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North Hills KinderCare

Rachel Sumner, Center Director

5000 Cheryl Dr. Pittsburgh PA 15237
(412) 366-1303 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
on Ross Park Mall access road across from Toys R Us

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Peebles, McKnight, Hosak, Ross, Rogers, Jeffrey, Marzolf, McIntyre (they bus to center in afternoon)

Voted Best Childcare 2012 in Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Magazine!

Kathy Duritza, our Preschool teacher, won the Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator 2012 award. Kathy is a fantastic teacher who has been with KinderCare over 9 years, and we could not be more proud!

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Welcome

Welcome to the North Hills KinderCare! Our passionate teachers and staff are experts in the field of Early Childhood Education and will instill a life-long love of learning in your child. At KinderCare, we develop the whole child and our curriculum and practices gear towards your child's social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. Through child directed learning center areas and altering curriculum themes, we make learning fun! It is our commitment to provide each and every child with a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn in where we partner with our families to ensure that your child reaches their fullest potential. We look forward to meeting with you and your family!

Rachel Sumner, 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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

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.

Spanish

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?

Sign Language

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Friday August 28, 2015
    1. Coffee Filter Art

  2. Monday September 07, 2015
    1. Labor Day - All School Closed

Teachers & Staff

At the North Hills KinderCare our dedicated teachers and staff are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Through the relationships we build with our children and their families, we do a lot more than just watch your child for you. We make every moment a learning opportunity and we celebrate the successes and accomplishments of each and every child. The majority of our teachers have their Child Development Associate's Credential, Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and related fields. We pride ourselves on our team of teachers that strive to enrich the lives of children through our rich and developmentally appropriate curriculum, their positive guidance and support, and creating an environment where children are free to learn and grow!

  • Rachel Sumner

    Rachel Sumner, Center Director

    I love working with children and watching them grow and learn. My favorite thing is to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of each and every child.

    Rachel Sumner started her career in early childhood education as an infant and toddler teacher at IndiKids on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, Rachel started at KinderCare as a discovery preschool teacher in 2009. In June 2010, she was promoted to be the Assistant Director for the center. Rachel loves building relationships and has plans to one day be a Center Director for KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Rachel started her career in early childhood education as an infant and toddler teacher at IndiKids on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
    Year Started:
    6/8/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Urban Education
  • Kate Simeone

    Kate Simeone, Assistant Director

    I welcome the opportunity each day to make a difference in a child's life. Their laughter, hugs, and carefree spirits are what I love about each day.

    Kate graduated from John Carroll University in May of 2008 and started here at KinderCare that summer. She worked in the School Age classroom before substitute teaching for local school districts that fall. Kate then returned to KinderCare and taught the prekindergarten classroom for the remainder of the school year. In September of 2009, Kate accepted the role of Learning Adventures teacher at the center where she taught the Learning Adventures programs including Phonics, Reading, Math, and Spanish. Kate was promoted to Program Specialist and then Assistant Director in 2012 where she is excited to continue to grow in the field of early childhood education. Kate would like to someday be a Center Director for KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Kate's experience in the field of early childhood education includes student teaching for second grade and also substitute teaching for kindergarten through fifth grades. Through these and Kate's many roles at KinderCare she is well versed in implementing curriculum for all age groups here at the center, individualized assessment, classroom management, and family communications.
    Year Started:
    5/30/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from John Carroll University
  • Ms. Elizabeth Chadman

    Ms. Elizabeth Chadman, Enrichment Specialist

    Being an Early Childhood Educator is such an integral part of a child's education. I have the amazing job of making sure my students build a love of learning early on in their lives.

    Ms. Liz started working with KinderCare in the fall of 2011 where she was a preschool teacher at the Mt. Lebanon center. She enjoyed her time in the preschool room where the children's eagerness to learn and ability to make connections amazed her daily. Ms.Liz then transferred to the Ross Park KinderCare where she became the Learning Adventures teacher. Her ability to highlight strengths in each one of her students makes them successful in their classrooms. Ms. Liz engages her students through small group instruction in the areas of math and phonics with creative and individualized instruction. Working with classroom teachers and parents, Ms. Liz's main concern is making sure her student's learn to the best of their ability and become lifelong learners. Sit in on one of Ms. Liz's classes and you will see an environment focusing on hands-on activities, rich in literacy, and most importantly full of smiles and laughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Liz taught two-year-old children at an Early Childhood Center in Erie, Pennsylvania for four years and was a summer camp leader for two years to school age students. She also taught Kindergarten Readiness in Maryland for three years.
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education
  • Ms. Robin

    Ms. Robin, Infant Classroom

    Teaching is so important because we touch the lives of the children forever.

