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KinderCare of Murrysville

Jamie Tirabassi, Center Director

400 Old Abers Creek Rd. Plum PA 15239
(724) 733-4545 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
off Rt 286 behind the Holiday Park Fire Hall

Neighborhood:
286/Golden Mile Highway, across the street from Shop-n-Save

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bus to and from Holiday Park Elementary

We are currently hiring. Please visit KinderCare Education Careers for more information if you are interested in a career in early childhood education!
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Welcome

Welcome to Holiday Park KinderCare! Thank you so much for your interest with our learning center. We are excited to meet your family and would love the opportunity to get to know you more. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting their growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. We like to consider ourselves as a second home to our families. We've been around for over 25 years in the Plum Borough community. We want to ensure you that your child's safety is our number one concern and they will have a stimulating environment to learn in. Our staff welcomes you and if you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to ask, that is what we are here for!

Jamie Tirabassi, 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.

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

Teachers & Staff

Here at Holiday Park KinderCare we strive to provide your child with the best education around. We only hire dedicated teachers who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children. We encourage you to read each of staff's bios to learn more about each of staff members.

  • Jamie Tirabassi

    Jamie Tirabassi, Center Director

    I love my job is because I want to have a direct impact on the lives of children. When you are educating children you are imparting knowledge to create a better future for them. It is not only about the curriculum, I want to be able to help to develop them emotionally, socially, and intellectually.

    Jamie began as the Center Director at KinderCare in February of 2014. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master's in Education specializing in School Counseling from Slippery Rock University. She has a K-6 Teaching Certificate, a 6-12 School Counseling Certificate, and a Behavior Specialist License. She has thirteen years experience working in Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services as a Therapist, Behavior Specialist, and Director. In Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services she worked with children ages 2-21, diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other mental health disorders.

    Previous Experience:
    Jamie has thirteen years of experience working in Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services as a Therapist, Behavior Specialist and Director. She worked with children ages 2-21 diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other mental health disorders.
    Year Started:
    2/17/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Master's Degree in Education specializing in School Counseling, K-6 Teaching Certificate, 6-12 School Counseling Certificate, Behavior Specialist License
  • Angela Limbacher

    Angela Limbacher, Assistant Director

    The best part of my job is getting to see what a positive impact you have on the children's lives. Also,being able to watch them grow and learn just puts a smile on your face.

    Angela joined KinderCare in August of 2009. She started out as the Toddler and Discovery Preschool teacher and worked her way up to the Assistant Director. She has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Westmoreland County Community College, and is pursuing her Bachelor's Degree from Penn State University. Angela helps handle the day to day management of the center with Jamie. She strives to provide the best environment possible for the children and families.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Angela worked as an Assistant Director for a preschool. She also has many years of teaching in Toddler and Preschool classrooms.
    Year Started:
    8/25/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education, Pursuing Bachelor's Degree
  • Miss Kylee

    Miss Kylee, Discovery Preschool

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant director, group supervisor, and assistant group supervisor
    Year Started:
    8/15/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Bethany

    Ms. Bethany, Floater

    Bethany is currently pursuing her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, and will continue on to receive her bachelors degree! She has completed many hours of observation here at the center for her classes at CCAC. Bethany currently is a floater at our center, and helps out in each room as needed.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Chelsea

    Ms. Chelsea, Floater

    Ms. Chelsea is a floater here at KinderCare and spends time in variuos rooms.  She has her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with minors in psychology and sociology.  She has 3 years experience working with children of all age groups.  She has spent time student teaching and substitute teaching in the public schools.  She has worked at another daycare center priot to KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Chelsea spent 1 year student teaching in first and second grad and was a substitute teacher for a year and a half with grades K-6. She also previously worked at another daycare center.
    Year Started:
    1/26/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Allyson, Infants

    Prior to joining our team here at KinderCare, Allyson spent time at A-Vets, as well as babysitting.  Allyson will be helping us out in each room as needed, and spending a lot of her time in the infant room.  She is very excited to watch children learn and grow, and be someone they can look up to!

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting
    Year Started:
    6/6/2016
    Education:
    Associates in Specialized Veterinary Medicine
  • Ms. Janet

    Ms. Janet, Program Specialist

    If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach they way we learn. - Ignacio Estrada

    Ms. Janet started with us here at KinderCare in April of 2014.  She comes to us with many years of experience.  She was a teacher for 11 years and was also a substitute teacher for many years.  She has experience with infants through pre-k as well.  She received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Ms. Janet is very excited to be part of the KinderCare team and to get to know each and every one of the families!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Janet taught 1st grade for 11 years, subbed for grades k-5, and worked in infants through pre-k classrooms. She also has two children of her own.
    Year Started:
    4/28/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Mindy, School-Age

    Stay active, think young and always keep learning

    Mindy previously worked as an LPN prior to joining us here at KinderCare.  She started out as a floater at the center, and is now our school-age teacher  She has experience with all of our classrooms as she has helped out in each room when needed.  Mindy has rasied her own children and now enjoys spending time with her grandchildren as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Mindy has children of her own, along with grandchildren which provides her with many years of experience with children. Prior to starting with us here at KinderCare, Mindy was an LPN.
    Year Started:
    11/13/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Toddlers

    Ms. Heather joined us in December of 2014 as a floater, and is now the full time toddler teacher.  She comes to us with many years of experience with children as she has three of her own.  She looks forward to meeting each new family, and is excited to watch her students learn and grow everyday.

