Jennifer Schlegel, Center Director
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We are very excited to introduce you to our KinderCare family here at 23 Gibraltar Road in Exeter, Pennsylvania.
Jennifer Schlegel, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
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.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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