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McMurray KinderCare

Kelly Kramer, Center Director

118 Wilhaven Dr. McMurray PA 15317
(724) 941-4579 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
Turn at the Bobs Evans Intersection Above Krebs Center in Crossgates

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Pleasant Valley, Bower, Hill, McMurray Intermediate, Borland Manor, Muse

McMurray KinderCare is currently enrolling for the 2015-2016 school year. Schedule your tour today to experience learning through the eyes of a child.

Kids love learning just as much as they love having fun.  At KinderCare, we do both.  From small moments to big milestones, our curriculum is customized to nurture each child every day.

McMurray KinderCare Learning Center ranked in the top 10 of 2,500 centers nationwide for highest family retention!

Our NEW Early Foundations curriculum is the cutting edge for the early childhood field, has been reviewed by industry experts and researchers, and is tailored towards preparing children for social and academic success!
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Welcome

Welcome! The McMurray KinderCare is proud to offer one of the best early educational programs in the country - from infant to kindergarten and beyond. Here, your son or daughter will find a rich, nurturing environment where learning is fun, the curriculum grows as skills increase, and passionate teachers turn every learning moment into a positive experience. In short, our center is a place where you can be confident your child will thrive.

Kelly Kramer, 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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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.

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  1. Monday August 31, 2015
    1. Why are you excited for school to start?

Teachers & Staff

Every one of our teachers goes through the same rigorous hiring process to ensure their dedication and passion - and their ability to meet the developmental and emotional needs of your child. We confirm all professional references and conduct national criminal background screenings. Each member of our staff meets or exceeds the qualification requirements set by the state of Pennsylvania. Staff members also complete a full orientation and attend a comprehensive training program. No other early childhood education provider can match the level of customer service, experience, and commitment you will find here. Our center has a combined staff tenure of 114 years!

  • Kelly Kramer

    Kelly Kramer, Center Director

    I am passionate about my position as a Center Director for KinderCare because of the relationships that develop over time with all of the children and families. I take pride in our devoted staff, their commitment to high quality early childhood education, and our involvement within the community.

    Ms. Kelly is our Center Director here at KinderCare. Prior to working at KinderCare, Kelly was a summer camp director and worked at Fort Cherry Elementary as a full-time teacher. Ms. Kelly has her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Minored in Special Education. Right out of college she moved from her hometown of Erie to be with her no husband Patrick and began her career as a teacher. In 2006 Kelly and Patrick were married, experienced life on the Hawaiian Islands, swam with the dolphins, and flew out to Los Angeles California to film a testimonial about "Proactive Solution" with Jessica Simpson. In Kelly's free time she enjoys watching the Pittsburgh Penguins play hockey, shopping, taking her kids to the park, and playing games. She is very outgoing, creative, and organized. She loves being a part of the KinderCare family and enjoys getting to work with all of the children!

    Year Started:
    10/2/2007
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary & Special Education with a Minor in Special Education
  • Julia Horvat

    Julia Horvat, Assistant Director

    I love coming to work each day because every day is different. I am always learning new things, and eager to help others learn.

    Ms. Julia graduated from LaRoche College with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, a Minor in Psychology, and Special Education Certification. While she loves working with all children, her passion rests in the hands of working with at risk children. She believes this specific group of children need a little extra patience that she can give them. She loves introducing new concepts, and reading and interactions during story time. She loves her role as Assistant Director because there is so much room to learn and grow, while making an impact for children, families, and teachers everyday!

    Year Started:
    9/1/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with a Minor in Psychology
  • Amy Sullivan

    Amy Sullivan, Program Specialist

    Ms. Amy is our Program Specialist here at KinderCare.  Prior to becoming the Program Specialist Ms. Amy taught in our Preschool/Prekindergarten classrooms where she brought so much joy and love to learning. She has been with KinderCare for 16 years and has worked in the Education industry for 18 years. She finds her inspiration comes from the children and seeing them apply something she has taught them in a positive way.

    Year Started:
    10/1/1998
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Child and Family Studies
  • Mr. Louellen

    Mr. Louellen, Infant Classroom

    I love seeing the wonder in the babies faces each day and enjoy sharing in their accomplishments!

