Skip to main content

KinderCare of Mt. Lebanon

Melissa Fonda, Center Director

1610 N Highland Rd. Mt. Lebanon PA 15228
(412) 531-1953 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
Open:

Show other centers nearby

Special Instructions:
Next to Chick-fil-A Restaurant Rt. 19 by the Galleria Mall

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We currently do not bus to any schools.

  • Accreditation Seal Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
  • NAEYC Accreditation NAEYC

Welcome

Did you know kids that are enrolled in an early childhood education program have higher high school graduation rates, post-secondary school attendance and are more likely to own homes?

Simply put, enrolling your child in our KinderCare Learning Center is the greatest gift you can give them if you want the best for their future.

Enroll now for our 2015-2016 school year!

Thank you for inquiring into KinderCare Learning Center of Mt. Lebanon! We value your interest in our program and wish to guide you in every possible way in your pursuit to place your child in the most nurturing learning environment. The 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 the curriculum and daily schedule. Our experienced and knowledgeable teachers have careers that are rich with fond memories of the children that they have cared for and watched grow. We all look forward to meeting your family soon!

Melissa Fonda, Center Director

Image Gallery

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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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?

Tumbling

Teachers & Staff

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.

  • Melissa Fonda

    Melissa Fonda, Center Director

    Whether it's through block, sensory, or dramatic play, children are learning skills that will last a lifetime.

    Ms. Melissa has been with Knowledge Universe for 14 years. She began with KinderCare as a preschool teacher giving her an inside look at Early Childhood Education: focusing on classroom management, daily interactions, lesson planning, and strengthening relationships with families within the center. During this time Ms. Melissa also served as an enrichment teacher to students of all ages focusing on small group music classes. Ms. Melissa was then promoted to a Program Specialist, giving her the opportunity to mold and adapt the curriculum and enrichment for children ranging in age from infant to 12 years old as well as a great experience mentoring and coaching a team of 13 teachers. In 2009 Ms. Melissa was given an incredible opportunity to open a state of the art KinderCare facility in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, situated in Mt. Lebanon. Here, she serves as the Center Director where her focus is to tap into her knowledge and experience in order to create the best possible learning environment for children and the families they care for each and every day. Her top priorities include: taking excellent care of our children, partnering with families, and maintaining incredible staff. Her goal is to make each and every day a positive learning experience for all of the children in her care. Ms. Melissa was awarded the Team Building Award for exemplary coaching and leadership as well as Center Director of the Year twice in her eight year tenure as a Center Director. This award recognizes her demonstration for excellence and inspiring excellence to perform at their best. Most recently Ms. Melissa 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 has been selected as one of Knowledge Universe's best schools. Lastly, Ms. Melissa is also the Quality Team Leader for the Pittsburgh area, as a director committed to maintaining exceptional teaching standards she has been chosen for this role. Leaders in this role provide other nearby centers with support and guidance around quality and accreditation.

    Previous Experience:
    Melissa spent two years as a Preschool teacher before joining KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I Like Myself" by Karen Beaumont I love that this book encourages children to like themselves no matter what their differences may be. As a Center Director encourging positivity and self esteem is a priority for me.
    Year Started:
    1/2/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Master's of Science Degree in Early Childhood/Elemenatry Education, Minor in Psychology
  • Katelin Zeman

