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Kettering KinderCare

Ashley Noble, Center Director

1111 East Stroop Rd. Kettering OH 45429
(937) 293-1067 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at Stroop & Marshall

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Kettering City Schools: Southdale, Orchard Park, Oakview, Beavertown, JFK, JE Prass, Greenmont, Indian Riffle Dayton Public Schools: Horace Mann

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Welcome

 We're thrilled that you have taken the first step towards your child's early learning years. Our center has been serving the city of Kettering and the surrounding communities since 1976.  If you have done your homework and have researched center after center, you're probably wondering what makes us so different? Different families choose different schools for different reasons. So why should you choose ours? We are confident that once you walk through the door you will see, hear and feel the learning. Our goal from day one is to partner with you to better prepare your child for school. Whether your child has their first step, first words, first lost tooth or First grade on the horizon, we'll be with them every step of the way. Come in for a visit; we're sure you'll want to stay!

Ashley Noble, 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.

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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Each one of us is excited to help your child through their early learning years. Collectively we have over 189 years of experience and we are here because we believe that early learning is necessary for your child to succeed. We look forward to working with your family to help your child learn and grow!

  • Ashley Noble

    Ashley Noble, Center Director

    I call my students "my kids" because in our time together they aren't just my students, they're my family.

    I am so excited to be a part of the KinderCare family!  I was born and bred in Dayton, Oh and my husband and I continue to live in the Kettering area. I actually look forward to my son growing and learning in this area as well. I cannot wait to meet you all and introduce our family to yours!

    Previous Experience:
    Ashley has a business background having been in sales management for the past seven years. She is so excited to be joining the early childhood education field.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    4/12/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    AA, CDA
  • Heather Taylor

    Heather Taylor, Assistant Director

    Without the darkness, you wouldn't see the stars.

    My name is Heather and I am the assistant director. I have worked for KinderCare since 2007. I started out as a pre-kindergarten teacher, moved up to the assistant position in 2008 and I have also been an acting center director. I have worked at 6 KinderCares in our community and love meeting new people and being in different center positions. I currently have my CDA and I am attending classes at Sinclair Community College to obtain my Early Childhood Education associates degree. I have been married to my husband Chris since Feb. 2003 and we have five wonderful children!

    Previous Experience:
    I started my career at KinderCare as a preschool teacher in 2007 and was promoted to assistant of the Governour's Square center in 2009. I have been at the KinderCare location as the AD since March of 2014.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    5/29/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    CDA, currently enrolled at Sinclair in the ECE program. Will receive AA in 2016.
  • Miss Nancy

    Miss Nancy, Infant

    Miss Nancy was a home child care provider for over 20 years before coming to work with our infants in the summer of 2012. She has a very gentle spirit and way with the children. We appreciate the years of experience she brings to the room. Miss Nancy is currently working towards acheiving her CDA credential.

    Previous Experience:
    Home Care Provider for over 20 years!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Hand, Hand, Finger, Thumb
    Year Started:
    7/21/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ashley, Infant Classroom

    At a young age, Ashley knew she wanted to be a caregiver.  After there years in the field she is still so excited to come to work everyday.  Ashley loves her job and the children that she serves!

    Previous Experience:
    Ashley has previously worked as a gymnastics Instructor at the YMCA Pre-Teen Center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
    Year Started:
    6/22/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associates of Arts
  • Miss Rebecca

    Miss Rebecca, Infant

    The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms Becky has previously worked for OakCreek Preschool where she taught for 15 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Polar Express
    Year Started:
    10/6/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
  • Miss Shirley, Infant Classroom

    If Life Deals you Lemons-then make Lemonade

    Ms Shirley and her husband used to motorcycle (she insists she was a co-rider) and traveled to areas ranging from Nova Scotia, Wyoming, and Colorado.  She has also traveled to Europe three times to visit their foreign exchange student and their family.  She has 4 children and 4 grandchildren who she loves dearly!

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Shirley has been a caseworker for Wood County Welfare Dept for over 20 years. She has been a substituted teacher for Centerville and for Kettering schools
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    10/15/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Bachelors from Heidelburg University
  • Miss Sheena Thomas

    Miss Sheena Thomas, Toddler

    Year Started:
    2/6/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    CDA
  • Miss Rebecca

    Miss Rebecca, Discovery Preschool

    Miss Becca has such a fun room! As our lead Discovery Preschool teacher, she really does 'lead' the class with her experience and entusiasm! Spend a day in Miss Becca's room and you'll have lots to share when you get home!

