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South Park KinderCare

Tiffany Seese, Center Director

2901 Ridge Rd. South Park PA 15129
(412) 653-1800 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
at intersection of Ridge & Riggs

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Gill Hall, St. Louise, Gastonville, Jefferson Elementary and South Park (District buses to center)

South Park KinderCare is a Nationally Accredited Center that has been Educating our Community since 1984!
 

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Welcome

Welcome to the South Park KinderCare in South Park, Pennsylvania. We offer a smaller classroom setting with caring teachers that deliver quality education for your children. Our South Park KinderCare Learning Center has delivered educational advantages to children in South Park for 30 years as of this upcoming September 2014! With South Park KinderCare's experienced staff and quality curriculum we provide your child with a excellent learning experience. Your child will discover that learning is fun while making new friends and building strong relationships that will continue to grow while continuing education at schools in the surrounding areas.

Tiffany Seese, 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.

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

All of our teachers at the South Park KinderCare love what they do! We all treat each other and all children with respect and celebrate our differences! We love making memorable moments each day with our KinderCare family and welcome you to stop in and share in that oppurtunity with us!

  • Tiffany Seese

    Tiffany Seese, Center Director

    I am very dedicated to my role at KinderCare because of the difference I'm able to make each day and how enriching it is to my life. Everyday there are victories to be had in the life of a child. Whether it be a smile given, a new friend made, or a word read for the first time and I love to be apart of that!

    Tiffany Seese has been employed at the KinderCare for six and a half years, and is currently the Center Director. She began with the company right after graduating from Clarion University and has been a part of each classroom since that point. She then took on the role of Learning Adventures Instructor and taught a plethora of enrichment classes and also was a part of management. Just recently Tiffany was promoted to Center Director and is overjoyed to be apart of such a wonderful team! Tiffany is very passionate about her role and is hoping to make great strides in the early childhood education field in the future.

    Year Started:
    1/28/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and Child Psychology
  • Tiffany Gerba

    Tiffany Gerba, Assistant Director

    It is not what is poured into a student that counts but what is planted.

    Ms. Tiffany is our center's Assistant Director. Everyday that Tiffany comes to work she is looking for the chance to make a difference in a child's life.

    Previous Experience:
    Tiffany started with KinderCare working as a Toddler Teacher at the Downtown Center. She was then promoted to Lead Teacher of the Toddler room. After showing her great leadership skills she then took on the role of Program Specialist which led her to her the current position of Assistant Director at our South Park Location.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Miss Monica

    Miss Monica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love giving children someone they can trust and someone to believe in them!

    Miss Monica is the newest teacher in the Discovery Preschool room, she recently transferred from another KinderCare. Miss Monica also has 4 children that attend South Park!
     

    Year Started:
    5/11/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education
  • Miss Abby

    Miss Abby, Floater

    I love teaching becuase of the fullfilment I get when a child learns somethings new and watching them grow and become amazing in their own unique way!

    Miss Abby is a wonderful teacher who makes warm and wonderful memorable monoments with each and every child in the center!

    Year Started:
    4/27/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Miss Casey

    Miss Casey, Floater

    I love teaching becuase I love to make a difference in children's lives.

    Miss Casey is currently attending school for elemnetary education.  Miss Casey enjoys working in each room of the center and especially enjoys getting to know each and every child.

    Year Started:
    2/9/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Miss Haley

    Miss Haley, Floater

    I love coming into each room with the children always being excited to see you and learn new things!

    Miss Haley is currently attending the West Virginia University.  She is always excited to come back and see the children on her breaks and during the summer.

    Year Started:
    6/17/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Miss Rachel

    Miss Rachel, Floater

    I love teaching because every child's reaction to something new is awesome!

    Miss Rachel is one of our afternoon floaters!  The children enjoy her youthfulness and her out gong personality.

    Year Started:
    11/20/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
  • Ms. Carol

    Ms. Carol, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Carol firmly believes that each child is a valuable gift and is special. Ms. Carol encourages each child to grow with self- confidence and self worth. Mrs. Carol wholeheartedly believes children are our best asset in the world and loves to help them engage in finding their place.

    Ms. Carol is one of our Infant Teachers. Ms. Carol is inspired daily by being able to not only teach children but learn from them too!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Carol was a teacher for the 38 years for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Ms. Carol taught children from the preschool level to the Forth Grade.
    Year Started:
    6/12/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Bachelor in Elementary Education
  • Miss Dawn

    Miss Dawn, Infant Classroom

    Hugs and smiles are the best!

    Miss Dawn has had many years in the Early Childhood Education field!  The infants are lucky to have her caring and nurturing attitude!

    Year Started:
    3/6/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    37 years
  • Miss Heather

    Miss Heather, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love watching children learn, grow and shine!

    Miss Heather enjoys working in our PreKindergatren Classroom, she enjoys using her knowledge and education to create a wonderful place for children to grow and learn.

    Year Started:
    4/22/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree In Elementary Education
  • Miss Jordan

    Miss Jordan, School Age Classroom

    I love teaching because everyday is a surprise.  You never know what is going to happen each day or what adventure is going to happen!

