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Berry Leaf KinderCare

Jeri Metz, Center Director

3885 Berry Leaf Lane Hilliard OH 43026
(614) 850-0180 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
W off 270 onto Cemetery Rd, Turn R onto Berry Leaf Berry Leaf- 2nd light on R once past the library

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Beacon J.W. Reason Hilliard Crossing Darby Creek Avery Alton Darby (Preschool Only) Call Center for Details

We are currently enrolling in all classrooms ages six weeks to twelve years old! We hope to see you soon!

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Welcome

Welcome to our Berry Leaf KinderCare! We are excited that you have decided to visit our site and we hope to be a perfect match for you and your family. Here at our KinderCare, we provide amazing classrooms with even better teachers. We offer a variety of part time and full time tuition schedules so that we may be able to provide the best and most suitable early learning experience for your child possible. Please take some extra time to look around our site. We look forward to meeting you and your family!

Jeri Metz, 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.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Thank you for visiting our KinderCare Berry Leaf. Below we have listed detailed information about all of our teachers, their experience and credentials. We are a passionate and dedicated team working to provide your children with every possible opportunity to grow and learn through curriculum, play, creativity, individuality and so much more! Check us out!

  • Jeri Metz

    Jeri Metz, Center Director

    I love school and learning new things every day.

    Jeri Metz has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ohio State University in Child Development and Family Studies. She has four children ranging from 18 years to four years old. Her experience started at the Avery Rd KinderCare location.  After four years and Accrediting that center she then went to the Ridgemill Drive KinderCare where she again spent four years and accomplished Accreditation with her team there as well. She  spent the 8 years at  Cemetery Rd. KinderCare accomplishing Accreditation but SUTQ 1st Star rating. Her goal for Berry Leaf KinderCare is to continue to work on keeping up with Accreditation and and work on 3-Star rating for SUTQ.   Jeri's ultimate goal is to build strong relationships with her families, working together to meet the educational and emotional needs of the children in her care.

    Previous Experience:
    Jeri was a teacher for six years before becoming a Center Director.
    Year Started:
    3/17/1998
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Carol Settles

    Carol Settles, Assistant Director

    Each of us are given a gift of knowledge and pass that knowledge on to the children of our future.

    Carol Settles has been with KinderCare since March of 1996.  She started working at the KinderCare in Gahanna for 11 years as a teacher in various classrooms.  She transferred over to Cemetery Rd in September of 2006.  During that time she went to Columbus State Community College to earn her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She runs the Head Start Program, which helps families become a partner in their children's education.  She became the Assistant Center Director in Febuary of 2013.  She loves interactions with the families and children.  

    Previous Experience:
    Carol was recently promoted Assistant Center Director. She was a teacher for 18 years.
    Year Started:
    3/11/1996
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Miss Rachael

    Miss Rachael, Discovery Preschool

    Children have wonderful minds,  you never know what they are thinking of.

    She has been working for KinderCare for almost 2 years.  She enjoys watching kids, she loves spending time free time with her nephews and niece.  She loves interacting with the children, with the problem solving and learning new things from them.  

    Year Started:
    6/6/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    ECE Certification from Tolles; CDA
  • Ms. Joanna

    Ms. Joanna, Floater

    Curious minds makes curious children.  Which equals a world full of curious little learners.

    Joanna started with KinderCare in 2005 in Arizona.  She started working in the Hilliard KinderCare in October of 2009.  During this time she obtained her CDA.  She works with all our classroom.  Ms. Joanna has a husband and two wonderful children.  She is really close to her family and loves spending time with them.

    Previous Experience:
    Joanna started at KinderCare in Arizona in 2005
    Year Started:
    10/19/2009
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Floater/ Schoolage

    Children's minds are like books, you open them up and they come to life.

    Rachel has been with KinderCare for  years.  She loves interacting with the children. She obtained her CDA and hopes to move up within the company in the near future.   She loves spending time with her two boys, family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Has two teenage boys.
    Year Started:
    3/25/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Infant Classroom

    I love watching the infants grow and develop their personality.

    Ms. Jennifer is our Lead Teacher for our older Infant classroom and has eight years of Early Childhood experience. She has been with KinderCare since 2010. Parents, children and staff love Ms. Jennifer because of her caring personality. And she is just one of our three outstanding Infant teachers.

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting and previous childcare experience.
    Year Started:
    9/7/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Infant Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kelly has three grown children and babysitting experience.
    Year Started:
    5/4/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Kerrie

    Ms. Kerrie, Infant Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    3 children, babysitting, and previous childcare experience
    Year Started:
    9/5/2006
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Lindsey

    Ms. Lindsey, Infant Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting and previous childcare experience
    Year Started:
    7/9/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Certificate
  • Ms. Bri

    Ms. Bri, Kindergarten

    The best teacher of children, in brief, is one who essentially is childlike.

