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Avery Road KinderCare

Cynthia Stemen, Center Director

4705 Avery Rd. Hilliard OH 43026
(614) 777-1077 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Avery, Alton Darby, Hoffman Trails, Britton, Norwich, Scioto Darby.

We currently have openings for Infants. We accept full-time infants at six weeks of age. If interested, we provide the Good Start Infant formula along with all the jarred fruits, vegetables and cereal.

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Welcome to the Avery Road KinderCare, serving families in the Hilliard and surrounding areas. We invite you to visit our center, meet our amazing teachers and witness the learning experience ours offers. We are year round preschool that offers developmentally appropriate learning techniques for your child. Our teachers are all trained in Early Childhood Education and incorporate a professionally written lesson plan to make your child's learning experience one of a kind. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. Our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. This helps your child connect spoken words and print and develop early literacy and writing skills.

Cynthia Stemen, Center Director

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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.

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.

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.

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  1. Monday November 30, 2015
    1. Donation begin this week.

      Check the lobby for items needed

Teachers & Staff

The Avery Road KinderCare has a wonderful staff of long term teachers. We have a combined 148 years working with children.

  • Cynthia Stemen

    Cynthia Stemen, Center Director

    To love what I do and feel that it matters - how could anything be more fun?

    Cindi was a preschool teacher for 10 years when she started at KinderCare and became the Director in June of 2002. Her commitment of running a quality program is evident throughout the center. As a teacher/director, she has been recognized for many achievements. The center is NAC accredited and is currently getting ready to apply for a One Star in the Ohio Step Up To Quality Program. Cindi is very passionate about the children and their parents that are a part of their KinderCare family.

    Previous Experience:
    Cindi spent five years providing childcare services in home.
    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Brandy Coyle-Hays

    Ms. Brandy Coyle-Hays, Assistant Director

    I love watching the children learn and grow. The spark in their eyes when they accomplish something new makes mine the greatest job in the world, and besides, where else does an adult get to play and act goofy all day and call it work?

    Brandy has previously worked for KinderCare for six years but has an cumulative early childhood experience of 16 years. She started out as a toddler teacher for the first eight-and-a-half years, and then worked as a preschool teacher for a year-and-a-half. Since then, she has been in a management position. One of her favorite sayings from Bob Talbert that she tries to reflect on everyday in the work that she does with children is: "Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best."

    Previous Experience:
    Brandy has had a year and a half as Program Specialist as well three years previous experience as an Assistant Director at another KinderCare, and one year of experience at another company as an Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Child Development Associate's credential, Associate's Degree in Business Management, Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, minor in Sociology
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Cook

    “The freedom of the job.”

    Ms. Amy lives in Plain City and enjoys traveling. She has been a toddler teacher in the past and is now currently our Cook. She likes to spend time with her nieces and nephews in her time off and also works in a part-time position at an Art studio in Dublin.

    Previous Experience:
    Amy has cared for young children for friends and family as well as worked in many positions in our preschool including being a toddler teacher for over ten years.
    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Associate degree in graphic design.
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Infant Classroom

    I love my job because working with infants is so much more than teaching colors and animals- it's about celebrating the "firsts" in a child's development and sharing in the excitement with the families!

    Ms. Kim graduated from Bowling Green State University in May 2009 with a Bachelor's of Music in Music Education. After graduating she moved back to Pittsburgh, PA and started teaching Preschool at a local KinderCare. Ms. Kim also taught Learning Adventures and worked in many of the classrooms before taking a position in the Infant Room. Ms. Kim completed her Child Deveopment Associates Credential in May 2013. Ms. Kim moved to Columbus in August 2013 with her husband and is excited to continue working with infants at her new center.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kim worked at KinderCare for two summers before starting full-time in 2009 while attending school.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Child Development Associate Credential/ Bachelors of Music in Music Education
  • Ms. Rhonda

    Ms. Rhonda, Infant Classroom

    My mission in my career is to provide a fun and safe place for children to learn and grow. I'm passionate about making a difference in a child's life.

    Ms. Rhonda graduated from Franklin Heights High School and received her CDA in April 2011.She is a mother of 2 and has been married for 25 years. She enjoys reading, movies, craft shows and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    9 and 1/2 years as an infant teacher
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Prema

    Ms. Prema, Toddler Classroom

    “I love getting to know the kids and I especially love having siblings come up and watching the family grow. It is a real privilege to be a part of people’s lives like that.”