    Miss Jordan is our current School Age teacher, she enjoys using her education to inspire and mold young minds!

    Year Started:
    9/8/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, Toddler Classroom

    I love teaching because I become over joyed when I see children reach new milestones!

    Miss Jamie is one of our Toddler teachers, she enjoys working with this age group.  Miss Jamie has many years of Early Childhood Education and is excited to be a part of our team!

    Year Started:
    3/24/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Associates in Child and Family Studies
  • Ms. Mandy

    Ms. Mandy, Toddler Classroom

    I love teaching becuase each day that comes, comes with bright smiles and eager minds.  I love the unconditional love that each child brings with them each day.

    Ms Mandy has work in several different rooms within the center, she is now our lead toddler teacher and the children could not be happier!

    Year Started:
    7/2/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    The smiles and the love from the children inspire Miss. Amy to come to work each day!

    Ms. Amy is one of our Discovery Preschool teachers. Ms. Amy loves being able to help children grow and develop skills for future education!

    Year Started:
    2/15/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Sharon

    Ms. Sharon, Preschool Classroom

    What inspires Ms. Sharon to come to work each day is the kids! Teaching the kids because I was a teacher for 17 years and experiencing life through their eyes is uplifting. I like to make them laugh. I am very lucky to have been here nearly 22 years. I have seen many children grow up and return to see me. That makes my heart happy!

    Ms. Sharon has worked with all ages over the years and continues to be our Multi-Age teacher. Ms. Sharon loves to come in and see the world through the eyes of the children!

    Year Started:
    8/30/1992
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Becky feels the best when she is teaching and you see the children's eyes light up when they figure things out. Ms. Becky thinks its awesome when they arrive in the mornings sleepy yet the sight of you creates a big smile! Seeing that assures Ms. Becky that it is always going to be a great day!

    Ms. Becky is our long standing Pre-Kindergarten teacher. Ms. Becky loves to watch the children make a connection between their prior knowledge and new knowledge.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Becky has cared for children her entire life, rather it has been her own family and nearby children in her own home or in our KinderCare Center. Ms. Becky has taken courses to enhance her childhood development education while at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    2/3/1993
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Private Kindergarten Classroom

    What I love most about teaching is seeing a child learn something new; achieving a goal they have been working towards!

    Ms. Katie has worked with many different age groups at our center, but is now our Kindergaten teacher. Ms. Katie loves to be able to watch the pride and respect children receive when they achieve new goals!

    Year Started:
    8/17/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Cheryl

    Ms. Cheryl, Cook

    I like being around children. I love hearing that "Im the best cook" and they get excited when they see me!

    Ms. Cheryl was once a teacher at our South Park Center, but now is our Center Cook! Ms. Cheryl loves watching the children learn something for the first time with a big smile on their face!

    Year Started:
    9/17/1987
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
  • Ms. Stacy

    Ms. Stacy, Preschool Classroom

    What inspires me each day are teaching our young minds new things!

    Ms. Stacy has played many roles at our South Park KinderCare over the years and is now one of our Preschool teachers. Ms. Stacy loves teaching the children in her care and feels they are the best!

    Year Started:
    8/25/1988
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Infant Classroom

    The children and their families inspire me each day!

    Ms. Melissa graduated from Clarion University and came to KinderCare for her first teaching position. Ms. Melissa loves knowing that she is making an impact on children's lives!

    Year Started:
    8/29/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Dena

    Ms. Dena, Preschool Classroom

    Dare to be different and you'll never be the same!

    Ms. Dena has many years of experience teaching in Learning Centers in the Pittsburgh area and  is now one of our Preschool Teachers.  Ms. Dena loves that she gets to be an influence on the children and all that they learn at an early age!

    Year Started:
    11/25/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary 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

  • Platinum Club Top 100 Center

    Platinum Club Top 100 Center

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

South Park KinderCare has a appointed Health and Safety Coordinator. The Coordinator and all other staff in building have CPR and First Aid Certifications. South Park KinderCare has all outside areas fenced in. The facility has keypad entry and alarms that sound when each door leading to the outside is open so our building is secure at all times.

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.

