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Ontelaunee KinderCare

Tammie Garloff, Center Director

35 Wingco Lane Reading PA 19605
(610) 926-3165 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
off Rt. 61 in Ontelaunee Township

Neighborhood:
Route 61 and Route 222

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Schuylkill Valley, Muhlenberg, Fleetwood, Holy Guardian Angel (KinderCare bus)

We are currently enrolling for summer camp. This exciting 12-week program offers a fun and stimulating schedule of in-house visitors and field trips. (Inquire about qualifying ages.)

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Welcome

Welcome to the Ontelaunee KinderCare. Our program provides a rich, nurturing environment for your child's cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth. Here, learning is fun, children are respected, and our teachers work in partnership with families to challenge each child. Learning is meant to be a natural, joyful experience. Children learn by playing, experimenting, exploring and testing. Children flourish when the process of discovery is lovingly encouraged and gently reinforced. This is the philosophy behind our research-based curriculum, which fosters individual growth by providing plenty of opportunities for exploration and child-initiated choice.

Tammie Garloff, 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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at the Ontelaunee KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. We have staff with varying levels of education. The majority of our staff have been employed by the company for more than ten years. Our team strives for excellence through continuing education from bi-annual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. We have a very committed staff. Many of our staff members have been employed at our site for more than 10 years. We are excited to share many learning experiences with the children in our care.

  • Tammie Garloff

    Tammie Garloff, Center Director

    I love my job because no day is ever the same!

    Tammie began her career with KinderCare in 1985 as a teacher, primarily Preschool, but has experience with all age groups. Soon she became a Center Trainer, Health and Safety Coordinator and Assistant Director, then a Center Director in 1998. Tammie has been at the Ontelaunee location since 2009. Tammie has been acknowledged by KinderCare for exemplary coaching, team building and customer service and was named Center Director of the Year. When Tammie is not working, she enjoys being in the mountains or at the lake with her husband and dog..

    Previous Experience:
    Tammie started her career with KinderCare while doing a summer internship during college. She has been happily employed with the company ever since.
    Year Started:
    5/1/1985
    Tenure:
    31 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Wendi Rigler

    Wendi Rigler, Assistant Director

    I love being around children and watching their reactions as they learn something new! Every day brings something new- life is never dull!   I believe that every child deserves a good start in life - beginning at infancy.  I LOVE being a part of that!

    Wendi has been at this center since it opened in January of 1997. She taught in the two-year-old class and Prekindergarten before becoming the Assistant Director. She enjoys spending time in the classrooms with the teachers and children whenever she is needed. When Wendi is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Wendi worked with the Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit for three years after graduating from Millersville. She was an Infant and School-Age teacher at the Hazleton Child Development Center for one year, and then took a job with Little People Day School in Trexlertown, where she taught the Kindergarten class. In September of 1996, she moved to the Little People of Muhlenberg until the Ontelaunee School opened in January of 1997.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Wendi's favorite children's book is Charlotte's Web.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1987
    Tenure:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education & Elementary Education
  • Ms. Theresa

    Ms. Theresa, Infant Classroom

    I love playing and learning with the students.  They do, and say, the funniest things sometimes.  Their love is unconditional.

    Ms. Theresa loves watching the babies grow and learn. She enjoys interacting with the children and letting them explore their surroundings- even if it means that they get messy!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Theresa taught Kindergarten in Virginia for a year before joining the KinderCare staff.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Theresa's favorite children's book is Where The Wild Things Are.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Educaction; Master's Degree in Education- Specialized in Reading
  • Ms. Peggy, Infant Classroom

    I love working with young babies, and striving to meet their changing needs.  It is most rewarding to me!

    Ms. Peggy enjoys caring for the babies. She receives a lot of satisfaction knowing that the children in her care are given joy, comfort and love.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Peggy's favorite children's story is The Secret Garden.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
  • Ms. Alexandra

    Ms. Alexandra, Infant Classroom

    I love children, and I like to know that I am helping with their development.

    Ms. Alexandra enjoys listening to music and reading when she is not taking care of our babies.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Alexandra's favorite children's book is Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Alicia

    Ms. Alicia, Toddler Classroom

    I love my job because each and every day brings something new- especially in the Toddler Room!  I love each morning when I walk into my classroom and the children run up with bright smiles and open arms for a hug and they yell "Ms. Alicia!

    Ms. Alicia enjoys spending her free time outdoors- bike riding, camping, going the to park with her children, and watching her daughter play soccer and softball.  In the summer time she enjoys going to the beach, and amusement parks and spending time with her family!

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting in high school and a she was a head playground leader for 3 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Alicia's favorite children's book is Guess How Much I Love You.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Debbie enjoys knowing that every day brings something new and challenging. She says that she learns as much from the children as she teaches them. Ms. Debbie loves to see the smiles on a child's face when they master something that you are teaching them.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
  • Ms. Tais

    Ms. Tais, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love to see the childrens reaction when I enter a room.  I love how every day is different - you never know what to expect!

