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Cuyahoga Falls KinderCare

Amy Wise, Center Director

3100 State Rd. Cuyahoga Falls OH 44223
(330) 923-1700 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
on State Rd between Bath & Graham Rd

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Woodridge, Lincoln, Richardson

Welcome to a new school year! We are so excited to begin a wonderful new journey and highlight our newly enhanced and refreshed Early Foundations curriculum program. Our curriculum program has been reviewed and researched in an effort for us to offer the best possible learning experience for your children. The curriculum has been aligned to the Common Core State Standards and Early Learning Standards positioning our students with Kindergarten readiness skills at an early age. In addition our curriculum is based upon executive function teaching children self-regulation skills which in turn help them to achieve early-level reading and math skills. Additionally, we seek to optimize children's learning and development both cognitively and physically, through our new "Take It Outdoors" enhancement in which children spend time each day learning outside! We have also refreshed our assessment pieces to provide accurate and developmentally appropriate data measuring children's readiness for Kindergarten. We look forward to showcasing our curriculum and the student's work during our parent teacher conferences in October.
 

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Welcome

Thank you for inquiring into Cuyahoga Falls KinderCare Learning Center! We value your interest in our program and wish to guide you in every possible way in your pursuit to place your child in the most nurturing learning environment. The best way to learn about our program is to see it personally, if you have not already done so, we hope you will schedule a tour. You will have the opportunity to see the center, meet the teachers, and learn about the curriculum and daily schedule. Our experienced and knowledgeable teachers have careers that are rich with fond memories of the children that they have cared for and watched grow. We all look forward to meeting your family soon!

Amy Wise, 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

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.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

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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

Each and every one of our teachers has been carefully selected through an in depth interview process to ensure their abilities as a teacher and their passion for the early childhood field. We process all references and conduct all state and federal background checks before any candidate can begin working in our school. Upon hire, each teacher completes a rigorous training program which covers curriculum, accreditation, health and safety, as well as the importance of teaching each individual child. Our teachers are truly dedicated to providing exceptional quality care for your child.

 

  • Amy Wise

    Amy Wise, Center Director

    I know that every family has different needs. My goal is for every child to have positive learning experiences and meaningful moments that will last a lifetime. My team and I are committed to always delivering on KinderCare's Service Values. It is truly an honor for parents to trust us with their most prized possession.

    Amy began as the Assistant Director and quickly moved into the Center Director’s position at our Barberton location. Amy guided the center through NAC Accreditation and a Step Up to Quality 3 Star Rating through the State of Ohio. Amy received the Team Building Award for exemplary coaching and leadership. She was also awarded the Center Director of the Year and Customer Loyalty Award. These awards recognize her dedication to inspiring others to perform at their best.  Upon her arrival at the Cuyahoga Falls KinderCare, Amy led the center through NAEYC re-accreditation and recently helped the center obtain a Step Up to Quality 4 Star Rating.   Amy currently serves as the Quality Team Leader for a district of thirteen local KinderCare Learning Centers. She supports the centers in quality and accreditation. Amy’s goal as the Center Director is to create a strong partnership, trust and support for every family enrolled at the Cuyahoga Falls KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ashley Lacko

    Ashley Lacko, Assistant Director

    Ashley joined the KinderCare team in December 2013. She began as a PreKindergarten teacher and was promoted to Assistant Center Director in January 2015. She is very excited to work in this role as she would like to become a Center Director one day. While teaching in PreKindergarten, Ashley created partnerships with parents to ensure Kindergarten readiness. She is looking forward to creating relationships with all of the families we serve to ensure we are delivering on our company's service values. She obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Family and Child Development from the University of Akron. She is very passionate about children and looks forward to sharing developmental milestones with you and your family!

    Year Started:
    12/19/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Family and Child Development
  • Ms. Rachelle

    Ms. Rachelle, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Rachelle has been with KinderCare since 1997. She currently holds her Child Development Associate's Credential and looks forward to attending infant trainings that will help her implement new activities and techniques in her classroom. She loves to work together as a team with the parents of her infants. Ms. Rachelle also works at Blossom Music Center and cuts hair. In her little amount of spare time she enjoys bike riding and doing karate.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, PreKindergarten

