Mary Kay Travis, Center Director
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Welcome to Medina Road KinderCare! Here we believe that early education starts at infancy and that learning begins at birth. The management team and staff at Medina Road feel that children are our biggest asset. We want to give our youth the best start to a bright future. Choosing an early education program for your child is an important decision that will affect their academic success. Our Early Foundations curriculum that supports both national and state standards includes developmental activities to support the growth of the whole child physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially. Come see what makes us a leader in education.
Mary Kay Travis, 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.
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.
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.
A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 Medina Road Staff are dedicated to quality education and environments that support each individual child’s development. We love connecting personally with each one of our families supporting them throughout their child’s educational journey. The friendly and caring staff here at KinderCare hold a passion for children and teaching
Learning is about the relationships established and the lives that are touched, not just the books you read and the tests you take.
Gina began her career in Early Childhood Education in 1996 while she was attending Kent State University. A year after graduating with a Bachelors of Science in English, she accepted a position as a Center Director. She has worked with staff, parents, children, community leaders, Board of Education members in several cities, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services Licensing Specialists, Health Department Inspectors, Behavior Intervention Specialists and Social Workers. Her position has presented many unique challenges and many amazing relationships and memories. Gina is very excited to continue her career in Early Childhood Education at Medina KinderCare!
Every child is a different kind of flower and all together make this world a beautiful garden.
Crystal started in the childcare industry right out of highschool, because she wanted to have a hand in teaching and leading future generations. Crystal has a daughter who is eleven and lives in Brunswick, where I grew up, with my husband and daughter. She enjoys traveling with her family and crafting.
Children are the future. We need to supply them with the appropriate resources and give them confidence through love and support. Only then will they be successful.
Amy graduated from The University of Akron in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business and Organizational Communication. She went on to graduate school at Cleveland State University in 2009 and earned her teaching license in Special Education. She joined KinderCare in 2011 as an Assistant Director. She came to our center in June of 2013.
She has a daughter, Layla, who is in the Infant Program at this center.
Amy loves working with children and enjoys all their individual personalities. She loves participating in the summer program planning with the School Age children.
Ms. Maryann is the cook at Medina Road KinderCare. She has been here for four years, where she started in the School Age Room as the lead teacher and summer coordinator. When the opportunity came to have a new challenge, Ms. Maryann joined the infant room. She enjoys the new experiences that the infants bring each day. Each experience is a new learning adventure to them and it's so rewarding to be able to be in the environment to experience it. Maryann has recently accepted the cook position at our center and is excited to use her cullinary skills to keep our children healthy and happy!
Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. -Anthony J. D'Angelo
Ms. Bethany has been in the Discovery Preschool classroom since she began teaching at KinderCare. She enjoys working with her co-teacher, Ms. Kelly, on teaching curriculum, crafts, games, and other fun education activities for the children. Bethany loves the opportunity to teach a child a life long skill or help them to accomplish a task they have been working on. Bethany feels that each day is something new because, with this age group, children are growing right in front of your eyes.
Ms. Kelly began teaching at KinderCare in 2009. She started as a Preschool teacher and then moved to Discovery Preschool, where she has been ever since. She enjoys watching her children express themselves through art, music/dance and dramatic play. Her favorite part about teaching is witnessing the "ah-hah" moment when a child accomplishes something new on their own.
In the last 8 years I have realized that what I love most about working with children is watching them learn new things every day and knowing that I am part of that!
Ms. Brittany has been working in the Infant Classroom at KinderCare since February 2012. In 2006 she graduated with a two year certification in Early Childhood Education at the Medina County Career Center. During her time in the classroom she enjoys doing art projects such as finger painting and stamping. She also likes sensory time. She loves watching the infants explore snow, dirt, and other things. Brittany loves to see their milestones in the time she has with them. From tummy time, to crawling, to walking and talking. It's such a joy to watch them grow and learn.
I love being able to be a part of children's lives and watch them grow and achieve new milestones.
