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Malvern KinderCare

Marisa Gilchrist, Center Director

340 Central Ave. Malvern PA 19355
(610) 647-3362 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
near the Paoli Memorial Hospital

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
General Wayne Elementary, Sugar Town, Katie Markley, PAT'S (Catholic School)

Welcome to KinderCare of Malvern.  Finding care for your child can be a difficult task for a parent, but with our knowledgeable and caring staff we want to put your worries to rest. We are here to help you every step of the way so you feel comfortable, safe and happy about the exciting journey your family is about to embark upon. We are excited for your family to become a part of our KinderCare family.

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Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare of Malvern. In our facility we have designed our classrooms to help children meet their developmental milestones. Children learn through active play and a specifically designed curriculum. Our caring and experienced teachers help to provide a nurturing atmosphere that help our children fall in love with learning. Call or stop in for a tour sometime so you can see our teachers in action.

Marisa Gilchrist, 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.

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

Cooking

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.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

We here at KinderCare of Malvern believe that our teachers have the great opportunity to shape and mold the minds of all the bright young children that enter our building. With their hard work and dedication it is evident that the children are receiving an education as well as the ability to grow physically and emotionally.

  • Marisa Gilchrist

    Marisa Gilchrist, Center Director

    Over the past six years this center has become like my home. I love coming to work each day and seeing each and every child grow and develop. Most of the children at my center I have known since birth and it is amazing to see them blossom into tiny individuals. Their smiling and happy faces helps me to keep a smile on my face everyday.

    Marisa has been a part of the KinderCare Family for almost six years. She graduated from Widener University in 2009 with her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Education. After graduating from college she started as the Preschool teacher at KinderCare of Malvern where she loved teaching young children. From there she moved into management accepting the Assistant Director position and then shortly one year later moving into the Center Director position. Marisa loves her  position because she gets to enjoy the best of both worlds. She can spend time in the classroom with children and make important decisions that benefit her staff, families and most importantly the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Marisa spent four years teaching a Summer Session at the Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania and one year teaching the Summer Session at Agnes Irwin, Rosemont. She joined KinderCare as a Preschool teacher and worked in that classroom for two years and spent a year working as our Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    8/19/2009
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood & Elementary Education, Master's Degree of Education
  • Laura Sussmann

    Laura Sussmann, Assistant Director

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

    Laura graduated from Cabrini College with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education in May 2009. She is certified to teach Nursery School through 6th grade. Prior to becoming our Assistant Director in October of 2013,  Laura taught in the Prekindergarten classroom at KinderCare. Laura loves her job because she still gets to work with the children while also interacting with the teachers and families everyday. Some of her favorite things to do with the kids in the classroom are reading books, arts and crafts and writing activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Laura worked for Goddard School as a lead teacher in the Toddler classroom for three years. She also has field experience as well as student teaching.
    Year Started:
    1/21/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education
  • Ms. Kaye

    Ms. Kaye, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I am not a teacher, but an awakener! -Robert Frost

    Ms. Kaye has been working with children as both a teacher and/or nanny for a little over 14 years. As a graduate of The Performing and Creative Arts, Ms. Kaye is a person who is all about engaging the imagination to both create and learn. Her motto is life is "Imagine. Create. Believe. This motto is not something she just lives by she brings it onto her classroom daily. Allowing the children the freedom to believe all is possible, as well as encouraging them to pay attention to their surroundings and use that to create things to constantly keep the mind and imagination both engaged and growing. Ms. Kaye truly believes children are the creators of our future and should be nurtured as such. Where would we be without the child who grew into the adult that did not deny his imagination the opportunity to give us the beginnings of technology? Who knows what each child may bring to the world as they grow. That is something Ms. Kaye believes in nurturing...The Possibilities!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kaye is a graduate of the School for Creative and Performing Arts. She also spend some of her time at the Fox school of Business. Ms. Kaye has been teaching for over 13 years and likes to combine structure and the magic of creating in her classroom.
    Year Started:
    9/12/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
  • Ms. Brianna

    Ms. Brianna, Infant Classroom

    I like to refer to my students as "my kids" because in the short time we have been together, they have each stolen a piece of my heart.

