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Canton KinderCare

Kelly Kennard, Center Director

4540 Dressler Rd. Northwest North Canton OH 44718
(330) 493-1121 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Whipple Heights, Taft, St. Michaels, Lake Cable, Avondale, and Our Lady of Peace

We are currently enrolling in all classrooms. Our Prekindergarten curriculum aligns with Ohio's Early Learning Content Standards and we offer half day and full day programs. Our Infant and Toddler curriculum aligns with Ohio's Infant/ Toddler Guidelines. We also use developmental screenings along with our assessments to inform instruction. This ensures your child will receive the developmentally appropriate educational components they need for Kindergarten readiness.


The Canton KinderCare provides care for children and families in the Canton, Massillon, Jackson Township area near Belden Village. Our center has been a leader in early childhood education in the Canton community for over 25 years.

Kelly Kennard, 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.

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


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

All of the teachers at our center are degreed and specializing in education. Combined, our staff has been working in the early childhood field for over 100 years! Every teacher also continues their education by completing 10-30 hours of specialized training per year. This includes curriculum implementation, assessments, behavior management, and content standards alignment.

  • Kelly Kennard, Center Director

    I can't image a world without KinderCare- From the passion I see in my teachers' eyes when they know they have touched the lives of these little ones; to the pride I've expierenced as a mother, enrolling my children in Kindergarten and knowing they're ready after graduating a KinderCare Kid - this center and this company is my family. I love the relationships we foster with the children, parents, caregivers and friends of those enrolled at our Canton KinderCare Center.

     Kelly graduated from The University of Akron in 2011 with her bachelor's degree in Child and Family Development and acquired a Child Care Worker certificate, as well as a Parent Educator certificate as well. Kelly is currently continuing her education at the U of A due to her love of learning; education is her passion! Kelly is a mother of three, all of which have attended KinderCare, and is excited that her family is part of a bigger KinderCare picture!

    Previous Experience:
    Kelly has been part of the KinderCare Administration team since 2012. She has been in the childcare field since 2007, and was a Toddler Teacher for many years prior to moving into Administration.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in Child and Family Development
  • Missy Ferrell, Assistant Director

    I love coming to work at KinderCare every day! Nothing puts a smile on my face quicker than a hug from a child! My passion is knowing we, as a center, have helped our children learn, grow and develop while enrolled at our school!

    Miss Missy has been working at KinderCare for 16 years. She has had both of her children go through the program, from the infant room through the school age room. Missy takes great pride in providing a safe and loving environment for your children. Miss Missy also loves the daily interactions with all of the children in the center and their parents! Missy graduated with a degree in business management, and after starting at KinderCare completed her Child Development Associates (CDA) specializing in Infant and Toddler Care.

    Previous Experience:
    Teaching and coaching swimming, diving and gymnastics.
    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Associate's Degree in Business Management, Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Melinda

    Ms. Melinda, Infant Classroom

    Having the ability to relate to new parents and sharing my own feelings on leaving your child in someone's care. It has been a gift to become closer to every family and allow them to feel safe.

    Ms. Melinda has been working for KinderCare since October of 2004. She graduated form the University of Rio Grande with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Melinda tries her best to connect, listen, and respect every family that walks through her door. Her goal is to make families feel safe and a part of our family by bonding with her parents and children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Melinda was a student teacher.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love watching children accomplish a new task or skill.

    Ms. Amanda has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has 13 years of experience in this field. She loves to teach children the skills to better prepare them for Kindergarten. Miss Amanda loves to help children succeed in learning and strives to meet the goals for each individual child.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Transitional Kindergarten Classroom

    I love knowing I am helping the children learn and grow each day.

    Ms. Amber started at KinderCare in August of 2012. She recently graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. In her classroom, Ms. Amber loves to do group activities that involve the class as a whole. She loves to sing and dance with her class and be as involved as she can with what they are doing. The children's smiles and laughter makes Ms. Amber enjoy interacting with her students.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Amber was a youth adviser at the Boys and Girls Club.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    BA in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, School Age Classroom

    I love watching children's faces light up when they are learning something new.

    Ms. Jenn is the lead School Age teacher. She graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She has been working with children for the past four years and she loves every minute of it.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Jennifer worked in the Early Childhood Education Program in her school and at another Preschool for the past four years.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Sociology
  • Ms. Beverly

    Ms. Beverly, Cook

    I really enjoying cooking for the children on a daily basis.

