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West Lake KinderCare

Jessica Carlson, Center Director

4575 West Lake Rd. Erie PA 16505
(814) 838-4685 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years

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Special Instructions:
by the Country Fair on Westlake Rd

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We bus to Grandview, Tracy and Harding.

Enroll before January 1st and receive half off your registration fee, a savings of $37.50!!

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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

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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.

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


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.

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

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.

  • Jessica Carlson

    Jessica Carlson, Center Director

    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!!    

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, K-6 Elementary Education Certificate, Master of Education in Reading
  • Erica Firch

    Erica Firch, Assistant Director

    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.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education; Master of Science Degree in Special Education
  • Steve Long

    Steve Long, Program Specialist

        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.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Master of Science Degree in Special Education
  • Ms. Alyssa

    Ms. Alyssa, Infant Classroom

        Ms. Alyssa is one of our Infant room teachers. She graduated from McDowell in 2011 and is currently in school at Edinboro University studying Early Childhood Education.  She will graduate this year with her Associate Degree and continue schooling after that.
         Ms. Alyssa has always had a passion for working with children.  She says the best feeling is to be able to watch a child grow and learn new things and feels this profession is very rewarding in so many different ways.
        In her spare time she enjoys dancing and cheerleading.  She even coaches a team here in Erie and loves every minute of it!  Ms. Alyssa joined cheerleading when she was eight years old and now coaching is another rewarding job she gets to experience.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Infant Classroom

         Ms. Angela is an infant room teacher here at KinderCare who is extremely excited to be a part of the Infant Room family! Since May 2013 she has worked in many of the different classrooms getting to know all of the children throughout the center.
         After graduating high school in 2010, Ms. Angela moved from Ohio to Edinboro to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is also working towards a minor in Special Education and will be graduating in Fall 2014 and will have her Associates Degree at the end of Fall 2013.
         Ms. Angela loves caring for children while helping them learn and discover new materials. She has a passion for teaching, and a love for learning new things. Along with working at KinderCare, she also works at  the Glenwood YMCA with children in the  Adventure Area.  In her spare time she like skiing and  snowboarding in the winter. During the summer she enjoys playing volleyball, which she has played for 12 years now. She has always had a strong passion for working with children and will continue to for many years.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Infant Classroom

         Ms. Katie is a teacher in the infant room. She was born and raised in Lawrence Park, and graduated from Edinboro in May 2013 with her Bachelor's in Elementary Education. 
         She is very close to her large family, which includes 3 sisters and 2 brothers and is excited to have just celebrated her 1st year Anniversary with her husband Greg this past June. When not working, Ms. Katie loves to play with her very large German Shepherd puppy and renovating her  home. 
         She has always loved watching and caring for children. She remembers at a very young age wanting to be a teacher. Ms. Katie says, "I love the 'Ah Ha' moment when children understand a lesson or can do something on their own." 
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Kristen

    Ms. Kristen, Infant Classroom

        Ms. Kristen is the newest member of the Infant Room here at KinderCare who has a passion for working with children and loves getting the chance to work with such wonderful kids.
        Ms. Kristen is a graduate of Edinboro University with a background in Early Childhood Education.  She has her Associate Degree in Preschool Education and genuinely loves working with children. 
        Her hobbies include biking, reading, and spending time with her friends and family. She is incredibly outgoing and friendly.  She loves how rewarding it is to work with children and watch as they progress.  Ms. Kristen sees herself working with children as a fulfilling career that will bring her enjoyment and gratification for her entire life.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Associate's Degree in Preschool Education
  • Ms. Katherine

    Ms. Katherine, Toddler A Classroom

         Ms. Katherine has been at KinderCare since August 2011 and is the teacher in the Toddler A classroom!
         She attended SUNY Fredonia and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and  received her Master’s of Music Education from the University of Buffalo in 2010.  She taught music for 4 years in Ripley, NY at Ripley Central School.
         She loves music and loves to sing.  Ms. Katherine has sung in many choruses including the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and the Erie Philharmonic Chorus.  
         Ms. Katherine grew up in Erie, PA and moved to Buffalo, NY when she was 18.  Then she moved back to Erie after college.  She has a 11 year old son named Simon and a beautiful little girl, Avery, who was born in November 2011.  In her spare time, she likes to be outdoors. Her favorite season is Spring and likes to rollerblade, bike, and swim with my son.
           Ms. Katherine likes being a part of children’s lives and watching them as they grow and learn.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Tracey

