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Exeter KinderCare

Jennifer Schlegel, Center Director

23 Gibraltar Rd. Reading PA 19606
(610) 370-2122 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Owatin Creek, Lorane and Jacksonwald Elementary

Welcome

We are very excited to introduce you to our KinderCare family here at 23 Gibraltar Road in Exeter, Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Schlegel, 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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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.

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  • Keystone Stars - STAR 4A and NAEYC Accredited

Monthly Activities

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

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.

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.

Computer Adventures

Teachers & Staff

We have a staff of 14 teachers at our location who are all experienced in the Early Childhood profession. We have many teachers who have achieved either a Child Developmental Associate's, an Associate's in Early Childhood Education or a Bachelor's Degree in Education. In addition, we have many staff members who have been working with children for many years. We are very excited to share all of our experience, love of children, and passion for education with your child every day!!

  • Jennifer Schlegel

    Jennifer Schlegel, Center Director

    I love working with kids because every day is truly a new experience. I am sure that I learn just as much from them as they do from me each and every day.

    Jennifer Schlegel graduated from Shippensburg University with her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education in December of 1999. She taught a private Kindergarten program at the Academy for Early Learning in Shillington for a year after graduating before coming to KinderCare. She started at KinderCare West Lawn, PA in April of 2001 as the Hooked on Phonics teacher. She then moved on to be the Kindergarten teacher and eventually the Assistant Director of the West Lawn center. Eventually she became the Center Director of the West Lawn center before transferring to Exeter.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Jennifer taught a private Kindergarten program for a year.
    Year Started:
    4/9/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Pennsylvania Teaching certificate K-6, Early Childhood Education certification
  • Jessica McGee

    Jessica McGee, Assistant Director

    I love to watch the growth in children over time.

    Jessica has been working with KinderCare since 2002. She had been a Kindergarten teacher for several years before becoming and Assistant Director and a Director. In 2008 she transferred from the Pheonixville location to the Exeter location and has been the Assistant Director there ever since. She has her bachelor's of science in Early Childhood Education from West Chester University.

    Year Started:
    9/9/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Misty

    Ms. Misty, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Misty grew up in Berks County.  She is married with one son and two dogs. She graduated from Penn State University with her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She joined our KinderCare family in May of 2016 as an Infant room teacher. She loves giving various unique opportunities for the infants to explore art and express themselves.

    Previous Experience:
    Private tutor, Public School Aide, Preschool Teacher, Public School Substitute and Long Term Substitute
    Year Started:
    5/23/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Infant Classroom

    I love working in the infant room and enjoy watching the children grow each and every day.

    Ms. Nicole has worked with our center for almost six years. She has spent time in each of our classrooms over the years, but has come to find a home in the infant classroom. She enjoys doing art projects with the babies and watching them grow each day. She enjoys taking her children for walks outside to get some fresh air every chance she gets.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare Ms. Nicole was a babysitter
    Year Started:
    11/7/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
  • Ms. Erika

    Ms. Erika, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Erika started at our center in March of 2014. She worked for KinderCare a couple of years prior at our Muhlenberg location and decided she would like to return to the company. Ms. Erika has an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Alvernia College. She also has over twelve years of experience in the childcare/education field.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Erika worked with autistic children at a private school and as a TSS for several years. She also previously worked at another KinderCare location.
    Year Started:
    3/11/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Toddler Classroom

    Try something different every day! You never know if you'll like something until you try it. This keeps life interesting.

    Ms. Missy joined our center in 2014. She has her associate degree in Elementary Education from Reading Area Community College. She also has a bachelor's degree in Photography from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Ms. Missy is a floating assistant teacher in our building, so she can be found in any classroom. She loves to be creative and find fun activities for the children to do. Ms. Missy is crazy about art. Her dream is to one day open an art gallery featuring emerging artists to help them establish themselves in the community. So far Ms. Missy's favorite activities at the center are story time and watching the students create masterpieces out of whatever materials they choose.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Missy worked at another childcare briefly after high school and attended college for Education.
    Year Started:
    2/4/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Associate Degree
  • Ms. Patty

    Ms. Patty, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Patty began her journey with KinderCare at our Sinking Spring center. She also spent time at our Muhlenberg center and has now come to join our family. She has her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Reading Area Community College and has much experience with all ages. She is very energetic which is a wonderful quality for a twos teacher to have!

