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Scranton KinderCare

Maria Ottone, Center Director

511 Morgan Highway Scranton PA 18508
(570) 343-3270 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
"Off Keyser Ave" next to Allied Services

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Neil Armstrong Elementary, Clarks Summit Elementary, and Waverly Elementary.

Welcome children 6 weeks - 12 years of age!  At the Morgan Highway KinderCare we provide quality child care and a proven, curriculum based education.  We look forward to meeting your family and introducing you to ours!

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Welcome

Welcome to the Morgan Highway KinderCare. Our experts have designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, including written and visual labels and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Maria Ottone, 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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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.

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.

Art Adventures

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  1. Monday May 02, 2016
    1. Baby Day

      Bring in a baby picture to share.

  2. Tuesday May 03, 2016
    1. Two different colored shoes day

Teachers & Staff

Teachers and staff at the Morgan Highway KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing your child's growth and development.  Our team strives for excellence and participates in ongoing professional development trainings to seek knowledge and new information in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Maria Ottone

    Maria Ottone, Center Director

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

    Maria comes to KinderCare with a diverse professional and educational background. Maria earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature, as well as an Elementary Education teaching certification in 2005 from Lycoming College.  She has been working with children much of her teenage and adult life - through babysitting, tutoring, and volunteer work at area schools.  Maria also has 10 years experience in the business management field, with a strong knowledge of customer service, team building, and driving results. Maria has a passion for helping all children succeed in the areas of personal/social, academic and career development. Her passion stems from a strong value for education and a desire to provide a positive contribution towards a child's growth and development. She is very excited to be a part of the KinderCare family!

    Previous Experience:
    4 years tutoring school age students, 1 year in ECE, 10 years in Business Management.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I'll Love You Forever"
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education & English Literature
  • Genee Januska

    Genee Januska, Assistant Director

    Everyone is a reader....Some just haven't found their favorite book yet.

    Genee started at KinderCare in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2001. She worked in all the classrooms before becoming an Assistant Director. Genee transferred to Scranton in 2007 as an Assistant Director. Some of Genee's favorite job responsibilities are coordinating our School Age Summer Program, planning the Fall Harvest Party, and running the Scholastic Book Fair.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Tiki Tiki Tembo
    Year Started:
    7/16/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Brianna, Discovery Preschool

    It takes a big heart to shape little minds.

    Ms. Brianna recently joined our team as an Assistant Discovery Preschool teacher. Ms. Brianna graduated from Keystone College in 2014 and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Ms. Bri believes every child is unique and learns in their own way.  In her spare time, she likes to play with her kitty Leia and cheer on the Boston Red Sox and Green Bay Packers!

    Previous Experience:
    Lead Pre-K Teacher & Lead Toddler Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, The Places You'll Go!
    Year Started:
    4/4/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Missy, Floater

    The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.

    Ms. Missy joined our team as a part-time floater.  She graduated from Abington Heights high school and currently attends Keystone College, where she is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Pathology.  Ms. Missy loves working with children, and they love her!  She also loves the beach and summer weather!

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, the Places You'll Go!
    Year Started:
    1/25/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Currently Enrolled at Keystone College
  • Ms. Nikki, Floater

    Today you are you! That is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

    Ms. Nikki joined our team as a part-time Floater teacher - helping out in all classrooms.  She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in ECE and Special Ed from Keystone College in 2015.  Ms. Nikki has experience in Learning Support, Autistic support classrooms, along with working in general education classrooms.  She also worked at Tunkhannock Area School District as a RTI teacher helping students become stronger readers.  Ms. Nikki is also pursuing her certification in Middle School Mathematics.

    Previous Experience:
    Tunkhannock Area RTI Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, The Places You'll Go!
    Year Started:
    5/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in ECE and Special Education
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Liz loves making a difference in children's lives and seeing the smiles on their faces during learning new things.    In the infants room Ms. Liz assists the babies to explore their environment and progress in their physical, cognitive and emotional development.

    Year Started:
    3/22/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Learning Adventures

    If you can dream it, you can do it!

