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Penfield KinderCare

Kelly Fisher, Center Director

1606 Penfield Rd. Rochester NY 14625
(585) 586-3940 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Off 490 E (Exit 22) east on Penfield Road.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Penfield schools, will also service East Rochester schools with KinderCare Bus. May also service Brighton, call for details. St Joes.

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Welcome

Welcome to the Penfield KinderCare! We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at the Penfield KinderCare, we strive to maintain a family atmosphere, and our families consider us to be an extension of their families. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, clean, and stimulating environment, but will also have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children. At KinderCare, our mission is commitment to enhancing the educational opportunities for children, families, and the dedicated professionals who serve them. Our vision is to make a positive difference in the lives of children and families through the power of education. We hope to meet you soon!

Kelly Fisher, 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.

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Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at the Penfield KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average tenure of six years at our center! The majority of our teachers have their Child Development Associate Credential (CDA), bachelor's degree, or master's degree in Early Childhood Education or other fields of education. Every teacher at KinderCare in Penfield is also CPR and First Aid trained! At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love for the children.

  • Kelly Fisher

    Kelly Fisher, Center Director

    I love my job because I am able to provide our community with a quality early childhood education experience. The growth children experience from birth to age five is incredible, and to be a part of this learning and growth is an invaluable opportunity! I am passionate about providing children with an enriching, clean, and safe environment, caring and enthusiastic teachers, healthy food, and social experiences that will create a solid foundation for their years of education and life to come.

    Kelly Fisher started with KinderCare at the Victor location in the fall of 2005 and transferred to this location in Penfield in April 2013. She grew up in Victor and went to State University of New York Geneseo for her undergraduate degree. Kelly has been working with young children for over 20 years in many capacities, and is a loving mother to her 12-year-old son. She looks forward to working with the children in her building every day and being a part of their development into caring, intelligent, and contributing members of the community.

    Year Started:
    9/15/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree, Child Development Associate Credential
  • Berenice Esquivel

    Berenice Esquivel, Assistant Director

    Coming in and knowing I can make a difference is so empowering. I can impact the lives of not only the children but the teachers and parents too. I enjoy forming relationships and being a part of their lives past, present and future.

    In 2003 Berenice started as an assistant teacher with KinderCare in her hometown, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. After a year she moved to Rochester and transferred to the RGH center in Irondequoit, thereafter becoming a lead Infant Teacher. When the KinderCare in Webster opened in 2007 Berenice again transferred and continued expanding her knowledge and responsibilities. While at the Webster center Berenice was still a lead Infant Teacher and also went on to gain many titles including Program Specialist, Health and Safety Coordinator, Spanish Learning Adventures Teacher, and others. Berenice was again promoted and transferred and has been the Assistant Director at this Penfield location since October 2011.

    Previous Experience:
    Berenice started at KinderCare as an Infant Teacher. She spent over seven years working mostly in the Infant classrooms, but has covered all ages six weeks through 12 years old. Berenice has had the opportunity to learn and grow throughout her time at KinderCare. She has had a wide variety of job titles and opportunities during her tenure and has been the Assistant Director at our center since October 2011.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Stacy

    Ms. Stacy, Program Specialist

    Every time I see the look of wonder on a child's face when they discover something for the first time, I am reminded why I love what I do.

    Ms. Stacey has been with KinderCare since 2007, and works in one of our Preschool classrooms. She has been in the early childhood education field for more than 21 years, and has worked with toddler, preschool and prekindergarten age children during that time. Ms Stacey and her co-teacher have worked to create an environment that goes beyond teaching the basics, and allows each child's individuality to flourish. Every day the children are loved, encouraged, challenged, nurtured, and allowed to grow in new ways.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stacey has taught young children for the last 21 years ranging from toddlers through prekindergarten at previous child care centers. She has been implementing our preschool program since joining the KinderCare Learnin Center team in 2007.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts, Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential in Preschool / Prekindergarten, First Aid, CPR and Medication Administration Trained (MAT) certified
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy babies and find it fascinating to watch them grow. I love to see them learn and know that I was a part of that process.

