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East Pittsburgh KinderCare

Ms. Dawn Seaman, Center Director

201 Twin Oak Dr. Penn Hills PA 15235
(412) 795-8004 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
behind PNC Bank & Pizza Hut off Saltsburg Rd

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
District buses to Penn Hills Elementary School, Linton Middle school, as well as Imagine Charter School for those that live in the area. KinderCare transports to and from Center, Pivik, and Regency Park Elementary Schools in the Plum Borough School District.

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Welcome

At East Pittsburgh KinderCare our teachers are dedicated professionals who are passionate about providing excellent care and learning opportunities for the children in our care. Give us a call today to schedule a tour for the opportunity to experience our curriculum and to meet our teachers. We look forward to meeting you!

Ms. Dawn Seaman, 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.

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.

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Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. Monday January 02, 2017
    1. New Year's Day (Observed) KINDERCARE CLOSED

Teachers & Staff

Here at KinderCare our teachers are dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing and engaging environment for your child! All of our teachers have background education in Early Childhood Education, as well as many hours of classroom experience. We can't wait to meet you and your child and for you to meet our team of amazing teachers!

  • Ms. Dawn Seaman

    Ms. Dawn Seaman, Center Director

    I love being a Center Director because it allows me to watch each and every one of the children grow and learn. It also allows me to build amazing relationships with the the families and community and to provide the best possible early education to so many children. It truly makes my day when I enter a classroom and the children call out my name and want me to have fun learning with them. I also love to support my amazing team of teachers and help them develop and grow within their careers.

    Dawn studied Early Childhood for two years at Forbes Road East Vocational school before moving on to pursue her degree at the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Education, Psychology and Criminal Justice. Upon graduation, she moved to Baltimore where she immediately began her career with KinderCare as an Infant and Toddler teacher. Through the years, Dawn held many positions within KinderCare including teaching all age groups, Preschool Program Specialist, Learning Adventures Tutorial Specialist and District Coordinator, Assistant Director, Financial Manager, and now Center Director. Prior to becoming the Center Director, she also completed her Child Development Associate and was awarded her certificate through the National Council for Professional Development. She loves to spend time and build relationships with all of the children, families and staff here at the center and hopes that by providing a safe and educational environment she can make a difference in a child's life.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harold and The Purple Crayon
    Year Started:
    5/11/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18+
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Psychology from University of Pittsburgh, Child Development Associate Credential, Director's Credential
  • Linda Shaffer

    Linda Shaffer, Assistant Director

    I love coming to work each and every day and seeing the excited faces of the children and how happy they are to be at school.

    Linda spent several years prior to her career with KinderCare teaching in the public school system in the state of Florida after completing her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Upon relocating to Pittsburgh, she also was a substitute teacher for Plum and Gateway school districts. She began her career here at Penn Hills KinderCare and has held many different positions within the center. She began her career here at Penn Hills as the certified Kindergarten teacher, moved up to Program Specialist, and recently to Assistant Director. Linda is an integral part of our team and really enjoys helping all of our children grow and learn.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Linda taught 2nd grade for a total of five years and was a substitue teacher before that.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Tawyna Starks

    Ms. Tawyna Starks, Assistant Director

    Ms. Tawny began her career at KinderCare Learning Center in June of 2010 as a Discovery Preschool teacher. She has many years experience in the field of early childhood education and quickly become a valuable asset to KinderCare.  Ms. Tawny served as a teacher mentor to all incoming staff and took a lead role in helping train new teachers on curriculum and classroom enhancements. Ms. Tawny's classroom was 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. Ms. Tawny obtained an Associates degree in early childhood and has begun work on her Director's Credential at Point Park University.  In the fall of 2014, Ms. Tawny was awarded the Early Childhood Educator award, KinderCare Education's highest honor. This prestigious award is given by KinderCare Education to a teacher in each region and has a careful selection process that is based upon each educational component.  Ms. Tawny’s passion and dedication to Early Childhood Education shows each and every day as part of our center management team!

    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:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10+
    Education:
    Associates Deree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Deana

    Ms. Deana, Classoom Flaoter

    Year Started:
    6/1/2016
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Studies
  • Ms. Hannah, Enrichment Specialist

    I love knowing that I am making a difference in the life of a child each and every day.

