Cynthia Stemen, Center Director
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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
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.
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.
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.
A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.
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 Avery Road KinderCare has a wonderful staff of long term teachers. We have a combined 148 years working with children.
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.
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."
“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.
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.
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.
“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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
I am passionate about helping children to be successful in school and years and beyond
Time 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.
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.
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
“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.
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.
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.
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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