Tammy Kinnison, Center Director
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Welcome to KinderCare in Pickerington. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We offer a safe, secure and loving environment in which each child can explore life at their own pace! We believe that it is important for the parent and center to work together, and your participation in center activities and comments are always welcome. We invite you to come tour our center to see first hand the engagement of the children and meet our warm and nurturing staff.
Tammy Kinnison, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.
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.
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.
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.
The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.
The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.
Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.
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.
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.
Thanks for looking to learn more about your child's teacher. You will find that the teachers here at KinderCare are very warm, loving and nurturing. You will find some very informative information about each teacher at the center. Please let us know if you feel that you need any additional information about our staff.
Every child is a story yet to be told. - Sesame Street If what we are doing is not good enough for my own children, then it's not good enough for anyone's child.
Tammy has dedicated the last 20 years to the early childhood field. Her passion for her families, children and staff is felt the minute you walk into her center. To know that she gets to be a positive part of a child's life is the most rewarding feeling in the world.
Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them - Lady Bird Johnson
Kim has dedicated the last twelve years to the early childhood field here at KinderCare. She has been in many different roles within the center setting. She loves to see the look on a child's face when they learn something new for the first time or when they have mastered something on their own. Kim lives in Canal Winchester with her husband and three children. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family and enjoys seeing her children compete in Taekwondo tournaments.
Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate. ~Anonymous
Ms. Angela has been working in the Infant room at KinderCare since 2010. She has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Early Childhood Development from West Virginia University. Ms. Angela is committed to providing a stimulating and nurturing environment in which her students are able to grow and develop new skills.
Without the children I am not needed.
Brittany is married to Jeremy Anderson. She is 22 years old. Brittany used to attend this KinderCare when she was a child. She loves being outdoors, hiking, snowboarding, and playing basketball.
Teachers are here to help the work that is already going on.
Krystal is a proud native of Columbus, Ohio. Growing up, Krystal knew she had a passion for working with young children and their families. She was surrounded by lots of people from diverse backgrounds whose lifestyles were a bit more challenging than others, and children who were given a voice but were scorned for using it. She knew that her passion was to be the listening ear to the children who needed an outlet, as she did.
Aim for the moon and you might hit the stars.
Shanna is originally from Indiana. She loves to travel and loves the outdoors. She loves to read in her spare time.
The soul is healed by being with children. ~Fyodor Dostoevsky
Ms. Hiromi has been a Toddler teacher since 2005. She lives in Pickerington with her husband and her two adult sons. Her children's education was very important to her and she believes Early Childhood Education is the foundation of children's success in school. Ms. Hiromi loves to play games using thinking skills and loves to see each child's achievements. She also loves getting hugs from the children. Ms. Hiromi is happy to work with the great teachers at our center.
Ms. Jessy has been married to her husband Leo since 2004. She has three children, Isaac who is ten, and Gavin and Gabe, who are both seven. Ms. Jessy is excited to be able to spend time with your children to be able to teach them something new each and every day.
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'! - Audrey Hepbur
Ms. Monica has worked in the Discovery Preschool room for almost three years. She loves working with this age group because of the challenge it brings her each day.
The soul is healed by being with children. ~Fyodor Dostoevsky
Ms. Nada moved here from Europe in 1998 and started working at KinderCare. She moved here with her husband and daughter. Ms. Nada enjoys working with the children and it makes her happy to be able to spend time with your children. Ms. Nada loves to travel and drink coffee in the mornings with chocolate. All the work she does is for her family.
Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. ~A.A. Milne
Ms. Danka moved to this country eighteen years ago with her family. She likes to work with children. Ms. Danka feels that this center is her second home. In her free time her favorite things to do are cook, bake and read. She also loves to drink coffee and eat a good piece of chocolate (especially if the chocolate is European).
To teach a child is to touch the future.
Ms. Rita was born in Germany. She is a proud American citizen. Ms. Rita is widowed after 44 years of marriage. She has three children, nine grand children and one great-grand child.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. - Nelson Mandela
Ms. Erin's career in the Early Childhood Education field began in 2010 after she finally realized her passion and dedication to children and their education far exceeded her banking and financing career. She is currently a junior at Ohio Dominican University and a mother of three. The importance of an education is very near and dear to Ms. Erin. Having the opportunity to work with young children to impact their education is truly a passion for her.
Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. - Charles R. Swindoll
Ms. Heidi has worked at KinderCare since 2005. She is the School Age teacher but she worked in all the classrooms cooked and she drives the bus. Ms. Heidi loves her job and she enjoys making a difference in children's learning experience each and every day.
Endurance is the ability to withstand hardship, adversity and stress to remain firm without yielding or giving in. - Webster's Dictionary
Ms. Lavonne has worked closely with children in a professional setting for the last twelve years. She recently completed her Child Development Associate's Credential for early education at Rasmussen College. Ms. Lavonne enjoys being around children. She is an extremely energetic person, and she loves to make people laugh and have have a good time. Ms. Lavonne's greatest reward since she has been working with children has been building a bridge of trust for the families she works with.
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.
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.
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President's Day (In-service Day for Staff)
Columbus Day (In-service Day for Staff)
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Education and development is important, but we know that nothing matters more than the safety, security and health of your child. That's why protection and preparedness are critical considerations in everything we do at KinderCare. From First Aid training for emergency situations to sanitation and ensuring a clean and healthy environment for children, we have more than 40 years of experience ensuring that every child is happy and healthy. Although scraped knees are a part of growing up, you can have confidence that your child is cared for in a secure, nurturing environment every day.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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