    Year Started:
    12/14/2015
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Discovery Preschool

    Imaginiation is more important than knowledge

    Kim has earned her Masters Degree in Teaching from The University of Pittsburgh as well as her Bachelors Degree in Psychology .  She has many years of experience working with children.  She joined KinderCare in September of 2014 as our Discovery Preschool teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Kim has many years of experience working with children of all age groups. Her previous experience consists of working as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant, teaching at an elementary school and working at another daycare facility. Kim has children of her own as well.
    Year Started:
    9/29/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Masters Degree in Teaching
  • Ms. Krystal

    Ms. Krystal, Pre-K

    I love working at KinderCare because I feel that everyday I'm making a difference and helping the children grow and prosper.

    Ms. Krystal joined us here at KinderCare in 2010 and has taught various age groups.  She has experience with all of the age groups here at our center.  She is currently our Pre-K teacher and enjoys preparing her students for kindergarten.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare, Ms. Krystal spent several years babysitting and worked as a camp counselor.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 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. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

At our center we pride ourselves on building strong relationships with our families. We do this through daily emails, which give them center updates and pictures of their children. We also hold numerous family events that bring our parents and staff together to build long, trusting friendships. Once a month, we also do something for our families whether it be a breakfast to go, special parent readers, or a social event. We maintain an open door policy where parents are able to walk in at any time to visit their child. We also encourage parents to call as much as they want and the parents always talk directly to the child's teacher. We feel having a strong relationship with not only the child but the family as well is important to a great center.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Our facility is enclosed by a gated fenced playground for your child's safety. We also have a keypad entry system to enter into the building. Only parents who are enrolled in our program have access to the code. All visitors must show ID and approval of parents prior to pick up. All of our staff is current on our CPR and First Aid certifications.

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.

My 10 month old daughter started at KinderCare in Murrysville when she was three months old and has thrived with her loving and dedicated teachers.  As a first time parent who works full time I was very anxious about leaving her at daycare, especially because she was nursing, but the KinderCare staff was receptive to special requests and provided me with daily feedback about how she was transitioning.  Today my daughter is crawling all over the infant room, starting solids, and saying several words.  Her teachers have encouraged her throughout her development and continue to provide her with the stimulation and activities she needs to learn and grow.  I love seeing her teachers get just as excited as her father and I about her “firsts” such as when she pulled herself up or said kitty. We can’t thank the staff and her teachers enough for all they do for our daughter and us.

- mother

My husband and I received our foster child at a young age of four and a half weeks. We had not even had our own children in daycare so we were very nervous about sending her to daycare and waited until she was eight weeks old to start a program. Prior to that, however, I called a few in the area and received only one call back and was told they would not have an opening until December for an infant. I called Plum KinderCare on the advice and praise of my next door neighbor and spoke with Amber who assured me there was an opening for our child and invited me to visit any time. Upon my arrival to the center, I was met by Kelly and Krystal who were in the infant room and I immediately felt like I had known them all my life. I felt so comfortable that I signed her into the program that day. Since that day back in July, I have nothing but positive comments about the center. Everyone is so friendly and helpful and always courteous and kind. My foster child is very loved at the center and I am completely happy with all her care she receives there. Getting pictures almost daily really helps me smile. I like to follow the monthly calendar and read about what activities are scheduled daily and try to include her if possible. I enjoy reading her daily report about her activities that day and always know when she last napped and last bottle she had. It really helps us plan for our evening. I would recommend KinderCare to anyone. I am completely satisfied with our choice and so happy that my foster child is happy and loves all day long. Choosing a daycare is one of the most important choices a parent has to make and assurance that my baby is safe and happy and so loved and is always being stimulated is why I love KinderCare and never question our choice.

- Grandparent

When looking for daycare for your child, it can be a very stressful thing. While checking out places for our daughter to go to, I asked a bunch of questions and all of them were answered, and they were the answers I was looking for. KinderCare has become my daughter’s second home, and she loves everyone there. The teachers they have make an effort everyday to make sure that she (and even I) have a great day. It was a hard adjustment for the both of us to make. The transition couldn't have gone smoother. It took her about two to three weeks to get use to the routine but once she did, she was having a great time! She has become a very smart, bubbly and loving child. Without her time at KinderCare, I do not believe she would be that way. On our way into school in the mornings, she stops at the kitchen area to say hi to Ms. Sharon. It just sows that everyone in the center really does care about your children. My daughter even knows which car Ms. Krystal drives and gets excited when she sees it! If I had taken her to a a different daycare I don't think she would be the way she is. She is very advanced for her age and a lot of it has to do with the things she does everyday with Ms. Angela and both of the Ms. Krystals! She loves you guys just as much as I do! I can not thank you enough for making my daughter into the bright little girl she is! I can't wait to see all the fun and exciting stuff you have planned coming up!

- Mother
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