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Mentor South KinderCare

Connie Jordan, Center Director

7061 Wayside Dr. Mentor OH 44060
(440) 352-0545 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEAR-OLDS

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Welcome! Mentor South KinderCare is proud to offer one of the best early learning programs in the country. Our passionate teachers turn every learning moment into a positive experience. We are 1 star rated through the Ohio Step Up to Quality program. We are also Nationally Accreditated through the National Accreditation Commission. We are currently pursuing  our second accreditation through NAEYC.

Connie Jordan, 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.

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.


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.

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to the Mentor South KinderCare located off of  Mentor Avenue.We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on hands on learning.

  • Connie Jordan

    Connie Jordan, Center Director

    I love connecting on a personal level with all of my families.

    Connie has been with KinderCare for the past 27 years. She's taught in all classrooms and was an Assistant Director for the past 20 years before taking on the role of Center Director in June of 2013. Connie enjoys getting to know the families and watching the children grow and learn.

    Year Started:
    31 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Kerri Higgins

    Kerri Higgins, Assistant Director

    The best part of my job is watching the children accomplish something they have been working on and seeing the pure joy on their faces.

    Kerri has worked for KinderCare for the past 20 years. In those years, she has been a Preschool and Prekindergarten teacher for ten years and the Assistant Director for the last ten years.

    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Infant Classroom

    I love watching the children change and grow daily.

    Ms. Karen has been with KinderCare since March of 1993. She currently works in the Infant room, but has worked in all classrooms. Ms. Karen has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Slippery Rock University. She has also taught for four years in the school system prior to starting a family and teaching at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Karen worked in the special education field for four years.
    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education
  • Ms. Nicki

    Ms. Nicki, Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the children reach their milestones.

    Ms. Nicki has been in the childcare field since 2003. She began by babysitting neighborhood children and then worked in other child care centers. Ms. Nicki has been with our Infant room since her start here at KinderCare. She loves creating the individual lesson plans for the Infants in her care. She loves watching them grow and blossom everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nicki has previous experience babysitting and working in other childcare centers.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Tiffany

    Ms. Tiffany, Toddler Classroom

    I love making the children smile.

    I have been in the ECE field since 1999. I used to live in the Cincinnati area. I am married and we have a son together.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Vicki

    Ms. Vicki, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy seeing the children learn something new and grow each and every day.

    Ms. Vicki has worked at KinderCare since 2008. Prior to KinderCare, Ms. Vicki cared for children out of her home. In her classroom she lets the children explore different learning centers on their own and does a lot of one on one interactions. Ms. Vicki loves to get creative with the children and it shows in her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Vicki had an in-home childcare center.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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

  • Step Up to Quality 3 Star Award Winner

    Step Up to Quality 3 Star Award Winner

  • Nationaly Accredited

    Nationaly Accredited

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day ( Staff Professional Development Day)
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day ( Staff Professional Development Day)
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Our Center has secured doors with keypad entry into the classrooms. We have a large fenced in play ground, and our team members are First Aid and CPR certified.

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.

It's very hard to write this thank you note as I know we are getting ready to start another chapter in our life! You all have helped us through this first year as new parents. I never once had to worry about Kensie while I was at work. You all greeted us everyday with a smile and reassured me when Kensie introduced a new "challenge". Thank you for all that you do each and everyday - not just for Kensie but for all the kids. Keep up the amazing work! You all ROCK!  Amy, Greg, and Kensie

- Mom & Dad

Thank you for the wonderful service that you have provided for our family. I am very happy with the care and nurturing enviroment that your center provided from Infancy to now. I would like to send a note of appreciation to the Infant and Pre - Toddler teachers. I loved the care and nuturing enviroment that Ms. Karen and Nicki provided in the Infant Room. And, I really appreciated the daily notes that Miss Abbey sent home everyday telling me what my child learned that day. They are a great group of ladies!

- Mother & Father

My children have been enrolled in this facility for the past three and a half years. As a family, we have gone through a lot and the staff here has been excellent and always willing to listen and help in any ways they can. Miss Karen in the baby phenomenal and always showed such compassion and love for my children, even now she is always someone I look forward to running into randomly even though my children haven't been in her direct care for two years. Miss Vicki is also a fantastic teacher that both of my children had the privilege to have and she is also amazing with the children and always giving her best to helping them learn and stay safe. There have been many other teachers that have helped shape them and continue their growth into little gentlemen, I feel lucky to have found such an amazing place so that I don't have to worry when I can't be there with them. Even the "office staff" Miss Kerri and Miss Connie are incredible. They always answer questions quickly and have been such a huge help to my family. I also love that this center has such fun activities for my children to do and I know every day they are learning and growing rather than just sitting in front of the TV like some other places do.I am constantly telling anyone and everyone about how fantastic this center is and how amazing the staff are. They are just so incredible and I feel blessed that they have been part of my children's lives.

- Mother

All of you have played such an important role in our efforts to raise "S" to be a very happy, kind, well - adjusted little girl. She was practically a baby when she arrived, now look at her! Thank you for everything you've done for our family. You made our re-location to Ohio so much easier. We are forever grateful!

- Father

Kerri and Connie,
It truly makes us very sad to remove S. from your care. The love and kindness you've shared has meant so much more than you can imagine. You both were such a huge blessing to our family. Words can not express our gratitude. Please keep in touch. We love you! 

- Father

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