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Elyria KinderCare

Carol Pritt, Center Director

1216 Abbe Rd. North Elyria OH 44035
(440) 366-6890 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
across from Lorain County Community College

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We transport to the following Elyria schools: Ely Elementary and Windsor Elementary

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Welcome to KinderCare in Elyria located across from Lorain County Community College. We are so happy you have taken an interest in our school! We are very excited to meet you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child. Your child will not only have a safe, secure and stimulating environment in which to learn, but will have the support of a team of child development experts who have true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Carol Pritt, Center Director

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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.

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.


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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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

Our talented staff takes great pride in our center and our classrooms. We work hard each day to make every family feel welcome, while providing the best care possible for the children in our center.  We are here to help you and your family! 

  • Carol Pritt

    Carol Pritt, Center Director

    I enjoy coming to work everyday and having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the children in my center. Children are our future!

    Carol started with KinderCare in the Summer of 2005. She has experience being a Director at a previous center, being a Staff Trainer as well as being a classroom teacher with all age groups. Currently she has the pleasure of of supporting the children, families and staff at the Elyria center. Carol has always lived in the Elyria community, has a Children's Development Associate Credential and has an Associate of Science degree from Penn Foster, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has been working with children for over 22 years and can't imagine doing anything else!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Carol was a Montessori teacher for several years with children three to five-years old. She was also a Center Director at a previous center, as well as a Staff Trainer and a classroom teacher.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Holly Schnell

    Holly Schnell, Assistant Director

    I love having the opportunity to be a part of a child's early learning to watch them grow and develop is so rewarding! Knowing I help make a difference in a child's life is priceless! I've loved being around children for as long as I can remember and I'm so excited to do what I love everyday.

    Holly began her career with KinderCare at the Avon Lake center as an office assistant in February 2000, became the cook in 2002, then Lead Preschool teacher in 2003, the Lead Prekindergarten teacher in 2005 and currently the Assistant Director in Elyria since 2010. Holly currently lives in North Ridgeville with her family and attends Lorain County Community College for her Early Childhood Associates degree.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Holly was a retail store manager.
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Miss Katie

    Miss Katie, Infant Classroom

    I find it so rewarding and amazing to see the look on a child's face when you teach them something new; as if you just did the world's greatest magic trick.

    Miss Katie joined KinderCare in the Fall of 2014.  She is a graduate of the Lorain County Joint Vocational School in the Early Childhood Education.  She has experience working in another childcare center.  Miss Katie looks forward to educating children at KinderCare of Elyria and watching the many milestones they achieve.  Miss Katie resides in Elyria, enjoys playing the violin and is currently enrolled at Lorain County Community College.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Miss Katie has experience working in a previous childcare center.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Kaci

    Ms. Kaci, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Kaci started with KinderCare in August 2015 and is one of the Infant Teachers, she has spent some time at Lorain County Joint Vocational School in the Early Childhood Field.  Ms. Kaci lives in Elyria with her daughter and really enjoys watching the babies grow and develop as mush as they do in their first year.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare, Ms. Kaci has worked in other childcare facitlities and most recently in a retail store.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Kaci's favorite children's book is Little Bear.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Discovery Pre-School Classroom

    I love working with young children because they keep me young at heart!

    Ms. Emily began her career at KinderCare in August 2006 where she was a Preschool teacher and is currently the Discovery Preschool teacher. Ms. Emily received her education at Lorain County Community College through the Partnership Program. Her Bachelor of Science in Education degree is from Ashland University. Ms. Emily resides in Avon, enjoys reading science fiction and loves her dog, Molly.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Emily was a Server while attending Ashland University and the University Partnership Program at LCCC.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Discovery Pre School Classroom

    Watching the children learn and grow is the best part of my job.

    Ms. Amy started with KinderCare in Winter of 2011 where she is one of the Prekindergarten teachers. While she was in High School she attended a Teacher Education Exploration where she was able to sit in and help teach different grades. While in the program Ms. Amy decided she wanted to be a teacher. Ms. Amy looks forward to coming to work everyday to watch the children in here care grow and of course she just loves the hugs she receives!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Amy was a substitute teacher.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Preschool Classroom

    I love being a Preschool teacher! I love watching each child's face when they achieved a goal (writing their name for the first time) that they have been working so hard on.

    Ms. Lisa worked for KinderCare in the mid 1990's, left and most recently returned in February 2006. Currently she is the Preschool Teacher as well as the Health & Safety Coordinator. Ms. Lisa attended Lorain County Joint Vocational School studying Early Childhood Education.  In Ms. Lisa's class they have a fish and the children just love helping take care of it.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Lisa was an in-home nanny and worked in a nursing home.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Child's Development Credential
  • Ms. Sandy

    Ms. Sandy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love being a prekindergarten teacher and watching the children learn new things; get excited when they learn to write their name and numbers, it's so rewarding for me!

    Ms. Sandy has been with KinderCare for 15 years and has always been the Prekindergarten Teacher. She is married, has one daughter; two grandchildren with a third on the way and resides in Sheffield Lake. Ms. Sandy is a huge Ohio State Buckeye and Pittsburgh Steelers fan and loves football and baseball.

    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
  • Ms. Joyce

    Ms. Joyce, School Age Classroom

    I love working with the families, getting the opportunity to watch children grow and learn. It's a great feeling to be a part of their lives and help them with their education.

    Ms. Joyce started with KinderCare in early Spring 2008 has been the Preschool teacher, the School Age teacher and currently the infant teacher. Ms. Joyce attended Lorain County Joint Vocational School and studied Early Childhood Education. Miss Joyce feels it's exciting to see the milestones the children achieve.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Joyce worked in A Nursing Home for 10 years.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Child's Development 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

Welcome to Elyria KinderCare! We look forward to meeting you and your family to show you our curriculum and enrichment programs! We are confident that once you visit you will love our educated, warm and nurturing staff! Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich 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’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Awards and Recognition

  • NAEYC Accreditation

    NAEYC Accreditation

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independance Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas.   We are also closed on Presidents Day and Columbus Day to provide teacher inservice training.

Health and Safety

We have a Health & Safety Coordinator on staff to ensure all health and safety precautions are followed; for example proper hand washing and diaper changing techniques, playground safety and so much more. The center has a keypad entry, door alarms in all classrooms and all staff members are certified in CPR, First Aid, Child Abuse & Neglect, Communicable Disease and are fingerprinted before hiring and every few years during their employment.

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 son has been in this center since May 2012 and loves it. He has learned so much! This is more than a daycare, it's like he is in school, because he knows so much more than I have seen from any other Toddler. I will be having my daughter in May and she will be starting with the center in July. I know she will grow and bloom just as my son has.

- Mother

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