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South Medina KinderCare

Crystal Allen, Center Director

190 Northland Dr. Medina OH 44256
(330) 722-1681 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
All other Medina District Schools, **except for Waite** All Buckeye School District and St. Francis

We are very proud to say we are accredited through the NAEYC. For more information about the NAEYC accreditation please visit,  We are, also, Step Up to Quality rated as a Star 3 center.  For more information on Step Up to Quality go to


"Welcome to the South Medina KinderCare. Our caring staff and quality curriculum will help you and your family complete a worry free transition into our school. The staff at the our center is very professional and we enjoy being engaged with the children from our neighboring communities."

Crystal Allen, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

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


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.

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?


Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at South Medina KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Eighty percent of our teachers have completed Associate’s Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees and even a Master’s Degree. The South Medina team strives for excellence through continuing education from our company’s professional development trainings held twice a year to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. This also includes several on-site trainings from various child-related agencies from within our community. However, at the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Crystal Allen, Center Director

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. –Benjamin Franklin

    Crystal worked as a pre-k teacher from 2006 to 2012. She then took a position as a Preschool Director for two and a half years before moving into the Center Director position at Medina South Kindercare. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has been in the early childhood field for 16 years.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming Center Director, Crystal was a Preschool Director for 2 and half years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Digging-est Dog
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Special Education Endorsement
  • Ms. Heather Pavlic, Assistant Director

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Heather began her Early Childhood Career in Florida at the age of 16. She was a teacher assistant in a 2 year old classroom. Through the years, Heather taught Pre-K, became a supervisor and eventually took on a Director's role at one of the top preschools in Fort Lauderdal, Florida. Heather then moved back to Ohio and became a teacher at the Wadsworth Kindercare before tranferring to Medina Kindercare where she has been for the last 4 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    National CDA
  • Alyssa, Float

    Alyssa is in her second year of college. She is in the process of obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Alyssa has always loved children. From a young age, she knew she wanted to be a teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Alyssa started babysitting at a young age. She also spent a summer as a nanny.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    In the process of obtaining her Early Childhood Education Degree
  • Ms. Jamey

    Ms. Jamey, Infant Classroom

    The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. -Peggy O'Mara

    Ms Jamey has been with KinderCare for over fourteen years and she has been an Infant room teacher for her entire tenure. Her nurturing and caring for the Infants in her classroom is above par. She has a wonderful classroom and has great relationships with the children and families that she serves.

    Previous Experience:
    Jamey has a her credentials from the English Nanny and Governess school. Prior to working at KinderCare she was a Nanny.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    The English Nanny and Governess School
  • Jamie, Infants

    Ms. Jamie has been with Kindercare for 6 1/2 years. She lives in Medina with her 3 children and husband. Ms. Jamie was inspired in grade school to become teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jamie was a preschool teacher for the YMCA before beginning her career at Kindercare.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    High School
  • Lois, Pre-K

    Lois has worked for Kindercare for 25 years. She loves talking to former students and listening to them talk about their memories from Kindercare.

    Previous Experience:
    Lois was an Elementary School Teacher before becoming a pre-k teacher at Kindercare.
    Year Started:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Toddler Classroom

    The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see. -Alexandra K.Trenfor

    Ms. Heather has students with a wide range of abilities in her Toddler Classroom. She cares and nurtures all of the children while ensuring that all of their needs are being met and that all children are meeting their own individual goals and milestones. Ms. Heather joined us in 2011 and she is a wonderful addition to our team.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Spilled Milk
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Tricia

    Ms. Tricia, Discovery Preschool

    Children make teaching fun and exciting. Children inspire me to teach so I can watch them grow. I throw fun into learning everyday.

    Ms. Tricia has been a teacher with us since March of 2013. She has brought with her a love of games and art and makes learning so fun for all of the children in her classroom. Ms. Tricia has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Our families enjoy her sense of humor and joy for her career.

    Previous Experience:
    Tricia worked in a private childcare setting for over ten years before coming to work with us.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I'm a little teapot
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education

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

The South Medina KinderCare has been a staple of the Medina Community since 1984.  We have had over four thousand children enter our school and be educated by our staff.  We are proud to be able to provide services to all of Medina and outlying counties.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We are CLOSED for the following holidays: 
New Years Day
Memorial Day
Christmas Day
Independance Day
Labor Day
Presidents Day
Day After Thanksgiving
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Health and Safety

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with secure gates as well. In addition, the interior doors of the building have a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. A door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a Center staff member. At South Medina KinderCare we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. Jamey Beamer is our Health and Safety Coordinator. The Health and Safety Coordinator’s role includes conducting monthly tornado and fire drills, ensuring that all staff’s First Aid and CPR certificates are up to date, and for maintaining our high cleanliness standards. When you visit the ODJFS web site you will note that our child care center has had perfect licensing visits during our last two inspections.

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.

All three of my children have attended KinderCare over the past 9 years. I have known Lori Monday for almost all those years. Lori is a very caring individual ~ not only with my own children, but with all the children at the center. There isn’t a day that I don’t walk into the building and Lori is greeting myself or the other parents with a ‘hello’ and a warm, cherry smile. I have seen her give a child a hug doing their best and also give a child a hug when they weren’t. Even during those times, I have overheard her talking to the child hoping they realize what they did wrong, never in a harsh way, but more of a disappointed tone to help guide the child to make better choices in the future. I think she realizes they just need some loving attention. She is very attentive making sure the kids have the best experience possible while at the daycare ~ everything from fun field trips to very educational programs, which as a working mom, I appreciate more than I could express. She even verbally invites families to all of the extra activities they have during the holidays, just in case someone missed reading a sign, so they don’t miss out on the fun. I think she hires and manages a very caring staff ~ which has made my children’s experience at KinderCare something that I will truly miss when they no longer have to attend. We have become part of the KinderCare family because of Lori and her staff, who wish to run a center in the best interest of the children. -Jill S.

- Parent
Having our children enrolled at KinderCare is one of the best choices we’ve made for them.  The staff is caring and want nothing but the best for our children.  Since attending KinderCare we’ve seen an increase in their academic skills.  Our children enjoy attending KinderCare and often ask to go in on days off.  They talk about new things they’ve learned, songs that have been sung, and books that have been read.
- Parent

I love how sometimes when I pick up my kids that they do not want to leave because they are having fun.  The teachers at KinderCare love my kids, you can feel it.  My kids are always coming home with new things they learn, and to me that shows a lot about the wonderful people that work here.  We all love our KinderCare and the staff that makes it a great place.

- Parent

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