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Hudson Darrow Road KinderCare

Kathryn Bodzenski, Center Director

5812 Darrow Rd. Hudson OH 44236
(330) 656-2737 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Historical Hudson

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hudson School District (School District Provides Transportation to and from Center for Hudson School District School listed): Evamere, Eastwoods, Ellsworth, McDowell Middle School, Stow School District (center provides transportation to and from Stow School listed): Woodland, Fishcreek, Highland, Lakeview, Echo Hills, Indian Trails and Holy Family.


Welcome to KinderCare Hudson South, where everything we do is designed for learning! We believe that children construct their own knowledge through their interactions with people and things in their environment. From birth, our programs support children’s development to ensure growth of the whole child. We focus on the Whole Child through: Physical and Motor Development, Language and Communication, Social and Emotional Development, Cognition and General Knowledge, Approaches Toward Learning, and Creative Arts. Our teachers are passionate about educating and nurturing children and every family enrolled is truly a part of our extended family.

Kathryn Bodzenski, 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.

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


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.


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.


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

The staff at Hudson KinderCare is a group of excellent educators that strive to educate and enrich all the children at our center. Our teachers have been part of the KinderCare family for an average tenure of seven years. As a NAEYC accredited center, 50% of our staff members have a Bachelor's Degree in Education. Our staff receives ten hours of specialized training in Early Childhood Education each year.

  • Kathryn Bodzenski

    Kathryn Bodzenski, Center Director

    My favorite part of my job is how rewarding it can be. Watching the children learn and progress over time is such an amazing experience. When they grasp a new concept, such as spelling their name, they become animated and excited about learning. I could not imagine doing anything else.

    Kate has served several roles since joining our team in 2009.  Kate is dedicated to making sure that each child has a safe, enjoyable, and successful learning experience on a daily basis.  She encourages all of the students and works with them to start them on the right path for all their future educational experiences.  Kate loves to spend individual time with each child and makes it a goal to make a personal connection with all families enrolled in her school.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cat
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
  • Nicole

    Nicole, Assistant Director

    Nicole grew up in Aurora, Ohio where she graduated from High School.  Nicole earned her BS in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Youth Development and her M.Ed. in School Counseling from Kent State University. Nicole began her career in childcare working a floater at a daycare center in Aurora and later became the toddler teacher there. Nicole then nannied for a family of four children. After four years with the family Nicole said a sad goodbye to the family as the youngest children prepared to start school. This is when Nicole's journey began at KinderCare. Nicole started off as a floater and in January of 2015 she became the Pre-Kindergarten teacher then in February of 2016 became Assistant Director.  Nicole enjoys supporting children in their education journey and making a connection with all of the families at the center.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Masters of Education in Counseling
  • Natalia, Head Chef

    Ms. Natalia joined our school in April of 2016.  She loves cooking healthy and delicious food for all of the children in our school. 

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Erin, Infants

    Ms. Erin joined KinderCare May of 2011 as an Infant teacher. She graduated from Kent State University with her Bachelors in Psychology.  Ms. Erin loves being an infant teacher because children learn and develop so much in their first year of life and she enjoys being a part of that.  She also loves building great relationships with all of her families and watch her students grow.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Carrie, Pre-Kindergarten

    Ms. Carrie joined KinderCare in October of 2015.  She started off her KinderCare journey as the Co-Preschool Teacher.  She has now been promoted to Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher.  Ms. Carrie enjoys spending time with her family doing many outdoor activities.  She has a 9 year old daughter in 4th grade and 12 year old son who is in 7th grade.  Ms. Carrie loves watching the children learn and interact with each other.  She believes that the year before Kindergarten is extremely important in a child's education and would love the opportunity to teach your child all the skills needed to succeed in Kindergarten.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Cathy

    Ms. Cathy, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Cathy has been working with children for over 20 years. She worked for KinderCare as a Preschool and Pre-K teacher for nine years before joining the Infant Classroom five years ago. Ms. Cathy loves working with children and seeing their progress as they learn and grow each day. She cheers them on as they reach new milestones while keeping every parent informed about their child's development. She loves to spend her spare time with her granddaughter.

    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Infants

    Ms. Emily is a mother of 2.  She has been in childcare for 15 years.  She loves working with the babies because there is never a dull moment in that classroom.  She finds her job very rewarding because she enjoys watching the children grow and learn.  Ms. Emily is a strong believer of infant sensory exploration and is always coming up with new ways her students to explore their senses.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Christina

    Ms. Christina, Infants and Floater

    Ms. Christina is a recent graduate from the University of Akron with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education.  MS. Christina loves making a difference in every child's life.  She also enjoys doing art projects with the babies.  She is looking forward to making a masterpiece with your little one.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors in education
  • Ms. Linda, Preschool Classroom/Health and Safety Coordinator

    Every child needs to know they are loved, valued and important to society no matter their background, culture or ability.

