Bradie McAfee, Center Director
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Welcome to Shannon Heights KinderCare! We are located in Dublin near Tuttle Mall, right next to Karric Square Shopping Center.
Our center offers a warm and welcoming environment in which your child can learn and grow. Our teachers and staff partner with our families in order to create the best educational environment for each child.
We are excited to meet new families and to share our experiences here at Shannon Heights KinderCare!
Bradie McAfee, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Here at Shannon Heights KinderCare, our teachers and staff are committed to the development of each individual child. We partner with our families so that we can offer the best experience for growth and development. Our teachers are highly qualified and continue their own learning through professional development days that are held throughout the year. We each share our love of learning with all of our students.
Stefanie began her teaching career in the Early Childhood Education program at Ohio State. Her student teaching allowed her to gain experience in preschool, prekindergarten, kindergarten, and second grade classrooms. Upon her graduation in the spring of 2013, Stefanie received her Master's degree in education as well as her teaching license for kindergarten through third grade.
Stefanie joined the Kindercare team in March 2014 as a prekindergarten teacher. She became assistant director in the fall of 2015 and greatly enjoys the time she gets to spend with every classroom at the center.
Look for the magic in the daily rountine.
Ms Tammy has been with KinderCare for seventeen years working with infants. She loves providing stepping stones for early learning and watching the children that were in her care grow to be toddlers, preshoolers, and eventually go off to kindergarten.
I love how each child grows and learns at their own speed. I love the smiles when they accomplish something for the first time.
Ms Kellie graduated in May of 1991 from Capital University with a degree in Elementary Education. She began working at Kindercare in September of 1991. She spent the first twenty-three years with the schoolage class before and after school as well as teaching kindergarten during the school day.
Since October 2014, Ms Kellie has been working in the infant room and loving it. She enjoys watching the little ones experience new things for the first time. She continues to learn as well because she went from planning lessons for older children to planning for the youngest students at our center.
Her goal at KinderCare is to run a clean, organized, and safe classroom that follows our centers accreditation and star ratings while meeting the needs of each child.
I have always had a passion for babies - they are our future adults!
Ms Wendy is a caring teacher as well as a mother. She has three boys and a girl. She started as a cook with KinderCare in 2012. She became an infant teacher and has found that it is the perfect fit for her!
Teaching kids and sharing my knowledge with them is my passion.
Ms Ana completed her Bachelor's in Elementary Education in 2006. Her principle in teaching is knowing that every child is unique and that one single teaching strategy does not work for everyone. She always has a backup plan! She puts her heart into everything she does with the kids and patience is her key ingredient to success.
Ms Ana loves to travel; her ultimate dream is to visit the entire United States. She also loves doing arts and crafts in her downtime. Most of all, she loves the work she does with children.
Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theatre.
Ms Melissa has been with KinderCare for just over two years. She has worked with all ages in her twelve years of experience but she specializes in working with two-year-olds. She has two boys of her own, Max and Parker. She has always loved children and she enjoys coming to work every day.
Be somebody that makes everybody feel like a somebody.
Ms Megan has been with KinderCare for two years. She has incredible patience and loves working with children. She has two children of her own, Della and Abigail. She loves to cook and spend time with her family. She also loves outdoor activities like hiking and going for walks through the woods. Ms. Megan loves reading stories to her class as well as singing songs. She enjoys doing art projects and dancing with the kids. She always takes extra time and patience to understand the needs of all her kids in class.
Today is a great day to learn something new.
Ms Abby has spent her time wtih KinderCare as a preschool teacher. She loves teaching this age group and watching them grow. It is always wonderful to see how far the children have come as she helps them become more independent and prepares them for the prekindergarten classroom.
They may forget what you said but they will not forget how you made them feel.
Ms Debbie has been with KinderCare for fifteen years. She obtained her CDA in 2010. In her classroom, she does everything she can to prepare each child for success in kindergarten. When she isn't at work, Ms Debbie enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys. They love to camp, boat, and spend half their year on the soccer field.
A person's a person no matter how small.
Throughout her life, Ms. Tia knew she wanted to work with children. She began her journey working on her degree at Grand Canyon University. In less than a year, she will have complete her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. KinderCare has given her an opportunity to further her experience in the past year. Since she has started working with our KinderCare family, Ms. Tia has enjoyed watching the childen grow into creative and outgoing individuals. In her classroom, she loves to sing songs, dance, and help her students grow.
Let them be little.
Ms Alexis graduated high school in 2012 but she began her college education in the fall of 2011. She is currently attending Ohio State University with a major in Early Childhood Education and a minor in psychology. Before joining us at KinderCare, Ms Alexis volunteered with many childrens' programs at libraries, art centers, and summer camps.
I enjoy serving people and watching the children grow to their full potential.
Ms Lorna has enjoyed watching families grow her from the infant room up to the school age classroom.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.
Oh the thinks you can think!
Ms. Jenny has been with KinderCare since 2014, though she did leave for a new position in her field of study for a time. However, she missed her babies too much and decided to come back! She has a Bachelor's in Communication from Capital University along with an intense love of the stage and Harry Potter. She loves to get her classroom moving in the morning with dancing and singing.
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.
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Our first priority here at Shannon Heights is child safety. We implement numerous policies in order to ensure that every child is safe and cared for at our center.
Our front door is monitored by keypad entry. We follow strict procedures during drop-off and pick-up. Our playgrounds are fenced in and the yard is kept up regularly. Classrooms are kept clean following rigorous cleaning guidelines and they are regularly inspected for safety. Every teacher in our building is CPR and First Aid certified.
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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