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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.


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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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

Teachers & Staff

The Avery Road KinderCare has a wonderful staff of long term teachers. We have a combined 100 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:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Assistant Director

    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:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Child Development Associate Credential/ Bachelors of Music in Music Education
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Cook

    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:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Associate degree in graphic design.
  • 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:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Martha, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Martha has enjoyed working in many of the classrooms in our center, but currently enjoys seeing the development of the children in our infant classroom. Ms. Martha is a mother of two young children and enjoys spending time with them when she is not at work.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    High School Diploma from Hilliard Davidson High School, 2011
  • 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:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Associate degree in ECE from India
  • Ms. Amber, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "I love watching these children grow. It is great to see them grow and learn while having fun doing it.

    Ms. Amber is from Mansfield, Ohio and currently lives in Galloway. She enjoys spending time with her family and doing activities with her child.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amber worked at King's Kids with 18-month-olds to three-year-olds for just over one year.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    High School Diploma
  • 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:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Ms. Karissa, Preschool Classroom

    Prior to starting at KinderCare, Ms. Karissa had been working in real estate for a few years before staying home with her son.  She is excited to start this new adventure in early childhood education!

    Year Started:
    High Shool Diploma from Central Crossing High School, 2009; Honduras College for Real Estate 2013
  • Ms. Corryn, Prekindergarten Classroom

    "I love seeing children learn and grow!

    Ms. Corryn has been at this center since May of 2016. She has her bachelor's degree in psychology from Ohio State University, which she earned in 2012. Ms. Corryn also has her master's degree in early childhood studies, which was earned in February 2016 from Walden University. In her free time, Ms. Corryn likes to read and bake. She also enjoys movies and shopping.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Corryn was a volunteer in the child care program at the YMCA and in a Kindergarten classroom at Brown Elementary.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science in Psycology from The Ohio State University, Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from Walden University
  • Mr. John

    Mr. John, School Age Classroom

    Mr. John combines 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 three 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:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis on Acting
  • 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:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Jane, Floater

    "My goal is to ensure all children in my care feel safe and nurtured so that they may experience the joy of learning.

    Ms. Jane has enjoyed her time here at KinderCare. She rotates among the younger classrooms to support the primary teachers and encourage child development.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jane enjoyed instructing special needs students in Art Education for 17 years at Willowglen Acadmey in Newton, New Jersey.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate of Arts Degree from Greenriar College; Positono School of Art in Italy

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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.

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.

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

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

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

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 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

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