Rachel Yocum, Center Director
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Welcome to the KinderCare of Great Valley! We are very excited to show you and your family all that we have to offer. Our center is nestled in a quiet area near the Main Line. Our school offers a wonderful program where all students are free to explore and learn. All of our lead teachers have their Bachelor's Degree and are highly trained in all areas of child development. We really look forward to meeting you and becoming a part of your child's educational journey!
Rachel Yocum, 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.
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.
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.
The staff at the Great Valley KinderCare is very passionate, creative and highly educated in the Early Childhood field. All together we form an amazing team! We create an environment for all children where education and fun are the main focus! We can’t wait for you to meet our KinderCare family!
Rachel has worked in the early childhood field for over five years and is excited to be our new Center Director. She received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Kindergarten Education from Pennsylvania State University. Before joining us at our center, Rachel began her career as a toddler teacher and a subsitute teacher in various school districts in the area. She joined KinderCare in 2013 as an Assistant Director and has recently been promoted to Center Director of our center.
I love seeing the children's enthusiasm for learning new things and their excitement for all of the hands on creative activities that we do at KinderCare!
Anna joined KinderCare in 2007 and has a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature. She has worked as an Assistant Teacher, Program Specialist, and is now our Assistant Director. She also runs our Learning Adventures programs which included Phonics Adventures, Cooking Adventures, Art Adventures, and Math Adventures which help enrich the growth and development of our children.
Ms. Courtney grew up in Chester County and nannied for many families while attending high school. While studying at Penn State for two years Ms. Courtney started her career in the Early Childhood Education field and plans to continue her professional career in the nursing field. She makes great relationships with families and loves to share your infants day with you!
"Have fun as much as you can and enjoy life.
Miss Nicole is the mother of a spirited 6 year old daughter who keeps her busy! She enjoys spending time with her daughter and her dog, Sweet Pea, and also helping her fiancé run concerts on the weekends!
Ms. Kathy has been a valued member of our KinderCare Teaching team since January 2013. With a Bachelor's of Science degree in K-12 Health and Physical Education along with her many years of experience in the education field, the Toddler room has become a creative and exciting learning environment for your children! Ms. Kathy loves teaching and watching her little people discover their worlds. This includes being part of their growing and learning experiences- such as taking walking steps, moving to music, recognizing colors and shapes, playing & sharing with friends, and expressing themselves with words! Ms. Kathy considers another very special part of working with these amazing little people are their special hugs!
While attending Penn State University, Ms. Kristen student taught in a yearlong placement at an urban-city school. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Kindergarten and Early Childhood Education in 2011 and plans on pursuing her Master's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies within the next year. Miss Kristen began as our toddler teacher, but has now moved up into our Discovery Preschool Classroom! The lessons she enjoys teaching most are those that involve hands-on learning. If you stop by her classroom during the day, you will find your children doing a wide range of activities from making snow in the summer, to going on "Bear Hunts" right within KinderCare's walls! There's never a dull moment in her classroom!
As one of our valued KinderCare teachers, Ms. Kaitlyn brings a sense of imagination and creativity to the Discovery Preschool classroom. Her excitement and interest in seeing children's eagerness to learn has helped shape her decision to become an educator in the teaching field. She has recently received her Child Development Associate's degree to help further her education for her classroom of Two-year-olds!
Ms. Tawna has been part of the KinderCare teaching team for the past 9 years. As a teacher with our Two-year-old's, Ms Tawana's positive spirit and love for her children continues to make the Discovery Preschool classroom a wonderful learning community for all of her students. Her experience over the past 33 years have helped her in becoming an exceptional nurturing teacher who ensures the safety of any child under her care.
Ona joined our center in November 2015 as a Toddler and Two Year Old teacher. She has recently been pursuing her child development associate degree and is taking over as our preschool teacher! Her favorite thing about teaching is helping children develop intellectually and socially. She loves interacting and spending time with children of all ages, which inspires her to go further in her career and to be a better teacher for the future!
"I love teaching Prekindergarten and helping my students get ready for Kindergarten through hands on activities and play!
Lizanne lives in Malvern with her husband and four children. She went to Salve Regina University where she received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She also has her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Scranton. She loves spending time with her family and reading.
Ms. Besa has been one of our exceptional teachers since 2012. As our former Preschool teacher, she created educational, fun and engaging activities for her classroom! She has now taken on the role of our Transitional Kindergarten teacher for our newly opened classroom! If you were to peek into the Transitional Kindergarten room throughout the day you would see Ms. Besa creating an exciting learning environment. These practices and love for teaching all help prepare her students with their transition to Kindergarten!
"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good" - JK Rowling
Miss Michelle is originally from Virginia and moved to Delaware two years ago with her husband. She began working at KinderCare as a behavior specialist for one of our students, and has now started working for us part time! She also has two fur babies at home, a miniature schnauzer named Jake and a kitten named Alexa.
Miss Cara is currently a student at Penn State University studying Education. She is a Floating teacher here at KinderCare during her breaks from school and throughout the summer. Miss Cara loves seeing the children grow and become more confident and achieving important milestones during their time here at KinderCare.
Mr Keith has been the cook at KinderCare for the past 23 years! The children love greeting him each morning with a smile and a high five. Mr Keith loves seeing the students growth from babies all the way to Kindergarten!
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.
Great Valley KinderCare ensures that all of our teachers are properly trained in all areas needed to be highly effective childcare providers. These trainings include but are not limited to CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety. We do monthly fire drills and are always checking classrooms for any safety hazards. To ensure your child's safety we have a fenced in playground and also a keypad entry. All visitors must be let in by a member of management and always need to present their photo ID upon entering the building. Health and Safety is our top priority at KinderCare. If you have any questions about Health and Safety please do not hesitate to contact our center and speak to our Health and Safety Coordinator.
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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