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Eden Road KinderCare

Ms. 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 & Shaeffer, Manheim School Disctrict provides transportation to and from Nitrauer and Landis Run

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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 a 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!

Ms. 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.


Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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

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 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 we 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

  • Ms. Elisia

    Ms. Elisia, Multi-age (Floater)

    Elisia has worked with all of our age specific classrooms for the past three years. She also teaches the Music Learning Adventures program.  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 and volunteered at other educational programs.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Bachelors of Science of the Bible, Child Development Associate
  • 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science Education
  • Miss Wendy

    Miss Wendy, Discovery Preschool

    A smile is worth a thousand words.

    Ms. Wendy has been working with KinderCare for 11 years starting in October of 2004.  Her home center is Willow Street, but she has also 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.

    I started working for KinderCare at the Willow Street facility in the Spring of 2011. I got pregnant with my daughter while working there and decided to take a year off with her.  When I came back to KinderCare, I transferred to the Eden facility because my family and I had moved. I started teaching in the Discovery Preschool room, but I am now the Preschool teacher. I enjoy spending time with my family and watching my daughter grow more and more everyday. I love challenging her and watching her succeed in everything she does. Everyday is a new challenge, weather at work or at home, but the best part of everyday is waking up to something new. Teaching children is teaching me to become more and I can be.

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

    Ms. Margo, Pre-Kindergarden

    If you can wake up excited about your day, even when there are clouds, you know real joy. Each and every child gets me out of bed. I'm blessed.

    Before joining KinderCare, Margo was in school to become a social worker. She has since began to work towards a degree in Early Childhood Education at HACC. Margo has returned full-time to work in the Pre-K classroom. For the past two years, Margo had been working full-time at Headstart as an assistant teacher in a K-4 classroom, while remaining at KinderCare part-time. Margo is excited to see her class excel as they prepare for Kindergarten.

    Previous Experience:
    Took two years to work for the Lancaster County Headstart Program as an assistant teacher.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Graduating with an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education (Pre-Teaching) this spring.
  • Mr. Dave

    Mr. 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 enjoys 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    41 years
    BA in Elementary Education
  • Miss Suzanne

    Miss Suzanne, Multi-age (Floater)

    Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see." -Mark Twain

    Miss Suzanne began working at KinderCare in November of 2014. She grew up in a military family and lived all over the world, which in turn taught her how to adapt to change and easily make new friendships. She always knew that she wanted to be a teacher, so she started to persue her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education back in 2008. She is currently teaching piano and voice lessons privately, and also works full time at KinderCare. She wants to inspire children to pursue their life calling by being able to express themselves freely and creatively. She believes that mutual respect and love between the teacher and child (as well as their families) can help make a safe haven for children to live and learn throughout their KinderCare experience. She currently works with children of all ages in the center, but you may see her mostly in the Infant classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Suzanne was a private nanny for multiple families. She volunteered as a camp counselor at Gretna Glen Camp and Retreat Center, and also taught private voice and piano lessons.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Pursuing Bachelor's in Music Education
  • Miss Alanna

    Miss Alanna, School Age

    The power of imagination makes us infinite." -John Muir

    Miss Alanna has been working at KinderCare since November 2014. She is currently taking classes with Rasmussen College to persue a Child Development Associate certificate (CDA). Miss  Alanna is passionate about literacy and teaching children the joys of reading. She is an author herself, and wants to inspire children to express themselves in reading and writing. Miss Alanna currently works with the School-Age children before and after school.

    Previous Experience:
    Alanna volunteered at the San Juan Bautista After-School Program and Summer Camp for over 4 years. She also worked at an IU-13 Summer Program and specializes in working with school-age students.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Worked as an after-school teacher in the city for 4 years.
  • Ms. Mattie

    Ms. Mattie, Infants

    I love working with children and their families!

    Ms. Mattie currently works in the Infant Room. She previously owned her own daycare, and then decided to persue her CDA. She was a preschool teacher at HeadStart for 22 years, and now is with us at KinderCare! She loves seeing the children's learning development and their progress!

    Previous Experience:
    Various Early Education courses, CDA
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Crystal

    Ms. Crystal, Toddlers

    You never know when you are making a memory!

    Crystal started working at Kindercare in May 2015. She is currently going back to school to obtain her post-baccalaureate teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education and loves practically applying the coursework in the classroom. Going to work usually seems more like fun and less like work. Crystal enjoys helping her students grow into individuals full of personality and character that they are. The most rewarding part of working with children is working day by day and finally reaching a goal or breakthrough.

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting, teaching horseback riding, journalism
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Bachelor's Degree in Professional Writing
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Pre-K

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin

    Ms. Jenny is new to our facility, but she has been working with young children for the last 10 years. Ms. Jenny is passionate about inspiring her students to use their imagination in dramatic play. Kindergarten readiness is her main focus in the Pre-K class.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Worked with children of special needs for 10 years.
  • Miss Amber

    Miss Amber, Multi-age (Floater)

    If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world." -Sister Elaine S. Dalton

    Amber has been at the center since this September. She is currently studying at Millersville University to become a teacher. She is majoring in Early Childhood and Special Education. She is very passionate about working with children and making a difference in their lives. In the classroom she enjoys singing, dancing and creating new things for the children to do. She brings her enthusiasm and joy with her to each classroom that she enters.

    Previous Experience:
    Elementary Internships, tutoring at a special needs summer camp, shadowing at Elementary schools.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Currently pursuing Bachelor's in Early Childhood and Special Education at Millersville University
  • Miss Marianna

    Miss Marianna, Multi-age (Floater)

    The best is yet to come...

    Marianna started working for KinderCare in November 2013. She just graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor's in Early Childhood and Special Education, and is excited to start working full-time in the Toddler room. Marianna wants to inspire her children to learn and grow as individuals and persue their dreams!

    Previous Experience:
    Marianna used to work full-time with 20 orphans from ages 0-12. She has a lot of experience with childcare and personal care, and just recently finished her Bachelor's in Early Childhood and Special Education.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat Who Wore a Pot On Her Head, by Jan Slepian
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science Education, Early Childhood and Special Education
  • Miss Alyssa

    Miss Alyssa, Discovery Preschool

    Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love." -Lao-Tzu

    Before joining KinderCare, Miss Alyssa went to Millersville University to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Psychology. She just started in August of 2015, and is very happy to now be a part of the KinderCare family! Miss Alyssa is working in the Discovery Preschool room as an assistant teacher, and loves to apply her schooling to the everyday care of the children. She specializes in the psychology of the children and wants to provide a safe-haven to the children and their families. The everyday challenges of working with the Discovery Preschool room is very rewarding for her, and she is excited to grow and be a part of each child's life in the center.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at Camp Jumpstart from 2006-2011 as a camp counselor for at-risk Kindergartners.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Pursuing a degree at Millersville University in Early Childhood Psychology.

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

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 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. Every parent receives a daily communication form, each classroom has a parent communication board and “What We Learned Today” boards 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. 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 quarterly review our center wide Allergy/Dietary Preference list. We adhere to strict center and classroom cleaning procedures and we are a 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 being caring and consistent with my children. We wish everyone the best and look forward to visiting!

- 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

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