    Miss Julie attended the University of Pittsburg and earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Sociology.  She also earched an American Sign Language certificate.  Ms. Julie recently earned her Masters of Art in Teaching Pre-k through 4th grade, as well as a certificate in Special Education kindergarten through 8th grade from Marywood University.  Through her schooling and experience, Ms. Julie has learned many new, fun, and exciting ways for children to learn. She loves teaching the kids sign language and doing art projects with them.  Knowing she has a positive impact on a child is what motivates her everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked 4 years as a teacher's assistant through the collegiate YMCA in various Pittsburg Public Schools. Observations & Student Teaching experience in various local school districts in both regular education and special education.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    10/14/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science in Psychology/Sociology & American Sign Language Certificate from University of Pittsburg. Masters of Art in Teaching Prek-4/Special Education K-8 from Marywood University
  • Ms. Kayla, Pre-K

    Ms. Kayla joins our KinderCare family with a strong background and familiarity of younger children, particularly those with mental or developmental disorders.  What she loves most about teaching is seeing a child progress and succeed.  Knowing she can make a positive impact on a child's life drives Ms. Kayla to work everyday!

    Previous Experience:
    Gymnastics Coach 2008-2014: Class ages 18 months through 22 years. Specialized in classes with down syndrome, autism, and developmental disorders.
    Year Started:
    9/7/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science - Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Toddler - Health and Safety Coordinator

    Ms. Nicole attended Misericordia University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, as well as recently acquiring a Master's Degree in Educational Development and Strategies from Wilkes University. Ms. Nicole loves seeing our toddlers learn new things and grow.  As the Health and Safety Coordinator, Ms. Nicole ensures that our building is always safe for our families.

    Year Started:
    10/29/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Elementary Eduation - Master's Degree in Educational Development and Strategies
  • Ms. Nicole F., Toddler Classroom

    Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having faciliatated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.

    Ms. Nicole started working at Kindercare in August, 2014.  She has a BS in ECE from Keystone College.  Ms. Nicole was a dance demonstrator for young children for 6 years, and has been inside multiple classrooms with a variety of children for 7 years through her college and teaching experiences.  Ms. Nicole loves working with children, dancing, spending time with her family and friends, and she loves playing with her 2 dogs Milli and Bailey.

    Previous Experience:
    5 years of active classroom experience, including student teaching 2nd & 3rd grade.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    8/14/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Katrina

    Ms. Katrina, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Act well your part, there all honor lies.

    Ms. Kat started working at KinderCare in December, 2013, after moving back to the area from Chicago, IL.  She has a BA in Theatre, with a concentration in Creative Dramatics and Theatrical Design.  Outside Theatre, Ms. Kat has been working with children since high school and her senior project was a program called Beyond the Classroom, which taught writing, math, and reading to children ages 5 to 17 by using theatre and art.  She has also taught swim lessons through Autistic Angels and volunteered at The Arc of Delaware County.  Ms. Kat also enjoys baking and reading!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    12/17/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art Degree in Theater
  • Ms. Carla

    Ms. Carla, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Carla enjoys having fun with the children!  She has experience working with all age ranges here at KinderCare and loves helping them learn and grow!

    Year Started:
    8/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Cheryl

    Ms. Cheryl, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Cheryl has over 15 years experience working with children.  She has earned her associates in human services and is passionate about participating in professional development opportunities to further her knowledge of children growth and development.  She is known for developing fabulous enhancements to compliment the preschool curriculum theme.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Human Services
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, Cook

    Ms. Nancy helps prepare delicous meals for our children here at the center.  She loves watching the children get so excited when she brings the food into the classroom.

    Year Started:
    6/10/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years

April 2016 Events

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  1. Friday April 01, 2016
    1. April Fool's Day

  2. Monday April 04, 2016
    1. Celebrate National Kite Month

      Make a kite today

  3. Tuesday April 05, 2016
    1. Sunglasses Day

      Wear your favorite pair of sunglasses.

  4. Wednesday April 06, 2016
    1. National Walking Day

      Take a walk today

  5. Thursday April 07, 2016
    1. World Health Day

      Wear your sweats and sneakers.

  6. Friday April 08, 2016
    1. Draw a picture of a bird day

  7. Monday April 11, 2016
    1. Week of the Young Child - Music Monday

  8. Tuesday April 12, 2016
    1. Week of the Young Child - Taco Tuesday

  9. Wednesday April 13, 2016
    1. Week of the Young Child - Work Together Wednesday

  10. Thursday April 14, 2016
    1. Week of the Young Child - Artsy Thursday

  11. Friday April 15, 2016
    1. Week of the Young Child - Family Friday

  12. Monday April 18, 2016
    1. Celebrate National Poetry Month

      Read poems today.

