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Richfield KinderCare

Ms. Danielle Atwood, Center Director

4195 Kinross Lakes Pkwy Richfield OH 44286
(330) 659-2250 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
off Brecksville Rd on Kinross Lakes Pkwy

Neighborhood:
Richfield KinderCare is located in the heart of Richfield on Kinross Lakes Parkway close to I-271, I77 and Route 21. We are part of the Revere School Distict but also serve families in North Royalton, Broadview Heights, Brecksville, Medina, Akron and Cleveland.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hillcrest, Old Trail, and St. Hillary's BUS RUNS - Start at Morning: 7:30 AM - 7:45 AM, Afternoon: 12:15 PM - 12:30 PM, Evening: 3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

We are very excited to kick off our back to school time! Open Enrollment is going on right now and you do not want to miss out on our great educational programs that we offer here at Richfield KinderCare. We are currently enrolling ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Call now to schedule your tour! 330-659-2250

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Welcome

Welcome to Richfield KinderCare! Here at Richfield, our friends are your family and the families are our friends. We strive everyday to make KinderCare a fun learning environment, preschool and childcare facility for our area children and a place of belonging and comfort for our families. The choice of a Learning Center is one of the most important choices you will make for your child. At KinderCare we are dedicated to educating and caring for your child while providing them with a safe and healthy learning environment.

Ms. Danielle Atwood, 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.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

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

The Richfield KinderCare Staff is commited to excellence, providing parents with the confidence that their child is in an educational, fun and safe environment. We are passionate teachers who care about the children in our classrooms and our children's educational and personal needs. The teachers plan and implement activities that help the growth of the whole child developmentally. Our commitment is to our children and families and their futures.

  • Ms. Danielle Atwood

    Ms. Danielle Atwood, Center Director

    I believe that every child should have the opportunity to learn and be an individual. I truly enjoy being a part of a child's life.

    Danielle has been with KinderCare since July 2007. She began her career as a floater teaching in various classrooms, and was promoted to Infant Lead Teacher in 2008. As Infant Lead, Danielle completed the accreditation and assessment process for the Infant A and Infant B classrooms. She has been a mentor to staff and an advisory to families. In November 2011 Danielle earned the role of Assistant Director. As Assistant Director she has continued to help lead the Richfield team to foster quality education, program development and family partners. In the fall of 2014 she was promoted to Center Director.  Danielle truly enjoys working with all the children and families at the Richfield KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    7/30/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Family and Child Development with a concentration in Parent and Family Education
  • Alicia Langenhop

    Alicia Langenhop, Assistant Director

    I am so lucky to come to work every day and do what I love.  I get to interact with all of the children in the building, form relationships with families and support our amazing teachers!

    Ms. Alicia was hired in the Preschool classroom in August of 2013. She transformed the curriculum and classroom into a place of rapid learning and fun. In September of 2013, Ms. Alicia was promoted to Private Kindergarten Teacher due to the skills, knowledge and passion that she showed in her Preschool classroom. After the 2013-2014 school year, Ms. Alicia returned to the preschool classroom for the summer and was then promoted to Assistant Director in the fall of 2014.  In this role she has developed strong relationships with our families and staff.   Ms. Alicia is very supportive to our staff and you can truly see that she is dedicated to teaching and educating children.

    Year Started:
    8/12/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Infants

    I love having the opportunity to be the first start in the educational journey of an infant!  It is truly exciting to experience some of their very first moments with them and their families!

    Julie joined our team in 2015 and loves working in our infant classroom.  She excels in parent communication and creating a warm, nurturing classroom atmosphere.

    Year Started:
    10/5/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Beverly

    Ms. Beverly, Toddler Classroom

    Ask not what your children can do for you, ask what you can do for your children! "- a slightly different version of a John F. Kennedy quote.

