Jennifer Rees, Center Director
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Welcome to the Downtown Pittsburgh KinderCare. We are conveniently located in the heart of Pittsburgh's financial district on the bottom floor of the US Steel Tower. We are proud of the outstanding reputation that we have earned over the last 21 years as providing exceptional, high-quality care to working families. We currently have over 150 families as part of our KinderCare family and welcome you to join us!
We are pleased to offer short term parking at no additional charge for drop off and pick up. The parking garage is conveniently located underneath the building-simply park in our designated KinderCare parking spaces and take the elevator up to the concourse level of the building. We will validate your parking ticket here at the center.
Jennifer Rees, 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.
A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.
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.
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?
(children ages 2 and up)
The teachers and staff at the Downtown Pittsburgh KinderCare are the best feature of the center! They are caring and dedicated men and women who love the opportunity to enrich children's lives on a daily basis. We have many teachers who have been here almost as long as the center has been open!
I love my job because not only do I have a positive impact on children's lives, but also on their family's lives too.
Jennifer Rees has been with KinderCare since 1997. She first joined the center as a part time teacher in the discovery preschool class. She also worked in a prekindergarten and first grade classroom. From there, she became the center's Assistant Director before being promoted to Center Director in 2002. She completed her Bachelor's Degree in 1999 at the University of Pittsburgh and completed her teacher certification in 2000 for children Kindergarten through 6th grade.
I love my career because it enables me to meet a lot of new and interesting people as well as inspiring children to crave the act of learning.
Melissa is the Assistant Center Director and has been with the Downtown KinderCare since 1994. She came to KinderCare after working as a nanny in New York as she realized that working in a group setting would be more rewarding.
I love teaching Learning Adventures because it allows me to go on the journey of learning with the children that I teach. I feel that this program is fundamental in providing these children with an extra boost to help them progress to the next level.
The best way to predict the future is to help create it!
I love watching them grow up and accomplish their goals each day.
I love watching the growth of a child, from when they first start in my classroom to when they leave.
Ms. Shanna started her Early Childhood Education experience in 2004 when she attended the community college of Allegheny County to study Child and Family Studies. She then went on to teach at another childcare center for two years before finally coming to our center. Ms. Shanna has been in the Discovery Preschool classroom since she started with us and loves every minute of it.
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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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
The Downtown Pittsburgh KinderCare is a safe and secure location. We have dual security keypad entry for the center. Our front lobby entry door and outdoor playground are under security camera surveillance and we have access to building security 24 hours a day. We always have staff and teachers on-site who are First Aid and CPR certified.
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.View More
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