    Katelin Zeman, Assistant Director

    Ms. Katelin joined our KinderCare team on November 20, 2008. She graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies which prepared her to relate and educate each and every family KinderCare serves. Ms. Katelin started in the Preschool Classroom when the school first opened and she worked to mentor all new incoming teachers guiding them with the new curriculum and developmentally appropriate practices with children. In addition to teaching in the Preschool classroom Kate has also taught in our Discovery Preschool classroom (two year olds). Katelin has also taught our individualized enrichment programming, offering small group classes. While instructing our enrichment classes Katelin had the opportunity to work very closely with families, maintaining baseline assessments for the children and preparing them for Kindergarten. Ms. Katelin is an exceptional teacher and was responsible for creating lesson plans, classroom enhancements and developmental assessments. On February 16, 2009 Ms. Katelin won the Spirit of Excellence in Education award from KinderCare of Mt. Lebanon. Recipients of this award offer fun and enriching activities to their class, which build important cognitive and social skills. Ms. Katelin sets the stage with all of our students to build language expression and vocabulary by talking about things that are important to each and every one of them. In May of 2014 Ms. Katelin was promoted to Assistant Center Director changing her role. Miss Katelin is now responsible for scheduling, financial, curriculum, and the overall operations of the center. Katelin's passion is working closely with the teachers and mentoring them in their classroom with classroom enhancements, daily routines, and developmentally appropriate practices.

    Previous Experience:
    Katelin began her career as an intern in a Private Kindergarten at the Bennett Family Center on the Pennsylvania State University Campus. During her last semester on campus Katelin taught a summer camp for Kindergarten - School Age children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Oh the Places You Will Go," by Dr. Seuss. Katelin enjoys this children's story because she truly believes that the sky is the limit for all children. Anyone has the ability to go anywhere and do anything as long as they set their mind to it!
    Year Started:
    11/20/2008
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. Kathy Wolfe

    Ms. Kathy Wolfe, Program Specialist

    Ms. Kathy graduated with a Master of Science in Education from Duquesne University in 2006. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and an Associates in Science with a concentration in Child Development. Ms. Kathy has an abundance of experience working as a professional nanny for over four years before teaching elementary and middle school. Ms. Kathy started at KinderCare in March of 2010 as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher. During her time as a Pre-K teacher, Ms. Kathy was responsible for planning and implementing daily activities in the classroom. Ms. Kathy also won the Teacher of Excellence Award in October of 2013 and the Team Builder Award in October 2014. In November 2014, Ms. Kathy was promoted to Program Specialist and quickly became an invaluable member of the manangement team! In her spare time , Ms. Kathy enjoys spending time with her family and her teenage son.

    Previous Experience:
    Before starting at KinderCare she has experience as a nanny, elementary and middle school teacher.
    Year Started:
    3/17/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15+
    Education:
    Masters of Science in Education, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Associates in Science and Child Development
  • Ms. Brianne Laffey

    Ms. Brianne Laffey, Enrichment Specialist

    Ms. Brianne is an amazing addition to our KinderCare team!  She joined us in 2012.  Ms. Brianne graduated from Cansius University in Buffalo New York with a certificate in Early Childhood education. She is absolutely fabulous at working with our little ones! Ms. Brianne is proficient with every age group and has taught alongside Ms. Tawny in the Discovery Preschool classroom for some time. In 2013 Miss Brianne was promoted to lead Preschool teacher and then again to enrichment specialist.  Ms. Brianne is responsible for enrolling, teaching and retaining of Learning Adventures enrollment. Her classes include Phonics, Math, Music, Cooking and Yoga. Ms. Brianne also taught an 8-week Gardening Adventure called Green Nights. She is a great communicator and a fantastic team player. In her free time, Ms. Brianne also plays and coaches lacrosse. She also likes to run, watch movies and hang out with friends. In the future Ms. Brianne plans to continue working with young children and coaching lacrosse.   

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Ms. Brianne has experience babysitting and coaching lacrosse.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Miss Brett

    Miss Brett, Infant

    Miss Brett joined the KinderCare team in September of 2013 as an Infant teacher. She graduated from Canisius College with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with a concentration in Psychology. As a lead infant teacher Miss Brett is responsible for implementing daily curriculum while maintaining the needs of the children and keeping in constant communication with her families. Miss Brett excels and enjoys in creating an enhanced learning environment for all of the babies at KinderCare! She is dedicated, caring and passionate about her work which make her a great fit for the infant classroom. In her spare time Miss Brett also enjoys coaching a local lacrosse team.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Brett has experience as a Teacher's Aide working with Child and Adolescent treatment services.
    Year Started:
    9/13/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Psychology
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Infant classroom

    Ms. Heather is a trustworthy, nurturing and fun infant teacher. She loves to create teaching enhancements for all of the infants to play and learn in! In October of 2014, Ms. Heather was awarded the Teacher of Excellence Award for all of her hard work and dedication. Ms. Heather also loves spending time with her two sons, and they enjoy playing board games, riding bikes and having Family Movie Nights. When Ms. Heather has spare time she also enjoys reading and cleaning.