    Ms. Louellen has been an Infants teacher for one year now. She has a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. She also began Child Development Associate's coursework in October 2012. Ms. Louellen loves playing with the babies, developing a relationship with them and encouraging them in their accomplishments!

    Year Started:
    11/1/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and Master's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Working with children has always been a passion of mine and having the opportunity to do so on a daily basis is a blessing. I strive to be at the top of my game so that the children can get the best possible care and education. It's always so rewarding for me to see them grow and share what they've learned and excites them.

    Ms. Sarah is a new recruit at the McMurray KinderCare. She began working in childcare in 2002 and has experience working with infants through pre-K. In 2004 she was accepted to CCAC and Indiana University of Pennsylvania's collaborative program for elementary education. She completed her student teaching on the Kindergarten and fifth grade levels and earned her degrees respectively in 2007 and 2009. Ms. Sarah was delighted to be offered a position as preschool teacher at such a prestigious company as the McMurray KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading; Associate's Degree in Teacher Education
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Becky has been a teacher in our Discovery Preschool program for one year. She began working at KinderCare after graduating from Penn State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Kindergarten Education. Ms. Becky enjoys getting to know each individual child and teaching him or her about how to discover the world.

    Year Started:
    12/1/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Kindergarten Education
  • Ms. Angie

    Ms. Angie, Prekindergarten Classroom 2

    I am driven by the smiles and laughter of the children in my class. Seeing the excitement they have for learning excites me to teach!

    Ms. Angie has been with our KinderCare family for nearly 13 years. She has worked with all of our children here at KinderCare from infants to school-age children before her current position in Prekindergarten. Ms. Angie's educational background is from Community College of Allegheny County and the New York Institute of Technology's Cardean University is in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Angie really enjoys teaching early literacy in the classroom and likes to incorporate science experiments in daily curriculum.

    Year Started:
    7/1/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
  • Mr. Jason

    Mr. Jason, Prekindergarten Classroom 2

    I am passionate about seeing the children growing and learning.

    Mr. Jason has worked at KinderCare for four years now. Ms. Jason primarily teaches in the School Age classroom, but also helps in Prekindergarten, is a bus driver, and teaches a Science Class through our Learning Adventures Program. Mr. Jason brings a unique approach to learning by challenging children to think outside of the box. He has a special ability on how to approach learning. He is also learning and trying new techniques to reach the potential of the children!

    Year Started:
    11/1/2007
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Kayti

    Ms. Kayti, Private Kindergarten Classroom

    A child's new discoveries shine through their eyes and smiles!

    Ms. Kayti is our Private Kindergarten teacher here at KinderCare. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University. Kayti has worked with our Prekindergarten 1 and Prekindergarten 2 classrooms, but has found her favorite place to be is in Kindergarten. The most rewarding part of her job is watching the children get excited when they grasp a new concept!

    Year Started:
    6/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Private Kindergarten Classroom and School Age Classroom

    Teaching inspires me to be a better person and my happiness is seeing the kids smile!

    Ms. Danielle began at our center as an assistant Prekindergarten teachers will she attended California University of Pennsylvania. Since graduating, she has become a part of our Private Kindergarten team teaching science, social studies, and art. Danielle loves seeing how excited the children are to learn and experience new things. Knowing that she makes a difference in the children's lives is why Danielle has studied Early Childhood Education, and continues to enjoy her time working at the McMurray KinderCare Learning Center.

    Year Started:
    5/21/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Janet K.

    Ms. Janet K., Enrichment Specialist

    Since starting at KinderCare in 2010, I have had the chance to teach many wonderful friends of all age groups.  This Learning Adventures program means so very much to me because I get to celebrate the accomplishments of each child that spends time in these small group enrichment programs.  I truly believe that a great future starts right here, right now in early childhood education.

