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Derr Road KinderCare

Jennifer Schafer, Center Director

4560 Derr Rd. Springfield OH 45503
(937) 399-3795 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
next to the Lions Club

Neighborhood:
Northridge

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Rolling Hills, Northridge, Lagonda, Simon Kenton, Snowhill, Lagonda (St. Barnards), Emanual Christian To/From all but Rolling Hills, which supplies its own transportation

Welcome to Springfield KinderCare! Our school has been serving the community since 1977. We provide a nurturing environment full of early learning experiences for children to learn and grow. Local schools praise us for the knowledge we have poured into our children. We are proud to provide quality care, education and building lasting relationships with families we serve. We encourage your family to visit our school and become part of ours.

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Welcome

Welcome to Springfield KinderCare on Derr Road. We are eager to meet you and your family. We are committed, dedicated educators excited to encourage your child's development and unique personality. We strive to encourage their love of learning and a rich imagination. We honor your role as a parent and partner and as an important member of our KinderCare family. You can expect us to listen carefully and respond quickly to any concerns or questions you may have. It is our privilege to serve your family. Your child will be in a safe, secure and in a stimulating environment along with caring and nurturing teachers.

Jennifer Schafer, 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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

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 Derr Road KinderCare are passionate about the well being and education of children. Our staff members have an average tenure of ten years experience and an average fifteen years in the Early Childhood Education field. The majority of our staff have degrees in Early Childhood Education, ranging from Child Development Associate's Credential to a Master's Degree. We are here to develop strong bonds with you and your children ensuring you will feel completely confident and reassured when you leave your child with us.

  • Jennifer Schafer

    Jennifer Schafer, Center Director

    I am passionate about providing an exceptional, educational experience for children in a safe environment where families feel comfortable leaving their children.

    Jennifer has been with KinderCare in Springfield since 1997. She has been a teacher, Assistant Director and was promoted to Center Director in June of 2000. She is a graduate of Clark State and stays current with new education enhancements in Early Childhood Education and ongoing trainings.

    Previous Experience:
    Jennifer was a nanny and foster parent prior to beginning her career at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    4/11/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Angela Georges

    Angela Georges, Assistant Director

    My goal as the Assistant Director is to create a trustful and respectful relationship with the children and their families, while providing them with a place where they feel their child is receiving the best care possible.

    Angela began her time at KinderCare as a floating teacher while she was attending college. When she graduated in 2011, she was then promoted to the Assistant Director. She is a graduate of Wright State University.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at our center, Angela worked in customer service, on campus, and she also provided in-home childcare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    5/20/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Education
  • Ms. Pam

    Ms. Pam, Infant Classroom, Health & Safety Coordinator

    My goal is to provide a positive influence on children. I enjoy their smiles while they reach out to me in the mornings.

    Ms. Pam began as a Toddler teacher for a short period of time, and then found her passion was with the Infants. She is also the center Health and Safety Coordinator

    Previous Experience:
    Pam worked at Junior Safari in Colorado Springs, Colorado for 2 years and then moved back to Ohio, joining the KinderCare team in 1993. Pam also babysat for military families in her free time.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear Brown Bear
    Year Started:
    4/12/1993
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Cindy

    Ms. Cindy, Toddler Classroom

    My goal is to help the children grow emotionally and physically. I enjoy seeing their smiling faces each day.

    Ms. Cindy began working with the Infants when she started with KinderCare in 1999. In 2012, she decided to step into the Toddler teacher role and is enjoying every minute of it.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Cindy was a stay at home mom.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear
    Year Started:
    1/26/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Discovery Preschool

    I enjoy watching them learn and seeing when they finally understand something we have been working on gives me gratitude. I love coming to work and seeing their smiling faces, while receiving their hugs.

    Miss Amanda started with us as the Discovery Preschool Teacher and is very excited to start this new chapter in her life with the little ones.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amanda has been a private nanny, as well as a lead teacher at two different childcare learning centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Peter Rabbit
    Year Started:
    6/27/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Art
  • Ms. Lindsay

    Ms. Lindsay, Preschool Classroom

    I want to make sure the children feel safe and nurtured while learning and having fun. I love being the one to make them smile and laugh while being a role model for them.

    Lindsay started with KinderCare in Lakewood, Colorado in 2007 as a toddler teacher. She then became a Pre-K teacher at KinderCare in Parker, Colorado. In 2014, Lindsay moved back to Ohio and became the preschool teacher at the Springfield KinderCare which has become her favorite class. She is a graduate of the University of Toledo and the University of Phoenix.

    Previous Experience:
    Lindsay has had lots of experience working with children at numerous childcare centers. She also was a private nanny for 5 years and also mentored youth groups.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    6/6/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, Prekindergarten Classroom

    My goal is to promote readiness and to ensure children will be well prepared to start Kindergarten.

    Ms. Jenn started out working with the School Age children while subbing in our local school districts, and moved to Prekindergarten classroom in 2010. She is a graduate of Bowling Green University.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jen has taught Kindergarten in Springfield City schools and tutored.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Hoot
    Year Started:
    3/30/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Education
  • Ms. Tracy

    Ms. Tracy, School Age

    My goal is to promote additional learning and enhance the children's reasoning skills to prepare them for their future success.

    Ms. Tracy assists Ms. Jen in the Prekindergarten class in the mornings and moves into the School Age room in the afternoons and during school breaks. She is a graduate of Urbana University.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Tracy taught second grade in Arizona.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Polar Express
    Year Started:
    8/9/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Education
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Learning Adventures Classroom

    My goal is for each child enrolled in Learning Adventures to receive personalized attention and boost their confidence.

    Ms. Kim has been a teacher in most of the classrooms, the cook and bus driver. She was the Assistant Director from 2000-2010, until she took a corporate role. She returned to the center in January of 2014 to teach Learning Adventures.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Kim worked as a nanny.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Golden Books
    Year Started:
    1/13/1993
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's 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

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.

Health and Safety

Our center is secure with a keypad entry, high gated fences and all staff have been BCI and FBI screened. All members of our team are required to be CPR, First Aid, Child Abuse and Communicable Disease trained and renewed prior to it expiring. On board is a Health and Safety Coordinator ensuring the well being of all children, staff and environment.

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.

KinderCare is a second home to my children, they have been attending since Infants. I have been amazed how much they have learned in many aspects of their early years. The staff not only inspire them to learn, but are very nurturing. Another great attribute is more than half the teachers are still there after 10 years.

- Parent

My child loves coming to school. She loves Miss Cindy and has such a blast learning. I know she is always safe and well taken care of. She is always happy when I pick her up and Miss Cindy always tells me how her day was and what she learned. I love KinderCare and the whole staff make us feel welcome and loved.

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