    Ms. Melissa has been with KinderCare since April 2006. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Ashford University and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree. Ms. Melissa has worked with many age groups throughout her tenure at the center beginning in the Toddler Classroom.  This year, she has moved into our PreKindergarten classroom.  She is very excited to help prepare your child for Kindergarten.  She implements individual learning plans for every child based on their own individual needs.  She strives to partner with parents so her teaching is in alignment with her families' educational and developmental goals for their children.  She loves to communicate and share achievements and meaningful moments with families.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor’s Degree

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

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

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

Keeping your children safe and secure is our first priority. In addition to our built-in security features at the center, we strictly follow established procedures for your child's arrival and departure, including identification of those picking up each and every child. We additionally maintain rigorous methods for health and cleanliness. We value your child's health and recognize that preventing the spread of infectious disease is a very important part of quality child care. Through strict cleaning schedules and maintenance of our centers we strive to achieve excellence with health and safety regulations. Moreover, all of our staff have achieved First Aid and CPR certification which is maintained on a yearly basis.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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

My daughter has been at KinderCare since she was born (about five-and-a-half years ago). I went for a tour while I was still pregnant. I decided at that moment this would be the center where she will grow and learn. KinderCare has fantastic and dedicated teachers! Every class my daughter has been in has been a wonderful experience. I have always felt comfortable talking with teachers and other staff about my daughter's needs. I completely trust the staff to care for my daughter and inform me of anything she needs or they are concerned about. My daughter has grown into a wonderful child. I give some of this credit to the amazing staff which has been there for us since she was born. I have been awestruck by the dedication and caring of the staff. I look forward to the next seven years with KinderCare and intend to enroll children I may have in the future. KinderCare has been such a blessing to my family! Thank you for all you do!

- Mother

We started our daughter in KinderCare when she was 9 months old.  Coming from in-home care, we were worried about our daughter getting enough one-on-one attention.  We are blown away by KinderCare and their staff.  Everyone is so friendly and caring, and they strive to go the extra mile to make sure your child is comfortable and thriving.  They truly make you feel like a part of one big family.  Our daughter had trouble sleeping at night before we started her at the center, and now she sleeps through the night, finally!  Ever since she started KinderCare, we can see a difference in her all around.  Her personality is really coming out and she is enjoying socializing with other children.  We could not be happier with KinderCare!

- Mother

My daughter has been going to KinderCare since she was 6 months old.  The first day I dropped her off I was very emotional.  I was leaving my baby with perfect strangers for several hours, and wasn't exactly sure how I was going to make it through the day.  Luckily, I was able to call which I took advantage of the first few days.  However, my confidence in these strangers began to grow tremendously.  I made it a point to stay at drop off and pick up to talk to the teachers.  I wanted to know the person my daughter was spending her day with.  My daughter is now 4.5 years old.  I am proud to say that every room she has been in has been a blessing where she has grown, learned and developed into the smart, caring girl she is today.  Each teacher we have had has made a huge impact on both of us.  I have been blessed to meet some very special people who I like to think of as family.  After all, they spend more time with my daughter during the day than I do.  Each teacher I have come across has a heart of gold and truly loves each and every child in the school.  They took time out of their busy schedules on a weekend to attend a three hour dance recital for my daughter.  I have also run into teacher at sporting events for family and they were there to see their students.  That takes so much compassion, caring and love to take unpaid time away from their families to see ours.  This shows me that teaching at KinderCare is more than just a job to them, that the children at the center are part of their family as well.  Because of the love, support and encouragement my daughter feels, it makes it easier to drop off my child in the moring and go to work to focus on the job I have.  I know without a doubt in mind that my child is having a great day and she is well taken care of.  She gets to experience learning in a classroom environment, gets extra love in phonics, and learns to share, play and be a good friend.  The teaches truly do a fabulous job teaching the students their letters, numbers, colors, shapes, site words, and listening skills to help them excel in their next big adventure.  I can see a huge difference between what my daughter at 4.5 knows compared to other children her age who don't attend the center.  I could truly go on and on about how much I love the center and the teachers, but I am going to take a moment to single out one special person who holds it all together, the Center Director, Amy.  I seen multiple directors in our time at KinderCare, and she is by far the best.  She has made so many improvements to the center, which has made it fun for the kids as well as entire families.  She has great ideas for center events that incoporate families having fun at school with their children.  Amy truly values families' opinions and is always very open to discussions and suggestions.  She takes my feedback and addresses it.  She truly believes, as well as each teacher at the center, that the children come first.  For that I am utterly grateful.

- Mother
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