    Year Started:
    2/5/2001
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Education:
    Associate Degree
  • Ms. Rosalina

    Ms. Rosalina, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    It's a journey and experience for me. The way the children learn from us and we learn some much more from them everyday.

    Ms. Rosalina was born in Brooklyn, NY but raised in Puerto Rico. She was 17 when she started working in child care in Florida. She then decided to go to college for Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Amazing Kids Childcare
    Year Started:
    11/4/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
  • Ms. Kris

    Ms. Kris, Preschool and School Age Classrooms

    Ms. Kris came to join our center in March of 2015. She previously worked as a classroom Aide for the Governor Mifflin School District. She currently works in our Discovery Preschool classroom in the mornings and in the afternoons can usually be found in our Discovery Preschool or School Age classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked as an Aide in the Governor MIfflin School District
    Year Started:
    3/5/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Natasha

    Ms. Natasha, Preschool Classroom

    The felling of success for a teacher only comes from the success of her students.

    Ms. Natasha has been working in the ECE field for eight years. Her first experience came as a Teacher's Aide at the ABC Childcare. She then worked for three years at the Masonic Children's Home as a Tutor Aide. After graduating from Elizabethtown College in 2011 she started working for the BCIU as a School Age Teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    ABC Childcare, Masonic Childrens Home, Berks County Intermediate Unit
    Year Started:
    1/5/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Bethany

    Bethany, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Beth has her associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Montgomery County Community College. She has also had previous experience in a child care center environment. She can be found in our Prekindergarten classroom making lots of fun projects and making sure that our four-year-olds are prepared for Kindergarten.

    Year Started:
    9/15/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Associate Degree
  • Sharon

    Sharon, Prekindergarten

    Miss Sharon has been with our center since 2011. She has her associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Penn Foster College. She has also had several years of experience working in a child care setting. She enjoys spending time with the children, teaching them new things and watching them learn and grow. She is inspired to come to work each day knowing that she is coming to teach the children and be a positive role model in their lives.

    Year Started:
    10/5/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associate Degree
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, School Age Classroom

    I enjoy coming to work every day and spending time with all of the children. Their smiles and hugs brighten my day when I walk into a classroom.

    Before coming to Exeter KinderCare in August of 2014, Ms. Amanda taught fourth grade for nine years at St. Ignatius Loyola in West Lawn. She graduated from MIllersville University in December of 2004 with a bachelor's degree of science in Elementary Education degree. She also previously worked at a sister KinderCare in West Lawn while she was in school. When she is not working with the school age children, Ms. Amanda likes to read, shop, travel and spend time with her family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Taught 4th grade at St. Ignatius Loyola for nine years
    Year Started:
    8/26/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Deb

    Ms. Deb, Cook

    Ms. Deb has been with our center since 1990. She can be found in our kitchen cooking our wonderful meals and also helping out in our classrooms. She loves to spend time chatting with the children and they look forward to seeing her every day.

    Year Started:
    3/26/1990
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
  • Julie

    Julie, Floating Teacher

    Ms. Julie was originally from our sister KinderCare in Muhlenberg where she worked part time while attending college at Kutztown University. She graduated from Kutztown with her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood and then came to work for our center in our Learning Adventures program. She eventually took over our Preschool classroom. Now she is substituting in an Elementary school, but can be found helping out in all classrooms.

    Year Started:
    9/20/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Rachael

    Ms. Rachael, Floater

    I love seeing the children grow and knowing that I was a part of this process.

    Ms. Rachael is currently a student at Alvernia University where she is pursuing her bachelor's in Special Education and Early Childhood Education. She joined our center in September of 2014 and can be found helping in all of our classrooms when she is not attending class.

    Year Started:
    3/25/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Tiffany

    Ms. Tiffany, Floating Teacher

    Teach tomorrow's future, achieve their best to never give up on themselves.

