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Monroeville KinderCare

Bonnie Corey, Center Director

2630 Pitcairn Rd. Monroeville PA 15146
(412) 372-3140 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
at junction of Monroeville Blvd.and Northern Pike.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
The Gateway School District does bus children both to and from the center. In addition we also provide transportation to and from Evergreen Elementary as well as St. Bernadette.

Monroeville KinderCare is currently enrolling for Preschool. Preschoolers are ready to take on the world.  We build upon that confidence by providing activities that encourage exploration and discovery.  This approach gives children the freedom to solve problems as they develop skills in areas such as reading, math, and science.  Please call or stop in for a tour and secure your child’s enrollment today.

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Welcome

Welcome to Monroeville KinderCare. Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.
You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills.
Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Bonnie Corey, Center Director

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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.

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.

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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday August 01, 2016
    1. Spirit Week

      August 1 - 5

  2. Tuesday August 09, 2016
    1. Join us for our Curriculum Night

      Find out how we can work together to give your children a brighter future!

      On August 9th, you’ll see firsthand how we nurture your child’s curiosity. Come meet our wonderful teachers and find out what a day at our center is like. Participate in some of our engaging curriculum activities, like creating modern renditions of pop art or discovering gross and gooey physiology! Curriculum Night gives you the opportunity to see how your child will grow and develop at our center, all while having fun. You’ll also get to talk with other parents who are already a part of our family.

Teachers & Staff

Our teaching staff is dedicated to the emotional, social and educational development of every child in our center. Our team has been chosen to serve our families based on their education and experience with children. All employees are required to complete and pass national background checks. They receive initial and ongoing training in fire safety, first aid and CPR. Teachers create a professional development plan and complete training based on their goals. They work in teams to create a safe, engaging environment for children to grow and learn. Our teachers are passionate about building relationships with parents and children to enrich the lives of our students.

  • Bonnie Corey

    Bonnie Corey, Center Director

    I am blessed to have the privilege to help create a place where children learn, grow and thrive. I am thankful to work with amazing teachers.

    Bonnie began working for KinderCare in 2006 as a Prekindergarten teacher in Monroeville. Shortly after, she was promoted to Assistant Director. In January 2008, she took a position as the Center Director of the North Hills KinderCare. In August of 2008, she returned to Monroeville as the Center Director. As the Director, Bonnie successfully led her team to achieve NAEYC accreditation and STARS 4 rating through Keystone Stars. In 2012, Bonnie was selected alongside approximately 50 of her colleagues in the Center Director role from across the Country to serve on the distinguished Knowledge Universe School Advisory Council. In recognition of her outstanding leadership, family connections and educational programming, her entire school and team of teachers was selected as one of Knowledge Universe's best schools. Bonnie is married to her husband Scott and they have two children Ally and Leroy.

    Previous Experience:
    After graduating, Bonnie worked as a kindergarten teacher in Raleigh
    Year Started:
    11/16/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education, K-6 Pennsylvania Teaching Certification, Pennsylvania Director's Credential
  • Kris Kush

    Kris Kush, Assistant Director

    Kris Kush is the Assistant Director here at KinderCare Monroeville. Kris has a Child Development Associate Credential from Rasmussen University. She has worked with children for more than 20 years. Her passion for early childhood education started when she was a private nanny. She loved to watch children learn, grow, and blossom into life-long learners. Kris is dedicated to providing the best care and experience to the families and children here in Monroeville.

    Previous Experience:
    Kris was a private nanny for families, and provided care for children in their homes for 15 years before joining the KinderCare Team in 2008.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    12/22/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Christine Hines, Assistant Director

    Children may never remember what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel!

    Christine Hines is the Assistant Director here at KinderCare Monroeville.  She started working for the company in 2012 at the Greensburg location as a preschool teacher.  Christine graduated from Carlow University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Christine has more than 10 years of field experience with an understanding of school age, kindergarten, preschool, and toddler expectations.  When asked about her job, Christine reports that she loves meeting and developing new relationships with the families and children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the KinderCare team in Monroeville, Christine has worked for Head Start, was a Pre-Kindergaten teacher at the Greensburg YMCA, and managed early intervention services at Westmoreland Casemangement.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Chrysanthemum"
    Year Started:
    3/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kristin

    Ms. Kristin, Infant A Classroom

    Anyone who does anything to help a child in their life is a hero to me." ~ Fred Rogers

    Ms. Kristin has worked in the Early Childhood field since 1995, and with KinderCare since March 2012. She enjoys working with children from six weeks to five years old, and loves to utillize singing and music as learning tool in her classroom. Ms. Kristin is also very proud of her two children Blaine, who is a student at Duquesne University, and Adeline, her beautiful and very athletic teenage daughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kristin has worked at the North Hills YMCA as a Day Camp Counselor, a two-year-old teacher, a Y-Steppers Teacher, a Preschool Readiness Assistant Teacher, and a Gym Teacher for eight years. Then for seven years at Elfinwild Church Preschool she was a Physical Education Coordinator/Teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harold and the Purple Crayon
    Year Started:
    3/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Infant A Classroom

    Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning." ~ Fred Rogers

    Ms. Amber studied Deaf Education and Early Childhood Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has worked with children since she was 18, and can't imagine doing anything else. Ms. Amber joined our team in February of 2014, but has been with KinderCare since 2003. When she sees a child's face light up because they learned a new skill, it gives her a feeling great joy. She loves playing with the babies, watching them grow, and is devoted to creating meaningful realationships with their families. Ms. Amber takes pride in her position at KinderCare because of KinderCare's dedication to quality early childhood education.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    5/14/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in General Studies
  • Ms. Rochella, Infant B Classroom

    Every day is an adventure!

