Shawna Kushner, Center Director
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Thank you for inquiring into KinderCare Learning Center of Moon Township; a NAEYC and Keystone Stars accredited center. We value your interest in our program. The very best way to learn about our program is to see it personally, if you have not already done so, we hope you will schedule a tour! You will have the opportunity to see the center, meet the teachers, and learn about our state of the art Early Foundations curriculum. With our curriculum our teachers are able to individualize their teaching approach for each and every child in their care and because of this each child is able to grow, learn and flourish. Please call or stop by soon!
Shawna Kushner, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.
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.
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.
The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.
The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.
Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.
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 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?
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.
Each and every one of our teachers has been carefully selected through an in depth interview process to ensure their abilities as a teacher and their passion for the early childhood field. We process all references and conduct all state and federal background checks before any candidate can begin working in our school. Upon hire, each teacher completes a rigorous training program which covers curriculum, accreditation, health and safety, as well as the importance of teaching each individual child. Our teachers are truly dedicated to providing exceptional quality care for your child.
We devote more time and resources to teacher training than any other childcare provider. Twice a year we host the largest early childhood teacher training program in the country. Our teachers are dedicated to developing your child's potential and are sensitive to your child's individual needs.
We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. -Stacia Tauscher.
Ms.Heather serves as the center director at Moon Township East Kindercare. Prior to becoming the Center Director for Kindercare, Ms. Heather worked as a Center Director for a childcare organization in Greensburg, PA. She was also an Infant and Toddler teacher for several years.
Ms. Rachel serves as the Assistant Director at KinderCare Learning Center in Moon Township. Prior to working at this location she was a teacher at the Ross Park KinderCare. Ms. Rachel earned her Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and Family Studies from West Viriginia University. Prior to joining the KinderCare Family she worked for WVU Extension Service Youth Development Program as a state wide cordinator. This education and past work experience has given her the tools she needs to communicate with families and maintain strong relationships.
Ms. Morgan serves as one of the Proogram Specialists at our center. Her main responsibilities include mentoring and training teachers in the Preschool, Pre-K and School Age classrooms. Prior to becoming a Program Specialist, Ms. Morgan worked as a Pre-K teacher. She absolutely loves to work as a teacher in the classroom, however she is excited for the responsibilities and challenges that come with her new position! Ms. Morgan graduated from Chatham University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology. Currently, Ms. Morgan is enrolled at Grand Canyon University where she is working on her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Ms.Brittani serves as an infant room teacher at our center. She graduated from Messiah College in 2013 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology with a concentration in counseling. Ms.Brittani's easy going attitude has made her a huge asset to our infant room.
Ms. Loreleigh serves as the Infant teacher at our center. She graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Psychology. In the past, Ms. Loreleigh worked at the Bradley Center as a Child Development Specialist and as a Shift Supervisor at Giggles and Smiles. Ms. Loreleigh's calm, nurturing and loving attitude make her an asset to the Toddler Room.
Ms. Mariah serves as a teacher in the Toddler classroom. Ms. Mariah graduated from Chartiers Valley High School. After graduating high school, Ms. Mariah attended CCAC for two years for Liberal Arts. Prior to working at Kindercare, Ms. Mariah worked at the Eagle's Nest, as an Infant teacher at Precious Angels and taught preschool at Chartiers Valley.In the future, Ms. Mariah wants to go back to school to be a Child Life Specialist and to work with terminally ill children and their families to help them cope.
Ms. Michelle serves as the Discovery Preschool teacher at our center. In the past, Ms. Michelle worked as a teacher in the Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. Ms. Michelle graduated from Heritage Valley School of Nursing and is a registered nurse with a specialty in labor and delivery. In the future, she hopes to get back into nursing.
Ms. Missy serves as the teacher in the Preschool classroom. In the past, Ms. Missy worked as a teacher at Cheryl's Learn and Grow Daycare, a substitute teacher position at Carlynton School District and tutored children in reading/ .Ms. Missy's passion for children and education makes her an asset to the Preschool Room.
Mr. Jordan serves as a Teacher's Assistant in the Toddler and Discovery Preschool classroom. Prior to working at Kindercare, Mr. Jordan worked as a Teacher's Aide at Mercy Hospital Daycare. Mr. Jordan would describe himself as a fun person to be around, loving and a major movie buff! Mr.Jordan's huge heart, love for children and his passion for education make him an asset to any classroom he works in!
Ms. Shelby serves as a support teacher in all of our Classrooms. In the past, Ms. Shelby has worked as a teacher at Play Academy and the YMCA. Ms. Shelby has an enormous love and passion for art and education. Currently, Ms. Shelby is enrolled at California University of Pennsylvania where she is working towards obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Art. In the future, Ms. Shelby hopes to work as an Art Teacher.
Ms. Breanna serves as a Teacher's Assistant in our center. In the past, Ms. Breanna worked at Alphabet Express as a Teacher's Aide and held multiple babysitting jobs. In the future, Ms. Breanna hopes to become a physical education teacher.
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.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
Keeping your children safe and secure is our first priority. In addition to our built-in security features at the center, we strictly follow established procedures for your child's arrival and departure, including identification of those picking up each and every child. We additionally maintain rigorous methods for health and cleanliness. We value your child's health and recognize that preventing the spread of infectious disease is a very important part of quality child care. Through strict cleaning schedules and maintenance of our centers we strive to achieve excellence with health and safety regulations. Moreover, all of our staff have achieved First Aid and CPR certification which is maintained on a yearly basis.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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