    Ms. Tracey, Toddler A Classroom

        Ms. Tracey joined KinderCare as a teacher in the Toddler A classroom and has had the pleasure of working in childcare for the past ten years.  During that time she held the positions of assistant teacher, lead teacher and assistant director.  She is excited to now share my experiences with you.  
        She grew up in Greenville, Pa but recently moved to Erie in June of this year.  Before that she lived in Charleston, South Carolina for several years.  Although she loved the south, Ms. Tracey returned to Pennsylvania to be closer to family.     
        In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors, being with family and enjoying time with her dogs Penny and Fezzick.  She also likes to read good books, listen to music and watch football!
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Kristie

    Ms. Kristie, Toddler B Classroom

         Ms. Kristie is the teacher in the Toddler B classroom.  She started at KinderCare back in 2010 and has now been at our center for 4 years. 
          She enjoys going to the movies, especially with her husband, and going shopping.  She is very close to her family and loves spending every free moment with them. Ms. Kristie has three beautiful boys, Anthony, Jordan, and Peyton.  She is also very close with her mother Judy and her brother Eric, who is married and has five children!  Ms. Kristie lost her father, Raymond, in March 2005.  He was a great man and had such a huge impact on herself and children, as well as everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him.
           Ms. Kristie was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania and graduated from Central High School in 1996. She is very patient, caring, loving, and a great communicator.  She loves working with children and sees herself in this field for many years to come.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
  • Miss Alexis

    Miss Alexis, Toddler B Classroom

         This is Ms. Alexis who is a teacher in the Toddler B classroom. She has graduated from McDowell High School in June of 2012. While she was in school, Ms. Alexis took a child development class and learned the stages of development, how to create a lesson plan, and how to plan activities for children. She also learned how to help children in every possible situation.
    She has a son named Isaac and he is the most important thing in her life. She says Isaac has made her a very determined young woman. Having him has been such a blessing and has made her reach for her goals. 
         Ms. Alexis says she spent many years watching her younger brother and sisters, as well as her cousins. "Around the age of 10, I was always anxious to help my mother care for my siblings", Ms. Alexis says. "At the age of 15, I began babysitting my cousins during the day, as well as overnight. I love watching kids as they develop in so many different ways. They are truly a blessing in life."
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Discovery Preschool 1 Classroom

        Ms. Stephanie is the center's Discovery Preschool 1 classroom teacher. She attended Clarion University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in social work.  The motivation for earning her degree has always been to work on the behalf of children.  She graduated a year ago; however she is not done learning yet.  Ms. Stephenie plans on getting her Master’s degree in the near future to deepen her knowledge of child behavior.  Before KinderCare, she has worked with my two younger brothers who she helped raise and has been a nanny for different families during and after college.
         When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, hiking, and of course shopping!  Her family calls me their “fashionista” and owns almost the entire H&M store. She is a  big runner; she tries to do at least one 5k race a month.
         Ms. Stephanie has always had a love for working with children and take great pride in helping them grow emotionally, cognitively, and socially in a fun yet safe environment.  KinderCare gives her the opportunity to do this, and she enjoys learning and growing with your children each and every day!
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Social Work
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Discovery Preschool 2 Classroom

        Ms. Ashley is the center's teacher in the 2-3 year old classroom. She is a recent graduate of Edinboro University with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary and Special Education with a Minor in Psychology. 
        She has worked with children for the past few years in child care as well as school settings. Ms. Ashley completed her field and student teaching experiences at several different surrounding schools teaching Kindergarten level all the way to 8th grade. During her time in college she also worked at a day care and for the Barber National Institute as an RSA. She has learned so much from all of these wonderful experiences and truly enjoys putting what she have learned to good use! 
        In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, friends, family, and beloved pets. She owns 4 horses, 1 dog, 3 cats, 2 goats, and a pig. On the weekends Ms. Ashley enjoys showing her horses competitively in barrel racing events. This has been something she has done since the age of 3.
         Ms. Ashley says she loves being a part of young children’s lives and cannot wait to embark on her journey here at KinderCare!
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Discovery Preschool 2 Classroom

        Ms.  Nicole is a teacher in the Discovery Preschool 2 classroom here at the center. In 2008, she graduated from Edinboro University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Also, she is currently enrolled in the Master’s program in Special Education at Edinboro University. Upon graduating she has taught preschool, was a substitute teacher in Millcreek Township School District, and has worked with the Titile I program at Vernondale School. 
        Ms. Nicole is married to her husband Matt and they have three beautiful Children. Tyler is 6, Ryan is 2, and Mackenzie was born in February 2012! She enjoys spending time with her family and going out to dinner. Her favorite food is Mexican, and likes to watch and play sports. 
        She enjoys coming to KinderCare everyday and working with your children. They are all amazing kids who each have something special to share with the world!
    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Stacie

