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Eden Road KinderCare

Malika Lucas, Center Director

600-G Eden Rd. Lancaster PA 17601
(717) 569-0761 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
"Off Eden Rd. and Crooked Oak Dr." in the Crooked Oak Village

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Brecht, Neff & Shaffer, Manheim School Disctrict provides transportation to and from Nitrauer

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Welcome to Eden Road Kindercare located in Lancaster! We are excited that you are interested in our learning center! We take pride in the quality of care and excellent customer service we provide and are eager to show  to you and your family what makes our school so special! It is the passion and desire of our team of highly trained and qualified professionals to work with every child. We help them discover, explore, and grow each day while also creating and safe and inviting atmosphere. We welcome you to come visit our center, meet our enthusiastic teachers and experience our interactive, fun-filled classrooms! We look forward to meeting you soon!

Malika Lucas, Center Director

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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.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?


Teachers & Staff

Welcome to Eden Road KinderCare in Lancaster! We are very excited to meet with you and your children and introduce our family to yours!  We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.

Our family of educators lives our KinderCare service values everyday and we work together to make our center warm and welcoming. As partners in your child's growth and success we know the importance of building great relationships and communicating with our families.  We spend the time to learn and respond to the unique needs and interests of children and genuinely care about every child in our center.

Your child will not only have a safe, secure and stimulating environment in which to learn, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for nurturing and educating children.

Come watch how learning comes to life!!

- Malika Lucas, Center Director

  • Danielle Wink

    Danielle Wink, Assistant Director

    My passion is watching the children grow and succeed. I love seeing them walk in every day with a smile on their face, ready for a new day ahead. I love their "ah ha" moments when they finally understand something. I love just seeing them every day and knowing that I am making a difference in their lives.

    Danielle graduated from Penn State University in May 2010. After graduation she started with KinderCare in November 2010. She started off as the Prekindergarten teacher, moved to Preschool teacher, and is currently our Assistant Director since July 2011. Danielle has also worked with our Summer Camp program, and is one of our certified bus drivers. She is passionate about her job. She aways has a smile on her face when she works with the children. She is creative in the classroom with the activities she does with the children and the displays she makes for our learning centers.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Bachelor's in Elementary Education; Certified to teach Kindergarten to Sixth grade.
  • Ms. Tasneem, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Tasneem has been teaching for the past 30 years. First, teaching preschool through fifth grade in Pakistan. When she moved to the United States, she was hired jointly as an assistant teacher for special education and for second grade at an elementary school in Virginia. In 2010, she moved to Lancaster, PA; after working for two other child care centers, she joined KinderCare on November 3, 2014.

    Previous Experience:
    Government Girls College, Sheikupura, Pakistan
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
  • Ms. Elisia

    Ms. Elisia, Infant Classroom

    Elisia has worked with the Discovery Preschool and Preschool classrooms for the past two years. She was also the Learning Adventures teacher for our center. Currently, she is our Infant teacher, working with and nurturing our most precious babies. She has worked with children since she was 13 years old. Elisia started by being a helper at her church's vacation bible school program. She began babysitting and volunteering for many years until she found her place with our KinderCare family. Elisia minored in music performance, so nothing makes her happier than moving around, singing and playing instruments. She enjoys teaching and learning with her class about shapes, colors, nutrition and the world around us. Elisia truly loves her job and the children and co-workers she sees every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Elisia volunteered at Schriber Pediatrics day care. She also had an internship at Burrows Elementary an volunteered at other places.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Bachelors of Science of the Bible with several Education classes
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Toddler Classroom

    I love watching children cross milestones and learn.  Being a part of their growing experiences is very fulfilling!

    Ms. Sarah decided she wanted to go to college for Early Childhood/Elementary Education after high school because she loves working with kids. As her courses started and continued she fell in love with the field more and more.  She has worked for Chesterbrook Academy, Steps to Success, Hildebrandt Learning Center and now with KinderCare learning Center. She has enjoyed her time at KinderCare with the children, applying her knowledge and experience and learning new things as she grows!  Ms. Sarah currently serves as the Lead Toddler teacher.  Her classroom is bursting with learning!  A must see!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Sarah's early experiences including babysitting children in her family and volunteering at Camp Swatara in Bethel, PA. She has been in the early childhood field working with children for 5 years.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • Lori

    Lori, Discovery Preschool

    I touch the future, I teach.

    Ms. Lori has been involved in Early Childhood Education for 18 years serving as both a teacher and as a center director.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Millersville University.  Ms. Lori is currently lead teacher in the Discovery Preschool classroom, but she has teaching experience in all of the classrooms.  Outside of work, Lori is married.  She has three children and is also a grandma.  She spends a large part of her free time attending her children's athletic events.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science Education
  • Wendy, Discovery Preschool

    A smile is worth a thousand words.

    Ms. Wendy has been working with KinderCare for 10 years starting in October of 2004.  Her home center is Willow Street, but she has enjoyed time with the Charter Lane center.  She is proud to have made the Eden Road center her home.  Before starting work at KinderCare she worked at Herman's Day Care Center and at Rising Sun.  After graduating from High school she earned her position as assistant group supervisor; having completed her senior year in Child Development.  While working at KinderCare she earned her CDA (Child Development Associate).  Also in her Junior year of high school she worked with two little sisters as a member of the Big Sister Program.