    Ms. Janet began at KinderCare as a PreK 1 teacher, and followed that with several years teaching in our infant program.  Last winter she worked with Miss Angie and Mr. Jason in a very dynamic PreK 2 program.  When the opportunity to teach as an Enrichment Specialist in the Learning Adventures Program came along, Ms. Janet enthusiastically jumped in with both feet!  The students and parents alike love her cheerful and nurturing personality.  She can often be heard singing with the children or telling her LA joke of the day!  Outside of the center, she loves to read, swim, and spend time with her two teenage children and her husband Paul, who is a DJ.  Many families will recall meeting Paul at our family events where he has provided entertainment.  Ms. Janet and some other teachers have been known to get together to sing at her husband's karaoke shows!

    Year Started:
    2/18/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Social Work
  • Ms. Renee

    Ms. Renee, Floating Teacher

    The children are our future! I like to see their enthusiasm as they achieve a goal or milestone. Watching the children learn new things and seeing them grow is gratifying. They are the next generation!

    Ms. Renee is the morning greeter for all of the early risers. After, Ms. Renee travels from room to room to give teachers breaks in almost every classroom. The teachers and children enjoy seeing a familiar face and the class routine is not interrupted. She loves helping the teachers with projects and interacting with all of the different age levels. Renee is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Renee's love of teaching comes naturally to her as her parents and two sisters are also teachers.

    Year Started:
    11/1/1999
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Janet C.

    Ms. Janet C., Food Preparation Specialist

    I love to cook and try new recipes. I also love preparing meals and snacks for all of the children in the center. I enjoy all of the children at KinderCare and watching them grow!

    Ms. Janet has been at KinderCare for almost four years. She graduated from Chartiers Valley High School and attended Parkway West technical school for two years where she studied sales and marketing. Ms. Janet really enjoys being apart of the staff and working with all of the children at KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years

August 2015 Events

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  1. Monday August 03, 2015
    1. Soccer Camp

  2. Tuesday August 04, 2015
    1. Wind Swept Visitor

    2. Illustrators!

      Let's create illustrations for our story we wrote yesterday!

  3. Wednesday August 05, 2015
    1. In House Field Trip- Ice Cream Social

    2. 5-SA Field Trip- Bruster's Tour

  4. Thursday August 06, 2015
    1. Library Day for PreK2

    2. Art Camp!

    3. Character Day!

      Wear something with your favorite character on it!

  5. Friday August 07, 2015
    1. Library Day for K/SA

  6. Saturday August 08, 2015
    1. Storybook Forest Family Party

  7. Monday August 10, 2015
    1. Soccer Camp

  8. Tuesday August 11, 2015
    1. Open House

    2. Wild World of Animals Visitor

    3. Letter Hunt

  9. Wednesday August 12, 2015
    1. In House Field Trip- Man of 1000 Songs

    2. 5-SA Field Trip- Fired Up

  10. Thursday August 13, 2015
    1. Library Day for PreK2

    2. Art Camp!

    3. Graph your favorite color at circle time!

  11. Friday August 14, 2015
    1. Library Day for K/SA

    2. Sports Day!

      Wear your favorite sports team!

  12. Monday August 17, 2015
    1. Color mixing in our classrooms!

    2. Soccer Camp

  13. Tuesday August 18, 2015
    1. Let's Make Tie Dye Shirts Today!

  14. Wednesday August 19, 2015
    1. In House Field Trip- Pittsburgh Puppet Works- Alphabet "X"pedition!

    2. 5-SA Field Trip- The Outdoor Classroom

  15. Thursday August 20, 2015
    1. Kona Ice Truck Visitor

    2. Art Camp!

    3. Library Day for PreK2

  16. Friday August 21, 2015
    1. K/SA Library Day and Bowling Field Trip

  17. Monday August 24, 2015
    1. KinderCare Beach Closes Until Next Summer!

  18. Tuesday August 25, 2015
    1. Reflect on Summer- What was your favorite activity?

  19. Wednesday August 26, 2015
    1. Exercise Day- Wear your exercise gear!

  20. Thursday August 27, 2015
    1. Kids Choice- What will we do today?

  21. Friday August 28, 2015
    1. Decorate your classrooms for Back to School!

  22. Monday August 31, 2015
    1. Why are you excited for school to start?

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
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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

At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent/guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance. Our Health and Safety Coordinator ensures our staff are trained on monthly focus areas for keeping current with health and safety guidelines. Most importantly, all staff obtain CPR and first aid certification according to NAEYC guidelines.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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

We wanted to express our immense gratitude to you and your Kindergarten staff, Kayti, Tara, and Jason, for providing a quality and caring Kindergarten program. Your program has offered dedicated, inspiring and enthusiastic teachers and a phenomenal program. Our daughter loves school and is challenged daily with your curriculum and social environment. Your program provides not only the necessary educational environment but the whole staff is dedicated to providing enrichment on a daily basis. We would recommend your program to anyone wanting their child to receive an invaluable solid educational foundation.