    Year Started:
    9/26/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Miss Alyssa

    Miss Alyssa, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Alyssa has been an Infant Room teacher since 2010. She is a dedicated worker and strives to make the classroom a warm and welcoming place where children can grow and learn each day. Ms. Alyssa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education from Slippery Rock University. Miss Alyssa comes from a large family, and is the oldest of five children. Some special experiences that happen in her room include: celebrating first birthdays, helping children take their first steps, and teaching them how to eat at the big kid table!  Ms. Alyssa also enjoys reading, traveling and photography!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Alyssa was a Substitute Teacher and Tutor from 2009 through 2010.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Karyn

    Ms. Karyn, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Karyn began her career at KinderCare in 1989 at the Bridgeville KinderCare as a teacher of the three year olds. In 1991, she had the opportunity to teach in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District and therefore left Kindercare. After over 20 years of teaching various grades, including Special Education, she decided to follow her true passion, teaching younger children. In January 2009, Ms. Karyn returned to KinderCare at the Mount Lebanon Center as an Infant Teacher. A few years later she became the Learning Adventures Teacher at the Bridgeville Center and now has settled down once again at the Mount Lebanon Center as a teacher in the Infant, Toddler and Two year old rooms.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Karyn gained experience while working as a teacher for Baldwin Whitehall School District before working for KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    6/26/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education
  • Miss Kelsey

    Miss Kelsey, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Kelsey graduated from Ohio Weslyan University with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked alongside many of our teachers in a variety of age groups until joining our infant classroom in May of 2013. Ms. Kelsey's compassionate attitude and love of babies makes her a perfect fit to work with our newborns. Ms. Kelsey's great organization skills help her to stay on task and her communication skills are one of a kind! She truly enjoys speaking with each of her families especially during Parent Teacher Conferences where she shares the amazing portfolios that she puts together for each and every infant.  In her spare time, she loves to craft and organize anything she can get her hands on.

    Year Started:
    5/22/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Art in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Olivia

    Miss Olivia, Infant Classroom

    I love being an infant teacher because I am very passionate about the early education babies need to advance in their later years!

    Miss Olivia began her journey at KinderCare in April 2013. Miss Olivia went to Clarion University majoring in Early Childhood Education where she obtained a great amount of knowledge in the early childhood field. She has always been surrounded by children because of a large family and coaching softball for her local community. Miss Olivia has always had a passion to teach young children.  When she was offered an infant position she was very excited. In the classroom, Miss Olivia is responsible for lesson plans and making sure that each baby is taken care of and loved. She is very happy to be a part of the KinderCare team!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Olivia has worked in many other childcare settings.
    Year Started:
    4/23/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Miss Skylar

    Miss Skylar, Toddler

    Miss Skylar joined the KinderCare team in 2013 as one of our amazing toddler teachers! She graduated from Edinboro with an Associates Degree in Preschool Education. Miss Skylar's outgoing and friendly personality along with her passion for Early Childhood make her a great asset to the KinderCare team. She truly is not afraid to take on any task which is what makes her a great fit for the adventurous toddlers! In February 2015, Miss Skylar was chosen to be a Team Leader for our center and for the toddler room. She is responsible for helping the classrooms with curriculum, enhancements and the NAEYC process.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Skylar has experience working at other early childhood centers including the YMCA of Greater Erie.
    Year Started:
    5/29/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Associates in Preschool Education
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Amanda has worked at KinderCare since February of 2011. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Education from Lock Haven University. Ms. Amanda has a quiet and calm personality which makes her an asset in the classroom. The toddlers are Ms. Amanda's favorite age group. The things that make Ms. Amanda unique are her love for singing and dancing. Ms. Amanda uses singing and dancing for activity transitions in her classroom too. In her free time she attends lots of sporting events. Ms. Amanda plans to obtain her Master's in an education related field in the future.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amanda has several years experience working with two and three-year-old children, which has become her favorite classroom.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
  • Miss Angela

