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New Albany KinderCare

Angie Blankenship, Center Director

5524 New Albany Road East New Albany OH 43054
(614) 775-0014 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Intersection of New Albany Road East and Central College, behind Huntington Bank.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
New Albany Elementary K-1, New Albany Elementary 2-5, Cornerstone Academy

We offer a full curriculum from ages 6 weeks through 12 years old. It is an Early Foundations curriculum which includes areas of focus in Creative Arts, Science, Social Skills, Language, Phonics, Literacy, Writing, Dramatic Play and Creativity, as well as the basics of sharing, problem solving and keeping learning fun!

Welcome

We would like to welcome you to the New Albany KinderCare. We have been serving the New Albany community for fourteen years. We are conveniently located off New Albany Road East and Central College Avenue. We are accredited by NAC, a national accrediting commission, who awards accreditation to centers who excel in key areas of child development, staff education and training. We invite you to come tour our center to see first hand the engagement of the children and met our warm and nurturing staff. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Angie Blankenship, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

The staff at the New Albany KinderCare has a combined staff tenure of over 65 years and educated teachers with degrees and credentials in all age groups. They have a true passion and love for teaching. We are very lucky to have them.

  • Angie Blankenship

    Angie Blankenship, Center Director

    One of the greatest joys in life is to know that you helped in some small way to make a difference in the the life of a child. I look forward to meeting you and your family soon.

    Angie graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Ohio University. After graduating, she worked for Children's services in Ross County, Ohio and then in the private sector as a foster home consultant. Her family moved to Vancouver, Washington where she worked as a Director for a program at All Saints Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. During this time, her daughter went to a KinderCare. Upon returning to Ohio in late 1999, she inquired about employment with KinderCare because she had such a positive experience with the center her daughter attended. Angie was hired in January of 2000 as the Director of this center.

    Year Started:
    1/12/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology
  • Melissa Gray

    Melissa Gray, Assistant Director

    KinderCare is a great company to work for and provides many opportunities for growth. Our center is full of wonderful, encouraging teachers who make it a blessing to come to work each day.

    Ms. Melissa graduated from Ball State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a kindergarten endorsement. Upon starting at KinderCare, Ms. Melissa was a toddler teacher, then moved up through the classes to PreK. In March 2015 Ms. Melissa started in her new role as the assistant director. She is looking forward to the new challenges that await!

    Year Started:
    5/7/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Kindergarten Endorsement
  • Amanda Krebs

    Amanda Krebs, Program Specialist

    I truly love being able to come in each day and watch the learning and development of each and every child in our center. I love being able to go home with funny and memorable stories each day to share with my family. There is never a dull moment or a time where a child does not put a smile on my face or warm my heart with a happy moment.

    Amanda has been working with children since she was in grade school. She started teaching at Vacation Bible School, babysitting, as well as deciding to pursue a college major to specialize in children's education. Amanda then received her first job with KinderCare in 2009 as a preschool teacher. In 2011 she took on a new task of being a lead Head Start teacher with KinderCare. She was previously the Assistant Director in New Albany and hopes to continue on her career path with KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming the Program Specialist, Amanda worked as our Assistant Director, and a Preschool teacher for two years and then moved to a Head Start teacher with KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    5/9/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Studies, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Infant Classroom

    I love to see a child's face light up when they have learned something new.

    Lauren has said she wanted to be a teacher since shw was little. Working with children of all ages has been a major joy in her life over the years. Lauren has worked with children in many different settings and teaching them different ways to succeed.

    Previous Experience:
    Substitute Teacher
    Year Started:
    6/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the children learn and grow. That moment when a child lights up with excitement when they learn something new, is priceless.

    Michelle has been with KinderCare since 1994. She has always had great passion for working with children. Over the years, Michelle has raised a family of her own after having two boys Derek & Ryan and they have attended KinderCare their entire lives. Michelle has worked with every age group, but particularly excels in School Age and Infants. Michelle shows love and compassion to each child and meets their individual needs on a daily basis.
     
