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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!

Welcome

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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Center Director
 

Tameka Donaldson, 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

May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

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

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

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 eight 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. Seuss

    Year Started:
    8/11/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Rachael Bennett

    Ms. Rachael Bennett, Assistant Director

    My name is Rachael Bennett and I have been working with children for eight years. I started my 11th year taking early childhood education classes and continued until graduation. A month after graduation I began working for KinderCare in the infant classroom and years later in every learning program. June 6, 2016 I became an assistant director here in Grove City, and I absolutely love what I do each and every day.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Linda Wright

    Ms. Linda Wright, 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.

    Mrs. Linda has been an employee at this center for 21 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. Mrs. Linda 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.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

    Year Started:
    1/1/1995
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Katelyn Frank, 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 ½ years. She is currently working on her child development associate in Early Childhood. She is certified in first-aid, CPR, communicable disease, 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:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    High School Diploma currently working on child development associate
  • Mrs. Susan Mullins

    Mrs. Susan Mullins, Infant 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, and 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, Mrs. Sue has spent two years as an administrator.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

    Year Started:
    8/13/1992
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    Education:
    Completed Step Up To Quality Modules credential
  • Ms. Barb Svede

    Ms. Barb Svede, Toddler Classroom

    "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:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 years
    Education:
    High School Diploma and currently working on Child Development Associate (CDA) in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Samantha Seeger

    Ms. Samantha Seeger, Center Floater

    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:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Jaime Gomer

    Ms. Jaime Gomer, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I am a dedicated mother, fiancée, daughter, and friend.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Seuss-isms by Dr. Seuss 

    Year Started:
    10/18/1915
    Tenure:
    101 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Medical Science
  • Loren Svede

    Loren Svede, Toddler Classroom

    Always be yourself, unless you can be a giraffe, then always be a giraffe.

    Loren is 23 years old. She has always had a great passion for children, and watching them develop and grow brings such joy to her life. She's very proud to say that she was a KinderCare child, and has the best memories in the classroom at this same location. She promises to give your child the best learning experience possible.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Are You My Mother?

    Year Started:
    10/11/1916
    Tenure:
    100 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Certified in first-aid, cpr, child-abuse, and communicable disease
  • Ms. Rita Robinson

    Ms. Rita Robinson, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Rita was born in Mississippi Delta (Deep Southern Roots), and is a mother of two wonderful children. Her passion in life is to educate as many children as possible.

    Previous Experience:
    K-3rd grade (Bolivar County, MS), Pre-K (Shelby County, TN), and Pre-K (Desoto County, MS)
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Charlie Bone Series

    Year Started:
    10/1/1915
    Tenure:
    101 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Science Computer Technology

Upcoming Center Activities

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May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

Monday May 29, 2017
Center Closed for Memorial 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.

Thanks
Staci

- 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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