    Ms. Robin has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Elementary Education from Robert Morris University and is also certified to teach middle school math. Ms. Robin has worked at KinderCare for almost 3 years and has spent time supporting all of the classrooms. In 2011, Robin became a full time Infant Classroom teachers where she loves creating loving and nurturing relationships with the babies in her care. Ms. Robin also enjoys using the many curriculum activities that they implement in the Infant classroom and doing a variety of fun art projects with the children! Ms. Robin is an amazing teacher and really excels in the infant age group due to her nurturing and kind nature and we are happy to have her as part of our team!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Robin has experience in creating individualized lesson plans based on ages and developmental stages of the children and family communication from obtaining her degree in Elementary Education.
    Year Started:
    6/6/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Robert Morris University
  • Ms. Marissa

    Ms. Marissa, Toddler Classroom

    My favorite part of my job is hearing the children's laughter each day

    Ms. Marissa came to work at KinderCare in January 2012 after graduating with her degree in Elementary and Early Childhod Education. She loves working in the Toddler Classroom and also teaches Learning Adventures Programs including ABC Music and Me, Music Adventures, and Sign Language at the center. Ms. Marissa loves planning age appropriate enhancement activities for the Toddler age group. She is wonderful at creating an engaging classroom environment where learning occurs each and every day. The children are happy to see her smiling face each morning!

    Previous Experience:
    : Ms. Marissa has previous experience in the field of early childhood education from working as a toddler teacher at a childcare center while obtaining her degree at Slippery Rock University.
    Year Started:
    1/23/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Slippery Rock University
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children and seeing them develop each day and also seeing their smiling faces each morning!

    Ms. Emily attended both Slippery Rock University and the Community College of Allegheny County where she received her Associates Degree in Child and Family Studies. She has been a teacher for KinderCare in the Discovery Preschool classroom for four years at both the North Hills KinderCare and the KinderCare center located in Greensburg. Ms. Emily loves planning and enhancing the curriculum in her classroom through a variety of art and sensory activities. Her creative ideas and activities help make the children excited about learning. For Ms. Emily, one of the greatest things about teaching in the field of early childhood education are their limitless imaginations!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare, Ms. Emily worked for another childcare center where she gained experience in creating and enhancing curriculum, classroom management, and efficiently communicating with families.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Child and Family Studies
  • Ms. Kathy

    Ms. Kathy, Preschool Classroom

    I love my job because of how wonderful it is when you see the face of a child who has discovered or accomplished something new for the first time.

    Almost nine years ago, Ms. Kathy started at the Downtown KinderCare center. She was hired as a teacher in the 2 year-old classroom and then quickly moved to the Preschool classroom. After being the lead teacher in the Preschool classroom, Ms. Kathy became a Program Specialist at the center. After 2 and 1/2 years downtown, Ms. Kathy transferred to the North Hills KinderCare where she continued to assist the management team. For the past three years Ms. Kathy has been a Preschool teacher at the center, where she feels she has found her home. She enjoys the curriculum themes and activities and loves that her job allows her to showcase her creative abilities and ideas within the classroom. Ms. Kathy enjoys creating and enhancing the Preschool program and seeing the children's excitement over the special activity areas around the room. She loves to experiment, create, and get messy! In 2012 Ms. Kathy won the Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Award! We are very proud to have Ms. Kathy as part of our team.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to KinderCare, Ms. Kathy obtained her degree in Elementary Education and then was a nanny for a family for 11 and 1/2 years where she loved creating her own curriculum projects and activities for the children in her care.
    Year Started:
    2/26/2004
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from California University of Pennsylvania
  • Mr. Mike

    Mr. Mike, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Each day is an opportunity to encourage and inspire the children.

