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Downingtown KinderCare

Kelly Joyce, Center Director

200 Whitford Hills Rd. Downingtown PA 19335
(610) 269-6555 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
located beside Dunkin Donuts on Route 113 Corner of Route 113 and Whitford Hills Road

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Beaver Creek East Ward Shamona Creek Uwchlan Hills Collegium Bradford Heights

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Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare of Downingtown, where children come first! Here every child is treated as an individual and every moment is an opportunity for fun, learning, and building relationships. We consider ourselves one big family and enjoy sharing family traditions and celebrations.

Kelly Joyce, 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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday September 07, 2015
    1. Closed for Labor Day

  2. Tuesday September 15, 2015
    1. Open House

Teachers & Staff

KinderCare of Downingtown is home to a wonderful group of diverse and devoted teachers. Our staff members' combined experience is over 325 years! Our teachers are committed to continuous quality improvement and ongoing education. Singing, dancing, reading stories, jumping, and laughing are just a few of their favorite activities. One of the best attributes of our center is the passionate and dedicated staff.

  • Kelly Joyce

    Kelly Joyce, Center Director

    Working for KinderCare allows me to fulfill my passion to change the lives of every child and family who walks into my center. I have built strong relationships with so many people while working in the Early Childhood Education field and they have inspired me to continue growing as a Director and an individual. I absolutely love being able to walk in the door each morning and hearing the children tell me how much they learned that week because of something one of my teachers taught them. Each child really is an inspiration!

    Kelly has been the Center Director of Downingtown KinderCare since May 2014. She has her Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. She also earned her Master's degree in Leadership Development in May 2011. Kelly has spent her time at the center making sure to improve the lives of the children and families in her care each and every day by involving the families in center wide activities and events.

    Previous Experience:
    Kelly started working with KinderCare in 2008 as the Infant teacher at the Glen Mills center. After working in the Infant room, Kelly was the Discovery Preschool teacher for about a year while also teaching Learning Adventures. She was then promoted to the Assistant Director position at the Boothwyn center where she held that title for about two years until she became the Acting Center Director for about three months before being promoted to the Center Director of the Downingtown KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    1/14/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus in Youth, Master's Degree of Leadership Development
  • Ms. Rachel Maaskant

    Ms. Rachel Maaskant, Assistant Director

    I love watching the children learn and grow each day. It is the best feeling in the world to know that you have made a difference in the life of a child.

    Rachel has been the Assistant Director at KinderCare since January 2014. She received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011. She is a certified Elementary Education and Secondary English teacher in the state of Pennsylvania.

    Previous Experience:
    Rachel started as the Health and Safety Coordinator at South Exton KinderCare in 2013, and was then promoted to Assistant Director in January of 2014. She was previously a Preschool and Toddler lead teacher at another center after graduating in 2011. Rachel has also worked as a substitute teacher for all grade levels in various districts in the area.
    Year Started:
    10/30/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education, Certified Elementary Education and Secondary English teacher in Pennsylvania
  • Ms. Cyndy

    Ms. Cyndy, Infant Classroom

    I love teaching children and strive to develop the whole child by facilitating thinking and engaging the mind and body through instructing, encouraging, guiding, and inspiring.

    Ms. Cyndy brings a lot of experience to our center. With over 33 years in the child care field, she is able to share her ideas with those around her. Ms. Cyndy encourages the children to enjoy themselves, while learning something new every day. She is a great addition to our center.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cyndy has worked in the child care field for 33 years. She has worked in the following facilities: Christ Church Lutheran Nursery School, Room to Grow Day Care Center, and The West Hill School.
    Year Started:
    5/7/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    33 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Physical Education and Health
  • Ms. Kristina

    Ms. Kristina, Infant Classroom

    I have always felt that as a teacher, I am the parent's partner who they can trust to care for their as they would. I have always loved this poem and it sums it up:
    'PARTNERSHIP
    They bring their child to me
    and hope I'll come to know.
    How much the offspring means to them,
    their trust in me bestowed.
    They bring their child to me
    with love and hope and pride,
    looking for a helping hand,
    a teacher who will guide.
    They bring their child to me,
    and our partnership is clear:
    To nurture and allow to bloom
    a life we both hold dear.
    They bring their child to me, a step toward letting go
    and trusting in our special plan
    to help the child grow.'
    - By Gloria Weber Henbesst

    Ms. Kristina has a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. She has two children of her own and has spent the last ten years volunteering as a Girl Scout leader, Rearing Support Downingtown Area School District, Vacation Bible School Toddler Teacher and a Sunday School teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kristina spent two years teaching at a childcare center while in college then spent fifteen years as a professional in Human Resources.
    Year Started:
    11/12/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology
  • Ms. Valerie

    Ms. Valerie, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy watching the children learn and grow each day.

