Nakia Spigelmeyer, Center Director
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.<br />
Miss Amy joined the KinderCare team in September 2015. In the past she worked at another childcare facility for a year and was a teacher's assistant her last two years of high school. Miss Amy graduated from Hershey Christian School in 2012. In her free time she enjoys doing tap and ballet.
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.
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.
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -by Emerson
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
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.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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