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Macedonia KinderCare

Michelle Lukasik, Center Director

926 E. Aurora Rd. Macedonia OH 44056
(330) 468-4545 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
at E Aurora Rd & Park Ave/Crow Rd

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Northfield, Ledgeview, Rushwood, Lee Eaton, St. Barnabus

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Welcome! Macedonia KinderCare is proud to offer one of the best early childcare learning programs in the country. In fact, we were just named business of the month by the city of Macedonia! Our passionate teachers turn every learning moment into a positive experience. We hold a national and state accreditation through NAEYC and SUTQ! 

Here at the Macedonia KinderCare, we pride ourselves on the top notch early childcare education that we provide!  We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. We believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parents consider us to be an extension of their families (their village).  Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children!

Michelle Lukasik, Center Director

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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.

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.

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. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Macedonia KinderCare are extremely passionate about educating and nuturing children.  Our teachers have an average tenure of 5 years at our center and an average of 25 years in the early childhood education field!  All of our teachers have their degrees.  The Macedonia KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing educational opportunities.  Each staff member receives professional development training specific to the age of children that they work with, as well asadditonal trainings through college course or seminars.  At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their dedication and love for learning!

  • Michelle Lukasik, Center Director

    "Today you are You, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is youer than You!" -Dr. Suess

    I am inspired by the spark in every child's eye that they get when they figure out something for the first time.  My entire world revolves around making an inpact on every child everyday.  I take the position of Director very passionately, because what I do, how I inspire each and every staff member, gets trickled down to each and every child! 

    August of 2012, I was lucky enough to become the Director at  KinderCare!  I feel so  honored and priveledged to run an amazing child care center in my hometown.  Community is EVERYTHING to me!  My promise to my community is to run the BEST early childcare center in Macedonia!  

    I am married and have three children.  All three of my children attend this center and I couldn't imagine a better education and start to life than here!   

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to having the honor of working at KinderCare, I worked at another ChildCare Center. I was the Director there for 11 years. During that time I managed multiple sights, had the leadership award, and Diamond Director Award. I am currently the Quality Team Leader for the Cleveland District KinderCare Team!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I knew you could by Craig Dorfman
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Esther Barnes

    Esther Barnes, Assistant Director

    "Don't forget to find the happiness in each day!

    I am inspired by the true honest of young children, and the amazement they express with each new thing they learn!

    Year Started:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 years
    Bachelors in Sociology with an emphasis on the family. A minor in women's Studies.
  • Tracey Tylicki

    Tracey Tylicki, Third in Charge

    "With God, all things are possible."-Matthew 19:26

    I am inspired by each and every child everyday!  I love that I am able to teach them the skills to be successful and confident before they even enter into shool!  I absolutely LOVE teaching!

    Year Started:
    26 Years
    Currently enrolled in Kent State University, taking ECE classes
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Cook

    "I was smiling yesterday, I am smiling today and I will smile tomorrow.  Simply because life is too short to cry for anything"

    My two passions in life are children and food.  I get to combine my passions and provide nutrious food for all children!  It's a win-win for me and I am excited that I to do this everyday!

    Previous Experience:
    I have studied Middle School Education at Notre Dame Colege and have worked in childcare for over 17 years
    Year Started:
    12 Years
  • Miss Chenai

    Miss Chenai, Every Classroom

    "Life is not measured by the breaths we take but the moments that take our breath away..."

    Miss Chanei is very passionate about making a difference in every child's life that she comes in contact with.  She believes that through her passion she can motivate any child.  She loves coming into work everyday and loves it when the children surround her with hugs.  "My mission is to be a part of each child's heart!"

