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Solon KinderCare

Laura Krieger, Center Director

6140 Kruse Dr. Solon OH 44139
(440) 248-5437 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Behind Burntwood Tavern off of Solon Rd

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Lewis, Roxbury, Arthur Road, Parkside, Orchard

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Welcome

Welcome to the Solon KinderCare! At our center you will find passionate teachers who share the belief that children construct their knowledge through their interactions with people and things in their environment. The materials, conversations, activities, interactions, environment, and play children experience and work with every day shape their growth and development and help them construct new knowledge and learning in meaningful ways. From birth, our programs support children's development to ensure growth of the whole child. Our curriculum programs were built on a comprehensive scope and sequence that maps learning objectives and learning domains in Physical and Motor Development, Language and Communication Skills, Social and Emotional Development, Approaches Towards Learning, Cognition and General Knowledge, and Creative Arts. Our teaching methods consist of Whole Group Instruction, Small Group Instruction, and Child-directed play in Learning Centers. We would love to have you schedule a tour so you can see how every day is designed for learning at the Solon KinderCare!

Laura Krieger, 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.

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.

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

We have long term staff members that are passionate about meeting the needs of the whole child. Our staff is like family and we love welcoming every new child into our KinderCare family!

  • Laura Krieger, Center Director

  • Jamie Springer

    Jamie Springer, Assistant Director

    Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I remember, Involve me and I learn. -Benjamin Franklin

    Jamie has been with KinderCare for twelve years at the Solon location. She has experience with all the age groups and enjoys spending time in the classrooms. She started off as a Toddler teacher and moved to Prekindergarten. She has been a Center Trainer and a Health and Safety Coordinator. In November 2012, she was promoted to the Assistant Director position. Jamie is dedicated to ensuring quality care for each child and family.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Along Came You ~by Karona Drummond
    Year Started:
    1/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Julie Currid

    Julie Currid, Administrative Assistant

    Learn from yesterday Live for today Hope for tomorrow ~Albert Einstein

    I began by career at KinderCare in 2003.  I have taught in every age group from infants to school-age.  I have been an Assistant Director at our New Jersey location as well as here in Ohio.
    I have 2 children that have gone through the KinderCare experience along with me.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Hungry Catapillar ~Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    10/3/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Mr. Eric

    Mr. Eric, Kitchen

    Eric has had the priviledge of working in almost every classroom during this years at KinderCare.  He now enjoys making delicious meals for the children.  He enjoys spending time with his wife and son.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    BS from Akron Unisversity
  • Ms. Gretchen, Toddler Classroom

    Always treat others as you would want to be treated.

    I am a mother to two girls. I served our country for 10 years in the military. I love working with children and being able to see them grow, develop, and make a difference for them in their precious lives.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Are you my Mother? ~By Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    8/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Year
    Education:
    Associates in Radiography
  • Ms. Beth

    Ms. Beth, Infant Classroom

    Always care for a child the way you would want someone to care for your own.

    Beth has been a teacher at KinderCare since 2006. She has been a Pre-K teacher, Toddler teacher and Infant teacher.  She loves taking care of the babies and watching them grow and laugh.
    She loves to see the excitement in a child's eyes. Their energy is contagious.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Forever ~by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    8/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Krista, Infants

    Education is the most powerful weapon for changing the world.

    Krista is studying to be a pediatric psychiatrist and has been working with children since she was old enouhg to work.  She loves knowing that she has the ability to teach a child something new that he/she can use throughout his/her life.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham ~Dr. Seuss
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    currently attending Ursuline College
  • Ms. Lisa, Preschool Classroom

    Train up a child in the way he should go…and when he is old he will not depart from it -Proverbs

    I enoy managing the "choas" of my classroom! The laughter, the tears, the loud voices and noises.  The transparency and raw emotions are all very special to me.

    Previous Experience:
    Lisa is a mother of four.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Rapunzel ~by Brother's Grimm
    Year Started:
    8/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Home Economics and Nutrition
  • Ms. Kristin

    Ms. Kristin, Infant Classroom

    I love seeing smiles on the children's faces when they learn something new.

    Year Started:
    12/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Angie

    Angie, Toddlers

    Children are great imitators, so give them something great to imitate!

