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Cherry Way KinderCare

Bonny Vogt, Center Director

1341 Cherry Way Dr. Gahanna OH 43230
(614) 475-2116 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Cherry Way

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Jefferson and Royal Manor

We are proud to be a Nationally Accredited Center (NAC). "High quality early care and education settings are important because early learning experiences last a lifetime. There are 1,892 days from birth until school starts.  programs know every day matters. By enrolling at our center, you are choosing a program whose level of quality exceeds Ohio's child care licensing standards."

Welcome

Greetings from the Cherry Way KinderCare in Gahanna! We are located in a cozy corner off Cherry Bottom behind Charles Penzone and next to the Animal Care Center. We offer a safe, secure and loving environment in which each child can explore life at their own pace! We believe that it is important for the parent and center to work together, and your participation in center activities and comments are always welcome.
You will also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written on charts and labels, and children's literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we are helping develop early literacy and writing skills.
Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we're excited to show you how to everything in the our center is designed for learning!

Bonny Vogt, 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.

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.

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

Our programs strive to build a positive, healthy self image in order to stimulate your child's early childhood development. We meet your child at whatever stage they might be at and help them grow to their potential. We considered serving you and your child a privelege and thank you for entrusting your greatest gift to us for the day.

  • Stephannie Boone, Assistant Director

    Year Started:
    6/1/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Jen

    Jen, Cook

    I have worked for KinderCare for many, many years. I have worked in each and every classroom. I enjoy watching the childrens faces light up when I come in with their Breakfast, Lunch and Snack.

    Year Started:
    12/2/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
  • Ms. Cindy Bowser

    Ms. Cindy Bowser, Infant

    I have worked at KinderCare for the past 10 years. I had five years previous experience prior to starting at KinderCare. I have obtained my CDA while working at KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    1/5/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Nicole McPek

    Ms. Nicole McPek, Infant

    I have 4 years previous experience prior to working for KinderCare. I love to nurture children and help them reach their potential.

    Year Started:
    6/2/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelors in Pyschology
  • Ms. Amina, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    4/4/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Associate ECE
  • Mimi K, Infants

    I love working with children. I have worked in childcare for many years. I enjoy teaching the infants and watching them grow everyday.

    Year Started:
    12/8/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
  • Ms. Floretta Allen

    Ms. Floretta Allen, Pre K

    I was married for 26 years. I have four sons and six grandchildren with one on the way in April. I have been involved with childcare for the past 30 years. I have worked with children from every age group. I enjoy watching the children develop and seeing the end results of what I teach them being mastered. I want to create an environment that is full of life for your child/ren. I love to go to church, read and go fishing.

    Year Started:
    4/8/1985
    Tenure:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
  • Lisa, Pre K

    Everyday I strive to make a difference in the children's day to provide them with a safe and nurturing environment where they can reach their full potential.

    Year Started:
    7/1/1997
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Bachlors in Education
  • Mr. Jason Smith

    Mr. Jason Smith, Schoolage

    I have worked for KinderCare for the past three years. Prior to working for KinderCare I worked at COSI for 9 years, where I wrote curriculum and taught science to all ages.

    Year Started:
    4/4/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Bachelors in Theatre
  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, Infant/ Floater

    Ms. Christine has been with KinderCare since April 2009, after 14 years of childcare in her home. For six of those years she was also a discovery toys educational consultant and the Wilder Elementary volunteer reading program coordinator. Ms. Christine mostly works in the Toddler/Discovery Preschool room, but has experience in all the rooms including driving the bus. She is very creative and loves to sew costumes and make enrichments for our classrooms.

    Year Started:
    4/13/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Science, Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Gordana

    Ms. Gordana, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Gordana has been with KinderCare since 2004, all of which she has worked with toddlers. She was born in a small country in Bosnia and moved to America for a better place to live. She has a Child Development Associate's credential. Ms. Gordona loves keeping in touch with former students and watching them grow.

    Year Started:
    1/5/2004
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Mimi

    Ms. Mimi, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Mimi has been with KinderCare Learning Center since May 2007. In addition to teaching the preschoolers, she enjoys working with multiple age groups and helping out wherever needed.

    Year Started:
    4/21/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

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

  • German
  • Spanish
  • Russian, Serbian, Macadonian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years Day
Memorial Day
July 4th
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day and the day after
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Our center has a Health and Safety Coordinator that ensures that our center remains a safe and clean environment for all who enter our doors! We have a posted calendar that highlights our check and balance system. We have a keypad entrance with daily strict sign in and out procedures for all parents and staff to follow.

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.

Both of my grandchildren just love coming to KinderCare. Mr. Jason the school age teacher is always planning fun activities for my grandchrildren and he communicates with us on a daily basis.

- Grandfather

I just recently enrolled my children here at the Cherry Way KinderCare. Miss Bonny the center director and Miss Marie the assistant director are so welcoming, helpful, and made us feel like we are the most important people in the world. Miss Mimi and Miss Christine are fabulous with my infant daughter. I am able to go to work and school and not worry about my child because I know she is loved.

- Mother

My children have been with KinderCare since my oldest daughter was a toddler. Both of my children adore Miss Bonny as she has been with them since we began. I can not imagine my life without the staff at the Cherry Way KinderCare.

- Mother
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