    Miss Angela, Toddler Classroom

    I look forward to work each day because I can really see each child grow individually, as well as a community in the classroom. I am learning from them as much as they are learning from me. Seeing them grow and develop each day in front of me is what I enjoy about my work.

    Miss Angela started her journey at KinderCare Learning Center on June 3, 2013 in one of the Toddler classrooms. She is thrilled to be working with this age group. Miss Angela is able to help them develop through their physical, cognitive and socio-emotional domains with many fun tools and enhancements that are available in the wonderful curriculum that is offered at KinderCare. She graduated in May of 2013 from John Carroll University where she studied Early Childhood Education. There she worked with a variety of children in many different schools, finally completing her work with a semester of student teaching in a first grade classroom. She has spent a number of hours in and out of the classroom researching Early Childhood Education and keeping up to date on how to care for these children at this critical learning time in their lives. Miss Angela graduated with a teaching license that allows her to instruct PreKindergarten through third grade. Before joining us she worked with children in a number of settings including teaching gymnastics, being a nanny, day care, tutoring and babysitting.

    Year Started:
    6/3/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Education
  • Miss Maria

    Miss Maria, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Maria earned her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Villa Maria College of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. Her caring personality and nurturing ways makes her a perfect fit with the toddlers. The children love singing and dancing with her and learning new things everyday. In her spare time, Ms. Maria loves to spend time with her family and friends.

    Year Started:
    2/11/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Erin

    Ms. Erin, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Erin joined KinderCare in 2013 as a floater but quickly found that she was a great fit in the Discovery Preschool classroom. She has experience as an assistant and lead teacher from other learning center in which she was responsible for conducting lesson plans and daily activities as well as keeping in constant communication with her families. Ms. Erin also has three boys at home to keep her busy while she is not working here at KinderCare!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Erin has worked at a variety of Early Childhood centers including The Goddard School, Kids World and Brookline Kids Preschool.
    Year Started:
    1/9/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood
  • Miss Jazmin

    Miss Jazmin, Discovery Preschool

    Miss Jazmin joined the KinderCare team in August of 2013 and immediately started working in the Discovery Preschool classroom. Her vibrant and outgoing personality were an instant fit in working with the energetic two year olds! She quickly gained a lot of experience in creating and enhancing her classroom and went on to become a Team Leader for Discovery Preschool. Miss Jazmin graduated from St.Vincent College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a second major in Psychology. Recenty, Miss Jazmin will be working as our temporary Enrichment Specialist. In her spare time, Miss Jazmin enjoys singing, dancing and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Miss Jazmin worked as a Therapeutic Staff Support for two years.
    Year Started:
    8/14/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Miss Lauren

    Miss Lauren, Discovery Preschool

    Miss Lauren is one of our Discovery Preschool teacher since May of 2014 when she graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelors in Elementary and Special Education. During her time at Westminster she worked in the Preschool Lab as a Teacher's Aide and she really enjoyed her time spent with the preschoolers. Miss Lauren is a very caring, compassionate and creative teacher and the two year olds absolutely love being a part of her class.

