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Pickerington KinderCare

Tammy Kinnison, Center Director

1545 Cross Creeks Blvd. Pickerington OH 43147
(614) 751-9707 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Fairfield - Pickerington - Tussing- Sycamore

Ask us about our private, full day kindergarten. It’s an academically-rich kindergarten program that prepares children to confidently enter first grade. We present our unique curriculum of reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and physical fitness in a nurturing, small-class setting. Space is limited, please call and schedule a tour soon.

Welcome

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

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

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.

  • Tammy Kinnison

    Tammy Kinnison, Center Director

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Tammy was a Preschool teacher for three years in a public school and a Center Director for 20 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    3/31/1997
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
  • Kim Oakley

    Kim Oakley, Assistant Director

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Kim has previous experience working as a Preschool and Infant teacher, book keeper, Assistant Director and Director
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Kissing Hand
    Year Started:
    4/1/2002
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Hiromi, Toddler Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Hiromi has previous experience as a mother of two sons
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cinderella
    Year Started:
    9/30/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Jessy

    Ms. Jessy, Toddler Classroom

    Always smile!

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jessy has worked at KinderCare since 2012. She has experience working with all different ages of children. She also has the experience of raising her own three boys.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Poky Little Puppy
    Year Started:
    2/7/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Monica

    Ms. Monica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Monica has experience babysitting and also helped out at the Girl Scouts day camp and the Special Olympics
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Lorax
    Year Started:
    3/31/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Nada

    Ms. Nada, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nada has 14 years experience working as an architect while living in Europe. She has raised her own daughter and has worked at KinderCare since 1998.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Little Red Riding Hood
    Year Started:
    4/6/1998
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Danka, Preschool Classroom

    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).

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Danka has previous experience babysitting and raising her own children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Little Red Riding Hood
    Year Started:
    4/5/1999
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Heidi

    Ms. Heidi, School Age Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Heidi has experience working at another childcare center before she began her career here at KinderCare
    Favorite Children's Book:
    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
    Year Started:
    5/29/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Lavonne

    Ms. Lavonne, School Age Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lavonne has eight years of prior experience in the Early Childhood Education field.
    Year Started:
    10/20/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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

  • German

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day (In-service Day for Staff)
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day (In-service Day for Staff)
Thanksgiving
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

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.

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.

I have 3 children total and I have been a KinderCare parent since 1997. All of my children have grown up in the KinderCare family. I would not trust my children with any other provider.  My children have learned so much from being a part of the KinderCare family. I know that they would not be as successful as they are in school had they not attended KinderCare. Thank you for taking such great care of my babies and for helping mold them into the successful people that they are today!!

- Mother
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