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Centennial KinderCare

Barbara Householder, Center Director

6477 Centennial Dr. Reynoldsburg OH 43068
(614) 866-3750 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
off Brice Rd Three miles S of Rt 70

Neighborhood:
Across from Idependance Village

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Groveport Madison Groveport Asbury Groveport Sedalia Groveport Communtiy Imagine

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Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare located at 6477 Centennial Dr., Reynoldsburg. Here, your son or daughter will find a rich, nurturing environment where learning is fun, the curriculum grows as skills increase and our passionate teachers turn every learning moment into a positive experience.

Barbara Householder, 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.

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.

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

Welcome to our family. We have been educating the Community since 1987, with 190 years experience combined. Our longevity of the staff dates back to 1992. We would love to have you join our KinderCare Family.

  • Barbara Householder

    Barbara Householder, Center Director

    A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.

    Barbara began her career with KinderCare in 1994 as an Assistant Director. In 1995 she became the Center Director at KinderCare's School Age program Kids Choice. Then in 1998 Barbara transferred back to the Centennial Dr. KinderCare center and has been the Center Director since. She is a graduate of Lancaster High School and Ohio University. Barbara has four children and nine grandchildren, which she adores. She feels that every child is unique in their own way and every child deserves all the love and attention she can give them. Barbara believes that education is the most powerful weapon a person can use to change the world.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at Head Start for 17 years as a preschool teacher and Education Coordinator.
    Year Started:
    11/7/1994
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    37 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Tasherra Burney

    Tasherra Burney, Assistant Director

    I believe it takes a village to raise a child. I enjoy being a part of your children's village.

    Tasherra is a native of Macon, Georgia and comes from a very large family. She is married, has four children and two god given children and she has twenty-two siblings. Tasherra studied Middle School Education at Ohio Dominican Univeristy with a specialty in English and Math. She is currently pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education. Tasherra is grounded in her faith and believes every child has a purpose and destiny.

    Previous Experience:
    Hired in 2010 as the District Manager's Assistant and later became the Learning Adventures Coordinator.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Little Engine that Could" by Watty Piper
    Year Started:
    3/31/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Jennifer Bryant

    Ms. Jennifer Bryant, Cook / Healthy and Safety Coordinator

    I am in preschool. I am not built to sit still, keep my hands to myself, take turns, be patient, stand in line, or keep quiet all of the time. I need motion, novelty, adventure, and to engage the world with my whole body. LET ME PLAY! (trust me, I'm learning)."
    Children are like wet cement whatever falls on them leaves an impression.

    Jennifer graduated from Fort Hayes Career Center where she received her Early Childhood Certificate. She has been working in early childhood since. Jennifer worked in a few different childcare centers upon Graduation from Fort Hayes, which includes starting with KinderCare in 1996. She moved back to Ohio in 2000 and started working here at KinderCare on Centennial Dr. Jennifer began as the prekindergarten teacher, then as the schoolage teacher, and now is the Cook and Health & Safety Coordinator. Jennifer just recently celebrated her 15th year anniversary with KinderCare. Jennifer is married to her wonderful husband Toby.

    Previous Experience:
    Jen has worked at different child care centers while traveling to different states. Jennifer has worked at KinderCare in Penn., Storytime, Toddler Town.
    Year Started:
    2/16/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Early childhood vocational graduate and CDA
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Infant A Teacher

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning."
    Smile and the World Smiles with you.

    Lisa grew up in Pickerington, Ohio. She has three brothers and one sister. She attended Pickerington High School where she graduated in 1984. Lisa started babysitting for children at the age of twelve; she believes their smiles and hugs can brighten any day. Lisa got married in 1985 to Jim and they were married for 26 years before Jim suddenly passed away. Lisa started her career with KinderCare in June of 1992 as the infant teacher, a job she enjoyed for seven years.  Lisa went on to become the Assistant Director in August of 1999,but realized that her passion was in the classroom and decided to step down to become an infant teacher in 2014. She now serves our center as the Lead Infant Teacher. Lisa says she takes pride in her infant room,  enjoys taking care of the babies. Lisa says that loving and caring for these precious little babies and just watching them grow is so amazing. The memories they bring she will cherish for a lifetime.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to employment at KinderCare Lisa did in home childcare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    6/15/1992
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Miss Diana

    Miss Diana, Infant Classroom

    Children are our most valuable resource." Herbert Hoover

    Diana is from a family of four she has one brother and one sister. Diana has worked in childcare since she was 18 years old. Diana previously worked at another KinderCare center and a private owned Early Childhood Center. Diana began at KinderCare on Centennial Dr in 2013. Diana works in the Infant room and loves the infants because she feels that the first year of life is when children change and grow the most.

    Previous Experience:
    Diana has worked in childcare since she was 18
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Hungry Caterpillar"
    Year Started:
    9/3/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Miss Carlie

    Miss Carlie, Infant B Classroom

    Every child is gifted. They just unwrap their packages at different times."
    "What comes around goes around.

