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Richfield KinderCare

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

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

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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.

Danielle Atwood, Center Director

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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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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


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.


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.

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.

  • Danielle Atwood

    Danielle Atwood, Center Director

    I believe that each child is an individual who has a bright and brilliant future, whose dreams can come true! I love each and every one of the staff, families and children that are part of the Richfield Family and look forward to continuing to give the best possible care and education to all of the children and families we serve every day.

    Brandi has been with KinderCare since December 2002. She worked at KinderCare in Cuyahoga Falls in the Discovery Preschool classroom and also spent summers with the School Age children. In 2007 Brandi was promoted to the Director-in-Training role where she supported a district of 14 centers aiding with program management, licensing requirements, accreditation and quality achievement. Brandi then became a Center Director at the Richfield KinderCare and helped it to earn a Star 2 rating from the State of Ohio's Step Up to Quality Program. The family and community focus of her center lead to its accreditation from the National Association of the Education of Young Children, and the retention and longevity of the families at her center lead Brandi to be recognized as a Knowledge Universe Top 10 Center Director. Brandi is dedicated to children and their family always putting them first.

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Youth Development
  • Danielle Atwood

    Danielle Atwood, Assistant 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. Danielle truly enjoys working with all the children and families at the Richfield KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Family and Child Development with a concentration in Parent and Family Education
  • Ms. Cailtin, 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!

    Caitlin began at KinderCare Learning Center on Stonegate in May 2011 as a floating teacher.  She continued on to the Fairlawn KinderCare were she was used as a substitute while continuing her education until she found her home here at our Richfield location in October 2012.  While here at the Richfield center Caitlin has been a floating teacher working in every classroom and became the lead Schoolage teacher in the Summer of 2013.  Caitlin graduated from the University of Akron with a bachelor's degree in Social Work.  Upon graduation Cailtin was offered a position working with Weaver Industries.  In May 2014 Cailtlin decided to return to Richfield to lead our Infant classroom.  Caitlin loves to create artwork with the children and watch them light up with each new experience.

    Previous Experience:
    Cailtin was previously worked for KinderCare in the Schoolage program and left the center breifly to work with Weaver Industries.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Bachelors Degree is Social Work from the University of Akron
  • Ms. Megan, Pre Kindergarten

    Tell me and I forget.  Teacher me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn"- Benjamin Franklin

    Megan joined the Richfield KinderCare team in June 2014 as the Pre Kindergarten teacher.  Raised in Richfield and attending school through Revere Local Schools Megan love to be an educator in the community she grew up in.  She graduated from the University of Toledo with a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education.  Megan loves teaching Pre Kindergarten bacuse the children love learning new things and so does she!  Her favorite part of her day is in the morning when she begins circle time.  She loves seeing the children for the frist time that day and their excitement for learning on their faces.

    Previous Experience:
    Megan has experience working with inner city children through daycares as well as works in children's church.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Oh the Places You'll Go"- by Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Toledo
  • Ms. Sherri, Preschool/ Pre Kindergarten

    Sherri believes in the following quote about classroom environment "We do second chances, we apologize, we forgive, we respect each other, we keep our promises, we never give up, we encourage one another, we laugh often and we belong.  In our classroom we are family.

    Ms. Sherri joined the KinderCare Richfield team in August 2014.  She works with children in Preschool, Pre Kindergarten and Schoolage.  Sherri graduated from Berea High School and studied nursing at Bryant and Stratton College.  After being employed at a child care center for 2 years Sherri knew that teaching was her passion.  Sherri will begin working on her Child Development Associate credentials and looks forward to continuing her education.

    Previous Experience:
    Sherri has had expereience as a lead toddler teacher in a child care setting.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown Bear, Brown Bear"
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
  • 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:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Joyce, Toddler Classroom

    I believe that children can learn but not all children learn the same way.

    Ms. Joyce is the Toddler Classroom Lead Teacher here at Richfield and joined our family in January 2010. Ms. Joyce loves her toddlers and cares for each of the children as if they were her own. She loves working with children because they always brighten her day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Joyce has previous experience in child care working with children from six weeks to 12 years of age.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Family and Child Development and Associates Degree in Early Education
  • Ms. Mary Ann, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Mary Ann has been in the Early Childhood Education field for seven years and truly loves to see "the light" come on in a child after retaining a concept. Previous experience in both public and private settings has brought Ms. Mary Ann to find her home here at Richfield KinderCare teaching our two-year-old children. She brings a lot of life to the classroom, using American Sign Language to enhance the children's learning. Ms. Mary Ann upholds a strong curriculum within the classroom and ensures that every child has their light bulb moment of understanding.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Mary Ann worked as a private tutor and taught music and dance along with substitute teaching for Columbus Public Schools.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Education
  • Ms. Alicia, Private Kindergarten Classroom

    If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn." - Ignacio Estrada

    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, Ms. Alicia was offered the Private Kindergarten classroom due to the skills, knowledge and passion that she showed in her Preschool classroom. She accepted and has been a great addition to our K12 and Private Kindergarten curriculum. She loves to watch the children use what she has taught them. Ms. Alicia can't help but smile when she sees a child looking out the window pointing out the deciduous trees after a science lesson or hearing them get excited over a discovery of a vocabulary word in a book. You can truly see that Ms. Alicia is dedicated to teaching and educating.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Alicia has field experience in the Toddler, Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, and first and second grade in both private and public schools in Toledo and Michigan.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Carrie, Learning Adventures Classroom

    Children must be taught how to think, not what to think."- Margaret Mead

    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. Ms. Carrie has worked with children inside public schools, girl scouts, and tutor. The children at KinderCare love to play and learn with “Ms. Carrie” in their individual 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.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Niki, Floating Teacher, Health & Safety Coordinator

    Great teachers empathize with kids, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon." - Ann Lieberman

    Ms. Niki began with KinderCare in May of 2012 when she was hired as the Preschool teacher. She did an excellent job implementing curriculum and creating excitement in the classroom. Currently Ms. Niki is a Floating Teacher here at the center so that she can pursue her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from The University of Akron. Ms. Niki helps out with all age groups as well as helps with managing aspects of the center. She enjoys being able to make a difference in the life of a child and being the reason they want to come to school.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Niki has worked for private child care centers in all classrooms while also helping with management duties.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Early Childhood Education Credits, Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education

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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

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

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 maintaine 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.

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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

- Parent

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