    After joining KinderCare as a Preschool teacher in 2010, Ms. Bev has found her home with our Toddlers. She works with children ages twelve months to two years of age. She loves to plan fun activities for the children including art and gross motor skills. Ms. Bev's favorite part of teaching is getting to watch the children grow. The children in her classroom are just learning works and small statements that Ms. Bev loves to document. She teaches them new words and practices their language skills daily. She truly enjoys each family and child she comes in contact with.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Bev's previous experience includes teaching at the St. John Bosco Child Development Center, the Berea Children's Home as well as St. Adalbert School.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Carrie

    Ms. Carrie, Learning Adventures Classroom

    Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

    Ms. Carrie has been the Learning Adventures Teacher here at KinderCare of Richfield since September 2008. Ms. Carrie teaches small groups of children individualized lessons on Phonics, Reading, Math and Spanish. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Lake Erie College and currently holds an Ohio teaching license for grades K-8. She is also pursuing a license for intervention specialist for grades K-12.The children at KinderCare love to play and learn with Ms. Carrie in their small groups. Ms. Carrie believes that we have one of the most rewarding jobs because parents are trusting us with their most precious possessions each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Carrie has over twenty years of experience in early childhood. Prior to joining KinderCare, Carrie has been a tutor for grades K-8, an Assistant Director at a center in Columbus, as well as a 7th grade teaching assistant. She is also a mother of three.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom
    Year Started:
    9/8/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Brittney

    Brittney, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    It is an amazing thing to watch a child learn and develop.  There is nothing like seeing the "aha" moment when something finally clicks!

    Ms. Brittney joined our team in 2015 and found her niche in our pre-kindergarten classroom.  Her classroom experience and knowledge of early childhood education has impacted our children greatly.  She always prepares fun and exciting learning activities that the children can't wait to share with their families!

    Year Started:
    5/4/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Natalie

    Natalie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Hold your head high and don't be afraid to march to the front of your own parade.

    Natalie's teaching philosphy is to provide a safe and nurturing environment rich with hands-on play and exploration, along with positive reinforcement, to build a foundation for a lifetime of learning.  She is a wonderful guide for our two-year-olds and provides them with the social-skills and knowledge to be successful in preschool.

    Year Started:
    9/22/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Renee

    Renee, Preschool Classroom

    Seeing the children's eyes light up and getting a huge smile on their faces after learning something new is the most rewarding part of this job.

    Renee's love for children really shines through in our preschool class.  Her experience with her many nieces and nephews has provided her with the skills to manage groups of children and set them up for successful learning experiences through play.

    Year Started:
    9/21/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Becca

    Becca, School Age Classroom

    Watching each child grow physically, mentally, and emotionally is an incredible experience.  Knowing that I played a part in each child's development is an extremely rewarding feeling.

    Ms. Becca joined our team in the summer of 2016 in our preschool classroom.  As she pursues her degree from the University of Akron, she is working part-time in our preschool, pre-k and school-age classrooms.  Becca is a burst of positive energy and the children light up when they see her.  She is very compassionate and loving towards the children, which allows them to feel safe and ready to learn!  She is a great addition to our team!

    Year Started:
    5/2/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Intervention Specialist

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Acredited by the National Association of the Education of Young Children

    Acredited by the National Association of the Education of Young Children

  • Star 3 Step Up to Quality Center

    Star 3 Step Up to Quality Center

Special Features

  • Indoor Gross Motor Room
  • Assessments and Conferences 4 times a year (including the Ages and Stages Assessment and Developmental Assessments)
  • Fenced in, age appropriate Playground
  • Curriculum Alignment with state standards and planning based upon individaul children
  • Flexible Scheduling

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

  • New Years Day
  • February Professional Development Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • October Professional Development Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Thanksgiving Friday
  • Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Here at Richfield we are commited to Health and Safety. We maintain a peanut-free environment and follow a balanced menu when feeding the children each day. KinderCare has a fenced in playground and security lock doors to ensure a child's complete safety while in our care. Safety is a top priority as educators of young children.

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.


We could not be more thrilled with how far our twin boys have come in such a short period of time with the Learning Adventures phonics program, and would recommend it to anyone who wants their child to be ahead of the curve in learning.  It has been an amazing experience for all of us!

The boys knew they were learning, but really saw their Learning Adventures experience as more of a fun time in a small group setting, where they got individualized attention for their specific needs and abilities.  Both of our boys were reading on their own BEFORE they started Kindergarten!

