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Cleveland Ave KinderCare

Angie Blankenship, Center Director

5351 Cleveland Ave. Columbus OH 43231
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Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
two blocks S of 161

Neighborhood:
Cleveland Avenue

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Avalon

The KinderCare Learning Center on Cleveland Avenue has received its Step up to Quality Two Star Accreditation. Step Up To Quality recognizes early care and education programs that exceed quality benchmarks over and above Ohio's licensing standards. Star rated programs ares special because it means highly trained teachers, fewer children per classroom, early education programming, and commitment to continuous improvement.

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Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare on Cleveland Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. We are located at 5351 Cleveland Avenue in between Morse Road and 161. In order to get into our parking lot you will need to turn on to Teakwood Drive. Walking into our building you will notice a large welcoming lobby area and our friendly staff will welcome you into our learning environment. From our infant to school age classrooms, our curriculum encourages and fosters you child’s development.

Angie Blankenship, 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.

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

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.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Cleveland and Teakwood KinderCare want to see every child grow and develop during their time with us. Our staff members have an cumulative of over 125 years of experience working in Early Childhood Education. The majority of our staff members have either obtained a Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Child Development Associate's Credential or are currently in school working towards a degree. All of our staff receive at least 20 hours of training a year in the field of Early Childhood Education. We believe that the more our staff is educated in child development the more of an impact they can make on the children that we serve each day.

  • Angie Blankenship

    Angie Blankenship, Center Director

    One of the greatest joys in life is to know that you helped in some small way to make a difference in the the life of a child. I look forward to meeting you and your family soon.

    Angie graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Ohio University. After graduating, she worked for Children's services in Ross County, Ohio and then in the private sector as a foster home consultant. Her family moved to Vancouver, Washington where she worked as a Director for a program at All Saints Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. During this time, her daughter went to a KinderCare. Upon returning to Ohio in late 1999, she inquired about employment with KinderCare because she had such a positive experience with the center her daughter attended. Angie was hired in January of 2000 as the Director of this center.

    Year Started:
    1/12/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Melissa Gray

    Melissa Gray, Assistant Director

    KinderCare is a great company to work for and provides many opportunities for growth. Our center is full of wonderful, encouraging teachers who make it a blessing to come to work each day.

    Ms. Melissa graduated from Ball State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a kindergarten endorsement. Upon starting at KinderCare, Ms. Melissa was a toddler teacher, then moved up through the classes to PreK. In March 2015 Ms. Melissa started in her new role as the assistant director. She is looking forward to the new challenges that await!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type"
    Year Started:
    5/7/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Kindergarten Endorsement
  • Ms. Malaysia

    Ms. Malaysia, floater

    My name is Malaysia Taylor! I have been working with children for 2.5 years. I have always had a passion and desire to work with children. I enjoy seeing them grow and explore all possibilities. Something that I am also passionate about is fashion and animals, as well as, art and design. I am the mother of a little girl named Autumn. I am Steelers fan and a Miami Heat fan! I am easy to get along with and a very outgoing person. I always strive to be the best that I can be and remain positive. I believe that is the key to life!

    Year Started:
    11/19/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Lyndsay

    Ms. Lyndsay, Infant Classroom

    I have chosen to work at KinderCare because teaching is truly my passion.

    Ms. Lindsay is our Infant teacher. She earned her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Development from Capella University in 2010, and has been working in early childhood development since 2006.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Any of the books by Roald Dahl.
    Year Started:
    11/9/2009
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Mindy

    Ms. Mindy, Infant Classroom

    I believe that my purpose in life is to teach children and to watch their minds grow.

    Ms. Mindy was born and raised in Ohio. She moved to Columbus in 2010. She started at KinderCare in February of 2014 as a Floating Teacher, and now works in the Infant Classroom. Ms. Mindy plans on starting college in 2015 in Child Development and wanted to work at KinderCare so she could gain experience working with children. Ms. Mindy has three beautiful sons of her own, Messiah, Marcwan, and Mykel. She believes that we only have one life and during it we should do something to make it better. She hopes that you will stop by the center and meet her.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mindy has previous experience babysitting.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Green Eggs and Ham"
    Year Started:
    2/17/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
  • Ms. Margo

    Ms. Margo, Infant Classroom (Opening Management)

    I get so excited when I see them learn something new, there is no greater satisfaction then to know you have said or done something to influence a young person's life.

