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New Albany KinderCare

Julia Lupariello, 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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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 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 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!

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.

Julia Lupariello, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

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

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

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

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

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

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

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

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

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

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

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

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

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

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.

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.

  • Julia Lupariello

    Julia Lupariello, Center Director

    If you're going to equalize the academic playing field, you've got to get the kids in early childhood programs." - Paul Vallas

    Julia has her Master's Degree in Education and previously taught Science for four years in Frankfort, Kentucky.  She also worked with the Board of Education to Coordinate and incorporate STEM education into the elementary, middle, and high school levels while traveling to various parts of the nation, meeting with Educators and innovators who were using STEM education to bring the imagination and love of learning out of their students.   She believes that each student is a unique individual who needs a confident, concerned, and motivating atmosphere to stimulate them to grow and develop emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is her desire as an administrator and educator to help every child meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that encourages a partnership with their families to create the best learning experience possible.  Julia works closely with her teachers and families to ensure all children are truly getting the education they deserve and have what they need to maximize their creativity in the classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Julia taught sixth and eighth grade for four years prior to joining KinderCare. She has also been a Teacher Leader, Extended School Services Coordinator, Project Lead at The Way/Gateway to Technology Grant Director, and Literacy Coach for Kentucky's Franklin County school district.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Masters in Education
  • Colleen Ruark

    Colleen Ruark, Assistant Director

    Ms. Colleen earned a bachelor of science degree in Business Management and after working for KinderCare as a teacher decided that early childhood education was her true love. She has been with KinderCare for over 15 years and continues to live our service values everyday.  She looks at each day as another opportunity to build great relationships with our teachers and families.

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of science in Business Management and a Child Development Associate Credential
  • 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:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Studies, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Preschool Classroom, Health and Safety Coordinator

    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:
    23 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:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    High School Diploma and Child Development Associate
  • Mr. Halen

    Mr. Halen, School Age Classroom

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

    Mr. Halen has completed a bachelor of  Education degree from Bluffton University and  has become an integral part of our classrooms and our center as a whole. He has a special way of facilitating and implementing learning through play.  He uses everyday experiences and real world applications to teach our curriculum and  brings it back to helping them learn and be a part of 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Education from Bluffton College
  • 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Bachelor's Degree

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

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.

- Parent

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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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