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Middletown KinderCare

Neferteri Gaskin, Center Director

1250 Elliott Dr. Middletown OH 45044
(513) 422-0721 Contact this center

Ages: 6-weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
at Roosevelt Blvd & Elliott Dr

Across the street from Arby's -- Off of state rt 122

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Rosa Parks, Creekview, Amanda, Wildwood, and Central Academy

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Welcome to KinderCare in Middletown! We take great pleasure in having served this community for the past 30 years. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth by focusing on their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Here at KinderCare in Middletown, we believe that it takes a village to raise a child, and our parents consider us to be an extension of their families. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment in which to learn, but will also have support from a team of child development experts with a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Neferteri Gaskin, Center Director

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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.

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


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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

At KinderCare Learning Center in Middletown, we hire only nurturing people with a passion for early childhood education. Then we build on that enthusiasm by investing in their training and continuing education. All lead teachers have a college degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field, and all staff members participate in 25 hours of specialized training throughout the school year. Teachers here are truly experts in the field of Early Childhood Education, and it shows daily through their classrooms and interactions with their students and families.

  • Neferteri Gaskin

    Neferteri Gaskin, Center Director

    Children are like sponges and they are ready and willing to soak up all the knowledge that is imparted to them.

    Neferteri Gaskin has worked in the Early Childhood field for over ten years.  She has held various positions including lead teacher in various classrooms, Assistant Director and Center Director.  Working with children is something she loves to do and believes it is self rewarding to see the impact she is able to have on children.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Kelvin Riggins

    Kelvin Riggins, Assistant Director

    The greatest sign of success for a to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist.

    Working as an Assistant Director for KinderCare has proven time after time to me that KinderCare is more than just a daycare.  From infants to kindergarten-age children, to highly trained teachers nurture each child to reach developmental milestones, while ensuring they become confident, joyful and fully prepared students.
    KinderCare has been a trusted name among parents and families. Our classrooms are safe and nurturing learning environments for children six weeks to twelve years, offering age-appropriate opportunities to discover, explore and learn. Our approach is based on widely accepted childhood development and brain-based learning research that clearly indicates the deepest, most genuine learning occurs for children through play-based activities. We foster the cognitive and social development of each child with fun lessons lovingly guided by highly trained teachers, preparing children for social and academic success.

    My bio is this; I have a B.S Business Administration/Marketing degree from the University of Akron and as a Associate Director I work hard to ensure that children and their families feel that their kids will receive excellent care and outstanding education through their attendance at KinderCare.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    B.S Business Administration Marketing
  • Ms. Hallie Fadder

    Ms. Hallie Fadder, Cook

    A person's a person, no matter how small.

    Ms. Hallie Fadder has been employed at KinderCare for several years as a cook.  Ms. Hallie Fadder enjoys the overall responsible for the planning and preparation of snacks and meals as well as orders and inventories of all kitchen items. Ensuring all health and safety standards are met; accepts temporary assignments within the childcare center.
    Ms. Hallie Fadder passion is on her off days is to workout and prepare home cook meals for her family.

    Year Started:
  • Kasie Nelson

    Kasie Nelson, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Kasie Nelson has worked in the field of childcare for over a 1 year. She enjoys watching the infants explore the world around them, and is overjoyed to partake in building their futures. She believes that she learns from the children, while also teaching them.  Ms. Kasie feels the children love being in her classroom because it is a bright, fun and safe place to be.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Watching the children grow and progress
    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Jaymie Rae Norvell

    Jaymie Rae Norvell, Infants Classroom

    Children learn from everything that they see.

    Ms. Jaymie was a teacher at Outreach Daycare for a year before getting a wonderful opportunity to work at  KinderCare.  As a a teacher, Ms. Jaymie takes pride in knowing that she is helping children learn on a daily basis and enjoys laughing with the kids and watching the funny things they do.  When Ms. Jaymie isn't working, she spends quality time with her children and helping others.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
  • Ms. Kenndi McCuller

    Ms. Kenndi McCuller, Toddler Classroom

    Play is our brain's favorite way of learning.

    Ms. McCuller loves working in her chosen profession in the field of children.  Ms. McCuller is a very nice, fun and caring person and most of all love being around children!  Ms. McCuller enjoys doing fun activities with the children and watching the children explore the world around them.  Ms. McCuller is overjoyed to partake in building children's future, and believes that she learns from the children, while also teaching them.


    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
  • Cherelle Marshall

    Cherelle Marshall, Discovery Pre School

    Children are our future and I feel honored to have an impact on their lives!

    Mrs. Marshall has been a part of KinderCare for about a year, and she is very passionate about children of all ages. She loves to sing, read and write. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering and being of assistance to others. Mrs. Marshall comes from a very large family, and enjoys being in the company of others.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
  • Tisha Cooke

    Tisha Cooke, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Cooke has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for 10 years, and has been a part of the teaching team at KinderCare for four years.  She feels that early childhood is one of the most important times in a child's life, and she loves to be a part of their development and learning experiences.  Everyday Ms. Cooke is inspired to come to work because there is nothing more rewarding in life than seeing happiness and pride on a child's face when they have accomplished something new.  When she is not at our school, Ms. Cooke enjoys spending time with her two young boys and watching football games with her family.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love you Forever
    Year Started:
    6 Years
  • Latoya Robinson

    Ms. Robinson love kids and the feeling of helping the youth. She cannot explain the joy that she's feeling when helping a child reach a new goal. Ms. Robinson enjoys finding things to do with them, teaching them new things and being a positive role model for them.  She has years of experience to draw upon in which she can offer your child a well-rounded program of childcare.  Ms. Robinson's goal as a caregiver is to be role model for them in a safe and loving environment.  She incorporates lots of one-on-one interaction with the kids through a variety of play, reading, building, creating, simple arts and crafts, music, outdoor fun and more!  Ms. Robinson tries to offer many opportunities for them.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
  • Ms. Latene Smith

    Ms. Latene Smith, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Smith is very passionate about children's futures, and has chosen a path that will lead to her true love of teaching children.  Ms. Smith is a caring, kind, patient, and responsible individual.  She has experience with children of all ages and children's safety is very important to her.  Her love for children is what keeps her going. Ms. Smith loves children and being able to bring joy into their lives, watching them grow from day to day.  Her passion for education is reignited each time she sees a child's eyes light up when they have learned something for the first time.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
  • Ms. Eric Johnson

    Ms. Eric Johnson, School Age Classroom

    Kids will be kids.

    Ms. Johnson loves to work with children. She has been in the childcare field for about ten years.  Ms. Johnson enjoys spending time with her family during her spare time. The things she loves most about teaching children are making them smile and showing them new things day by day.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cat in the Hat
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Since we know how important the safety of your child is, we adhere to the highest safety standards. Our building is only accessible through keypad access, we have strict pick up identification procedures, as well as a daily sign in and out process for each child. All playgrounds are completely fenced in, and all staff 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.

In my 26 years of teaching children at KinderCare Learning Centers, it is hard to pinpoint a favorable moment in time.  There are so many wonderful memories over the years.  Today, it thrills me when I am out in the community and I see my former students as adults and they recognize who I am.  I have even had students from the past come by the center to visit me.  The recognition and the visits always excite me because I know that in some small way, I have had an impact upon their lives.

- Prekindergarten Teacher

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