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Lancaster KinderCare

Tammy Dunlap, Center Director

595 Centerville Rd. Lancaster PA 17601
(717) 898-8426 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We provide transportation to Hambright, Centerville, Mountville, Rohrerstown, Landisville and Farmdale Elementary Schools. Please contact our center for details.


Thank you for your interest in Lancaster KinderCare, where your child's safety and learning is our top priority! Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as Science and Sensory and Library and Language in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. In addition, our amazing teachers use their own early childhood education knowledge to enhance and enrich each area of the classroom to help the children discover and explore the world around them. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning! Allow us to help provide your child with the knowledge that will last them a lifetime!

Tammy Dunlap, 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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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?

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Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Lancaster KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. 
Our teachers have an average tenure of five years at our center and an average of fifteen years in early childhood education. We have earned degrees and teaching certificates in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, Music Education, Art Education, Psychology, Physical Education, and Educational Psychology. We are also proud to have several teachers who have continued their education and earned their Child Development Associate credential. Our KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education opportunities such as semi-annual professional development days, additional college coursework and seminars in education, as well as NAEYC and PA Keystone Stars training opportunities.
The true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning!

  • Tammy Dunlap, Center Director

  • Tammy Dunlap

    Tammy Dunlap, Assistant Director

    My daily inspiration is watching a child's eyes light up when they have learned a new skill or made a new discovery!

    Tammy earned her bachelor's degree in hotel and restaurant management from Penn State University and is currently attending Rasmussen College pursuing her child development associate credential. She began her career in Early Childhood Education 13 years ago as a Prekindergarten teacher. Her work in the Prekindergarten classroom sparked her love of teaching! Tammy then went on to teach Kindergarten in a private school for five years where she was promoted to the position of Assistant Director and then Director while she and her family lived in Virginia. Since returning to Pennsylvania and joining the KinderCare team, Tammy has made it her priority to build meaningful relationships with all of our students and their families.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Miss Colbee

    Miss Colbee, Health & Safety Coordinator, Kindergarten Classroom

    Miss Colbee attended Millersville University where she earned her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys  travel, going hiking and spending time with her family. Miss Colbee loves her time spent with her students here at KinderCare!

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Shelah

    Miss Shelah, School Age Classroom

    Miss Shelah graduated from Millersville University with a bachelor's degree in art education and fine arts. She leads our School Age Summer Camp and Academic-Year program. In her spare time, Shelah enjoys taking photographs, painting, reading, and drinking tea.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Art Education
  • Miss Sammy

    Miss Sammy, School Age Classroom

    Miss Sammy graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in fine arts. She enjoys archery and being in the outdoors.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Miss Jamie

    Miss Jamie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Miss Jamie graduated from Richard Stockon College with a degree in Education and Sociology. She enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Miss Brianna

    Miss Brianna, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Miss Brianna graduated Millersville University with a degree in Sociology and Criminology. She enjoys traveling to the beach and being with her friends.

  • Miss Lori

    Miss Lori, Preschool Classroom

    Miss Lori graduated from West Chester and Eastern Universities with degrees in Sports Medicine and Health and Physical Education. She enjoys spending time with her family.

  • Miss Sarah Z

    Miss Sarah Z, Preschool Classroom

    Miss Sarah graduated from Millersville University with a degree in early childhood and special education. She enjoys reading and spending time with her two dogs.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Miss Danielle

    Miss Danielle, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Miss Danielle graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in social work. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

  • Miss Erica

    Miss Erica, Toddler Classroom

    Miss Erica graduated from IUP with a degree in Sociology and Child Development. She enjoys taking her dog to the dog park.

    Year Started:
  • Miss Danni

    Miss Danni, Toddler Teacher

    Miss Dani joined our staff in 2014 as a part-time teacher while earning her Early Childhood Education degree at Millersville University. Upon graduation in December 2016, Danni was promoted to Toddler Teacher.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Nikki

    Miss Nikki, Infant Classroom

    Miss Nikki has been with KinderCare for over 20 years as a teacher. She enjoys scrap booking, the outdoors, and spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Miss Minda

    Miss Minda, Infant Teacher

    Miss Minda has worked at KinderCare for several years in the nursery. She enjoys baking, music, and spending time with her kids.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Susan K.

