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Thorndale KinderCare

Heather Eller, Center Director

3120 C G Zinn Rd. Thorndale PA 19372
(610) 383-4089 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
between PNC & Citadel

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Caln, West Bradford, Reeceville, Rainbow, Collegium (drops at center), Friendship,

Summer is right around the corner! Come join us for an exciting season full of fun and adventure. We have invited many special visitors to come entertain and educate our Preschool and Prekindergarten children. And for our School Age children, we will be taking them on many thrilling field trips. We are currently enrolling in all of our classrooms and would love an opportunity to meet with you.

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Welcome

Welcome to Thorndale KinderCare. We are conveniently located near the Thorndale train station in beautiful Chester County. We are a NAEYC accredited center as well as rated a Star 4 by the Keystone Stars Program, which is a program, set up by the Office of Childhood Development and Early Learning to improve, support and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts in Early Learning Programs in Pennsylvania. Our program is designed to enhance each child's learning through exploration and play by implementing activities in all areas of development. Our teachers have extensive backgrounds in education and are dedicated professionals who love to educate and nurture children of all ages. We would love an opportunity for your family to become part of our family.

Heather Eller, 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.

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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.

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

The teachers at Thorndale KinderCare all have the same vision: provide a fun, educational, quality program for children to grow and learn. With their years of education and experience they make an exceptional team of educators. We could not be the school we are without them!

  • Heather Eller

    Heather Eller, Center Director

    I have always wanted to work with children but wasn't sure in what capacity. When I entered the field of Early Childhood Education I found that I was passionate about ensuring a quality program, one where children, parents and teachers wanted to be in order to be successful.

    Heather has been a member of KinderCare for a short time but has many years experience in the field of Early Childhood Education and the majority of those in management. She has her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from West Chester University and has continued to obtain college credits in Early Childhood Education over the years. Heather's vision is to provide a safe and quality educational setting for her families where the children excel in their growth and learning. Heather began her career in the field as a Toddler teacher, eventually working her way to becoming the Operations Director at another Child Care Center. Through the years she has discovered that being a director is where her heart truly lies. Coaching and leading a group of teachers who are passionate about education is only one part of what makes her job so rewarding. Being able to build relationships with every child and parent at the school allows her to understand the impact they have on their families and their futures.

    Previous Experience:
    Heather has previous experience working as a Toddler teacher, Assistant Director and Operations Director.
    Year Started:
    3/4/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Child Care Health Advocate
  • Lisa Chansky

    Lisa Chansky, Assistant Director

    A good teacher holds a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart

    Ms. Lisa has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for 14 years. She graduated from Northeastern University with her bachelors in English and Elementary Education. She is a proud mother of a five year old, who is attending our Prekindergarten program for the summer and is super excited to be the new Assistant Director. For the past nine years she has been working at another Childcare Center as the Jr. Prekindergarten/ Prekindergarten teacher and is looking forward to the challenge of helping reinforce curriculum and parent involvement throughout the center. She has loved every second in the classroom and is excited to get to know all of our families.

    Previous Experience:
    Lisa previously work for nine years at a childcare center in PA and six years in childcare centers in NJ.
    Year Started:
    6/17/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in English and Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kathy, Infant Classroom

    I love watching the development and progression in all the classrooms as the children grow.

    Ms. Kathy has been at our center for ten years and in the Infant room for the past six years. She graduated from Coatesville High School and has obtained her Child Development Associate's Credential at KinderCare. Ms. Kathy loves being with the children and helping them develop.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Kathy worked as an assistant in a private Preschool and Kindergarten.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2003
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    33 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Lataja

    Ms. Lataja, Infants

    A teacher affects eternity; she can never tell where her influence stops.

    Miss Lataja is a 2006 Coatesville High School graduate, with a love for children from the very begining. She has a one year old daughter whom she is very proud of every single day. Since 2004 she has babysat for friends and family members and cared for children with different abilities and health issues. She has also helped in the children's nursery at her church since it was first offered to their congregation.She was a youth leader assistant and toddlers and as old as High School Seniors. She is planning on furthering her education in the future.

    Year Started:
    4/7/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Mathavi

    Ms. Mathavi, PreKindergarten

    Plant a seed with love, water it with TLC and kindness and watch it grow. Our children are our future.

    Ms. Mathavi was born in West Malaysia, but has lived in the United States for the past 22 years. She taught Kindergarten and 1st grade as a Teachers Assistant for ten years as a local Charter School. She feels blessed to have a wonderful husband and daughter. In Ms. Mathavi's spare time she loves to paint.

