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Hershey KinderCare

Nakia Spigelmeyer, Center Director

667 Cherry Dr. Hershey PA 17033
(717) 534-1839 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
next to Karns Market

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
St. Joan, Dairy Township School District, Palmyra, South Hanover, Nye, and Conewago

Now is your chance to join our center. We have limited openings for summer and fall. Our normally long waiting list is open during June only. Call today, before this opportunity is gone.

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Welcome

Welcome to Hershey KinderCare, conveniently located next to the Med Center and Karns. There are many childcare choices for your family. Our hope is that the information on this page will help you discover why Hershey KinderCare is the premier choice for local families. Your child will learn in our safe, secure, intentional, developmentally-appropriate and engaging environment. We have a team of talented teachers who will work hard to ensure that both you and your child feel like part of our family. Talk to our current families- most have been here for years. We work with the local school districts to prepare your child for school. We have a passion for what we do. We are early childhood professionals. Call us to set up a tour and we'll show you the difference!

Nakia Spigelmeyer, 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.

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Our teachers are the reason our center will exceed your expectations. We want to be the best place for your children and we hold each other accountable to maintain the highest standards. We believe that it takes a very special person to choose Early Childhood Education as a career, and we have a team of very special people. Meet some of them here.

  • Nakia Spigelmeyer

    Nakia Spigelmeyer, Center Director

    A teacher effects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.     ~Henry Adams

    Nakia began her career as a substitute teacher in the public school system while working part time in an early childhood education center. Eventually she began working full time as a school age director/center assistant director, and then later as a center director at a Star 4, NAEYC accredited (National Association for the Education of Young Children) child care center. Nakia began working with KinderCare in 2013 has allowed her to learn from some of the leading experts in Early Childhood Education. Although there have been many changes and developments in the field, KinderCare provides the resources, training and support to keep Nakia and her staff ahead of the curve.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Nakia has worked in the early childhood education field since 1999 as a teacher, assistant director, and later center director for four years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    10/1/1995
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education, Director's Credential
  • Stephanie

    Stephanie, Assistant Director

    Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all - Aristotle

    Ms Steph moved here from the Philadelphia area.  She went to West Chester University earning her BA in Communicative Disorders.  Most of her experience comes from working with children who have special needs in both school and home settings.  She started with KinderCare as the Learning Adventures Teacher in our Enola center.  Ms Steph currently lives in Harrisburg with her fiance and Boston Terrier Marcel.  The 3 of them love to travel and enjoy all that city living has to offer.

    Previous Experience:
    Steph has experience as a Para Professional & TSS
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    1/19/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    BA Communicative Disorders
  • Joan

    Joan, Cook/Center Floater

    You make a living on what you get.  You make a life on what you give.  I believe we are all put on this earth to make a difference, and to make the world a better place.

    I've worked for KinderCare for 31 years.  I love working with children.  There is no day ever the same.  I live in Hershey with my husband. I have 3 grown children.  Two live in Philadelphia and one in Boston.  All my children went to KinderCare and have great memories from time they spend here.  I enjoy gardening, being active in my church and traveling.

    Year Started:
    8/30/1984
    Tenure:
    30 Years
  • Megan, Discovery Preschool

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin

    I began my career at Hershey KinderCare as a teacher for the summer camp program in 2013. I believe in differentiating lessons based on the needs of each child.  I look forward to getting to know your child and seeing him or her grow.

    Previous Experience:
    I was a nanny for 2 years, student teacher for a 2nd grade classroom and a preschool classroom.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ashly, Infants

    I love to encourage children to learn and grow everyday.

    I was born and raised in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.  I graduated from Cedar Crest High School in 2005.  My parents then moved me to Georgia where I lived for three years and I decided to move back to PA in 2008.  I now reside in Elizabethtown with my husband and love it. We have been married since February. I have my CDA in Early Childhood Education. I have been working in the field for 9 years.