    Ms. Margo has been with the KinderCare family for over fourteen years now. She has held many positions here, including teacher, cook and office assistant, and has loved each of those positions. She is currently our opening manager and an Infant classroom teacher. Children learn from what they see and the people that care for them. It is her desire to set a good example and be a good role model for them.

    Year Started:
    7/14/1997
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
  • Ms. Elsa

    Ms. Elsa, PreKindergarten

    My Name is Elsa and I enjoy reading, cooking, and taking walks with my son. I've been in childcare since 2009. I received my Child Development Associate in 2013 and my goal is to go back to school and earn my degree in Child Development.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Napping House
    Year Started:
    4/24/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Mr. Jack

    Mr. Jack, School Age

    It's a joy to work with children. It brings the creativity out of you.

    My name is Jack Johns and I graduated from Northland High School in 2011. Afterwards, I went to Columbus State for theatre. I've worked in other professions such as the food industry and customer service. Now I have chosen to work in the child care profession and pursue a college degree in Early Childhood Education. I want to see children's dreams come true and to see them grow up to be successful in life.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Frozen"
    Year Started:
    3/3/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Charity

    Ms. Charity, Toddler Classroom

    I am excited about being a part of the KinderCare team and making a difference in children's lives.

    Ms. Charity is originally from Detroit, Michigan. She has attended Wayne County Community College for three years and studied Business Administration. Ms. Charity has a black and white cat, named Pepper, whom she loves dearly. She comes from a large family of six children in which she is the third oldest. Every day she tries to help other people and make them happy.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything by Dr. Seuss!
    Year Started:
    3/31/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy working with children; watching them learn and grow every day.

    Ms. Jessica was born and raised in Ohio. She moved to England where she graduated from High School. After living in England for three years, she moved back to Ohio in 2012. Ms. Jessica has a daughter, named Gabrielle Lucy, who attends the center. When not at work Ms. Jessica is spending her time with her daughter and their two dogs.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jessica worked at another child care center before coming to KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Green Eggs and Ham" and "One Fish, Two Fish..."
    Year Started:
    4/14/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Avery

    Ms. Avery, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love to see children's imaginations flourish and grow. Their enthusiasm for discovery is infectious.

    For three and a half years Ms. Avery was a teacher in Boston, Massachusetts. She worked with a classroom of 20 wonderful Toddlers! Before that, she was a student at Boston University where she earned her degree in Creative Writing. She hopes to one day write books for children. Ms. Avery strongly believes that children learn through play. She strives each day to provide something creative for the children to explore and learn from. Ms. Avery has never felt a greater sense of accomplishment then when a student of hers figures something out for themselves. Ms. Avery would love for your to take a few minutes to visit her class and see what they are exploring today.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining our center Ms. Avery worked as a Toddler teacher in Boston, Massachusetts.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Harry Potter"
    Year Started:
    1/20/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Creative Writing
  • Ms. Kay

    Ms. Kay, PreK Classroom

    I love teaching children, but more importantly, I love to learn from them. The children I work with push me to be a better teacher.

    Ms. Kay received her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education and Music. She taught music in Fairfax Public Schools in Virginia. She also taught Prekindergarten for nine years prior to coming to work for KinderCare. Since starting at KinderCare, Ms. Kay has taught in the Toddler, Preschool and School Age classrooms. She has two sons who take up most of her time when not working. Ms. Kay loves to sing and spending time with her family.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"
    Year Started:
    9/26/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Music
  • Mr. Antoine

    Mr. Antoine, Preschool Classroom

    I work at KinderCare so I can impact children on a daily basis.

    Mr. Antoine is from Miami, Florida and obtained his degree in Anthropology from Syracuse University. He has worked with the public school districts while in school, working with children of all ages. Mr. Antoine plans to return to school and earn a Master's Degree in Counseling. He hopes to one day earn his license as a counselor to help impact children's lives in a positive way.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Antoine has worked with children from the ages of three to sixteen years, mainly in the public school setting.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Polar Express"
    Year Started:
    3/18/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology
  • Ms. Sharon

    Ms. Sharon, School Age Classroom

    There is no greater joy than to see the children discover something new each day. A hug and a smile from them always brightens my day.