    Mr. Mike has been working at KinderCare for 12 years. He worked for the Downtown KinderCare center for 10 years and has been at the North Hills center for two years and counting. He attended Pennsylvania State University where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Art Education. In Mr. Mike's classroom you can always see and hear the things that the children are learning. It might be a project that they are working on together as a class, or it might be a discussion they are having at circle time where the children are always encouraged to explore new thoughts and ideas. Whatever they are engaged in, they are always having fun and learning!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare, Mr. Mike gained experience in creating and implementing lessons while obtaining his degree in Art Education. Also, Mr. Mike worked at the Discovery Zone, where he was responsible for leading children in activities and ensuring their safety.
    Year Started:
    9/11/2000
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Art Education, Pennsylvania State University
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Kindergarten Classroom

    I love to see the children get excited about learning.

    : Ms. Jennifer has been the Kindergarten teacher at the North Hills KinderCare for 4 years, and prior to that she was a teacher at the Downtown KinderCare. Fall 2011 was exceptionally exciting with the introduction of the new Kindergarten curriculum and Smartboard in the classroom! The students are so excited to learn new things and the curriculum that we use helps them to learn and explore their own interests. The way that the materials are presented through the k12 curriculum caters to the many different learning styles and needs of the children. Ms. Jennifer loves to create a life long love of learning in her students.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Ms. Jennifer was a nanny where she loved coming up with different ideas and activities to do with the children. Her degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education has also prepared her for her position as a Kindergarten teacher.
    Year Started:
    8/14/1995
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Slippery Rock University
  • Ms. Rachel G.

    Ms. Rachel G., School Age Classroom, Health and Safety Coordinator

    I love helping young learners and their families create a foundation and love of learning.

    : Ms. Rachel G. loves working with the School-Age children when they return to the center each afternoon. The learning environment and curriculum in Ms. Rachel G.'s classroom is very hands on and child directed. The School-Age children have a chance to experiment and learn with various engaging curriculum themes and activities. Ms. Rachel loves to get to know the children in her care so that she can choose lessons and activities that help to further cultivate their interests. In addition to teaching her School-Age classroom, she also is also our Health and Safety Coordinator. Ms. Rachel helps to maintain the strict cleanliness and safety standards set in place for our center.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rachel has experience with a variety of age groups in early childhood education through her time spent as an in-home nanny, prekindergarten teacher, 2 year-old teacher, and Camp Instructor for a Youth Development Program.
    Year Started:
    8/17/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and Family Studies, West Virginia University

August 2015 Events

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  1. Monday August 03, 2015
    1. Juggling Joe (PS, PK,SA)

  2. Tuesday August 04, 2015
    1. Mrs. Goosefeathers story telling (2's, PS, PK, SA)

  3. Wednesday August 05, 2015
    1. Water Play (not SA)

      School Age visit to local theatre

  4. Thursday August 06, 2015
    1. Snow Queen visits at 10AM

      Special winter activities in the classrooms for her visits

  5. Friday August 07, 2015
    1. Ice Cream Party (2s, PS, PK)

  6. Monday August 10, 2015
    1. Apple Tasting (2s, PS, PK)

      School Age make a paper jester hat

  7. Tuesday August 11, 2015
    1. The Buzz Puppet (2s, PS, PK, SA)

  8. Wednesday August 12, 2015
    1. Water Play (not SA)

      School Age field trip to FunFest

  9. Thursday August 13, 2015
    1. Wild World of Animals (2s, PS, PK, SA)

  10. Friday August 14, 2015
    1. Read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2s, PS, PK)

      School Age Water Day

  11. Monday August 17, 2015
    1. Sidewalk Chalk Art (2s, PS, PK, SA)

  12. Tuesday August 18, 2015
    1. Gymagic Bus (2s, PS, PK)

  13. Wednesday August 19, 2015
    1. Water Play Day (not SA)

      School Age field trip to Heinz Field

  14. Thursday August 20, 2015
    1. Zoo Visits (2s, PS, PK)

      School Age end of summer party

  15. Friday August 21, 2015
    1. Kona Ice Truck

  16. Monday August 24, 2015
    1. First day of school North Hills

  17. Tuesday August 25, 2015
    1. First Day of School North Allegheny

  18. Wednesday August 26, 2015
    1. Water Play

  19. Thursday August 27, 2015
    1. Watercolor Day

  20. Friday August 28, 2015
    1. Coffee Filter Art

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

The center is closed on the following days: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day After Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of the children in our care is our top priority! On site we have a Health and Safety Coordinator, Miss Rachel G. It is Miss Rachel's responsibility to ensure that all of our teachers maintain their pediatric First Aid and CPR certifications, conduct monthly fire drills, and maintain the high cleanliness standards set in place for our classrooms. We utilize policies and procedures in our center's safety and security such as single keypad access into the building, an enclosed and secure outdoor playground space, daily child sign in, and strict parent/guardian identification and child release procedures. Cleanliness and safety are a priority in our daily operations at the center.

