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Polaris Parkway KinderCare

Darcie Schofield, Center Director

8694 Oak Creek Dr. Lewis Center OH 43035
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Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
"Polaris to E. Powell left onto Oak Creek Pkwy."

Neighborhood:
Oak Creek

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Oak Creek, Olentangy Meadows, Arrowhead, Glen Oak, Alum Creek.

Our center has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children since 2004. We are proud to provide high quality education and care for our community.

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Welcome

Welcome to Polaris Parkway KinderCare. Our experts designed every activity and lesson to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.

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!

Darcie Schofield, 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

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.

Teachers & Staff

Our staff has over 200 years of combined experience. As a NAEYC accredited center each Teacher is trained in CPR and First Aid, rather than one trained person present as required by state licensing regulations. We encourage you to visit our center to see all the ways we go above and beyond for our families!

  • Darcie Schofield

    Darcie Schofield, Center Director

    I hope to provide a center experience that fosters a developmentally appropriate enviroment for children, a feeling of confidence and partnership for families, and a rewarding experience for Teachers and Staff. I believe that well educated, happy teachers create well educated, happy children.

    Darcie began her career with KinderCare in 1997 as a Preschool Teacher. She headed a training classroom and was recognized as an Honor Teacher. In 2001 she became a Center Director in our Cleveland Market. Darcie transferred to the Polaris location in 2003 and has been the Center Director there for more than 10 years. Darcie has supported NAEYC accreditation standards as both a Teacher and as a Center Director, leading her team through accreditation and maintaining accreditation. Darcie is an Accreditation and Programming Quality Team Leader for KinderCare and supports her district with accreditation providing high-quality programs. She serves on the Elite Center Director team for her region, as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Darcie previously taught Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten before becoming a Center Director in 2001. She also has experience working with infants and toddlers.
    Year Started:
    1/13/1997
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child & Family Psychology
  • Megan Reed

    Megan Reed, Assistant Director

    As a Toddler Teacher I was able to see the children grow and learn every day. I loved knowing I played a part in that development. As the Assistant Director I'm able to see all of the children in our center develop. It's a great feeling to be a part of so many children's lives.

    Megan earned a Bachelor's degree in Special Education and began her career by participating in an internship teaching elementary special education. She worked with Special Needs adults with Delaware County MRDD before coming to KinderCare. Megan started in our Toddler program and was soon promoted to Infant and Toddler Program Specialist and then Assistant Director. Megan spends time both in and out of the classroom during her day, and enjoys her time with the children most of all! She enjoys attending field trips with the kindergarten class. Megan is well versed in NAEYC accreditation standards and supports the center staff in maintaining standards. Her favorite part of her job is seeing the children grow and learn each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Megan worked with Toddlers for five years. She also has experience with infants through school age children.
    Year Started:
    4/22/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Special Educaiton
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Infant

    I love working with infants because they achieve so many exciting milestones within the first eighteen months of life. I enjoy that every day in the infant room is different than the day before. The children grow and learn more each day and I love being a part of their development.

    Rachel has been a part of the KinderCare team since August 2013 in the infant classroom. She has earned a Infant and Toddler Child Development Associate credential from the Council for Professional Recognition and has attended some additional college classes. Rachel enjoys partnering with parents and providing a safe, educational learning environment for the children in her care. She allows each child to develop and learn at their own pace while implementing Developmentally Appropriate Practices. She loves doing sensory activities and letting the children get their hands messy. Rachel is trained in CPR and First Aid, as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Rachel has experience working with Infants, Toddlers and Preschool children prior to joining the KinderCare team.
    Year Started:
    8/6/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Infant & Toddler Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Infants

    My vision for the infants in my care is for them to learn and develop at their own pace in a safe, caring enviroment.

    Because of her love for children, Emily is currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys being a part of each child's early discovery and watching them learn and grow. Her goal for her classroom of provide a safe and caring environment to help the infants in her care enjoy learning about the world around them. She is trained in CPR and First Aid. Emily enjoys partnering with parents to create individualized learning for each child.

    Previous Experience:
    Emily worked as an Assistant Teacher in an elementary school Latch Key Program before joining KinderCare's Infant program. She also has experience working as a church youth group camp leader and with special needs children. She is trained in infant and child CPR and First Aid. Emily is currently enrolled in college for Early Childhood Education.
    Year Started:
    2/3/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Currently in college for Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Andrea

    Ms. Andrea, Toddlers

    I enjoy working with Toddlers so much. It's just a great age! They are constantly hitting new milestones and developing new skills. I love being a part of that.

    Andrea was a full time nanny for two children prior to coming to KinderCare. She comes from a family of educators, often helping in her Mom's Special Education class. She has been working with toddlers for two years and enjoys every minute of it! She is often seen running on the playground with the children, dancing and singing or cuddling with a child in need of comfort. She works to create a safe, fun learning environment based on each child's individual needs. She enjoys planning fun and challenging activities for the children and connecting with families regarding their child's needs.