    Ms. Beverly is a loving grandmother and does an excellent job communicating with the children. She cares for everyone of them and works really hard at getting the children to eat healthy. She is an excellent cook and strives to achieve healthy appetites.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Beverly worked at Nickles Bakery for 30 years, worked at Stark County Christian Academy and at Atwood Lake Beach Concessions.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years

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 center has been helping to educate children since 1985.  We offer child care services for children Infant thru School Age (age 12).  We know that all parents have many choices for their child's early childhood education.  We believe that our learning center gives children the best tools for success.  Stop by to visit our center or call us to set up a tour.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Our center has a secure key pad entry and fenced in playgrounds. Every staff member is certified in pediatric CPR, has communicable disease training, child abuse recognition training, and first aid training. The health and well being of every child in our care is a high priority.

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 attended KinderCare Learning Center since he was a year and a half old.  The care, consideration and leadership of the staff there was immediately transparent from the front office into every classroom down the hall.  I was always well informed of everything they were doing currently and next in every age range.  When he was two and a half years old I was so thrilled with is progress that I began to look into ways to keep my son active and this is when I came across the enrichment programs.  With so many subject choices and levels I first decided to enroll him into Music.  It was not long before we began receiving pictures every week along with instruments, packets, books, updates and several at home exercises to stay active.  When he was three and a half I increased his Enrichment program from Music to Math and boosted his activity from one day a week to three days a week.  It only took a matter of weeks before my son was excited to tell me math problems he knows and was using the Kelsey Counters to play Math board games. This was when I was able to see the development of Learning Blocks that they  progressed through the Math program.  When he was four and a half I switched him from Math to Phonics and I have to stay this was my favorite program.  The research being done to help children understand the correct steps to learn to read through sight words and phonic sounds while he was in Pre-K was a learning experience for us both.  On the days he had Phonics it was the first thing he would tell me about when I picked him up.  I have no doubt in my mind that the KinderCare staff and the Enrichment Program available helped prepare my son for Kindergarten.  Whenever teachers and staff tell me how smart he is and how well he speaks, I humbly only take partial credit.  KinderCare has been and continues to be a major part of my son's successful future!!!

- Father

My family chose KinderCare in March of 2011, shortly after having our second child. I was very worried about leaving my 8 week old infant at daycare when I returned to work. We took an entire day to “shop around” for daycares. We made 5 appointments that day and just began going from daycare to daycare. KinderCare was our last stop for the day. I will never forget sitting in the chairs outside the infant room….we looked at each other and said, “THIS IS IT.” Not one other day care that entire day could hold a candle to KinderCare. Here are all the things we needed in a daycare that KinderCare has been able to provide at 110% faithfully every day since we enrolled. 1. A loving, caring, structured environment for our infant. The infant room is a magical place. The teachers are so attentive to the needs of my daughter. You will always find the teachers holding, rocking, reading, and playing with the babies. They let them experience life. They have a set lesson plan that they follow and have been educating her since she was 8 weeks old. She is so much further along than other children her age, and we attest that to her attending KinderCare. 2. A daycare that could accept our school age child in the summer and during the school year for professional days, and snow days. The summer program is amazing and is structured around “summer time.” For kids who have parents who work full time jobs, this any kids dream come true. 3. A daycare that is committed to being open all the time. Especially during bad weather, so that parents are not without a place to keep their children and have to miss work. As far a snow days go, I think it is an accomplishment that KinderCare should be very proud of. I can say that I appreciate the fact that the staff opens up every day faithfully so that I do not have to miss work. 4. Food and Hot Lunch program. For anyone who is a parent….Packing a lunch stinks!!!! So thank you to the kitchen staff. 5. An amazing staff, whom consistently has went above and beyond to care for my older child who has Type I diabetes. My son, who is 8, has type 1 diabetes. I can say that KinderCare is the ONLY place that has accepted my son with open arms, and with absolutely no protest or argument of caring for him. The teachers and directors have met our needs 110% and then some. It is a great feeling to sit at work and not have to worry about him. He was able to go on field trips and play all summer, just like a “normal” child and that is something that to our family is priceless. 6. To greet us every day, every time, every phone call with a smile and a happy voice. After a long day at work, nothing makes my evening begin better than the friendly faces that I encounter when I pick up my children. It is so nice to call in and be treated so nice, and be responded to so attentively. Miss Rebecca, Thank you for giving our family the opportunity to write a letter of thanks and appreciation. We will forever be grateful to your staff at KinderCare for providing excellent care to our children. I would rather not single out teachers name by name for fear of overlooking someone, but I can assure you that our family thanks GOD each and every day for each and every one of YOU!!! You jobs are so important and are not overlooked. Each person has a calling in life, and I firmly believe you ALL have found yours. From the bottom of our hearts and with sincere appreciation, Thank you very much !!

- Family

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.

- Parent

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