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Central Avenue KinderCare

Stacy Gant, Center Director

3625 Central Ave. Columbus IN 47203
(812) 376-8399 Contact this center

Ages: 1 YEAR-OLDS to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Intersection of RockyFord and Central Avenue

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Parkside Elementary School Lillian Schmidtt Elementary School WD Richards Elementary School Frances Smith Elementary School Columbus Signature Academy-Lincoln Campus Columbus Signatur Academy-Fodrea Campus St Bartholomew Catholic School St Peters Lutheran School

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We are so glad you have chosen to look into the Columbus KinderCare. Our team would love to meet you and show you our wonderful center. We have a beautiful back-yard where your child can explore and grow to their full potential. We also have wonderful classrooms full of adventure and education. We offer amazing nutritious meals guided by the federal food program. Our staff is professionally trained, experienced and highly qualified. Come in today for a tour and see the amazing quality of our program, facility and staff!

Stacy Gant, Center Director

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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.

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Our Programs

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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


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

Our teaching staff is made up of professionals that have a passion and desire to work with children, to see them grow and develop into their own person. The teachers are certified with their Child Development Associates Credential (CDA) or Bachelor's Degree. All of the staff at the center are dedicated to making sure your child is safe, secure, well taken care of and has a day filled with learning and adventure.

  • Stacy Gant

    Stacy Gant, Center Director

    Building bright futures for children

    Stacy Gant is our Center Director and has been with KinderCare since March of 2007. She started as a teacher in the preschool program and then moved into the management team. In January of 2012, she took over the Columbus KinderCare location as the Center Director. Since becoming the Director, her goal has been to make the center feel like a home away from home for the children. Her passion is to make families part of the center and to make sure that everyone feels involved and is comfortable. She wants the parents to be a partner in their child’s educational experience with us and she is dedicated to building a good strong relationship with each family that is built on trust and support.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, CDA Infants, Toddlers and Preschool
  • Kelsey Short

    Kelsey Short, Assistant Director

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    BA in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Wanda

    Ms. Wanda, Center Chef

    Year Started:
    23 Years
  • Ms. Destiney

    Ms. Destiney, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Caitlyn

    Ms. Caitlyn, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Early Discovery Preschool

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Carrie, Early Discovery Preschool

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Katy

    Ms. Katy, Preschool

    Year Started:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Maggie, PreKindergarten

  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Transitional Kindergarten

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, School Age

    Year Started:
    2 Years

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

Welcome to Central Avenue, Columbus KinderCare. This location is very accessible on the north end of Columbus right off of Central Avenue. We have a very diverse group of teachers, some with tenure and some with fresh ideas. We focus on making sure each and every child and family in our care is taken care of based on individual needs. Offering everything from beginning growth and developmental skills, to preparing your child for the beginning road to education. We also offer one on one time with each child and encourage family involvement in the child's classroom.

Stacy L. Gant, Center Director

Special Features

  • Peanut Free Environment

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Years Day – January 1, 2015
Presidents Day – February 16, 2015
Memorial Day – May 25, 2015
Independence Day – July 3, 2015
Labor Day – September 7, 2015
Columbus Day – October 12, 2015
Thanksgiving Day and Day After
November 26 & 27, 2015
Christmas Eve
December 24, 2015Close at 3:00pm
Christmas Day
December 25, 2015

Health and Safety

Keeping your child safe and secure is our first priority.Our school has a keypad entry for parents to enter into the building. All children must be signed in and out on our paper based roster on a daily basis by our teachers.  Please make sure you walk with your child to their classroom.  A teacher will be so happy to see you and your child each day.   We have fenced in and secure playground to allow the children opportunities to explore the outdoors.

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My son is five. He has been going to KinderCare since he was a little under two-years-old. It has been a great experience for us. The center that we previously went to had a director who did not relate well to the parents or children (in my opinion), so it was a very bad experience for me. Technically, I am a first-time mom with my son (I have a 15-year-old step-son who I have been with since he was two). I wore my heart on my sleeve, and I was probably super sensitive sometimes, but overall, I felt that our needs at the first daycare were not addressed. In particular, my son has asthma and a peanut allergy. The asthma was handled well, but there were two incidents where he was fed food that "may contain peanuts." Those incidents could have been life threatening for him. I am telling you this background because this was a very important point to me when I considered a new choice for my son and I. On a happy note, there is KinderCare. They have signs up that they are "Peanut Free" and they handle treats, celebrations, etc. as "Peanut Free" events. They are also very careful and vigilant when it comes to my son's asthma. I used to worry and call and check on him everyday at the first daycare. I have not done that since he was at KinderCare for about three weeks. The teachers are very loving and kind, but they are firm too, which as I am learning, a little boy needs sometimes. I feel that they are consistent, and they put the children first, always. If I have a concern, they address it immediately. The assistant director and/or center director will come out of the office and help teach the children, which is awesome. The assistant director and center director know all of the children's names and the teacher's names. If someone comes to pick up a child that they do not recognize, they call the parent and ask for the person's license to verify who they are. They have done this for my son on several occasions with his grandparents. I feel it is very secure. In addition, everyone can see everyone, so if a teacher does not feel well or a teacher needs help they can see the teachers in other rooms and ask them to step in or come over or get someone. They did this for my son one time with his asthma. I have to say, the first time I walked into the center, I thought this is not as big as our old center; it is an older building, smaller space; will the children stay separated? The answer is yes to all and there is something even more valuable for me in that my son is exposed to other ages sometimes, even if they are just lining up for classes. So he is comfortable with "school agers" and the "babies" as he calls them. He is also not uncomfortable if one of the teachers has to stand in for another teacher, he knows them all. Also, he has the opportunity to participate in extra activities at KinderCare, which we did not have at our other center. He is currently in cooking, phonics, and science. He loves these. I have to pay extra for them, but they are well worth it and he enjoys them. He is also in Kindergarten now at KinderCare and his teacher is a certified and licensed teacher. He is learning so much from her, and when I see him with other kids his age who go to some of the other local schools, he is further along than they are. The toddler teachers are very sweet and good with little ones. They sing, dance, play with, and guide the children. The preschool class is great too. The teachers teach them songs, Spanish, and they provide a strong presence. Both are great.! The Prekindergarten teachers are awesome. They are firm, fun, and teach the kids a lot. In all of the rooms, if my son is not listening, which he sometimes does, He is warned a few times, then has to sit with a book or a table by himself to think about how to act differently. This works well for all of us. Also, the teachers get along well with each other. I feel like my son is part of a community, not just part of the Kindergarten class. I also feel like I am part of that community. There are parent involved events, for example, pumpkin carving, a winter concert, parent/teacher conferences, meet the teacher night, etc. Ohhhh, they even do a parent date night sometimes, where you can leave your children at the center for them to have fun while you and your spouse go on a date. In addition, a big comfort for me is that a lot of the teachers have or have had their children go to that KinderCare, which says a lot to me. The Columbus KinderCare is perfect for us and our life. I feel like he is loved, taught, guided, nurtured, provided with structure, and behavior issues are managed effectively, consistently, and with a fair and even-handed approach. We love the Columbus KinderCare! We are very happy, and I have enjoyed the experience, and so has my son.

- Mother

This is without a doubt the BEST daycare/Kindergarten in this county!! I spent five years searching for somewhere I loved and my daughter loved, and we both felt she was safe that this is the place! She is constantly coming home with adorable and educational activities and has learned more in six months here than three years at her other daycare. The staff, especially Stacy, is amazingly friendly and helpful and I cannot thank them enough!

- Mother

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