Jessica Carlson, Center Director
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Hello and welcome to West Lake KinderCare! We are excited that you have selected us as a possible learning center for your child to learn and grow educationally, emotionally, and socially! We would love to show you around our center and give you an overview of all we have to offer your family. Please call us today with any questions you may have or to schedule a tour with one of our dedicated staff members!
Jessica Carlson, 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.
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.
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.
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.
We pride ourselves in having high quality staff who continually update their knowledge base on the most advanced educational practices. We have many unique certifications throughout our center, and our teachers have a variety of talents to share with our youngsters.
Each day is a new adventure. I love seeing the children's eyes light up when the learn something new and watching them grow day by day. KinderCare is my second home and the people are my second family. I hope you will choose to become part of such a wonderful place to work, learn, and grow!
Renee Jerge is the the Center Director of our Kindercare Center. Ms. Renee graduated from Penn State Behrend with a Psychology degree in 2007 and Mercyhurst University with a teaching certification in 2008. She has her Master's Degree as a certified Reading Specialist from Edinboro University.
Ms. Renee has worked with children for many years in both the child care and school settings. She has taught grades Pre-K to 6 at Robison Elementary in the childcare program and 3rd grade at Blessed Sacrament School. Also, she has worked for the Barber National Institute running their Camp Connections Program.
When not with the children Ms. Renee enjoy spending time with friends and family and being outdoors. She likes watching sports, especially hockey, and loves the warm Erie summers!
Ms. Renee loves being a part of the children’s educational experience and watching them learn and grow and is very excited to be part of the Kindercare Learning Center staff!!
Within the child lies the fate of the future. -Maria Montessori
Ms. Erica is our center's Assistant Director who graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2009 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. In November 2010 she graduated from Mercyhurst College with my M.S. in Special Education.
Ms. Erica has worked with children of all ages in various locations. She worked as a preschool teacher at Saint Boniface School, and in the Two’s Room at Saint Vincent Child Care Center. She also coached cheerleading at St. George School for 3 years.
While she is not working or playing with children, I like to travel, spend time with friends and family, and watch sports. When she has the time, Ms. Erica loves to read books of all kinds and relax. She is looking forward to working with your children and hopes to teach them and make a difference in their lives.
Mr. Steve is the Program Specialist here at KinderCare. He started working for KinderCare in February 2013 as the Toddler A teacher.He is originally from Philadelphia, but after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with his Bachelor’s Degree and teaching certification, he moved to Erie with his wife and two boys (ages five and two).
Steve's hobbies are swimming and playing or listening to music. He looks forward to meeting all of the wonderful families that make up KinderCare and is excited for all of the amazing times to come.
Ms. Stacie is our new Pre-School teacher. She is a recent graduate of Edinboro University where she received a BS in Early Childhood Education. Her main goals will be working with the pre-schoolers to recognize colors, numbers, letters, and shapes, as well as, practice holding writing utensils and scissors properly.
Ms. Stacie will be creating exciting lessons that will help children socialize and most of all have fun. She is excited for the opportunity to allow her to get to know your children and have fun in their first adventures in education.
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.
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.
Our center is closed so that our staff, children and their families can enjoy their time together on the following days:<br /> New Years Day<br /> President's Day<br /> Memorial Day<br /> 4th of July<br /> Labor Day<br /> Columbus Day<br /> Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after<br /> Christmas Eve (open until 3) and Christmas Day
Our staff members are dedicated to the safety and education of your children and are CPR and first aide certified. Our classrooms offer a safe environment for each age group and our fenced in playground provides a great place for all of our children to play.
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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