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Folcroft KinderCare

Kimberly Walker, Center Director

6 School Lane Folcroft PA 19032
(610) 534-7677 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Delmar Dr. is the closest cross street. Close to Chester Pike RT.13 and I-95. 15min from Philadelphia Airport.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Delcroft, Sharon Hill, Glenolden, Darby Township, Prospect Park, Leedom, Norwood, Tinicum, Lakeview, Ridley Middle

Welcome

Welcome to the Folcroft KinderCare location! We have proudly been established and providing quality care and education for children in the neighborhood and surrounding communities since 1971. Our center cares for children from 6 weeks old to 12 years old. The staff at our center is committed to providing an enriching early childhood experience to all the children in our care. Each member of our staff has many years of experience working with KinderCare Learning Centers or within the field of early childhood education. We feel confident that our center is the right choice for your growing child. Our experienced staff is available to answer any of your childcare questions or concerns.  We hope to see you at our center soon!

Kimberly Walker, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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

Cooking

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.

Math

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.

Music

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

The staff of KinderCare Folcroft is dedicated to providing every child and ever family with a positive healthy learning experience. At our learning center we ensure that the children are fully engaged, cared for, and safe at all times. We provide the children with age appropriate activities to ensure that each child is reaching their maximum potential. We understand what a privilege and honor it is to work with your children and each family within the KinderCare family.
  
We welcome you to visit our Learning Center and each of our classrooms to experience for yourself the positive nurturing environment we have made a part of our culture here at Folcroft KinderCare. We hope to see you soon!
  

  • Kimberly Walker

    Kimberly Walker, Center Director

    'By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn.' -Latin Proverb

    Ms. Kim started with KinderCare as a prekindergarten teacher. She was soon promoted to Assistant Director and also held Acting Center Director positions. As a teacher, she is passionate and finds creative ideas to enhance the learning experience for her students. A center should have a family feel. A place of love, caring, patience, and nurturing for all families. Learning is a process and it takes patience and understanding for various learners to learn. 

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare, Mis. Kim worked as a pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, reading specialist, and a substitute teacher. She has also worked as a manager in several restaurants.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Suess

    Year Started:
    8/20/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Secondary Education; Master's in Education, Early Childhood Certification, Director Credential
  • Barbara Gricco

    Barbara Gricco, Assistant Director

    There is no better feeling then seeing a child's face light up when they achieve a goal.

    Ms. Barbara has nearly 15 years experience in teaching prekindergarten up to 4th grade special education. She loves to work with children but is excited to work with not only the children, but the families and staff at KinderCare. Barbara was a site supervisor at her previous school. In her free time, she enjoys boating and going to the beach with her family. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Barbara previously worked as a pre-kindergarten teacher and a site supervisor for a preschool.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are

    Year Started:
    8/29/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • Ms. La'Dia Nixon

    Ms. La'Dia Nixon, Learning Adventures

    I choose to make a difference because I care to be the difference in the lives of our children.

    "Ms. Di" as the children, staff, and families like to call her, has been a part of the KinderCare family since 2008. She is a proud parent of her son who is 7 years old. Ms. Di has worked in the childcare industry for over 15 years.Ms. Di is currently the cook at our center. She prepares fresh meals daily to provide the children with a nutritious diet. The children absolutely love Ms. Di's cooking! Ms. Di also drives the afternoon bus that picks up the school age children that attend Propect Park Kindergarten, Prospect Park Elementary, and Glenolden Elementary, all within the Interboro School District. In the afternoons, she assists in the school age classrooms with the after school program.

    Previous Experience:
    Di has invested her life in reaching others through her passion which is baking. Ms. Di has has been succesful in building relationships through nurturing children for 15 plus years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Curious George

    Year Started:
    6/30/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15+
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Mrs. Eileen

    Mrs. Eileen, Infant Classroom

    Children are our future, so teach them well.