    Year Started:
    5/6/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Special Education
  • Ms. Tawny

    Ms. Tawny, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Tawny began her career at KinderCare Learning Center in June of 2010. Tawny joined the team as one of our Discovery Preschool teachers. She has many years experience in the field of early childhood education and has quickly become one of Mount Lebanon's valuable assets. Ms. Tawny obtained an Associates degree in early childhood and has begun work on her  Director's Credential at Point Park University.  Currently, Ms. Tawny serves as a teacher mentor to all incoming staff and takes a lead role in helping train new teachers on curriculum and classroom enhancements. Ms. Tawny's classroom is a true expression of her dedication and passion for the field of early childhood and she treats each and every child as if they were her own. In the fall of 2014 Ms. Tawny was awarded the Early Childhood Educator award. This prestigious award is given by Knowledge Universe to a teacher in each region and has a careful selection process that is based upon each educational component. It is Knowledge Universe's highest honor and comes with a cash prize of $10,000. Upon receiving this award Ms. Tawny was also invited to  attend a professional NAEYC conference in Dallas, Texas.  Ms. Tawny is a valuable asset to Mount Lebanon's team and has future plans to continue her career at KinderCare. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tawny has spent many years in the field of Early Childhood Education and has experience as a teacher for each age group.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Preschool

    Ms. Amber comes to KinderCare with a vast knowledge of Early Childhood. She spent three years working at the Bennet Family Center at the Pennsylvania State University in the Infant and Toddler Room and then moved on to work as a Preschool teacher in another Child Development Center. She joined our KinderCare team in 2014 and currently works in our Preschool classroom as a lead teacher and Team Leader for preschool. The team leaders are responsible for overseeing curriculum, enhancements and the NAEYC process. In her spare time Miss Amber enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Amber has been in the Early Childhood Field for 8 years. She has worked a in a variety of childcare centers as a infant, toddler and preschool teacher. She also has a toddler at home and another baby on the way!
    Year Started:
    3/24/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Miss Dana

    Miss Dana, Preschool

    Miss Dana is one of our lead preschool teachers at KinderCare since January of 2015. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Robert Morris University where she studied Elementary Education. Miss Dana is very outgoing, energetic and hardworking which are three qualities that every high-quality teacher needs! In the future Miss Dana plans to continue working with children and taking every great opportunity that comes her way!

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Dana has been in the Early Childhood field for two years and has worked at another local center as a preschool teacher.
    Year Started:
    1/19/2015
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Pre-Kindergarten

    Ms. Angela recently joined our team as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher. She earned a Bachelor's Degree from Winona State University with a concentration in Elementary Education. Ms. Angela's previous experience has prepared her for a great start at KinderCare. She is caring, energetic and compassionate which helps her relate to all of her students in Pre-K. In her spare time, Ms. Angela enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Angela has experience teaching third grade in a public school.
    Year Started:
    4/27/2015
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Taryn

    Ms. Taryn, Pre-Kindergarten

    Ms. Taryn joined the KinderCare team in December of 2014 as one of our lead Pre-Kindergarten teachers. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Robert Morris. Ms. Taryn has excellent classroom management skills and a way of connecting with each of her students! Prior to coming to KinderCare, Ms. Taryn worked at a local childcare center as a Preschool Supervisor. She also is the coach for the Baldwin High School cheerleaders. In her spare time Ms. Taryn enjoys watching the Pittsburgh Penguins and spending time with her husband.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Miss Taryn has babysat and worked at another local childcare center for five years.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love seeing the growth and development in children.  We discover new things every day, use our creativity and imagination and we never stop having fun while learning!

    Ms. Katie serves as a lead Prekindergarten teacher at the Mount Lebanon KinderCare. She began her journey at KinderCare in 2008.  Prior to teaching at our center Ms. Katie had the amazing experience to work at an early learning center in Germany where she gained a vast knowledge of Early Childhood Education.  Ms. Katie also holds several degrees dealing with Early Childhood and Instruction and curriculum.  Ms. Katie's  creativity and amazing teaching abilities show in her classroom through her amazing enhancements and the smiles on the children's faces every day.  Ms. Katie is a fantastic communicator and has a great rapport with the families, children and co-workers.  Ms. Katie is an amazing  addition to our KinderCare team!  