    Year Started:
    1/5/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    CDA
  • Miss Cayla, Toddler Classroom

    Don't worry about a thing, because every little thing is going to be alright.

    Cayla was actually adopted from Russia when she was a baby!  Once in America she grew up in Kettering, OH where at 16 she started working with children and absolutely loves it.  She is so excited about being at the KinderCare family!

    Previous Experience:
    Cayla has worked at the YMCA where she was a gymnastics counselor for four years!
    Year Started:
    2/19/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Meredith, Preschool Classroom

    You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.

    Meredith was born and raised in a small town in Indiana.  After also living in Kentucky for three years, Meredith made the decision to move to Kettering, Ohio and we are so happy she did!  A graduate from Hanover College in 2010, Meredith has two nieces ( 5 and 2 years of age) and a god-son.

    Previous Experience:
    Meredith taught preschool in Kentucky for two and a half years, and Assistant at Alternative school, a Foster Care Case Manager, and taught 6 summers of TYMCA overnight camp!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "There's a Bird on my Head" by Mo Williams
    Year Started:
    5/9/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    BA in Psychology and CDA
  • Miss Kyrie Ross

    Miss Kyrie Ross, School Age

    Do or Do Not. There is No Try.

    Previous Experience:
    Kyrie has worked fro KinderCare for three years! before that she had multiple jobs of babysitting as well starting around 2002.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    9/27/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Currently working toward AA in ECE at Sinclair
  • Miss Shannon Daniels

    Miss Shannon Daniels, PreKindergarten

    P.U.S.H.- Pray Until Something Happens

    Miss Shannon is celebrating her 10th year at this KinderCare location this year! Shannon's PreK classroom is always hopping! Whether they're doing an ooey gooey science experiment, practicing their letter of the week in their literacy journals, or doing morning yoga.....these kids have always got something to keep them learning!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms Shannon has worked with children for over 24 years, including 3 of her own!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Three Little Tortillas
    Year Started:
    10/11/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    CDA
  • Miss Hanaa Najjar

    Miss Hanaa Najjar, Preschool

    Integrity is choosing your own thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain.

    Miss Hanaa is one of our newest team members, but comes to us with much experience. Hanaa just received her Master's in Education and has helped the chidlren in the Preschool room so much in the short time she has been with us.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms Hanaa has had several jobs when it comes to teaching. She has taught Arabic as a second language, she has been an art teacher from 5th to 9th grade and has also worked for Early Beginnings before making the move to KinderCare!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Wacky Wednesday
    Year Started:
    10/10/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Masters
  • Mr. Marc, School Age Classroom

    I'm what I am and I'm what I'm not.  And I'm sure happy with what I've got. I live to love and laugh a lot. And that's all I need.

    Growing up with his mom who was a 6th grade teacher, Marc always had an interest in education.  Making kids smile and making their better, he feels, makes his day as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Marc was part of the Early Childhood program at Fairmont. That program allowed him to volunteer at KECEC where he helped teachers with different activities and came up with some on his own as well.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 1/2
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Miss Karen

    Miss Karen, Cook

    You have been my friend. replied Charlotte. That in itself is a tremendous thing.

    Miss Karen has held many positions at the center, including Toddler teacher. She has been the cook for over 10 years and loves providing the children and staff with yummy food and special treats!

    Previous Experience:
    Karen has been working since she was in high school. After she graduated she started at WPAFB. She then started trying to help working mothers by providing in home child care while her own children were young.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Charlotte's Web
    Year Started:
    9/17/1990
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    CDA

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Welcome to Kettering KinderCare!

Awards and Recognition

  • NAC

    NAC

  • Excellence in Customer Service

    Excellence in Customer Service

  • Healthy Child Care Award of Excellence

    Healthy Child Care Award of Excellence

  • SUTQ

    SUTQ

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

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

The health and safety of your children is your #1 priority; it's no different for us. From a keyed enterway, with codes given only to enrolled families to the brand new Smart System fire panel and smoke detectors installed in June of 2013 we maintain our high safety standards. Each staff member is trained in First Aid, CPR, Communicable Disease and Child Abuse Recognition and Awarness.

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 daughter has been attending KinderCare since she was 6 weeks old and I have seen her change and grow everyday. It seems like yesterday that she was in the infant room and now that she is headed to Kindergarten, I know that she has learned all of the skills that she needs to be successful her first year of school. My family has KinderCare to thank for that!

- Father
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