    Ms. Stacie, Preschool Classroom

        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.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Kristina

    Ms. Kristina, Prekindergarten Classroom

         Ms. Kristina is the center's Pre-Kindergarten Teacher and is excited to join a great group of teachers at KinderCare! She graduated from Thiel College in 2010 and then from Clarion University in 2012.
         One of her favorite things to do is spend time with her younger cousins. She says there is no better way to turn it in to a career than to be here every day with your children!
         She loves art and dance and is so excited to have the opportunity to get to know each child here!
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Miss Lisa

    Miss Lisa, Prekindergarten Classroom

        Ms. Lisa is a teacher in the Pre-Kindergarten class room here at KinderCare. She graduated from Penn State University with  a degree in Elementary Education. She is originally from the Scranton, PA area, but has lived in Erie for 10 years.
         Ms. Lisa has been working in the child care profession since the age of 18 and has cared for many age groups. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading and cooking. 
        Ms. Lisa is very excited to be working at KinderCare and for the opportunity to watch your children learn and grow.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Mr. Brandon

    Mr. Brandon, School Age Classroom

       Mr. Brandon is another great teacher here at KinderCare. He floats around to a lot of the classrooms in the center, so he gets to know most of the children here very well.  He has worked at this KinderCare since August of 2004.  Prior to coming here, he worked at a KinderCare in Pittsburgh for two years.
        He have a son, Austin, who attends Asbury School.  He enjoys working with the children and watching them learn and grow.  He also drives the Klubmates to and from school everyday and go on the fieldtrips with them in the summer!
    Year Started:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Terry

    Ms. Terry, School Age Classroom

        Ms. Terry is the center's Klubmate teacher.  She started at Kindercare in March of 2012. Ms. Terry attended General McLane High School where she earned my high school diploma.  She also went to Erie County Technical School and studied child care, and in 2011 earned her Child Development Associates Credential.  She has worked for many child care centers in Erie and has had a lot of experience.  
           Ms. Terry has lived in Erie and Erie County her whole life.  She have 2 beautiful girls and a new baby boy! In her spare time she enjoys spending family time going to hockey games and playing outside with her children.  She also loves to read and go shopping.  She is very excited to be a part of the Kindercare family and cannot wait to see the children and families grow!
    Year Started:
    3 Years

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About Our Center

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

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

Health and Safety

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.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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We enrolled our son at KinderCare at 16 months of age and every member of the staff was beyond wonderful. They were so caring and loving towards him and were understanding and compassionate in helping us ALL deal with being away from our son for the first time. They welcomed our almost daily phone calls to "check in" on him and made what was initially a very difficult situation into one where our child thrived. I would absolutely, without reservation, recommend West Lake KinderCare. The experience has been better than we could have ever imagined.

- Mother

As a first time mother and a young one at that I am very happy sending my son to this child care.  When i enter the center I see a lot of great things such as the certificates of the center and news that is posted about the center.  It feels so warm walking straight into the big atrium.  I have zero issues or concerns about my son's care and learning techniques.  He started off in the baby room and I honestly could not be happier.  He is such a smart little boy and I couldn't thank them enough!

Miss Katherine and Mr. Steve are his teachers now and I must say he suprises me every day with new words!  It's not just a daycare, it's a learning center and they don't just watch your child.  I could go on and on about this daycare! They have been wonderful to my son and I! I give them 5 stars!

- Mother

The staff at KinderCare are attentive, personal and caring.  They are quick to note new developments in my sons' learning and verbal skills, as well as their likes and dislikes.  I feel good knowing he is happy, socialized and part of a great group of educators.

- Mother

Our son has been going to KinderCare since he was only three months old. KinderCare has been wonderful from the first visit to view the facility. Ms. Robin gave the tour and was so pleasant and inviting, answering all our questions and making us feel at ease. The facility is very clean and all the teachers know us by name. The staff at KinderCare are great individuals who care about the kids and love what they do. They go above and beyond what is expected of them and are respectful of our individual parenting style, assisting us with our requests and listening to our concerns, trying to help out wherever and whenever possible. As we walk in the door every morning we are greeted cheerfully and our son is made to smile and laugh as soon as we arrive. The quality of education is also evident as he has learned so many new things since he has been going to KinderCare. He is 15 months now and has been going to KinderCare for a year. He is happy and excited to go to “school” every morning and we could not have asked for better service and people to take care and educate our son. Ms. Robin and her team truly are like our extended family and we appreciate them so much!

- Mother

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