Amy Wise, Center Director
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
- Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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, 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:
- 10 Years
- Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
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:
- 3 Years
- Years in ECE industry:
- Bachelor's Degree in Family and Child Development
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:
- 20 Years
- Child Development Associate's Credential
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:
- 11 Years
- Bachelor’s Degree
Upcoming Center Activities
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.
Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!
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
- PM Snack
Additional Menu Options
- Special diets
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.