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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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Neighborhood:
Wayside Lakes

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
This center does not provide care for schoolagers.

Welcome

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.

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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

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

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!

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

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.

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:
    11/25/1985
    Tenure:
    31 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Education:
    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:
    8/13/1993
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • 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:
    3/22/1993
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Years
    Education:
    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:
    12/4/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Marcia

    Ms. Marcia, Infant Classroom

    I love seeing the joy on the children's faces after they learn something.

    I have been with KinderCare since 2010. I have taught in all classrooms. I am single and have an adult daughter. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

    Year Started:
    8/2/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Tiffany

    Ms. Tiffany, Preschool

    I love making the children smile.

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

    Year Started:
    1/17/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15years
    Education:
    CDA
  • 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:
    8/19/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Michelle graduated in 2013 from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Education. During her College years, Ms. Michelle worked in the event planning division of the Toledo Zoo. She is a bundle of fun in the classroom. She likes getting silly with the children as they are learning.

    Year Started:
    8/2/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelors of Science Degree in Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Monday March 06, 2017
Swirling weather picture

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The Preschool class are starting off their weather unit today. In small group, they will be making pictures depicting windy weather.

Tuesday March 07, 2017
Weather Stations

The Prekindergarten class has turned their Dramatic Play center into a weather station. What will the weather be?

Wednesday March 08, 2017
Creating Habitats for the animals

The Toddlers are creating animal habitats in their sensory area using items found in nature and around the home.

Thursday March 09, 2017
Positions of the moon

The Prekindergarteners will learn about the positions of the moon.

Friday March 10, 2017
Animal Tracks

The Discovery Preschool class are making Animal Tracks on paper. What animal belongs to what track?

Friday March 10, 2017
Fishing for Sounds

The Preschool Class will be practicing their phonics skills with this game. What letter goes with what sound?

Monday March 13, 2017
The Starry Night

The Prekindergarten class will be discussing Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night, then painting their interpretation of the painting.

Tuesday March 14, 2017
Picture Day

The classrooms will be getting photos taken by Life Touch Photography. 

Wednesday March 15, 2017
Making Rainclouds

The Preschool Class will be discussing types of rain clouds and making pictures of rain clouds in art and also using different materials to create rain in the Science area.

Wednesday March 15, 2017
Open House

Come and see our classrooms in action. Wednesday, March 15th 9am-6pm.

Thursday March 16, 2017
Exploring Taste - Sour Foods

The Toddler Class will be exploring different foods with sour taste.

Friday March 24, 2017
Animal Yoga

The Toddlers and Two's will practice their animal poses.

Wednesday March 29, 2017
What Weighs More?

The Prekindergarten Class will be exploring the concept of weight.

Thursday March 30, 2017
Tasting and Exploring Bitter foods

What foods taste Bitter?

Friday March 31, 2017
Creating Compound words

The Prekindergarten Class will be creating and using compound words today.

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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
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