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Cleveland Ave KinderCare

Amanda Boester, Center Director

5351 Cleveland Ave. Columbus OH 43231
(614) 891-4444 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Two blocks south of 161

Neighborhood:
Cleveland Avenue

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Avalon

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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.

Amanda Boester, 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.

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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.

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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 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.

  • Amanda Boester, Center Director

    Melissa has been with KinderCare since 2005. During her time at KinderCare she has worked in every single classroom and even helped out as center cook. Melissa arrived at our center in May 2015 and has hit the ground running. In the short time that she has been with us, she has established great relationships with the children, parents and staff.She looks forward to meeting with you soon.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I'll Love You Forever"
    Year Started:
    11/17/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate and a background in Business Management
  • Stephanie Speakman

    Stephanie Speakman, 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's 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 Prekindergarten. In March 2015 Ms. Melissa started in her new role as the Assistant Director. She is looking forward to the new challenges that await!

    Year Started:
    5/2/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years in related field
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Mrs. Rosa, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    8/28/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Secondary Languages
  • Mrs. Laverne, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    4/11/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Associate in Child Development
  • Mrs. Rhonda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    3/29/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
  • Ms. Amber, Toddler Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    In Home Provider
    Year Started:
    7/5/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
  • Ms. Bryannah, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    8/10/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • 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:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Tawana

    Ms. Tawana, Toddler Classroom

    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 Toddler Teacher, which means she works with our children that are between the ages of 18 months and two-and-a-half years old. Before working at KinderCare, Ms. Tawana had worked in the Early Childhood Education field for 12 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 Associate 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Mindy

    Ms. Mindy, School Age 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
  • Ms. Kris

    Ms. Kris, Program Specialist

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

    Ms. Kris is our Program Specialist and Cook. 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:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Natural Resources, Child Development Associate's Credential

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.

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. - Avery LuBell, 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.

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