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Douglassville KinderCare

Tara Stichter, Center Director

195 Old Swede Rd. Douglassville PA 19518
(610) 385-6615 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
next to the Douglassville post office, across from Redner's market

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Daniel Boone Elementary, Immaculate Conception Academy, High Point Baptist Academy

We are  NAEYC accredited  and Keystone STAR 4 center! Come on in for any of your learning center needs. We enroll ages six weeks to twelve years old. Call or stop by today to experience our wonderful facility.  Our staff are eager to meet you and your family.

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Welcome

Welcome to Douglassville KinderCare. We are very thrilled to meet you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical developments. Call or stop in today for a tour!

Tara Stichter, 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?

Sign Language Adventures, Art Adventures, Tutoring

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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. Friday December 23, 2016
    1. Holiday Celebrations

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Douglassville KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. The majority or our teachers have their Child Development Associate's credential, Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Amanda and Ms. Tara are both working towards their Master's Degree in Education. Eight of our staff members have obtained their teaching certificates. Our KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from bi-annual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Tara Stichter

    Tara Stichter, Center Director

    Be sure you put your feet in the right place. Then stand firm. - Abraham Lincoln

    Ms. Tara joined our company in January of 2016. She has over 25 years of experience working with early childhood, elementary education and management in the field. Her passion is advocacy and legislature for the improvement and continuation of early childhood educational excellence offering high quality child care to all children.     

    Year Started:
    1/25/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Amanda Reber

    Amanda Reber, Assistant Director

    Ms. Amanda was offered the position of Assistant Director in July 2016. She has been a member of our team since March 2004. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Child and Adolescent Development and Counseling Psychology. She has worked in several classrooms before becoming the Assistant Director and has over 12 years of experience in the early education field. 

    Year Started:
    3/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Master's in Child and Adolescent Development
  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Jen is our Infant room teacher. Ms. Jen started at our center in May 2016. She has a Child Development Associate Credential and is currently pursuing an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys teaching new skills to children in her classroom and see those children practice the skills they have been taught.

    Year Started:
    5/9/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
  • Ms. Rachell

    Ms. Rachell, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Rachell is one of our Infant Classroom teachers. She joined our team in March 2016. She has her Child Development Associate from North Hampton Community College and came to us with over 20 years of experience in the early childhood education field.

    Year Started:
    3/7/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+ years
  • Miss Aliscia

    Miss Aliscia, Infant Classroom

    Miss Aliscia is one of our Infant Classroom teachers. She has over five years of experience in the early childhood field. Miss Alisica is currently working on completing her Child Development Associate Credential and enjoys seeing children laugh, learn, and grow. 

    Year Started:
    9/20/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
  • Miss Kirbie

    Miss Kirbie, Toddler Classroom

    Miss Kirbie is one of our toddler room teachers. She began working at our center in May 2016 and has over eight years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field. She has a Bachelor of Science in Social Work, a Private Academic Certificate in Emotionally/Mentally Disturbed k-12, and a Master's Degree in Behavior Studies. She strives to make a positive impact on children's lives and creating a caring and safe environment for children.

    Year Started:
    5/2/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Behavioral Studies
  • Miss Shelby, Toddler Classroom

    Miss Shelby is one of our toddler teachers. She has come to us with two years of experience and is currently in the process of completing her Childhood Development Associate Degree. She enjoys working with young toddlers and helping them to reach ongoing developmental milestones.

    Year Started:
    10/26/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    CDA in Progess
  • Ms. Jenn

    Ms. Jenn, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Jenn is our Discovery Preschool teacher. Ms. Jenn started working at our center in April of 2016 and has over three year experience in the Early Childhood Education field. She is currently working on the completion of her Child Development Associate credential. She strives to develop special bonds with each child and uses the bond to help children grow and learn in their own unique ways.

    Year Started:
    4/21/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Pursuing CDA
  • Miss Colleen, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Miss Colleen is an assistant teacher in our Discovery Preschool Classroom. She is new to the field however, working with children and becoming a teacher has always been her passion. She is excited to begin her new career path.

    Year Started:
    10/31/2016
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Preschool 1 Classroom

    I choose to work with young children because their energy, spirit, innocence, and their reaction to life is uplifting.

    Ms. Susan is our Preschool 1 teacher. Ms. Susan has her Bachelor's Degree in German and English. She has over five years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field. She loves watching the children learn and develop and making learning a fun experience.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Susan has experience volunteering at local schools, babysitting and raising three children.
    Year Started:
    8/28/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts & Science Degree
  • Ms. Yvonne

    Ms. Yvonne, Preschool 1 Classroom

    I enjoy seeing the children's faces as they learn something new.

    Ms. Yvonne is our Preschool 1 teacher. Ms. Yvonne has been employed by KinderCare Education since 2004. She is working on completing her Child Development Associate credential and has over 12 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field.  Ms. Yvonne enjoys working with this age group since it is filled with so many milestones.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Amanda C.

    Ms. Amanda C., Preschool 2

    I love see the look on a child's face when they learn something new.