    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art Education with a minor in Art Therapy. PA teaching certificate in Art Education grades K-12. Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a PA Supervisor Certification in Curriculum and Instruction grades K-12
  • Ms. Christina

    Ms. Christina, Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Christina is our Kindergarten teacher at KinderCare of Mount Lebanon.  Ms. Christina graduated from Point Park University in 2009 with high honors and earned her degree in Elementary Education.  Ms. Christina previously worked at Stepping Stones Children's Center as the Kindergarten Teacher and quickly discovered it is her passion. She loves working with this age because of their sense of curiosity and their readiness to learn and explore.  In 2013 Ms. Christina launched Mount Lebanon's first year of working with the K12 curriculum. Her first year working with the smart board was a great success and she looks forward to continuing to work on this role.  In her free time, Ms. Christina enjoys reading a good book or gardening.  She also spends time with her three children Nicholas, Alaina and Gabrielle.  She is a volunteer of both Boy Scout and Girl Scout activities.  Ms. Christina’s creativity, knowledge of the curriculum and positive attitude is a wonderful asset to the KinderCare program and we are so happy to have her teach our Privately Licensed Kindergarten.  

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Christina's previous experience includes work at Snapology as a Curriculum Writer and various roles in Early Childhood Education.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education

August 2015 Events

August Hero Image
Filter Center Calendar
  1. There are no events scheduled in August 2015.

About Our Center

Our center is home to many families from the Mt Lebanon, Upper St Clair, and Bethel Park communities and comprised of 35 teachers with over 200 years of experience. Each and every day we make it our goal to give the children in our care the best possible start to their future through a variety of hands on activities and positive interactions while recognizing children's work and accomplishments. Our center and our team are designed to provide your children with learning experiences that open their eyes to sharing and exploring. We are sure that our center will make you feel welcome and quickly a part of our family. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

Our location is currently closed on the following holidays or days of observance: New Years Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving, and lastly Christmas Day.

Health and Safety

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.

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.

My son has been going to KinderCare in Mt. Lebanon since he was five months old (he is now two years old). My experience has been nothing but WONDERFUL! The teachers are so amazing. They genuinely care about my son and they teach him so much. I am always finding little art projects in his mailbox that he made- I hang them on his art wall at home. He goes to the music class that the center offers. He has just BLOSSOMED since he started the class. His vocabulary and social skills have greatly improved since starting the class. It's an extra fee each month-but to me it's totally worth it. He has 2 best friends that go to the class with him...and I know they have a blast together.
Also, I am so impressed with how the teachers teach the kids to respect each other. I was able to witness on one occasion all of the ages playing together on the big playground at the center. The older kids were so mindful of the younger ones. There was no pushing or bullying. It made me feel so good about the environment that my son is in every day.
I am just so thankful that we found KinderCare and that our center is as well run as the one in Mt Lebanon! Words cannot express how much it means to me to feel that my child is safe and secure and loved when I am at work!

- Mother

The Learning Adventures Phonics program with Ms. Chris has been an invaluable addition to Lauren’s education and experience at Kinder Care Mt. Lebanon! Lauren has excelled in the program and at four-and-a-half years old is reading and writing at a first grade level – all of which I attribute to the dedication and teaching style Ms. Chris brings to the classroom. Lauren enjoys the small class size which affords her the opportunity to work closely with Ms. Chris on the subject matter at hand. My favorite days are when Lauren comes home after finishing a block! She is so proud of her accomplishments and loves to take her parents through her journal and workbooks. I’ll never forget the first time she brought one of the lesson books home and read the entire thing to us. I would recommend the program to anyone who is interested in giving their child a head start on learning our language – both verbal and written. The program and Ms. Chris have provided Lauren an environment where learning is fun and rewarding!

- Parents

My daughter has been enrolled in many Learning Adventures classes at KinderCare with Ms. Chris over two years. No matter the subject, this is consistently a highlight of my daughter’s day. She enjoys the small group and individualized learning, and her skills and knowledge have increased dramatically! The take-home activities and detailed report cards from Ms. Chris enable us to really reinforce the concepts at home in a fun way. Ms. Chris’ encouragement and positive reinforcement gave my daughter the confidence to try to sound out and write words, tackle math problems and practice her Spanish! I would recommend enrollment in Learning Adventures classes at KinderCare without reservation – it is a wonderful complement to the curriculum and has helped my daughter blossom into an active and inquisitive learner!