  13. Tuesday April 19, 2016
    1. Bicycle Day

      Make a bicycle of tricycle obstacle course.

  14. Wednesday April 20, 2016
    1. Look Alike Day

      Dress like someone's twin.

  15. Thursday April 21, 2016
    1. National High Five Day

  16. Friday April 22, 2016
    1. Earth Day

      Wear green.

  17. Monday April 25, 2016
    1. Eeyore's Birthday

      Wear your Eeyore or Pooh apparel.

  18. Tuesday April 26, 2016
    1. Pretzel Day

      Enjoy a snack on us!

  19. Wednesday April 27, 2016
    1. Tell a Story Day

  20. Thursday April 28, 2016
    1. Take your son or daughter to work day

  21. Friday April 29, 2016
    1. International Dance Day

      Take time out to dance today.

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

  • Breakfast
  • 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 KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent or guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety.  All of our bus drivers have completed a comprehensive training to ensure the safety of the children we are transporting.  In addition, we require all staff to be trained in Pediatric First-Aid and CPR.  Health and wellness for the families we serve is top-priority here at the Morgan Highway KinderCare.

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.

I have to travel a lot for work.  When I am away I utilize my parents to care for my child.  During the day to ensure consistancy I enroll my child in their local KinderCare.  The staff are great are keeping me informed why I am away and update me with photos.  My parents are impressed how well he transitions and we contribute it to the consistancy from KinderCare to KinderCare.  I find comfort knowing my child is in good hands while I am away for work.

- parent

I am very pleased with enrolling my daughter at KinderCare.  She is an only child and I notice she has a hard time adjusting to new people.  Everyone there was very welcoming and I do not feel afraid to ask any questions I have.  They understand any concerns I have as a parent and go above and beyond to ensure me and my child have a positive experience.

- mother

We are an international family.  We travel back and forth a lot from India.  We have lived in multiple states in the United States.  I always go to KinderCare when my children are with us and in need of care.  Their education program is top notch!  We are so relieved to know that we are going to get a solid curriculum and caring teachers.

- dad

My son participates in KinderCare's Phonics Learning Adventures program. I am so happy with the progress he has made! He is always so excited to tell me about the new things he has learned, which has really boosted his self-confidence. When we read together, he is thrilled as he is able to identify his sight words, and I can see how proud he is of himself when he does. This program has really fostered his eagerness to learn, and I believe he will begin his formal schooling with an advantage. I couldn't be happier with the program.

- Parent

The staff at KinderCare have been sincere and invested in my grandson's education. I wanted to enroll him in a learning center versus a traditional day care, since I feel children learn so much in their first few years of life.

- Grandparent

My daughter has been attending KinderCare since my wife had to return to work at two months. We have been thrilled with the care that she is receiving. They have been very helpful in keeping us informed of her daily occurrences and we frequently receive pictures of her playing and having a wonderful time! She is in the Infant room and they even do art projects with her! It is wonderful. They keep us well informed of any incidents or accidents that may happen. Her teachers care about her and always have her safety in mind. Management is also great! Everyone works with our constantly changing schedule and that is so helpful to us. We have loved our time at KinderCare and will have our daughter there as long as she needs the childcare.

- Parent

I chose KinderCare Learning Center at 20 months for my son because I felt it would provide him with a well-rounded structured program, which has proven to be truly beneficial. Prior to that time he was at home and was cared for only by family members. Taking him out of our family setting and entrusting his care to someone else was one of the most difficult decisions I had to make in his life. The very thought was gut-wrenching, especially because I had the foolish misconception that my son could only receive proper care at home. After visiting many centers, I decided that the Morgan Highway KinderCare was the best choice for our family. I have found the Director and Assistant Director to be very understanding and accommodating to my needs. They have embraced my family's needs and expanded well beyond into caring for my son in a tender and compassionate way. He is now four-and-a-half and has built good social skills and friendships, along with a foundation for learning in a formal school setting.

- Parent

It is great having my daughter at KinderCare. Her teachers truly care and everyone is very friendly.

- Parent

I was so worried about putting my child in daycare. The Morgan Highway KinderCare took away that worry. Their staff was very welcoming and inviting to me and my child. They were experienced with the transition that students undergo. I have noticed such a difference with my child, she now gets excited to learn and play with other children. Her teachers make it fun with their mission of learning in mind.

- Parent

At first I was worried my child would not adjust, now I have a hard time getting her to leave! Thank you Morgan Highway.

- Parent
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