    Miss Hannah has had the perfect experience for our Enrichment Learning Adventures Programs.. Miss Hanna was a Preschool Teacher at our Mt. Lebenon KinderCare, prior to pursuing the Enrichment Specialist position here at our center.  Miss Hannah  graduated from Waynesburg University in the spring of 2015 where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood and Special Education. In addition to her degree, she has also received her Pennsylvania teaching certification in Elementary Education for PreK-4th grade. Miss Hannah’s kind and friendly nature is perfect as the Enrichment Specialist and building relationships with the families in our center. She spends time getting to know each individual child's needs and works diligently in helping each and every child she interacts with. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Runaway Bunny
    Year Started:
    5/4/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree and Teaching Certification in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Charla, Infant/Toddler Floater

    Year Started:
    8/8/2016
  • Ms. Christi

    Ms. Christi, Preschool Classroom

    I love hearing the children laugh and seeing them smile. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    7/1/2016
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Infants

    Ms. Brittany joined our KinderCare team just after completing her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Ms. Brittany's nurturing demeanor and passion for Early Childhood Education is a perfect match for our infant classroom.  The babies feel comfortable and content immediately when in Ms. Brittany's care. She truly loves observing each individual child reach their many milestones while in her care!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
    Year Started:
    4/26/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Laurie

    Ms. Laurie, Infant Teacher

    I love knowing that I get to build the minds of young children and watch them grow as unique individuals.

    Ms. Laurie began her career at KinderCare in 2007 as a preschool teacher. She spent most of her time at the center working as the primary Prekindergarten teacher and really enjoyed preparing the children as they were getting ready to move on to Kindergarten. In 2008, she was recognized as "Teacher of the Year" and was very proud of all of her hard work and dedication to KinderCare. Over the last several years, Ms. Laurie has taken on several new roles. As Learning Adventures Instructor, she really enjoyed the opportunity to work with the children in a smaller group tutorial environment. Most recently, as an infant and toddler teacher, she has had the wonderful opportunity to watch the youngest of our children reach so many milestones.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare, Ms. Laurie also worked as an infant/toddler teacher, and as a nurses aid.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Paula

    Ms. Paula, Toddler Classroom

    I love when children get excited to see me and smile.  They want to tell me about their day and give me lots of hugs!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight My Duckling - Tafuri Nancy Five Little Pumpkins
    Year Started:
    3/28/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Perrinda

    Ms. Perrinda, Toddler Classroom

    We are today and our children are tomorrow; in preparation for the future, we must embrace the present with love, kindness and patience.

    -Anonymous

    Ms. Perrinda is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who relocated to Pittsburgh in November 2012. She attained her Bachelor's of Science degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. She enjoys working with and having fun with all ages of children. In her spare time, Ms. Perrinda enjoys spending time with her young daughter, family and friends.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Izzy and the Ice Cream Fairy - by Tim Bugbird Light in the Attic
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • Ms. Marcie

    Ms. Marcie, Discovery Preschool

    “I love seeing children build on what they already know to learn new things.”
     

    Ms. Marcie has worked in the Early Childhood field for over 7 years and has earned 38 credits toward her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She began her journey with KinderCare in March of 2014 at our Moon East KinderCare and has transferred to our location after moving to this area!!  Ms. Marcie enjoys working with children of all ages, but has a strong focus on teaching the younger age groups.
     

     

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to beginning her career with KinderCare, Ms. Marcie served as an Assistant Groups supervisor at the Early Childhood Learning Center at the Community College of Allegheny County.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I'll Love You Forever - by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    3/28/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    30 + credits in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the children learn and grow each day. 

    Ms. Heather graduated Salutatorian of her class at Forbes Road East Vocational school in 1995 where she studied Early Childhood. Shortly after graduation, she began her career in a local child care center and eventually began working for the KinderCare in Plum. After working in a center environment for several years, Ms. Heather decided to take a Nanny position to care for four children ages six weeks through nine years old. She had the wonderful opportunity to watch the children grow up until she was no longer needed. Ms. Heather had then returned to our KinderCare where she is dedicated to our Discovery Preschool Classroom!!! In November 2012, she also became a mom to a beautiful little girl! Ms. Heather has also completed her Child Development Associate's Credential on top of her Teacher Education degree.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    9/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Teacher Education, Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Leah

    Ms. Leah, Discovery Preschool

    I love watching the children learn and grow each day.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Charlotte's Web
    Year Started:
    12/28/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science - Special Education
  • Ms. Jenna

    Ms. Jenna, Preschool

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    4/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Child Studies
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Preschool Classroom

    I truly enjoy getting the chance to get to know each and every child.  Building relationships is an important part of learning for all children. 

    Ms. Kim joined our center after moving to Pennsylvania from Texas with her family. Previously she worked for many years at a center based program in Texas. She has held many roles in her Early Childhood career and utilizes the skills that she has attained working with our young each and every day.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Any Dr. Seuss Book! Love them all! The Kissing Hand
    Year Started:
    4/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    It is extremely gratifying seeing the exciting face a child has after learning something new and knowing that you made an impact on their learning.

