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Shannon Heights KinderCare

Bradie McAfee, Center Director

5757 Shannon Heights Blvd. Dublin OH 43016
(614) 764-0301 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Indian Run, Riverside, Thomas, Daniel Wright

Welcome

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

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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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Monthly Activities

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

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.

  • Bradie McAfee, Center Director


     
    Year Started:
    11/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree, Elementary Education
  • Stefanie Yanosko

    Stefanie Yanosko, Assistant Director

    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. 

    Year Started:
    3/3/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Master's of Education
  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, Infant Classroom

    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, preschoolers, and eventually go off to kindergarten. 

    Year Started:
    3/29/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Kellie

    Ms. Kellie, Infant Classroom

    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 school-age 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. 

    Year Started:
    9/30/1991
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Wendy

    Ms. Wendy, Infant Classroom

    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!

    Year Started:
    4/30/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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. 

    Year Started:
    4/9/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    9/16/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Abby

    Ms. Abby, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Abby has spent her time with 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.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms Debbie has been with KinderCare for fifteen years. She obtained her Child Development Associate (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.

    Year Started:
    6/25/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Tia

    Ms. Tia, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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 children grow into creative and outgoing individuals. In her classroom, she loves to sing songs, dance, and help her students grow.

    Year Started:
    7/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Alexis

    Ms. Alexis, School Age Classroom

    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 children's' programs at libraries, art centers, and summer camps. 

    Year Started:
    8/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Lorna

    Ms. Lorna, Cook

    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.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    ServSafe Course
  • Mr. Brian

    Mr. Brian, Floater

    The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.

    Year Started:
    8/31/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Floater

    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.

    Year Started:
    6/2/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Communication (Minor in Music)
  • Ms. Ana

    Ms. Ana, Floater

    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. 

    Year Started:
    3/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

About Our Center

Shannon Heights KinderCare has been a service to families in the Dublin area for over 25 years. We are committed to furthering the development of each child that comes to our center. Our curriculum provides an educational environment that helps to develop the whole child; we focus on social and emotional development, language and literacy skills, physical well-being and motor development, cognitive skills, and creative expression. The curriculum is aligned with national education standards to ensure kindergarten readiness and success throughout each child’s educational career.
 
Our teachers and staff partner with our families in our dedication to fostering each child’s individual development. We work to create a warm and welcoming environment that provides the best experience within which each child can learn and grow.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years Day
Professional Development
Memorial Day
Independance Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving and the day after
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

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.

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.

My wife and I appreciate the director and staff so much for all of the educational care they give our child. She really enjoys coming to the center and has made life long friends. If I could donate money to a staff appreciation fund when I pay tuition online, I truly would.

- Father

My daughter began at KinderCare when she was only 3 months old. She is now in the toddler room. From the first visit to the center I felt welcomed, respected, and just a good feeling. I genuinely adore all the staff and director and my daughter loves her teachers. She learning so much and I am so happy to have a place to take my child.

- Mother
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