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Medina Road KinderCare

Mary Kay Travis, Center Director

3330 Medina Rd. Medina OH 44256
(330) 725-1738 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Heritage, Sydney Fenn, Northrop, Waite, St. Francis Xavier

The children’s education and safety is our number one priority. Focusing on your family’s needs paired with skilled staff to create the best future for your child is our passion.

Welcome

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

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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.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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.

Monthly Activities

May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

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.

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.

Spanish

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 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

  • Mary Kay Travis, Center Director

    Learning is about the relationships established and the lives that are touched, not just the books you read and the tests you take.

    Mary Kay has been with KinderCare for 19 years. She started as a two's teacher and then was a preschool teacher for two years before joining the management team as an Assistant Director. Mary Kay became a Center Director in 2002 working for KinderCare in Ohio and Las Vegas, Nevada. 

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare, Mary Kay worked as a drug and alcohol counselor serving men, women, and adolescents with addiction issues. She was instrumental in establishing a halfway house in Portage county that allows women to bring their children with them to treatment so as to treat the family unit as a whole and not separate the family.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1998
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
  • Emily Glau, Assistant Director

    Emily has been with KinderCare for ten years. She began her career with KinderCare as a lead Preschool teacher. After that, she became the center's Private Kindergarten teacher and was in that role for four years. Emily was ready for a new challenge and a spot opened up for the Learning Adventures teacher and she did that for three years. Her newest role as the assistant director is her favorite role yet and loves being part of such an amazing family! 

    Year Started:
    2/26/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood education from Bowling Green State University
  • Ms. Emily, Learning Adventures

    All children are brilliant! You just need to give them the confidence and resources to shine through.

    Ms. Emily graduated from The University of Akron in May 2016 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. She knew that she wanted to work with children in some aspect and feels like that this was a perfect place to do that! Ms. Emily has two nieces and a nephew whom she loves dearly. 

    Year Started:
    3/27/2017
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in sociology
  • Ms. Brittany, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Brittany has been married for three years and has a daughter named Bailey who is two. She went to the Medina County Career Center for early childhood education and after graduating she worked with toddlers and then transitioned to the Infant classroom. Brittany started working at KinderCare in 2012 as the Lead Infant Teacher and she loves teaching them and watching them grow. 

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Ms. Brittany worked for another child care facility for six years. In that time, she was a toddler teacher and an infant teacher.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Two Year Certification in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shannon, Infant Classroom

    Miss Shannon graduated with a degree in Dietetics but has always wanted to work with children. She was a KinderCare child herself; so it's been nice to work for her to work for the company that helped her grow! She has enjoyed working with the children and families here and is considering pursuing post-graduate courses in the education field. 

    Year Started:
    9/26/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 months
  • Ms. Jen, Infant Classroom

    In 2012 my son joined Cub Scouts and I have been a Den Leader and currently a cub master. Working with the boys helped Ms. Jen realize how much she enjoyed working with children and watching them grow. Every child is different and learn differently.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Health & Wellness
  • Ms. Bethany, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Bethany has been in the Toddler classroom for over a year. Prior to the Toddler classroom, she worked in the Discovery Preschool classroom. 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 lifelong 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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to beginning work at KinderCare, Ms. Bethany worked as a restaurant manager. She also worked as a nanny for many years.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor in Business Administration of Management
  • Ms. Kelly, Discovery Preschool

    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 "aha" moment when a child accomplishes something new on their own.

    Previous Experience:
    Before teaching at KinderCare, Ms. Kelly was a nanny for five years.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Bachelor degree in Family and Child Development
  • Ms. Stephanie, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Stephanie has worked with children for 15 years. She was born and raised in Ohio and has ten nieces and nephews. She loves the simple laughs and excitement that she sees in her preschool children every day. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stephanie has many years of experience working with children from infants to school age in Ohio, California, and Illinois.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Erin, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Ms. Erin was the Volunteer Coordinator at Feeding Medina County, was an intern at OSU Extension, and worked for Oaks Family Care Center!
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies with minor in Sociology
  • Ms. Amy, Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Amy has been teaching young children for many years. She taught kindergarten for 14 years at Cleveland Metropolitan School District. She has been working for KinderCare for almost five years. Ms. Amy has really enjoyed watching children learn something new every day. She loves to sing to her students and enjoys the hugs and smiles she receives every day.  

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to teaching at KinderCare, Ms. Amy was a kindergarten teacher for Cleveland City Schools
    Year Started:
    6/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Heather, School Age Classroom

    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 five to 12 years.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Heather has several years of experience working with children from Infant to School Age.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Ms. Karen, School Age Classroom

    I believe that children can learn and do anything if they put their 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 experience 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!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to teaching at KinderCare, Ms. Karen worked for the Cleveland Diocese and also worked as a swim instructor for the Medina Rec center.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts

Upcoming Center Activities

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May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

Monday May 29, 2017
Center Closed for Memorial Day

About Our Center

We are proud to be a NAEYC Accredited and 5 Star Step Up To Quality rated center!!!!