- Mother

Thank you for our amazing experience at the Mt. Lebanon KinderCare. We enrolled our daughter shortly after the center opened and always felt comfortable and confident about the care she was receiving. Our last day was in June 2013 because our little girl has grown up in to a BIG Kindergarten kid. We are certain you are aware of the talented and dedicated staff you have there. Erin, Jenn, and Melissa are your best marketing assets! We have always been kept informed of changes and changes never seemed to impact our daughter's learning and fun. You also have some really amazing teachers, that are without a doubt, some of the most remarkable teachers ever: Ms Kathy, Ms Kate, Ms Chris, Ms Katie, and Ms Christina. They are personally and professionally invested in each child that walk in to their classroom. We know our daughter has 13 more years of learning ahead of her, but a positive, healthy, and fun foundation has been established by the team of outstanding educators at KinderCare. We are so grateful for our experience and just thought you'd like to know. Thanks a million!

- Parents

Our kindergarten experience this year at KinderCare has been very fulfilling. Our daughter has been surprising us with her questions and knowledge about the world! With ongoing support from her teachers, she is learning how to read by word recognition as well as sounding out words utilizing phonics. She has had the opportunity to build a framework for her math skills while participating in learning adventures math. We are truly amazed by her academic growth this year and feel confident that her transition into the local school district next year will be a pleasant experience.

- Parents

We have had the great fortune to find KinderCare after seeking a special place for our son. We will never forget the jumbo trampoline for the end of summer party. Sergio was so happy and did not want to leave! The playground is clean and very child friendly. The environment is so happy and has really helped him in his enrichment! The teachers as well as the management team take care of our son with kid gloves and are always thinking of what is in best interest. There is no better facility than KinderCare in this area!

- Mother

We were very concerned that our children's last facility did not provide enough learning opportunities. At that time KinderCare of Mount Lebanon was being built so we inquired about the program. When the center opened we attended the Open House and we absolutely loved how beautiful and happy the space is. The teachers have backgrounds in early childhood education and development and that is very important to us. We love how much our kids love coming to school and their teachers. We are thrilled that they are learning so much and honestly couldn’t be happier!

- Parents

I am fortunate enough to have my two-year-old son in your Mount Lebanon Center. Knowing that I sincerely don’t have to worry about my son throughout the day while I am working, makes my life so much easier because of the incredible care he receives. Melissa, Erin and Kate are wonderful leaders always pitching in, regardless of the task. They are also always available and so positive and friendly 100% of the time. My son’s teachers, Tawny and Jen in Discovery Preschool are amazing—as are all of the teachers my son interacts with. Tawny and Jenn are great teachers and really care about the curriculum and developing him. My son loves going to school each day because of them. Not sure you receive these notes often, but I have had my children in other daycare/schools before we moved back to Pittsburgh last year..so I have experienced the good and the not so good. This facility is fantastic. I hope you take time to recognize the folks I mentioned in my email as well as the staff at the center—with next week being Teacher Appreciation Week at the center, I thought It would be nice to drop you a note. I don’t know everyone…but I have enjoyed everyone that has taught my son.

