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Center City KinderCare

Nicole Homaijani, Center Director

1700 Market St. Philadelphia PA 19103
(215) 563-9499 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEARS
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Special Instructions:
across from Liberty Place in the Equity Bldg

Neighborhood:
S 17th Street and Market

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
None

We are super excited to announce that The Center City KinderCare will soon relocate to a brand new space! Our physical address will remain the same as we remain on the lower level of our current building. Our new space will feature all new classrooms, stroller parking and a secure indoor playground. We are expecting to be in our new space late November. We hope you enjoy the pictures of our new home. Please contact the center for more details.

Welcome

Welcome to Center City Philadelphia KinderCare! We support families in balancing their personal and professional lives while achieving fulfillment in their parenting roles.

Nicole Homaijani, Center Director

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Accreditation

  • Keystone STARS member

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.

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.

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

Here at KinderCare in Center City we value teacher retention and are proud to say we have several staff members who have been with us for ten to fifteen years. As a team, we are CPR and First Aid certified, with all appropriate clearances. Annually, we participate in trainings such as Health and Safety, Child Supervision and Developmentally Appropriate Practices.

  • Nicole Homaijani

    Nicole Homaijani, Center Director

    I love walking into work everyday and seeing the bright smiles of our lovely children! I feel so lucky to work with a team that provides quality education and care for every child! Come and visit because our motto is the more the merrier. I hope that your family can become a part of our family!

    Nicole Homaijani always  knew her passion was to develop and inspire the lives of children! At an early age she loved working with children as a nanny and a babysitter. It was only natural that she pursued her degree in Early Childhood Education at Temple University.  As the Center Director Nicole loves being able to ensure a loving and caring environment at her center! She works hard to  develop strong relationships with every child and family! Nicole not only urges but welcomes each family to cominicate openly with her. She is full of life, enthusiam and brings a big smile to work with her everday!  She is always lookng for new ways to make the center feel more like a family and second home. Nicole makes sure she is always available and exceding the needs of her families and staff.  Nicole feels especially  passionate about positivily leading and motivating her teachers to deliver the highest quality education that KinderCare offers! There's nothing more satisifying for her than to see the bright smiles and laughter of the children in the classroom!  

    Previous Experience:
    Nicole Started with KinderCare at a NAEYC accredited center in Great Valley. She also has previous experience in a variety of educational settings. Duckery Elementary School, The Chipp Charter School and the Alexander School of Philadelphia. Before joining KinderCare she found herself in leadership roles working in management positions.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    5/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Mr. Shaneka, Assistant Director

    I love being the Assistant Director at KinderCare Market Street. I know that what we do really matters to the parents and children! I get inspired by seeing the growth, socialization skills, and developmental changes that each child goes through while at KinderCare.

    Shaneka has been working in Early Childhood Education since 2003. She started out her career working at a small family home daycare for about three years. In 2005 she began working at our sister site Creative Children’s Learning Center as a floater and later transitioned into the toddler room as a lead teacher. During her tenure as a teacher she implemented creative and educational enhancement activities, mentored peers, advocated for children and created lasting parent partnership with families. She is committed to providing the families and children in her center the best quality childcare in Center City. Shaneka has an extensive knowledge about NAEYC and child development.

    Previous Experience:
    Toddler Teacher
    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10+
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and Associates in Behavioral Health and Human Service
  • Ms. Jennifer, Infant Classroom

    It takes a big heart to help shape little minds. 

    Ms. Jennifer is such a social butterfly, she's truly a gem here at Market Street. Ms. Jennifer is a mother of 2, and daughter of an Early Childhood Teacher. She has been working with children since her teenage years. She started out as a volunteer and was later inspired to remain in the field. Ms. Jennifer is currently working on attaining her Child Development Associate Credential.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Business Administarion Certificate and pursuing a Child Development Associate Certificate
  • Ms. Latoya, Infant Classroom

    I truly love being a part of the children's growth and development. The smiles and excited faces that greet me each day inspire me.

    Latoya is new addition to the Infant team. She's orginally from Trinidad and has been in the Early Childhood  field for over six years. She has worked with kids of all ages but she has a passion for working with infants. Ms. Latoya strives to create a loving, safe and nuturing environment for children. It amazes her to watch infants grow and develop and it excites her to be apart of that journey.  

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood degree in progress
  • Ms. LaToya, Infant Classroom

    I believe children should be in a happy, loving environment enriched with education and play but also including music and dance. 

