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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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Special Instructions:
behind Exeter Police Station

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Owatin Creek, Lorane and Jacksonwald Elementary

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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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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.

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

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. 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.

  2. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

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 Bachelors 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, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Misty grew up in Berks County.   She is married with 1 son and 2 dogs.  She graduated from Penn State University with her Bachelors 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:
    Bachelors 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:
    8 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Toddler teacher

    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's 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Associate's 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:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Education:
    Associate's 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
  • Ms. Kris

    Ms. Kris, Preschool 1/School Age

    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:
    1 Year
    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 8 years.  Her first experience came as a Teacher's Aide at the ABC Childcare.  She then worked for 3 years at the Masonic Childrens 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Sharon

    Sharon, Prekindergarten

    Miss Sharon has been with our center since 2011.  She has her Associates 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:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associates Degree
  • Bethany

    Bethany, Prekindergarten

    Ms. Beth has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Educationfrom Montgomery County Community College.  She has also had previous experience in a child care center environment.  She can be found in our Pre-K 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:
    Associates 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 Bachelors 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 9 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:
    26 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:
    Bachelors Degree
  • Ms. Rachael

    Ms. Rachael, Floating Teacher

    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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Tiffany

    Ms. Tiffany, Floating Teacher

    Teach tomorrow's future, achieve thier 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 2 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 2 years with the Boyertown YMCA.
    Year Started:
    9/29/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

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.

Special Features

  • Three large fenced in outside play areas
  • Meals provided
  • NAEYC Accredited
  • Rated 3 STARS

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.

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

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 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
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