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North Stygler KinderCare

Melinda Garnder, Center Director

139 North Stygler Rd. Gahanna OH 43230
(614) 471-2000 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEARS
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Special Instructions:
Located on Stygler Road near the corner off route Just off the I-270 Airport exit

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Goshen Lane, Royal Manor, Chapel Field

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Welcome

On behalf of our entire KinderCare staff, welcome to our center. We hope you will let us become a part of your child’s early childhood educational experience.  
The Center is located at 139 N. Stygler Road in Gahanna Ohio, to which is named one of the top 100 places to live and raise and family.  Here at KinderCare we strongly believe in developing the whole child.   That being said, our State assessment data shows that more KinderCare children are better prepared for kindergarten with the aid of a curriculum that targets what children need to succeed in school and beyond.
We would like to get acquainted to see how we can best serve your needs. Come in take a tour and let us help you and your child on his or her educational journey.

Melinda Garnder, 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.

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

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to N. Stygler KinderCare Learning Center where your child's creativity and independence will thrive. Here at KinderCare we are not a traditional child care center we are a learning center, with a State guided curriculum that is designed to prepare your child for school. It is part of our mission and vision to provide a well-balanced challenging and nurturing atmosphere for your child. Come on in.

  • Melinda Garnder

    Melinda Garnder, Center Director

    Year Started:
    10/28/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Education:
    BS in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Jennifer Johnson, Assistant Director

    I'd rather be hated for who I am than be loved for who I am not.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Kierra

    Ms. Kierra, Infant Program

    Love the life you live, live the life you love.

    Year Started:
    1/6/2016
  • Ms. Alyssa

    Ms. Alyssa, Preschool/Prek Program

    Do not leave what's undone what you can't die leaving undone.

    Year Started:
    10/26/2015
  • Ms. Madison, Toddler/Two Program

    Heaven on earth, back again...

    Year Started:
    4/11/2016
  • Ms. Jamilah, Unassigned Teacher

    Year Started:
    1/11/2016
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Infant Program

    Refuse to give up.

    Year Started:
    3/25/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Caylin

    Ms. Caylin, Unassigned Teacher

    Without struggle there would be no success!!

    Year Started:
    5/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Currently in College for Early Childhod Education
  • Ms. Patrice

    Ms. Patrice, Preschool/PreK Program

    Live, Laugh, and Love

    Year Started:
    1/12/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Associate in Applied Sciences
  • Ms. Roberta

    Ms. Roberta, Substitute

    Be kind and show respect to others.

    Year Started:
    6/20/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

About Our Center

We would like to invite you to visit our center. With grave efforts we make it a habit to be aware of the most modern developments in Early Childhood Education. We do this by way of a series of trainings we attend a few times a year.
 

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays: New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

We provide a clean and safe atmosphere for you and your child. All teachers follow a daily cleaning checklist to help minimize the spread of communicable diseases and germs.

We conduct monthly fire and disaster drills so we are prepared in the case of a natural event.  It is mandatory for all staff to become certified in CPR, First Aid and Communicable Disease amongst other trainings required in maintaining the overall health of our center.

To maintain the overall safety of your child and staff the building is locked at all times.  There is a pin code panel parents have to use upon entry without it no one from the outside can get in unless the door bell is rung. We will go above and beyond to accommodate the needs of you and your child. Since we spend a great deal of time with your child we encourage you to consider us your home away from home.

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.

I love coming to KinderCare on Stygler! From the moment I took the tour and walked in, I automatically felt comfortable and knew this was where I wanted my daughter to attend.  Every morning when we get to school she is greeted and made to feel welcome.  My daughter has a wonderful relationship with her teachers.  They always let me know of her.  The director lets me know of things ahead of time and always acknowledges me by name.  My daughter is engaged in activities of singing, dancing and artwork.  She is only an infant and had done more things in her life span here at KinderCare.  We love her school! They are not here just for a check, they truly care about my daughter.  They make me feel safe and welcome by most importantly loved.

- Mother

There are many times that we (people) easily report/complain when we have a bad experience with something, but little do we acknowledge people or experiences that are positive.
I am blessed to be a parent of three "angelic" children. (Right)... I have had some challenges this year, and a place where your children attend is one of the worries of a parent that can add to the stress if it is not up to par. The people in this location by far, from all the other daycare centers we have been to, are above standards. They are a loving, caring bunch here. The director, Polly Hull, has been FABULOUS! My children LOVE her. She goes out of her way to remind families about due dates (which is wonderful since life is challenging for some of us and we sometimes forget and get overwhelmed). She is always friendly with a bright smile on her face and is extremely polite about paperwork that needs to be complete. She makes phone calls if your child has a potty accident to alert you in case you have plans after child pick up. She works with various children in all the classrooms when a child is having a "bad" day. She has a lot of energy (more than most) and is always on the move working (unlike some directors we have encountered in the past, who stay in their office). She never makes you feel belittled if you have a difficult time. We moved and I still drive a distance to bring my children to this center. Please don't ever shut down! Parents need this kind of peace of mind. We simply love her and this particular center!
Thank you all at Stygler Road KinderCare!

- Mother
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