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

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

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.

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.

Being a new mom, it was very emotional having to bring my 8 week old daughter to a center for childcare. The teachers and staff were very warm and welcoming and made me feel comfortable right away. They made sure to answer all of my questions and put my mind at ease before I left. They even called me a couple hours after I dropped off to let me know how my daughter was doing!

We have been there for 8 months now my daughter is doing sign language! She has great social skills and I know being around the other children and teachers contributed to that.
The teachers are always working on art projects and sensory activities with the babies. It's so cute to see your baby's artwork up on the boards when you walk in!
The teachers are so sweet and I can tell that they genuinely care about my daughter. I never thought I would be comfortable being away from my daughter but I know she is in good hands and is getting the best care out there!
 
- Mother

I have been very impressed by the field trips scheduled for the school age students. Hannah has enjoyed them very much and several times she has come home quoting what she learned, like at Stan Hewitt Hall and Gardens as well as Castle Noel. I appreciate you selecting interesting trips that appeal to boys and girls of all ages. She also enjoyed the cooking days and the hip hop classes in addition to the great teachers. I would highly recommend your facility to anyone seeking a summer program for school age children. We plan for Hannah to attend again next summer.

Thank you again for making this a fun and interesting summer!
- Mother

As a family with two children enrolled in Kindercare Route 18 Medina, we have had such an amazing experience. Growing up, neither of us were aware of daycare and had reservations on enrolling our children. Since starting our daughter at 12 weeks of age, the “family” at Kindercare has provided our children and us as parents with exceptional comfort and reassurance when our children are there. The attention each child receives is individualized to their specific needs. The teachers recognize when they may need a little extra attention on any certain day and ensures they have more one on one attention that day. The entire staff has been awesome in communicating with us on a daily basis regarding our children through notes and phone calls. We love the scheduled parent teacher conferences to ensure our children are developing along the guidelines for their age group and seeing their portfolios to see how they have progressed. We really appreciate the staff and feel as if they have become part of our family. Both of our children’s skills in regards to development, socially, emotionally and physically have excelled with the extra time the staff spends with each of them. Hands down, there is no other option to consider when selecting an exceptional place for your child to be comfortable, loved and gain a well-rounded education and learning experience.

- Mother

A letter written by a family that had to leave the center:

Dear Kindercare Family,

As many of you know, today will be the last day Claire and Matthew will be attending KinderCare Medina. It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to all of the teachers, directors, assistant directors, bus drivers, cooks – all of the role models we have encountered over the last five years. Words cannot express the gratitude we have for the countless ways in which you have supported us, brought fun and learning, and peace and enlightenment to Matt and Claire. The impact that you have had on our lives is substantial.
I am sure that you are not told often enough, but know without a doubt that the work you do every day makes a difference in the lives of these children and their families. It is important and meaningful and it does not go unnoticed.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,
Mike, Kris & Rick
Claire and Matthew

 
- Mother

The Medina Road KinderCare kindergarten program was a wonderful first step

into school. Our daughter excelled in the KinderCare kindergarten program
and now excels in the public schools so we feel a good foundation was built
from day one. Ms. Gaspar is engaging, articulate, fun, creative and also
keeps the class under control without harshness. I highly recommend Ms.
Gaspar and the kindergarten program at the Medina Road KinderCare. The
small class size coupled with the teacher's ability to hold the children's
interest level created a winning combination. The flexibility of before
and after care means parents don't have to worry about a secondary option
of care as the child stays put all day with no extra shuffling required.
We have experienced great staff and good management throughout our entire
time with the Medina Road KinderCare location.

Deb Talley
 
- Mother

Our daughter, Samantha, completed Kindergarten at KinderCare during the 2013-14 school year and had Ms. Gaspar as her teacher. We loved that the class size was so small (6 children total) and that they had great technology resources to keep the kids engaged. It seems like every week Ms. Gaspar was doing a fun experiment in science or the kids were doing yoga and learning about managing stress. I also loved the sight word wall where as the kids learned a new word, it got added to the wall. By the end of the year, the wall was full and Samantha was a great reader! Samantha also loved Ms. Gaspar! She is a very caring, creative, fun teacher who just created the most peaceful environment for all the kids to learn and grow. Now Samantha is in 1st Grade at Granger and I feel has a head start over many of the kids in her class. She’s reading Chapter books for fun (and has to read to herself each night to fall asleep!) and enjoys math and science. During our first parent teacher conference, her teacher told us how well prepared Samantha was for 1st grade and she continues to do great! Thank you KinderCare and Ms. Gaspar!

- Mother
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