- Mother

In the two and a half years that our son has attended KinderCate Mt. Lebanon my husband and I have always been grateful for the remarkable care provided by the staff and teachers. We credit many of his teachers for encouraging him to grown into the bright, happy two and half year old he is today. Upon the birth of our second son this year, we had no hesitation about sending him into the same center where his brought has flourished. There are several teachers that have cared for our son that have earned our special love and respect. They include Ms. Amanda, Ms. Lauren and Ms. Andrea from the toddler class, and Ms. Tawny, Ms. Adrienne, Ms. Brianne and Ms. Jenn in the Discovery Preschool classroom. (Unfortunately I am certain I have missed some important names, everyone at this center deserves praise). And, while we appreciate them all, it is Ms. Tawny that holds a special place in our hearts. On my son's first full day in Discovery Preschool, I expressed to Ms. Tawny my concern about how he would handle the new daily schedule. That day at the office, I received a fax "from" him telling me that he was having a great day. The fact that Ms. Tawny went out of her way to send me that fax meant so much. She went above and beyond to take special care of not just a nervous child, but also a nervous mother. My son loves Ms. Tawny with all the full force of a two year old, and that is something Ms. Tawny earned by doing more than merely being present in the classroom every day. However, it is in the wake of Maddox D's tragic accident that I felt most compelled to go on record with my praise. Praise not just for Ms. Tawny and the teachers that have specifically touched my son's life, but for the center as a whole. I sincerely appreciate the constant communication provided to us, delivered not just via paper notifications, but personally, with respect for the fact that he was a classmate of our child. Time was spent with us by many KinderCare representatives, especially Melissa Fonda, holding hands, sharing the news, helping us with out grief, and talking us through what we could tell our son about his friend. We were given clear communications regarding what would be told to the children in Maddox's classroom, what would be said if any of the children asked specific questions and assured that a grief counselor would be made available to any children that may need additional counseling. Ms. Fonda also clearly communicated what teachers would/would not be available throughout the week while the teachers dealt with their loss. The center was managed with grace and dignity, maintaining a calm and nurturing atmosphere for children and parents struggling to accept what cannot be explained. As a parent, I could not let it go unnoticed: the efforts put forth by Ms. Fonda and the entire KinderCare family in that week gave us confidence and peace of mind that our sons would continue to be well cared for, both physically and emotionally, in the aftermath of this terrible accident. Their love and devotion for these children has never been so evident; KinderCare of Mt. Lebanon has proven themselves to be a true "KinderCare Family".

- Mother

I wrote over a year and a half ago to let you know how utterly happy we were with our team at the Mt. Lebanon Center. I am happy to report that we are still in the same honeymoon phase with the team in Mt. Lebo. I have to start by saying, I realize how difficult it must be to work in the day care field. The teams must be there rain or shine in order for us to get to work. They do not have the luxury of calling off of work. I appreciate that. The visibility of the staff is amazing at the center. Either Erin Farrell or Kate Zeman are there to greet us parents when we arrive to pick up our children. Even though they are not classroom teachers, they know about my child's day at school and tell me a little snip-it of what occurred even before I get to her room. To me, that knowledge of my one child out of many in the center goes a long way in making me feel comfortable about my decision to be a working mom. Not only do they know about my child's day, but they do the same thing for many other families in the center. Erin and Kate never seem to have a bad day. They are always happy, smiling and cheerful. They are great leaders in the sense that they "never let us see them sweat." We are now pregnant with our second child and I am so comforted by the fact that I know our childcare plans for our second child. I see my little girl who is almost three and love the little person she has become. Sometimes I feel guilty thinking that what she has learned hasn't come from mom or home, but that is why KinderCare is great at what they do. You are the experts of childcare. Our little girl sat at the dinner table a few weeks ago and surprised me with the months of the year and days of the week. Not only that, but she counted to 10 in Spanish out of the blue! She learned it all at school. Ms. Claire has been her teacher in discovery preschool for almost a year now. Ms. Claire is amazing. I can't think of any other adjective to describe her.....amazing. Our little girl will be moving on soon and just as we were sad to leave Ms. Lauren's room when we moved up to discovery preschool, I know she will have another excellent teacher no matter what room she moves into. I can't forget to mention Melissa, our fabulous director. I need to acknowledge how amazing Melissa treated our family when we went though a hardship and my husband lost his job over a year ago. We were able to keep our child in school on a part-time basis and save her spot all thanks to Melissa. Even though we could not afford to send her full time, we were able to keep her engaged with the class in order to make an easy transition back to full-time once he regained employment.

- Mother
×

See what’s happening on the blog

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.

View More

Resources for Parents

Download helpful guides and other resources to make your child care decisions easy.