited

  • Step Up to Quality Rated

    Step Up to Quality Rated

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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