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Erie KinderCare

Amy Loveranes, Center Director

625 Holland St. Erie PA 16501
(814) 453-5260 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
downtown by Erie Insurance

Neighborhood:
We are located downtown at the corner of East 7th and Holland Streets. We are directly across from the Housing Authority/Schmid Towers, and just one block away from Erie Insurance.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Pfieffer Burleigh, Lincoln, McKinley, Wilson, Jefferson, Diehl, Joanna Connell, Edison, St. James, Wayne

We are currently enrolling in our Infant, Discovery Preschool, and Preschool classrooms. Call today to schedule a tour!

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Welcome

Hello and welcome to Downtown Erie's 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!

Amy Loveranes, Center Director

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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.

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.

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

We are proud to have a wonderful team of teachers here to educate and care for your children. We have over 135 combined years of experience in education. Our team is passionate about caring for your children and giving them the very best educational experience.

  • Amy Loveranes

    Amy Loveranes, Center Director

    I am dedicated to providing the very best care and education for your children. We strive to maintain a loving, safe, and enriched environment in which they can thrive.

    Amy has been working with children for over 15 years. She is extremely passionate about providing high quality care for every child that walks through the door. Amy is available to talk to all parents about their child's progress as well as any questions or concerns that may arise. She believes that parents and teachers should be partners in raising kind, independent, enthusiastic learners.

    Previous Experience:
    Amy has experience as a Kindergarten teacher, Learning Adventures teacher, Program Specialist, and Assistant Director
    Year Started:
    9/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education
  • Nikki Logan

    Nikki Logan, Assistant Director

    Nikki is a born teacher! She has endless enthusiasm in the classroom and loves to explore with children. She creates amazing, enriched spaces in which children feel free to explore, get messy, make mistakes, learn, and have fun! She also spends time coaching other teachers to improve their classrooms. She works closely with parents to make sure we are doing everything we can to best meet every family's needs.

    Previous Experience:
    Nikki has experience as a Preschool teacher and Program Specialist
    Year Started:
    5/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Associate of Science in Preschool Education
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Infant Classroom

    Angie is a motherly and nurturing figure in our infant classroom. She tunes in to each baby's individual needs and preferences. She cares for each infant as if it were her own, celebrating in every milestone together with the parents. Lesson plans are created for each child's developmental level, allowing her to challenge them based on their current needs. She is often seen cuddling in the rocking chair and laying on the floor engaged with the babies.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Angela has experience as a toddler teacher
    Year Started:
    10/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Infant Classroom

    Liz has been a wonderful part of our team for the last few years. She is flexible and adaptable, willing to help in all of our classrooms. Recently she has spent a lot of time in our infant classroom. She is very creative and loves to watch the babies grow and develop. The infants respond very well to her quiet demeanor.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Elizabeth has experience as a tutor.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Toddler Classroom

    Megan loves to have fun with the toddlers! She creates messy (and educational!) activities for the children to do on a daily basis. She believes in providing a fun place to learn while setting boundaries and expectations, even for our little ones. Her smile is contagious, and the children love to greet her with hugs every day when she comes in.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Megan has experience as a toddler teacher
    Year Started:
    3/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, Toddler Classroom

    Tammy is sweet, funloving, and patient. She has a wonderful way of working with the toddlers to teach them kindness and love. You can often see her on the floor with the children playing, exploring, and reading. She focuses on verbal communication skills and identifying emotions with the children. She offers plenty of hugs and smiles to keep the children feeling safe and loved.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tammy has experience as a victim advocate and mental health technician.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Social Sciences, and enrolled in Child Development Associate program
  • Ms. Rebecca

    Ms. Rebecca, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Becca is extremely creative and very nurturing. She creates fun and exciting activities for the children to keep them busy and always learning. She views each child as a unique individual, and tailors her approach for each child's needs. She is bubbly, sweet, and friendly. She develops deep personal connections with the children and uses those bonds to share meaningful information with the families.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rebecca has experience as a toddler teacher.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood and Special Education
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Preschool Classroom

    Jenn is wildly creative and enthusiastic about creating a fun atmosphere for learning. She incorporates her music background into the classroom on a daily basis. She is always thinking outside the box to provide learning activities that will prepare her children for PreK and then Kindergarten. Her cheerful demeanor keeps the class fun and exciting!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jennifer has experience as a music instructor
    Year Started:
    9/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Music Education
  • Ms. Stefanie

    Ms. Stefanie, Preschool Classroom

    Stefanie is genuine and very thoughtful. She cares deeply about each child's success, and strives to challenge them each individually. She can be so silly and carefree, allowing the children to feel free to be their unique selves as well. Stefanie is always looking for ways to enrich the classroom so the children are always engaged and having fun while learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stefanie has experience as a Child Development Specialist
    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Child Development Associate, Bachelor of Science in Social Work
  • Ms. Lindsey

    Ms. Lindsey, Prekindergaten Classroom

    Lindsey is a very calm, patient, and kind teacher. She creates unique learning centers to provide the children with hands on learning experience. She believes in teaching children how to make positive choices through a variety of techniques. She builds great relationships with parents in order to help all children succeed. Lindsey is also our Program Specialist. This gives her the opportunity to share her knowledge with other teachers as well as help the center maintain its accreditation standards.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lindsey has experience as a school age teacher.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Yannellie

    Ms. Yannellie, Cook

    Yannellie is our wonderful cook. She delivers delicious meals to the classrooms each day. She is always trying new recipes and finding ways to encourage the children to try new healthy foods. Yannellie often helps in the classrooms and drives our bus as well. She is patient and loving with all of the children at the center. She is bilingual and happy to help translate for any family in need.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Yannellie has experience as a Teacher's Aide
    Year Started:
    5/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    High School Diploma

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

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

Our center is closed to observe the following holidays annually: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas. We are also closed for staff professional development on Columbus Day and President's Day.

Health and Safety

We proud to offer several safety features at our location to best meet the needs of our children and families. All of our staff are certified in infant/pediatric first aid and CPR. Our front entrance is locked and equipped with a keypad entry. We have a privacy fence around the entire perimeter of our playgrounds. Our teachers are trained in specific procedures to keep the classrooms and materials cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected.

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.

As a full time working parent with an aggressive work schedule, I need a place that's flexible, reliable, and where I know my kids truly are a priority. We've been with KinderCare for eight years (three kids). They really work hard to create an atmosphere that blends learning, safety, and fun. Best of all communicating with parents is a priority for them, they are accessible and work to fit my needs. I'm grateful to Amy and her staff for the impact they have made in our lives.

- Mother

My three children have been enrolled at this center since birth. I am blown away by how the teachers have nurtured them emotionally, physically, and academically. My two oldest daughters left Pre-K already reading; they were beyond ready for Kindergarten! The whole staff is endlessly patient, kind, and genuine. I always knew my girls were in good hands while I had to work long days. I recommend this center to anyone who is looking for a place for their children to thrive!

- Mother
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