- Parents

We write this letter to recommend the KinderCare Learning Center located on Wilhaven Drive in McMurray, Pennsylvania (“KinderCare”) generally and its private kindergarten program specifically. We make this recommendation as family members of this facility, as our now five (5) year old son has attended KinderCare since he was three (3) months old. At that time, we were, I think, understandably frightened to leave our only child with individuals that we had met only a few times, during our visits to the facility. Nonetheless, the KinderCare had been recommended to us by a very close friend, an elementary school teacher, who insisted that this was the only facility that we should consider, and we have been grateful every day for her advice. Every one of our son’s teachers has reinforced our original decision to have our son attend this facility. From his first teacher, Ms. Audie (who has an amazing touch with infants – and their overprotective parents) through every one of the teachers with whom he has subsequently interacted, we have been blessed with teachers who have cared for him and taught him well. Our son has been enrolled for the last year in KinderCare’s private kindergarten, and we believe his math and reading skills have benefited immeasurably from the classes that he has attended and the personal attention that he has received. We are impressed by his continued interest in both math and reading – when he received a tablet for Christmas, he was more interested in downloading books from class to read than he was to play the games. Finally, the administrative staff is accessible and responsive to all of our requests for discussions about our son’s progress or our concerns about current events. Ms. Johanna has made time for one-on-one meetings with us within minutes of our requests, and our son still runs to the front desk every day to see and talk to Ms. Tiff on his way home. We understand that there are many other private as well as public kindergarten programs, but we believe that this KinderCare with its private kindergarten is one of kind, that our son and all of the children attending this private kindergarten program are provided an advantage in learning the skills necessary to complete a successful education.

- Parents

We would like to take a minute to tell you what an excellent experience we have had since joining you this past October. Every person that my daughter, Cameron, and I have interacted with at your center has been extremely professional, kind, caring, and patient. I can honestly say that when I leave my baby girl each morning, and all mothers know how difficult that is, I know that she will spend the day being loved, nurtured, protected, and educated. Having this confidence and peace of mind during my workday is truly invaluable. I cannot adequately express my gratitude for the extra measures that your teachers take several times every day to monitor Cameron for fevers and febrile seizures. This clearly demonstrates how willing your teachers are to go "above and beyond" to keep our precious children safe. Thank you for loving our little Cam and for helping to bring out the best in her both academically and socially. We truly appreciate everything you do every day!

- Mother

I am writing to express my thanks and appreciation to all of the wonderful teachers and our director, Johanna, at the McMurray KinderCare. Last year, I did something I never thought I would do and that was to put my children in school. It was a very tough decision, but one I am so thankful for now. My children have grown in so many wonderful ways and I know it is because of the excellent teachers that work with my children. Miss Amy made learning so much fun for my daughter when we were making that tough transition of starting at KinderCare, and she has continued to touch both of my children's lives in so many wonderful ways. Miss Tiffany and Miss Katie have helped my daughter become an excellent reader and chef through KinderCare's Enrichment Programs, and I am looking forward to my son having them in his Learning Adventures classes. My daughter looks forward to spending time with them every day and really admires them. Ms. Christine, Ms. Taylor, and Mr. Jason have made learning so much fun for my daughter that she actually gets excited to go to school and has repeatedly said on our way, "I love school so much!" A statement like that says so much! I would also like to thank Miss Casey, Miss Renee, Ms. Kelly, and Ms. Johanna because I know whether it is in the morning or during the day that they have also impacted my children's lives. To all the excellent teachers and management at KinderCare, thanks for all that you do to help my children and so many others grow into such well-rounded intelligent little people. Your job is truly the most important job, and I thank you for doing it so well.

- Mother
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