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Susquenhanna Twnshp KinderCare

Jessica Whitlock, Center Director

3701 Vartan Way Harrisburg PA 17110
(717) 652-3421 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
off N Progress Ave near Widener Law School

Neighborhood:
Route 81, Route 29 (Linglestown Road), Progress Avenue

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Northside and Steelton, Susquenhanna School District picks up and drops off at center

In February 2013, the center achieved Keystone STAR 3 status! This has been a venture that's taken place over the last three years and has both validated and enhanced the quality of our program. Currently, the center is on schedule to be designated as STAR 4 in the early autumn of this year.

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Welcome

At Susquehanna Township KinderCare, our aim is to do what is right for children and for the right reasons. There are many ways to deliver a high quality program. Our way is to develop and maintain best practice as a habit. We accept every opportunity to show anyone interested what we do each day at the center, and to discuss how a center-family partnership can work best for your needs and values. We hope to see you soon!

Jessica Whitlock, 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

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.

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 team at Susquehanna Township KinderCare is like no other! We are dedicated to continuous quality improvement, ongoing education and training, and above all else the children and families. We can't wait to meet you!

  • Jessica Whitlock

    Jessica Whitlock, Center Director

    In addition to engaging with the children and families, one of my favorite pieces of being a Director is working with the faculty as they grow and develop their classrooms and practices. Connected to that, I love when I can show someone how much learning happens in our classrooms each day.

    Since fifth grade, Curt has known he wanted to work with children. He had that teacher that made everything magical! Originally his path was towards Elementary Education, in which he received a Bachelor's Degree and Pennsylvania teacher certification. Once he graduated college, Curt began working with KinderCare in the interim of exploring which direction he wanted to move in. Fast forward to now, he is a Center Director and wouldn't trade what he does for the world! He feels that the world of Early Childhood Education is in the midst of such exciting revolutions that it is impossible to walk away. While not at the center, he enjoys traveling (particularly driving), photography (sometimes looking, sometimes taking), and music (mostly listening, sometimes playing). He also conducts professional development sessions for early childhood teachers in the evenings and on weekends.

    Previous Experience:
    While in college, Curt worked with children on a voluntary basis. Out of college, Curt began his path with KinderCare as a Prekindergarten teacher at the Londonderry Road location. In December of 2006 he began teaching the Learning Adventures classes for the center. From February 2007 to December of 2008 Curt served as Assistant Director and ultimately Center Director, before coming to Susquehanna Township in January of 2009.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Pennsylvania Director's Credential, Certified Early Childhood Instructor
  • Stacey Womer

    Stacey Womer, Assistant Director

    A child is like a butterfly in the wind; some can fly higher than others but each one flies the best it can.

    Stacey graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in December of 2006.  She started working in childcare shortly after.  She worked as the five year old teacher and school age teacher for four years at a local program.  Once with KinderCare, she served as the lead teacher in preschool while assisting school age during summer camp.  Stacey has one son who attends West Perry School District.  In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, working out, and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Stacey has worked localy in the early childhood education field. Since being with KinderCare, she has taught both schoolage and preschool.
    Year Started:
    1/31/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Ms. Lissette, Cook

    I love my job because I get to see the children develop, and I get to be a part of their milestones.  And there smiles are priceless!

    Ms. Lissette has been working with KinderCare for almost three years.  In that time, she has completed her Child Development Associate Credential.  At the beginning of her career at the center she was the lead teacher in the infant nursery.  Most recently, she serves as the center's cook, though still impacts every classroom with her knowledge and insight.

    Previous Experience:
    Lissette previously worked for two other programs in the area. She also worked as a personal care attendant for disabled clients.
    Year Started:
    9/28/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Medical Assistant Training
  • Mr. Matt, Discovery Preschool; Schoolage

    Children must be taught how to think, not what to think." - Margaret Mead

    Mr. Matt has three sons: Aiden, Brayden, and Levigh.  Most of his experience with early childhood and learning is centered around them.  He is also a veteran of the US Army, serving one tour overseas in Iraq.  He enjoys playing sports, working out, and spending time with his sons.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Matt started at KinderCare as a floater. In the fall of 2013, he became the before & after school teacher and spends the day with the Discovery Preschool classroom.
    Year Started:
    7/24/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Keystone Technical Institute
  • Ms. Jess

    Ms. Jess, Infant/Toddler Floater

    Every child should have a loving, educational place to learn; about themselves and each other.

