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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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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.

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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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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 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 prekindergarten before becoming a center director in 2001. She also has experience working with infants and toddlers.
    Year Started:
    1/13/1997
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Bachelor in Child and Family Psychology
  • Ms. Maggie

    Ms. Maggie, Program Specialist

    Maggie began working for KinderCare at our Powell location in 2007. About a year later, she moved to Nashville, transferring 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. In May 2014, Maggie transferred to our location and began working in our infant program before moving to our preschool program in 2015. Maggie is a musician and incorporates music in her teaching every day when teaching the Music Adventures program for children two to five years old at our center.  She has completed the Child Development Associate Prep program at Rasmussen University and has numerous hours of training in Early Childhood in-service. She has taught classes to her peers, as well. 

    Previous Experience:
    Maggie worked with infants and toddlers at another KinderCare location and also worked as a private nanny and with Ohio Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities as a special needs provider.
    Year Started:
    11/5/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Prep Program
  • Ms. Megan, Infant Classroom

    It's a great feeling to be a positive part of so many children's lives.

    Megan earned a Bachelor 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 Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities 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, and 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:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Bachelor in Special Education
  • Ms. Jess Mabery

    Ms. Jess Mabery, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Jess has worked with children infants through school age. She has completed college coursework for the Child Development Associate credential and is just a few classes from her Early Childhood Education Associate degree. Jess has two children of her own, and has worked in childcare for more than 10 years. Her vision for the children in her program is for them to gain independence and to grow into intelligent young children in a safe and caring environment. She gives children lots of opportunities for hands-on exploration and allows them to learn at their own pace. Her classroom is a hub of creativity! 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh The Places You'll Go by Dr. Suess

    Year Started:
    10/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
  • Miss Andrea Paulus

    Miss Andrea Paulus, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Miss Andrea earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science from Ohio State University. She previously worked as a Teacher's Aid at Ohio State University child care center. She began her career with KinderCare at a Dublin location and then transferred to the Polaris location in 2017. In her free time, Miss Andrea enjoys watching sports, listening to music, watching movies and being outdoors. Her vision for the children in her program is for them to have lots of fun while learning new skills in a safe, nurturing environment. She loves seeing a child reach an important milestone and playing a part in their development.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Andrea has worked with children toddler through prekindergarten age.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    I Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    6/27/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science
  • Ms. Sabrina

    Ms. Sabrina, Preschool Classroom

    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 and Prekindergarten 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:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Preschool and Prekindergarten Child Development Associate credential
  • Ms. Jenny Christiansen

    Ms. Jenny Christiansen, Preschool Classroom

    Miss Jenny graduated from Ashland University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Before coming to KinderCare, she worked with children ranging from infant through high school for six years. Jenny started at KinderCare in 2015 working with toddlers and moved to preschool in January 2017. In her free time, Miss Jenny enjoys reading, movies, and music. Her vision for the children in her classroom is for them to gain real world skills along with educational skills to prepare them for the next stage of their learning journey. 

    Year Started:
    6/8/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Ms. Tabitha

    Ms. Tabitha, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    Preschool and Prekindergarten Child Development Associate credential
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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 and Prekindergarten Child Development Associate credential. She is knowledgeable 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 Prekindergarten 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 performed 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 Prekindergarten Teacher.
    Year Started:
    7/1/1993
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts and Preschool and Prekindergarten 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:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    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:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    more than 15 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Human and Consumer Sciences-Major: Family Studies
  • Ms. Barbara Scalise

    Ms. Barbara Scalise, Cook

    I treasure all of the children at our school and love to see their smiling faces every day!

    Ms. Barbara worked many years as a Registered Nurse, then a Teacher's Aide at a local elementary school before coming to KinderCare in 2013. She started as a substitute teacher at our Westerville location, then transferred to the Polaris location to work full time in 2015. In her free time, Barbara does print modeling and she enjoys biking and gardening. Her goal is to promote healthy eating habits and self help skills with the children at our school. She makes a point to get to know every child and their family in our center. She enjoys visiting the kindergarten class each day and having "table talk" with them during lunch. Every day is a new topic for conversation and the children really look forward to having lunch with Ms. Barb! She takes time every day to talk with all of the children when delivering lunch to their classroom, as well. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    4/29/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

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.

- Mother

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
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