    Ms. Linda has been a preschool teacher at KinderCare since 1998. She has a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Education from the University of Akron. She is also the center's Health and Safety Coordinator, conducting fire and tornado drills and making sure KinderCare is a clean, healthy space for families. Ms. Linda has worked with many children over the years. She welcomes each one into her room and they soon become part of her classroom "family". She appreciates every child no matter their background, culture or ability. Every child is important to her and she partners with the parents to ensure that learning is carried over to the home setting as well as the classroom setting. She loves literacy and brings many creative teacher made tools to the classroom to engage the children in learning. Parents are amazed at the high level of learning that goes on in her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Linda has previously worked as a Assistant Director and a Preschool teacher at Four Seasons for 11 years.
    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Education
  • Ms. Jessie

    Ms. Jessie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Jessie loves working with toddlers and forms strong relationships with all of the families in her classroom. She enjoys helping each child develop creativity and encourages them to expand their language skills and imagination. In her spare time, Ms. Jessie enjoys working with her 4H group and participates in the Summit County Fair each year.

    Previous Experience:
    Sunday and Bible School teacher
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Judy

    Ms. Judy, School Age and Learning Adventures

    Ms. Judy has been in the education field for 38 years. She teaches the half day Kindergarten Enrichment program for those children that attend half day public school kindergarten programs. In her classroom Ms. Judy makes sure that her curriculum aligns with the state content standards. She assess each child to ensure that their individual learning needs are being met. She also teaches the School Age program for before and after school care and the School Age Camp program. She helps to plan many exciting activities for the children, especially fun field trips for out of school days and summer camp. She makes sure that the children keep up on their reading and math skills during the summer. Ms. Judy often has former students who are now in high school and college drop by to visit and talk about all of the fun they had while attending KinderCare. She made their experience at KinderCare full of memories that truly last a lifetime.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Judy has prior experience working as a Center Director and Teacher for 25 years at the former Four Seasons Preschool and Day Care in Solon, Ohio.
    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    38 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education

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.

Special Features

  • Participates in the Soccer Shots Program
  • Participates in Michelle's Dancing Connection

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day- In Service Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day- In Service 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

At our center we strive to provide a safe learning environment for your children. We require all of our staff to be certified in CPR, First Aid, Communicable Disease, and Child Abuse. We have a keypad entry that ensures the safety of your child when they are in our care. We also have a lower teacher to student classroom ratios that provides the best quality care for your child. Our meals meet the US food program standards that guarantee your child will be receiving the proper nutrients they need to stay healthy. We always have a health and safety coordinator on staff at all times.

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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My daughter loves going to school every day because of Ms. Linda, her preschool teacher. Through endless activities, songs, silly poems, crafts, dramatic play, etc., Ms. Linda fills the day. My daughter loves to imitate Ms. Linda at home playing "circle time" with her dolls and stuffed animals. She wants Ms. Linda to be proud of her, which means she loves and values her teacher. Having Ms. Linda for a preschool teacher has been invaluable. She is helping to build a strong foundation in my daughter's life and the lives of her other students. Ms. Michelle, one of the Infant Room teachers, still greets us every morning with a smile and hug even though my daughter is now in Preschool. Ms. Michelle always asks her about her previous day and what she hopes to learn. She promises to keep an eye on my daughter throughout the day. Ms. Michelle has not only been a wonderful teacher for my daughter, but a dear friend of our family as well.

- Mother

Ms. Jessie is the teacher in my son's Toddler classroom. His teacher showed amazing care after he broke his leg and was transitioning back to walking after the cast came off. She was attentive to both his physical as well as his emotional needs. My husband and I were relieved to leave him in such good care. I think when he started walking again she was just as excited as we were!!

- Mother

Thank you not only for taking care of my son when I couldn't, but also for all the extra things too. Thank you for potty training him; teaching him not to bite; for inspiring him to love reading and math; for endless field trips and special holiday fun; for trying to introduce him to new foods even though he is stubborn as all get-out! Thank you for teaching him manners and for helping me turn him into the wonderfully well-rounded eight-year-old that he is. It has been an exciting ride on the KinderCare coaster for the past seven years!

- Mother

When we had to make the decision of what type of childcare we wanted for our son I'll be honest, daycare scared us to death. Mainly because you hear all the horror stories and not the experiences like we had in the year and a half our son was enrolled in KinderCare. We loved everyone in the center that we met on our initial tour but the primary reason we chose KinderCare Hudson was because of Ms. Michelle and Ms. Cathy. We can't even begin to explain the love that they put into each and every one of their Infants. When our son moved onto the Toddler and Discovery Preschool rooms we saw a tremendous improvement in his manners, counting, speech and interaction with other children. The teachers don't stop taking an interest in your children when they move onto the next classroom they always take the time to stop when they saw us in the hallway and called my son by name. Unfortunately we had to take him out of the center due to a job relocation but I would give anything to have him back in this center. Thank you to each and every KinderCare family member, you do an amazing job! I emphasize '"family" because that is truly what it felt like. They made us feel like we mattered just as much as any of their family members would.

- Mother

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