    Ms. Prema is from Sri Lanka and currently lives in Hilliard, Oh with her son. Her daughter attends Ohio State University and her son attends Columbus State

    Previous Experience:
    6 years early childhood education in Sri-Lanka, 6 ½ years First Baptist Day Care Center, 7 ½ years KinderCare Learning Center.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Associate degree in ECE from India
  • Ms. Sammie

    Ms. Sammie, Toddler Classroom

    I love working with these children and being able to see them change and learn each day. Seeing them accomplish even the littlest goals puts a smile on my face.

    Ms. Sammie graduated Hilliard Davidson High School in 2013 and is currently attending Columbus State Community College for Early Childhood Education. She then plans to continue at The Ohio State University to further her Education in Early Childhood Education and Special Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Has been a nanny for several local families as well as providing childcare services at several local churches for the past 7 years
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
  • Ms. Crystal

    Ms. Crystal, Preschool Classroom/Bus Driver

    I love watching the kids learn and grow, this is the reason why I love being a teacher of young children.We do not remember days, we remember the moments.

    Ms. Crystal lives in Columbus with her 3 children. She is currently attending childcare administration classes and has her CDA in Early Childhood. Ms. Crystal loves her job and wouldn't change it for the world. She loves to watch the children flourish in her preschool classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Over 20 years experience starting in high school and working at an in-home daycare center. She also attended child development classes in high school.
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Maggie

    Ms. Maggie, Preschool Classroom

    “I love watching the babies grow and how their personalities develop.”

    Ms. Maggie lives in Hilliard with her 2 children and her husband. She enjoys baking, going to her husband's softball games, and spending time at the park with her children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Maggie attended Tolle's Technical Center for Early Childhood Education for 2 years and has been working in the early childhood field for 10 years.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Ms. Tanya

    Ms. Tanya, Pre-K Classroom

    Imagination in more important than knowledge" - Albert Einstein

    Ms. Tanya currently lives in Hilliard with her daughter and enjoys many artistic endeavors including painting. She also loves to cook, spend time outdoors and doing photography. Ms. Tanya decided to join us an employee after she had already been a part of our family as a parent since her daughter had attended our center for about a year. She also graduated Ohio University with her B.S.S. and is currently still attending and taking Early Childhood Education classes.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tanya has previously taught dance/gymnastics to children preschool through sixth grade since 2000. She is also a group leader in child-centered activities at her church.
    Year Started:
    B.S.S. Communication and Psychology
  • Mr. Tim

    Mr. Tim, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    I am passionate about helping children to be successful in school and years and beyond

    Tim has a bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Bowling Green St. University. Tim likes to draw and help create art projects in the classroom. He also enjoys reading stories to the class. He is a passionate teacher that really works hard to help educate children in academics such as math and reading, as well as manners, citizenship, and fundamentals of life as they move toward becoming everyday students in school.

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool teacher for one year and 3 years as a special education teacher for 1st grade.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    B.S. Education
  • Mr. John

    Mr. John, School Age Classroom

    Every moment is a teachable moment.

    Over the past 4 years Mr. John has combined his cooking, performance and music expertise with his passion for education to create a truly unique classroom environment. His classroom has been compared to a "Performance Art Conservatory" while also maintaining a high quality of educational and moral standards. Under Mr. John's tutelage, the School Age class has transformed a rough patch of grass in the side yard into a 3 season garden that produces a bountiful harvest each year, while the kids reap the rewards of hard work and dedication.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. John is a founding member of Cooking Caravan, an educational cooking and music company.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis on Acting
  • Mr. Chuck

    Mr. Chuck, School Age Classroom

    I believe the children are our future.

    Chuck is an accomplished musician. His devotion to education and musical production skills are the primary force behind Cooking Caravan’s music workshop programs in which he works along side of Mr. John. With thirteen years experience as an educator, Chuck provides music classes to children ranging from 3 weeks to 10 years old for various local KinderCare Learning Centers, and music therapy classes to group homes such as Avondale Youth Center. Chuck has created and recorded music with children and has also produced albums for several local folk and hip hop artists. He also brings his musical talents into the classroom with the children in schoolage room where he shares his passion with the children in his care

    Previous Experience:
    Children’s Services, Ohio State University Childcare Center, Ohio University Child Care Center
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Bachelors of Human and Consumer Sciences – Major of Family Studies
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Support Staff

    “I feel smarter every day that I come home from the center; it almost makes me feel guilty that I get paid to do this.”

