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Hard Road KinderCare

Lisa Biehl, Center Director

2001 Hard Rd. Columbus OH 43235
(614) 764-2994 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 10 YEAR-OLDS

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Special Instructions:
1 mile E of Sawmill


Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Brookside, Bluffsview, Liberty, Worthington Hills, Old Sawmill, Chapman, Granby Elementary Schools

Our NAC accredited and Step Up To Quality Accredited center is located in a central location among some of the best school districts in Central Ohio. We offer a wide range of diversity from our staff to our families. Our center also provides information about our community and resources available to all of our families. We also provide meals that follow the USDA guidelines of health and nutrition. The thematic curriculum is based on the seven educational foundations (language and literacy, math, science, social studies, music, visual arts, health and physical education). We also offer tutorial programming in Phonics.

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Welcome to KinderCare on Hard Road! We are located a mile from Sawmill Road and just a few steps from Smoky Row. We are located in both the Worthington and Dublin School Districts. Walking in the front door you are greeted by a friendly staff and a warm environment. Each room is designed to foster your child’s individual growth and development. We are passionate about each child’s growth and development from our Infant room to our School-age Classroom. Come in and meet the quality staff and experience the environment for yourself!

Lisa Biehl, Center Director

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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


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.

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. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center, the premiere early childhood learning center. We provide a high quality educational environment to your child through enriched daily activities, safe classroom environments, and quality staff members. As a staff we are dedicated to providing the best care and safest environment possible. We welcome you to ask any questions you may have at any time; feel free to stop in, email, or call. We feel privileged and honored that you have chosen us with the most precious people in your life. Thank you for trusting in us!

  • Lisa Biehl

    Lisa Biehl, Center Director

    Lisa Biehl has been with KinderCare since 1991 after graduating from The Ohio State University in with a Bachelor’s in Education. Lisa began as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher, moved into the role of Assistant Director in 1993, and became Director in 1995. Her goal is to create to strong partnership with the families in our community to ensure the best care and education for the children in her care. Lisa spends her free time with her three children and husband.

    Year Started:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1991
    Bachelors in Elementary Education
  • Abby Franz

    Abby Franz, Assistant Director

    Abby has been with KinderCare for 12 years, she started after obtaining he Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development from The Ohio State University. She began as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher in Worthington then moved to a center in Columbus as a Program Specialist. Abby started at the Hard Road center in 2009 and has loved it! As Assistant Director she loves the ability to work with the kids and also take on a managerial role. She says she get's the best of both worlds!

    Previous Experience:
    Pre-K teacher School Age teacher Program Specialist
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Paula

    Ms. Paula, Cook/Infants

    Paula has been with the company for 12 years. She left for a short time to stay home with her two children and returned in 2009. She has her Child Development Assosiates Degree which she earned in 2011. Paula joined the Hard Rd. center  in 2014 after spending several years at our Sawbury location. She loves to be with the babies and help them explore their new world!

    Previous Experience:
    School Age Teacher Pre Kindergarten Teacher
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Hayley

    Ms. Hayley, Infants

    Ms. Hayley joined the Hard Rd. KinderCare in 2014. She has also worked at our Bethel Rd. and Sawbury Ave. locations. Hayley loves all ages of children but, loves spending her days with the babies. Hayley is also working on her degree in Communications.
    Previous Experience:
    Infant Teacher Multiage Teacher
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Neera

    Ms. Neera, Infants

    Ms. Neera has recently re-joined our KinderCare family after taking a break to be with her family and travel to India. Neera worked for KinderCare for several years and is excited to be back to work with the babies!

    Previous Experience:
    Infant room teacher
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Jeannie

    Ms. Jeannie, Preschool Classroom

    Miss Jeannie is the Preschool teacher in our Early Foundations Preschool class. Jeannie began her career with KinderCare in August 2001 as the infant room teacher. Since then, Jeannie has worked with toddlers, two year olds, and now spends her days with the three year olds. Jeannie has four children of her own, ages ranging from 5 to 17 years old. In Jeannie’s free time she coaches youth soccer and teaches Sunday school.

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2001
  • Ms. Belkis

    Ms. Belkis, Toddler Room

    Prior to joining the KinderCare family, Belkis worked in the infant room at a local Christian Daycare. She has three children of her own, 18, 12, and 8. She and her husband also own a food truck in the Columbus area. She spends her free time cooking and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Infant room at Christian Daycare
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Michele

    Ms. Michele, Pre-Kindergarten

    Michele has been with KinderCare since 1987 and in the childcare field since 1978. Michele currently works with our four year olds, but has worked with every age group in the center. Michele has been also worked as an assistant director. However, her true love has always been in the classroom. She dedicates her career to the children at KinderCare and her life to her husband and daughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Center Director Assistant Director
    Year Started:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Lindsay

    Ms. Lindsay, Discovery Preschool

    Lindsay just started with us a year ago and is a great addition to the team! She has a 3 1/2 year old son named Colt. She has been working with kids for 8 years. She began as a full time nanny for three young girls. Lindsay was also a volunteer teaching art at an after school program as well. She is our Discovery Preschool teacher and really enjoys working with 2 and 3 year olds

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny Volunteer at afterschool program
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

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

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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 value the importance of safety at our center. Our front doors are always locked and parents and caregivers must have the door code to enter. Alternative pick-up people must have valid identification and must be listed on the child’s paperwork. Our center’s furniture and equipment is cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis to ensure that the children have a safe and clean learning environment. Ms. Jeannie is our Health and Safety Coordinator and she regularly monitors our health and safety procedures to ensure that we are maintaining a safe and clean center.

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My son is in the schoolage room and he has been attending since he was six weeks old! We love Ms. Lisa and the entire staff! Not only was my son prepared for Kindergarten, he has excelled socially. Love the center and staff, we feel like Family!

J. Geiger
Mom, first grade son

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