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Tara Hill KinderCare

LaToya Johnson, Center Director

6036 Tara Hill Dr. Dublin OH 43017
(614) 761-7668 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
off Muirfield Drive behind United Dairy Farmers

Neighborhood:
Dublin

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Wyandot Elementary, Scottish Corners, and afternoon for Eli Penny only.

We are currently enrolling children six weeks - 12 years.  We offer a variety of Learning Adventure Programs including Music, Math, Phonics and Reading for ages 18 months and older. Contact the Center Director for more details

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Welcome

Welcome to our Nationally Accredited and Step Up to Quality Star Rated Tara Hill KinderCare, serving the Dublin area since 1988.  Our experts designed every acitivity and lesson to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond.  With designated learning centers in every classroom, children have the opportunity for social play and child initiated discovery.

You'll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children's literature.  By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we are helping develop early literacy and writing skills.

Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we're excited to show youhow everything in our center is designed for learning!

LaToya Johnson, 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.

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Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

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.

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  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. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

We have a highly qualified, tenured staff with a combined total of over 70 years experience with KinderCare Learning Centers. They are committed to giving our children the best possible early childhood experience possible. They attend at least 25 hours of professional development training annually as well as 10 hours of Step Up To Quality training spcialized training pertaining to their age group, and are certified in CPR, First Aid, Child Abuse and Communicable Disease Recognition

  • LaToya Johnson, Center Director

    Valerie began her career with KinderCare in 2004 as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher where she also headed a training classroom.  In 2008 she became an Assistant Director and in 2010 she became a Center Director in our Columbus Market.  Valerie has supported NAEYC, NAC, and Step Up To Quality standards as both a teacher and a Director, leading her team through accreditation and maintaining accreditation.

    Year Started:
    7/26/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Kiran

    Ms. Kiran, Infant Classroom

    Ms Kiran studied Public Administration and Home Economics in college. She provided private child care services for 17 years before joining the Kindercare family.  She enjoys being apart of a child's growth and development as they reach each milestone.

    Previous Experience:
    Private Child Care
    Year Started:
    11/14/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    Public Administration & Home Economics
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Schoolage

    Ms Kim has been working at KinderCare since 2001. She studied Social Studies Education and Special Education (with a focus on reading) at Ohio State University.  She tries to instill a love of literature in her students, making time each day for reading.  Some favorite authors in her classroom are AA Milne, Roald Dahl, James Marshall, Dr Seuss, Beverly Cleary and the students themselves.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare Ms. Kim worked at SACC in Delaware County and for an After School program in Union County.
    Year Started:
    9/3/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Social Studies and Post Grad workin Special Education
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Toddler Classroom

    Ms Jessica has been with KinderCare for over 8 years.  She is currently working towards her CDA for Early Childhood Development.

    Year Started:
    10/2/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential-In Progress
  • Ms. Connie

    Ms. Connie, Cook

    Ms Connie has been at KinderCare for 8 years. She is a Ceritfied Dietary Manager. She prepares all of the meals and maintains a clean and organized kitchen. When not in the kitchen she helps out in the classrooms during the mornings at drop off time.

    Previous Experience:
    Provided meals for children and elderly adults. Maintained Health Dept regulations and ordering/budgeting for kitchen
    Year Started:
    2/20/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Certified Dietary Manager
  • Ms. Mackenzie

    Ms. Mackenzie, Preschool

    Mackenzie began her career with KinderCare in 2013.  She is in the proccess of finishing her degree in Psychology and  Master's in Social Work.

    Year Started:
    8/13/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Currently Pursing Psychology Degree
  • Ashley

    Ashley, Infants

    Ashley has been with KinderCare for 3 years. She has been a cook, Infant Teacher and Prekindergarten teacher. She has her CDA and is certified in CPR and First Aid. Ashley has twin boys who keep her on her toes. In her spare time she enjoys music, being outdoors and spending time with her family.
     

    Year Started:
    9/2/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    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. 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Hindi
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Thursday, November 27th 2014-Closed For Thanksgiving

Friday, November 28th 2014-Center Closed

Health and Safety

The safety and well-being of the children in our care is our number one priority. We have a secured entry where parents and caregivers must enter a code or ring the doorbell to gain entry. Alternative pick-up people must have valid identification and must be listed on the child’s enrollment paperwork. Our playgrounds are surrounded by privacy fences and are well shaded in the summer months. Our staff and teachers are currently certified in First Aid, CPR, Child Abuse Prevention and Communicable Disease Recognition. Our center’s furniture and equipment is cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis to ensure that the children have a safe and clean learning environment.

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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My son very much enjoys his time at KinderCare because he loves interacting with the other children. Furthermore, the teachers are very supportive, and the structured environment is a valuable benefit. The seasonal events planned by the Center accentuate the fun and warmth of the holidays. Our family feels very blessed to have the KinderCare families and teachers in our lives. All have been instrumental in our son's development and happiness.
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