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Grove City KinderCare

Tameka Donaldson, Center Director

2274 Stringtown Rd. Grove City OH 43123
(614) 875-6363 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Monterey JC Sommer Highland Park Richard Avenue Park Street East Franklin

We have a fantastic Learning Adventure Program that helps to enhance the child's learning experience!

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Welcome to KinderCare in Grove City. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. Our childcare center is dedicated to providing the best safe and learning environment.We give our children the opportunity to learn through play, and explore all the domains of a healthy learning experience 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. We invite you to come tour our center to see first hand the engagement of the children and meet our warm and nurturing staff.
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Tameka Donaldson, 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.

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


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.


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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

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

Teachers & Staff

Thanks for looking to learn more about your child's teacher. You will  find that the teachers  here at Kindercare are very warm, loving and nurturing. You will find some  very  informative  about each teacher at the center.  Please  let us know if you  feel that you need any additional information about our staff.

  • Tameka Donaldson

    Tameka Donaldson, Center Director

    I believe the children are our future, so as a childcare provider it is my job to make sure they get an overall experience in their youth to prepare them for what they will face in the future.

    Tameka is currently working on her Doctorate Degree in Education. She has been a Center Director for seven years, and was a preschool teacher for five years. Tameka stands by her motto, "It takes a village to raise a child." We are committed to making sure every child that comes in our path is loved and gets the best educational experience possible.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to taking the job of Center Director, Tameka was a Preschool teacher for four years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! by Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Breana Britton, Assistant Director

    A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. solution. Stay away from negative people; they have a problem for every solution.

    My name is Breana Britton and I am the new Assistant Director here at Grove City. I have been in the Early Childhood field for 7 years. I currently hold my CDA certificate in preschool education.
    I have worked for KinderCare for over 2 years as a toddler teacher. I left to move to Baltimore Maryland for a while and decided to come back to Ohio and returned to KinderCare. I am very knowledgeable in licensing rules and procedures and also KinderCare policies. I will try my best to find a solution to every problem with the help of the families.
    I love working with kids and promoting excellence childcare service. My goal as an assistant director is to ensure quality and a family inviting atmosphere.  

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming Assistant Director Breana was a toddler teacher for 2.5 years Preschool teacher for two years and an assistant director for 2 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown honey in broomwheat tea : by Joyce Carol Thomas and I Miss You: A First Look at Death: by Pat Thomas Rumpelstiltskin: by Paul O. Zelinsky
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Preschool CDA
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Infant Classroom

    I have always loved working with infants. I love seeing their little smiles and watching them grow right before my eyes. I simply enjoy being a part of the children's daily lives.

    Ms. Linda has been an employee at this center for 17 years. She enjoys working with infants and seeing them grow in stages. She is certified in CPR, First Aid, Communicable Disease, Child Abuse, and many other educational trainings. She enjoys reading to the infants, and having one-on-one time with the infants on a daily basis.

    Previous Experience:
    Before becoming an infant teacher, Ms. Linda spent two years working with special needs children.
    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
  • Ms. Florence Ogola, School Age Classroom

    There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." — Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

    Hello my name is Ms. Flo I'm am currently the new school age teacher here in Grove city. I recently moved to the beautiful U.S.A from Kenya West Africa. I've previous worked with contracted military families as a childcare provider. I am currently attending Columbus State Collage where I study education. I also have a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. My favorite thing about being a teacher is helping children discover their abilities and witnessing the growth and discovering of new things.

    Previous Experience:
    Military Family Childcare
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Frog and toad are friends: by Arnold Lobel The Very Hungry Caterpillar: by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Bachelor's in Fine Arts
  • Miss Jessica Stith, Toddler

    it's kinda of fun to do the impossible . walt disney

    Hello my name is Jessie i am the loving mother of a one year old son. I have been working with toddler for over 4 years. I'm am currently looking to obtain my infant/toddler CDA. I love watching toddler grow and explore while learning new things. I am here to make sure that your child continues to grow and learn new things that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

    Previous Experience:
    Lead infant and toddler teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Monster at the End of This Book: Starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover Book by Jon Stone
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Tracy

    Ms. Tracy, Floater

    The smiles on my babies' faces in the classroom brings great joy to me.

    Tracy has been with the center for 2.5 years, and has worked with all age groups. She currently has a high school diploma, and is certified in first-aid, CPR, child-abuse, and communicable disease. Tracy takes ongoing early education classes to strengthen her knowledge with the children in her care.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2.5 Years
  • Ms. Katelyn, Toddler Classroom

    I love walking into the classroom and seeing the children smile and call my name with excitement.

    Katelyn has been consistently working in the toddler classroom here at KinderCare for 2.5 years. She is currently working on her CDA in Early Childhood. She is certified in first-aid, CPR, communicable diseas, and child abuse. Katelyn enjoys her job, and loved to engage with the children in their daily activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining this center, Ms. Katelyn spent two years at another childcare center.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2.5 Years
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Infant Room

    You're never closer to Heaven on Earth than when you're in the presence of a child.

    Susan is third in command at our childcare facility. She helps to coach our staff when needed in the classroom with the children. She also helps management set up tours with potential parents interested in our facility. Sue is certified in first-aid, child abuse, CPR, and communicable disease.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously, Ms. Sue has spent two years as an administrator.
    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    Completed Step Up To Quality Modules credential
  • Ms. Barb, Nutrition Specialist/Schoolage Teacher

    I love watching the children try new foods and showing them what good nutrition is. I am very passionate about the health and well-being of the children and their desire to learn.

    Ms. Barb is the proud mother of one daughter who will soon graduate from high school. She was a toddler teacher for eleven years and then took over as the center's Cook. She loves to prepare nutritious foods for the children to enjoy. She loves being around children, helping them when needed.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Barb has been working with children ever since she was one herself - she started babysitting when she was ten years old!
    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Pre-Kindergarten

    Children are such a joy to be around.

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Samantha

    Ms. Samantha, Preschool Teacher

    I love to hear the children engage in conversation with their peers, and I love to build meaningful relationships with the parents.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. 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.

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

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

  • Spanish
  • Swahili & Luo

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Years Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

We have a keypad to enter the building, a fenced playground, and all staff are trained in First-Aid and CPR. We have a Health and Safety Corrdinator to make sure the building is kept in compliance with all state licensing, and KinderCare requirements, for the safety of our children on a daily basis.

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.

As a parent, I entrusted my greatest blessing to the staff at Kindercare every day, and i am grateful for the loving care and guidance they receive. The teachers and directors look at each child as an individual, with their own strengths and needs. My daughters have been blessed with awesome teachers who understand their continue to share with me the great activities that go on each day at "school !" Thank you to the Kindercare child care organization for an incredible early  childhood curriculum that engages and teaches at all steps of the day. Thank you for making it so easy for me to leave my heart with you we are blessed to have such an amazing place in our life's !!

- Mother

Our family has been with the Kindercare family for over 10 years. My children are 13,10 and 4 years old.  The staff  at Kindercare has helped me feel at ease with their honest loving care. The teachers have helped my once shy quite 10 yr old turn into a social butterfly. Kindercare isn't just childcare for us, but they are part of our family.


- Mother

As a parent of a Pre-K child. I appreciate the time that the teachers at Kindercare invested in teaching my daughter the skills she will need to enter Kindergarten.  They have made it easy for me to leave my child there knowing that she will be well taken care of .

- Mother

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