Stacey Lucas, Center Director
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Welcome to Parkcenter Ave KinderCare in Dublin, Ohio. We are pleased that you have chosen to look at our center for your child’s care and educational needs. We believe each child is a unique individual, and we are sensitive to their social, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs. We provide developmentally appropriate programs that focus on the process of learning and help children enjoy successful experiences. At our center we believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our families consider us to be an extension to their families. We look forward to meeting with you!
Stacey Lucas, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We would like to welcome you to Tuttle Crossing KinderCare where we pride ourselves on building a strong community with our families while providing the highest quality care and early childhood education. We are currently accredited through National Association for the Education of Young Children. Each staff member strives to become better teachers by learning new teaching techniques through yearly trainings. We would love to meet you and your little one, so give us a call to schedule your personal tour today!
Children do not care how much you know until they know how much you care" ~Teddy Roosevelt
Hi my name is Stacey Lucas and I have been working with children for over 23 years. Ten of those years were with KinderCare in Arizona as a teacher and Center Director. I have two children, Sara who is 20 and works at Riverside hospital for Dermatologists of greater Columbus and is currently attending Columbus State for nursing. She is also engaged and will be getting married in August 2017. Jacob is 19 and is working as a school age teacher and attending Columbus State College studying to be a doctor. I grew up in California and attended Mt. San Antonio College for Sociology. I moved to Arizona in 1994 and started working for KinderCare and continued my employment for 11 years. I moved to the buckeye state in 2004 where I worked for The Goddard School and continued my education with Columbus State Community College. I took a few years off to help my children get through the transition of middle school then I became the assistant director for Tutor Time Learning Centers in Dublin for 4 years. I am excited to be back with the company where I started my career in childcare. I am big on communication with parents and love having functions where I can get the parents involved. My door is always open and I'm looking forward to all the memories we will make together.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit." -Aristotle
Ms. Talia joined us in January of 2014 when she sought a career change. She received her bachelor's degree in pre-veterinary medicine from Youngstown State University in 2008 and also recently received her Child Development Associate (CDA). Ms. Talia has deep rooted ties to her family, and in helping to care for her nieces and nephews, decided she would expand her nurturing side by pursuing a career helping to care for children. The leaders of our company quickly recognized her talent for leadership and in September, Ms. Talia was promoted to Assistant Center Director. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and working out.
The more time we spend with our kids, the more they will treasure us later." -Ms. Lisa
Ms. Lisa is our Preschool teacher. She started working for KinderCare in 1997. She is originally from South Charleston, Ohio and grew up in a family with three brothers, two older and one younger. She is the mother of one daughter and one son and has recently become a grandma to a beautiful little girl. She enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. Ms. Lisa is also an avid bowler and a member of a bowling league. She also recently received her Child Development Associate credential (CDA). Ms. Lisa loves teaching because she knows that she is helping children become their own person everyday. She truely enjoys creating new opportunities to learn for the children.
Do what you have to do to get where you want to be.
Ms. Shirley is one of our Infant teachers. She started with KinderCare in 2011. She is originally from Huntsville, Alabama, and has been happily married for 24 years. She has one son who she is proud to say is currently studying at The Ohio State University. Ms. Shirley loves music, and she spends her time playing piano for different churches in the area. She has her bachelor's degree in Community Planning and recently received her Child Development Associate credential (CDA). Ms. Shirley is very strong in her faith and also belongs to her church's choir. She also loves to travel! Ms. Shirley enjoys teaching because she loves to see the childrens' smiles. She likes to watch them grow and meet important milestones and know that she is there to help nurture them. The children are the reason Ms. Shirley gets out of bed every morning.