    Ms. Susan K., Center Cook

    Miss Susan comes to us with a background as a pastery chef and a love of interacting with students! She has talked to our preschool and prekindergarten classes about being a chef and how to make delicious desserts!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Miss Brittany B.

    Miss Brittany B., Part-Time Teacher

    Miss Brittany is currently attending Millersville University for her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. She is also an Assistant Instructor for the Red Lion Area Senior High School Color Guard. Brittany enjoys reading, running, and spending time with family and friends.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Marlena

    Miss Marlena, Kindergarten/School Age

    Miss Marlena joins us as a part time teacher's aid from Penn Manor High School. She is working with us through a work-study program at her school to gain credit towards her higher education goals of becoming a teacher!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Miss Samantha

    Miss Samantha, Discovery Preschool

    Miss Samanta is a recent graduate of Hempfield High School. In the fall she will attend Elizabethtown College to major in Early Childhood Education. Samantha is thrilled to be back at KinderCare, as she was a student here when she was younger! Samantha loves to dance, sing, and spend time with family and friends.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Blair, Floater

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Miss Courtney

    Miss Courtney, Floater

    Miss Courtney is currently in her senior year at Millersville University studying Early Childhood and Special Education. She is originally from Bel Air, MD and enjoys being active and outdoors. She likes kayaking and volunteers at a theraputic riding center.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Early Childhood Education & Special Education
  • Ms. Georgia

    Ms. Georgia, Part Time Teacher

    Georgia is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. While at college, Georgia competed for the California University Swim Team. She also coaches USA swimming for the Diplomat Swim Club at Franklin & Marshall College where she swam before attending college. Georgia enjoys reading, traveling and hiking. Miss Georgia teaches kindergarten in Tennessee during the school year, and joins us during the summer months while she is here coaching her swim team!

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Rhianna

    Miss Rhianna, Summer Camp Teacher

    Miss Rhianna graduated from Millersville University with her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. She loves working with children of all ages, but spends most of her time with School Age and Kindergarten. She loves playing volleyball and being outside.

    Year Started:
    2 Years

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

SNOW DELAY ALERT for Monday January 25, 2016

KinderCare Learning Centers located at CENTERVILLE ROAD, WEST YORK, EAST YORK, and CHARTER LANE are on a snow delay and will open at 10:00 am on Monday January 25, 2016

SNOW DELAY ALERT for Monday January 25, 2016

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Our Center observes the following holidays

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day
We are also closed for Professional Development -teacher in-service days on Columbus Day and President's 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 KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. A door bell is available for visitors who will be greeted by a center staff member. At Lancaster KinderCare we even have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site. Ms Alyssa's duties as Health and Safety Coordinator include conducting monthly fire drills and disaster drills, ensuring that all staff are First Aid and CPR certified, and maintaining high cleanliness and safety standards.

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.

I wouldn't think about taking my children anywhere but to Lancaster KinderCare! My children had never been in childcare and we were all very anxious at first. Lisa, Tammy and the Discovery Preschool, Preschool, and PreK teachers made all the difference by making us feel safe and welcome! My son and daughter LOVE LOVE LOVE all of the staff and are excited every day to tell me what they've learned. Thank you KinderCare!

- Mother

The Kindergarten teacher is always keeping me updated on things going on on with my son. I love how open she is and that you can tell she truly cares about the kids.

- Mother

I am impressed with how fast my son is learning. He writes his name legibly already!

- Mother

The care for my son has been wonderful. I love the daily reports and updates and the organized process of the room!

- Mother

My daughter's teacher always has time to spend with parents, speaking about the little things our Infants need. She is caring and demonstrates that in her communication.

- Mother

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