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Alpha Park KinderCare

Erica Cole, Center Director

679-H Alpha Dr. Highland Heights OH 44143
(440) 442-3360 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Alpha Park Corporate Park (Red, White and black sign at driveway 25.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Mayfield City Schools Center, Lander, Millridge, Sun View

We are currently enrolling all age groups. Come join us for lots of learning and fun!

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Welcome

Welcome to Alpha Park KinderCare. At our center you will find teachers dedicated to preparing children for success through our thoughtful curriculum, the freedom to move and grow, and an environment that increases socialization. Our 6 focus areas are communicating with others, building brain power, developing lasting life skills, growing a healthy body, making new friends, and nurturing creativity. We are excited for you to join our family and experience a nurturing meaninful environment where your child will be provided with the foundation for a lifetime of learning. We are Step up to Quality rated and Nationally Accredited through the National Accreditation Commision. We have served the communitiy for over 19 years with a dedicated staff who has a total of over 183 years of early childhood experience.

Erica Cole, 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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The staff of the Alpha Park KinderCare would love to meet you and your family. We are excited about the learning and development that takes place each and everyday in our classrooms.

  • Erica Cole

    Erica Cole, Center Director

    There is nothing better than to see the face of a child who has grasped a new concept.

    Erica has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for thirteen years. She started with the company in 2012. She believes that the nature and character of the developing child begins in early childhood. She enjoys being a major part of the molding of the developing child. Erica started as a Floating teacher and has worked her way up into administration. She makes it a habit to spend as much time in the classroom as possible as she observes the working minds and creativity of the children, as well as the staff.

    Previous Experience:
    Erica has previous experience working as a Child Care Teacher and Program Director.
    Year Started:
    6/5/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education, Master's of Education Degree in Curriculum & Instruction
  • Mr. Ricardo, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Every great leader was a follower.

    Mr. Green has always had a desire to work with children. His previous experience was teaching young adults. He enjoys finding ways to create a learning experience out of all the encounters the children have including discovery time, gross motor time, and story time.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Green's previous experience was teaching and coaching young adults on life skills.
    Year Started:
    12/14/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Business Marketing
  • Ms. Bridgette, Preschool Classroom

    Team work makes the dream work.

    Ms. Bridgette joined our team in August 2015. She has previous experience working with Preschool children. She brings lots of creativity to the classroom and enjoys watching the children make new discoveries.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Bridgette was a teacher at another child care center prior to joining the company.
    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in English
  • Mr. Kamall, Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children.

    Mr. Kamall has over 4 years experience working with children 3 years and up. He enjoys working with them and watching them grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Kamall has worked at other child care centers as a school age teacher. His previous experience was in landscaping.
    Year Started:
    11/16/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Lynn

    Ms. Lynn, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Lynn has been with the company since 2009. She has raised two girls and has four grandchildren. She looks forward to coming in each day, getting on the floor with her infants and loves to witness the milestones as the children develop.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lynn is a retired grade school teacher and has previously been a Girl Scout leader and a Sunday School teacher.
    Year Started:
    1/12/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Kathy

    Ms. Kathy, Toddler Classroom

    If at first you don't succeed, try again

    Ms. Kathy has been with KinderCare for a total of 18 years as a toddler teacher. She attended Riverside Community College in California where she completed courses in Early Childhood Education and obtained her CDA. Ms. Kathy incorporates various learning tools in the classroom by creating enrichments that toddlers enjoy that will also help expand their curiosity.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kathy worked for a KinderCare in Corona, California for 10 years as well as a KinderCare in Allentown, Pennsylvania for 8 years.
    Year Started:
    2/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Carolyn

    Ms. Carolyn, Toddler Classroom

    I am at my best in a room full of children.

    Ms. Carolyn has been with the company since 2010. Although she has a degree, she keeps up with new concepts in the early childhood field, which is a life long learning experience. She tries to incorporate all she has learned and is learning into the classroom on a daily basis. Ms. Carolyn believes that there is no better contribution that she can make simply because children are the future.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Carolyn worked at an in-home daycare center, a nursery and in public schools.
    Year Started:
    9/3/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    38 Years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Arisa

    Ms. Arisa, Toddler Classroom

    Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." - Hilary Cooper

    Ms. Arisa has been with the company since 2011. She loves to express her creativity with the children while expanding upon their individual capabilities.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Arisa worked as a babysitter.
    Year Started:
    8/31/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tatiana

    Ms. Tatiana, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Believe in the mind, and it will grow.

    Ms. Tatiana has 3 children of her own and enjoys every moment in raising them. She loves doing hands on activities with children and loves to experience their growth.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tatiana's previous experience includes Jamoca arts dance and summer camp.
    Year Started:
    6/6/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Working towards CDA
  • Ms. Earnestine

    Ms. Earnestine, Preschool Classroom

    Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." - Proverbs 22:6

    Ms. Earnestine has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 24 years. She loves to incorporate activities into the lesson plans that allow for parent involvement.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Earnestine has previous experience working as a Child Care Teacher, an Assistant Director and a Chief of Teachers.
    Year Started:
    7/15/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Ms. Beverly

    Ms. Beverly, Prekindergarten Classroom

    My children are the children of the world.

    Ms. Beverly has 1 daughter of her own. It is her mission for her students to have a love of learning and to take ownership over their learning when the classroom is designed to foster development of the whole child.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Beverly taught Kindergarten for 7 years prior to joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    5/11/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Infant Classroom

    Lead by example, children are always watching.

    Ms. Danielle has two boys of her own. She has worked with all age groups, infant through school-age. She loves doing art and hands on activities with the children and does not mind getting messy.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Danielle has worked as a nanny as well as a teacher at other childcare centers.
    Year Started:
    6/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

The Alpha Park KinderCare offers a safe environment where teachers are trained in First Aid and CPR. Teachers have daily checklist for cleaning and sanitizing to ensure the classrooms are clean. We have keypad entry to monitor who enters the building and the playground areas are fenced in. We want you to know that while your child is receiving high quality care, they are safe.

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.

I enrolled my daughter Charm at Alpha Park KinderCare as a young infant. The teachers made me feel so comfortable with my daughter in their care. My mind is at ease during the day knowing that she is being nurtured in such an enriching environment. Charm is now 18 months and my feelings about KinderCare have not changed. The staff at Alpha Park are like our second family.

- Mother
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