    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Tasha

    Ms. Tasha, Preschool Classroom

    To love and be loved is the greatest joy on Earth.

    Tasha is a 31 years old mother of six. She has five step-children and one child of her own. When she looks back at all the challenges they have had as a family and what they have been through together, she realizes it has made her the person she is today.  Tasha is a very family-oriented person and she loves spending time with them. She has always wanted to work with children and to have some of her own. Tasha has accomplished both of these things and feels her life is complete! It is full of love. What more could anyone ask for?

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tasha previously worked for a Learning Center as well as Schreiber Pediatrics.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Margo

    Ms. Margo, Part-time Teacher

    Our patience will achieve more than our force." - Edmond Burke

    Ms. Margo has been with KinderCare for the last four years in the Discovery Preschool classroom and most recently with our School Age children. She has found that working with children has made her a better person. She feels that she learns something brand new every day from the children who she works with. They inspired Margo to change her major from Social Work to Early Childhood Education. Children have inspired her to embrace her natural beauty by allowing her hair to be in its natural state. Children have also helped Margo to think outside of the box. It takes a very special and patient person to work in this field and she feels blessed to be one of those people!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Margo has volunteered at the Milagro House and baby sat over the last several years.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Dave

    Dave, Cook

    Stay young at heart - work with children!

    Education is a very important part of Mr. Dave's life.  He has worked in public education for35 years with 18 of those years in Kindergarten.  Dave has worked the past 6 years in preschool.  he has a lovely wife, Beth and a grown daughter. Dave enjpys the following fiber arts: knitting, cross stitch, spinning, weaving, rug puncher/hooker, bobbin lacer and crochette.  He is very active in the local "Spinners and Weavers Guild",  "Red Rows KNitting GUild" and "Liberty Lacers" out of Philadelphia.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Dave has worked in the field of Elementary education for 35 years and in Preschool education for the past 6 years.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    41 years
    BA in Elementary Education

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About Our Center

Top 10 Reasons to choose Eden Road KinderCare…..

10. We will welcome you into our family and help you feel at home from the beginning.
9. Our teachers are committed to Early Childhood Education.  We take PRIDE in what we do.  We are so much more than babysitters!!
8. Our teachers complete 24 hours of training each year in addition to holding degrees or certificates in Early Childhood, Elementary or Secondary education.  These training sessions are specifically chosen based on their individual professional development needs.  They are always working to move forward in their knowledge of early childhood.
7. We have committed long-term teachers.  We are professionals who have chosen early childhood as our careers.
6. This center has attained NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accreditation and we are actively involved in the Keystone STARS quality initiatives.  We are currently a 4 STAR center; the highest level attainable.  We are always striving to get better and live by these and the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards every day.
5. Families are welcome into our center at anytime.  We value and welcome your input and participation.
4. Each classroom has a parent communication board and “What We Learned Today” posters so you can always see what your child does during the day.
3. Our teachers receive 40 additional hours of training even before they enter the classroom.
2. The health and safety of your child is our number one priority.  Teachers participate in regular health and safety trainings.  Check out our health and safety information board to see what we are learning.
1. Come and spend time with us!  We are very proud of our family environment.  We are confident that you will see the Eden Road KinderCare difference!!

KinderCare… Where Lifetime Learning Begins

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day and Friday following, Christmas Day, New Years Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day

Health and Safety

At Eden Road Kindercare, safety is our top priority, and we have stringent safety procedures to ensure all children and protected throughout the day. We utilize keypad entry to our building, which is only given to parents, and all other access doors are locked. If visitors wish to enter we have a doorbell, and a member of our management team will greet them. Also, we have a fenced and locked playground. Every teacher in our building is CPR/First Aid certified. We also conduct monthly fire and disaster drills.  We keep and biannually review our center wide Allergy/Dietary Preference list. We adhere to strict center and classroom cleaning procedures and we are totally nut-free center. All procedures are monitored by Lori Shorter, our Health and Safety coordinator.

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 a student at KinderCare since she was one year old.  She has hypotonia and has special physical needs including both fine and gross motor and speech difficulties.  I was very worried about placing her in group care because I didn't believe that anyone could take care of her like I could.  I knew that she needed more support than other kids her own age and I had difficulty trusting that anyone else could provide the patience and cooperation and support.  I could not be happier with the way she has grown and been cared for at KinderCare.  With the help of her therapists has learned self help and self care skills including feeding and walking while a student at KinderCare.  She is learning more social skills like cooperating and sharing.  Her speech has greatly improved as well as her use of ASL (American Sign Language).  I have no doubt that without the safe and secure learning environment and individualized attention the teachers there share with her, she would not be as successful as she now is!

- Mother

Thank you for easing my fears and helping me transition so smoothly with my first foster child placement!  I appreciated your smile and help along the way.  You are great at what you do!

- foster parent

Thank you so much for allowing me to visit Ms. Kate's, Ms. Lori's and Ms. Wendy's classrooms and for taking the time to answer my questions.  By doing these tasks, I am learning so much about Early Childhood Education.  This helps me so much with my HACC studies!  I appreciate you taking the time!

- student

Thank you for being caring and consistent with my children. We wish everyone the best and look forward to visiting!

- Mother

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