    Ms Amanda is our Preschool 2 teacher. Ms. Amanda has her Child Development Associate's credential and over 14 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field. She makes learning in her classroom fun and enjoys seeing the relationships and bond between children and families.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Miss Sara

    Miss Sara, Preschool Classroom

    Miss Sara is one of Resource Teachers and is in multiple classrooms. She recently completed her Child Development Associate credential and has over three years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field. She enjoys working with all ages and enjoys seeing the smiles and joy in children as they learn. 

    Year Started:
    9/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Ms. Christina

    Ms. Christina, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Christina is our Prekindgarten Teacher. She has her Associate Degree in Elementary Education and Bachelor's of the Arts in Elementary Education. She has over ten years of experience in the Early Childhood Education Field. She strives to create positive educational experiences with all children. 

    Year Started:
    6/29/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Ms Sheila

    Ms Sheila, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Sheila is our Prekindergarten teacher. She has been a member of our team since September of 2015. Ms. Sheila has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Kutzown University and over five years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field. She enjoys seeing the children display all of the skills they have learned in the classroom. 

    Year Started:
    9/5/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Classroom

    Teaching is truly a work of the heart.

    Ms. Megan is our Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten teacher. Ms. Megan has been at our center since September of 2007. She completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 2012. In her classroom she is always looking for the "ah ha" moment in the children and working on the next stage of their development. 

    Year Started:
    9/11/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, certified in Early Childhood birth through sixth grade
  • Ms. Grace

    Ms. Grace, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Grace is our School Age teacher. She came to our center in February of 2016. She has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and over ten years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field. She loves to see the understanding in children when something is being taught.

    Year Started:
    2/24/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Mr. Storm

    Mr. Storm, School Age Classroom

    Mr. Storm started working at our center in October of 2015. He has a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction and has over seven years of experience in the teaching field. Storm is in the School Age Classroom and helps to implement classroom instruction. He is also in other classrooms as a resource teacher to help as needed.

    Year Started:
    10/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Master's of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Miss Kayla

    Miss Kayla, School Age Classroom

    Miss Kayla is an Assistant Teacher in the School Age classroom. She has over two years of experience in the early childhood classrooms. She is currently working on completing a Bachelor of Science in Education to become a History teacher. She enjoys working with all age groups and watching them grow.  

    Year Started:
    8/23/2016
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree
  • Miss Emily, Resource Teacher

    Miss Emily is our Resource Teacher and can be found teacher in various classrooms. Miss Emily has a Bachelor's Degree in Science and is currently working to complete her Master's in Pediatric Occupational Therapy. She has over five years of experience in early childhood education and enjoys working with all age groups.

    Year Started:
    9/30/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
  • Ms. Bambi

    Ms. Bambi, Learning Adventures

    Year Started:
    10/12/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Marissa

    Ms. Marissa, Health and Safety Coordinator and Cook

    Ms. Marissa has worked with all of the children at the center. She has her Child Development Associate Credential and has taken on many different roles including Health and Safety Coordinator and our Cook. She enjoys seeing the children grow throughout our center and to seeing them become the individual that they are.

    Year Started:
    4/17/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential

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. Friday December 23, 2016
    1. Holiday Celebrations

  3. 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

  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

The health and safety of the children in our care is the number one priority. We continue to work on proper hand washing and illness prevention in our center. We practice monthly fire drills. Our staff review and train on CPR, pediatric First Aid and fire safety.

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.

To see the smile on my son's face when he talks about his teachers at KinderCare, that's what matters the most to me.

- Mother

Our boys have attended&nbsp;Kindercare - (Douglassville Location)&nbsp;for a little over five years. Our boys have received a strong social, emotional and educational start from Kindercare. Your facility provided an environment where they felt safe and comfortable to learn and explore. We felt confident going to work each day leaving our children with indivduals who truly loved and cared for them as individuals and for us as&nbsp;a family. We would highly&nbsp;recommend the center to any family considering enrolling.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We will miss you all!

- Parents

Our family has been coming to Douglassville&nbsp;KinderCare for eight years now. Our eight-year-old daughter attended KinderCare. Our five-year-old son still attends now. They both started when they were just a few months old and we have loved every moment of it. We have always had the distinct feeling that each teacher has a genuine bond with each of our children. You can see that, to them, it’s much more than a job. Every staff member there has had a profound positive impact on our children and our family. They have played an important role in helping us raise our children. They know them as well as we do, and have been there with us through it all, from changing their diapers and saying their first words to potty-training and teaching them how to read and do math.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> “It takes a village to raise a child”, and KinderCare has been our village. There are not enough praises I could give to show how very much we appreciate each and every teacher there. They have been an important part of our children’s lives and very important to our family.&nbsp; We’re a KinderCare family and could not be happier with our entire experience.&nbsp;

- Father

We picked KinderCare because it is close to our home. Plus everyone there is so nice and friendly. Shilamae loves going there to learn and play with all her friends. She has learned so much by coming here. Shilamae has improved so much with her letters and numbers. Thank you for helping get her ready for Kindergarten.

- Mother
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