    Ms. Katie earned her Bachelor's degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she worked and was a student teacher at the campus child care center for a total of two years. Before teaching at KinderCare, Ms. Katie worked at a residential facility with high risk girls. She ultimately decided that it was her dream to teach and mold young children's minds. She now enjoys working with her Prekindergarten children every day and watching them learn, grow and smile!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Corduroy - by Don Freeman
    Year Started:
    12/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Child Development and Family Relations
  • Mr. Jim

    Mr. Jim, Interactive Kindergarten

    You need to grow from the inside out.

    I enjoy determiing the unique needs of each and every child and how to create that "perfect combination" of learning to help them thrive in teh classroom. 

    Mr. Jim graduated from Carlow College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.  He sees the classroom as an extension of the home, where the children feel safe and comfortable to learn and grow.  To Mr. Jim, the best part of teaching is seeing the look on a child’s face when they grasp a new concept and succeed in their learning. 
     
    Mr. Jim is a local to the Penn Hills area and has had previous experience with field observation in the Penn Hills school district as well as student teaching in the Gateway school district.  He has also held the role of baseball coach/manager with the Penn Hills Baseball Association for over 5 years.  While attending college, Mr. Jim also worked his way up to a supervisor position in the retail field.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harold and the Purple Crayon - by Crockett Johnson
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree, Elementary Education
  • Ms. June

    Ms. June, Classroom Floater

    I love getting to know each and every child and their family.  I also love to be able to be there when a child is proud that they learned something new. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ferdinand the Bull - by Munro Leaf
    Year Started:
    11/3/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    CDA Credential
  • Ms. Elizabeth (Liz)

    Ms. Elizabeth (Liz), Classroom Floater

    “If you’re lucky enough to be different, don’t ever change.”
     

    Ms. Elizabeth (Liz) is currently a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania majoring in Music Education.  Prior to joining our KinderCare team, Ms. Liz has had the opportunity to serve as a summer camp counselor working with children of all ages. 
     
    Ms. Liz is joins us for summers as an Assistant group Supervisor and will have the opportunity to work with all different classrooms.  This will also give her the opportunity that she is looking for to have the opportunity to express her passion working with children. 
     
    Ms. Liz enjoys playing flute, piano, guitar, and ukulele in her spare time as she continues to pursue her love of music!
     
     

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harold and the Purple Crayon - Crockett Johnson
    Year Started:
    6/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education

September 2016 Events

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  1. Sunday September 04, 2016
    1. Labor Day - KINDERCARE CLOSED

  2. Monday September 05, 2016
    1. First Day of School (Plum)

  3. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

  4. Thursday September 15, 2016
    1. Open House (Plum Elementary)

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Ms. Katie - 2015 Teacher of Excellence

    Ms. Katie - 2015 Teacher of Excellence

  • Ms. Heather - 2014 Teacher of Excellence Award Winner

    Ms. Heather - 2014 Teacher of Excellence Award Winner

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years Day
President's Day - Professional Development Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day - Professional Development Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve - Early closure
Christmas Day
New Years Eve - Early closure

 

Health and Safety

Safety is top priority at our center. We provide a keypad secured entry, fenced playgrounds, new poured rubber surfacing under our playground equipment, CPR and First Aid certified staff, and ongoing safety inspections to ensure we are providing the quality programs that is expected.

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 Amari has been attending KinderCare since 2014.  He started off in the Pre-K classroom.  When it was time to send him to Kindergarten, I didn’t have to think twice before picking KinderCare.  I liked the fact that he already knew the teachers and his fellow students, but the biggest selling point for me was the small class size.  He gets a lot more time and attention from the teacher since there is such a small class.  I can only imagine how much easier it is to work with a kid that needs extra help with something when you don’t have 20 other children that need your help as well.
 
I feel very comfortable with the teachers at KinderCare because they really see to truly care about my son.  Amari absolutely loves Mr. Jim and has even said he wants to be just like him someday.  He said that he wants to be a teacher just like Mr. Jim.  Ms. Sarah is so sweet to the students and I think her and Mr. Jim make a great team.  I think they come up with great lessons for the kids including the garden that they planted in the spring, the baby chicks that they watched hatch from eggs, and the pumpkin volcanoes they made in the fall. .  The kids seem to be much more involved ad active in the lessons as opposed to just listening from their seats. They even had a field trip to the Carnegie Science Center.  My son loves science and Mr. Jim seems to be the perfect teacher for that!!   They also taught about real life things that are going on in their community such as the Hulton Bridge coming down.
 
