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Norton Road KinderCare

Jennifer Johnson, Center Director

1145 Norton Rd. Galloway OH 43119
(614) 870-6166 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
"Off Norton & Hall across from Bolton Est. Apts."

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Prairie Norton, Alton Hall, Darby Woods, Prairie Lincoln, Great Western Academy, Georgian Heights, Holt Crossing, Stiles Elementary and Harmon Elementary.

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Welcome to the Norton Road KinderCare in Galloway. We are very excited to meet you and your family.We believe that every child is unique and has individual needs and we try to meet these needs by helping their growth in their emotional, cognitive, social and physical development. Here at Norton Road we believe that every child deserves to feel safe and secure in an environment that is conducive for learning. We try to help and be a resource for families to help them meet the needs of their child and we cannot wait for you to be apart of our KinderCare family!

Jennifer Johnson, Center Director

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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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Our teachers and staff at Norton Road KinderCare are dedicated to keeping children safe, along with educating and nurturing every child in our care. Our teachers have an average of four years at our center and an average of nine years in the early childhood education field. Most of our teachers have their Child Development Associate's credential, are enrolled and working towards their credential, or are in a local school to gain more education in the early childhood field. Our teachers and staff are always seeking ways to gain more knowledge and our bi-annual Professional Development days are a great way we provide an education about the specific age groups each staff member teaches in.

  • Jennifer Johnson

    Jennifer Johnson, Center Director

    I love the moments in my day where I can sit on the floor and help a child build a large tower, get silly and read a story with funny voices, or watch a child's face as they solve a problem on their own for the first time. I also love being able to share these moments with parents as they pick up every evening and watching them light up about the accomplishments their child has achieved.

    Jennifer grew up in California before moving to Ohio to play softball at The Ohio State University where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in English in 2005. Upon graduating she knew she wanted to work in the Early Childhood field so she started as a prekindergarten teacher at KinderCare in July of 2005. Her favorite part of being a Prekindergarten teacher was being able to sing, dance, and have fun at every point in the day. She then became a program specialist for one year before becoming as assistant director in 2008. Jennifer took over as the Center Director at our Norton Road location in 2010 and really prides herself on keeping children safe and being a resource for families about community events and child development.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to taking the job of Center Director Jennifer was a Prekindergarten teacher for one year, a Program Specialist for one year, and an Assistant Director for three years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh the Places You'll Go -Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Bachelor's Degree in English, Child Development Associate's credential
  • Paulette Nixon

    Paulette Nixon, Assistant Director

    All our dreams come true if we have the courage to pursue them - Walt Disney

    Paulette graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, WV in 2006 with a degree in Education specializing in grades K-6.  After graduation she moved back to Columbus where she started her career with KinderCare as a program specialist.  She has been in a management position since she started and continues to help our center grow in the quality of which we care for and teach children.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Bachelors in Education K-6th grades
  • Ms. Kim, Infant Classroom

    I love spending time with my babies and watching them grow!  I enjoy helping them to learn new things and develop in all of their different stages.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Linda, Infant Classroom

    I love and enjoy children of all ages.

    Ms. Linda is our "Resident Grandma". The little ones consider her their best playmate. She is continuously talking, singing and playing on the floor with all the Infants.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Linda worked in the banking industry.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
  • Ms. Toya, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy seeing the kids get excited about the little things in our classroom and keeping them engaged.  I also love having the opportunity to teach them new things every day and setting them up for success!

    Toya has returned to KinderCare on Norton Road in March of 2015 after moving to California in 2013 to be with family.  During Toya's first time with KinderCare she took on a floater role where she learned details about every classroom and was a great help to all of the teachers she worked with.  Since she has returned she has been an asset to our Discovery Preschool program and the children love singing, dancing, and engaging in activities with Ms. Toya!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Vaunita (Vee), Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love coming to KinderCare every day because of how rewarding it is!  Children have a need to learn and be nurtured and I am the one here to help them succeed.

    Throughout Vaunita's tenure at KinderCare she has acquired her Child Development Associate and has had many roles; she has been a cook, a program specialist, and a teacher. Teaching is her favorite role and she has a great way with children. The children really enjoy the time she spends on the floor engaged in activities with them whether it is a pretend picnic in dramatic play or building towers in the block area. Vaunita has a soft heart and has a way of helping families to comfortable and secure in our environment, she excels during a child's first drop off times and first weeks in our program!

    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Jessica, Infant Classroom

    I love coming into work everyday to see the children's smiling faces. I love knowing that I'm making a difference in the children's lives by teaching them new things.

    Ms. Jessica graduated from Hilliard Darby High School and Tolles Career and Technical Center with a Certificate in Early Childhood Education in 2009. She has been working at KinderCare since July, 2011. Ms. Jessica loves teaching the kids new things and having fun with them. Jessica loves to see the kids smiling and enjoying themselves.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
  • Ms. Jeni, Preschool Classroom

    What makes me come back to work each day is hearing, 'Ms. Jeni, Ms. Jeni' and all their happy faces.