    Before coming to KinderCare Angie worked with all age groups from infants to school-age.  Angie has also been an Administrative Assistant at her previous center.  Angie is pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education.    Working with chidren is her true passion.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom
    Year Started:
    9/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Currently attending college to complete her ECE degree
  • Rebecca

    Rebecca, Preschool

    You don't hope for the best, you work for the best!

    Ms. Rebecca has been a professional cellist and pianist since she graduated with a masters degree.Teaching and performing music had greatly aspired her to be in early childhood education.  She likes the excitement and curiosity of the children when they learn new things and it challenges her to be a better teacher.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Hug Machine
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Master of Music
  • Tiffanie, Preschool

    Believe in yourself and you can achieve greatness in your life. -Judy Blume

    Before joining KinderCare I  worked at a community center and ran an after-school tutoring program for children in middle school.  I am a certified Independent Provider of Medicaid waver services.  As an Independent Provider, I work with adults and children with developmental disabilities.  Most of my experience has been children with autism.  One of the most rewarding things in life is working with children and watching them grow.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    BA in Studio Art from Ursuline College
  • Mr. Pat

    Mr. Pat, School Age Classroom

    The ability to help children achieve their best!

    Patrick has been a teacher at KinderCare since 2013. He has been a Preschool teacher, Pre-K teacher and also the School Age teacher. Pat also takes on the role as our Learning Adventures doing Math and phonics programs. He loves being able to interact with all of the children, and seeing them groww and achieve their short -term and long-term goals.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Sciences of Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. Tasha

    Ms. Tasha, School Age Classroom

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." ~Benjamin Franklin

    Tasha has her Child Development Associate in Preschool Education.  She is currently still attending college for Child Psychology.  She has taught in every classroom from Infants to School-age.  She loves working at KinderCare and getting to see the children and families grow over the years!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
    Year Started:
    3/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate

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

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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

Your child's health and safety is of key importance to us here at KinderCare. Some of the features we offer to make your family feel more secure include: All staff members are CPR and First Aid Certified. We have a keypad entry, all our outdoor play areas are fenced, as well as our doors on the playground are locked at all times. We ensure criminal background checks are done for all staff as well as a physical and TB test. We utilize a mandatory cleaning checklist per class, all equipment and toys are sanitized. Cot sheets and crib sheets are washed every week. All our classroom cleaning supplies are kept locked and out of children's reach. We only allowed pre-approved pick ups with photo identification to pick up your child. Monthly fire drills as well as disaster drills are practiced and recorded on paper. Our teachers use a Child Supervision Record every thirty minutes. Your child is sure to be in the best of care at KinderCare Learning Centers!

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.

As parents of three kids, you would think that we had it all figured out. Ask any parent of multiple kids and they'll tell you that each one has their own personality and needs. We've got the law abiding one, the fiercely independent one and the happy go lucky one.
We've had our share of terrible daycare centers as well as wonderful ones. The Solon KinderCare, fortunately for us, is one of those great ones. They have a great collection of teachers. The first time you talk to them you really get a sense that they love what they do and the kids are their top priority. Each of our kids gets that special attention you wouldn't really expect from a relatively big class setting, but they pull it off.
The current management team is top notch and really make you feel welcomed and you know that your kids will not only be taken care of but will learn like crazy.
The Solon KinderCare, I believe, should be what all other centers out there should model themselves after.

- Father

My children and I temporarily moved to the Twinsburg area for a year and had to leave the daycare that took care of my two children for the last two years. I was so nervous about finding a day care that offered a great academic foundation as well as a warm, fun atmosphere for the kids. We found KinderCare in Solon and I can't begin to tell you what a blessing it has been! The teachers there are fantastic! They love my children and look out for their needs as if they were their own. Each morning as I leave my children and walk out the door I am comforted knowing that I have left them with such caring, talented and wonderful teachers. The classrooms are filled with pictures of the kids doing various activities throughout the day and they have turned their classrooms into fun learning adventure zones that the kids love! I couldn't have been happier with the environment that KinderCare created as well as the academic standards that they have provided for my children. As a teacher, I worried about my son being Kindergarten ready - now I worry that he is beyond Kindergarten ready! I truly am thankful for each teacher and the love and support they have offered our family this year. KinderCare is an amazing center with extremely caring and talented teachers. I am proud to say we are a KinderCare family!

- Mother
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