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North Huntingdon KinderCare

Sherrie Klos, Center Director

8895 Norwin Ave. N. Huntingdon PA 15642
(724) 863-8090 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
in the Norwin Hills Shopping Center behind Galaxy Fitness Center

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hahntown Elementary, Sunset Valley Elementary, Sheridan Terrace Elementary, West Hempfield Elementary, Stewartsville Elementary (Afternoon Kindergarten ONLY)

Now enrolling for Summer Camp 2013. Also enrolling for Fall 2013. Kindergarten and School Age enrolling now with limited bus seating for KinderCare bus.

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Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center in North Huntingdon! Thank you for your interest in our center. We would love the opportunity to work with your family. At our North Huntingdon KinderCare we believe in challenging the WHOLE child. In our classrooms we emphasize on social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Also your child will be in a safe, clean, and nurturing facility. If you have any questions about our program please feel free to call at any time.

Sherrie Klos, Center Director

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Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

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.

Teachers & Staff

North Huntingdon KinderCare takes pride in our teachers. Our teachers are nurturing and caring with every child. As a whole we feel we are one big family. The teachers here support and take care of one another as well as the children. They are here to support every family and co-workers.

  • Sherrie Klos

    Sherrie Klos, Center Director

    Do unto others as you would have done to you" "Do what is right, not what is easy.

    Sherrie started with KinderCare in July 1993 as a School Age and Preschool teacher. During her time at KinderCare she advanced to Kindergarten teacher then to Center Director in February 1996. Sherrie and her family live in the Norwin area. She has a 10-year-old son. She loves meeting new families and being a significant part of the children's lives as they learn and grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare Sherrie worked at Kid's Only, a children's boutique in McKeesport.
    Year Started:
    7/2/1993
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Sociology
  • Melissa Chelstead

    Melissa Chelstead, Assistant Director

    Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart." - Winnie The Pooh

    Melissa went to Westmoreland Community College to receive her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Melissa will be with KinderCare in North Huntingdon for four years in January 2013. She started in the Prekindergarten working with four and five-year-old children. About a year-and-half later she was promoted to Program Specialist. In June 2010 she had a son who currently takes part in the KinderCare Program. About six months after she came back from maternity leave, she was promoted to Assistant Director. Her responsibilities include financial management, labor management, classroom management, new and prior enrollments, and anything in between! Melissa also handles all Scholastic book material including books fairs. She also helps with in-house events including Harvest Night and Turkey Dinner. Melissa puts together summer camp, field trips, and special visitors with some help from co-workers.

    Previous Experience:
    Melissa has worked at two other child care competitors before settling in at KinderCare in North Huntingdon.
    Year Started:
    1/12/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Georgiann

    Ms. Georgiann, Infant Classroom

    I like watching all the milestones that the infants achieve during the first year.

    Ms. Georgiann has been with KinderCare for 22 years. She took early childhood and nursery school classes in high school. She also babysat and worked at a family home daycare. With the Infants Ms. Georgiann likes to put on puppet shows, sing songs, read stories, and sensory play with different materials.

    Year Started:
    2/20/1990
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 years
  • Ms. Sherry

    Ms. Sherry, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Sherry has been with KinderCare for four years. She works in the toddler room. Ms. Sherry is involved with her toddlers everyday. She always give them the attention they need and works one on one with them as well in larger groups. She loves to play in the sensory with her toddlers. Ms. Sherry likes to let the toddlers play in water and in the winter she brings in snow for them to play with. She is a big part of the toddlers life because she is teaching them how to use their utensils, manners, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and how to do socially interact.

    Year Started:
    3/3/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
  • Ms. Sona

    Ms. Sona, Toddler Classroom

    I personally enjoy watching the children grow, develop and learn something new for the rest time.

    Ms. Sona has been at KinderCare for 23 years. She is the second toddler teacher. She attended Westmoreland County Community College for Early Childhood Education. Ms. Sona loves to do creative arts, sensory play, teaching oral language, problem solving skills, felt board activities and dancing with the toddlers.

