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Moon Township West KinderCare

Valerie Johnson, Center Director

100 Grant Dr. Moon Township PA 15108
(412) 269-9122 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Behind the Giant Eagle Plaza Off Brodhead Road

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
KinderCare provides transportation to Bon Meade and Allard Elementary in the Moon Area School District. )

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Welcome

Welcome to 100 Grant drive, KinderCare West, located in Moon Township!  We have been a strong provider of early childhood education in the Moon Township area since 1985.  We are proud to be a NAEYC accredited center that offers excellence in early childhood education for children ages six weeks through twelve years. KinderCare focuses on a blend of care and learning throughout our center where you can have the confidence in knowing your child will be receiving the best care and education possible!  Each of our classrooms are full of enriching curriculum content that offers countless learning opportunities for children across all areas of development!  Thank you for taking the time to visit our website!  We would like to welcome you into our center for a comprehensive tour, which will allow you to see the impact KinderCare has on preparing children for kindergarten and beyond!

Valerie Johnson, 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.

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.

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

Our team of early childhood educators are fundamentally strong at providing quality care to children and their families on an individual and continued basis.  We have variety of qualified educators with backgrounds in education or related fields to help your child reach their fullest potential within their classrooms. Our classrooms offer consistent staff on a daily basis, as well as on site management at all times of operation!

  • Valerie Johnson, Center Director

    I enjoy coming to work everyday and seeing the children excited about learning!

    Valerie recently moved to Pittsburgh after having spent a year as the Center Director at an Ohio KinderCare!  She is excited to be back in her home town of Pittsburgh with her three year old daughter, Emma!  Valerie is looking forward to building strong relationships with our families and children here at KinderCare West!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Valerie worked as a human resource department manager!
    Year Started:
    8/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and Marketing
  • Shawna Kushner

    Shawna Kushner, Assistant Director

    I am passionate about the field of early childhood education and love being an intergral part of each child's fundamental learning and development!

    Miss Shawna has been a member of KinderCare for two years and is our former program specialist! Ms. Shawna attended Robert Morris University where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in English and has also earned a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Studies with a specialization in teaching and diversity from Walden University.  Ms. Shawna is actively engaged with the children and their families and demonstrates a thorough understanding of the positive impact early learning experiences have on a child's life.  She effectively collaborates with all of our early childhood educators to facilitate the most successful early learning environment for our children.
    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare, Shawna previously worked as the assistant coach for Robert Morris's field hockey team and was also the head coach for a Junior Pre-Olympic Development Team while earning her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Children's literature is my most favorite genre of literature overall! I absolutely love Sandra Boyton's collection as well as Dr. Seuss, and Eric Carl among may other outstanding authors and illustrators!
    Year Started:
    7/25/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Masters Degree in Early Childhood Studies with a specialization in teaching and diversity / Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in English
  • Ms. Samantha

    Ms. Samantha, Program Specialist and Learning Adventures Specialist

    I love seeing how children get so excited when they learn new things in Learning Adventures. To see young children begin to read and really understand math concepts at such a young age is an amazing gift to me as a teacher.

    I have grown up in western Pennsylvania my entire life.  I graduated from Robert Morris University in 2012 with a degree in Elementary Education.  My daughter and reside in the Moon Township area.  My past times include spending time with my daughter, teaching fitness classes, and playing the guitar!

    Previous Experience:
    I worked with Second graders at Urban Impact in Pittsburgh before coming to Kinder Care.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    My favorite book is "The Places You Will Go" by Dr. Seuss.
    Year Started:
    5/8/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelors degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Peaches

    Ms. Peaches, Infant Classroom

    I love working with children and watching them grow!

    Miss Wilda, also known as Miss Peaches, has been working in childcare for over sixteen years and has been with KinderCare for the past four years!  She is a single mom with two girls, Shianne who is 11 and Harmony who is currently 5 months old!  Miss Peaches has excelled working with all ages, but truly enjoys working with schoolage children and infants!  Her hobbies include reading and spending time outdoors with her family!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Peaches worked with special needs children at North Side Elementary.
    Year Started:
    6/10/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Infant Classroom and Center Cook

    I love this job because watching a child grow and learn through each stage of development is the greatest gift. Knowing we are part of that makes each day a littler sweeter!

    Ms. Ashley started at KinderCare in August of 2012 after studying Elementary Education and earning her associates degree!  She enjoys every second of her job and takes a genuine interest in each child and their family!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley has previous experience with student teaching and tutoring prior to joining KinderCare!
    Year Started:
    8/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associate Arts in Elementary Education
  • Miss Alaina, Toddlers

    The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

    Miss Alaina joined KinderCare in June 2015. Her favorite part of being a teacher is watching the children grow and inspiring them to do the best they can. She looks forward to being a part of the KinderCare family for a very long time!

    Previous Experience:
    MIss Alaina graduated with an Associates Degree in Science. Having worked with children in the past Alaina has decided to further her education and is pursuing a Child Development Associates Degree.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Miss Alaina's favorite children's book is Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.
    Year Started:
    6/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing a Child Development Associates Degree
  • Ms. Peggy

    Ms. Peggy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Peggy has worked in childcare for nineteen years outside of her home and another four years doing in-home care. She has been at our center for almost three years. She has fun dancing and playing with the children and teaching them new things like words and colors and more.

