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College Child Development Ctr.

Lauren Means, Center Director

440 N 16th St. Philadelphia PA 19130
(215) 751-8765 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
On the Community College of Philadelphia Campus next to the Bonnell Building

Neighborhood:
Sahara & Durango

The Child Development Center in cooperation with the Community College of Philadelphia is a NAEYC Accredited Center that brings passionate teachers together with eager students. We believe in providing children of varied backgrounds endless opportunities to learn in a least restrictive environment.

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Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare's Child Development Center in cooperation with the Community College of Philadelphia. We are a NAEYC Accredited Center, which is the highest form of Accreditation within the Early Childhood Field. We take pride in being able to serve our families under the best educators, administrators and curriculum.

Lauren Means, 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.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

Staff members at KinderCare's Child Development Center are a close knit group of educated professionals who are trained in the Early Childhood field with all the state required clearances. Annually, they participate in trainings designed to maximize their teaching potential.

  • Lauren Means

    Lauren Means, Center Director

    The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.

    Previous Experience:
    Lauren was an Assistant Director at Center City KinderCare
    Year Started:
    5/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education
  • Kim Walker

    Kim Walker, Assistant Director

    All things start from a tiny seed.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously, Ms. Kim was our Pre-Kindergarten teacher. In addition to her Assistant Director responsibilities Ms. Kim is also our Cooking Adventures teacher where she inspires a love of culinary arts in our young students.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, Masters in Education
  • Ms. Debbie, Program Specialist

    Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success." - Henry Ford

    Ms. Debbie helps out everywhere in the center from the classrooms to the Office, She helps guide our teachers with the Early Foundations curriculum that we use.

    Year Started:
    9/1/1991
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Rayanna Tomlin, Health and Safety Coordinator

    If I have to work for the rest of my life, I choose to love what I do. Children keep me young and constantly learning.

    Rayanna is a wonderful teacher with our younger two-year-old children, as well as the Health and Safety Coordinator for the Center. She helps out with everything from Fire Drills to Medication. If you have any questions regarding our Medication policy you can always count on  Mrs. Rayanna.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in English, Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jenifer

    Ms. Jenifer, Infant Classroom

    The roots of education are bitter but the fruit is sweet." - Aristotle

    Ms. Jen works with our wonderful infants! From six weeks to first step,s she is there to help make your transition back to work and your child's transition into school much easier!

    Year Started:
    7/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Toddler 2 Classroom

    Mss Michelle has been our toddler teacher for almost two years now. She is very nurturing and loves to get the children excited for learning! Her favorite things to do are art activities with the children and teaching French. Stop by the Toddler room to say hi and see Mss Michelle and her toddlers!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Michelle came to us from the Community College of Philadelphia where she went to school. She has worked with all different age groups but is loving her toddler group!
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Cassandra

    Ms. Cassandra, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Cassandra is one of our toddler teachers, together with Ms. Michelle she helps create a warm loving environment where our toddlers can flourish and grow. Her favorite activities are Music time and Circle Time where she gets the toddlers energized and excited for the day!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cassandra previously worked at a home daycare where she took care of children from 6 weeks old to 8 years old.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Rhianon

    Ms. Rhianon, Discover Preschool

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Currently working on her Bachelors
  • Ms. Keykora

    Ms. Keykora, Preschool

    Ms. Keykora is a delight for our Preschool children! She brings energy and excitement to her classroom of 3-4 year olds everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare, Ms. Keykora has worked with other Preschool Aged children throughout the city in various school settings.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    AA in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Kate

    Ms. Kate, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Kate is a wonderful addition to our Pre-Kindergarten room! A recent graduate from Bloomsburg University Kate is excited for the challenges of preparing our Pre-K kids for Kindergarten

    Previous Experience:
    Kate has previously worked as a camp counselor.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    BS in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Lauren along with Ms. Kate work hard to prepare our Pre-Kindergarteners for Kindergarten. Her favorite activity is working with the children on Phonics and helping their pre-literacy skills continue to develop.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lauren is a recent graduate from East Stroudsburg University with her Bachelors, she has previously taught college classes before coming to the Early Childhood field.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelors in English

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About Our Center

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

Special Features

  • We are a 4 Star NAEYC Accredited Center. What does this mean for you and your family? Assurance that you are receiving the highest quality of education in the early childhood field.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day, President's Day (Annual Teacher Professional Development Day), Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day (Annual Teacher Professional Development Day), Thanksgiving Day and the Day after Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Health and Safety is of the utmost importance to us here at the Child Development Center. With features such as staff trained in CPR and First Aid Certification, an on site Health and Safety Coordinator, a nut-free environment, a keypad entry system, and a fenced-in playground, you have the comfort of knowing your child's safety is our top priority.

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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My experience with KinderCare and all the wonderful Ladies that take care of my children has been awesome!
 
Every day, as Zoe, Roxie, and I walk toward the KinderCare, even before stepping a foot in the school, my children and I are greeted at the window with a huge smile and a big wave from Ms. Kayla, Ms. Fran, and Ms. Michele in the toddler room. Zoe and Roxie absolutely love looking in the window to see these lovely ladies. The excitement on their faces is priceless when the teachers take those few minutes to recognize them and say hello! Upon walking into the school, we are then greeted by Ms. Kim and Ms. Lauren.  These ladies always take the time to say hello as well!

Next stop is Roxie’s classroom where Ms. Rayanna, Ms. Vongye, and Ms. Lily are all smiles welcoming me and my girls. Even though these Ladies are Roxie teachers they always take the time to make Zoe feel special too!  Ms. Rayanna picks up my little Zoe and they chat about Zoe’s Monster High gear!  And, Ms. Lily never forgets to give Zoe a little snack at the end of the day so she and Roxie both leave with a snack. I think she knows Roxie’s not the best sharer yet! And thanks to Ms. Vongye, Roxie is always ready to go with her coat and hat on when arrive in the afternoon to pick the kids up.  She knows what a process it is to get my two girls out of there at the end of the day. Her help getting Roxie ready to leave means so much!
 
When I open the door to the Preschool classroom, I see Ms. KeyKora and Ms.Tracey!  All smiles in this classroom!  Ms. KeyKora comes over and says to Zoe, “Hi Munchkin!” and that is followed with a big hug.  The calmness and patience that I see in these teachers is so reassuring, I know Zoe is in good hands.  One day, I watched Ms. Tracey read a book to the children in class. She was so animated and had so much personality when reading the book that I felt myself wanting to stay until the book was over! The children fed off of her energy and were quite enthusiastic to participate! She encouraged the children to use their imaginations and interact with the book! It was so cool! I couldn't ask for a better group of ladies to teach and inspire my little girls. Thank you for all you do!

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