Melanie Baisden, Center Director
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Welcome to the Lyndhurst KinderCare. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Here at the Lyndhurst Kindercare, we believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parent's consider us to be an extension of their families. Your child will not only have a safe, secure and stimulation environment to learning, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have true passion for education and nurturing children.
Melanie Baisden, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.
The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.
Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.
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.
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather
Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.
Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter
For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside.
Here at KinderCare of Lyndhurst, each teacher is dedicated to being their best, doing their best, and sharing their best with children and their families. The education of your child starts with the commitment our teachers make to stay current in the field of Early Education. We attend Professional Development workshops, have weekly and monthly Health and Safety focuses, staff meetings, and participate in on-going Accreditation practices.
I love working with children and seeing their smiling faces every day and knowing that I will have a part in it by helping them grow and learn.
Melanie has been with KinderCare since January 29, 1996. She has her CDA Associate and has been a Center Director since 2010. She is also the Quality Team Leader for her district. Melanie is dedicated to making meaningful moments for the children and the families that attend her center each and every day.
Watching children lean something new makes a bad day a better day.
Ms. Cheryl is the Assistant Director. There she is always very happy to see all the children and parent's every day. She spreads her love to each family each day. . Ms. Cheryl is always taking classes to further her knowledge in early childhood education.
I am a mother of 2 boys. I have worked for KinderCare since 2011. I am the cook at the center. I open the center in the morning in the Pre-K room. I look forward to meeting you!
I attended Ohio State and received my degree in Special Education. I have worked for KinderCare since 2012. I look forward to meeting you and your family.
Ms. Clara is one of the infant teachers at the Lyndhurst Kindercare and has been with KinderCare since 2001. When asked what she loves most about teaching, Ms. Clara said "the way the children react to different things we do when encouraging development."
A teacher takes a hand, open a mind, touches a heart
I have worked in childcare since 2004. I attended Lakeland Community College and received my associate Degree in ECE. I also am going to school to work on my Bachelor's Degree.
I love children of all ages. I love to teach them and see them progress in life.
Yasmeen is a mother of four great kids. She is also a grandmother of two beautiful girls. She and her husband are so proud of their family. Yasmeen can't wait to meet you and your family as well.
I stared Early Childhood Education in my junior year of high school. I graduated from the Excel Tech Program in the ECE field I am now attending college to earn my degree in the ECE field.
If they do not learn the way we teach then we must teach them the way they can learn.
I am first a mother to a fantastic little girl. Currently I am working toward a major in Art and a minor in education. I plan on using my degree to become an art teacher. I enjoy painting, reading, and sunshine. My number one goal in life is to be happy!
Instead of running from the storm, learn to dance in the rain.
I am a retired professional ballerina, mother of four sons and one daughter and captive parrot and wild life rehabilitatier. When my youngest was three, I became a lead teacher in the preschool she was attending. Originally I intended to stay in the field only until my daughter entered elementary school. I realized I liked teaching three year olds and I have been teaching them ever since.
Live, Laugh, Love
I was born and raised in a small Italian neighborhood. I am the youngest out of two brothers and two sisters. I enjoy music, reading, crafts, nature, travel, and family.
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!
Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes.
Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines
The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places.
Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
Your child health and safety is of key importance to us here at KinderCare. Some of the features we offer to make your family feel more secure include: all staff are CPR & First Aid Certified; we utilize a mandatory cleaning checklist per class, keypad entry, all our outdoor play areas are fenced, proper hand washing procedures are practiced by teachers and children, we ensure that criminal background checks are done for all staff, all our classroom cleaning supplies are kept locked and out of children’s reach, we only allowed pre-approved pick ups with photo identification to pick up your child, monthly fire and disaster drills are practiced and our teachers use a Child Supervision Record every thirty minutes. Your child is sure to be in the best of care with us
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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