    Year Started:
    1/28/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Miss Sandie, Discovery Preschool

    Miss Sandie is an enthusiatic early childhood teacher who captivates the children with a variety of curriculum projects, activities, and literature!  She enjoys reading, exercising, hiking, and scrapbooking in her spare time.  Miss Sandie's experience within the early childhood field has supported her strong understanding of the developmental domains and how to incorporate learning standards into everyday play and learning.

    Year Started:
    4/14/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Miss Shaquala, Preschool

    Today you are you! That is Truer than True! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

    Miss Shaquala graduated from Edinboro University with her bachelors degree in Psychology. She has been working with children for a long time now. She always had a passion for working with children and always wanted to give back and teach children the knowledge she learned growing up. She believes our children are our Future.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Shaquala has previously worked as a Camp Counselor at Project Destiny and she also worked at Pressley Ridge School for Autism Special Education aide.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Hop on POP
    Year Started:
    8/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelors in Psychology
  • Miss Tammy

    Miss Tammy, Preschool

    Ms. Tammy's passion for early childhood education stands behind the smiles on her children's faces after doing a craft project, an extra cool activity, and during holiday parties! "I do it for the kids and I know I am making a differene in their lives, especially when a parent shares with us how excited they were because their child counted to twenty for them at home and I know that it is something they have learned from us and what we do everyday! That is why I do what I do!

    Ms. Tammy currently resides in Moon Township and has worked with children for the past 25 years!  She has earned her CDA and has worked at KinderCare as our preschool teacher for seven years!

    Year Started:
    6/8/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Leslie

    Ms. Leslie, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    I am passionate about this field because children and their early years are virtually important to our future and I enjoy seeing the children learn each day and take pride in themselves. I love the knowledge of knowing I make a difference!

    Ms. Leslie is our Pre-K B and Summer Camp teacher!  She has an elementary education degree from Clarion University, as well as a masters degree in special education!  Ms. Leslie has been with KinderCare for five years after having joined us when her son was ten weeks old!  She has also spent time as a special education aide and also as a retail store manager while obtaining her masters degree.  Ms. Leslie and her family enjoy taking day trips to Erie, the zoo, and relaxing at home with their two dogs and cat!  She is looking forward to having you tour our center and her room in the near future!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Leslie worked for Sylvan Learning Center.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Special Education, Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kristen

    Ms. Kristen, Transitional Kindergarten

    I love teaching children and inspiring their young minds! I love to watch children grow from one year to another! I love to see how much they've grown and learned! I also love how much the children teach me on a daily basis about how to have fun and enjoy life! Working with children and teaching them has always been something I wanted to do and I am so glad I have had the opportunity to do so!

    Ms. Kristen is originally from Belle Vernon, PA but currently lives in Aliquippa!  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with an Elementary Education certification and has also earned her Masters degree in Education with a Reading Specialist certification!  Ms. Kristen earned both of her degrees from California University of PA!  She loves teaching children and is very excited to be working with your children this year!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kristen's previous experience includes being a substitute teacher for four years and an afterschool teacher for four years!
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Pre Kindergarten Classroom

    I'm a kid at heart and this makes my job fun to come to everyday! I love getting big hugs from my kids and enjoy seeing smiles on their faces when they've done a good job!

    Ms. Amanda joined KinderCare seven years ago and has been in the field of early childhood education for ten years!  She is currently pursing a career geared towards American Sign Langauge!  Ms. Amanda enjoys painting, doing crafts and using her creativity!

    Year Started:
    6/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Miss Lori, Transitional Kindergarten

    I teach because I enjoy explaining things, helping others to see the connections between things and exploring new concepts. The thought that every child in my classroom would someday be an adult who needs skills to be successful in life, motivates me! Our children are our future and a teacher plays a critical role in cultivating our children to build a better society in the future! Early Childhood Education should be the beginning of knowledge and the exploration of hopes and dreams for all children!

    Miss Lori is a graduate of Robert Morris University, having earned her Bachelor of Science of Education degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in science.  Upon graduating, Miss Lori continued working in her previous role within the restuarant management business, but recently chose to pursue her degree and follow her heart as an early childhood teacher!  The shift in Miss Lori's career has been a rewarding one for her!

    Year Started:
    3/15/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in science
  • Ms. Teddi, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    I love working with kids of all ages, it just comes natural to me!

    Ms. Teddi joined KinderCare in April of 2012!  She is the oldest of five girls in her family and has been babysitting for family and friends for years!  She has always had a passion for working with children and has recently earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education at Ohio University!  Ms. Teddi has also previously earned an Associate degree with a Psychology concentration from Eastern Gateway Community College!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Teddi gained experience through implemeting lessons, and interacting and observing in classrooms while earning her degree in education!
    Year Started:
    4/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education / Associates degree in Psychology
  • Miss Carly, VARIES

    If we judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree, it will live it's whole life thinking that it is stupid.

    Miss Carly is currently a Junior studying at Robert Morris University to get her bachelors degree in Early Childhood and Special Education, with an endorsement in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has loved working with children for as long as she can remember, and enjoys getting to do that at our center. 

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Carly has previously worked as a camp counselor at The Woodlands Foundation and at The Watson Institute's Education Center in the summers as an Instructional Aide.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Miss Carly's favorite children's book is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders

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 KinderCare early learning center is "Alive with Education"!  Each activity in our classrooms is intended to help you child explore, share, and grow in a safe and nurturing environement!

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

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

Our center offers a safe and secure environment for all from our secure entrance way, to our three large fenced in playgrounds, and certified staff.

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