    Joining our team at the Malvern KinderCare has really given Ms. Brianna the teaching bug! Seeing each child's smiling face each morning makes coming to work such an enriching experience. Being an infant teacher, she enjoys finding different ways to do activities and work with each child individually. She has a lot of fun with the children each day and has found what she wants to do for the rest of her career.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brianna has experience from babysitting as well as caring for her young nephew.
    Year Started:
    2/11/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Working on receiveing her Child Development Associates Degree
  • Ms. Samantha

    Ms. Samantha, Pre- K Classroom

    Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.  - Oscar Wilde

    Ms. Samantha has been a member of our team since November of 2014. She began as a floater, spending time in each classroom before settling into a position in the Pre-K classroom. While in the classroom, some of her favorite activities to do with the students are read books and do movement activities. Ms. Samantha has always enjoyed working with children of all ages and is happy to be a member of our team.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Samantha has experience from babysitting.
    Year Started:
    11/18/2014
    Education:
    Working on receiveing her Child Development Associates Degree
  • Ms. Molly

    Ms. Molly, Preschool Classroom

    The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. -Aristotle

    Ms. Molly graduated from Delaware County Community College in May of 2013 with a degree in business and paralegal studies. Joining our team has brought a lot of joy to her life, and she plans to go back to school to earn her education degree. She loves creating a colorful classroom and teaching her students through projects and art.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Molly has worked in other preschool settings.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies and Business Management
  • Ms. Kacie

    Ms. Kacie, Toddler Classroom

    Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. - Margaret Mead

    Ms. Kacie loves being able to come to work and interact with and positively influence the young minds of her children. She loves interacting with her children and giving them the tools to help them grown both mentally and physically. Ms. Kacie loves being apart if their lives and watching them gain more knowledge everyday through repetitive and new experiences!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kacie holds a degree in as well as several years experience working with children. Her experience has prepared her for the most valuable role of mother. Ms. Kacie has a 3 year old son Joshua who attends KinderCare. Ms. Kacie has learned so many life lessons about children through being a mom.
    Year Started:
    1/7/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Communications
  • Ms. Sasha

    Ms. Sasha, Toddler Classroom

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.  - Nelson Mandela

    Ms. Sasha joined our team in February of 2015 as an Infant room teacher before taking the lead in the Toddler I classroom. She enjoys working with her students on art projects and self help activities. Ms. Sasha is very passionate about teaching children and strives for her students to be successful.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Sasha worked at the Goddard school for 1 year in their toddler classroom.
    Year Started:
    2/26/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Working on receiveing her Child Development Associates Degree
  • Ms. Anisa

    Ms. Anisa, Toddler Classroom

    Children are our future.

    Ms. Anisa has been with KinderCare since 2010. She is studying to become an elementary school teacher. She works in different classrooms but does spend most of her time with the toddlers. She helps out in our classrooms in any way that she can.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss. Anisa has spent her time working in several different classrooms for placements through school. Miss. Anisa has also been a nanny for several families over time.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Toddler Classroom

    When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.

    Ms. Kim has been working at KinderCare since August 2011. She uses a routine schedule so the children understand and know what is coming next. Ms. Kim also incorporates hands on activities daily, such as art. She also allows the children to learn through play and experience.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kim has had several field experiences and opportunities to educate children throughout her college program.
    Year Started:
    8/24/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Pre-K Classroom

    There is nothing more rewarding than walking into the classroom and seeing my students' faces light up. Their excitement to learn inspires me everyday.