    Ms. LaToya has been a great addition to the Infant room. Her bubbly personality is very contagious and she has a great rapport with the parents. LaToya has worked in many centers after graduating in 2007 from Arcadia University. LaToya is eager to learn more in an everchanging field, to grow as a teacher and gain more knowledge about the children. Her thesis was Integrating music and dance as a part of the core curriculum where a child has the ability to use all parts of their brain and develop a nack for learning.  

    Previous Experience:
    I have an extensive background working with children of all ages. Recently I have been mainly working with infants and toddlers for the past 3 1/2 years. I also was a nanny for a year with an infant to toddler.
    Year Started:
    7/27/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree - Early Education and Performing
  • Ms. Norma, Infant Classroom

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

    Norma has worked here at KinderCare Market Street for the past five years. She loves to work with other teachers while meeting the needs of all children. Ms. Norma believes that it's fulfilling to watch the children grow and reach milestones. One of her biggest adventures was migrating from Jamaica to the United Sates. She is a fun and loving cargiver that strives to meet the needs and interest of every child. 

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Early Childhood Degree in Progress
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Health and Safety Coordinator, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Donna is one of our wonderful Prekindergarten teachers. She is also our center's Health and Safety Coordinator. She updates all of our allergy and medication lists, keeping our kids healthy and safe.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Audrice, Toddler

    I love to watch children grow and develop. Children are like sponges, they absorb everthing so it's very crucial to provide them with activites that foster their development.  

    Ms. Audrice is a new addition to our toddler team. She has an extensive background working with kids of all ages. However, she has a knack for working with toddlers. Ms. Audrice is pursuing an Assocaite's Degree in Early Childhood Education at Delawere Community College, 

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Pursing an Associate's in Ealy Childhood Education
  • Ms. Brendy, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy being a part of the development of children.

    Ms. Brendy has been working with KinderCare for 19 years. She has a great relationship with all her families. She generally starts her morning by doing zumba with her toddler friends. She keeps things lively and exciting at all times.  Ms. Brendy is currently pursuing her Child Development Associate with Rasmussen University. One of her greastest adventures is coming to work everyday. She loves planning fun and interesting learning actvities.   

    Year Started:
    1/1/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
  • Ms. Cece, Toddler Classroom

    A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches the heart that shapes the future. 

    Ms. Cecilia (Cece) has been a teacher for over 14 years. She was recently employed with the School District of Philadelphia before joining KinderCare. Ms. Cece is passionate about having her students engaged in learning activities, while keeping her classroom safe and organized. She is excited to work with all the caring and dedicated teachers at KinderCare. Ms. Cece has a certification in mental health and Infant and Toddler Care. She’s pursing an early childhood degree at Delaware State University.  

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Degree in progress
  • Ms. Jennifer, Toddler Classroom

    I love watching the children have fun while they are learning.

    Miss Jennifer has been a teacher for 15 years.  She has worked with us here at Kindercare Learning center for the past 3 years.  She has her A.A. degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology.  Miss Jenn loves to create a learning enviroment that is fun and educational for all her children in her class. She loves to do hands on activities with the children as well as teach the children to have a love for  reading.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood and Associate's Degree in Psychology.
  • Ms. Mikkina, Toddler Classroom

    Teaching is rewarding . Being involved in the children's lives, helping them make new discoveries and watching them grow is the most amazing job. 

    Ms. Mikkina (Mikki) is a great addition to the Toddler program. She was born and raised in Philadelphia. However, she’s new to the cty. She has been working in Early Childhood Education since 2013. She started her career working at KenCrest. She has an extensive background working with children of all ages, but loves working with Toddlers the best. Toddlers are at the age where their personalities begin to shine and it’s a pleasure for her to help them grow and develop. She graduated from Rosemont College in 2014 with a Bachelors degree in Sociology. In the near future she plans to pursue a Masters degree in Behavioral Analysis. Being a teacher is a rewarding experience; her goal is to create an environment that is conducive to learning and an atmosphere that is warm and welcoming 

    Previous Experience:
    Toddler Teacher
    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Sociology
  • Ms. Alexandria, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Every day is a new experience.  

