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Hockessin KinderCare

Heather Schorah, Center Director

6696 Lancaster Pike Hockessin DE 19707
(302) 234-8680 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Rt Route 41 & Route 48

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Brandywine Springs, North Star

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Welcome

Welcome to the Hockessin KinderCare!  As a nationally accredited, Delaware Star 5 center, our experienced team of teachers and staff are proud to provide your child and family with the best possible care and education.  The newly refreshed learning programs provide children with a strong, well-rounded foundation for school readiness and lifetime learning success.  The curriculum taught by our passionate and dedicated teachers gives children a variety of skills and learning experiences, wonderful memories with friends, and love for learning that will last forever.  We invite you to tour our beautiful, spacious center located at the split of Routes 41 and 48.  Please give us a call, and let us make Hockessin KinderCare your family's "home away from home."

Heather Schorah, 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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Caring and Passionate: Our teachers are passionate about your child's happiness and growth and provide a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem. This is more than a job for our teachers. It’s an opportunity for them to share their passion for life while they inspire, engage and awaken the wonder inside each and every child. Highly Trained Teachers: KinderCare devotes more time and resources to teacher training than any other childcare provider. Twice a year we host the largest early childhood teacher training program in the country. Our teachers are dedicated to developing your child's potential and are sensitive to your child's individual needs. Additionally, all staff are CPR/First Aid trained and a significant number of staff are authorized to give medications, such as nebulizers or other prescription treatments. Small Class Size: Our low teacher-to-student ratios allow teachers to focus on the individual learning styles and needs of each child in our center.

  • Heather Schorah

    Heather Schorah, Center Director

    After graduating from the University of Delaware with a degree in early childhood and elementary education, I taught Kindergarten for three years in both public and private schools.  In 2006, I joined the Pike Creek KinderCare as an assistant director and since 2008 have been the center director at both the Pike Creek and Newark KinderCare locations. 
    I have enjoyed watching my own two boys, Max and Austin, make friends and learn through our enriched curriculum and educational experiences.  They both started in our infant room and Max, 7, is now a successful second grader and enjoys returning to KinderCare for school days out and summer camp.  Austin, 4, is currently in our Pre-K program, and in enjoys our phonics and cooking learning adventure programs. 
    My family enjoys swimming and going to the beach, bike rides, growing vegetables in our garden, camping, and playing together.  We are excited to create our home away from home here at the Hockessin KinderCare, and we hope you will too!

    Year Started:
    8/22/2006
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Early Childhood Development and Education; K-4 Certification
  • Barb Jennings, Assistant Director

    I love watching children grow and learn throughout their early years. I enjoy cooking and teaching nutrition to the children as well as fun arts and crafts activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Barb spent ten years working with children ages three to seventeen in a tutoring program. She has also worked in a variety of roles in the early childhood field, including two years at KinderCare as the Prekindergarten Classroom teacher.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Jamie, Infants

  • Kate, Infants

    I was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, but have moved around a bit since then and have lived in Richmond, VA; Boston, MA; and Munich, Germany.  I moved back to Delaware to attend graduate school at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania, where I am currently enrolled in Mental Health Counseling.
    While in Boston I worked at KinderCare for two and a half years and am happy to continue working here in Hockessin with the infants.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    5/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Psychology
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Discovery Preschool: Older Two's

    My favorite part of this job is when I'm greeted every morning by children who are so happy I'm here.

    When Jennifer was young and someone asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, she answered "teacher." Now years later, she is still happy to teach and inspire young children.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Delaware Department of Education: Early Childhood Administrator, Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Preschool Classroom (B)

    I see children as seeds; when they come to me in the beginning they're a seed, and when they leave me they have blossomed.