Another thing that persuaded me to pick KinderCare was the before and after school care included, and they have a summer program as well.  I wouldn’t have to worry about him being transferred from school and to school throughout the day.  He can stay in one place with his friends and have the same teachers.  I am very happy with KinderCare’s Kindergarten program and I wish they could expand to elementary school (a girl can dream, right?!)

- Mother

Just wanted to say many thanks to Mr. Jim, Ms. Sarah and the other staff. Since our son has been at KinderCare since October 2015 we have seen changes in his behavior, for the good. He is mindful of how he is supposed to play with others.  When needing to be redirected I appreciate how the staff will speak with him, helping him to see the outcome of his actions and help him to use his words when expressing himself. Academically, our son is learning addition and also to read which an awesome milestone, he loves going to the library to checking out books. He reads to me and my husband almost every night. He is always eager to go to school. So thank you for all your hard work!
 
The Dorsey Family.

- Mother

After reading off the enrichment program options at our center, which included cooking, math, and phonics, my four-year-old son said, “Well, I’d really like to learn how to read.”
 
I enrolled him in the phonics program at East Pittsburgh Kindercare the next day, September 23, and was excited that he was so excited. I figured he’d talk to me about the letters and words he was perfecting with his new teacher Ms. Laurie for at least a few months and probably by Kindergarten next year be able to read some short books.
 
On October 7, Ms. Laurie told me he had a surprise for me.
 
“I can READ you dis book, mommy!” he said to me with a big smile. “Sit. I can read it to you!”
He read me “You can, too” proud and perfect. His little voice barely stumbled on words like ‘paint’ and ‘jump’ as he confidently read the little story.
 
“I read dis with Ms. Laurie!”
 
Ms. Laurie worked with him for just two weeks, and she had him reading a book.
 
I so appreciate the work Ms. Laurie does. She’s happy to see my son and work with him. She takes the time to understand what he knows already and how to use that to get him to learn more. Also, and most important to me, she took the time to understand how he learns. It’s so wonderful to see individuality recognized and supported. Not all kids learn the same and can become frustrated with techniques that aren’t quite what they need. By getting to know him and working with him one-on-one, Ms. Laurie identified how my boy ticks. I feel that’s what got him to read a book at such a young age in such a short amount of time.
 
I applaud all the teachers at our Kindercare. They’re all wonderful, caring, smart, special people that I know will only enrich his and his 10-month-old baby sister’s little lives further than they already have.
 

- Mother

My daughter has always had great teachers at KinderCare, but Ms. Courtney stands apart from them all. She takes an active part in my daughter's education beyond her basic responsibilities as a teacher. Ms. Courtney updates the board every day, so I know exactly what my daughter learned that day. She also provides either my husband or myself with a verbal daily report on how our daughter did that day. She took this upon herself, and began rewarding the children with a stamp if they did well in the morning, and a sticker if they did well in the afternoon. If our daughter is consistently acting outside of the norm, she will call me to let me know what she has been observing and how she handled it. Recently we adapted our own chores/responsibilities/behaviors chart at home and incorporated school behaviors. I approached Ms. Courtney about the chart and asked her to update me daily on specific behaviors we are tracking. Within two days, I started receiving a checklist stating whether or my daughter displayed the positive behaviors I told Ms. Courtney we are tracking. If this was not enough, I just learned yesterday that Ms. Courtney is starting a treasure chest to reward positive behaviors on a weekly basis! I cannot praise Ms. Courtney enough for the passion and dedication she brings to the classroom every day.

- Mother

“KinderCare has been one of the best decisions I have ever made for my child, education-wise. From the moment that we walked in the center, my daughter and I felt the love and the teachers' eagerness to be a part of her learning development. Both directors elaborated on what the center offered and kept genuine smiles on their faces, which helped both my daughter and I feel accepted. I noticed that the environment is extremely welcoming and keeps me as a parent interested and satisfied with the level of care and education my child is getting on a daily basis. I love the fact that the teachers capture special social/learning moments through pictures for parents to see. I definitely feel that KinderCare is a great foundation contributing to my daughter’s future. I feel good telling other parents that my daughter goes to KinderCare”

- Mother

“I LOVE EAST PITTSBURGH KINDERCARE! My daughter is a special needs child. Her issues are often contrary to that of the ordinary child. The teachers at KinderCare have always upheld her treatment plan needs while making her feel like everyone else. They supported her with making friends and fitting in so well that now her parties are filled with KinderCare friends. “Being a single mom, KinderCare Teachers are supportive and always go the extra mile with caring for my child and maintaining open & honest communication with me. I don't think I would have been able to return to the workforce without their support! Now that I am pregnant and have a new family, I am excited for my stepson to be joining the summer program and confident that, upon returning to work, our baby will have a caring, well trained and supportive care team while playing there!”

- Mother
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