    Mrs. Eileen has worked at KinderCare since 1994 and has held many positions. She brings lots of love and care to each room, helping the children mature from year to year. Mrs. Eileen is a mother of four children and a grandmother to nine. She has been married for 43 years and has been a member of the Folcroft community for 42 years.

    Previous Experience:
    Mrs. Eileen was previously a babysitter, taught arts and craft classes and drove school buses.
    Year Started:
    9/1/1994
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22
    Education:
    High School Diploma and College Credits
  • Ms. Aliya Clarkson

    Ms. Aliya Clarkson, Infant Classroom

    I get a kick out of putting a smile on my babies' faces everyday and watching them grow up.

    Aliya absolutely adores children. Aliya is currently attending Community College of Philadelphia for early childhood education with hopes of becoming an elementary school teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys arts and crafts, and spending time outdoors with her family. 

    Previous Experience:
    Customer Service
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess

    Year Started:
    11/3/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Gina

    Ms. Gina, Toddler Classroom

    Inspire others to be the best they can be by being the very best you can be.

    Gina loves working with the Toddlers and New Born babies. She takes great pride in contributing to the early developmental skills of the Toddlers and babies placed in her care. Gina is a mother of two who strives to provide the very best for her daughters. Gina loves education and finds joy in working in her passion.
      
    Gina holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood education and is always looking at way’s to improve her classroom and relationships with her families.  

    Previous Experience:
    Gina has over eight years of working with children as an educator and motivator.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Blue Book

    Year Started:
    5/27/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Cindy Dahl

    Ms. Cindy Dahl, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    The things you are passionate about are not random. They are your calling.

    Ms. Cindy has worked with children since she was 13 years old. She has three children of her own. She believes that the greatest accomplishment is seeing a child learn something new everyday. She loves working with children and looks forward to working with your child.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cindy was previously a nanny for two families.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Samantha

    Ms. Samantha, Toddler Classroom

    I love that every day is different and that I make a difference in a child's life. It inspires me to come to work each day knowing the children will learn something new.

    Ms. Sam graduated from Ridley in 2006 and studied Early Childhood Education at DCCC. She completed the Early Childhood Education Program in 2009. Ms. Sam is the proud mother of two boys. Her oldest attends school in Interboro and is enrolled in the after school program at KinderCare. Her youngest son is currently attending our Discovery Preschool program. Ms. Sam has worked with KinderCare since October of 2012. Before working at KinderCare, Ms. Sam worked at different centers in Delaware County. She has worked as a teacher's aide, head toddler teacher, and a preschool teacher. She is currently the lead teacher in our toddler room. Ms. Sam enjoys working with the children and the families in her classroom.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Letitia

    Ms. Letitia, Pre-K Classroom

    What I love most about teaching is the joy a child expresses when they learn something new.

    "Ms. Tee", as the children like to call her, has a passion for teaching. She is wonderful teacher with years of experience working with children at KinderCare as well as other child care centers. Ms. Tee is married and has 3 children of her own. She has worked for KinderCare for about 5 years. She attended Penn State University where she studied Early Childhood Education. She enjoys working with children of all ages. Ms. Tee is currently the lead teacher of our Pre-Kindergarten room. She enjoys working with this age group because she knows she is preparing them to go into Kindergarten.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

Our center observes the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Day After Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day
Please note that our center is closed on the above listed holidays.

Health and Safety

This center takes pride in knowing that we do our best to maintain a healthy and safe learning environment. Our Health and Safety Coordinator, Ms. Nicole White, ensures that we are meeting our state and company's health and safety requirements. It is our goal to focus on ways to continue to keep our staff and children safe at all times. If you have additional questions on our policies or procedures regarding the health and safety of our center, please feel free to contact us.

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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My child loves to go to school at Folcroft KinderCare! She is always happy when we get to school. The staff is always so attentive and caring with my daughter. I always recommend family and friends to enroll in KinderCare because I know their service is the best!

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