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Greensburg KinderCare

Ms. Denise Stoner, Center Director

980 North Main St. Greensburg PA 15601
(724) 834-2660 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Greensburg Salem -Nicely Elementary Hutchinson Elementary Hempfield Area - Maxwell Elementary Fort Allen Elementary Jeannette - McKee elementary

Welcome

Welcome to the Greensburg KinderCare. We are so excited to welcome your family into ours. We believe that we make a positive difference in the lives of children and families. We are committed to give the best educational opportunities for all children, families and staff. The educational professionals at the Greensburg KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children.

Ms. Denise Stoner, 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.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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

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.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff here at Greensburg KinderCare are passionate about their jobs. All of our teachers have a degree in education or related field or a Child Development Associate (CDA). All teachers have CPR, First Aid, and fire safety. The teachers have to have 24 plus training hours to uphold the Keystone star requirement. Teachers are able to choose trainings that fit their personal commitment to the education of young children. Overall they are loving, personable, and passionate teachers that are committed to the education and nurturing of children.

  • Ms. Denise Stoner

    Ms. Denise Stoner, Center Director

    Denise has been the center director at this KinderCare for 14 years. She started out as a two year old teacher and became the Kindergarten teacher. Denise took over her center with very little enrollment. She has grown the center to be great. She believes that when you choose Greensburg KinderCare, you have chosen the best educational path for your child. Denise has a great team that are very loving and knowledgeable. She enjoys working with the children and developing my staff.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Denise was a preschool teacher at another center.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Little Engine that Could

    Year Started:
    2/14/1994
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education, Child Development Associate credential
  • Mrs. Georgiann Beske

    Mrs. Georgiann Beske, Assistant Director

    Georgiann has worked for KinderCare for ten years. She really enjoys working as the Assistant Director and seeing all the children of different ages through out the center. It is a great experience to see them grow from the Infant room through to the School Age Classroom. She enjoys running a quality program in an NAEYC Center.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Anything with the Berenstain Bears!

    Year Started:
    1/11/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood
  • Mrs. Natalie Gordon

    Mrs. Natalie Gordon, Program Specialist

    Ms. Natalie enjoys spending her time in all of our classrooms throughout the day. She is always making sure the students have everything they need to make their lessons and activities extra special. She has a strong love for children and watching them grow into their own little person. She also has three children of her own!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Harry Potter Series

    Year Started:
    8/30/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Services
  • Ms. Melissa Ames

    Ms. Melissa Ames, Cook

    Ms. Missy is our dietary specialist. She cooks all of the food, prepares the menus, and makes sure each child's individual dietary needs are met. 

    Year Started:
    8/10/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Annette

    Ms. Annette, Infant Classroom

    Annette has been employed by KinderCare for three years. Within those three years, she has gained so much experience working in a NAEYC accredited center with quality programming. She enjoys everyday with the babies. They are like little sponges and learn so much.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Runaway Bunny

    Year Started:
    12/6/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Megan is a teacher in our older infant room. She won the Educator of the Year award given by KinderCare in 2015. Her classroom demonstrates all learning standards and is an extraordinary environment for infants. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Clifford the Big Red Dog

    Year Started:
    9/15/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Social Work and Psychology with Childhood Education Credentials
  • Ms. Heather Amick

    Ms. Heather Amick, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Heather is one of our fantastic older infant teachers. She brings so many creative ideas and activities to not only her classroom but to the whole building. She has a vast knowledge in early childhood which makes her classroom even more special. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are

    Year Started:
    1/15/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Masters in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. Lauren Cottom

    Ms. Lauren Cottom, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Lauren is one of our toddler teachers! She enjoys taking the children outside to learn and explore. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    6/6/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Child Development and Family Relations with a minor in Special Education
  • Ms. Karleigh Kush

    Ms. Karleigh Kush, Toddler Classroom

    "Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together make this world a beautiful garden.