Ms. Leah loves working with the infants and toddlers. She has expereince working in her church daycare and volunteering with youth soccer teams.
Seeing children smile and get excited to see you is priceless.
Ms. Stephanie has worked with children ranging from newborn to twelve years old for 13 years now. She went to High School at Wadsworth and graduated from the University of Akron with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education.
Over the years, she's lived in Illinois and California, where she got to open her eyes to different cultures and ways of educating young minds. Ms. Stephanie is excited to be part of the team at Medina Road KinderCare!
A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, touches a heart, shapes a future.
Ms. Amy enjoys watching children learn something everday. She loves the hugs, smiles and laughter she gets from the students daily. She is constantly reminded of why she became a teacher.
Ms. Amy also enjoys singing songs to her students to help them learn and remember important concepts they will need to be successful in school.
All children are brilliant! You just need to give them the confidence and resources to shine through.
Ms. Emily has been with KinderCare since our center opened in 2008! She started off teaching in the Preschool classroom and then trasitioned into the Kindergarten teacher. She is now the Learning Adventures teacher.
Ms. Emily enjoys working with many different age groups and she loves to teach them all of the enrichment programs we have to offer!
I have always wanted to work with children and this is my dream job!
Ms. Erin went to Ashland University and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Studies. When she chose this major, she knew she wanted to work with children hands on every day. Ms. Erin has had a passion for working with children of all ages and is so happy to help her classroom grow and learn every day.
What we learn becomes a part of who we are.
Ms. Stephanie dreamed of being a teacher since second grade, with a teacher who inspired her. She hopes that one day, one of her students will think of her the same way and she can be a positive influence on them.
A good teacher shows students where to look, but never tells them what to see.
Ms. Rebekah is passionate about teaching young children. She loves to see how the children meet the important developmental milestones, and learn through play, based on their ages and abilities.
Ms. Rebekah enjoys having the opportunity to build positive relationships with the families and children at the center.
Watching children accomplish something on their own and getting excited over it lets me know I am making a difference in their lives.
Ms. Stephanie loves walking into the classroom and hearing "Hi, Ms. Stephanie!" She loves working with the children in small groups because she gets to see the expression on their faces when they succeed on their own. Working with children puts a smile on her face and that's why she loves coming to work each day.
Watching children grow, learn, and hit certain milestones is one of the greatest gifts a teacher could experience.
Ms. Heather began teaching at KinderCare in 2012, where she was a toddler teacher. She then moved on to a school age teacher.
Ms. Heather is currently attending the University of Akron for early childhood education.
She loves being a school ages teacher because it gives her the opportunity to experience children ages 5 to 12 years.
I believe that children can learn and so anything if they put thier mind to it. Mind over matter. I think I can, I think I can.
Ms. Karen has been a school age teacher since 2004. She brings so much expereince to our center. She has worked as a teacher's aide, a gym teacher, a substitute teacher, and a swim instructor. She loves being a part of the children's lives!
At the end of the day, the only questions I will ask myself are; Did I love enough? Did I laugh enough? Did I make a difference?
Ms. Laura has been working in our Prekindergarten classroom since she started in 2013. She has also helped with Summer Camp in the school age classroom. Ms. Laura enjoys teaching and hearing the children express, with excitement to their parents, the things that they learned in school.
Exposure, exposure, exposure! Exposing children at an early age to different arts, literacy, and cultures will increase their knowledge to help them decide on their future with confidence.
Ms. Shaune has worked in the toddler classroom at our center since 2012. She has a bachelor's degree from Slippery Rock University in PA.
Ms. Shaune enjoys the welcome she gets from her toddlers everyday as well as all the teachable moments, smiling faces, and hugs. She also enjoys watching the children mimic adults around them through play, reading, and interacting with one another.
Ms. Shaune believes the teamwork between the center and the parents will mold the children into their highest potential.
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.
Safety is a top priority as an educational facility for young children. Medina Road KinderCare maintains a healthy environment promoting hand washing and communicable disease prevention. Security locked doors and fenced in play areas provide safe place for children to learn and grow.
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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