    Previous Experience:
    Mathavi worked as a first grade teachers aide as well as an after school teacher for ten years.
    Year Started:
    5/7/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, PreKindergarten

    It's an amazing feeling I get watching a child learn something new and seeing how excited they get."
     

    Ms. Nicole recently joined the KinderCare team in search of a more rewarding career as well as having more quality time with her infant son. Ms. Nicole has previous experience working with young children at YMCA in NY. She graduated from Martin Luther High School in New York, and attended St. Joseph's College, NY where seh studied Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Nicole has worked as a camp counselor and after school teacher for two years.
    Year Started:
    12/3/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Jedi

    Ms. Jedi, Preschool

    Chidlren are the world's greatest resource. There is no investment as sound as any made into the life of a child.

    Jedi grew up with twelve sisters and five brothers. Children have always been the heartbeat of her life and culture. With years of experience in varous educational and childcare environments she brings a wealth of knowledge, a depth of love and a great appreciation of young children. Ms. Jedi's future plans are to open her own early childhood education center. In the meantime she is fully commited to uplifting and edifying the children here at Kindercare.

    Year Started:
    2/3/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Colbi

    Ms. Colbi, Toddlers

    A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning."
     

    Ms. Colbi has worked with kids for seven years, she has taught and worked with all different age groups three years, four years and now one year olds. She loves being a part of their lives to help them grow and to teach them to be the best child/children they can be!

    Year Started:
    3/10/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Sharon

    Ms. Sharon, Toddlers

    In order to change your condition, you must change the condition of your heart.

    Ms. Sharon has expressed that she feels most fortunate to pursue a career that has been rewarding for the past 31 years. She believes working with children is a love labor while appreciating the beauty of humanity on a daily basis. She hopes to leave a positive learning experience with each child she meets.

    Previous Experience:
    Sharon has worked with school age children, Infants, Toddlers and children with special needs.
    Year Started:
    9/9/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Rita

    Ms. Rita, Assistant Teacher

    I love watching the children grow and learn!

    Ms. Rita has been in the field of childcare for 5 1/2 years. She received a degree of Business Management from Delaware County Community College. She has also received a Bachelor's of Science from West Chester University in Professional Studies with two minors in Professional Education and Psychology. Ms. Rita received her Child Development Associates in Infant/Toddlers in June of 2011. Ms. Rita has been working with Toddlers since she started in the field of child care. Ms. Rita loves working with the Toddlers and watching them grow and develop their own personalities. She has always enjoyed teaching the children new things and watching them develop. One of her favorite activities is Arts and Crafts where she gets to experience how creative the children can be.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rita previously was an assistant teacher and substitute at Play and Learn of Ardmore for the past five years.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 1/2 Years
    Education:
    AAS from Delaware County Community College in Business Management Class of 2004. Bachelors of Science from West Chester University in Professional Studies with a minor in Professional Education and Psychology - class of 2008 and a CDA in Infant/Toddlers -June of 2011
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love to watch children get excited over building a tower or doing something new for the first time.

    Ms. Julie graduated from Millersville University with a degree in History. She has worked in each classroom at KinderCare. Currently, Ms. Julie works in the Discovery Preschool in the morning and Infants in the afternoon. She likes to have fun with the children and play music. She also likes reading stories during circle and before lunch. While Ms. Julie worked at the Goddard School she received her Child Development Associate's Credential to work with the Toddlers, Two-year-old children and Infants.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Julie ran the nursery at her church and worked at Goddard as a head teacher in the toddler and two year old room. She was a nanny prior to working in a school and daycare setting.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in History, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Cleo

    Ms. Cleo, Toddlers

    A well rounded education consists not only of the mind but of the heart as well.

    Ms. Cleo graduated from Conestoga High School in 1998. She has worked with children for the past 15 years. In West Chester School District she worked as a personal care assistant for two years. During that time she took and received certifications in many teaching methods. She then began working with Chester County Intermediate Unit as an Instructional Assistant in an emotional support class with 10 kids ages 5-10. She has worked in this position for about 12 years. During her time with the IU she continued her education through classes provided by the IU and Delaware Community College in Special Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Cleo previously worked as a personal assistant in West Chester for two years and worked for 12 years at the Intermediate Unit as an Instructional Assistant.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
  • Ms. Vonetta

    Ms. Vonetta, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing children learn, while making a postive difference in their lives.

