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Hudson KinderCare

Valerie Dudley, Center Director

53 Milford Rd. Hudson OH 44236
(330) 650-4455 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Neighborhood:
Hudson, Streetsboro, Stow

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hudson City Schools pick up and drop off at the center. We transport to Stow/ Munroe Falls City Schools.

Welcome

Welcome to the Hudson KinderCare! We are proud to have served the Hudson community since 1984, enriching early learners through play and a caring, stimulating environment. Here at the Hudson KinderCare, children, staff, and parents are all a part of a big family, who are committed to the highest quality of learning for children ages six weeks through twelve years. We are licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and are proud to say we are a Step Up to Quality Star 4 center.

Valerie Dudley, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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.

Monthly Activities

April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

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.

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

The teachers and staff at the Hudson KinderCare are passionate about enriching the lives of all children. Our teachers have an average tenure of 4.5 years. As a "Step Up to Quality Star 4" center, 50% of our lead teachers must possess at least an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. All of our staff are required to have ten hours of specialized training in Early Childhood Education annually, as well as maintain certification in First Aid, CPR, Communicable Disease, and Child Abuse Prevention. Our staff focuses on individualizing their daily curriculum to meet the needs of all of their students. They complete quarterly assessments on their students, as well as put together a wonderful portfolio to showcase your child's year. They also align their curriculum with the state of Ohio's Early Childhood Content Standards and the National Standards. 

  • Valerie Dudley

    Valerie Dudley, Center Director

    If you give someone a fish, you've feed them for a day. But if you teach someone to fish, you've feed them for a lifetime.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
    Year Started:
    10/25/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Master of Education
  • Katie Lange, Assistant Director

    Be the change you want to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi.

    I've been teaching for 21 years.  A majority of my career I've worked with ages 3 - 5 year olds. I've recently stepped into a management position and find that i love this as well.  My husband and I live in Mantua with our dog Ceri.

    Year Started:
    11/26/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 years
    Education:
    Associates in Child Development from Akron University
  • Ms. Liz

    Ms. Liz, Infant Classroom

    I love coming into the room and seeing the smiling faces and getting hugs from them!

    Ms. Liz has been working in child care since 2009. She has volunteered for Head Start, and taught 2 to 5 year old children in Akron and in Missouri while attending college. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from Evangel University in Missouri. She loves seeing children do something new for the first time, whether it's walking or learning colors.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Liz has experience teaching 2-5 year old children, volunteering at Head Start.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, Infants

    I love to see the new things children do, they grow so fast! I love babies, and believe they are all miracles!

    Nancy has worked here at KinderCare for the past 9 years and has spent most of her life caring for young children. She raised one daughter, and now enjoys spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren. In her spare time she likes to garden, shop flea markets and create crafts.

    Previous Experience:
    Nancy has run an in-home childcare service, worked at several other childcare facilities, and church nurseries.
    Year Started:
    5/22/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
  • Ms. Kaitlin

    Ms. Kaitlin, Junior Toddlers

    Children show me in their playful smiles, the divine in everyone. This simple goodness shines straight from their hearts and only asks to be lived" MJ

    Ms. Kaitlin lives in Cuyahoga Falls.  She first worked with the before and after school program at the YMCA as a counsler.  She then continued into becoming a private Nanny.  She moved forth with her career at Kidspace and then joined our KinderCare family in June of 2015.  Working with chidlren has inspired her to go back to school to get a degree in counselnig with a focus on Children and Family.  Her future goals are to become a counselor and work with children.  Kaitlin has a creative, bubbly and very fun personality.  She shows daily her eagerness to learn and to teach children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kaitlin has worked at the YMCA and at Kidspace. She has also had experience in the Nanny field.
    Year Started:
    6/22/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Miranda

    Ms. Miranda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love watching all of the students grow up. The hugs and smiles that I get when I enter any classroom always makes my day.

    Ms. Miranda is the lead teacher in the Discovery Preschool classroom. She has been with KinderCare since 2005 and has her Child Development Associate's Credential. Prior to beginning at KinderCare Ms. Miranda was a nanny. She is a mother of two active boys, which makes her a amazing teacher for her active two-year-old students. Ms. Miranda is an avid reader and loves reading to her students hoping to steer them into a lifetime love of reading. She always loves bringing in donated books to enhance all the classroom libraries. Ms. Miranda loves making class stories using the felt pieces with her students.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love my job! I get so much satisfaction knowing that I'm helping to positively shape these young children so they can be successful in all that they do.

    Ms. Katie is our lead Pre-Kindergarten Program Specialist. Ms. Katie has her Associate's Degree in Child Development from The University of Akron. Ms. Katie's honed style of teaching is evident in her classroom daily. She goes above and beyond to bring new, fun and challenging learning experiences to her classroom. Besides her instructional practices she implements daily to best prepare her students for kindergarten, Ms.Katie enjoys keeping her Dramatic Play center ever evolving and filled with new props and activities that keep it booming with wonderful social interactions.

    Year Started:
    11/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Cathy

    Ms. Cathy, Preschool

    I love having the opportunity to teach a child something new. Children love to learn and it is very rewarding to see their excitement when they learn something new or master a skill.

    Ms. Cathy is in the process of obtaining her degree in Child and Youth Development. She has a 3 year old and a 7 year old that attend the center. Ms. Cathy loves using play as a way to learn and develop new skills.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cathy previously worked at two other centers as a private kindergarten and a pre-kindergarten teacher.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Kitchen

    My favorite part of my job is knee-high hugs! I also love seeing all their accomplishments from rolling over for the first time to spelling their names and more!

    Ms. Lisa is the Health and Safety Coordinator. She prepares all of the nutritious meals served to the children each and every day!

    Year Started:
    5/1/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

About Our Center

Are you looking for childcare or before and after school care this Fall? We are gearing-up for a great Back-to-School season! With exciting and engaging curriculum in all of our classrooms, and educational and fun programs for school agers....KinderCare in Hudson is a great place for your family! And new this year, we are servicing families attending Streetsboro Schools! We are located near downtown Hudson, and just down the road from Stow and Streetsboro. Call, email, or stop-by for more information!

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

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 also 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. 

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.

My kids have been coming here for almost 7 years, and I love this center! The teachers at this center are wonderful, loving, and I know they really care about my children and my family. My 1st grader started kindergarten at an advanced reading and spelling level because of all the work done in preschool and pre-kindergarten on both of those skills. My 2 year old has so much fun at school everyday, and truly loves his teachers and friends!
- Mother
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