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KinderCare Old Salem

Susan Bennett, Center Director

4000 Old Salem Rd. Englewood OH 45322
(937) 836-7250 Contact this center

Ages: 6 WEEKS to 12 YEARS

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Clayton and Englewood

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Northmont School District


We would love to have you join our KinderCare Family! We are a Step Up to Quality star rated and NAEYC-National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited center.

Susan Bennett, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

I am proud of our KinderCare Family. Our teachers are committed to providing a quality education and a loving environment for the children.

All of our Teachers have a degree in Education, a CDA or are attending courses to further their education and training.

  • Susan Bennett

    Susan Bennett, Center Director

    I love partnering with parents to help their children reach their potential. I am passionate about our KinderCare family of staff, parents and children.

    Susan has been in management for KinderCare for 27 years. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She is committed to the families in her center.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare in 1987, Susan worked in the public schools with Elementary through High School students and in a child care center as a Prekindergarten Teacher.
    Year Started:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Laurie Keating

    Laurie Keating, Assistant Director

    I love the daily giggles, smiles and hugs from the children, and working with an awesome staff of passionate teacher.

    Laurie has been at the center in the role of a Lead Teacher, Educational Coordinator and Assistant Director for 22 years. She leads the center to provide an excellent educational learning environment for the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Laurie has taught at a Montessori School, other childcare centers and worked as a naturalist at both Sea World and a National Park.
    Year Started:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Bachelors of Science in Outdoor Education, Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Robin

    Ms. Robin, Preschool

    I love coming to work everyday and being greeted with hugs and smiles. What drives me to teach is watching my students learn new things and grow on a daily basis.

    Ms. Robin worked in Children's Ministry through her church, inspiring her to obtain her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. While earning her degree, she did her student teaching through Sinclair Community College and Miami Valley Child Development Center. She began her career at KinderCare in November of 2012. She is attending college to obtain her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Robin worked at Children's Ministry and has experience in student teaching.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nickie

    Ms. Nickie, Toddler & Discovery Preschool Classrooms

    Being a Toddler teacher is both exciting and rewarding. It allows me to be a positive, encouraging and active part of a child's experiences and the ever-changing world, as they explore, learn and grow each day.

    Ms. Nickie began her career at a military air base in Japan, working with Infants and Toddlers for two years. She continued overseas with Toddler child care in her home before returning to the States. She worked at a center with Toddlers, Preschoolers and School Age children before she found her home with KinderCare in 2004. She is attending college to obtain her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Nickie worked at an overseas military childcare center, a home childcare center and another childcare center.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Kristy, Preschool Classroom

    The reaction from a child learning a new skill or concept is amazing! I love being able to help a child understand and master his or her worlds daily.

    Ms. Kristy began her career working with Infants. She attended Sinclair Community College while working at two other childcare centers. She came to KinderCare in 2006, where she has worked with Preschool and Prekindergarten children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Kristy worked at other childcare centers and has experience in student teaching.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Velinda, Preschool Classroom

    I like to watch children grow up to become adults and have a positive attitude, learning to outgrow challenges. The children remember me because I feel I have made a positive impact in their lives by teaching and listening to them.

    Ms. Velinda began her career at another center working in their Infant room for five years and continuing there for another 19 years working with Preschool and School Age children. She also transported the children to and from school. She has had various experiences working with all ages through her church and community. Ms. Velinda found her home at KinderCare in 2010 where she teaches Pre K.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Velinda worked at another childcare center and as a Youth Choir Director, a Church School Teacher, a Head Start Classroom Volunteer, Cheerleading Assistant and a Football Team Mom.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Machalea

    Ms. Machalea, School Age Classrooms

    Because I am a life-long learner, I believe it is my quest and gift to give children the experience of knowledge in a fun-loving variety of levels.

    Ms. Machalea began her career of caring for children at the age of fifteen. She was the "neighborhood babysitter" for more than four families before leaving for college. She fell in love with helping others learn while in college, where she became a Math Tutor on the Thomas University College campus. She worked at several childcare centers during breaks from college. After fifteen years experience, she still tutors children in third through twelfth grade and is passionate about caring for and educating the children at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Machalea worked at other childcare centers and has experience tutoring, working in an Enrichment Camp, Teen Book Club and as a "Mathletics" Hostess.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education, Certified Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Tutor
  • Ms. Rose

    Ms. Rose, Infant Classroom

    Teaching is a labor of love and I believe I am making a positive impact on our children. That's why I teach! I love the hugs and smiles that I receive from every child and their family.

    Ms. Rose has previously worked at another childcare center with Preschool and Kindergarten age children for three years before finding her home at KinderCare in 2004. She is known for her charismatic personality and enthusiasm which is the reasoning behind her nickname "Ms. Sunshine". She opens the center and works with all age groups.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Rose worked at other childcare centers.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, All Classrooms

    I get excited about watching children grow and learn. I continue to be inspired to teach, knowing that I will teach a child something new each day.

    Ms. Sarah joined KinderCare in 2005 after working in a Head Start classroom in New York for a year. She has worked with all ages at our center. She teaches our Learning Adventures classes and supports the center in all classrooms.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Sarah had experience working as a Head Start teacher and at a Home childcare center.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

Our programs are very unique. Our Preschool and Toddler children rotate through different learning center-based classroom with their friends and teachers through the day. With this rotation of classrooms, we can provide a more enriched learning environment that keeps children excited to be in our school.

Special Features

  • Head Start Partnership

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Thanksgiving & the Friday after, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independance Day,Labor Day, Columbus Day & Presidents Day-Closed for Professional Development for our Staff.

Health and Safety

Our local police and fire departments are located across the street. We have a security door system which requires a code to enter and we adhere to strict policies concerning authorization to pick up children at the center. We strive to keep all of us healthy with our stringent sanitation schedules and teaching of proper hand-washing and other healthy practices.

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.

I have 2 children who have attended Kindercare since they were toddlers and are now in the school age room (4 1/2 years). I have nothing but good things to say about the Kindercare on Old Salem. The teachers and staff are amazing with the kids, they treat them as if they were their own. Not only can I go to work rest assured my kids are safe and in good hands but also that every day they come home they're telling/showing me something new they have learned. Kindercare is not your typical daycare where the kids run wild and do what they want. It's very structured and organized all while they are learning and having fun. I love Kindercare because of the teachers and their love and passion for the kids! 

- Mother

The reason I choose KinderCare is because of the excellent care all of my children receive. Ms. Rose has had three of my children and I have never had to worry about a thing. Ms. Velinda is like family and treats my kids like her own, no worries ever with her. Now my three month old attends and Ms. Kelly and Ms. Ashley look after him like his Mom. I would recommend this school to anyone asking. We are a big family, not just a babysitter. The teachers really do care about the children.

- Mother

I like the activities that the teachers do with the children and how patient the teachers are with my child. I trust all of my child's past and present teachers and also how well my son likes all of his teachers. It really makes me feel at ease when my son is in their care. Thanks for everything!

- Mother

KinderCare has been great to my children, especially my son. He has excelled academically and socially since he has been here. I thank all the teachers who take their time with him and show that they care with great communication. I am certain he will be ready for Kindergarten.

- Mother

The staff at KinderCare Old Salem is excellent. You can tell that they really care about the children. They keep you informed of your child's progress. My child really responds to the staff and truly enjoys going every day.

- Mother

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