    Ms. Rochella has been with KinderCare since October of 2013, but has work in the Early Childhood Education field for over 20 years. She enjoys seeing the children shine, and loves watching them learn something new every day.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Little Red Riding Hood
    Year Started:
    10/4/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Studied at CCAC and Currently enrolled in the CDA Program through Rasmussen University
  • Ms. Terri

    Ms. Terri, Infant B Classroom

    Ms. Terri is a wonderful teacher. She has worked with many age groups at KinderCare Monroeville, but the infants hold a special place in her heart. She loves to watch them grow and learn new things, and knowing thast she has played a part in that process is priceless!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Terri has been a support teacher with KinderCare since December 2010. She has worked with all age groups, and has recently accepted a full time position in the Infant Classroom.
    Year Started:
    12/13/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Jill

    Ms. Jill, Toddler Classroom

    It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.

    Miss Jill graduated from Pennsylvania College of Technology with a Degree in Early Childhood Education. Miss Jill has worked with children from 6 weeks to school age, and loves them all. But she holds a special place in her heart for the 1 and 2 year olds.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jill was a teacher for 4 Kids Early Learning Center for 11 years, 2 Years at Bens Early Learning Center
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Lorax
    Year Started:
    1/4/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15+
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Toddler Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sarah has worked as a long-term subsitute teacher for Gateway School District, and as a Special Education Teacher for New Story School.
    Year Started:
    1/3/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education
  • Ms. Vickie

    Ms. Vickie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I get paid to play! I really enjoy incorporating music into the curriculum.

    Ms. Vickie is currently teaching in the discovery preschool classroom at the Monroeville KinderCare. Ms. Vickie has been working for KinderCare for 20 years, in three states including Tennessee and Kentucky. She has taught in every program, been a cook, an Assistant Director, and a Director. Her previous work experience includes working with multiple handicapped people as a summer counselor, teaching four year olds at LaPetite Academy, and teaching fours at a privately owned daycare. She enjoys the positive growth and development in young children, especially within the first three years. Ms. Vickie is fortunate to be able to have her children with her at work. She is the proud mother of four children ranging in age from 8 to 21.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Vickie worked as a Special Education Summer Counselor.
    Year Started:
    11/1/1988
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Miss Holly, Preschool Classroom

    Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places." ~Roald Dahl

    Miss Holly loves teaching children colors, numbers, the alphabet, and other "academic" subjects, but what she enjoys most is helping children become compassionate, responsible, and kind individuals who care about others and the world around them. She also enjoys bringing in things that she is interested in, and encourages her class to do the same. One of Miss Holly's favorite pastimes is gardening, and now there is a vegetable garden on our playground! Miss Holly has the children actively involved in the gardening process, and loves to learn new things with her class.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Miss Holly worked as a substitute teacher for Riverview, Shaler, and Fox Chapel School Districts.
    Year Started:
    11/24/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Jodie

    Ms. Jodie, Preschool Classroom

    Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." ~Fred Rogers

    Ms. Jodie graduated from Carlow University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Jodie has surounded herself with children from an early age, and loved watching them learn and grow. She hopes to one day recieve a Masters Degree in Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to KinderCare, Ms. Jodie worked as a private nanny for 10 years, and was a substitute teacher for grades kindergarten through sixth for two years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Skippyjon Jones
    Year Started:
    1/12/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, Child Development Associate Credential
  • Mr. Andy

    Mr. Andy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Each day of our lives, we make deposits in the memory banks of our children." ~ Charles R. Swindoll

    Mr. Andy graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with certifications in Early Childhood and Middle School Mathematics. Mr. Andy loves to see the light bulb go on when one of his students has an "Ah ha" moment.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Mr. Andy worked as a camp counselor for the Municipality of Monroeville, and as a substitute teacher for Gateway and East Allegheny School Districts.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Lorax
    Year Started:
    2/19/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    2 Years as a group supervisor for The Learning Lamp
    Year Started:
    7/8/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Communications
  • Ms. Stacy

    Ms. Stacy, K-12 Interactive Kindergarten Classroom

    This is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So...get on your way." ~Dr. Seuss

    Ms. Stacy loves being a teacher here at KinderCare. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, and went on to get her degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Stacy feels that the best part of her job is.....Everyhting! Ms. Stacy loves partnering with families, sharing ideas with co-teachers, and experiencing the joy a student feels when they understand a difficult concept.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Stacy worked as a student teacher, a tutor, and a playground director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Magic Tree House Series
    Year Started:
    11/1/1996
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, Elementary Education Certfication from University of Pittsburgh
  • Talia, School Age

    The best way to predict the future is to create it."  Abraham Lincoln

    Ms. Talia loves being a teacher here at KinderCare.  She graduated from the Community College of Allegheny County with an Associate's Degree in Early Education and Child Development.  Ms. Talia feels that the best part of her job is making positive connections with her school age children!  Ms. Talia is very creative and has turned her classroom into a warm and welcoming environment for all!