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Masters in Public Health Epidemiology
  • Miss Linda

    Miss Linda, Every Classroom

    "Treat others as you would like to be treated"

    Miss Linda comes to us with 15 yeasrs as an educational aid and tutor as well as 5 years as a prekindergarten teacher.  She is truly motivated by watching the child's eyes light up when they learn a new skill!  Her kindness is evident to every child that she teaches! She has such a warm heart!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
  • Miss Mya

    Miss Mya, Infants

    "Only you can control your future"

    Miss Mya comes to us with several years experience in Early Childhood education.  She loves children and wants to meet the individual need of each and every child in her classroom.  Her smile lights up every infant!  She prides herself on knowing what each of the core content standards are for each age of the infants she cares for.  She loves to see them go from rolling, to sitting, to walking, to running!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors in Early Childhood Education as well as Buisness Management
  • Miss Britany

    Miss Britany, Prekindergarten teacher

    "Live life to the fullest"

    Miss Britany currently holds a teaching license with the state of Ohio.  Her true passion is teaching.  She loves to make learning fun!  She is not afraid to make messes, use imagination, and be creative to help her children learn concepts.  "Sometimes you just need a dance party to break up the day and get refocused!"

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Alina

    Miss Alina, Preschool

    "Children learn how they live and grow"

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Alina comes to us with 20 plus years of tremedous previous experience. She has worked as a preschool teacher and as a Center Director for many years! She is inspired by children accomplishing tasks and mastering new skills!
  • Miss Alyssa

    Miss Alyssa, Preschool

    "You have brain in your head, you have feet in your shoes, You can steer yourself any direction you choose"

                                                                                                                                                                Dr. Suess

    Alyssa has worked at KinderCare for the past 3 years. She has a true passion for meeting every child's individual need!  The time and dedication she spends to making sure every child understands and knows a concept is evident everytime a person enters into her classroom!  She has a true passion and love for children.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors Degree: Early Childhood Education with Reading Endorsement
  • Miss Ashley

    Miss Ashley, Toddlers

    "Live life to the fullest!"

    Miss Ashley has worked with our toddler room since November.  She is inspired at how much and how quickly a child grasps content and information.  She states "I love to see them smile when they finally get something they have been working hard at!"

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Wright-State University BA Accounting/Economics
  • Miss Cortney

    Miss Cortney, Toddlers

    Miss Cortney just moved here recently from Pennsylvania.  There she had an 18 year career working with Infants and Toddlers.  She comes to us with a full arsenol of songs, fingerplays, poems, and engaging activites.  It is her mission to make EVERY child smile!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Preschool Kindergarten Classroom

    "A day without laughter is a day wasted."

    Ms. Nicole is inspire by the enthusiasm of children. She enjoys laughter and singing on a regular basis and her room is no stranger to those happy sounds. There is a creative energy present each day through art, dancing, music, science, language arts, and math. The most rewarding feeling is walking into a room of children excited to see you and wanting to learn something new.  The teach one must keep their brain constantly engaged in creative ways.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Regina

    Ms. Regina, Infant One

    "A teacher affects eternity; you can never tell where the influence stops." - Henry B. Adams

    Ms. Regina has been working for KinderCare for five years, and has been working within the early childhood education field for 12-and-a-half years. Ms. Regina has worked with every age group from six weeks to 12 years and enjoys each and every stage in development. Currently Miss Regina is the lead teacher in the Infant Classroom.  She holds and treats each and every baby as if it were her own.  She understands the importants of reading, holding and singing to the babies on a daily basis.  Her entire world is being the best Infant teacher possible...and she is!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Regina was a before and after school site director and summer camp counselor.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Pursuing her Child Development Associate's credential, pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Life Specialist
  • Ms. Laurie

    Ms. Laurie, Floating Teacher

    I love introducing children to the vast world of reading. To read to a child and see that look of wonder and excitement is the best thing ever.

    Ms. Laurie has been at KinderCare for three  years. She says the time has just flown by! Ms. Laurie and all the staff are like on big family and the children are just like her own. She has been working with children since 2000 and has never looked back. Ms. Laurie loves the "perks" of all the children and families she has been lucky to be a part of. She works in all classrooms and always "brings her bag of tricks" to enhance the wonderful curriculum at KinderCare. There is always a time to read, sing songs, and dance. She ties this all together to learn and have fun too!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Laurie was an administrative assistant and inventory controller.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
  • Ms. Valerie

    Ms. Valerie, School Age

    "Each one teach one!"  "Give someone a fish and you feed them for a day.  Teach someone to fish and you feed them for a lifetime."