    One of Ms. Denise's favorite things is to nurture babies and give them the love and affection they crave. Ms. Denise does many hand and feet art projects for the parents so they have a record of their child's growth as it is so rapid during the first year.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Denise had an in-home daycare for 12 years, while also caring for her own twin girls. After that Denise worked for 10 years at a local child care center, then for two years at another local child care center. Denise has been a lead Infant Teacher with KinderCare since joining our team in 2008.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Nyiesha

    Ms. Nyiesha, Infant Classroom

    I love coming to work everyday and seeing my infants. They grow so quickly and learn something new everyday. The smiles and coo's I get all day make my job well worth the effort. Working with infants is my passion! I would not want to do anything else.

    Nyiesha is originally from Rochester, NY.  She has always had a passion for working with children, starting with volunteering at Friends of Strong through the University of Rochester in the pediatric department, then onto being an Infant Teacher at the University of Buffalo child care center, and now being an Infant Teacher here at KinderCare in Penfield. She takes great pleasure in working with children of all different cultural backgrounds. She has learned through her experiences that all children are different and develop at different rates, and also the importance of working as a support team with families to help each child succeed. Her goal is to work with you as a parent to ensure a positive learning environment that fulfills KinderCare's mission!

    Previous Experience:
    Nyiesha is the mother to two girls. She worked at the University of Buffalo child care center for a little over a year and volunteered in the Pediatrics unit at Strong Hospital. She also studied Early Childhood Education at the University of Buffalo.
    Year Started:
    8/26/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
  • Ms. Laura

    Ms. Laura, Nursery B Classroom

    Year Started:
    12/16/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential, Infants and Toddlers
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Nursery B Classroom

    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Arts
  • Ms. Alecia

    Ms. Alecia, Toddler Classroom

    I love my job because it gives me a chance to make a difference in each and every child's education. The smile on their face when they have learned something gives me a great sense of accomplishment. Even if they just come and ask me a question or tell me what is bothering them, it reassures me that I have made an impact on their life.

    Ms. Alecia is one of our amazing Toddler Teachers! She has held various roles in our center such as Prekindergarten and Learning Adventures Teacher, but has really found her niche with the toddler age group. She is very artistic and loves coming up with fun projects for the children that enhance our excellent curriculum.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare Ms. Alecia worked in the public school systems. She was a substitute teacher for grades Kindergarten through sixth grade. She also had a long-term substitute position where she taught first grade, where teaching phonics was a regular part of the curriculum. She also taught Kindergarten Special Education and second grade.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Master's Degree in Literacy Birth - 6, Bachelor's Degree in Childhood Education and Special Education
  • Ms. Kristan

    Ms. Kristan, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    3/3/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Alex, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    3/25/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Amy A.

    Ms. Amy A., Preschool Classroom

    I have 14 reasons (14 children in class) why I love my job. It is 14 reasons why I enjoy going to work, and 14 reasons why my day is always filled with fun and laughter.

    Ms. Amy has worked for KinderCare starting in 1997. She started in the Infants Classroom and worked there for over a year. She then taught the Toddler Classroom for eight years, and now is in the Preschool Classroom where she has been ever since. Though she started her education in psychology, she quickly found her passion was working with children. Ms. Amy and her co-teacher create a very unique and well-rounded classroom by not only executing our companies' curriculum daily, but also promoting independence, individuality, and providing a loving and welcoming atmosphere for children to grow and develop.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential in Preschool & Prekindergarten, First Aid, CPR and Medication Administration Trained (MAT) certified
  • Ms. Lindsay

    Ms. Lindsay, Preschool Classroom

    I'm inspired every morning when I walk into my classroom and see the smiles on the children as they greet me. I love seeing the excitement on a child's face when they have learned something new.

    Ms. Lindsay started at KinderCare while she was attending college and was as an assistant teacher in the Infant classrooms. Once she graduated from Medialle she was an Assistant Teacher in Prekindergarten, then requested to be the assistant teacher in the Kindergarten classroom. Ms. Lindsay spent four years in our toddler rooms as a lead teacher, then progressed with her children to the Preschool classroom as a lead teacher in 2011. She loves doing hands on activities, such as making playdough, glurch, and goop, and cooking projects.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lindsay has worked in child care settings since 2001, working with all age groups from six weeks to 12 years old. Most of Ms. Lindsay's teaching experience is with children two through four years old.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Amy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    4/13/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education, Birth through Grade Six NYS Teaching Certification
  • Ms. Lauren, Prekindergarten Classroom

    "Teaching is my passion! I am always eager to apply my knowledge and experience to provide valuable learning experiences for all children. Watching them grow and learn as individuals is the greatest reward.

