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Phoenixville KinderCare

Nicole Holahan, Center Director

331 Schuylkill Rd. Phoenixville PA 19460
(610) 983-3626 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Near Burger King on Rt. 23

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We bus to Barkley Elementary School and Schuylkill Elementary School. The bus will pick up for the Kindergarten Center and East Pikeland Elementary School.

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Welcome

Welcome to our center! At the Phoenixville KinderCare we have been providing high-quality care and programs to children six weeks to 12 years of age since 1991 when we first opened. Since 2002 our center has been running as a Nationally Accredited Program by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. We are also rated a 4 STAR center by Keystone STARS, which is an initiative program, set up by the Office of Childhood Development and Early Learning to improve, support, and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania. Phoenixville KinderCare is an active part of our community we believe that serving our community benefits the children and the families within. We would love our family to meet your family! Please give us a call to schedule a tour today!

Nicole Holahan, 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.

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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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Friday December 23, 2016
    1. Holiday Celebrations

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Phoenixville KinderCare are passionate and dedicated to the education and nurturing of all children. Our teachers have an average tenure of eight years and a total tenure of 91 years for all our staff. That is almost 100 years of commitment to KinderCare. We are a highly qualified staff where the majority of our teachers have their Child Development Associate's credential, Associate’s Degree, or Bachelor's Degree in early childhood or elementary education. The Phoenixville KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing their education by attending biannual professional development trainings or by seeking additional trainings from college course to seminars in the education field. The teachers here know at the end of the day, their love of learning and passion for teaching are what makes them successful and an impact in the lives of the children.

  • Nicole Holahan

    Nicole Holahan, Center Director

    I love coming to work everyday to see the children as they learn, grow and explore the world around them. It is an amazing feeling to see their faces when they do everything from conquering their first steps to tying their shoes by themselves for the first time.

    Nicole joined the KinderCare family in 2008 at our Collegeville center. She started as an assistant in the discovery preschool program and over the next year she shared her talents with all of the children and families in every age group. She then moved into the role of Assistant Director in November of 2009, working with the teachers, children and families at North Wales center. The role of Acting Center Director came next in the summer of 2011 at our Lansdale center. Then she made a big move in fall of 2011 to our Malvern location becoming the Center Director for all of the children and families. Then in September of 2012 Nicole made a move closer to her home at our Phoenixville center, where she has been working with the children, families and teachers to provide safe and educational activities and environments.

    Previous Experience:
    Nicole has experience working as an Assistant Teacher, a Lead Prekindergarten Teacher, and an Assistant Director at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    10/8/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education, Gwynedd-Mercy College
  • Meagan Foster

    Meagan Foster, Assistant Director

    It is an amazing feeling to be part of a child's learning process, especially when you see them conquer a new skill. The everyday smiles and hugs are definitely a bonus!

    Meagan started out as an infant teacher, and after four years she took over the Learning Adventures Program. Shortly after that she was promoted to the role as Assistant Director. Meagan has completed the Child Development Associate program as well as her Bachelor's of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.  Meagan's degree includes a concentration in early childhood education, business management, and criminal justice.

    Year Started:
    6/5/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Discovery Preschool

    I love laughing with them and seeing them understand the world around them more everyday.

    Danielle would like to become a substance abuse counselor for teens sometime in the future.  In her free time she enjoys going to concerts and watching movies.  

    Previous Experience:
    Danielle worked at another daycare center for 2 years before coming to KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    10/17/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associates in Social Sciences with a concentration in Psychology
  • Ms. Kristin, Discovery Preschool

    I love that everything is new and exciting to them. No matter what, the world is amazing to them.

    Kristin is the mother of 4 daughters, ages 14,8,7, and 5.  She started taking classes to be a child therapist but ending up finding her love for teaching.  In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, and playing video games.  

    Previous Experience:
    Kristin started working for KinderCare in 2006 but left to take care of her daughters before returning in 2007. She has been the assistant at an in home daycare as well as running her own in home day care.
    Year Started:
    4/8/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    CDA credential
  • Ms. Peg

    Ms. Peg, Infant Classroom

    I love observing the growth and interactions of the children as they develop personalities and being able to share this with my parents is important to me.

    Ms. Peg has been at our center for eighteen years. During that time she has trained many incoming staff, managed the building and been involved with all the classrooms. She had been a toddler teacher (ages 12 months to 24 months) before coming to KinderCare and also had experience with preschool classes. With her degree in Health and Physical Education, the variety of trainings acquired through the years and accumulated practical experience, Ms. Peg brings a unique perspective to the classroom. Being with infants gives Ms. Peg the opportunity to observe, enjoy and be in partnership with her parents during this very important first year.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Peg has experience as a center trainer, third management person, and toddler teacher.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Health and Physical Education, Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate in Nursery/Kindergarten, State Board of Private Academic Schools
  • Ms. Faythe

    Ms. Faythe, Infant Teacher

    I love to watch children learn and grow throughout the years. It is great to see how they have changed.