    Ms. Tiffany graduated from Alvernia University in 2008 with her bachelor of arts. She also has worked with children in her two years of experience at the Boyertown YMCA. She came to our center in September of 2014 and now can be found helping out in all of our classrooms. She likes reading and playing games with the kids.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tiffany worked for two years with the Boyertown YMCA.
    Year Started:
    9/29/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

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.

Special Features

  • Three large fenced in outside play areas
  • Meals provided
  • NAEYC Accredited
  • Rated 4 STARS with Keystone STARs program

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is our top priority. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. Our first line of security at the entrance of our building is the keypad entry at our front door. Entry codes are kept to primary pick-ups. Any other pick ups or entries must ring the doorbell and provide proper ID.  All staff in our building are certified in Pediatric First Aide, CPR and have been trained in fire safety. We also have a health and safety coordinator in the building who conducts safety checks and fire drills monthly to ensure the safety of our children, staff and families.

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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My two-year-old son has attended this center since he was eight weeks old. He loves all the teachers and it is evident that the teachers love him too! We get "Good Morning!" from everyone as we walk down the hallway in the morning, and "Good Night!" from everyone as we leave. The girls here are a great extension of our family and we appreciate them helping our little man grow!

- Mother

I chose KinderCare for Brayden because he went there when he was a baby and they took wonderful care of him. Now that I need care again it was a no brainer that he comes back. I know I will have piece of mind knowing he is getting well taken care of and learning.

- Mother

My family and I recently moved to Pennsylvania and we were a bit nervous not knowing how our 3 year old would adjust to a new preschool (he had been attending his previous preschool since he was 5 months old). I must say the staff at KinderCare Exeter did an amazing job with the transition. He quickly fell in love with his new teachers and started making friends. He brings daily projects home related to the lesson learned for that day and often sings new songs learned at the center (some in Spanish!). My son has Celiac Disease which requires a Gluten Free diet. The staff took the time to meet with me and worked on a plan that would incorporate his GF diet. This was a huge relief for my family. We are so thankful for the wonderful staff at KinderCare Exeter and everything they do.

- Mother

Both my children have been enrolled at KinderCare since infancy and we couldn't be happier! The teachers are wonderful and truly love their students. They learn through songs, reading and active play. Every month we get a newsletter telling us about the upcoming lesson for each classroom. Breakfast, lunch and snack is included, so no packing lunches! They very rarely close for weather issues which is great for parents who never get off for snow. You can meet with teachers when ever you want, you can call in any time with questions or to check on how the kids are doing. It's a great experience all around!

- Mother

We love KinderCare in Exeter Township! The staff there creates a wonderful environment which allows my children to learn and have fun. They offer programs such as music classes, Spanish classes, cooking classes, etc. that allows my children to explore while learning. 

Every day my family is greeted by welcoming staff members. All the teachers go above and beyond to treat my children respect and kindness. My children look forward to seeing their teachers every day, because they know that their teachers truly care for them.  While at KinderCare my children create projects that focus on a theme they are learning in class. These projects promote creativity, support a lesson, and promote fine motor skills. My entire family is very thrilled with how exceptional the staff and programs are at KinderCare Exeter.

- Mother

Kinder Care in Exeter is the Best!! I have been a customer there since 2004 to 2010 and comeback 2013 with my youngest daughter. All the teachers and staff are terrific! They work very well with the children and allow for a safe, fun, learning environment. Some of the staff are still there since when I first enrolled my oldest kid in 2004. My older kids, now teenagers, always talk about the good times and memories they had there.  We are very pleased and thankfull with the service and attention we've received from the whole KinderCare team.

- Mother

KinderCare is amazing! They have so many activities for all the children to participate in, they have music, cooking, math, Spanish. My Daughter always goes and leaves with a smile, their staff is very friendly, loving, kind and care for the kids, you never see a bad attitude. They do projects almost every day to help them learn in a fun way. They have fun activities too, they go outside and play, they have a playground, tricycles, swings and the staff organizes fun games too. Love their summer camps, the food is great too, well balanced and good taste, they are flexible and cooperate with your schedule and vacations.

We are very thankful with KinderCare and appreciate all the work their staff do everyday!

- Father
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