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Cranberry KinderCare

Holly Cessna, Center Director

1321 Freedom Rd. Cranberry Cranberry Township PA 16066
(724) 776-2122 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
Next to Hampton Inn on Executive Drive

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Halne and Rowan, Kindergarten transportation for pm kindergarten only (1/2 day programs in area)

Celebrating 30 Years of Educating and Nurturing Cranberry's Children!!

 

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Welcome

Welcome to our center located in Cranberry Township. Our education experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play, blocks, art, writing, library, and math/science in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich learning, social play, and child-initiated discovery.
You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re developing early literacy and writing skills.
Our education department has consulted with leading early childhood experts to insure that our curricula are developmentally appropriate and meet all the learning domains. Our newly refreshed curricula align with the Common Core and are crosswalked with the PA Early Learning Standards.
Recent research conducted in MD and FL has shown that children who attended KinderCare were better prepared and more successful in kindergarten than their peers that did not attend a KinderCare. Similar research is currently being conducted in partnership with the PA Department of Education and we look forward to those results.
We are very proud to let you know that we're nationally accredited by NAEYC as a high-quality early learning center and are a Keystone STAR 4 center - the highest quality rating in our state!
Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning, growth, and development!

Holly Cessna, 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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

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.

Soccer Shots, Gymagic Bus

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday August 03, 2015
    1. Mrs. Goos Feathers In-House Event

  2. Monday August 10, 2015
    1. Bricks 4 Kidz In-House Event

Teachers & Staff

KinderCare Cranberry prides ourselves on employing the best staff to give your child the high quality care and education they deserve. Our teachers all have degrees, are CPR and First Aid certified, and must complete 24 hours of continuing education each year.

  • Holly Cessna

    Holly Cessna, Center Director

    “Early Childhood Education is my passion and calling. 90% of a child’s brain development happens within the first 5 years of his or her life. Our children deserve to have the very best learning experiences and care from birth to build a solid foundation for later school and life success.”

    Holly entered  the education field because educating our youngest children is her passion. She started her career in Raleigh, North Carolina as a first grade teacher in a year-round school. Upon moving to Pennsylvania, she became the After School Coordinator for a non-profit organization where she became involved in writing grants. Holly co-wrote The Early Reading First and Prekindergarten Counts grants that were awarded to the organization. She also became the Prekindergarten Counts and Transition Coordinator. After several years in those roles, Holly became a Center Director. When the opportunity to join KinderCare Learning Centers opened up, Holly jumped at the chance to join the nationally recognized organization that brings the highest quality education to our youngest children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Holly was a first grade teacher, After School Coordinator, PreK Counts/Transition Coordinator, and Center Director at other centers.
    Year Started:
    1/7/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Child Development, Director's Credential
  • MaryEllen Lopinto

    MaryEllen Lopinto, Assistant Director

    Childhood is such a short, sweet time and I am honored to share these magical days with your child!  Making children feel loved and safe is my passion.

    Ms. Maryellen joing the KinderCare family in 1995 as one of the infant teachers.  She also worked as a teacher in the toddlers and discovery  preschool classes before becoming a staff trainer.  She was promoted to Assistant Director in 2000.  Ms. Maryellen belives that her 18 years of experience and loyalty to KinderCare proves her dedication to countless families.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare MaryEllen was a nanny.
    Year Started:
    9/18/1995
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Tammi Harding

    Tammi Harding, Program Specialist / LA Teacher

    Children are the future; I am honored and humbled to be a part of their life's journey

    Ms. Tammi has been with KinderCare for 6 years, but has a total of 15 years of early childhood education experience. She was one of the preschool teachers and shared many meaningful moments with the children over the years! She won Teacher of Excellence for 2013 for her relationships with the children and families, her teaching skills, her ability to add educational and fun enhancements to our thematic untis and for making the classroom a fun and interactive learning environment. In the summer of 2014, Ms. Tammi was promoted to Program Specialist to mentor and work with all the teachers and classrooms.  Ms. Tammi is also a KinderCare parent! She has 3 children all of whom attend KinderCare, so she has seen, first hand, the wonderful influence that quality early learning can have on a child and his family!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tammi was a preschool teacher for 2.5 years and then the Center Director for 7.5 years at Young Friends Childcare Center in Streetsboro, Ohio. Ms. Tammi then moved to Cranberry Township and joined the KinderCare family
    Year Started:
    3/28/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's
  • Ms. Brenda

    Ms. Brenda, Infant A

    I became an educator so I could inspire children to learn just as my teachers forstered my love of knowledge.  I treasure each and everyday that I enhance my students' skills and abilities.

    Ms. Brenda is a wife, mother, grandmother, and educator.  She has four children of her own and two stepchildren that have all reached adulthood.  She is so proud of the adults they have become as they embark on college and their careers.  Ms. Brenda has a grandaughter who is the angel light of her life and a step-grandaughter that keeps her busy.  Family and children are the passion of Ms. Brenda's life.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Ms. Brenda was at the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit and also McGuire Memorial School.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Special Education Paraeducator Certificate
  • Ms. Stacy, Infant B

    I love helping and witnessing infants and toddlers develop to reach those all important milestones.

    Ms. Stacy received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.  Ms. Stacy plans to obtain her Master's degree in Early Childhood Education.  Ms.Stacy focuses on many hands-on activities to help the infants reach their milestones.  These activities include educational play, one-on-one time, and lots of engaging story time and singing!

