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


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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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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.

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:
    14 Years
    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:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Kierra

    Ms. Kierra, Infant Program

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

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Alyssa

    Ms. Alyssa, Preschool/Prek Program

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

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Madison, Toddler/Two Program

    Heaven on earth, back again...

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Jamilah, Unassigned Teacher

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Infant Program

    Refuse to give up.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Caylin

    Ms. Caylin, Unassigned Teacher

    Without struggle there would be no success!!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Currently in College for Early Childhod Education
  • Ms. Patrice

    Ms. Patrice, Preschool/PreK Program

    Live, Laugh, and Love

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Associate in Applied Sciences
  • Ms. Roberta

    Ms. Roberta, Substitute

    Be kind and show respect to others.

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Upcoming Center Activities

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Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

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.

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

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

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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 though the various training opportunities in the community.

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