    Ms. Karleigh is one of our fun, upbeat Toddler teachers. The children enjoy all our her engaging activities that combine hands on learning and fun! 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

    Years in ECE industry:
    6
  • Ms. Megan Doverspike

    Ms. Megan Doverspike, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Megan is one of our fabulous Discovery Preschool teachers. She enjoys every moment of everyday with her two year old students. Each day with her consists of a balance of fun and learning! 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Little Owl's Night by Divya Srinivasan

    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Special Education
  • Ms. Christina King

    Ms. Christina King, Learning Adventures

    Ms. Christina (aka Ms. Tina) is one of our Discovery Preschool teachers as well as our Learning Adventures teacher. Her love for music and theater really makes her classroom special. 

    Year Started:
    10/24/2016
  • Ms. Emily Lambert

    Ms. Emily Lambert, Preschool Classroom

    "I love how children see the world a mystery. I want to help them discover that mystery and watch them learn and grow!

    Ms. Emily is our energetic preschool teacher. She is constantly planning hands on activities so the children are always learning through experiences. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Any Dr. Seuss book

    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Relations
  • Ms. Whitney

    Ms. Whitney, Prekindergarten Classroom

    A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be curious, and to fight tirelessly for something.

    Ms. Whitney works in the prekindergarten classroom. She has been working for KinderCare for over a ten years. She has a bachelor's degree in Childhood Education. She loves to read and get down on their level and have conversations with them. She loves to watch their minds grow.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Berenstein Bears

    Year Started:
    12/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Education
  • Ms. Kimberly

    Ms. Kimberly, Prekindergarten Classroom

    "A child has a special way of adding joy to everyday!

    Kimberly has worked for KinderCare for over 26 years. She has worked in just about every classroom, and recently finished her child development associate. Ms. Kimberly enjoys working everyday with all the wonderful children. She currently works in the Prekindergarten classroom and enjoys providing a great learning environment for the children.

    Year Started:
    10/8/1990
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Daniele Smail

    Ms. Daniele Smail, School Age Classroom

    Children are a wonderful gift who teach us as much as we teach them.

    Ms. Daniele is one of our school age teachers! She has such a special bond with this age group and hopes to someday teach children of this age in a school district. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton

    Year Started:
    6/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Kortney Haines

    Ms. Kortney Haines, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Kortney has spent a lot of time with all of our age groups as well as teaching Learning Adventures. Right now, she is working with our School Age Classroom and making their summers super fun and exciting. 

    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Years Day
Presidents Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving and the day after
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Your child's safety is one of our top priorities. We have keypad entry into the center itself. We have a fenced in playground. The staff complete a daily cleaning checklist each day. We conduct fire drills and disaster drills monthly. We also have our CPR and First Aid certification up to date. It is our goal to keep your child in a safe and healthy atmosphere.

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.

I will never forget the first time we walked into the KinderCare Center in Greensburg.  We had an almost-two-year-old and had just moved to the area.  Within the first few steps in the center my husband and I both looked at each other and we knew... This was where we were going to send David.  Over the next several years David attended KinderCare and participate in a few of the extra circular classes.  To say that KinderCare and their program and routine curriculum helped my son to be in high honors once he started elementary, and be invited to some of the most prestigious colleges for young kids to explore their knowledge would be an understatement.  KinderCare, their teachers, staff and the opportunities they provide are First Class, they really catered to my sons individual needs and allowed for him to grow and flourish while still keeping him grounded in other class activities.  When our second son Nicholas came around we personally didn't know what hit us, he was the complete opposite of David.  We had some challenges, but KinderCare and their staff adapted and gave Nick the individual attention that he needed, without making him feel like he was out of place.  From doing sign language with him at an early age, to researching and facilitating additional ways to help Nick learn they again, blew our socks off.  Nicholas is now in Kindergarten full time at a private school and is flourishing.  My husband and I work very demanding jobs, and we know that if it wasn't for the help of our Kindercare family our children would not have gotten the kick-start they both needed to get them to where they are today.  I never  miss an opportunity to tell people about KinderCare and the amazing people and opportunities that children have there.

- Mother
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