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Ms. Stacy spent 9 years as a private nanny.
    Year Started:
    9/2/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    BS in Psychology
  • Ms. Dana

    Ms. Dana, Toddler

    I love teaching children and the pride they have in themselves when they learn something new and master a new skill!

    Dana has been working at KinderCare for over a year in the Toddler classroom.  She loves developing new hands-on learning activities and crafts for the children to learn and grow.  She also likes to encourage the children to learn and practice their social skills with one another.  Seeing the smiles from the children each morning is why Dana loves her job!

    Year Started:
    10/1/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    BS in Social Work
  • Ms. Annie

    Ms. Annie, Toddler

    I've always wanted to work with children and KinderCare allows me the opportunity to help them learn and grow.

    Annie has been at KinderCare for two years and has found her passion - teaching children.  Annie is a co-teacher with Ms. Dana in the toddler classroom and loves it very much.  She's always there by their side when they need a hug or extra loving.

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny
    Year Started:
    9/8/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Stephanie, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Stephanie has been teaching in the DPS clssroom since August.  She graduated from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and hen moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia where she taught 5th grade.  Ms. Stephanie moved back to Pennsylvania this summer to be closer to her family and start her own family.

    Ms. Stephanie loves early childhood education and enjoys exposing the children to new activities in order to develop fine/gross motor skills.  Ms. Stephanie considers her students in DPS as her own children and looks forward to seeing their smiling faces everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stephanie was a 5th grade teacher in Virginia before returning to PA.
    Year Started:
    8/3/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education
  • Ms. Samantha, Preschool

    Every child is a different kind of flower and all together makes this world a BEAUTIFUL garden.

    Ms. Samantha graduated from Wilmington College in Ohio with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Education.  Samantha believes in building relationships with her students and encouraging her students to build relationships with others through play.  Ms. Samantha believes strongly in hands-on centers,  In her classrooms, she provides and implements positive reinforcement at all times.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Samanth has been a Child Development Specialist and a Therapeutic Staff Specialist
    Year Started:
    10/27/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts - Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Amy, Pre-Kindergarten

    Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but my experiences in the environment" - Maria Montessori

    Ms. Amy started with KinderCare in October 2014.  She received her Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education from Robert Morris University in 2010.  Amy believes children learn through hands-on experiences that stimulate fund and learning.  She also believes it is very important to build a sense of community within the classroom beginning at an early age through trust and activities adapted for different learning styles.  By recognizing that every student in the classroom is special and has something exciting to offer to the overall classroom learning experience, this makes the Pre-K room very student-driven and dynamic in many ways.  Learning will come natural to the children with a mixture of a structured curriculum and daily access to independent learning centers that offer more flexibility for students to play and learn at their own pace.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amy was a teacher at Play Academy Daycare. She has also been a preschool teacher. Ms. Amy experienced her student teaching in 3rd grade, Kindergarten, and also in 4th grade at The International School of Aruba.
    Year Started:
    10/14/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    2.5
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology
  • Ms. Kerry

    Ms. Kerry, Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Kerry started working with KinderCare in 2003 while she was going to college.  She started working in the Discovery Preschool classroom as a teacher's helper loving and nurturing the two year-olds.  Since that first experience, Ms. Kerry has taught every age group in the KinderCare centers.  Upon graudation, Ms. Kerry taught Kindergarten at the Wexford center.  Ms. Kerry has also taught at the Ross Center and the Seven Fields center.  Ms. Kerry is the teacher in our private school licensed Kindergarten Class at the Cranberry center working hard to build upon the early education foundation with the core kindergarten skills.  Her children will leave her classroom ready for first grade in the public schools.

    Year Started:
    1/2/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    BS in Liberal Studies and is PA State Certified in Kindergarten for Private Schools
  • Ms. Angela, School Age

    Seeing a child's expression when learning something new is the highlight of my day.

    Ms. Angela graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2000 with a degree in Elementary Education.  She was hired by KinderCare to be the School Age teacher.  After a year, she left KinderCare but returned in 2009 as the School Age teacher.  Her time with the older children brings joy to her days.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    BS in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Jessie, Cook

    I am in love with making children smile and laugh.  I try to find something special for every child to enjoy.

    Ms. Jessie is currently our cook.  She has been with KinderCare for two years and is currently taking classes from Rasmussen College to earn her Child Development Associates.  Jessie loves to brighten each child's day through art.  You can find her, in her spare moments, drawing pictures for the children.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2

August 2015 Events

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  1. Monday August 03, 2015
    1. Mrs. Goos Feathers In-House Event

  2. Monday August 10, 2015
    1. Bricks 4 Kidz In-House Event

  3. Friday August 14, 2015
    1. Carnegie Museum of Art Field Trip

  4. Monday August 17, 2015
    1. Color Mixing In-House Event

  5. Wednesday August 19, 2015
    1. Knob Hill Park

  6. Friday August 21, 2015
    1. Incline Ride & Hard Rock Cafe Lunch

  7. Monday August 24, 2015
    1. Summer Farewell Party

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

At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of great importance. From daily sign-in to strict parent or guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

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 daughter just loves to go to school every morning! It is so comforting knowing that she is in such great hands. The teachers are friendly and knowledgeable about her needs. The management staff is great and always there if I have any questions or concerns.

- Mother

KinderCare has been a great school for my two boys. I feel very confident in their teachers and love how excited they are to go to school every day.

- Mother
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