    Ms. Alexa started working at KinderCare in 2014.She comes from a big family, with eleven siblings. She genuinely cares about every child in her classroom. She graduated from Hallahan High School and later earned her Associates in Early Childhood Education from Prism Career Institute. Her favorite thing about teaching is experiecning teachable moments, watching children reach milestones and progressing. Alexa doesn't mind getting down on the children's level and engaging with them. She love to dance and cook. 

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Mr. Andrew, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Learning should not only be hands on, but minds on as well. I believe children should be learning with every second they are in the classroom. 

    Mr. Andrew has been working in early childhood for 7 years now. He achieved an associates in education in 2008 and is currently working on his bachelors in early childhood and a minor in special education at Temple University. He is currently in his senior year. He loves to cook and make a mess while the children are learning. He is excited about his 3rd year at Kindercare. 

    Previous Experience:
    Andrew previously worked in retail and on a cruise ship as a caricature artist.
    Year Started:
    10/26/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Assoiciates In Early Childhood Education and working towards BS in Education
  • Ms. Ikia, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Ikia is a new addition to the KinderCare Family. She has an extensive background working with children of all ages. Ms. Ikia is very passionate about her classroom. She strives to create a positive and fun filled learning environment for children. She is planning on furthering her education in the early childhood field.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education in progress
  • Ms. Jenny, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Learning is an ongoing process. 

    Jenny is a new addition to the Discovery Preschool room. She graduated from Villanova University where she gained a BA in both Psychology and Human Services and received a minor in Sociology. Ms. Jenny has been in childcare since 2012 when she worked both as a nanny to two toddlers and the lead teacher of infants/young toddlers at a daycare called KenCrest Rosemont Child Development Center. She loves kids of all ages, but the preschool age is especially amazing to her because it is at this age when ideas begin to click, real questions start to form, and imaginations run wild. She has great parent partnership communication and she plans exciting activities for the children.   

    Previous Experience:
    Toddler Teacher at Kencrest
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Psychology and Human Service
  • Ms. Kimberlee, Discovery Preschool Classroom

     Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. - Dr. Seuss. 

    Ms. Kimberlee is a new addition to our Discovery Preschool. She has 3 years experience working with children of various ages.  She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Rosemont College. Ms. Kimberlee enjoys working with children and watching them develop.

    Previous Experience:
    Toddler Teacher at Kencrest
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Rita

    Ms. Rita, Infant & Learning Adventures (Spanish) Classrooms

    Originally from Venezuela, Ms. Rita is a wonderful addition to the Infant Room. She is caring and compassionate and excellent with our infants. She also teaches our Spanish class, getting children excited and engaged in learning another language!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Jennifer, Program Specialist / Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy encouraging developing young imaginations and confidence by reading books, exploring science in daily lives, and listening closely to each child. 

    Jennifer Hudson recently moved to Philadelphia and looks forward to discovering a new city. Prior to moving, she worked at the downtown Pittsburgh Kindercare where she taught 3-5 year olds for over three years. She previously worked for a large foster care agency in NYC teaching parenting classes and youth social skill classes. Jennifer raised three wonderful sons while completing her Bachelors Degree and feels her life is not quite complete without seeing children's smiling faces on a daily basis. She enjoys making learning fun and relevant to the children's lives and having them eager to arrive everyday. She takes pride in maintaining regular communication with parents and sharing the highlights of their child's day.   

    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Social Work
  • Ms. Wanda, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love working with children because they are our future.

    Ms. Wanda was born in Georgia and raised in Pennsylvania. She has been an important part of our team as a dynamic and energetic Pre-K Teacher. She loves teaching because of the opportunities to educate the children about new things. Children love being in her classrooom because they learn to be independent in thinking skills as well as social and physical development.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30+ Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Early Childhood/ Elementary Education
  • Mr. Jonathan, Cook

     Seeing the  kids constantly growing  and learning while having fun is very fulfiling. 

    Jonathan has studied at JNA Institute of culinary arts, and received his degree in culinary arts and restaurant management. He was a baker, catering manager, and supervisor at Cosi, and a cook in various other restaurants. Jonathan loves preparing delicious meals for the children here at KinderCare.  

    Previous Experience:
    Chef, Baker, Supervisor at Cosi.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    First Year
    Education:
    Culinary Arts, Restaurant Management, servsafe

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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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

With a keypad entry and outside surveillance you can feel confident about your child's safety. We have monthly fire safety drills and each classroom is well-equipped with emergency bags and telephones. We also keep a consistent log of any known allergies within the center and accommodate the children with said allergies by providing alternate lunch options.

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