    Ms. Julie began teaching Pre-K at KinderCare in September of 2014. She graduated from West Chester University in 2012 with a degree in English Literature and concentrations in Education and Philosophy. She enjoys implementing new techniques of teaching in her classroom. She finds that everyday is a new opportunity to expand her experience in teaching and learning from her students.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Julie has experience from her various internships as well as years of babysitting.
    Year Started:
    9/9/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts

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About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Here at KinderCare of Malvern safety is key. We provide safety for our children by having our school fenced in and key coded doors for parent entrance only. Our staff is trained in all safety features that provide a safe environment to all our children as well as themselves. All staff members are CPR and First Aid Certified and have Fire Safety Training as well as Supervision training. We want to ensure that our children are safe at all times.

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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All three of our children enrolled with KinderCare of Malvern as infants.  The staff has worked wonderfully with them through the years; starting with our eldest (now entering 3rd grade). Our middle child has just completed the Pre- K program and is off for Kindergarten with all the tools needed to succeed. Our third child is currently in the Preschool program.

We have only good things to say about our experience. The staff is very capable, compassionate and our kids love them. The teachers and administration are very open and approachable, keeping us in the loop with each child’s development and day-to-day activities. They genuinely care about the children in the Center and maintain the balance of learning and fun flawlessly. We can honestly say that our kids are better for their KinderCare experience. To this day, our eldest still enjoys popping in to visit staff as an honored alumnus…and they’re always happy to see him.

- Parent

Five years ago, my family and I were going through a transition and needed safe, happy and loving childcare for my 2 year old son and 4 month old daughter. Kinder Care of Malvern has been just that and so very much more!

I felt a connection from the very first time I called to inquire - my questions were always answered promptly, professionally and with a very happy tone. And trust me when I say that I called many times before making the final decision and each and every time my inquiries were met with a very warm, friendly and reassuring response.

My daughter started out in the infant room and my son next door with the 2 year olds.
Initially - as with any new experience, I was nervous but hopeful it would all work out. Drop off to any caregiver can be tough at the beginning especially when your kids cry as you try (unsuccessfully) to sneak out the door unnoticed. Every teacher at Kinder Care made that experience easier by immediately providing a fun distraction for the kids. It would still always be hard (I think more so for me) and the teachers were always patient and reassuring when I called almost everyday to make sure the kids were OK. Eventually, I stopped calling because I knew my children were safe, well cared for and happy - it showed each day when I came to pick them up.

The teachers and staff work very hard to provide a daily routine that is both fun and educational for the kids - at every age!!! Very early on, I can remember other family members and friends of our family being so impressed at the vocabulary the kids had, at how much they were learning (numbers, days of the week, months of the year) and at how well adjusted and happy they were over all.

For working parents, the happiness and reassurance of knowing your children are happy and safe cannot be expressed in words. I am so very deeply grateful for the love and care each teacher has given both of my kids - from the day they started five years ago.

My son is now in second grade and no longer attends Kinder Care but the one thing I can say for sure is that his transition to a new school for Kindergarten was completely seamless. He was excited and more than prepared and I owe that completely to the quality education and confidence he received at KinderCare for all those years. I know that his teachers were preparing him for Kindergarten and for that reason he was excited (not afraid). He knew all his numbers, his letters, and could effortlessly write his name just to mention a few of the things he learned.....all of which helped him to have a GREAT head start and to make his first year at a new school fun and not at all stressful.

My daughter is now preparing to go to the same school as her brother which means that our time at KinderCare is sadly coming to an end. It is difficult to put into words the gratitude my husband and I have for the amazing teachers and staff at the Malvern Kinder Care. I've been amazed at how much my daughter has grown from the day she first arrived - she has truly blossomed from all the love and care she has received. She also is already well prepared for Kindergarten and has already started reading!!  Again - credit I give to Kinder Care.

All the teachers and staff at the Malvern Kinder Care are so much more than our day-care providers - they have become part of our family and will always have a very special place in our hearts.

- Parent
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