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Downingtown KinderCare

Jenni Repko, 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

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
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.

Jenni Repko, 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.

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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.

  • Jenni Repko

    Jenni Repko, Center Director

    Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
    ~ Dr. Suess and FDR

    I have been working in the Early Childhood field for 20 years and as a Center Director for over 5.  I started my career as a Teachers Assistant working for Little People in Pottstown and Collegeville, which are now both KinderCare Learning Centers.  I graduated from West Chester University in 2001 and have a Bachelors Degree in Sociology.  I also have a PA Directors Credential from Arcadia University. I have one son, Tristan who is 12 and he loves to play soccer, is a Boy Scout and loves Lego’s and watching You Tube.  In my spare time I love to go to Cross Fit classes, weight lift and spend time with my son and family.  Some of my hobbies include scrapbooking, gardening and hiking.  Early childhood is a true passion of mine.  I love the wonderment and natural curiosity that all children have.  It is my number one priority to make sure that parents, children and faculty all have a great experience at my center.   I am excited to start working here at the Downingtown KinderCare and I am looking forward to getting to know the faculty, families and children.

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher at Mulberry Childcare Montgomery County Intermediate Unit Director at the Goddard School
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    3/24/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Sociology; PA Director's Credential
  • Ms. Jacqui Crabtree

    Ms. Jacqui Crabtree, Assistant Director

    ~You must be the change you wish to see in the world.  -Mahatma Gandhi
    ~Service to humanity is the best work of life! -Jaycees Creed
     

    Ms. Jacqui is from the Phoenixville area.  She graduated from Spring-Ford High School prior to attending Jean Madeline Aveda Institute for Cosmetology.  After working at a children's hair salon for a year, she realized that she enjoyed working with young children.  She began working at a center and attending school for her CDA.  Flash forward to today, Ms. Jacqui volunteers with the Phoenixville Jaycees and the state organization PA JCI.  She volunteers as Parade chair for the Dogwood Parade for the Phoenixville Jaycees Foundation, Secretary of the Phoenixville Jaycees, and State Regional Director for PA JCI.  She has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Montgomery County Community College and hopes to attain her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in the up coming years.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jacqui began working in Early Childhood in 2008. Ms. Jacqui was a toddler teacher for 4 years prior to becoming an Administrative Assistant for 3 years at a different center. Ms. Jacqui came to KinderCare in 2015 as an Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Through and Through By: Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak
    Year Started:
    9/8/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development Associates Credential
  • 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology
  • Ms. Cyndy

    Ms. Cyndy, Prekindergarten 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    33 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Physical Education and Health
  • Ms. Valerie

    Ms. Valerie, Toddler 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. April

    Ms. April, Flex Staff

    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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree in English and Secondary Special Education
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Toddler Classroom

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

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

    Ms. Cassie, Infant Classroom

    Cassie has worked at Downingtown KinderCare for about a year and a half, but also has previous experience working at the KinderCare in Thorndale. Cassie graduated from Coatesville Area High School in 2007. She has been in childcare since she was 16 years old. Cassie loves to watch the children in her classroom grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cassie has always been in child care.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    CPR Certification
  • 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:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Fine Arts, Certificate in English as a Second Language
  • 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:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Ladda

    Ms. 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:
    35 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Certificate and Bachelor's Degree.
  • Ms. Carol

    Ms. Carol, Chef

    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:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
  • Ms. Deionna

    Ms. Deionna, Flex 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    College Credits

August 2016 Events

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  1. Monday August 01, 2016
    1. Spirit Week

      August 1 - 5

  2. Tuesday August 09, 2016
    1. Join us for our Curriculum Night

      Find out how we can work together to give your children a brighter future!

      On August 9th, you’ll see firsthand how we nurture your child’s curiosity. Come meet our wonderful teachers and find out what a day at our center is like. Participate in some of our engaging curriculum activities, like creating modern renditions of pop art or discovering gross and gooey physiology! Curriculum Night gives you the opportunity to see how your child will grow and develop at our center, all while having fun. You’ll also get to talk with other parents who are already a part of our family.

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.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

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

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

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!

- Parent
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