    Previous Experience:
    Andrea was a full time nanny for two children prior to coming to KinderCare. She is trained in CPR and First aid, as well as a number of in-service classes in child development and health & safety.
    Year Started:
    4/12/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
  • Ms. Malathi

    Ms. Malathi, Toddlers

    The teaching profession is a noble profession; shaping the lives of children.

    Ms. Malathi has been an educator for more than thirty years in both India and the United States. She has a Bachelor's degree in Education and speaks three languages. In addition to her degree she has over 100 hours of in-service training, with more than 30 hours dedicated to infant and toddler topics. She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Recognition and Prevention of Child Abuse and Communicable Disease Prevention. Ms. Malathi is a Mother and a Grandmother with many years of experience caring for and nurturing children.
    Ms Malathi enjoys doing crafts, traveling, going camping and drinking tea. Her goal for the children in her program is to provide the best care possible and to help them grow and develop into the best citizens of tomorrow. She strives to create a healthy, caring atmosphere for all of the children in her care and feels honored to have a positive impact on the lives of children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Malathi worked as a Teacher in India for 23 years before moving to the United States. She worked for 8 years at our Dublin KinderCare before transferring to our location in 2014.
    Year Started:
    1/20/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    more than 30 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Ms. Sabrina

    Ms. Sabrina, Preschool

    To see my work through the lives of the children I teach is truly rewarding.

    Sabrina began her career in Early Childhood Education with the vocational education program at her high school. She went on to earn a Preschool/Pre-K Child Development Associate credential. She has worked as our Preschool Teacher for more than ten years. She also serves as the center's Health and Safety Coordinator. Sabrina is trained in CPR and First Aid and has over 1800 hours of in-service training in Child Development and Health and Safety topics. Sabrina enjoys enhancing her curriculum with fun teacher-made games and lots of pretend play activities. Quite often children who have graduated from her classroom stop by to visit her because they have had such a great preschool experience!

    Previous Experience:
    Sabrina has experience working with infants through preschool age children. She has been a Preschool Teacher at KinderCare for more than ten years.
    Year Started:
    5/19/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Preschool/Pre-K Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Maggie

    Ms. Maggie, Preschool

    The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!
    -Dr. Seuss

    Maggie began working for KinderCare at our Powell location in 2007. About a year later she moved to Nashville, transfering to the Franklin KinderCare. She worked there for seven years as an Infant Teacher. Maggie also taught the ABC Music and Me program in her center. She has ten years of experience working with children as a Nanny and in ChildCare centers. Maggie transfered to our location and began working in our infant program in May of 2014. She moved to our Preschool program in 2015.  Maggie is also a musician and incorporates music in her teaching every day. She teaches the Music Adventures program for children 2-5 years old at our center, as well. Maggie completed the Child Development Associate Prep progam at Rasmussen University. She is Fluent in American Sign Language and is trained in CPR and First Aid. Maggie has numerous hours of training in early childhood in-service and has taught classes to her peers, as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Maggie previously worked with infants and toddlers at another KinderCare location. She also worked as a private Nanny and with Ohio MRDD as a special needs provider.
    Year Started:
    11/5/2007
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Prep Program
  • Ms. Tabitha

    Ms. Tabitha, Pre-Kindergarten

    I love having the opportunity to give children a positive learning experience, a love of learning and to have a part in getting them ready for Kindergarten.

    Tabitha began her career as an educator through the junior vocational education program while in high school. After working as a teacher at another early learning center for six years she joined the Polaris KinderCare in 2002. Some of the things she enjoys most are taking children on field trips and helping them learn about the community. She has been integral in developing a classroom library from which the children can check out books for their reading enjoyment at home. Tabitha is an avid proponent of Dramatic Play being a valuable tool for learning experiences. She and her teaching partner invest in making their Dramatic Play area one of the highlights of their classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Tabitha previously taught in another early learning center for six years prior to joining the KinderCare team in 2002.
    Year Started:
    3/28/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Preschool & Pre-K Child Development Associate credential
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Pre-Kindergarten

    I love being in my classroom because each day is a different adventure. It is a joy to watch and be a part of every child's growth and development.

    Ms. Jessica's initial educational background is not in the field of education but rather in the area of English; Creative Writing specifically. She found that she loved working and playing with young children. She began working in the child care industry right after college and continued to become more involved in the field. In 2003 Jessica earned a Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten Child Development Associate credential. She is knowledgable in NAEYC standards and has gone through the accreditation process a number of times during her years with KinderCare.She has worked at several different centers within the company in many different positions. Ultimately, she found that the Pre-kindergarten classroom suited her best.  She enjoys fostering each child's unique personality and learning style through hands on creative exploration. Her focus is on process oriented art projects, fun dramatic play enhancements and early literacy activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Jessica has perfomed the roles of Teacher, Assistant Director, Education Coordinator and Total Quality Management Specialist during her more than 23 years with KinderCare. Her favorite role is Pre-Kindergarten Teacher.
    Year Started:
    7/1/1993
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts and Preschool & Pre-K Child Development Associate credential
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Kindergarten

    I believe that children learn best by doing.

