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Wadsworth KinderCare

Mindy Wagner, Center Director

135 Smokerise Dr. Wadsworth OH 44281
(330) 336-6619 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Wadsworth City Schools, Norton City Schools(Cornerstone and Primary) and Rittman Elementary


Welcome to Wadsworth KinderCare. We have been a part of the Wadsworth community for 30+ years. We are a 4 Star Step Up to Quality rated center, a NAEYC accredited center and we are the leader in early childhood education. We offer full time and part time childcare and provide a strong foundation for your child as they move from Infants to preparing for Kindergarten. We would love the opportunity to meet you and have you become a member of our family.

Mindy Wagner, Center Director

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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.


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

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

Thank you for inquiring into Wadsworth KinderCare.  We have a team of degreed and well educated teachers who are here to serve your children.  We each bring something special to the team and are excited to communicate with you about your child's progress.  Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you and we look forward to celebrating the milestones with your family.

  • Mindy Wagner

    Mindy Wagner, Center Director

    I love spending each day seeing all the great things that happen in our classrooms. The teachers are passionate and the children are engaged in curriculum.

    Mindy obtained her Bachelor's Degree from Kent State University. She became a Center Director at the Wadsworth KinderCare where she has maintained quality education, guiding the center to earn a Star 1 rating from the State of Ohio's Step Up to Quality Program. Mindy has helped make Wadsworth KinderCare a family and community-focused center, which lead to its accreditation from the National Association of the Education of Young Children. Mindy is dedicated to children and their families, always putting them first.

    Previous Experience:
    Mindy was a Kindergarten teacher and Assistant Director before becoming Center Director.
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ashley Boley

    Ashley Boley, Assistant Director

    When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.

    Ashley began her career as a Preschool teacher and was promoted to Assistant Director in 2013. As Assistant Director, she has continued to help lead the Wadsworth KinderCare team to quality education, program development and family partners.Ashley truly enjoys working with all the children and families at the Wadsworth KinderCare. She is dedicated to ensuring all children receive the highest quality education and care.

    Previous Experience:
    Ashley was a Preschool Teacher at the Barberton KinderCare and helped her center reach a Star 3 Step Up to Quality Rating. She was also the Health and Safety Coordinator.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Eduation
  • Abby

    Abby, Preschool Classroom

    Miss Abby is our Preschool Teacher and loves seeing kids learn new things and finding out the best way to teach each child.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree

    Year Started:
  • Theresa

    Theresa, Infant Classroom

     Ms. Theresa is happy to work for KinderCare because children inspire her. She loves the wonder on their faces as they grow and learn new things.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    One Fish, Two Fish,  Red Fish, Blue Fish

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

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

  • Title 20
  • Foster Care
  • Full Time Family Discounts

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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

We have recently started implementing a new Clean Concepts to ensure that our classrooms are of highest cleanliness and safety with new state of the art cleaning products.  We take great pride in ensuring our center goes above and beyond!!!

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.

We chose Wadsworth KinderCare to take care of our daughter because of the wonderful teachers! After visiting several other centers in the area it was easy to see that KinderCare teachers are the best! They are extremely caring and adaptable to each child's needs. They spend lots of time doing all of the activities that we would be doing with our daughter at home- tummy time, talking, singing, reading, holding her and playing.

- Parents

I am a mother of a five-year-old and a one-and-a-half year old child at Wadsworth KinderCare. Both of my children have attended the center since they were Infants. My husband and I give the center two thumbs up, the teachers are hard workers and show a great level of professionalism. I feel that the center has been making great strides that have impacted the center in a positive way! Thank you for always taking care of our kids!

- Mother

After touring and researching the local daycare facilities, there was no question that KinderCare is where our little boy should be. KinderCare's facility is not only a safe environment, but one that exudes a home-like atmosphere. The staff' attention and willingness to accommodate dietary needs, along with their continual evaluation of developmental needs, far surpass our expectations. We know that each day we drop off our son he is going to be well cared for and have the opportunities that every other two-year-old needs to learn and express his creativity. It is a comfort to pick our child up and be greeted by a smiling, happy face that is just beginning to tell us about his day and all the fun he had.

- Parent

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