    Ms. Valerie has worked with children in a variety of ages. She has experience as a counselor, teacher, and a group leader. Over the past 15 years she has impacted children's live in a positive manner. She is motivated by witnessing the gleam in a child's ey after they have mastered a new skill.  Valerie is inspired when she hears a child say "I did it Miss. Val!"

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Valerie was an elementary school Substitute Teacher before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Master's Degree in Education, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, minor in Criminal Justice

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

About Our Center

Macedonia KinderCare is the best child care center in Macedonia. We have the most amazing and caring staff! I promise that once you enroll, you and your child will become part of our family and you will never have to worry about your child while they are here!  My commitment to your child is high excellence and care everyday!  You can expect from myself and my staff world class education and care daily.

Awards and Recognition



  • Customer Service Award

    Customer Service Award

Special Features

  • 100% Degreed Staff
  • World Class Curriculum
  • Smart Board

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:  New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independance Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day and The Day After Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.  We close early on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Health and Safety

Our Center has secured doors with keypad entry and cameras in each class. We have a large fenced in play ground, and our team members have certifications in First Aid, CPR, Communicable Disease, and Child Abuse!  Due to our STAR rating with SUTQ and our NAEYC accreditation, 100 percent of our teachers are degreed and receive additional training based on the age level they teach!  For example our infant teachers receive infant trainings, our toddler teachers receive toddler trainings, and preschool teacher receive preschool trainings.

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.

Dear Don Hashagan,

I am writing to let you know how extremely happy I am with Kindercare and how much I want to express my most sincere gratitude to my son's 4 teachers and the Director at the Macedonia center (301683).

I hope I am not too late. We moved last week and our teacher appreciation week information was packed and lost in the shuffle of Nicky's things. As I'm unpacking things now I see the date was yesterday.

My husband and I have been married for 10 years and when Nicholas came along last year our world was turned upside down. We were so happy to finally become parents!!

After a long search we first chose different daycare center for him but very quickly we became uneasy and concerned with his care. We received inconsistent reports and rarely a full daily report of his meals or what he did during the day. There was always someone new there taking care of him each day when I dropped him off. People I've never met before. And when we picked him up they couldn't tell us anything specifically about his day. When my husband brought him home throwing up repeatedly one day and I couldn't find anyone who might know why or who last fed him, we decided that was it. He never returned.

It was so scary being a first time mom and having to trust like that and he was only 7 weeks old!! Luckily I was able to get some time off work to conduct another search and after meeting Ms. Regina the infant1 teacher at the Macedonia Kindercare we immediately felt comfortable and after a second meeting we decided to take him here.

It took a couple weeks to get rid of that uneasy feeling, I can't lie, but Ms. Regina, Sr. Pam and Ms. Laureen were there every single day. They updated me on Nicholas' progress when I dropped him off in the mornings and they updated my husband every single night when he picked him up.

We always receive lots and lots of advice from Ms. Regina when we ask for it. She is has been a lifesaver to us. With my husband and my families being distant and not a lot of friends with infants to ask questions, she is a comfort and a help and an amazing resource. I don't know what we would've done last year with out her!!!! We mean this in all sincerity.

Now that Nicholas has just turned one (3/28) he's graduated to the Infant2 room with Ms. Jasmine and he is loving it!! He's been there now one month. He gets to play with older kids and more age appropriate toys. He gets to sit on a little chair at a table with other kids and eat his meals. He receives more one on one time with Ms. Jasmine. To me personally, he's seems to have become so much happier since he's been in her care. He's in a crazy good mood when he comes home. He's more independent, louder, and attempting more things on his own. He's even starting to walk now. I realize this is normal age progressive stuff, but I really believe Ms Jasmine and the new environment has made it easier for him to grow.