    Year Started:
    3/29/1989
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
  • Ms. Leah

    Ms. Leah, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Leah has been a teacher in the Discovery Preschool room for over a year now. Before working at KinderCare she worked for another child care organization. Ms. Leah enjoys taking time to work with each child one on one everyday.

    Year Started:
    8/29/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
  • Ms. Tommie

    Ms. Tommie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Tommie has been in Discovery Preschool Classroom for almost two years. She loves being at KinderCare watching the children learn and grow. Ms. Tommie tries to make everyday fun and special for the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Tommie worked for a Christian daycare.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
  • Ms. Cindy

    Ms. Cindy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love the smiles and hellos from all the children and teachers.

    Ms. Cindy has been at KinderCare for 10 years and in the child care field for 18 years. She likes to bring real life experiences to her class. It may be a bug or a special leaf found outside. She has a hamster, a fish, a few hermit crabs, and a salamander as pets in her room. Ms. Cindy prepares her students for Kindergarten academically and socially.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Cindy was a dog groomer, nurse's aid and Sunday School teacher.
    Year Started:
    8/26/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

    Ms. Nicole has been working at KinderCare since March 2012. She loves her job and loves working with the children. Ms. Nicole is currently going to school for early childhood education.

    Year Started:
    3/21/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
  • Ms. Kiely

    Ms. Kiely, School Age Classroom

    I love working with children. Also love seeing what the children accomplished at the end of the year.

    Ms. Kiely has been working in the early childhood industry since she was 18 years old. While working at competitor child care centers Ms. Kiely went to school at Westmoreland County Community College for two years and graduated with an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been at KinderCare for five months now and really enjoys working with the children in the School Age room as well as the other classrooms she helps in during the day while the children are in school.

    Year Started:
    6/22/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Transitional Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Lauren uses zoo phonics to help her students learn the letters and sounds. She also uses many hands-on activities to help facilitate children's learning. Ms. Lauren has been with Knowledge Universe for two years and loves coming to work everyday. Her students and fellow teachers are what makes her job enjoyable. She truly enjoys watching the children grow and learn everyday!

    Year Started:
    9/14/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Rita

    Ms. Rita, Cook

    Ms. Rita started as the cook in September of 1998. She helps out in classrooms when needed. She also helps with paperwork that needs finished. Ms. Rita always helps out with our in-house events such as "Turkey Dinner Night" and our Summer Party. She makes every child feel important and special. They have a very special bond with her.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Rita was a kitchen supervisor at a nursing home.
    Year Started:
    9/17/1998
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Floating Teacher

    Ms. Michelle is a 1998 graduate of Hempfield Area High School. After graduation she attended Westmoreland County Community College to study Early Childhood Education. Ms. Michelle did student teaching at Head Start and Seton Hill. She graduated with Honors in 2000. During her career at KinderCare Ms. Michelle has been a teacher in the Prekindergarten and Discovery Preschool. Currently she is a bus driver and is a floater helping out in all of the classrooms.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Michelle was a manager at Long John Silver's.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2004
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

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About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Health and Safety is very important in our center. You will find each entry to our classrooms has confidential key-pad entry. We have a sign-in/sign-out book in the lobby in addition we have a strict parent/guardian identification. Cleanliness is a huge part of every classroom. Every classroom gets cleaned and sanitized all through the day. Every teacher in the building is CPR and First Aid trained.

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I am at such ease leaving my boy with the ladies at KinderCare. I am so thankful that I found such a wonderful, warm, friendly, loving school that really treats my son as if he were their own. It does not go unappreciated.

- Mother

My child means everything to me. I want him to have the best advantage in life. My son is two-and-a-half years old and he has been in KinderCare since he was nine weeks old. He has had the best teachers in every room he has been in. They have taught him every day skills, how to be independent, how to be fun and social. I really give a lot of thanks to all the teachers thus far. They have been excellent.

- Mother
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