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Daybridge Child Development Center

Heather Smoyer, Center Director

301 Innovation Blvd State College PA 16803
(814) 861-4391 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
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Neighborhood:
Innovation Park, State College

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
State College Area School District (except for Ferguson Twp)

Welcome

The Daybridge Child Development Center was created to provide quality daytime care for the children of families working for the Pennsylvania State University and the surrounding community. Located in beautiful Innovation Park, the center was built in 1997 and has grown with our neighbors. Each classroom is designed to be developmentally appropriate and meet the needs of the age group. Our teachers' mission is to inspire a love of learning through daily experiences that allow for hands-on fun and creativity. As a Daybridge family, know that we prioritize safety, learning, and the relationship we have with you and your child. From daily activity reports to developmental check-ins, we’ve developed ways to help you stay informed about your child’s experience with us. Should you ever have any questions or concerns, however, please don’t hesitate to come to our teachers or staff. Our open door policy covers more than just communication — it means you’re always welcome to visit your child for lunch, circle time…or “just because” time!

Heather Smoyer, Center Director

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Daybridge Child Development Center works in partnership with the Pennsylvania State University as well as members of the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County.

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Teachers & Staff

  • Heather Smoyer

    Heather Smoyer, Center Director

    Mistakes are proof that you are trying.

    Heather is originally from Georgia and has been in the education field for 15 years. She has an undergraduate degree in Political science with a minor in Secondary education.  She holds a master of science degree from Georgia State University in Human Resource Development. She is certified to teach in Georgia in Elementary Education through 12 grade. She recently became a certified trainer for childcare educators in Georgia and has served on an AdvancED accreditation team. She is married to her husband, Jason, and has three daughters. Lydia is 8, Ava is 3 and Mattie is 18 months old. Heather is very passionate about education and is constantly learning about child development. She is very active in local childcare organizations. 

    Previous Experience:
    Middle School teacher, Center Director, Corporate Trainer, & BFTS Trainer
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree

    Year Started:
    5/22/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Political Science, Secondary Education & Masters of Science HRD
  • Cheryl Zeljak

    Cheryl Zeljak, Assistant Director

    Cheryl is from Pittsburgh, PA.  She has two wonderful children that attend Daybridge.  She has a Masters degree from Penn State in Workforce Education.  She is very passionate about education.  Prior to her tenure at Daybridge, Cheryl was a high school English teacher.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear

    Year Started:
    8/22/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Masters of Science in Work Force Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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.

Special Features

  • Spring Break Camp
  • Winter Break Camp

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • German
  • Mandarin
  • Korean

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We are closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.  The center is also closed for 2 Professional Development Days in March. Contact the center for more information on these closure dates, since they are subject to change from year to year.

Health and Safety

Our Innovation Park facility is slightly off the beaten path surrounding the children with the beauty of a rural environment and the safety of the university campus. Our attractive site offers safe outside play with fenced-in areas designed to be developmentally appropriate for the age group. The playgrounds provide shock absorbing surfaces for active children. As a Keystone STAR 4 center all of our teachers are CPR/First aid certified. Parking is on-site but the CATA bus service links us quickly with on campus activities.

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