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McMurray KinderCare

Ellis Arato, 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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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Borland Manor

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

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.

SCHOOL-READY

What Learning Looks Like

Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

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.

Our Teachers

We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.

Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!

A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH

An Artist's Heart

"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.

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We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • 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.

    Lisa K. - KinderCare Parent
  • 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!

    Christine P. - KinderCare Parent
  • 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.

    Leslie and Chris P. - KinderCare Parent
  • The past three and a half years at KinderCare have been phenomenal for my daughter and us.  Both my husband and I had mothers who stayed at home and raised children, so I was TOTALLY against daycare and somewhat afraid of it.  However, KinderCare changed all of that for me!

    From the moment that we lost our neighbor's care for our daughter and had one week to find care, KinderCare stepped right in, assisted us, and made us feel right at home.  I truly believe that there is no other daycare facility in the area that provides the level of care, safety, security, and education that your facility does.

    Every teacher was so loving with our daughter, and even when there were issues or concerns, they were addressed.  Most importantly, she was loved, and that is just what she needed.  From the moment she started at 18 months with MIss Casey, she began to flourish in all areas of development.  KinderCare catered to our every need, whether it be with her speech therapy when she was 2, her concussion when she was 3, healthy meals provided by Ms. Janet, Learning Adventures, or any of her care or educational needs/desires.  I can't believe how the years have flown by, and how much my baby girl has grown and learned, and you all are forever a part of her story.

    You should feel so good about the work and care that you are doing/providing.  It takes a lot for me to trust someone with my most prized possession, and KinderCare took it and handled it with true care and love, until the time when she was more then ready to spread her wings and start Kindergarten as the youngest student in her class.

    So from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU so much, for the last three and a half years.  I can never repay you for what it has meant to me.  I know you will be seeing my daughter at least on some breaks and summers (maybe more)...but her main full time tenure has sadly come to an end.  You will also now have my little baby boy in November, and we look forward to same level of care.

    So THANKK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! We love you all!

    Shelley - KinderCare Parent
  • 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.

    William and Stephanie W. - KinderCare Parent

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Who Are KinderCare Families?

They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.

Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.

A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A

Home in Houston

Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.

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