    Ms. Susan started working and learning about childcare at the age of 10 years in her neighbor's in-home daycare and fell in love with watching children grow and learn.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Delaware Department of Education: Early Childhood Administrator, Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Stacy

    Ms. Stacy, Private Kindergarten

    Listen to the Mustn'ts, child, listen to the Don'ts. Listen to the Shouldn'ts, the Impossibles, the Won'ts. Listen to the Never Haves, then listen close to Me. Anything can happen, child, Anything can be." -- "Listen to the Mustn'ts" by Shel Silverstein

    Ms. Stacy has worked with every age group in the center. She loves getting to know each family and helping the children reach new milestones every day.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Delaware Department of Education: Early Childhood Teacher, obtaining Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, Inclusion Credential from Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, PreKindergarten and Learning Adventures

    The best part of teaching is that I mean so much to all the little ones. I love that in the end I can look back and say, 'I taught them that.' I love the little things that they say; it always puts a smile on my face.

    Year Started:
    8/16/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Delaware Department of Education: Early Childhood Teacher
  • Mr. Steven, School Age

    Seeing the transiting being installed in children is the greatest passion above all. Being able to give them the right tools to challenge themselves is the greatest achievement.

    I am eager and passionate to see what the children can do to challenge themselves. I always stay professional and steadfast in the field of the classroom. Being myself and showing that I can relate to the children as a KLC Alumni is what allows me to relate to the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Steven has worked for Newark YMCA as well as KinderCare for four years.
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psycology-Social Sciences

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About Our Center

The Hockessin KinderCare is a high-quality learning center offering exciting and engaging learning for children ages six weeks to twelve years.  Our programs include our state certified private kindergarten, Infant, Toddlers, Discovery Preschool, Preschool and Pre-K, as well as additional enrichment programs, summer camp and before and after school service to Brandywine Springs, North Star and Cooke Elementary Schools.  As a nationally accredited center we are proud of high standards, warm environment, and educational excellence.  We are also proud of our partnerships with the military and other local and national businesses, including DuPont, JPM Chase, Comcast, AstraZeneca, Barclays, Wells Fargo, Walgreens, RiteAid, FedEx, and more. 

Special Features

  • We have been NAEYC accredited (Delaware Stars level 5) for 10 years and counting!
  • We are a large center with two classrooms per age group. This offers us the opportunity to keep children with their peers closest to them in age, and move them to the next class when they are ready developmentally.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We are closed for only the following major holidays: New Years Day, Presidents Day (due to professional development), Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day (due to professional development), Thanksgiving & Black Friday, and Christmas Day. Christmas Eve we close at 3 pm.

Health and Safety

Keeping your child safe and secure is our first priority.  In addition to the built-in security features at the center, we strictly follow established procedures for your child's arrival and departure.  Our three Center Health and Safety Coordinators work together to keep the building and classrooms clean and safe by following and maintain daily, weekly, and monthly checklists aligning with high-quality standards and policies. 
As well, we practice monthly drills and emergency plans and meet all state child care licensing regulations.

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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We are thrilled with our 5-year-old's experience. We love his teacher and the staff. His classroom is a good learning environment and his teacher plans fabulous activities.

- Parents

We have been at Hockessin KinderCare for two years and have witnessed both our children thrive and flourish in the center's nurturing environment. The Director, Assistant Director, and the teachers are fantastic and committed to caring for every child with love and dedication. Their curriculum keeps our children stimulated and teaches them skills that will give them a great start. Most days we have a hard time pulling our kids away from their classrooms... that means to us that we chose the right place for them.

- Parent

It is a pleasure to be part of this center. The staff is warm, caring, and professional.

- Grandparents

I have two children (ages 2 and 5) at KinderCare who both started as babies. I've had only positive experiences here. I would definitely recommend KinderCare to other families.

- Parent

Our son is 5 years old and has been at the Hockessin KinderCare Learning Center since he was 6 months old. My parents had been able to watch my two older children when they were young and I was nervous and skeptical about daycare centers. From our first visit, Sheryl and her staff were kind, patient and understanding. I breastfed our son exclusively for the first year and another year after that. The staff were always supportive and helpful with this challenge. Every stage since the infant room has been stressfree and satisfying. The kindergarten program has exceeded our expectations. Our only "problem" has been keeping up with all the daily activities and comprehensive communications from Ms. Megan. We all love her! Our son will age out of KinderCare in the fall (we still hope to use aftercare) and my search for a new school opened my eyes to the quality and value of our money. The dedication and caring of the Center Director has been unwavering during our time here. We have never regretted our decision to have our son in this community.

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