    Ms. Lauren started with us in May 2014. She graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with her bachelor's degree in early childhood education and special education. She has been teaching for over four years and is excited to help prepare the children in her classroom for a successful future in Kindergarten. Ms. Lauren draws on her experience from working in an art program and Kindergarten classrooms to develop creative and enriching activities for the children to enjoy.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare, Ms. Lauren worked in not-for-profit agencies that provided services to adults and children with developmental disabilities. She taught and supported individuals in both a therapeutic riding program and a fine arts program. Ms. Lauren also taught Sunday School at Peace Church with two and three-year-old children during her time at college. She was a tutor at her college's learning center and tutored college students enrolled in various math courses.
    Year Started:
    5/6/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Certified by NYS in Birth-Second Grade and Birth-Second Grade Students with Disabilities
  • Mr. Kyle

    Mr. Kyle, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Coming to teach children to love learning and to have fun doing so, is my true joy!

    Year Started:
    6/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

At the Penfield KinderCare Learning Center, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site to conduct monthly fire drills, maintain children's medical records, train our faculty on health and safety procedures, and uphold our high cleanliness standards. Each teacher at our center is First Aid and CPR trained as well. Other safety features we have in place include a coded entry keypad, a doorbell for visitors, a guest registration book, and an on-call nurse to assist us with any medical issues.

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.

My son, Jake, has been attending KinderCare since he was eight weeks old. He is now almost four! I can't say enough great things about Penfield KinderCare! Jake was well cared for in the infant rooms. Jake had the nurturing care of Denise as well as Grandma Annie! Each of these ladies were very important to Jake as an infant. When I was struggling to get Jake to eat solid foods, she showed me that Jake enjoyed eating all of one thing before starting another. I always mixed things together! They were so in-tune with Jake's needs. Jake also had Miss Chris when he moved to Infant B. She and Jake bonded immediately! I cannot tell you how comforting it is to go to work each day and know that my child is in a safe and happy environment.
 
 Jake then moved to Toddlers! What a transition....for me, not him! He loved Miss Allison and Miss Cara! It was tougher for me to see him so independent but he did very well. Soon, he was Miss Allison's buddy!
 
Now Jake is BIG pre-schooler and we couldn't be happier than we have been with Miss Stacy and Miss Amy. They are both so good at what they do. Jake is learning so much so quickly. I know we made the right decision when we chose Penfield KinderCare. I feel Jake will definitely be 'school' ready! Thank you so much for everything!!!

- Mother

We have been at the Penfield KinderCare center for over thirteen years. Our older children attended (now 17 & 14) for many years, so when our youngest was born (now three), there was no question where he would be going.
 
Our 14-year-old was diagnosed with Autism while he attended KinderCare, just before he turned two. His teachers were incredible (especially Miss Amy!) and so helpful during this time. They were always willing and looking for ways to accommodate his sensory and learning needs. They were just as excited as we were when he accomplished something new.

One of the things that I'm always impressed by is the fact that many of the teachers that were around thirteen years ago, are still working at the center currently. In fact, our three-year-old is currently in Ms. Amy's classroom, which we couldn't be happier about! However, ALL the teachers have been absolutely amazing, and we have never been disappointed. We would HIGHLY recommend the Penfield KinderCare center (and have, over and over)!

- Parent

Our three-year-old had done ABC Music and Me (one of the Learning Adventures Programs offered at KinderCare) for over a year and loved it. Shortly after he moved up to Preschool, we decided to change him to Phonics. He has been participating in Phonics for a couple of months now and he loves it! Within a couple of weeks, I noticed him taking more of an interest in letters and their sounds. Now, he is identifying more and more letters! Although he learns letters in Preschool, Phonics enforces the learning and it makes learning fun for the kids. For Adam personally, it gives him extra challenges and he is so proud of himself when he recognizes a letter. Just the other day he told me, "Zebra starts with Z.

- Parent
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