    Ms. Val is a 1987 Coatesville High School Graduate. Her major in high school was child development. She has been at KinderCare since 1990 and has worked in various ages ranging from infancy to two years old. Before her employment at KinderCare, she worked with special needs children for three years and has always enjoyed working with children. She first started off as a mother's helper. Then, as she got older, she babysat for her neighbors. She was also a Girl Scout and she became an assistant leader of two troupes for about seven years. In her last year as an assistant, she received the Outstanding Leader Award. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, bowling, reading, doing different types of crafts, and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Valerie has prior experience working with special needs children.
    Year Started:
    9/4/1990
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
  • Ms. Neena Neena

    Ms. Neena Neena, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Neena has been in childcare for over 25 years. She is very dedicated to helping children grow and learn.  Additionally, she both a Bachelor's and Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Year Started:
    2/5/1990
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. April

    Ms. April, Toddler Classroom

    I knew from a young age that education was my calling due to my love of working with and teaching children.

    Ms. April is currently a Secondary Special Education and English major and in her sophomore year of college. She is new to KinderCare, but loves the experience she is having in each and every classroom, as well as with each student.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. April has five years of babysitting experience.
    Year Started:
    9/3/2014
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree in English and Secondary Special Education
  • Ms. Brooke

    Ms. Brooke, Toddler Classroom

    I love my job because I truly enjoy working with children. I feed off of their energy and their spontaneity, curiosity and their imagination is so exciting to watch! It is a joy to be able to witness each and every child’s new discoveries. Working with children is my passion and I’m honored to be able to be a part of their journey.

    Ms. Brooke graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Child Development & Family Relations. Since then, she has worked for other daycare centers as an Assistant Toddler Teacher and Assistant Preschool Teacher. Ms. Brooke also worked as a Therapeutic Staff Support to School Age children on a one-on-one basis in public schools. Her journey at KinderCare has just begun, but she is excited to get it started. She enjoys dancing with her children and singing “The Bumblebee Song” with them during circle time.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Brooke worked in another daycare and one-on-one with School Age children in a public school.
    Year Started:
    10/16/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy watching the children grow and learn with my help.

    Year Started:
    7/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Cassie Q.

    Ms. Cassie Q., Discovery Preschool

    I love watching children be creative.Ms. Cassie started working at Yardley KinderCare in January 2014 as a substitute. She worked with all age groups, but most of her time was spent with children 2 years old and under. Ms. Cassie started with Knowledge Universe in October 2013 as a site director for Champions which is a before and after-school program in Newtown, PA. She was a site director for the 2013-2014 school year, but also worked occasionally at KinderCare in between shifts at Champions and during the summer months.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cassie was a Therapist working with children ages 4 through adolescents. She was a Site Director for Champions for the 2013-2014 school year.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Social Work
  • Ms. Adriana

    Ms. Adriana, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love to see the progress of each child's development, the spontaneity of their actions and words, their innocence, and to see the fidelity that they have for those around them. I really love my job and have a true passion for teaching and caring.

    Ms. Adriana is from Colombia in South America. Ms. Adriana and her husband, Tom, are proud parents of their son Kevin, who is ten years old and a student at Collegium Charter School. She also has a little dog named King. She spends most of her time with her family. She enjoys walking, shopping, and reading.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Adriana has twelve years of experience working with children in different childcare settings, but she has been working for KinderCare since 2009. She also currently works part-time for two different families, caring for their children.
    Year Started:
    4/27/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Degree in Bookkeeping
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, Preschool Classroom

    I believe that learning begins at birth and every experience is a teachable moment; that is why I chose education as my vocation.