10/9/2013
 
Hi Tiffany –
The best way for me to tell you how I can’t imagine a world without KinderCare is to tell you our family’s stories from our time with KinderCare -
We were lucky enough to have a friend take care of our oldest when I had to return to work after 8 weeks off on maternity leave. Shortly, after John’s first birthday our situation changed and we had to find someone else to look after our son. We found a small mom and pop daycare and thought --- Yes this is a good, safe and comfortable place for John. Our experience didn’t turn out quite the way we thought. So, we turned to KinderCare and immediately felt a complete relief that we were making the best move. The Teachers, Management and Staff made us feel so much better. They made suggestions on the best way to transition John over to the new place. We had no problems moving him. Things just got better and better for him. Art projects started coming home. He showed more interest in songs and books. I kept everything he has brought home.
One day I came in to drop John off and Becky came over to me to tell me about her daily visit with John to see the birds. She even had a cute little nickname for him, “My Man.” I was blown away by how a teacher would go out of her way to spend time with a child, my child, who was not currently in her class. I knew before but it sealed the deal that John was in the best place.
When our second came along I was nervous, our son was with a friend for the first year so this was kind of new experience for us. Carol was so easy to talk to and she answered all our questions. My first day back to work I called to check on Emma. Carol said she was doing well and was honest that Emma was getting used to the new place and that would take some time. At the end of the day when I got there to pick the kids up, I was told that John went over around lunch time to check on his sister to make sure she was okay. It warmed my heart to know that whether he asked or they offered they made sure both
Emma and John were both adjusting to the changes we had in our family.
Emma wasn’t feeling too good and I kept her home with me. It was just after 630pm and the phone was ringing with a number I didn’t recognized, it was Carol to check to see if Emma was feeling alright. She was calling from her personal phone. It was so incredibility nice of Carol to take time to check on Emma.
Every teacher and staff member knows my kids by name regardless of their interaction with them. At one point or another I have heard a cute story from each member of the KinderCare staff about my kids - something they did, said or even what they were wearing. I can go to any teacher or member of the staff with a question, request or concern and I am always met with we can help you with that or a Thank you for letting us know.
I can’t imagine a world without KinderCare….. These men and woman care about all the children that come into the center and take extraordinary care of them. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Thank you,
Gayle M R.
 
 

- Mother
I Can’t Imagine a World Without Kindercare
 
I still remember my daughter Ashlyn’s first day of Kindercare 3 years ago.  I remember I had the first day jitters more than Ashlyn, who was so excited to put on her book bag and new dress and go off to “school”.  When we arrived at Kindercare I started to feel my jitters creep up into tears.  I held them back for my little girl and told her to “have a great day”.  I’m not going to lie, Ashlyn was a little upset to see Mommy leave, but once she got to know her teachers and schedule she looked forward to every day at Kindercare.  She would actually get upset if she had a day off.  Ashlyn has made so many great friends at the center and talk constantly about all of the teachers.
About a year ago, Ashlyn went to the eye doctor and it was determined that she would need glasses.  She was so nervous to go to Kindercare the next morning wearing her new glasses.  The day before we went to the doctors I told Ashlyn’s teacher that she would be coming in the next day with glasses and that she was nervous.  Ashlyn slowly went into Kindercare that next morning, the first time she has not run, and was welcomed with at least two teachers wearing their glasses.  Ashlyn had never seen her teachers like that before.  She was so excited to realize that even they wear glasses.  I was almost brought to tears by the compassion of the Kindercare staff.  The teachers always have little ways to make the children feel great, from taking pictures with friends to acting surprised when my daughter “sneaks” up on them and yells “boo”.  Each and every staff member that I ever come in contact with, whether it is one of my daughter’s teachers or not, have made me feel like my child will be safe under their care.  Each time I leave Kindercare I think to myself how lucky I am that I get to feel like my daughter is truly safe while not in my care.  They say that it takes a village to raise a child and I honestly believe that Kindercare is part of my village and I wouldn’t want it any other way!
 
Thank you for the opportunity to express my feelings about my Kindercare Center.
 
Cary M.
 
- Mother

My name is Jen and my daughter is in the Prekindergarten class at South Park KinderCare. I was lucky enough to be able to join them for the recent zoo field trip and I just had to share how thoroughly impressed I was. I have been incredibly pleased with the care and learning that my daughter has received her entire time at KinderCare, but field trips were new for us and the zoo can be a crazy place with just one child let alone 14. I was so thoroughly impressed with the order they had and how aware they were at all times of each child. They were teaching and so tuned into each kid's needs. I really liked the ankle tags and how many times they did counts and verified each kid by name. The kids had a wonderful time and I am so grateful that I got to be a part of it. I am just so grateful and pleased for the wonderful experience my daughter has had at KinderCare- South Park and I really felt compelled to share it. Cansa, Tiffany, Becky, and the whole staff really are wonderful and have been so good for my daughter and our family. My daughter actually wants to go to school and as a working mother that means the world to me. When I go to pick her up she doesn't want to leave. I can't say just what that means to me! Thank you for selecting such a great staff and for having such a nice facility. I recommend it to everyone I know. Thanks!

- Mother

I wanted to write to share with you my recent experience with the South Park KinderCare. My son, who is 4, had gone to a sitter since he was born. The sitter was having surgery and I needed childcare on a temporary part time basis. I spoke with Ms. Cansa and she was so accommodating to my situation and helpful to provide options. When my son started at the center, he had a lot of trouble as it was a big transition for him. His teacher, Ms. Beckie was so patient, caring and compassionate towards him. He would cry every day that I dropped him off, and she would sit and hold him until he settled down. She worked with him during nap time since he wasn’t used to having that quiet time. When I would call to check on him and everyone was so kind and I always felt that I could call anytime to check in on him. Ms. Cansa, Ms. Tiffany, Ms. Beckie, and the entire staff really went out of their way to make us feel welcome. It was a wonderful experience and it was because of all of them. I just wanted say thank you and to recognize their efforts.

- Mother

I would recommend KinderCare of South Park to a friend. It's hard to find a place that you can trust to take care of your kids. I love the activities offered especially during the summer program. The teachers at the center are top notch.

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