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

When I ask my son Aidan, age 4, what he likes about Learning Adventures, he just says "it's awesome." And he's right, but there's more to the story. My son isn't just learning phonics or how to read, he's developing a positive, trusting relationship with a teacher and that gives him the confidence to try all kinds of new things. He asks me to help him write the names of people in our family, he tries to read words on menus, or when we go into stores, he looks at books by himself and tells me the story of what's happening. He often makes mistakes, but that doesn't stop him. And I feel like that is the really valuable lesson he is learning in his Learning Adventures classes. He is learning to love learning!

 

- Mother

I can not say enough positive things about KinderCare North Hills, PA. The teachers make you feel so welcome, such a part of their family. My daughter who is two, is so excited each morning to go to school and the smile on her face when we arrive there each day, speaks volumes. As a first time parent, you never know what to expect, yet the teachers here have made it possible for us to continue our careers, feeling safe and secure in our decision to put our daughter in their care. We know she is well cared for, well fed, safe, and happy. The piece of mind that comes with utilizing KinderCare is priceless. Thank you all for all your do for the families in your centers everywhere. 

- Mother

I just wanted to drop a line to you to let you know that your staff at the Pittsburgh (Cheryl Drive) Center is "Awesome". My daughter has been enrolled since 2006 and has returned for the Summer Program prior to going back to her school in August. I spoke to my Tara prior to enrolling her to be sure she can be in a room with her old friends and if she could not I was not going to enroll her due to the fact she has five close friends there and she would have a blast with them. Tara stated my request would not be an issue so my daughter got enrolled. She started on June 13th and when we got home she was very upset that none of her friends were in her class like I had promised her. The next morning I spoke to Mandy and even before we were out the door, she was with her friends. I understand this was probably due to the transition, but the promptness and accommodation was more than I can ask for. Also, my son just transitioned from the Infant room and is having a very difficult time with the transition due to separation issues. Your staff has been so accommodating to help him feel comfortable.. I am so grateful since my kids are my most prized possession. The specific teachers I would like thank are: Arlene (she is wonderful), Sarah, Mandy, Jen, & especially Robin. Robin has this calm, caring way about her and my son just takes to her. I know Becky is new, but since she has been there, she has been great to talk to, she listens to any needs we may have, and she genuinely cares. When I call to check on my son, she instantly knows how is day is going and I have an update prior to being transferred into his room. That shows me she cares about the kids needs and takes time to interact with her staff instead of being locked in an office all day and not caring. This makes me feel so comfortable since I have been through MANY directors and teachers since my kids have been there. The turnover is difficult on kids as well as parents. When new people watch your child, you always have a uneasy feeling in your gut until you get to know the person who is taking care of your kids. Lastly, I want to thank you for agreeing to take another 10% off of my daughters tuition, we are going through a difficult few months, but your generosity has helped, thank you.. I hope the teachers and the new director plan on staying for a while, they are a great asset to your team and organization and I feel comfortable with any of them taking care of my children.

- Mother

I wanted to take a moment to tell you about what an amazing employee you have in the Assistant Director of your Ross Center! Rachael is not only wonderful with my daughter but she provides excellent customer service each and every time. There is not a time that I call or stop by the office that she is not smiling. Yes I can even hear her smile through the phone! My daughter is going to be moving to the Moon Township Center in September and I was very stressed about the move. Rachel has been so great! She has answered ALL my questions (trust me I ask a lot). Rachel is the reason we selected the center in the first place. When I came to look at the center, over a year ago, Tara the director at the time was out and Rachel sat and spoke with me in detail and made me feel so comfortable that I stopped looking right then! She is a true gem that KinderCare is lucky to employee. I must say I am in HR and wish I were lucky enough to have employees like her on my team.