I just hope that I am not too late to express my appreciate for these 4 great teachers! And Ms. Brandi! She is an amazing Director. Not only in how much she loves Nicholas, but I can see how she loves every child. She knows them all by name and is just so kind and generous with her time. She's very easy to talk to. While it is hard to hear "you need a doctors note" or "you have to pick up your son he has a fever, etc"... knowing we both work, she's very empathetic and understanding. I realize she has a difficult job, but she does it very well!

These teachers mean the world to me and my husband!!

Thanks again,

Rebecca and Brian Ruvolo, parent's of Nicholas Ruvolo (Infant2)

- mother

Good morning,

Hope this email finds you well. It is wonderful that next week is Teacher Appreciation Week as I truly appreciate the caring staff at the Macedonia, OH KinderCare Learning Center.

My oldest daughter, Julia, was enrolled in this facility from age 2.5 – 9. During her time at KinderCare, she received the best care and, I believe, the best education to help her be successful in school. She is a star student in the Nordonia School District and so much of this is because of the care and learning she received at this facility. Because of her exceptional experience at this location, I knew when our little one, Jane Walsh, was born that this is where she needed to be for care.

Jane has attended KinderCare from the age of 12 weeks old. Sister Pam was a wonderful caretaker in the infant room. Her pleasant demeanor, fun sense of humor, and caring touch helped Jane (and me!) during this transition period. Leaving your infant under another’s care is so difficult, but Sister Pam was always prepared to fill me in on everything Jane did that day. She was always holding babies, feeding babies, smiling and singing to the babies. It made me feel confident I made the right decision for care.

Jane transitioned to the Toddler and Discovery Preschool classrooms and continued to blossom. A brief portion of her time was spent with Lawanda and the majority of her day was spent with Tawanda.
Both were always very kind to Jane and she looked forward to attending “school” every day. Tawanda made some extra efforts with Jane, sending home worksheets to help Jane with her fine motor skills. She always had a nice story to share about Jane’s day as well. Lawanda was often reading to Jane – Jane’s favorite activity – so I appreciated this very much. Jane really grew up in their room. I am so appreciative of their care.

Jane just turned three in early March 2014. She recently transitioned to the Preschool room. Miss Chenai and Ms. Val have made her feel so welcomed. Ms. Val was a favorite staff member of my daughter, Julia, so it’s wonderful that she is also there to support Jane. Jane is very excited to be with the “big kids” and has transitioned well.

Jane is enrolled in the weekly music class and enjoys her time with Cheryl very much. Jane also enjoys teaching me the new songs she learns in class.

Additionally, Brandi and Esther both excellent. I’ve known Esther for years and I’m so glad she remains at the Center. She is just the nicest person you could ever hope to know. Brandi’s arrival and management has been great as well. I appreciate her communications and, from my perspective, there seems to be more organization with the administrative requirements of the center. She is also super-sweet.

So, the fun part – As clearly stated above, I know the staff in this building cares so much for the children in attendance. They don’t just watch the kids like a babysitter, they are teaching them social and educational skills that will benefit them as they enter school. Yesterday evening, I asked Jane to sit down and sign a Mother’s Day card for her grandmother. I fully expected her to draw some lines or little scribbles. I left her to her task and came back to find she had drawn a heart and written her name. No guidance from me – just sat quietly and signed the card. I nearly fell over. For an early age 3 child to do this without supervision or repeated instruction – it was amazing! I absolutely, 100% credit this to your staff at KinderCare Macedonia, OH. I was super impressed and Jane was so proud of herself. The picture of her accomplishment is attached. Your team is amazing!

I know there are additional staff members that engage directly and indirectly with Jane each day. Please know I am thankful for their care of my daughter. She is precious to me and it means so much that she is precious to them as well.

Thank you,

Jennifer Walsh

- Mother

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