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West Broad KinderCare

Mauri Bowman-Smith, Center Director

5381 West Broad St. Columbus OH 43228
(614) 851-1431 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Off 270 one mile west past Doctors West Hospital.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Alton Hall (after school only) Darby Woods Prairie Lincoln Prairie Norton Great Western Academy Columbus Prepatory Academy Columbus Prepatory Fitness Sullivant Imagine Stiles Galloway Ridge Intermediate Transportation is available to and from a charter school as long as family LIVES within the South-Western City SD.

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Welcome

Welcome to the West Broad Street KinderCare in Columbus, Ohio. We pride ourselves on our inclusive atmosphere. We get to know each individual family and find out what is important to them. We create a safe environment in which the children can thrive and learn. Our teachers have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Mauri Bowman-Smith, 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.

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.

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.

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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

The teachers and staff at the West Broad KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. All together, we have a combined 104 years of childcare experience bundled into one building.

  • Mauri Bowman-Smith, Center Director

    Early Childhood Education is a calling. I can't imagine doing anything else. I am so glad it chose me.

    Mauri Bowman-Smith started at this facility in March of 1996 as a Toddler Teacher. She also has experience as an Education Coordinator and Assistant Director. Currently, she has the pleasure of supporting the children, parents and teachers from a Center Director standpoint.

    Previous Experience:
    She previously volunteered as a youth basketball coach for SouthWestern.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Guess How Much I Love You- By Sam McBratney
    Year Started:
    3/11/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates
  • Christina Large, Assistant Director

    I look forward to each day because each day is a new beginning, a new lesson, a new milestone, a new smile, and a new day.

    Christina started at KinderCare in December of 1997 as a Toddler teacher. She quickly worked her way to the Assistant Director position, where she is today. She is currently working on her Bachelor's Degree and hopes to continue working with children for many years to come.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Stinky Face- By Lisa McCourt
    Year Started:
    12/8/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates, pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Wilma

    Ms. Wilma, Cook/ Health and Safety Coordinator

    My day is complete with each smile that I create on a child's face.

    Ms. Wilma started in March of 1997.  She has worked with every age group, but her favorite part of the day is spending extra time in the Infant and Toddler rooms each day reading books to the children.  She makes it a point to incorporate health, safety, and nutrition into everyday learning at the Center.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear- By Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    3/11/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
  • Ms. Diane

    Ms. Diane, Infants

    I love being around the children. They learn new skills everyday, and I am so proud to be a part of their lives.

    Ms. Diane started at KinderCare in November of 1997. She is currently attending Rasmussen College majoring in Early Childhood Education.  She has been an integral part of every program that we offer. She has been in our Infant classroom for several years and continues to nurture and care for our children under 18 months everyday.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear- By Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    11/14/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Tonya

    Ms. Tonya, Infants

    The favorite part of my day is arrival time when the children greet me with open arms and a big hug.

    Ms. Tonya has been in the Early Childhood field for 21 years. She has spent the majority of this time at our location. She particularly enjoys planning the learning activities for this age group.  Everything is a brand new experience for them and it is exciting for her to get to experience it with them.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Super Fudge- By Judy Blume
    Year Started:
    3/11/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
  • Ms. Claudia

    Ms. Claudia, Infants

    I want to see every child happy and healthy.

    Ms. Claudia began at our Learning Center in May of 2014. She is a great addition to our Infant room. Her favorite part of the job is the various Sensory activities that they plan for each theme. Seeing the faces of the children as they discover new smells or feel new textures is what makes the activities so enjoyable.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham- By Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    5/29/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Toddlers

    There is nothing more satisifying than watching my toddlers learn and grow.

    Ms. Denise has been working at KinderCare for 6 years, but has over 25 years experience in the Early Childhood field. She has worked with every age group, but her favorite age group, by far, is the Toddler Class. She loves talking with them and sharing stories about their days with their parents.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Caps For Sale- By Esphyr Slobodkina
    Year Started:
    10/3/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
  • Ms. Tracie

    Ms. Tracie, Toddlers

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."- Benjamin Franklin

    Ms. Tracie has been with KinderCare since May of 2009.  She started in the Preschool room and moved to the Toddler room and quickly knew that was where she belonged. She really enjoys working with this age group.  She started here after she received a two year certificate in Early Childhood Education at a Technicial School.  That is where she got the feel of how a childcare center runs. She loved it so much, seven years later she is still educating children.

    Previous Experience:
    Two Year Certification in Early Childhood Education from Tolles Technical Center
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Over In the Meadow- By Feodor Rojankovsky and John Langstaff
    Year Started:
    5/11/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Pre-Kindergarten

    It's very exciting to watch a child learn something new everyday.

    Ms. Heather is currently our Pre-K teacher. She has also worked in the Infant and Toddler classrooms but enjoys her role as a Pre-K teacher. She enjoys spending time developing young minds and loves hearing their perspective on the world around them.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar- By Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    8/13/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
  • Ms. Andrea

    Ms. Andrea, Preschool

    I love my job because everyday I get to work with children and they always put a smile on my face.

    Ms. Andrea joined our team at KinderCare in July of 2014, after graduating from Tolles Technical Center with a certification in Early Childhood Education. She works at the center part time and is continuing her education at Columbus State Community College pursuing a degree in Education. She particularly likes planning projects for the children that encourage them to work together and playing gross motor games to help the children get the exercise they need each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Two Year Certification in Early Childhood Education from Tolles Technical Center
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat in the Hat- Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    7/16/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3

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

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
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

We have many things in place to create a healthy and safe environment for our children. We have a keypad entry and visitors must ring the doorbell to enter. Our playground is fenced in by a privacy fence and all gates are locked from the inside of the playground. We also have a Health and Safety coordinator who is in charge of monthly inspections and conducting safety drills.

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