    Ms. Nacy brings so much to our prekindergarten classroom and our entire center. Her passion for teaching shows in her work each and every day. Ms. Nacy continues to assist her students in reaching their academic and personal goals daily.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nancy has worked at the Summit Child Care Center as well as for a local school district as a special education aide.
    Year Started:
    8/3/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Fine Arts, Certificate in English as a Second Language
  • Ms. Briena

    Ms. Briena, Prekindergarten Classroom

    There is nothing more thrilling for me than relearning about the world. I've studied for six years through the eyes of a child.

    Ms. Briena originally joined the Kinder Care family in the summer of 2007. She loved it so much that she came back during her summer and winter breaks from school. Ms. Briena has had a love for all things biology and earth science, which she enjoys sharing with children of all ages. She grew up in Miami, Florida. She then moved to Philadelphia in 2006 when she started college at St. Joseph's University. After graduating ungergraduate school, Ms. Briena was one of four people to be granted a fellowship to teach in the Philadelphia school system while developing her thesis for her graduate degree. Since graduating with honors for her Master's, she has returned to this same Kinder Care to share her knowledge of nature with the Discovery Preschool Classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Briena has seven years of experience as a camp counselor and science teacher.
    Year Started:
    7/2/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Biology, Master's Degree in Environmental Biology
  • Ms. Krishna

    Ms. Krishna, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love children and my job, too. I want to make a difference in the lives of children by helping them build self esteem.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1994
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Ladda Ladda

    Ms. Ladda Ladda, Private Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Ladda has been with KinderCare for several years but has over 30 years of experience in childcare. She has her Child Development Associate's Certificate and a Bachelor's Degree.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1981
    Tenure:
    34 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Certificate and Bachelor's Degree.
  • Ms. Jeanie

    Ms. Jeanie, School Age Classroom

    I love seeing the children grasp new ideas.

    Ms. Jeanie has been at the center for seven years. She enjoys interacting with all of the different age groups. Jeanie is also an Instructional Aide for an elementary school. She works with individual students and small groups under the direction of the teachers. Prior to that, she was a nanny for 25 years.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jeanie has worked as a medical secretary, a nanny, and an instructional aide.
    Year Started:
    1/30/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Carol

    Ms. Carol, Cook

    I love children and get along with everybody.

    Miss Carol is a useful employee throughout the building. She is always willing to help where ever we need her. She is always smiling and finding a way to make us laugh!

    Year Started:
    12/17/1996
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
  • Ms. Deionna

    Ms. Deionna, Floating Teacher

    Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate. - Barbara Bush

    Ms. Deionna is a second semester Freshman at Cheyney University majoring in Psychology. She would like to be a social worker for children some day.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare Ms. Deionna worked for her church as a Sunday School teacher for children ages three to six.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    College Credits

September 2015 Events

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  1. Monday September 07, 2015
    1. Closed for Labor Day

  2. Tuesday September 15, 2015
    1. Open House

  3. Friday September 25, 2015
    1. Picture 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • German
  • Hindi
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • 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

Safety is a top priority for our school. All teachers are CPR and First Aid certified, the building is protected with keypad entry, all playgrounds are fenced, and the building is regularly inspected indoors and outdoors for potential safety hazards.

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.

When I had my older two children, I was able to work from home. With my third baby Princess Brooke, I needed to go with daycare. I worked in daycare so I knew what to look for, such as an open door policy (you can stop in whenever) and cleanliness being the top two. I'd always heard great things about the Downingtown KinderCare. I now know why, everyone is friendly, kind and caring. Thank you all for listening and rest assured, your baby is now in good hands.

- Mother

KinderCare is right down the street from us so we checked it out first and fell in love with it immediately. We looked at some other centers afterwards to see what else was out there, but nothing was the same. We felt so welcome at KinderCare and we knew it was the right decision for our child and our family right away. One year later, looking back, we made the right decision :)

- Mother

After touring many centers in the area, we were very impressed with KinderCare. Not only was the center clean and secure, everyone we spoke to was friendly. We really felt like everyone cared about us and our child's needs. Not only is this a center for childcare but my child will be learning new things throughout the day, which is important to us. Also, KinderCare will work with our work schedules. We love that we can change our days every month or as often as needed. Lastly, we do not have family in the area, so it was important that we picked a center that would be a second family to our child. We definitely found this in KinderCare!

- Mother

We love coming here. Everyone is so friendly and always greet you with a smile on their face. I love how the teachers and the staff are always willing to go that extra mile to help our kids. You guys have been so helpful for our family and we truly appreciate it!

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