    Ms. Jenny lives in Hilliard Ohio with her son and two daughters. Her children have attended Avery KinderCare in the past and once they grew out of childcare Ms. Jenny came to join our family as an employee versus a parent. She currently works a full-time job and then helps out in our classrooms in the afternoons.

    Previous Experience:
    Jenny previously provided daycare services at her own home for 2 years before joining KinderCare. She started in a toddler classroom for a year with our company and has been an afternoon floater for the past year.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years

November 2015 Events

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  1. Monday November 02, 2015
    1. Clothing Check

      It's getting cooler! Remember to make sure your child's spare clothing is season appropriate.

  2. Tuesday November 03, 2015
    1. Parent Engagement Survey

      Check your email or see your center director for the link.

  3. Wednesday November 04, 2015
    1. Dress like a farmer today

  4. Thursday November 05, 2015
    1. Make a class cornucopia with your favorite foods

  5. Friday November 06, 2015
    1. National Nachos Day

      What do you like on your nachos?

  6. Monday November 09, 2015
    1. Create cards for Veterans Day

  7. Tuesday November 10, 2015
    1. Young Readers Day

      Share your favorite book

  8. Wednesday November 11, 2015
    1. Veteran's Day

      Wear red, white, and blue

  9. Thursday November 12, 2015
    1. Take a turkey feather to fill for the center board

      What are you thankful for?

  10. Friday November 13, 2015
    1. Cooking Month!

      Sign up for cooking adventures this month and receive on free week!

  11. Monday November 16, 2015
    1. Button Day

      Use buttons to create a 3D piece of art

  12. Tuesday November 17, 2015
    1. In Center Event!

      Let's Talk About Gratitude
      + Last day to take the survey!

  13. Wednesday November 18, 2015
    1. Mickey Mouse's Birthday

  14. Thursday November 19, 2015
    1. Dress up like someone in the community

  15. Friday November 20, 2015
    1. World 'Hello' Day

      Learn to say 'hello' in different languages today

  16. Monday November 23, 2015
    1. Gather leaves from outside and make leaf rubbings

  17. Tuesday November 24, 2015
    1. Pajama Day

      Don't forget your sneakers

  18. Wednesday November 25, 2015
    1. Thanksgiving Treat!

      Join us for donuts and cider at snack time

  19. Thursday November 26, 2015
    1. Happy Thanksgiving! Center Closed

  20. Friday November 27, 2015
    1. Happy Thanksgiving! Center Closed

  21. Monday November 30, 2015
    1. Donation begin this week.

      Check the lobby for items needed

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

  • Tamil

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

We take pride in the security of our center. There is a keypad entry for enrolled families and a bell system to allow non-members of our KinderCare family into the center upon approval. Our playground is fully fenced with 6 foot tall fencing and have locked gates. All our teachers are certified in First Aid, CPR, Communicable Disease and Child Abuse.

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you. I was so nervous to switch my son from his center he'd been at as a baby to yours but it has been such a wonderful experience! You are always so professional, caring, and friendly to us parents and warm to the kids. Our son adores you, and my husband and I have been so please with the way you run your center. You deserve thanks for all you do for the parents and the kids. Thank you! We love the Avery Road KinderCare.

- Parents

The center is a wonderful place. I enjoy it and feel comfortable leaving my children under their care. The staff are excellent and super friendly. They listen to my concerns and we all work as one team. I would recommend this center to anyone looking for a safe and fun environment their his/her child. A.H.

- Parent

I love Cindi! She always goes the extra mile to make sure her families are satisfied. My son has been at the center since 2007. I will do anything to keep him attending the center once he starts Kindergarten because of the close relationships established over the years. Cindi has addressed all my concerns and was there for our family through personal times. Ms. Crystal has babysat for me after hours because of my work schedule. All the staff goes above and beyond to be there for the children. I couldn't ask for a better center for my son to attend. J.M.

- Parent

I am pleased to say that I have enjoyed my experiences with the KinderCare Learning Center and their staff. I appreciate all the hard work, love and dedication that they give my children. I also truly believe that with every step they take they are preparing my children with a bright and educated future. D.R.

- Parent

KinderCare - Avery Road does a wonderful job. They always greet us with a smile. Mr. Chuck and Mr. John do a fabulous job with our son. They make learning fun. This is the first daycare that our son hasn't complained about going too. We have been to a few daycare center over the last 20 years and KinderCare has been the best! A daycare can advertise about their facility but it is the teachers that make a daycare great. Cindi does a wonderful job with her staff. J. & B. M.

- Mother and Father

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