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Sylvania KinderCare

Kristie Mundt, Center Director

6367 River Crossings Sylvania OH 43560
(419) 824-5437 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
south off Monroe, just W of Harroun Street between Exchange Bank and Little Caesars

Neighborhood:
Sylvania

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We provide transportation to the following Sylvania Elementary Schools: Central Trail, Highland, Hillview, Maplewood, St. Joseph, Stranahan, Sylvan, and Whiteford.

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Welcome


Thank you for considering Sylvania KinderCare on River Crossings! Our center is a safe and clean environment for children to learn and grow. We provide the daily care and nurturing as well as an amazing curriculum for children six weeks to 12 years old. Our teachers are educated, caring professionals who have dedicated themselves to caring and educating children. We know how important choosing the right childcare environment is and we are here to answer any questions you have. Set up a tour today so I can introduce you to our teachers and show you our school.

Kristie Mundt, 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.

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



All of our teachers have a bachelors degree, a Child Development Associate, or are working towards their degrees. Each staff member receives 15 hours of Step Up to Quality-approved trainings per year, as well as 15 in-service training hours per year. Each teacher is certified in First Aid/CPR, Communicable Disease Prevention and Child Abuse Awareness. Our teaching staff are educated and compassionate people with a passion for early childhood education.

Our talented staff takes great pride in our center and our classrooms. We work hard each day to make every family feel welcome, while providing the best care possible for the children in our center.  We are here to help you and your family!
 
  • Kristie Mundt

    Kristie Mundt, Center Director

    It gives me great joy to be a part of such an important stepping stone in a child's life. It is imperative that we create a second family for our students and families. I am extremely proud to be a part of such an amazing center and community.

    Kristie began her career with KinderCare in August of 2004 as the Lead Infant Teacher. She led our Toddler and Discovery Preschool Programs as well as our Learning Adventures programs. She was Assistant Director for two years and has been Center Director for three years. Being a graduate of Sylvania Northview High School and the University of Toledo and being a part of this community is important to Kristie and her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Kristie has previous experience working as an Early Childhood Teacher, Program Specialist and Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts from The University of Toledo
  • Tracy Zolman

    Tracy Zolman, Assistant Director

    Ms. Tracy has 20 years teaching experience in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Tracy has been a preschool teacher at the Sylvania KinderCare since 2009 and became Assistant Director in the fall of 2014.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tracy was a pre-kindergarten teacher and preschool teacher for over 17 years.
    Year Started:
    6/8/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Associate of Arts from Owens Community College
  • Miss Christina Frost

    Miss Christina Frost, Health & Safety Coordinator

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

    Miss Christina has been with KinderCare since April 2013 and at the Sylvania location since July 2014. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Siena Heights University with foci in language arts and social studies. Previous to joining KinderCare, Miss Christina spent five years working with adults with mental illness and physical/developmental disabilities. While at KinderCare she has taught preschool, prekindergarten, and school aged students.  Miss Christina also teaches our Learning Adventures program and in our prekindergarten classroom. In her spare time she is a Chapter Key advisor for Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and enjoys music, photography, and Michigan football. Go Blue!

    Previous Experience:
    Pior to working at KinderCare, Miss Christina was a substitute teacher in K-12 schools and spent 5 years working with adults with mental and physical handicaps.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Christina Katerina and the Box by Patricia Lee Gauch
    Year Started:
    4/30/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Stephanie Elvey

    Ms. Stephanie Elvey, School Age Teacher

    Year Started:
    9/21/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor of Education from The University of Toledo
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Infants

    It takes a big heart to teach little minds.

    Ms. Jennifer began her KinderCare career at the Springfield KinderCare in August of 2010. She became apart of the Sylvania team in 2014 and has since bonded with the children and families in her care. Ms. Jennifer uses her 10+ years experience as well as her bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education to take learning to a whole new level in the infant room. By implementing lesson plans and completing assessments, Ms. Jennifer assures the highest quality care for each infant.  In her spare time, Ms. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, camping, and volunteering for her children's schools, clubs, and sports.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
    Year Started:
    8/24/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Bachelor of Education from The University of Toledo
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, Infants

    Year Started:
    7/30/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Miss Alyssa

    Miss Alyssa, Junior Toddlers

    Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning.

    Miss Alyssa is a teacher in our Junior Toddlers classroom.  Prior to joining KinderCare, Miss Alyssa attended Lourdes University while sending her son, Vincent to our center.  She fell in love with the atmosphere and staff, and joined our team in the summer of 2015.  She has two sons, one in our infant program, and the other in our school age program.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to teaching at KinderCare, Miss Alyssa has been a babysitter and spent time student teaching at Northview Preschool, as well as high school placements in Sylvania Schools.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    7/14/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Lourdes University
  • Ms. Chelsea

    Ms. Chelsea, Toddler A

    Teachers who love teaching teach children who love to learn.