    Ms. Faythe has been with our Phoenixville center for a year and a half. She is mainly found in the infant room, but can be in any of the rooms through out the evening. Faythe is currently enrolled in the child development program to complete her Child Development Associate's credential. Out of all the rooms in the center Ms. Faythe enjoys the infant room the most.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Faythe was a nanny for three years.
    Year Started:
    4/21/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Jess

    Ms. Jess, Pre-K

    I love watching the children learn something new, the look of accomplishment on their face is the best. I also enjoy all of the things they teach me!

    Jess started at KinderCare in January and enjoys every day.  In her spare time she loves to read and play video games.  Jess has spent time in each of the classrooms and enjoys learning new things from the children.  Jess is currently in the process of earning her CDA credential from Rasmussen College.

    Previous Experience:
    Jess has been taking care of children for over 10 years. She is currently taking courses at Rasmussen College to earn her CDA credential.
    Year Started:
    1/19/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Tanya

    Ms. Tanya, Pre-K

    Tanya recently moved to Pennsylvania from California.  While in California, she spent a few years volunterring her time at a couple local early learning centers.  Tanya is currently taking courses to earn her Child Development Associate credential. She enjoys seeing the children come in every morning excited to learn.  Tanya takes pride in teaching the children new concepts and seeing them succeed.  
    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Tanya spent 2 years in her high school's daycare program. Tanya also worked in 2 local early learning centers in California.
    Year Started:
    4/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Currently working towards CDA credential
  • Ms. Kristina

    Ms. Kristina, Preschool

    I love to be a part of things bigger than myself. For me, being a positive influence on children will change their futures.

    Kristina started at KinderCare in August of 2015.  Prior to that she has been a part of the children's group at her local church.  She enjoys playing the piano, especially Disney, Broadway, and songs by the Beatles.  

    Previous Experience:
    Kristina is currently the children's program coordinator at her church. She has been involved with this program for 2 years now. She makes up dances to songs and runs the arts and craft activities.
    Year Started:
    8/20/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    BA in Psychology
  • Ms. Mary Beth

    Ms. Mary Beth, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love to see as each child grows who they are and what they like becomes more and more evident. I love to watch for and see those moments of discovery.

    Ms. Mary Beth has been a staff member at the Phoenixville KinderCare since September 1993. Most of her years with KinderCare were spent working with two year old's. She has her Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Kutztown University. Her favorite activities with the children include singing songs, reading stories and art projects that include exploring colors with all kinds of materials. In Ms. Mary Beth's classroom the children will experience many different kinds of music and will enjoy monthly theme related activities.

    Year Started:
    9/13/1993
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Art Education
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Lauren has worked at KinderCare since 2006. During her time here, she has been the assistant teacher in every room from Infants to School Age. Over the years she has spent most of her time in the toddler and two year old rooms. Ms. Lauren has her Child Development Certificate in Infant/Toddlers. She loves to make each day special in some way for each child. We can always find her classrooms full of child laughter.

    Year Started:
    6/30/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Deb

    Ms. Deb, School Age Classroom

    I love working with children and seeing them grow, learn new things and interact with others.

    Ms. Deb has been at KinderCare for three years now. She received her Child Development Associate Credential from Ellis College. She loves to help her School-Age children with their homework in the afternoon and hear about their day.  Ms. Deb takes pride in all of her work with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Deb has worked as a nanny and at another early childhood learning center.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Friday December 23, 2016
    1. Holiday Celebrations

  3. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

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

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving and Friday After
Christmas

Health and Safety

At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride and our top priority. From daily sign-in to strict parent / guardian identification we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. We also have a fence surrounding all areas of the playground that are securely locked at all times. In addition to that, to gain access in to our building we have a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. For all visitors, they must ring the doorbell to be greeted by one of our center staff. We also have a trained health and safety coordinator who routinely monitors all areas of care. She ensures that all staff are up to date on their CPR and First Aid certifications, and that the facility is maintaining are high standards for cleanliness.

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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We were looking for a facility that would help enable our son to grow socially and help him start out academically. We looked into KinderCare and talked to two parents that already had their children enrolled. We were pleased with how clean the facility is kept, how nice the staff was and how the children are taught. We would recommend KinderCare to anyone! My son loves it--he enjoys being with his friends and is learning so much.

- Mother

We knew we wanted a daycare center close to home, and that had or was working towards its NAEYC designation. We felt fortunate to find both at KinderCare in Phoenixville. Our daughter has been enrolled since she was three months old and we believe it has been a great experience for her. The staff are responsible and kind, and we appreciate that they go beyond being caregivers to be educators too!

- Mother

I love that there is a curriculum that all classrooms follow; even infants get to splash on their high chairs for 'splash/water' days. My son loved the ABC Music and Me program! The teachers really care about the kids; you can tell they love their work and the children. I feel very much at ease leaving my son in the hands of KinderCare's staff. They promote good character and being kind to each other. They also encourage and teach the children social skills including how to manage disagreements independently using appropriate language and actions.

- Mother
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