    Previous Experience:
    Previous child care experience with Infants.
    Year Started:
    5/5/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    CDA
  • Deb, Infants

    I consider it an honor and privilage to work with babies.

    Working with newborns for the last 30 years has been a wonderful experience. Starting them off in life and helping them along the way to meeting those first goals is amazing.

    Previous Experience:
    20 years as an infant caregiver through Catholic Charities.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2004
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    CDA
  • Jenn, Infants

    Year Started:
    5/12/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Christal, Infants & Toddlers

    Year Started:
    12/1/2014
    Education:
    BS Family Studies
  • Sarah

    Sarah, Kindergarten

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.

    Miss Sarah has been teaching at KinderCare of Hershey since October 2005.  During her years of service, Sarah has been a teacher in the preschool, Kindergarten, and summer camp classrooms.  In her free time, Miss Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  She enjoys taking walks, doing Zumba and traveling.

    Year Started:
    10/20/2005
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    BS Elementary Education
  • Audrey

    Audrey, Learning Adventures Enrichment Teacher

    Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
    -by Emerson

    Previous Experience:
    Audrey was previously an in home care provider for several children and worked in the children's ministry at her church.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Guess How Much I Love You
    Year Started:
    10/27/2004
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    BS Elementary Education
  • Cristina

    Cristina, PreKindergarten

    Year Started:
    2/13/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
  • Jackie, PreKindergarten

    Year Started:
    12/1/2014
  • Stephanie, Preschool

    I love watching children learn. I live for the "AHA" moments.

    I am 34 years old. I graduated from PSU in 2002 with a degree in Elementary Education. I taught 1st grade for a few years before finding myself in love with Early Childhood Education. I spent 3 1/2 years teaching Preschool before becoming a Center Director. I recently started at Kindercare in the Preschool classroom. I am excited to come to work everyday!!

    Previous Experience:
    Center Director - 3 1/2 years Preschool Teacher - 3 1/2 years 1st Grade Teacher - 2 years
    Year Started:
    10/6/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelors in Elementary Education
  • Tia, Preschool

    Dedication

    I have worked in many different classrooms within our Hershey KinderCare. In the toddler room I enjoyed watching them grow and develop. In the infant room I liked getting to know the different needs of the children. In the tweenie room I was able to spend one on one time with the pre toddlers and watch them grow and develop. I am currently in the Preschool room where my imagination runs wild on the same level as the children in my classroom.

    Year Started:
    6/18/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2.5
    Education:
    CDA
  • Jessica H, School Age

    I love being around children and teaching them new things.

    I am new to the Hershey KinderCare but I have been enjoying my time getting to know all of the students in my class. I am currently pursuing my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Year Started:
    10/6/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Elementary Education
  • Amber

    Amber, Toddlers

    I have worked at Kindercare since August 2013. I live in Palmyra with my cat Peanut. My hobbies are reading, writing, traveling and wood carving.

    Previous Experience:
    I worked for another child care facility for over 2 years.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3.5
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in English with a teaching certificate for grades 7-12. Currently enrolled in the CDA Program.
  • Jessica U.

    Jessica U., Toddlers

    I live in Palmyra with my husband and son.  I like to bake and be outside.

    Previous Experience:
    I worked for CCLC for 3 years as an Infant and Toddler teacher.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4

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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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Our site is a secure site with keypad entry and a large fenced in playground. All staff are required to obtain CPR and First Aid certification. All state teacher child ratios are followed at all times ensuring proper supervision and quality teacher – child interactions.

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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The KinderCare staff and I work together to educate and nurture my children. There has never been a day in the nine years that we have been at KinderCare that I have worried about my children’s safety or happiness while there. When I come to pick my children up, they are always immersed in a project or outside playing with their friends. I know there will come a day when my family has outgrown KinderCare and we will be sad because of the integral part KinderCare has played in my children’s lives.

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