It is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do that is the secret of happiness." J.M. Barrie-Peter Pan
Ms. Loredana is one of our Infant teachers. She started with KinderCare in 2005. Ms. Loredana is originally from Columbus, Ohio and is proud of it. Go Bucks! She is the mother of one boy and one girl both approching their teens. Ms. Loredana loves being a sports mom and watching her children play baseball, football, and soccer. She loves to travel with her family and go out and socialize with her friends. Ms. Loredana also loves jewlery! Her favorite part about being an Early Childhood educator is to be able to watch the infants grow and knowing that she is an important part of that process.
Life is about making an impact, not making an income." -Kevin Kruse
Ms. Amy is one of our PreKindergarten teachers. She joined KinderCare in 2009. Ms. Amy is originally from Erie, Pennsylvania and is the mother of one daughter. Ms. Amy studied at the University of Pennsylvania where she gained her bachelors degree in Business Management. She then moved to Columbus and gained her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University. Ms. Amy loves to travel and visit ammusement parks and different restaurants. She also enjoys listening to music and dancing. Ms. Amy loves being able to help the children learn new things. She also enjoys the interactions that she is able to have with all of the children and their families each day.
People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within." ~Ramona L. Anderson
Ms. Kaitlyn is one of our Toddler teachers. She joined Kindercare in 2014 and is originally from Grove City, Ohio. She grew up in a family with one older sister and one younger brother. She is a new mom of an amazing little girl. She is currently working towards obtaining her Child Development Associate credential (CDA). Ms. Kaitlyn has been in a commited relationship for 3 years with her childhood friend. She is commited to being a great mom. She also enjoys painting and doing anything artistic. She collects elephants because they are a sign for happiness. Ms. Kaitlyn loves to relax and watch movies, and her favorite part about being an Early Childhood Educator is that she has an impact on the lives of young children everyday. She likes knowing that she is part of their growth and assists in helping them meet their milestones.
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you'll ever know." -A.A.Milne
Ms. Beth recently joined our KinderCare team in June 2015. She is currently in college and has one brother and one beautiful daughter. In her free time, Ms. Beth enjoys going to the pool with her daughter. She loves playing with the children and most importantly loves seeing the smiles on their faces everyday!
All you need is faith, and trust, and a little bit of pixie dust." -Peter Pan
Ms. Brittiany is one of our Discovery Preschool teachers. She is from Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Brookhaven High in 2006. She also attended Ohio University from 2006-2009. Ms. Brittiany has one brother and two children. She loves to garden, knit, cook, and spend time with her children! She enjoys being an Early Childhood Educator mostly because she can make a difference in a child's life by helping their mind grow! She loves the children and the moments she gets to spend with them each and everyday.
Stay gold, pony boy." -S.E. Hinton
Ms. Christena is the mother of two children and the oldest of three. She is originally from Plain City, Ohio and enjoys spending time with her family. Her favorite part about working with children is watching the children learn and grow more each and everyday!
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life!" -Confucius
Ms. Audri is one of our PreKindergarten teachers who recently transferred from another KinderCare center. She is originally from Sandusky, Ohio and is the mother of two boys, Dom and Dallas. She enjoys spending time with her family and shopping! Her favorite part about teaching is watching the children grow and being able to teach children new things.
Have the courage to make your dreams come true!
Ms. Shojuana recently transferred to our KinderCare team from Round Lake, Illinois. She is the oldest of two daughters and enjoys journaling, cooking, baking, and drawing. Her favorite part about teaching children is watching them grow into their own personalities! She also loves making arts and crafts projects with her school agers. Ms. Shojuana is currently working towards her degree in middle school education.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Ms. Jehada is one of our discovery preschool teachers who stems from Cleveland, Ohio. She is the mother of two, one boy and one girl, and is also one of seven children. She enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the city, and traveling! Her favorite part about teaching children is helping them reach that next level in understanding, growth, and development.
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.
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.
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At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent / guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. All staff are up to date with their CPR, First Aid, Communicable Disease, and Child Abuse certifications. We also have a large outside playground for each age group that is fenced off for safety. Our center conducts tornado drills and fire drills on a monthly basis. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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