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Cranberry KinderCare

Holly Cessna, Center Director

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

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Halne and Rowan, Kindergarten transportation for pm kindergarten only (1/2 day programs in area)

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

Celebrating 31 Years of Educating and Nurturing Cranberry's Children!!

 

AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited - nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

SCHOOL-READY

What Learning Looks Like

Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

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 Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)

In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. Kids in this delightful and delicious program whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!

Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)

KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.

Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)

Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)

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Our Teachers

We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.

Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!

A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH

An Artist's Heart

"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.

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We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • At six months old, I put my son into the care of a woman who watched children at her home. I thought that a 'family' environment would be best for him. He was sick all the time and I didn't think other families were respectful to each other. 

    We switched to a KinderCare next to my office. He was just under a year at that time. He blossomed under the care of trained professionals. They recognized he had a sensory disorder and we got him therapy right away. I loved that KinderCare, I am still friends with one of the ladies that cuddled my son everyday. 

    When my job was changing, I was heartbroken knowing I had to leave that KinderCare.  I wanted to switch to KinderCare of Cranberry, but the cost was a bit too high. I settled for another care center. My son never really adjusted well. He cried everyday,  and he was sick so much. I missed a ton of work, and the poor thing seemed to always be at the doctor's office or on another antibiotic. Most teachers were kind but I don't think they had the resources to make things as fun and welcoming as they could be. When I witnessed a health hazard that ended with my son getting very ill, that was my final straw.

    I switched him to the current KinderCare. Oh, my goodness. I'm kicking myself for not throwing in the money earlier, the difference is amazing. It's only been since June (and it's September now), but he is a very happy boy. He hardly ever cries at drop off, he plays with other kids, he does art and gets dirty (which never happened before due to his lingering sensory issue), he dances and sings. I realize he is getting older now at two-and-a-half years old, but the difference between him in spring and him over this summer is incredible. The summer Miss Katie and Miss Ashlyn worked to get him to open up more. Now that they headed back to college, I was worried that he would be Mr. Introvert again, as routine change is not his style. A few weeks were rough, but he has fallen in love again with Miss Tammi. Today, she helped him with his favorite toy (a car) from home, which helps his anxiety and she even let him sleep with it! He ran to her for big hugs when she arrived to his room today.  The only thing that could make this momma happy is not having to work and being with my boy all day.  I am so thankful for the kind and loving people that care for and teach our children and respect everyone's various needs and feelings. My "mom-guilt" everyday at drop-off time is lessened with each passing day, knowing he is so well cared for here. 

    Jessie F. - KinderCare Parent
  • We have been a part of the Cranberry KinderCare family for over seven years now and are grateful for what they provide for not only our two daughters, but us as well.  The teachers and staff at Cranberry KinderCare create a positive and encouraging environment where our children feel safe and comfortable to learn and grow.  The teachers communicate with us daily to share our children's learning experiences and take the time to praise their successes.  They also make themselves available to discuss any areas of need or conern and provide strategies that enable our children to succeed.  The Center Directors are so welcoming, careing and attentive to our family's needs.  They are also very involved in the classroom as well as in the implementation of the curriculum.  This communication and partnership is so important to us and only maximizes our children's potential.  We are proud to be a part of the KinderCare Family and are indebted to the profound impact the program has had on the growth and development of our children.

    Amy H. - KinderCare Parent
  • My son has been attending KinderCare since he was four months old.  He has genuinely thrived from this entire experience allowing him to be very prepared for elementary school and beyond.  I truly appreciated his entire Kindergarten year as I think it was his best ever.  The teacher allowed him to work at his pace that was appropriate for him, which kept him engaged while he advanced through the curriculum.  Ms. Kerry knows how to connect with the children and work with each of them individually, while keeping the class whole.  I will miss the support and kindness of those at KinderCare.

    Sandy S. - KinderCare Parent
  • Having toured every center in our local area, we felt most comfortable and confident in the level of genuine care at KinderCare in Cranberry Township.  My son's infant teacher made the transition back to work very easy.  From six weeks to his first birthday, she not only taught and cared for him but also guided us as well.  OUr wishes were always honored but she was very helpful with all the changes that happen in the first year.  We like that there is consistency and that our evenings and weekends aren't consumed by overcoming differences from daycare to home.  It seems all centers have many rules and protocols, but we can say that KinderCare does follow them all the time and never falls complacent.  Everyone at KinderCare is caring, sweet, and knowledgeable.  Even the small things, like every teacher or staff member greeting our son oon his way in the morning matters.  Having recently moved, we thought we would try a center closer to our new home and gave it six weeks, but found ourselves back where we started, even if it meant a little extra time in the car.  We believe every parent would love to be at home with their children, but when you can't be you need to feel confident your child is in safe hands so you can work efficiently to have more quality time at home.  At work, we have no worried because there is great communication between ourselves and the staff.  We start and finish each day at KinderCare with smiling hearts.  We can't say enough good things about this center and the wonderful people who make it what it is.

    Brittany W. - KinderCare Parent
  • 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.

    Rachel V. - KinderCare Parent

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Who Are KinderCare Families?

They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.

Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.

A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A

Home in Houston

Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.

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