    Year Started:
    7/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Associate of Science in Early Education and Child Development

July 2016 Events

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  1. Monday July 04, 2016
    1. Independence Day - Center Closed

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety


The health and safety of every child is our number one priority at KinderCare Monroeville. When your child feels safe, their mind is then open for opportunities of learning. Ms. Vickie, our Discovery Preschool teacher, is also our designated Health and Safety Coordinator. She partners with the administration team to ensure high cleaning standards are maintained and all teachers are supporting policies and procedures for child wellness. We utilize policies and procedures in our center's safety and security such as single keypad access into the building, an enclosed and secure outdoor playground space, daily child sign in, and strict parent/guardian identification and child release procedures. Cleanliness and safety are a priority in our daily operations at the center.

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.

I cannot believe the time has arrived when my son and I would be saying Goodbye to you, your staff and KinderCare. At the age of two, we realized that we would not be able to keep him at home due to our work schedules and did not have family that would be able to watch our son. I worked in Day Care for a short time, and the only thing I learned… was that I really did not want my kid going! You and Kindercare, changed my entire perspective. My family truly feels blessed that we found your center. From the first day when we brought our son in to meet Ms. Vicki and Ms. Deanne to what will be our last day with Ms. Terry, Ms. Jackie and Ms. Stacy, we knew we could trust that he would be in good hands. Our son has developed into a bright, strong-willed, and confident young man. He has excelled through the Phonics program with Ms. Jen and loves his science classes this summer. Ms. Deanne and Ms. Vicki always made him smile when I would drop him off and show him the birds or the deer outside. Ms. Shawna replicated my personality and was appropriately assertive when she needed to be, and taught with great conviction and confidence. Mr. Joe and Ms. Jody familiarized him with writing and reading and certainly helped to reinforce his letter and number recognition... Mr. Joe’s drawing of my favorite character, “The Pigeon” made me smile on a daily basis. Ms. Jackie, Ms. Stacey and Ms. Terry have sharpened his academic skills. Recently, I have noticed that he seems to be making better choices regarding friends and honing in on his leadership skills. You, Ms. Bonnie have been a good friend. You have always been there for me when I was not certain of an academic decision I needed to make and have also been there to talk to me about concerns I had. You acted on my concerns quickly and gently advised me when I may not have understood. Your enthusiasm for children and education is beyond reproach. I admire that enthusiasm and I also admire your selflessness. Ally and Leroy are two very lucky children to have you and Scott for parents. “It takes a village to bring up a child, especially in Today’s world, and I am glad you are in mine” Thank you Bonnie and Kindercare.

- Parents

Last week KinderCare hosted a professional development day for teachers. it is my understanding that classrooms and teachers were recognized at this event. I wanted to share why my child's classroom is world class. I have worked in education for over 15 years and have collaborated with many teachers. i am compelled to write for one reason...Stacy Miller. As your award winning Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Stacy embodies all of the qualities of an exceptional teacher. Her dedication to her students is unparalleled. As a small business owner I know that positive feedback is just as important if not more so than negative feedback. We have been pleased to have our family as a part of the KinderCare family since January 2005. My son started attending as a three-month-old infant. My two children have received excellent care overall at KinderCare. I never truly appreciated the outstanding educational start that my children received until my son started public school last year. Prior to attending a full day Kindergarten in Plum School District, my son spent three days a week in Ms. Stacy's Kindergarten classroom. The individualized attention, encouragement and excitement for learning that he gained in Ms. Stacy's class not only prepared him for the first grade but gave him confidence in his abilities that will last him throughout his school years. In June I lost my position at Gateway School District due to state wide budget cuts. My husband and I had to take a long hard look at our finances and decide if we could afford to keep our five-year-old daughter at KinderCare. We decided that we must do what we could to keep her in Ms. Stacy's class because every cent spent would be well worth the investment in her education. When I pick her up from school each day, she bubbles over recalling what she has learned in class that day which just affirms this decision. I have been privileged to see Ms. Stacy's interaction with the children at various times of the day. She always has a comforting or encouraging word and commands such respect and reverence from her pupils. Stacy's creativity and consistency help the children to not only learn new skills but also develop into caring citizens. At a time in education when teachers are being blamed for societal woes, I must stand up and say that we need to support and recognize teachers like Stacy Miller who give so much to help mold the future...our children. Although I have enjoyed working and interacting with many of the teachers and staff at KinderCare I must say that Stacy Miller is your crown jewel. It is my hope that you will do what you can to reward her outstanding talent and dedication.

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