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Cherry Creek KinderCare

Desirea Hudson, Center Director

550 Fox Ridge St. Columbus OH 43228
(614) 870-7375 Contact this center

Ages: 6 WEEKS to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
At Fox Ridge St and Old Sullivant in Cherry Creek Next Door to Cherry Creek YMCA

Neighborhood:
Cherry Creek

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Prairie Lincoln Elementary Prairie Norton Elementary Stiles Elementary Darby Woods Elementary Holt Crossing Intermediate Galloway Ridge Intermediate Imagine Great Western Imagine Sullivant Columbus Prep

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Welcome

Welcome to the Cherry Creek KinderCare, located in the Cherry Creek subdivision. Our passionate teachers provide quality care and education to young children and their families. Each of our classrooms is designed to foster your child's individual growth and development. Call or email us today to set up a time to see our wonderful facility and all the amazing things that happen every day at the Cherry Creek KinderCare!

Desirea Hudson, 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.

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

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at 550 Fox Ridge Kindercare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. The teachers are always implementing different ways of teaching styles and creative ways of education through excellence practices, reaching all children's needs and development. Altogether we have a combined 50 years of childcare experience in our building. Our teachers even go through training throughout the year for professional growth and development.

  • Desirea Hudson

    Desirea Hudson, Center Director

    Desirea is native to West Columbus and comes from a large multi-cultural family. Desirea brings with her a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from The Ohio State University- focused on child welfare and social/economic influence. She has more than 10 years in business management and people development. Her love for her own family and her humanitarian work with children from varied backgrounds has made Desirea a perfect addition to our family. Desirea currently holds CPR, First Aid, Communicable Disease and Child Abuse Certifications.

    Year Started:
    2/10/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Social Work
  • Jamie Boone

    Jamie Boone, Assistant Director

    Jaime has been an educator for nearly 15 years, and this is her second time getting to be a part of the KinderCare family. She has been a member of the Cherry Creek KinderCare since June 2013, previously working as a Toddler teacher at the Tara Hill KinderCare in Dublin, Ohio for two years. Jaime has been in an administrative position for five years and misses all the meaningful moments she shared with her Toddler class. She loves to step into classrooms and spend time with the children. Jaime loves working in Early Childhood Education and can't see herself doing anything else.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Megan W.

    Ms. Megan W., Preschool/Prekindergarten Classrooms

    Children develop at an amazing rate from birth to age three. I love being a part of those most impressionable years.

    Megan began her career with KinderCare in November of 2012. Most of her Early Childhood Education experience is with children birth to three years. She also has experience working with children with special needs, allowing her to broaden her teaching skills. Megan is an active parent at KinderCare, as her daughter has attended the program for years. Watching her daughter learn and grow with KinderCare showed Megan that she wanted to be a part of the learning and development for the younger children in the school. Megan has furthered her education through professional development trainings and has maintain her CPR and First Aid certifications.

    Year Started:
    11/19/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Services
  • Ms. Candy

    Ms. Candy, PreSchool/Prekindergarten and School Age Classrooms

    Love them, teach them, help them grow...your actions speak volumes!

    Candy is from Trenton, NJ and is a mother of one son whom she home schools and enjoys doing it. She loves spending time with her family on her days off. Candy comes from a large multi-cultural family. She began her career in Early Childhood Education in 2003 where she worked with toddlers and then Preschool and Prekindergarten. She has spent time in all classrooms, but mainly focuses on Preschool, Prekindergarten, and School Age now. She enjoys her time with children of all age groups. Candy has attended many trainings through American Red Cross and professional development session. She is currently certified in CPR and First Aid. Candy's hope is to further her education, with her next step being achieving a CDA (Child Development Associate) Certification.

    Year Started:
    3/31/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Carman

    Ms. Carman, Infant Classroom

    Carman has been with KinderCare since January 2013 and has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for 15 years with many different age groups. Throughout her career, she has had multiple trainings through Action for Children and the American Red Cross, including CPR and First Aid. Carman continues to attend trainings to further her Early Childhood Education knowledge.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Infants Classroom

    Stephanie works with our youngest stars- our infants. She brings to KinderCare previous experience working with infants and toddlers. She is a mother of 2 and truly enjoys working with children. Stephanie has her CPR and First Aid certifications and plans to start working towards her CDA (Child Development Associate) certification later this year.

    Year Started:
    12/1/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Support Staff and Substitute

    Shannon has been in Early Childhood Education for nearly 9 years. She started at a KinderCare in Grove City and later transferred to the Cherry Creek KinderCare. Shannon is an active parent with three School Age children. As the center Cook, Shannon loves being able to cook our children well-balanced meals and snacks. Shannon is also a certified Bus Driver and Substitute Teacher for the center. She participates in professional development to enhance her knowledge. She currently has certifications in CPR, First Aid, Communicable Disease and Child Abuse.

    Year Started:
    7/10/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9

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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

New Years Day- Closed
Labor Day- Closed
Fourth Of July- Closed
Memorial Day- Closed
Thanksgiving Day- Closed
Black Friday- Closed
Christmas Eve- Close Early
Christmas Day- Closed
 

Health and Safety

We have many things in place to create a healthy and safe enviroment for our children. All of our teachers are certified with CPR and First Aid. We have keypad entry into the classrooms and visitors must ring the doorbell to enter. Our playground is fenced in by a privacy fence. We also have a health and safety coordinatior that montoirs cleaning, safety and health concerns in our building. She also conducts weekly/monthly inspections and safety drills.

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 writing this letter to say how pleased I am with KinderCare Fox Ridge. My girls have fun during the day playing games, painting, and dancing. For Mother's Day and Father's Day, they made gifts. They get to learn and play through activities. They love the staff and enjoy helping them decorate and clean up the classrooms. As I said, I'm very pleased with this facility.

- Mother

The reason I bring my twins to KinderCare is because they love their teacher Mrs. Jaime! Every morning they are so excited to see her. It makes the day start off great. They learn great things while with Mrs. Jaime.

- Mother

My son Colton comes to the KinderCare on Fox Ridge. Mrs. Jaime shows Colton love and affection. He has learned so much since he has been here. He runs to her from me.

- Mother

I like to bring my kids here because it is a good place and it has a lot of activities. Also, they take good care of my kids. They help my kids learn different things like reading and writing.

- Mother

Miss Desirea-

Thank you so much for everything you have done for our son during his time with you! You and all your staff have been invaluable to our lives and made going to work that much easier knowing he is in such capable hands! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Much love!

- Mother

I love bringing my son to KinderCare because of the teachers. They take care of my son as if they were the parents. They do so much with the kids to make the time here fun as they learn.

- Mother
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