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Tamarack KinderCare

Leslita Reed, Center Director

1955 Tamarack Circle North Columbus OH 43229
(614) 433-0625 Contact this center

Ages: 6 WEEKS to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Northtowne Parkmoor Forest Park

KinderCare kids are ahead of the others where it matters, when it matters!
KinderCare children rank as TOP PERFORMERS: 87% Language and Literacy; 95% Mathematical Thinking; 82% Scientific Thinking (than non-KinderCare children) Maryland Model for School Readiness research-based assessment and instructional system. Fall 2011.


Dear Parents,

Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center where your child's unique interest and talents will flourish. We are not just a child care center but we are a learning center! We make it our mission to provide a safe, nurturing, and caring environment for our children, parents, and staff. Our staff is dedicated to providing the best learning experience for your child  through daily activities and curriculum designed specifically for Kindergarten readiness!  We encourage you to stop by today!

Leslita Reed, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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.

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.


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.


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.

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center where I pride myself on providing the best early childhood education around. Our Education department has developed a curriculum that is completely focused on early childhood development, with emphasis on each of the early childhood domains. My team of highly qualified and trained teachrs, implement this curriculum to make certain that each child not only succeeds but also develop a life long love of learning.

  • Leslita Reed

    Leslita Reed, Center Director

    You'll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.

    Leslita has worked for KinderCare since 2006 and has been in Management for eight years.  She has a Master's of Education degree in Corporate Training and Knowledge Management from Jones International University, a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Cincinnati and an Associates of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Columbus State Community College. She has a 21 year old son and a two-year-old daughter. Leslita is very proud to be a part of the KinderCare family as an employee and as a parent. She enjoys watching the children grow and develop and building relationships with families. Leslita's goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children so they can develop into great leaders.  

    Previous Experience:
    Prekindergarten Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Years
    Master's of Education degree in Corporate Training and Knowledge Management, a Bachelor's of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Carol Wheeler

    Carol Wheeler, Assistant Director

    Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool, School Age and Learning Adventures Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chica, Chica, Boom, Boom by Bill Martin Jr
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Fatima

    Ms. Fatima, Toddler Classroom

    Fatima began her career at KinderCare in February of 2015. She enjoys watching children grow and develop. She is always open to learn new things and is excited for what her future holds. Children love being in her classroom because she is caring, loving and loves to have fun!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Farm Animal Touch and Feel Book
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • Miss Stephanie Klaeser

    Miss Stephanie Klaeser, School Age Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are?
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Raven Wynn

    Miss Raven Wynn, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Raven has worked for KinderCare for a year. She loves children and listening to them interact with each other.

    Previous Experience:
    Toddler teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Rosaline

    Ms. Rosaline, Infant Classroom

    Children make your life important.

    Ms. Rosaline has been with KinderCare since 2014. Her passion is working with infants and being their first teacher and leading them on their path to success. Her favorite thing about teaching is being able to watch them grow and progress every day. She loves the challenge of engaging young minds and watching the light bulb come on when a new idea or procedure clicks for them.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Ann Frantz

    Ms. Ann Frantz, Toddler Classroom

    A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer.

    Ms. Ann is our toddler teacher and has been in child care for 10 years. She recently just earned her Child Development Associate from Rasmussen College. She loves helping children grow and seeing them discovery new things everyday.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Are You My Mother
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Lakeece

    Ms. Lakeece, Preschool Classroom

    Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.

    Ms. Lakeece has been with KinderCare since 2012 and has enjoyed every moment. She is currently in the process of obtaining her Child Development Associate through Rasmussen College. Ms. Lakeece feels that the children are our future and believes we should provide the necessary tools for our children to succeed in life.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Dale

    Ms. Dale, Cook

    The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.

    Ms. Dale is our gourmet chef. She provides all the nutrional and delicious meals for our children each day. Ms. Dale has worked in ECE as a cook for over 10 years and enjoys every minute. She prides herself on being able to nourish the children's mind, body, and souls through food.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat in the Hat Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Miss Keshavi

    Miss Keshavi, Infant Classroom

    Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven. -Henry Ward Beecher, Reverend and Social Activist

    Ms. Keshavi is our infant teacher and has been with KinderCare since May 2015. She moved to The U.S. from India in 2011. She has four years of experience working with infants in India. She has one daughter and is happily married.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day

President's Day (closed for professional development day for the staff)

Memorial Day

Fourth of July

Labor Day

Columbus Day (closed for professional development day for the staff)

Thanksgiving and the Friday after

Christmas Day

Health and Safety

At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent / guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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

I am excited to share that as a parent I can attest that being at KinderCare and having my son be a part of the learning adventures program has my son looking forward to learning every day. He runs to me with evidence.  I recognize the letters and sounds that he has learned and the progress of writing skills he has gained. I encourage you to claim a spot for growth of your child's development.

- Mother

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