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Lancaster KinderCare

Lisa Mowry, 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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Special Instructions:
across from Giant Foods on Centerville Rd

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

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Welcome

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!

Lisa Mowry, 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.

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

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.

Math

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.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Spanish

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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Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Wednesday August 05, 2015
    1. Field Trip - Hershey Chocolate World

  2. Thursday August 06, 2015
    1. Field Trip - Prestige Gymnastics

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 Stars training events.

The true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning!
  • Lisa Mowry

    Lisa Mowry, Center Director

    Wisdom begins with wonder."

    Socrates

    Lisa earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Millersville University and Master's Degree in Educational Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia where she continued her studies as a doctoral candidate in Psychological and Organizational Leadership Studies in Education. While attending graduate school, Lisa was a substitute teacher at the elementary, middle school and high school level. She also worked with the Autism Education Research Institute as a Therapist, Behavioral Specialist and Instructor. Lisa has experience teaching in Higher Education at Temple University, Harrisburg Area Community College and Penn State University where she has worked with both traditional and special needs students. Lisa is passionate about social and cognitive development from early-childhood through young adulthood. In joining the KinderCare team, Lisa feels privileged to spend each day with smiling children while mentoring and coaching an amazing team of teachers.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Education
  • 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 twelve years ago as a PreKindergarten teacher. Her work in the PreK 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:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Alyssa

    Ms. Alyssa, Health & Safety Coordinator, Kindergarten and Jr. Summer Camp Teacher

    To watch a child gain independence based on what you taught them is a great feeling!

    Alyssa joined KinderCare in 2012 as our PreKindergarten teacher and Health and Safety Coordinator. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Immaculata University and holds teaching certifications in both Elementary Education and Special Education. In August 2013 Alyssa was promoted to our private Kindergarten classroom as our Kindergarten Teacher. She has worked at child development centers in Brussels, Belgium and Key West, Florida and Pennsylvania. Alyssa has taught preschool, PreK and Kindergarten and has worked with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs clients as a teacher, a therapist and a supervisor at a behavioral and mental health agency. Alyssa's passion is working with special needs children. Since joining the KinderCare team, she has made it her mission to positively touch the life of each child at our center.

    Year Started:
    11/1/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Certified in Elementary Education and Special Education
  • 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:
    10/13/2014
  • 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:
    6/29/2015
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Blair, Floater

    Year Started:
    4/30/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • 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:
    7/16/2015
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education & Special Education
  • Miss Deanna

    Miss Deanna, Floater

    Miss Deanna joins us again this summer as a teacher in all classrooms.

    Year Started:
    7/6/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Miss Sarah SJ

    Miss Sarah SJ, Floater

    Miss Sarah is currently working on her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education at Millersville University. She recently started at KinderCare and loves interacting with the children. She loves spending time with her family, playing instruments and reading a good book!

    Year Started:
    7/16/2015
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education & Special Education
  • Miss Alyssa

    Miss Alyssa, Infant Teacher

    Miss Alyssa attended Eastern University for Early Childhood Education. She teaches Sunday School at her church for all ages. She is passionate about watching children learn and grow. Miss Alyssa loves working with the babies in our Infant room!

    Year Started:
    6/18/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    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:
    6/22/2015
  • Miss Rhianna

    Miss Rhianna, Kindergarten/School Age

    Miss Rhianna attends Millersville University for 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:
    6/15/2015
  • Miss Lexi, Part Time Teacher

    Year Started:
    6/29/2015
  • Miss Dani E.

    Miss Dani E., Part-Time

    Miss Dani joined our staff as a part-time teacher while earning her Early Childhood Education degree at Millersville University.

    Year Started:
    7/31/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Brittany

    Miss Brittany, 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:
    11/1/2014
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Danielle

    Miss Danielle, Pre-Kindergarten

    Miss Danielle graduated from Millersville University with a degree in English and a minor in Journalism. She has been with us for several months now and LOVES teaching her Pre-K class! Miss Danielle loves country music and volunteering at her church with special needs children.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in English & Journalism
  • Miss Laura

    Miss Laura, Preschool

    Miss Laura graduated from West Chester University in 2012 with her degree in Elementary Education. She is expecting her first baby in September. She enjoys family time and being outside.

    Year Started:
    7/20/2015
  • Miss Colbee

    Miss Colbee, Preschool Teacher

    Miss Colbee went to Millersville University for Early Childhood Education. She enjoys to travel, going hiking and spending time with her family. Miss Colbee loves her time spend with her students here at KinderCare!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Mr. Christian, School Age

    Year Started:
    6/15/2015
  • Miss Shelah R.

    Miss Shelah R., School Age Teacher

    Miss Shelah graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education and Fine Arts. She uses her passion for education to teach art to all classes and plan art activities for the School Age students. In her spare time, Shelah enjoys taking photographs, painting, reading, and drinking tea.

    Year Started:
    8/31/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Art Education
  • Miss Sarah

    Miss Sarah, Toddler Teacher

    Miss Sarah graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education and Fine Arts. Sarah enjoys hiking and photography.

    Year Started:
    10/13/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Art Education
  • Ms. Lindsay

    Ms. Lindsay, Preschool Teacher

    Lindsay joins the Lancaster KinderCare staff as a part-time teacher in our Preschool classroom. Lindsay is currently attending Millersville University with a dual major of Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She is an active student member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) and Millersville University's Early Childhood Education Organization.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Early Childhood and Special Education student at Millersville University
  • Ms. Sandra

    Ms. Sandra, Discovery Preschool Teacher

    I love coming to work every day to see the childrens' smiling faces and for the hugs they give me.

    Sandra attended Lancaster County Career & Technology Center for Early Childhood Education and earned her Child Development Associate Credential at Ellis College. Prior to working at KinderCare Sandra was the Nursery Director at her church for 10 years and also worked at the Lancaster Preparatory School. She is proud to make a difference in a child's life and see her student's expressions as they accomplish a new goal. Sandra enjoys walking, time with family and friends, and watching the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Year Started:
    10/10/2003
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Theresa

    Ms. Theresa, Discovery Preschool Teacher

    Theresa attended Susquehanna University where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Music Education with a Saxophone emphasis. Stop by during special events and you may just hear the sweet sound of the saxophone playing at Lancaster KinderCare! Theresa enjoys reading, time outdoors, and visiting with her family and friends.

    Year Started:
    7/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Music Education / Saxophone
  • Ms. Patty

    Ms. Patty, Toddler Teacher

    Patty attended Millersville University where she earned her Bachelor's of Science in Education (BSE) Degree in Art Education. Patty is an award-winning photographer and has had her work shown in many galleries. She brings with her an artistic creativity that brings our center alive!  Patty loves everything about photography and the creative arts. Miss Patty and her husband are expecting their first child this August!

    Year Started:
    4/26/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Art 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:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nikki

    Ms. Nikki, Infant Teacher

    I love watching the children grow as they learn how to crawl, walk, and say their first words!

    Nikki has been at KinderCare 21 years as a teacher and as an Assistant Director. She has also worked at an elementary school and in her church's nursery.

    Year Started:
    9/1/1992
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Minda

    Ms. Minda, Infant Teacher

    Year Started:
    2/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential

August 2015 Events

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  1. Wednesday August 05, 2015
    1. Field Trip - Hershey Chocolate World

  2. Thursday August 06, 2015
    1. Field Trip - Prestige Gymnastics

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

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

- 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

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

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

- Mother
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