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Malvern KinderCare

Jeanna McDonald, 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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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.

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.

Jeanna McDonald, 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.

Monthly Activities

April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

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?

Art and Cooking

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.

  • Jeanna McDonald

    Jeanna McDonald, Center Director

    A child has a special way of adding joy to every day!

    Jeanna has always loved working with children since she was in middle school. She started her journey as a babysitter and a summer camp counselor. Then, she attended Indiana State University and earned her Bachelor degree in Physical Education. After graduation, she worked at Club Med Resorts with the childcare program, which was a great experience working with children and staff from around the world. Once she moved to Pennsylvania, she was a toddler teacher for about six months and then was promoted to Assistant Director. After three years, she received her Director's Credential and became a Director at the center. She is excited to use her knowledge and experience here with all of the KinderCare staff and families. 

    Year Started:
    10/10/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    18+
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science from Indiana State University, Child Development Associate for Infants and Toddlers, and Director's Credential
  • Ms. Jerika Clemson, Assistant Director

    "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

    I have worked in the ECE field since high school. I majored at West Chester University where I received my bachelor degree in elementary education and special education. After graduating, I became a private Kindergarten teacher for four years. I then transferred to KinderCare to become a Preschool teacher. I later was promoted to Assistant Director. I love educating all the children and being a part of their growth and development.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

    Years in ECE industry:
    6+ years
    Education:
    Bachelor in Elementary and Special Education
  • Ms. Jess Agostino

    Ms. Jess Agostino, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Jess has been babysitting all ages since she was 14. She is a geography major. She loves all types of music, but her favorites are punk rock and classic rock. She has one dog, two cats, and her mother is her favorite person ever.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Puppy who Wanted a Boy by Jane Thayer and Lisa McCue

    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Caroline Guzi

    Ms. Caroline Guzi, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Caroline has worked at the Malvern KinderCare for almost two years. She has worked with all ages but found a true love for the infants.  

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree

    Years in ECE industry:
    4+ years
    Education:
    Bachelor degree in psychology
  • Ms. Sara Shearer

    Ms. Sara Shearer, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I have been working with children in school on and off since I was 19 years old. I am a mom to Jake, Cole and Maggie. I love family game nights, watching movies and making others laugh.  

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Napping House

    Years in ECE industry:
    8+ years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts and Sciences
  • Ms. Ruth Benkendorf

    Ms. Ruth Benkendorf, Preschool Classroom

    I have been a preschool teacher for a little over a year and also have taught toddlers for about nine months. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Years in ECE industry:
    2+ years
    Education:
    Working on my Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Ashley Wright

    Ms. Ashley Wright, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    At the age of ten I started working for East Goshen Recreation and babysitting my friend's five grandsons. I was employed by them for 12 years. I also have taught Zumba, Painting and Drawing Classes.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Any book written by Laura Ingalls Wilder

    Years in ECE industry:
    13+ years
    Education:
    Working on my Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Cindy Shafer

    Ms. Cindy Shafer, Preschool Classroom

    I have taught preschool for over 30 years. I also have had experience as an Assistant Director. I love working with the children and watching them grow and develop every day! 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    A Pocket Full of Kisses

    Years in ECE industry:
    30+ years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Harcum College
  • Juliana, Floater

    Ms. Juliana has worked with children for over seven years. She is currently attending West Chester University for Early Childhood Education. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends.

    Years in ECE industry:
    7+ years
  • Ms. Destiny, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Destiny has been working with children for six years. She has her child development associate in infant/toddlers and is continuing her education at Bucks County to achieve her bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Her favorite children’s book is Pout Pout Fish

    Years in ECE industry:
    6+
  • Ms. Rebecca, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Rebecca has worked with children for over six years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Human Movement. 

    Previous Experience:
    She was a nanny for about 4 years with children ages from four months to six years old.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    One Fish, Two Fish Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

    Years in ECE industry:
    6+ years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Mr. Bill, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Mr. Bill Has over four years of experience with children. He has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. He has worked in Prekindergarten and in afterschool programs as well as a teacher’s assistant for 3rd and 5th grade. In his free time he enjoys playing music; he can play the guitar, bass and keyboard

    Years in ECE industry:
    4+ years
    Education:
    Bachelor degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kim, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kim has worked with children for over five years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She usually works with Toddlers and two year olds. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family.  

    Years in ECE industry:
    5+
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Christina, Floater

    Ms. Christina has worked with children for over eight years. She is attending Immaculata and will graduate with her bachelor’s in Psychology this May! She has worked in childcare, and has also been princesses for children’s birthday parties!

    Years in ECE industry:
    8+
  • Ms. Mary, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Mary has worked with children for over six years. She has also driven a school bus for special needs children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son, Michael.  

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat

    Years in ECE industry:
    6+
  • Ms. Brooke, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Brooke has worked with children for over five years. She graduated from Immaculata University with a degree in History. Her husband and three children live in Malvern. In her free time she enjoys cooking, crocheting and having fun with her family. 

    Years in ECE industry:
    5+

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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

I just wanted to reach out and thank you, Miss Cindy and Miss Ruth for doing such a great job! Will is so happy! At night and in the morning he sings the "Good Morning" song that he learned from his new teachers. Thank you all for making school so fun and educational!

- Parent

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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