Marisa Gilchrist, Center Director
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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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bring in a baby picture to share.
Wear two different socks
How far can you jump?
Chart your favorite vegetable
Bake something today
Make a bike or trike obstacle course
Make insects today.
Wear green today
Take silly pictures today.
Enjoy some cookies today.
Wear red, white and blue.
Bring your teddy bears and have a picnic for lunch
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.
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.
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.
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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