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Burkhardt Road KinderCare

Stephanie Herndon, 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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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Beverly Gardens, Saville, East Dayton Christian, St. Helen

Thank you for your interest in our KinderCare Learning Center.  We understand how important it is to feel confident in choosing the right Early Learning Center and Preschool  for your children.  We are committed to a learning environment as well as a safe and healthy environment.  Please see our team's biographies and additional information about our learning center and our philosophy.  Be sure to schedule your visit at our learning center as we always want to meet new families!

 

Welcome

Welcome to the Burkhardt Road Kindercare Learning Center, we are located at 5387 Burkhardt Road.  Our team is excited to meet your family and accept you into our school.  We offer a safe learning environment that develops a child in more ways than one.  The skills they develop will allow them to excel socially, emotionally, physically and most importantly, intellectually.  We understand that each child learns at their own pace and we recognize their individuality.  Our teachers are happy to meet and talk with you concerning your child's growth and progress at any time.  Please give us a call at 937-253-6907.  We look forward to speaking with you about the educational future of your children.

Stephanie Herndon, 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.

Teachers & Staff

Our Team at Burkhardt Road KinderCare center is always available and ready to answer any questions you have about your child's growth and development. Our teachers are passionate about every single child's happiness and educational experience.  When you come for your visit, you will be introduced to your child's teacher.  This is a great time to ask questions and have any concerns addressed.  Our teachers are anxious to meet your little one and help them to reach their highest potential.  Please take the time to get to know our teachers by reading their biographies below.

  • Stephanie Herndon

    Stephanie Herndon, Center Director

    Stephanie was born and raised in Goldsboro, North Carolina.  She is currently raising two boys here in Dayton, Ohio.  She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Health Care Management and a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling.  She is passionate about children and enjoys making a difference in their lives.  She enjoys spending time with her two sons, swimming, and long walks. 

    Previous Experience:
    5 years as a Director with Boys & Girls Club of West Central Missouri 2 year Case Manager with Workforce, Panama City Florida 2 years as an Assistant Director NSA Panama City Youth programs
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Frog & Toad Books, There was an Old Lady who swollowed a Fly.
    Year Started:
    9/28/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Masters of Arts in Marriage & Family Services
  • Dawn Eckhardt

    Dawn Eckhardt, Assistant Director

    Piglet: How do you spell love? Pooh: You don't spell it, you feel it!

    Dawn is originally from Michigan where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. She has been teaching and advocating for children and families for 20 years. She loves children and has four of her own plus three step-children. She enjoys spending time with children and is passionate about guiding them to be the best they can be. Dawn's favorite past-times include playing games with her family, teaching piano, and being outdoors.

     

    Previous Experience:
    Dawn has 15 years of experience working with children from infants through the teenage years. She has worked at various institutions in Michigan for teenagers along with teaching at the Jewish Community Center, Hillel Academy, and the YMCA, all in the Dayton area. In addition, she worked for
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes
    Year Started:
    11/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Social Work
  • Ms. Veronica

    Ms. Veronica, Cook

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

    Veronica has been in the industry of childcare for over 20 years. She started as a School age teacher with KinderCare in 1999. Ms. Veronica then found herself as the  infant teacher where she has truly enjoyed being with the little ones. Veronica's next step with KinderCare has been to move into the cook position where she has a chance to see all of the children we care for each day. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon

    Year Started:
    11/3/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
  • Danielle

    Danielle, School Age Classroom

    Year Started:
    3/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Melissa

    Melissa, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    3/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ron Smith

    Ron Smith, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ron lives in Kettering. He has two children - they live in San Antonio and Key West. He has a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Spanish. He also received his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Miami University.  

    Previous Experience:
    Teaching Field for 36 Years
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Day the Crayons Quit

    Year Started:
    2/20/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Educational Leadership
  • Sarah Maloney

    Sarah Maloney, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Sarah has always loved kids and babysat for many people over the last six years. She loves knowing that she's making an impact in children's lives every day and the love she receives from the children makes it all worth while. 

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Harry Potter

    Year Started:
    6/6/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associate of Arts
  • Chazmyne

    Chazmyne, Preschool Classroom

    I have always been interested in childcare. I began to do childcare as a nanny, which was one of the best experiences I have had working with children. After that I worked for a few different centers. I enjoy the Learning Center setting. I love watching the children's minds grow and creating one on one bonds with the children. When I think of care for children I think of making a child feel at home away from home. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham

    Year Started:
    12/26/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Kiaira Moran

    Kiaira Moran, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Kiaira loves children. She's getting married in 2019, has eight brothers and sisters, and also has two children of her own. She's always enjoyed working with children, which is why she received her bachelor's degree in Social Work. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Ugly Duckling

    Year Started:
    11/14/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

About Our Center

Thank you for your interest in our KinderCare Learning Center.  We understand how important it is to feel confident in choosing the right Early Learning Center and Preschool that is near you and is the best place for your children.  We are committed to a learning environment as well as a safe and healthy environment.  Please see our team's biographies and additional information about our learning center, our teachers, and our philosophy.  Take a look through our website and schedule your visit at our learning center for your family to meet our family!

Special Features

  • Accept Title 20

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • French
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Health and Safety is one of the biggest priorities here at your Burkhart Road KinderCare. We have a secure entrance with a coded key pad to enter our learning center.  A written authorization must be on file at the center for your child's release to anyone. Anyone who does not normally pick up your child will be identified per their state issued identification card.  During all times of operation, at least two of our staff members are trained in CPR, First Aid, Child Abuse recognition, and Communicable Disease.  Safety checks are completed each day of the classrooms and playground areas.  Fire drills are completed monthly and documented in the binder at the front desk. The safety of your child is our top priority.

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 has adjusted well overtime.  She enjoys coming to KinderCare and completing all the learning activities that the teacher has prepared for her on a daily basis.  The center has really grown over the last year due to all the wonderful changes Ms. Stephanie has made.  She also seems to really enjoy the children and the children are always interacting with her on a daily basis.  I really look forward to the fall to see what new activities the center will be offering.

- Mother

We have three children attending KinderCare all of which seem to enjoy their time spent at the center.  We have truly noticed that our children are learning and growing due to the teachers being so engaged with the children.  The infant teachers are also very good with our youngest child.  They are attentive and nurturing.  Our children will continue to attend KinderCare for many years.

- Mother & Father

My school age children have been attending KinderCare on Burkhardt Road since they were little.  I have been impressed with the care my children have received over the years.  Both of my children enjoy the activities offered as well as the field trips during the summer.  Thank you KinderCare for always being there for my family.

- Parents

KinderCare has been an amazing place for my child to attend.  Her teacher Ms. Melissa is warm and welcoming each day and my child absolutely loves going into her classroom.  I have noticed over the last 6 months that my child has been learning her shapes, colors, and numbers.  I feel as if KinderCare is really helping to prepare her for Kindergarten.

- Mother
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