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Mechanicsburg KinderCare

Amy Barrett, Center Director

335 Cumberland Pkwy Mechanicsburg PA 17055
(717) 791-2707 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEARS

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Special Instructions:
next to Giant off Rt. 15

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Mechanicsburg: All Northern York: South Mountain, Dillsburg Cumberland Valley: Monroe West Shore: Rossmoyne, Lower Allen Private: St Joeseph, Bible Baptist

We strive to provide a fun and welcoming environment for the children and their entire family. We hold many family events. The times of the events vary to accommodate different schedules. Past events include movie nights, a Luau, Carnivals, a Sock Hop as well as our annual Winter Gala where the children get to show off some of what they have been learning.

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Welcome to the Cumberland Parkway KinderCare in Mechanicsburg! We are here to support our families and ensure your child's safety in a secure, fun loving and nurturing learning environment. We have a phenomenal staff of caring teachers who have pledged to guide the children with kindness, respect and positive guidance. We would love for you to join our family.
 We offer discounts to employees of the following local and national companies:
 Rite Aid
 Aspen Dental
 M & T Bank
 Panera Bread
 Wells Fargo
 And many  more!
 Please call for additional employee discounts!

Amy Barrett, Center Director

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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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

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


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.

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 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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Where would we be without our teachers?  They are what sets us apart from other facilities.  We take pride in hiring only the best, most passionate teachers.  We are early childhood professionals- please don't call us babysitters!
All of our teachers have:
*40 hours of KinderCare training prior to entering a classroom.
*15 hours of STARS New Hire training.
*Pediatric First Aid & CPR.
*At least 24 hours of training per year.
*Ongoing Professional Development requirements.
*And most of all... a love for what they do!

  • Amy Barrett

    Amy Barrett, Center Director

    I am so excited to be part of the KinderCare family! I am passionate about children and providing them a place where they can be nurtured and protected, while reaching their highest potential. 'Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.' -Benjamin Franklin

    Amy was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania. She now lives in Camp Hill with her daughter, Alexandra and their little dog, Tilly.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Jennifer Whitcomb

    Jennifer Whitcomb, Assistant Director

    Everyone loves Miss Jen! She greets everyone by name and knows something special about each child. Her enthusiasm is contagious and she is willing to do whatever it takes to make our center the best.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5+ years
    Bachelor's in Education
  • Miss Linda

    Miss Linda, Infants

    Ms Linda has been helping our young children learn and grow for over 10 years.  You will appreciate her open communication and passion for Early Childhood Education.  She continues to stay current by attending many early childhood trainings and conferences.

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Credential
  • Miss Kristy

    Miss Kristy, Infants

    Ms Kristy works in our Infant classroom. I have never seen her have a bad day. She is so kind and loving with our babies and is always coming up with new ways to keep them engaged. Ask her about research-based/NAEYC recommended least-restrictive environment and Safe Sleep for Babies, both designed to keep your baby healthy and safe.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in Psychology & Infant/Toddler Child Development Credential
  • Miss Zabie

    Miss Zabie, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's in Education
  • Miss Katelyn

    Miss Katelyn, Toddler Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight, Moon
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Bachelor's in Education
  • Miss Vanessa

    Miss Vanessa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education from Pitt
  • Miss Kelli, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree from Millersville University
  • Miss Nadia

    Miss Nadia, Discovery Preschool

    Miss Nadia is one of our amazing Discovery Preschool teachers! Come for a tour and see how she and her co-teacher keep twelve two year olds busy as beavers! They have a day packed full of learning and fun.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Berenstain Bears
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    B.A. in Psychology
  • Miss Olivia

    Miss Olivia, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education from Millersville University
  • Miss Maxine

    Miss Maxine, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Miss Maxine's class is an incredible testament to her commitment to children and their learning styles. She has a unique talent for responding to the individual needs and interests of each and every child!

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's in Education from Millersville University
  • Miss Amela

    Miss Amela, Prekindergarten

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    B. A. in Psychology from Shippensburg
  • Miss Mary

    Miss Mary, Kindergarten

    Ms Mary brings a wonderful depth of knowledge and understanding to our school.  She has a passion for igniting the spark of learning in her kids and she has results to prove it.  She lays a firm foundation for the years of school ahead.  Talk to the local elementary teachers; they love when their students come from her class.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood
  • Miss Meghan

    Miss Meghan, School Age

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Courtney, School Age

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate
  • Miss Kelly

    Miss Kelly, Health & Safety Coordinator, Cook, Bus Driver

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate Degree in Education

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Harrisburg Magazine Readers' Poll 2016

    Harrisburg Magazine Readers' Poll 2016

  • Harrisburg Magazine Readers' Choice 2015

    Harrisburg Magazine Readers' Choice 2015

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Your child's health and safety is one of our top priorities. All of our staff is CPR and First Aid certified and complete a fire safety course. Our building is secured with keypad entry and all our playgrounds are surrounded by eight foot fences. Our building employs a Health & Safety Coordinator to ensure all monthly checks and tasks are completed to the highest standards.

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.

Every day when we drop Katy and James off at school, we know that they are loved, cared for and learn new things. It's comforting to know that when they aren't with us they are with such a wonderful team of people. Thank you all for helping us raise our kids. 

- Parents

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