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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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Special Instructions:
Maple Canyon

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.
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Welcome

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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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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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. Friday December 16, 2016
    1. Winter Wonderland Festival

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      Please come join us in Winter fun, crafts and singing.

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:
    8/25/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Years
    Education:
    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:
    10/24/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    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:
    7/14/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Miss Stephanie Klaeser

    Miss Stephanie Klaeser, School Age Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are?
    Year Started:
    9/11/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • 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:
    10/20/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    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:
    7/9/2014
    Tenure:
    2 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:
    8/6/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    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:
    5/7/2012
    Tenure:
    4 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:
    6/9/2014
    Tenure:
    2 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:
    5/11/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Child Development Associate

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. Friday December 16, 2016
    1. Winter Wonderland Festival

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      Please come join us in Winter fun, crafts and singing.

  3. 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.

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 apart of the learning adventures program has my son looking forward to learning everyday. 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.
                                                                       -Kavana


 
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