    Carlie is a graduate of Treca High School.  Carlie was born Sept 3, 1994, Carlie has three brother and two sisters. She enjoys working with children and getting to know them and their families. Carlie is a good listener, is understanding, and loves learning new things. She loves that every Infant is unique and enjoys helping them become independent as she prepares the infants for the Toddler room. Carlie is very open minded

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to employment at KinderCare Carlie babysat for friends and family
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Boxcar Children" by Judy Jones
    Year Started:
    6/8/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    High School Graduate
  • Ms. Jennie

    Ms. Jennie, Toddler Classroom

    Reading to children often, opens a window into unknown and exciting worlds."
    "Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.

    Jennie is from a small town in south Kentucky. She fell in love with teaching and "school" when she was asked by her first grade teacher to help another student. Jennie said she was elated when the student understood what she had shown him. She says she still gets that wonderful feeling when her students are learning. 
    Jennie has been blessed with two amazing daughters who also have the love of working with children. She is a grandmother to two fantastic boys, ages six and eight.
    Her goal is to be a part of making this learning center a great place.

    Previous Experience:
    Jennie was a substitute teacher in an elementary and middle school for 12 years. She has been working in child care facilities for 5 years. She has been a Special Education Instructional Assistant for 8 years. Jennie served as the PTA President, and a parent volunteer.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Moon Cake" by Frank Asch
    Year Started:
    8/26/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Years
    Education:
    Early Elementary Education Certification, 104 College Credit hours in pursuit of ECE degree
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That's why we call it the present."
    "Well done is better than well said" B. Franklin
    "If you can dream it, you can do it" Walt Disney

    Brittany grew up in Columbus and is the mother of a 9-year-old daughter Kayla. She enjoys going to the park, being outdoors, cooking for the family and friends, bowling, and swimming; also continuing education and being a great teacher and parent. Brittany currently is attending Rasmussen College to obtain her associate in Early Childhood Education. Brittany's future goals are to obtain her bachelors degree in education to continue educating children. Brittany has been with KinderCare for five years and looks forward to many more years.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to employment at KinderCare Brittany worked as an infant teacher at a childcare center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Whistle for Willie" by Ezra Jack Keats
    Year Started:
    10/12/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Assoc.
  • Miss Jennifer

    Miss Jennifer, Preschool Classroom

    Learning is their journey. Let them navigate. Push them to explore. Watch them discover. Encourage their questions. Allow them to struggle. Support their thinking, and LET THEM FLY!"
    "A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning".

    Jennifer was born and raised in Columbus . She has three older brothers. At 15 years old Jennifer started babysitting and doing tutoring with children who attended and after school program for juvenile delinquents. At age eighteen Jennifer moved to SanJose California. Jennifer moved back to Ohio a year later and began working for KinderCare and has enjoyed every minute of it.Jennifer has worked in early child care since 2006.

    Previous Experience:
    Jennifer had experience volunteering for an after school program for 2 years tutoring and mentoring children, as well as babysitting. Jennifer has been employed by KinderCare since 2008.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Mean Gean the Recess Queen"
    Year Started:
    10/3/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Teresa

    Ms. Teresa, Preschool Classroom

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

    While in high school Teresa started babysitting after school for nine month old twins. Upon graduating from High School Teresa attended college in Kentucky. Tersa moved to Vero Beach, Florida upon graduating from college Teresa began working as a preschool teacher at KinderCare and ABC Daycare in Kissimmee, Florida. Teresa was a VIP sitter for KinderCare from 1988-1998 taking children to Disney Parks, and activities. Teresa became a full time nanny in 1994 for professional golfers in Lake Nonna, Florida. Teresa came back to Ohio in 1998 and became a nanny up until 2013. Teresa became employed by KinderCare on Centennial Dr in 2014.

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny for over 18 years. Previously worked at KinderCare in Florida
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where the Wild Things Are"
    Year Started:
    11/4/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree in Education
  • Ms. Chardai

    Ms. Chardai, Schoolage

    Children are living messages we send into a time we will not see."
    "Children are the future, teach them well and let them lead the way with love and passion.

    Chardai previously has years of experience working at different early chldhood programs in the Columbus area. Chardai graduated from Eastmoor Academy and is currently attending DeVry University.  Chardai has been working in the early childhood education field for over four years. What brings Chardai to work every day is knowing that with her love, education, and passion she can create a nurturing educational environment. Chardai believes that she prepares her students for a lifetime of learning and leadership to empower them to be responsible citizens.

    Previous Experience:
    Chardai previously has years of experience working at different early childhood programs in the Columbus area.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "No David" by David Shannon
    Year Started:
    9/7/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4+
    Education:
    Currently attending college for Bachelors 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

At Centennial Drive KinderCare we strive to meet the individual needs of every child. Combined, our teachers exceed over 192 years of education experience. The majority of our teachers already have a degree or are in the process of completing their degree. Our teachers attend ongoing trainings throughout the year keeping them up to date on the newest educational trends in Early Childhood.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years
Presidents Day
Memorial Day
July 4
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving and the day after
Christmas

Health and Safety

Keeping your child safe and secure is our first priority. In addition to the built in security features at the center, we strictly follow established procedures for your child's arrival and departure. Most of our staff is CPR, First Aid, and Communicable disease trained and certified.

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