     

    Previous Experience:
    21 years in child education industry
    Year Started:
    8/1/1994
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Years
  • Ms. Jenn

    Ms. Jenn, Toddler Classroom

    I love knowing my job positively impacts the lives of the children I teach and care for and their families.

    Jenn has worked in childcare for many years, previously Children's World, and now KinderCare. Jenn enjoys all aspects of working with young children. Jenn hopes to get the chance to help your child grow and develop with her knowledge and experience and love for children.
    Year Started:
    1/3/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    High School Diploma and Child Development Associate
  • Mr. Halen

    Mr. Halen, Floater

    Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace. -Confucius

    Mr. Halen has been working at KinderCare since March 2, 2016. In this short time he has become an integreal part of our Pre-Kindergarten classroom and our center as a whole. He has completed an education degree at Bluffton University. In the classroom he uses play to teach students about everyday things, subjects in school, and about their community.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Halen was part of the volunteer staff at Bluffton Child Development Center and did his student teaching in the First grade at Freedom Elementary.
    Year Started:
    3/2/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Education from Bluffton College
  • Ms. Tara

    Ms. Tara, Prekindergarten Classroom

    It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.

    Tara has enjoyed working with and teaching children from Infants to Pre teen children for the last 23 years. She went to Fort Hayes Career Center to study Early Childhood Development. Tara also completed her Child Development Associate in January 2012. With all of her education and experience Tara makes learning activities fun and hands on. 

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting and volunteering.
    Year Started:
    6/10/1992
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate in Preschool
  • Mr. Patrick

    Mr. Patrick, School Age Classroom

    Patrick joined KinderCare to help the children develop in all aspects of their lives and to be able to live up to their full potential. Patrick wants to help then recognize that everyone is unique and therefore is special in their own way.

    Year Started:
    10/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Floater/Classroom Support

    Year Started:
    10/26/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Margo

    Ms. Margo, Office

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.

    Ms. Margo has many years of experience in the childcare field. She has a husband of 20 years and two daughters. Both of Ms. Margo's daughters attended KinderCare and the education they had at KinderCare well prepared them for their school careers. Ms. Margo wants to create a fun anf safe environment for the children to learn and grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Margo has previous experience working with infants, toddlers, and school-age children.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1997
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Education:
    High School Diploma

Upcoming Center Activities

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

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.

Special Features

  • Close to local elementary schools for transportation purposes.
  • We accommodate care for half day Kindergarten programs and transport these programs.
  • Large indoor play area.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas. We also close twice a year, usually around President's Day and Columbus Day for Professional Development Day.

Health and Safety

Our center is a secure building with an entry way keypad that is protected by a code that is changed several times a year. We only disclose this code to enrolled families. We check ID's at the door for new people who are picking up for the first time. We also keep all of our exterior doors locked as well as our exterior fences.
As your Health and Safety Coordinator, I take great pride in making sure that our center provides a clean and safe environment for you and your child. Each teacher in our building follows a daily cleaning checklist to ensure all aspects of each classroom are clean. This helps reduce germs and the spread of infections. We practice monthly fire and disaster drill so that in the event of an emergency we will be prepared. In addition, each staff member is required to become certified in CPR, First Aid, and Communicable Disease within the first year of hire. Our building is secured at all times by a locked door with a PIN and guests must ring a doorbell to be buzzed into the center. All visitors are greeted by the office upon arrival. Your ease of mind in knowing that your child is cared for in a clean and safe environment is our first priority! We hope that you feel at home in our center.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I chose New Albany KinderCare over other alternatives because of the honesty and frankness of the Director and Assistant Director while researching my options. The school is run with integrity. My kids feel that they are loved and look forward to seeing friends even if they don't have to go to KinderCare on a particular day. The teachers are genuinely interested in the kids education and show it by providing one on one homework help. I am excited about the school's responsiveness to suggestions I make regarding curriculum and specific needs that my kids have.

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