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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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Across from Idependance Village

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
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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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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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SCHOOL-READY

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.

Monthly Activities

May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

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.

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:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    37 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • 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:
    17 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
  • 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:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Assoc.
  • 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree in Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

Monday May 29, 2017
Center Closed for Memorial Day

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.

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

To all teachers @ KinderCare,
I am so thankful for you all. I am so proud to tell people my daighter goes to ths KinderCare.You all take good care of her and love her. That is hard to find keep up the great work.

- Mother
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