    Karen began her teaching career in teaching in high school when she participated in the Cadet Teaching Program during her Senior year. Following High School she attended North West Missouri State University where she earned her degree in Early Childhood Education.  She spent many years working as a museum educator in both science and art.  After being a stay at home mom, she began her career as an elementary school teacher. She has taken her experience as a museum educator and substitute teacher to create a classroom that stimulates minds with interactive learning centers that use the five senses. She was a Private Kindergarten Teacher at our New Albany location from 2002 to 2005. She began at our location in 2010 teaching Phonics, Reading and Math. In 2011 she started as our Private Kindergarten Teacher working with full time Private Kindergarten and part time Kindergarten Enrichment Children. She believes in parent involvelment and uses family and life experiences to connect to learning. She provides the children with many opportunities to learn both in and out of the classroom. Her class has monthly field trips to places such as the local library, the Post Office, the pumpkin patch and the Sister's Garden at Inniswood Gardens, among others. Her favorite home connection activity is called "Lucky Duck." Each child gets a turn to take home the pet (rubber) duck and journal about their visit. The child is also interviewed by children, with their biography displayed fo the week.

    Previous Experience:
    Karen previously worked as a Kindergarten Teacher, Substitute Teacher with Columbus Public Schools and a Museum Educator.
    Year Started:
    6/7/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Ohio Teaching License.
  • Ms. Selena

    Ms. Selena, School Age

    I absolutely LOVE watching children develop character. Seeing them develop into compassionate people is truly the best reward. If we can impact children positively, we can make the world a better place.

    Selena has worked with children for more than 22 years. Knowing she would always work with people, she chose to direct her focus toward children because she believes they are our only true resource. Selena began her career with KinderCare as a Teacher before being promoted to Assistant Director then Center Director. She worked for many years in our Hilliard Market as a Center Director. She says the position she enjoys the most is her current one as School Age Teacher, because she is able to directly affect school age children and see the outcome of her work. She enjoys planning interesting, educational activities and field trips for the children. Selena is the mother of three wonderful children, ages 21, 16 and 14. They are the light of her life!

    Previous Experience:
    Selena has experience working with children of all ages. She has been a Teacher, Learning Adventures Coordinator, Assistant Director and most recently School Age Teacher.
    Year Started:
    6/2/1997
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Substitute Teacher

    I enjoy watching children grow and learn new things each day.

    Sara participated in the Early Childhood Education Vocational Education program in high school. She also earned some Early Childhood Education credits while attending college at Bowling Green State University. She enjoyed volunteer work with the America Reads Program as a tutor. Sara earned a Child Development Assocate credential in 2007. She began her career with KinderCare as a Preschool Teacher and currently works as a Substitute Teacher. Sara loves doing messy art with children and watching them learn new milestones. She has two children of her own and enjoys scrapbooking in her free time.

    Previous Experience:
    Sara has experience working with Infants through School Age. She has also worked as a tutor, a nanny and Vacation Bible School teacher with her church.
    Year Started:
    9/13/2004
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Mr. Chuck

    Mr. Chuck, Music Teacher

    I believe the children are our future.

    Mr. Chuck is an accomplished musician and a long time educator. He works at our Hilliard KinderCare location as a school-age Teacher and provides music classes at a number of our centers for infant through school-age children. Mr. Chuck is also involved in music therapy classes, has created and recorded music with children and has produced albums for several local folk and hip hop artists. He loves bringing his musical talents to children of all ages. He introduces instruments, song and music theory in his weekly music classes and enjoys helping children express themself through music.

    Previous Experience:
    Children's Services, Ohio State University Childcare Center, Ohio University Childcare Center
    Year Started:
    8/17/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    more than 15 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Human and Consumer Sciences-Major: Family Studies

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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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We are closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Day After, Christmas Day. We are also closed on President's Day in February and Columbus Day in October for Staff Professional Development and Training.

Health and Safety

Your child's health and safety are very important to us. Our center has a secure front entrance with a coded key pad. Each child's file indicates the names of people authorized to pick up. We require a photo ID for a guest picking up your child. As a NAEYC accredited center, all of our staff members are trained in CPR and First Aid, as well.

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I just wanted to say thank you to all the teachers that Mason had at KinderCare. After being in Kindergarten for a week he is doing excellent; reading, sounding out words and being way ahead of where he has to be! All the preparation during Prekindergarten is what has made him excel in Kindergarten. Thank you for all the hard work! I am very excited to have my younger son starting in your Preschool this fall, as well!

- Mother

I am the mother of two wonderful girls who are both extremely happy attending KinderCare. I am constantly amazed by the staff's genuine interest and the care they give to my kids. The variety of activities and programs that the center does with the kids are fun and educational. My kids love the amazing field trips they take and upon return can't stop talking about it! The smiles on their faces say it all. You could not ask for a better Director than Darcie, and to her teaching staff, I am very grateful. Many thanks to you all for providing my children with happy, positive, nurturing and learning environment.

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