    Ms. Vonetta attended WCU and received her degree in Special Education. She has worked in the field of early education for 15 years in the Chester County area. In her free time she enjoys traveling, going to the movies, and spending time with her husband and her daughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Vonetta previously worked as an assistant teacher while in college for four years and was a lead teacher for 10 years at Christian School in West Chester.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Special Education at West Chester University
  • Ms. Taryn

    Ms. Taryn, Preschool Classroom

    “True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.” - Nikos Kazantzakis

    Ms. Taryn has been having a great time at our center. She enjoys hearing what everybody has to offer and starting relationships with her coworkers and students. Ms. Taryn is currently working on her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys seeing the smiles on kids' faces as they learn something new everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Taryn worked at the YMCA for two years.
    Year Started:
    6/10/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, School Age Classroom

    I love teaching because I enjoy watching children learn and grow.

    Ms. Jennifer is a Junior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania studying Early Childhood and Special Education. She has been employed at KinderCare since June 2013 as the Assistant Prekindergarten teacher. She hopes to continue her career in education through KinderCare and be a teacher in her own classroom after graduation.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Jen worked at INDIKIDS, the daycare at her college.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education
  • Ms. Jena

    Ms. Jena, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy showing my students the connections between what they are learning and real life. I also am happy to be their role model at such a crucial age.

    Ms Jena has worked at our KinderCare center since September 2012. She has worked in every room as a floater but took on the role of an Assistant in Prekindergarten back in November. As of June, she became the lead teacher in Prekindergarten classroom. She enjoys working with children and is attending school to become a teacher. Recently she earned her Associates Degree in Elementary Education. Working here has made her realize how important learning is and she instills this on her students.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jena previously worked as a babysitter including her niece for 12 years now.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Associate of Arts in Elementary Education and pursuing Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Aubrey

    Ms. Aubrey, School Age Classroom

    I love being able to see the children's smiles everyday knowing I can  make a difference in their life.

    Ms. Aubrey currently attends Cabrini College where she is majoring in elementary education. She has always had a passion for children and wants to make a difference in their lives.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Aubrey has previous experience babysitting.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Robin

    Ms. Robin, Cook

    Ms. Robin has been here a little over two years. She has been in the field for over fourteen years. She started out working for Downingtown School District then changing over to Childcare. She has worked with all ages from babies to Senior Citizens. Ms. Robin has a husband, Keith, and two grown children, Gregory and Katie. They enjoy spending time in Delaware along the Indian River on the weekends and vacations. Ms. Robin enjoys seeing the children grow and mature into little people and believes that children can always surprise you!

    Year Started:
    4/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Chester County Food Handler's Certification, ServSafe Certificate

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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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving
Friday after Thanksgiving
Christmas
Closed for Professioal Development: President's Day and Columbus Day
 

Health and Safety

Health and Safety is the foundation to a quality program. That is why we take many steps to ensure the well being of all of our children at Thorndale. To help ensure the security of our school our playground is surrounded by a extended fence which is inaccessible from the outside. Access to the building is restricted to families who have obtained a code which is changed at regular intervals. Our staff is trained in CPR and First Aid, which is kept current with regular trainings. The Center Director has also obtained her Child Care Health Advocate Certification which allows her to better support the teachers in the area of Health and Safety.

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.

I am writing to you to let you know how much I appreciate your hard work and dedication to your students. I have five children ranging in age from two to thirteen. While my eldest three were growing up I always had family to help care for them and I was grateful for them because I was nervous about putting them in the hands of strangers. Eight years later I decided to have more children, but this time I didn’t have the same family support. I started shopping around for child care in the area. I friend of mine told me about KinderCare and how much he liked it, so I called and set up a tour of the facility. I really liked what I saw. In order to enter the building you must have a code, which is a big plus in my book. Then walking through I noticed how clean everything was and I liked how they have the rooms set up. The staff was all very nice and all the children seemed happy to be there. After seeing all of that I was sold.
We have been with KinderCare for almost a year and I have had nothing but positive experiences. They take such wonderful care of my children. It always makes me feel good when my children are excited to go to school and I know they love being there when they give me a hard time about leaving at the end of the day. When I come to get them at the end of the day they are always recently changed and clean from the day's messy activities. My youngest is currently transitioning from the Toddler classroom, where he has received such wonderful care from his teachers Ms. Cleo and Ms. Rita. My daughter, who is also transitioning into a new class, initially didn’t want to leave Ms. Vonetta and Ms. Julie, but Ms. Taryn is doing a great job making her feel welcomed in her class.
I also want to say a little something about our Center Director, Heather and her Assistant Director, Lisa. When my daughter fell and hurt herself they did such a great job in caring for her. They called me to let me know what happened and assured me that she would not need medical attention. They let me know that I could come and check on her but that if I couldn’t leave that I didn’t have to worry that they would take care of her. And that is exactly what they did. They took great care of her. It is such a pleasure to have such great people taking care of my children on a daily basis. I actually don’t know what I would do without KinderCare.

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