    During her 18 years in the childcare industry, Ms. Jeni has had experience in each classroom from Infants to School Age. She completed online courses at Ellis College and completed an early childhood course and received her Child Development Associate's credential. She is now taking on a new adventure with the Discovery Preschool classroom and curriculum. She enjoys introducing new skills and growth to the children.

    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Sally, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I have always been passionate about working with children from a young age. From my first childcare position, I realized it was my calling. When I moved from England to America, I really wanted to continue working in the childcare industry. I love teaching children new things and watching them grasp what they're experiencing. I also love all the smiles and hugs I get each day. It makes my job so rewarding!

    Ms. Sally has worked in the childcare industry since leaving school. She owned her own out-of-school club for five years before moving to America. Ms. Sally joined this center in March of 2012 as a Prekindergarten teacher and works to help children learn new skills everyday.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
  • Ms. Yamina, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I believe teaching is what I was born to do and I seem to be good at it. It allows me to make a difference in the kids' lives. Teaching is never boring. Everyday brings new and amusing stories to share. The smiles and hugs are great too!

    Ms. Yamina started working at our center in September of 2006. She has experience in the Preschool and Prekindergarten classrooms. Ms. Yamina enjoys watching the children develop and grow as they grasp and learn with her. Singing and dancing is a daily routine in Ms. Yamina's classroom. She received her Child Development Associate's credential in 2009 and continues to learn and grow in her teaching each day. She is dedicated to teaching.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Katie, School Age Classroom

    I enjoy coming to the center every day!  The children are always putting a smile on my face and continuously teaching me as much as I teach them.

    Katie is currently attending school during the day and our School Age teacher in the afternoons.  She loves being in the classroom and thoroughly enjoys interacting with children during the activities she has planned.  Not only does she enjoy our Catch The Wave program she also enjoys implementing a Book to Movie segment every day where children read a book, watch the movie associated with that book and discuss the difference, it is a week long project that the children really enjoy.  Katie is an asset to our School Age program and the children light up upon her entering the room every day!

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Melissa, School Age Classroom

    I love coming into work every morning and having all the children run up and hug me. I love the relationships I have with the children and their families.

    Ms. Melissa has been at our center for a year and a half. She is currently working towards obtaining her Child Development Associate's credential and further her education in early child care. Ms. Melissa's Preschool room is a hands-on environment for the children to explore and learn according to their own interests. She knows sign language and uses song to teach the children how to sign many different words. She encourages children to express themselves through music. There are so many fun songs that she sings with the children that help their language skills, their cognitive awareness, their emotions and their physical well being.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
  • Ms. Michele, Cook

    I love my job because I enjoy seeing the smiles on all the children's faces when I come into work.

    Ms. Michele has worked at KinderCare since 2006. She has previous experience in the Infant and Preschool classrooms. She obtained her Child Development Associate's credential in 2010 and continues to gain new experiences each day. She is currently our Center Cook and ensures each child is served healthy and delicious meals throughout the day. Ms. Michele is passionate about what she does and could not picture herself doing anything else, but working with children each day.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Child Development Associate's credential

October 2016 Events

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

      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.

  2. 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!

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

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • 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
  • 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

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise a door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a Center staff member. At Norton Road KinderCare we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. Michelle's role includes conducting monthly tornado and fire drills, ensuring all classrooms are self and well maintained, and maintaining our high cleaning standards.

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.

As a parent, it’s hard to leave your child with someone else when you go to work. Being a single mother of 3 I have no choice but to work full-time. I have trusted the staff at Kinder Care with my children for the past 13 years. The first time I toured the facility, I immediately felt at ease. The center was clean, organized, cheerful and most importantly the children seemed happy and healthy. The caliber of the staff is what really sets it apart from other daycare centers. There are fun activities planned throughout the year, from special guest speakers to summer time field trips. The staff at Kinder Care is committed to helping children obtain a strong foundation and maximum growth through the emotional, physical, social and cognitive areas.

- Parent

           Our family made a huge move from sunny Florida to Columbus, Ohio during the summer of 2013. This move was a time of stress for both our children, Jaxon was 5 and Leah was 2 at the time. For our son Jaxon, not only was the move a life changing event for him, but he was beginning kindergarten, and needed to attend a new childcare center for before and after care. Our daughter Leah, had only received care in a small in-home facility with 3 other children up to this point. Our local KinderCare Learning Center did a fabulous job at making our children feel welcome. The teachers were very considerate of their feelings and greeted them every morning with a smile, hug, and engaging activity to help with the separation anxiety and transition. Over the past 2 years my husband and I have watched our children flourish, and the teachers at KinderCare have played a large role in their growth, socially, emotionally, and academically. We have found more than a place to leave our children while we work; we have found an extension of our home!

- Parent

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