    Ms. Tais loves that she inspires the children and teaches them to enjoy school. She loves the "Aha" moments seen in a child's eyes when they learn something new.   When she is not working, Ms. Tais loves to read-whether it is in her backyard or sitting on a beach!  Most of all, she loves to spend time with her family!!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tais was a director of a daycare and a nanny before joining the KinderCare family.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms.Tais can not choose a favorite book- she loves all books!
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Ms. Cindy

    Ms. Cindy, Preschool Classroom

    I love being with my children - watching them grow, and helping them learn new things!

    Ms. Tom (as the children call her) loves coming to work each day knowing that her children are going to be waiting for her! She loves to be with her class- watching them grow and helping them to learn new things.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Cindy's favorite children's story is Where The Wild Things Are.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1985
    Tenure:
    31 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, PreSchool

    I enjoy playing with the children.  I enjoy teaching the children and helping them to grow.

    Ms. Karen enjoys drawing, writing, reading, swimming, hiking, gardening and computerizing when she is not busy working at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Karen worked at the Horizon of Learning Childcare center for 14 years. During her time there, she worked with Toddlers, School agers and was a lead PreK teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Karen's favorite children's book is Are You My Mother by Dr. Seuss.
    Year Started:
    3/4/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love seeing the children smile and laugh!

    Mrs. Karen enjoys coming to work knowing that each day will hold something different! She loves to spend time interacting with the children, and teaching them new skills.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Karen's favorite children's books are the Franklin Series.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy teaching the children something new and watching their faces light up.

    Ms. Melissa loves knowing that she helps children grow each day. She loves seeing the smiles on a child's face when they are learning something new. Ms. Melissa says it is very rewarding when you hear the children repeat something that you taught them, or see them act out something they have learned.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Melissa worked for the YMCA at Berks Career and Technology Center before coming to KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Melissa's favorite Children's book is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 1/2 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, School Age Classroom and Support Staff

    Mrs. Kim loves to be a part of the children's everyday life. She enjoys helping them and watching them grow. She is inspired by the opportunity to teach the children and to meet their families. She knows that every day will bring a new adventure.  When she is not at work, Ms. Kim enjoys scrapbooking, reading and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kim did some babysitting and helped at a daycare home before starting with KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Kim's favorite children's book is Brown Bear, Brown Bear.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1993
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Mandy

    Ms. Mandy, Cook

    I love the smiles, hugs and compliments I get from the children when they get their lunch.

    Ms. Mandy loves having fun with the children, and knowing she has a positive impact on them.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Mandy's favorite children's book is The Giving Tree.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Jess

    Ms. Jess, Floater

    I love that each day is different from the last.  I love being a part of the children's experiences as they grow and learn new things.

    Ms. Jess is currently attending Kutztown University, majoring in Elementary Education.  In her free time, she enjoys going to the gym and playing sports.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jess has prior experience babysitting as well as being a summer camp counselor before joining the staff at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Jess' s favorite children's book is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
    Education:
    Working on her Elementary Education Degree
  • Ms. Kirsten

    Ms. Kirsten, Floater

    Working at KinderCare is providing me with a great experience for when I become a teacher.  Knowing that I am making a positive impact on a child's life is so rewarding.  A child's smile makes all the hardwork worth it!

    Ms. Kirsten is currently attending Kutztown University.  She is majoring in Elementary Education.  In her free time, Ms. Kirsten enjoys crafting, shopping, reading, taking pictures and going to the beach.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kirsten has experience as a baby sitter and a summer camp counselor before joining our KinderCare family.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Kirsten's favorite children's book is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg.
    Year Started:
    12/15/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Working toward an Elementary Education Degree

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Best In Class 2014

    Best In Class 2014

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Ontelaunee KinderCare has an appointed Health and Safety Coordinator. The Coordinator and all other staff in the building has CPR and First Aid Certifications. Your child's safety and well-being are a priority. We have a keypad secure entrance. Additionally, our playgrounds are fenced with a locked gate to prevent access of entering or exiting from the playground.

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.

Our daughters have attended KinderCare for almost two years now. In the beginning looking for the right daycare center was rather challenging. We pulled our oldest daughter out of four daycare centers before we found the right one - KinderCare!
All the teachers provide warm, loving, stimulating and secure environment for our children. An added bonus is meals and snacks and diapers are included... at one of the most reasonable prices around.
We feel very lucky to have found KinderCare. I cannot thank all the teachers enough. If you are searching for a childcare center that is structures, the play is creative and fun, and the meals are healthy and rounded, KinderCare is your place.

- Parents
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