As parents, we saw that the boys were having fun in Learning Adventures working with Ms. Carrie.  It was a great head start to position themahead of the curve when they started school.  They are now reading on their own above their age level, and are reading us stories at bedtime.  An added benefit is that they are starting to teach their little sister about different sounds and letters, becuase they are just so excited about what they have learned.

We are starting our third child in Learning Adventures this fall so she can have the same great experience and head start that our boys had.  We love watching her excitement about starting the program.  A big thanks to Brandi and Danielle for introducing us to the Learning Adventures program, and a special thanks to Ms. Carrie for all that she has done in the program to make the kids excited about reading and learning!  We could not recommend this program enought!

Ross and Kim Koutris
- Mother and Father

March 6, 2012 Incoming Kindercare Kindergarten Parents: We are writing to highly recommend the full time Kindergarten Program at the Kindercare on Kinross Lake Road in Richfield. In this letter we will speak of our history with Kindercare, what is important to us, our praise of the staff, and what we would change for the future. Our history with Kindercare: Our family has been with Kindercare since February 2006 when our oldest son Freddie was 12 weeks old. Around his first birthday we experienced some challenges and made a short-sited decision to change to another daycare center. We returned nine months later and have never looked back. We are more than thrilled with Kindercare for both a day care center and pre-school for our 3 year old son and as a full-time Private Kindergarten for our 6 year old son. Two years ago our family experienced loss of employment for 14 months and maintained our children’s enrollment at Kindercare because of its importance to our family. We can truly say that we are more than satisfied with our decision to keep our children at Kindercare every day - even through financial challenges. We often count our blessings as Kindercare gives us the peace of mind knowing that our children are well cared for at a facility with national oversight using nationally developed and time-tested curriculum. This allows us to excel professionally as we know our sons are at a facility with people who love them and who will always do what is best for them. What is important to us. When looking for daycare and Kindergarten we looked for an established program, national companies, affordability, ease of use, and high standards. While we happen to be part of the first year of the full day private kindergarten class at the Richfield Kindercare we entered it knowing that Ms. Murray, Ms. Brandi, and Ms. Ford had the experience necessary to establish this program. A national company is important to us as the foundation of oversight come at a much higher level than just one or a few locations. In the past 6 years we have had very few occasions to communicate with Kindercare corporate and every time I was satisfied and glad I had another resource to rectify our challenge. As for affordability I am very pleased that the Kindergarten program priced in the middle of the pact of all of our Kindergarten options. It also happened to be not too much of an increase from the Pre-Kindergarten tuition we were already paying. For ease of use this speaks to the hours of operation and the meals being provided. With this full time Kindergarten program we also are permitted to use the center during the entire operational hours for no additional fee. Food is never a problem, does not cost additional, and does not need to be brought in or coordinated. It is simply taken care of. Our opinion of Ms. Murray Ms. Candace Murray is simply the best Kindergarten teacher I could ask for my son. She is compassionate, intelligent, patient, communicative, creative, and generous. She started this program from nothing last Spring and has far exceeded our expectations. She always has time for our questions and communicates more details that I could have ever imagined needing or wanting. She understands all of the children’s challenges and works with each of their specific abilities and shortcomings. Our opinion of Miss Brandi Miss Brandi is more than the ideal daycare center director. She is driven, passionate, kind, caring, and a friend. She will likely never tell you, but recently won a National Kindercare Award for being in the top 10 center Directors in The Knowledge Learning Corporation (Kindercare’s National Name) measured across many metrics. She gets the most out of her staff and has created a family atmosphere where learning and fun occur naturally. Our opinion of Ms. Heather Ford Ms. Heather Ford is Miss Brandi’s boss and is more than just a name on an organization chart. Both of my boys know who she is as she knows them. She has helped in numerous ways from new rubber mulch on a playground, parking lot repavement, and exterior lighting correction. She is extremely timely and thorough with communication. Having strong regional leadership is one of many reasons why we wanted a national chain and have been only pleased with Ms. Ford’s oversight. What we would change if we could. Nothing. Please feel free to contact us for anything else you need as you begin this journey with your student. Sincerely, Jill and Jeffrey M

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