- Mother

It’s been less than a month since my daughter moved from the two-year-old classroom into the Three's, and the changes we have seen are incredible. The teachers have potty-trained her so she has no more accidents during her time at the center. Her vocabulary has exploded and she’s forming much more complex sentences. She is singing songs she learned at school and making up ones of her own as well — with real words and narratives that make sense. Imaginative play used to consist of, “Hide—there’s a monster/dinosaur/dragon coming!” but now involves characters and actions and results and consequences. And of course, I can’t forget all she has learned in the Phonics and KinderMusic classes. She is now leading me in call-and-answer sessions based on the Pattern work she is doing in the extra Math Enrichment Program. KinderCare is more than a daycare. It is an all-around well-balanced system of education for parents who are interested in giving their kids a head start or encouraging the desire for learning already imbedded within them. You and your team of exceptional teachers, Ms. Becky, have allowed me to go back to work full-time, because I know there is someone watching my daughter who cares deeply about her education and well-being. I recommend KinderCare — and your center in particular — to every parent I come across. You have my grateful thanks!

- Mother

We didn’t start at KinderCare. It was our third day care and I do not like change. I fought against us changing day cares again but now I can't emphasize enough how happy we are. It took us a while to find our second day care (after a miserable1st daycare decision). We were at our second place for a few years, and we loved it. But as our kids got older, we moved, and the drive was feeling longer every day. We also realized that we needed more services than what were offered, including busing. We did our research. We visited more than a few places because we knew what we did not want. Every part of KinderCare seemed to meet what we wanted more than the other places. It is bright, the kids play outside often, and the curriculum is closely aligned with what we had researched would be best for creating independent thinkers. There are so many books and so many different stations. KinderCare also offers busing, they meet my work hours and they offer so many summer field trips. They have water play in the summer. They encourage family activities. We’ve now been at KinderCare for a few years for our two daughters. Our 2nd grader can’t wait for an in-service day at school because we only have her in daycare on those days during the school year. We let her pick some of her activities for the summer, and she chose to go to KinderCare two days a week above all of her other choices. Our kindergartner gets really angry with us if we pick her up too early in the day. They love the teachers and the activities, and we love that our babies are so happy.

- Mother

My boys have a truly special relationship with the teachers at KinderCare. When you ask my two- year-old, who is best friend is at school, he says the names of his teachers! What a wonderful thing to hear. When my four-year-old was home sick, he asked if we could call and talk to the Center Director because he missed her. Many parents feel guilty about sending their kids to daycare during the workday, but when you know your child is loved and cared for so well, and engaged in so many exciting activities like music, cooking and science, the guilt fades away. There are so many things I love about our KinderCare Center. I love how my four-year-old comes home and tells me a shoebox is a rectangular prism but a piece of paper is only two-dimensional. I also love how his teacher and his friends' parents tell me my four-year- old is funny. He is funny and his classroom environment must really give him a chance to show his true personality. I love how Miss Becky emails me to tell me my two-year-old is doing fine after a slightly bumpy drop-off, or a food allergy, or a bump on the head, or anything.

- Mother

I have trouble putting into words how much gratitude I have for the staff. When we first enrolled our boys in the center just over two years ago, Ben was in Kindergarten and was not reading at the same level as his class mates. He was getting individualized attention at his elementary school but we decided to enroll him in phonics with Miss Kate. I am so glad we did. His teacher in 2nd grade has commented to me several times that he is one of his favorites as far as reading aloud is concerned. I credit a lot of this to Miss Kate and her helping him. He loves reading and will pick up a book whenever possible. The entire staff has also approached Joshua's hearing issues head on with us and seen the ups and downs we have faced over the last two years. There are teachers who have learned sign language to communicate with him before he received his hearing aids. They have never excluded him from activities even though he wasn't communicating the same as the other kids. I also am so thankful for Miss Becky and Miss Rachel who have learned how to care for hearing aids and am appreciative of him being in a great environment. I have asked several times by family members and friends if he will be moving to go to preschool somewhere else such as Western Pa School for the Deaf, but I can say that I feel he is getting a great start to his learning with the teachers here at KinderCare. As soon as the hearing aids were flipped on he was telling us color names and his friends. I know this is because of the great place he is!

- Mother
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