    Ms. Jess was born in Harrisburg and grew up in the Middletown, PA area.  Having graduated from Middletown Area Highschool, she made her career choice to work with young children.  Her internship at Keystone Technical Institute is what brought her to KinderCare and she "couldn't be happier!"

    Year Started:
    11/14/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education at Keystone Technical Institute
  • Ms. Vi, Infant/Toddler Floater

    Working with young children is about patience, love and care.

    Since starting with KinderCare Ms. Vi has worked in all classrooms. She also spent several months at our York location as well supporting their increased enrollment. Currently working in the infant room, she is also in the process of completing her Associate's Degree in Elementary Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Vi has ample babysitting experience with children whose ages range from five months old through four years old. While doing this in high school, she also worked as a ride operator at Hershey Park.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Erica, Pre-Kindergarten

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"
    -Nelson Mandela

    Ms. Erica has two children, ages six and eleven.  She was born in New York City and moved to the Dominican Republic when she was a year old.  At the age of sixteen, she returned to the United States.  She has been here in Central PA for eight years.  Her most exciting traveling since then has taken her to Costa Rica!

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming into early childhood education, Ms. Erica worked in customer service with a non-service organization. Previously here at KinderCare, Ms. Erica has taught in the toddler classroom before moving to Pre-K in the spring of 2013.
    Year Started:
    12/23/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Business Management; Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Grace

    Ms. Grace, Toddler Classroom

    Giving children a good sense of self really means being authentic with them. It means understanding who they are and sharing the fact that you know who they are and that you accept that." - Daniel Stern; University of Geneva

    Ms. Grace is currently attending Penn State Harrisburg earning her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She loves working with children, especially Infants and Toddlers. She's had other jobs, but childcare has always been her first choice. Ms. Grace has a good connection with the children in the classroom as well as her fellow teachers in the center. Ultimately, she loves getting to be a key component and facilitator of the children's primary development!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Grace started babysitting when she was fifteen. In 2010, she started working with a local after school program.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Telsey

    Ms. Telsey, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love my job because I get to see the personalities of the children develop as they grow through different growing experiences.

    Previous Experience:
    Telsey has worked at other programs in the area, including the Head Start program.
    Year Started:
    12/2/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education at Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Ms. Darlene, Learning Adventures

    Children are people too and they have feelings just like adults do.

    Ms. Darlene completed her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education at Keystone Technical Institute. When coming to KinderCare in June of 2012, she worked primarily with the School Age summer camp group. In the fall, she served as the interim Prekindergarten teacher through October. Since then, Ms. Darlene has been assisting in all of the classrooms at the center. In the future, she would like to grow towards serving an administrative role at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the KinderCare team Ms. Darlene worked for the Capitol Area Head Start program in various roles. Her work there included home visitations, enrollment administration, as well as assistant teacher.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Heather, School Age Classroom

    What I most enjoy is helping the School Age children make good decisions and solve problems that affect their lives and make them contributing and respectful members of society.

    Ms. Heather's experiences with KinderCare are impressive! In her time with us she has worked in every classroom and at three different locations. Most recently, she served as Acting Assistant Director on two separate occasions at the Londonderry Road location. Among other projects, Ms. Heather recently coordinated our Winter Family Fun Night. Each summer, she leads and coordinates the School Age summer camp as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Outside of her KinderCare experience Ms. Heather has enjoyed volunteering as a children's softball instructor. Academically, she has spent considerable time in various elementary school classrooms for her classwork.
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Pursuing Master's Degree in School Counseling

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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
  • Vietnamese

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

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

In addition to standard security features (keypad entry, fenced playground, full faculty first aid certification), there is a full-time in-center Health & Safety Coordinator and Center Trainer. These appointed faculty work to maintain current health and safety practices while continuously increasing our standards.

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KinderCare has been a tremendous part of our daughter's life since she was only a few months old. Now almost 7, she looks forward to going every day and wishes she could go on weekends to see her teachers and friends. She has learned many things from the caring staff and has fun, too! The hours are convenient, employees are friendly, and it's a great learning environment where children feel safe and parents can feel comfortable with the high quality of care.

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