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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

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. We are committed to our families and children on a daily basis.

Tameka Donaldson, Center Director

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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

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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

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.

Teachers & 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's 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:
    8/11/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • 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:
    1/1/1995
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
  • Ms. Loren

    Ms. Loren, Infant/School-Age Room

    Always have a positive outlook on life. Everything will work out for the good

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Are You My Mother?" By Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    9/5/2014
  • 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:
    2/4/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2.5 Years
  • Ms. Tracy

    Ms. Tracy, Toddler Classroom

    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:
    3/29/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2.5 Years
  • Ms. Danielle, Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy providing the full educational experience for the children in my classroom. I also love teaching Spanish to my children.

    Danielle is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She speaks fluent Spanish, and helps the center to partnership with families.

    Year Started:
    8/21/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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:
    8/13/1992
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    Education:
    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:
    8/13/1996
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Pre-Kindergarten

    Children are such a joy to be around.

    Year Started:
    8/27/2004
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Samantha

    Ms. Samantha, Substitute 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:
    2/8/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years

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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

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.

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