    Bri has been with Kinder Care since May of 2012.  Since then she has obtained her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development from Columbus State.  She is currently attending Ashland University for her bachelor's Degree in Education.  In her free time she loves spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    She has a son.
    Year Started:
    5/15/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Taletha

    Ms. Taletha, Pre-Kindergarten

    Children are our future and I feel like nurturing them with knowledge for that future.

    Taletha has worked for KinderCare since 2006. She has worked in our Toddler room as well as Preschool room.  She is currently in our Pre-Kindergarten Program.  She has always enjoyed working with young children. She has 3 children and 5 grand children.  She likes to spend time with her husband and her family.

    Year Started:
    3/16/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Preschool

    Children get so excited about learning and I love being a part of that. 

    Elizabeth has worked for KinderCare since September of 2012.  In the Preschool class, she enjoys introducing children to new books.  Elizabeth studied music education at the University of Dayton.  She loves showing children how music can be a part of their lives.  Elizabeth has been married since August of 2012.  She and her husband enjoy watching movies and spending time outside.

    Previous Experience:
    K-8 music
    Year Started:
    9/6/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Music in Music Education
  • Miss Ann, Toddler

    Ann started with KinderCare in Febuary

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting and student teaching.
    Year Started:
    2/16/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Develolpment
  • Ms. Paige

    Ms. Paige, Discovery Preschool

    I could not imagine a more rewarding job.

    Ms. Paige has been with KinderCare since 2010 and has worked a little with each age group. This experience has made her realize just how unique each stage of a child's development is. She is currently our lead Prekindergarten teacher and just like her children there is no end to her creativity and imagination.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Paige has previous babysitting and childcare experience
    Year Started:
    6/23/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Floater

    It is really rewarding to see the children learn new things and grow into the person they are.

    Ms. Amy has worked with all age groups. She really enjoys her role working with School Age children and they really respond to her kind and gentle attitude.

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting and several years of childcare experience
    Year Started:
    6/10/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
  • Miss Emily

    Miss Emily, Infants

    The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.

    Emily started working for KinderCare when her son was just 2 years old.  She has worked with Preschool and Schoolage classrooms.  She worked on her CDA and obtained it in 2013.  She is currently working in our young infant room.  During her free time she likes spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    She is raising her son Lucas and she was a Preschool teacher before coming to KinderCare
    Year Started:
    7/7/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Barbie

    Ms. Barbie, Program Specialist/Learning Adventures

    I love seeing the WOW look on a child's face when they finally understand or accomplish something that I have been teaching them.

    Ms. Barbie has been with KinderCare since 2002 and is our lead Discovery Preschool teacher. She admits there are some crazy days with her two year old kids, but there are also many wonderful days. It is rewarding for her to see them develop and grow into awesome preschoolers. Over the years Ms. Barbie has had the opportunity to work with all ages of children, all with unique personalities and it has shown her that she is doing exactly what she is meant to do.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Barbie has four children and several years of babysitting & childcare experience.
    Year Started:
    1/14/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Tami

    Ms. Tami, Cook

    Previous Experience:
    She has 3 children, babysitting and 10 years of childcare experience
    Year Started:
    12/8/1999
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Chrissy

    Ms. Chrissy, Floating Teacher

    Not only do kids say the darnedest things, but I love answering their questions and helping them explore new things!

    Ms. Chrissy is our lead Preschool teacher and has been with KinderCare since 2003. She has worked with every age group, but her passion is with three year old children. Ms. Chrissy is always coming up with a new spin on an old activity or coming up with something brand new to do with the children. She likes keeping things creative in her classroom. She also has great relationships with the parents and values each of them and their children.

    Previous Experience:
    1 child, babysitting and several years of childcare experience
    Year Started:
    7/2/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Griselda

    Ms. Griselda, Head Start Classroom

    Ms. Griselda has been working for KinderCare for four years.  She has been in our Preschool/Prekindergarten class for the last four years.  She is married and has a daughter named Amelia.  She is currently pursuing her Teaching Certification.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Griselda has one child and several years in childcare experience.
    Year Started:
    8/25/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Janelle

    Ms. Janelle, Head Start Classroom

    I love interacting with the children. I truly believe working with children everyday keeps you young at heart.

    Ms. Janelle is the lead teacher in our Head Start classroom. She has been at this location four years, but has been in the field more than six. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University, a son named Jayden and loves sushi.

    Year Started:
    9/14/2009
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Ecology

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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

  • Spanish

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

To ensure that your child is provided with a safe and secure environment, we provide a keypad entry, three fenced in playgrounds and all of our teachers and staff are CPR and First Aid Certified.

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