    Ms. Sharon has been with KinderCare since the Spring of 2012. During this time she has been our primary School Age teacher, but has spent time in every classroom. She uses her education and experience to introduce new concepts and activities to the children on a daily basis.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Sharon spent fifteen years teaching elementary school and five years teaching middle school.
    Year Started:
    5/7/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum Instruction, Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kris

    Ms. Kris, Cook (Closing Management)

    I enjoy working in Early Childhood Education because we get to help build our future.

    Ms. Kris is our Center Cook and closing manager. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Ohio State University in Natural Resources. She also received her Child Development Associate's Credential with a Preschool emphasis in 2007. In her time at KinderCare she has worked with every age group and loves all the different ages.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The B Book"
    Year Started:
    11/15/1993
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Natural Resources, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Beth

    Ms. Beth, Floating Teacher

    I enjoying working with all of the children at the center and getting to watch them learn, grow and develop.

    Ms. Beth starting her career with KinderCare at a center in Dublin, Ohio in July of 2012. She transferred to the KinderCare on Cleveland Avenue the following summer and now works as a Floating Teacher. In this position Ms. Beth gets the privilege of working and developing a relationship with every child in the center. Ms. Beth is currently enrolled in Columbus State Community College for Nursing.

    Year Started:
    7/30/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree in Nursing
  • Ms. Chantel

    Ms. Chantel, Floating Teacher

    Early Childhood Education is very important to me because I believe that the connections a child makes in their early years provide them with confidence and life skills they will use their entire life.

    Ms. Chantel joined our team in September of 2013. She graduated from Logan Elm High School. She worked as a soccer coach and art teacher at the YMCA. Ms. Chantel decided to work for KinderCare because they show a real interest in the development of the children and in the growth of the staff. Her goal each day is to have a meaningful connection with the children and to get them excited about learning through the activities she plans for her class. Ms. Chantel welcomes you to visit her class and to see the exciting things her children are working on.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Chantel worked as a Youth Soccer Coach and Art Teacher at the YMCA.
    Year Started:
    9/3/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Tawana

    Ms. Tawana, Preschool

    Having young children of my own I understand the importance of Early Childhood Education. I love the structure of KinderCare and can see the growth and development the our curriculum provides for the children.

    Ms. Tawana is a Preschool/Prekindergarten Floating Teacher, which means she works in all of our Preschool and Prekindergarten classrooms. Before working at KinderCare, Ms. Tawana had worked in the Early Childhood Education field for twelve years. Upon being hired at KinderCare she was assigned to the Prekindergarten classroom, but soon discovered that she enjoyed working with all of the children through our the Preschool and Prekindergarten program. Ms. Tawana is currently enrolled in an Associates Program in Early Childhood Education at Ashford University. Every day when coming to the center, her goals are to maintain a safe and clean environment for the children as well as implementing the daily lesson plans to help the children grow and develop.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Snowy Day"
    Year Started:
    5/8/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

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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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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

As your Health and Safety Coordinator, I take great pride in making sure that our center provides a clean and safe environment for you and your child. Each teacher in our building follows a daily cleaning checklist to ensure all aspects of each classroom are clean. This helps reduce germs and the spread of infections. We practice monthly fire and disaster drill so that in the event of an emergency we will be prepared. In addition, each staff member is required to become certified in CPR, First Aid, and Communicable Disease within the first year of hire. Our building is secured at all times by a locked door with a PIN and guests must ring a doorbell to be buzzed into the center. All visitors are greeted by the office upon arrival. Your ease of mind in knowing that your child is cared for in a clean and safe environment is our first priority! We hope that you feel at home in our center. - Kris Salyer, Health and Safety Coordinator

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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The experience I have had with the teachers since my children have been enrolled with KinderCare has been great. I have seen so much improvement in my children's vocabulary and willingness to learn. I have recommended the Cleveland Ave KinderCare to all of my family and friends, expressing to them that it is such a great childcare center.

- Mother

The teachers at KinderCare truly care about my children's well being and growth. They are always kind and are sharing stories every day about what my children have done that day. My children are always excited to come to the center and look forward to telling me all the new things they have learned My two-year-old comes home singing songs and his teachers have been a great help with potty training. My four-year-old is learning so much and already seems prepared for Kindergarten next year. My children have also learned social skills and they really love their teachers. Neither myself, nor my children have had a complaint about the center.

- Mother

All of my son's teachers have been great and have taught him many new things. My son loves his teachers at KinderCare. I really like that the center keeps my son busy learning and doing new things. The teachers take time for each child. Also, the center always has a lot of fun and exciting things planned during the summer months.

- Mother
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