    Ms. Chelsea is a teacher in our Toddler A classroom.  She works hard to enhance the learning experiences of her children at the center.  In her spare time, Ms. Chelsea loves spending time with her husband, as well as animals, reading, and sewing.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
    Year Started:
    10/22/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies from Bowling Green State University
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Toddler A

    Year Started:
    4/12/2016
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education from Owens Comunity College
  • Ms. Ann, Toddler B

    Year Started:
    4/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Bachelor of Education from The University of Toledo
  • Miss Colleen

    Miss Colleen, Toddler B

    Year Started:
    2/16/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science in Education from Bowling Green State University
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Discovery Preschool

    Real heroes don't wear capes, they teach.

    Year Started:
    8/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Working on her Child Development Associate from Rasmussen College
  • Ms. Pam

    Ms. Pam, Preschool B

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Pam has over 20 years experience in the early childhood education field.
    Year Started:
    12/21/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Associates in Social Services Technology
  • Miss Christina

    Miss Christina, Preschool C

    It truly brightens my day to see my kids smile and laugh, but most important to see them grow and learn.

    Upon graduating college Miss Christina was excited to put her Early Childhood Education education to work. She came to KinderCare in May of 2013 and has led our Toddlers on fun and exciting learning expeditions. In the fall of 2015, Miss. Christina became the lead preschool teacher and has transferred her creative talents to enriching the preschool students' educations.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Christina worked as a babysitter and has family and field experiences.
    Year Started:
    5/20/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashland University
  • Miss Katie

    Miss Katie, Preschool C

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

    Miss Katie is a teacher in our Pre-Kindergarten room.  Miss Katie started working in the early childhood education program as a student at Sylvania Northview High School, and was placed at KinderCare her senior year, and has worked her ever since.  Miss Katie has experience in multiple classrooms, teaching in our discovery preschool and preschool classrooms as well.  In her spare time, Miss Katie enjoys spending time with her family.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    4/8/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential from Rasmussen College
  • Ms. Holly

    Ms. Holly, Prekindergarten

    Year Started:
    1/18/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Master of Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University
  • Ms. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney, School-Age Teacher

    So often you find that the students you're trying to inspire are the ones that end up inspiring you." - Sean Junkins

    Ms. Courtney is the joined the KinderCare teaching team this spring as our School Age teacher.  She has spent 5 years working with special education students, and is currently working on her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education.  In her spare time, Ms. Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog, Vixen.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Courtney was a paraprofessional for an Autistic student.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
    Year Started:
    4/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associate of Applied Science in Library Paraprofessional from Belmont College; is currently working on Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University
  • Miss Ashley
    Previous Experience:
    Miss Ashley worked at another preschool prior to joining KinderCare
    Year Started:
    6/29/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associate in Science from Owens Community College
  • Miss Rachel

    Miss Rachel, Floating Teacher

    Year Started:
    11/3/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Currently seeking a Bachelor of Arts at Lourdes University
  • Miss Amanda

    Miss Amanda, Floating Teacher

    Year Started:
    3/18/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Currently seeking a bachelors in early childhood education from Bowling Green State University
  • Ms. Valerie

    Ms. Valerie, Floating Teacher

    Year Started:
    5/1/2016

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

Welcome to Sylvania KinderCare! We look forward to meeting you and your family to show you our curriculum and enrichment programs! We are confident that once you visit you will love our educated, warm and nurturing staff! Our experts 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, written charts and 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!
 

Awards and Recognition

  • NAEYC Accreditation

    NAEYC Accreditation

  • Step Up To Quality Star 5

    Step Up To Quality Star 5

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas.  We are also closed on Presidents Day and Columbus Day for Teacher Inservice.

Health and Safety

Our center is nesteled back on River Crossing, away from busy roads. We have a keypad entry and fenced in playgrounds. Everything in our building is cleaned and sanitized on a daily and weekly basis according to NAEYC Standards. All of our teachers are certified in First Aid, CPR, Communicable Disease Prevention and Child Abuse Awareness.

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.

When researching childcare for our daughter, we fell in love with KinderCare and their staff. KinderCare is a learning center as well as a daycare and that was what I was looking for. Our daughter is now almost two can count to ten and knows her colors already. Since she was six weeks old we have always felt comfortable leaving her in the care of the teachers at KinderCare. Every morning our daughter looks forward to going to see her little friends and teachers. This center has made my transition to going back to work so easy and I can't imagine our world without KinderCare in it.

- Parents

To my KinderCare Family, Thank you for making my first week with you amazing.  I have had so much fun all week and love all of my new friends.  Thank you for putting me on a schedule.  I overheard mommy tell our family how amazing daycare has been (and mommy is sleeping more)."  Love, William

- Parents

My oldest is in Kindergarten now and is doing so well,  I could not be more proud of her.  I attribute her time at KinderCare for this success.  Thank you.  My youngest is in Preschool now and has already learned so much that I cannot wait to share her successes as well when she enters Kindergarten!

- Mother
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