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Burkhardt Road KinderCare

Melissa Kidd, Center Director

5387 Burkhardt Rd. Dayton OH 45431
(937) 253-6907 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
East of Woodman W of Spinning

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Beverly Gardens, Saville, Kemp, Wright Brother, and Virginia Stevenson.


Welcome to KindaerCare on Burkhardt Road where we are committed to helping our community grow through the education of its children. Our center is located on Burkhardt Road between Spinning and Woodman and have been serving Riverside and Dayton since 1975. We look forward to meeting you and having you join our family!

Melissa Kidd, Center Director

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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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

We are a team of enthusiastic educators, who are ready to make your child's moments of learning filled with fun, and your time apart worry free.

  • Melissa Kidd

    Melissa Kidd, Center Director

    I enjoy greeting the families at our center everyday. Knowing that I am able to assist the families in their life journey with their child or children keeps my passion for what I do at KinderCare alive.

    Melissa comes to KinderCare from a business and social work background. She has always had a passion for inspiring children. KinderCare is allowing her to use her background in business and social work to assist in making sure that the family's transition, into our family here at Burkhardt, is as easy as possible for the child and caregivers by meeting their needs that have been discussed. She enjoys being able to be silly with the children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Live, Love, Lead
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Bachelor of Human Development and Family Services
  • Mikeyoun Shackelford

    Mikeyoun Shackelford, Assistant Director

    "My favorite quote is; 'Children learn best when we teach them by teaching to their brain and not their age.' All children are different and learn different even if they are the same age. In order to develop them we must understand how they learn and build from where they are in their learning."

    Mikeyoun has been with KinderCare for six years. She grew up with a passion for a being in a career that would help children. Mikeyoun started her journey as a social worker, and is now enjoying the continuous journey by helping others teach our future adults here at KinderCare. She has been caring for children since she was nine years old as a homecare provider. Mikeyoun is returning to school to major in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys working with the children and their family, and helping them reach goals set in place while developing the long term relationships with them.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Associate's Degree in Social Service Technology
  • Ms. Myra

    Ms. Myra, Younker

    "Watching the children as they grow and learn makes what I do special. I love when they get older and come back to tell me what they have accomplished in life. They are excited that their chidren they have, are becoming part of the KinderCare family."

    Myra is a native of Dayton, Ohio. When she first became a member of the KinderCare family in 1991, she started out as a preschool teacher. She enjoyed the interactive play that they were able to do together. Watching the preschoolers become self sufficient at that age was amazing. She then later moved into the cook position, but maintains child interaction by assisting in the school age classroom.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cat in a Hat
    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Veronica

    Ms. Veronica, Infant

    "I enjoy being at the beginning of each child's new experience as an infant. Watching them smile and meet new milestones is amazing to me."

    Veronica (Ms. V) has been in the industry of chidcare for over 20years. She started as a School age teacher with KinderCare in 1999. She also had the pleasure of transporting the children to school and fieldtrips. Ms. V has been the infant teacher for over 10years, and enjoy being with the little ones. She is advancing her knowledge of the infants development through continuous training throughout the years.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Ryaann

    Ms. Ryaann, Pre-kindergarten

    "Being able to feed the eagerness I see in the children's eyes to learn about new things, inspires me to learn about them and the best way to help them in developing into intelligent children of  the future."

    Mrs. Ryaann, was born in Ohio and graduated from Colonel White High School in 2002. She has been in the ECE field for over a decade and is currently working towards her CDA. she started her career path as a School age teacher and even had the pleasure of being an administrator at a previous childcare. In 2012 She joined the family as pre-kindergarten teacher.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Owl Babies
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Mr. Sam

    Mr. Sam, School age

    "I enjoy the challenges that the school agers provide for me to make each moment a teachable moment. To see their faces at that "AhA" moments of discovery is priceless."

     Samuel (Mr. Sam) is a native of Huber Heights, Ohio. He graduated from Wayne High School in 2005, and then continued on to receive his bachelor from the University of Toledo in 2010. Mr. Sam started this journey with KinderCare in 2012. He is looking forward to returning to school to complete a Masters program in ECE.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    BS of Human Resource
  • Ms. Sheridan

    Ms. Sheridan, Preschool

    "I enjoy watching the children learn new things on their own, while assisting them in accomplishing the more challenging experiences that they encounter."

    Sheridan (Ms. Sheri) has been taking care of children since she was 13 years old. Ms. Sheri has been with KinderCare well over a year. She is familiar with all the needs of each classroom, but will be continuing her teaching in the preschool classroom.She is currently working towards her CDA.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    A color of His Own
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

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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.

Special Features

  • Accept Title 20

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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Holidays Observed

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Health and Safety

Nothing matters more than the safety of our kids and staff. Our center is locked at all times with coded entry and all our playgrounds have 6 foot fencing around them. Our teachers are certified in first aid and CPR, child abuse, and communicable diseases. While accidents such as scrapped knees will always happen, you can be assured that that your child will always be taken care of in a secure and nurturing environment.

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