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Forest Park West KinderCare

Kassie Crooks, Center Director

2291 Reliance Dr. Forest Park OH 45240
(513) 851-8898 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
1/2 mile north of 275 off the Ms Healthy exit at t

Neighborhood:
Forest Park

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Math and Science Academy, Pleasant Run Elementary and Welch Elementary & WitonWoods Primary North

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. Our staff members take pride in keeping up with the latest advancements in Early Childhood Education.

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Welcome

Welcome to the KinderCare Learning Center in Forest Park, Ohio; a place where meaningful moments happen!

Kassie Crooks, 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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  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

Our staff would like to welcome you to KinderCare, where we are dedicated to education with over 150 years of experience. We look forward to having you as a part of our family!

  • Kassie Crooks

    Kassie Crooks, Center Director

    I enjoy coming to work every day because I love seeing the children excited about learning.

    Valerie joined KinderCare in August of 2014. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and is working on her Child Development Associate's Credential.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degre in Business Administration, Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Jennifer Quimby

    Jennifer Quimby, Assistant Director

    I love coming to work every day and helping the families, children, and teachers grow to the best of their abilities.

    Jennifer joined KinderCare in December 2003. She has her Child Development Associate's Credential, along with her Bachelor's Degree in History/Secondary Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Jennifer taught Social Studies at Glen Este High School. At KinderCare, she was a Program Specialist and taught in the Preschool Classroom.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Bachelor's Degree in History/Secondary Education

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

Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by nation 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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays: New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4), Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, and Chritmas Day. We also observe Professional Development Day to allow our teachers to learn the latest in Early Childhood Education theory and practices. These days are Columbus Day in October and Presidents' Day in February.

Health and Safety

At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From Daily sign-in to strict parent/guardian identification and sing keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My grandchildren had attended KinderCare from the time they were a year old until the time they went to kindergarten. I can not express how special this center is. They always went above and beyond. At every drop off I felt completely comfortable leaving these two precious people in the capable hands of the KinderCare staff. If ever I had a concern the management team quickly and courteously handled the situation. I was also very pleased with how prepared they were for kindergarten. KinderCare nurtured their curiousity and desire to learn which carried over into their kindergarten education. I would recommend KinderCare to anyone who is looking for excellent childcare. If you send a child here you can rest assured that the child is being loved, cared for, and educated. 

- Grandmother
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