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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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday August 01, 2016
    1. Spirit Week

      August 1 - 5

  2. Tuesday August 09, 2016
    1. Join us for our Curriculum Night

      Find out how we can work together to give your children a brighter future!

      On August 9th, you’ll see firsthand how we nurture your child’s curiosity. Come meet our wonderful teachers and find out what a day at our center is like. Participate in some of our engaging curriculum activities, like creating modern renditions of pop art or discovering gross and gooey physiology! Curriculum Night gives you the opportunity to see how your child will grow and develop at our center, all while having fun. You’ll also get to talk with other parents who are already a part of our family.

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 13 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.

    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:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child & Family Psychology
  • 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:
    8 years
    Education:
    Infant & Toddler Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Megan, Infant Classroom

    It's a great feeling to be a positive 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.  She has experience with teaching our Math, Phonics & Reading Learning Adventures programs, as well. Megan is currently working with infants while she attends Columbus State. Her favorite part of her job is seeing the children grow and learn each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Megan has experience working all ages of children, infants through school age. She previously worked in center administration, as well.
    Year Started:
    4/22/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Bachelors degree in Special Education
  • Miss Meaghan, Infant Classroom

    I love to watch the kid's faces light up when they discover something new and make new connections!

    Meaghan is currently in college pursuing a degree in Education. She has always enjoyed spending time with children, first babysitting, then as a private Nanny and then in a center setting as a Toddler Assistant Teacher. Meagan was very excited to join our Infant staff, working part time and attending college. Meagan has a number of in-service trainings in child development and health & safety and is CPR and First Aid certified. In her free time Meagahan enjoys watching Netflix and spending time with friends & family.

    Previous Experience:
    Meaghan previously worked as a private nanny and as a Toddler Teacher before joining our team.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    12/7/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Working on Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Sarah, Infants & Toddler Classrooms

    I love watching each child grown and blossom into a beautiful, unique 'flower'!

    Sarah began her career with KinderCare in 2015. She works part time with our Infant and Toddler programs. Before coming to KinderCare, Sarah worked as a Registered Nurse for Nationwide, Riverside and OSU hospitals. After working in nursing, Sarah decided to return to her first love, teaching! She previously worked as Lead Preschool Teacher and as an After School Program Director with school age children.  Sarah has a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and an Associate Degree in Nursing. She is certified in CPR and First Aid, as well. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and traveling.

    Previous Experience:
    Sarah previously worked as Preschool Teacher and as an After School Program Director. Sarah has also worked as a Registered Nurse.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    8/24/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Bachelor in Early Childhood Education, Associate in Nursing
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Toddler Classroom

    Having a child tell you something that you have taught them is the best feeling in the world!

    Heather began her KinderCare career in Hershey Pennsylvania as a Toddler Teacher. Since then she has worked with Infants, Toddlers, Preschool and Pre-K children at three different KinderCare locations. Heather has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art with a minor in Psychology. She also holds a Career Pathways Certificate from OCCRRA as a Early Childhood Professional Level 3. She is trained in CPR, First Aid, Child Abuse Prevention, Communicable Disease prevention and a number of child development and classroom management classes, as well. She believes that children learn best by hands on play in a well enriched classroom. Heather loves baking, crocheting, reading, painting and spending time with her two boys in her free time. She also teaches our Phonics, Reading and Math Learning Adventures classes for 3-5 year old children.

    Previous Experience:
    Heather has experience with infants through school-aged children. She has worked for Kindercare Learning Centers in Hershey Pennsylvania, Beavercreek Ohio, and at our location in Lewis Center.
    Year Started:
    2/12/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts
  • 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:
    13 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:
    8 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:
    14 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:
    23 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:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Ohio Teaching License.
  • 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:
    11 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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    1. Independence Day - Center Closed

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.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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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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