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Washington Hospital KinderCare

Kisha Cochran, Center Director

63-67 Wilson Ave. Washington PA 15301
(724) 223-0331 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
"At Locust and Wilson on the right" next to Washington Hospital

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Trinity West, Trinity East, Trinity South,Trinity North, Chartiers Houston-Allison Park, McGuffy-Joe Walker and Claysville, Washington Elementary

Our center is one where your child can explore, experiment, and imagine as they learn about their world. Each area-from our playground to the bookshelves in our classrooms are designed to be developmentally appropriate. We inspire each child to thrive in their wonder of learning. Our programs provide a rich and nurturing environment for your child's cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth. Here learning is fun, children are respected and our teachers work in partnership with families to develop each child. Voted Best Childcare 2012 in Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Magazine!

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At our learning center, it all starts with an innate desire to help you raise a healthy, happy and well-rounded child. We look forward to it every day. It's our passion that makes us different. We have a passion for teaching and caring for children that leads us to develop the whole child-socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. In doing so, we make learning fun. We are honored to help prepare your child for their future, to help them become confident while giving you the peace of mind knowing that you've made the best choice for you and your child.

Kisha Cochran, Center Director

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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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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


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.


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.


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.

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  1. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Our passion for teaching and caring for children has taught us a lot over the years. We do a lot more than just watch your child for you. We are teachers. We are excited about making every moment a learning opportunity, and look forward to making the most of our time together-with you and your child. We lovingly encourage and gently reinforce the natural and joyful experiences of learning. We believe each child has unique talents and interests and we provide opportunities for the children to be responsible, to make choices and to be treated with respect.

  • Kisha Cochran

    Kisha Cochran, Center Director

    There is no greater joy then knowing that you are teaching a child fundamentals that they will use for the rest of their lives.

    Kisha started working for KinderCare in 2002 as an assistant to the Kindergarten teacher. Kisha then had the opportunity to teach in the Preschool classroom for four years and took pride every day teaching the children something new. In 2008, Kisha became a Program Specialist where she got to interact with every age and classroom. In 2010, Kisha became the Assistant Director, a position that she doesn't take lightly, now she has the opportunity to work holistically with all the children, the families and the teachers. She is very passionate about her job ensuring that every child, family and her team is happy everyday. In recognition of her outstanding leadership, family connections, and educational programming her entire school and team of teachers has been selected as one of KinderCare Education's best schools.

    Previous Experience:
    Kisha worked as a City of Frederick Youth Center employee as a tutor and mentor when she was a senior in high school. She enjoyed working with children so much she worked in another child care center until she found working for KinderCare is where she wanted to base her career.
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Richelle DiLeonardo

    Richelle DiLeonardo, Assistant Director

    It is such a rewarding experience to watch our students grow as we partner with their families to help provide the most successful foundation possible, for continued lifelong learning.

    Ms. Richelle began her career here at The Washington KinderCare as the Kindergarten Teacher in 2007. She was recently promoted to Assistant Director in 2013. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from California University of Pennsylvania in 2000. Before joining KinderCare, Ms. Richelle taught in the public school system and was a center director for a private learning center. She loves working with children and watching them learn and grow. She takes pride in partnering with families to give their children the strong foundation necessary for continued social, emotional and academic success!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Richelle has worked in the public school system and has been a Center Director at another private learning center.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Dawn Chambers

    Dawn Chambers, Program Specialist

    Children are special little people who make the world a better place! 

    Dawn is our Program Specialist here at the Washington KinderCare. Dawn has been our lead Discovery Pre-School Teacher here for close to 20 years! She has seen many changes and has survived them all! Dawn has an Associates in Early Childhood from Ashworth University. She is a very organized and efficient person who truly loves the children and their families. She is a dedicated and loyal employee who is a good representative of KinderCare values and traditions. She knows the routines and procedures for all the classrooms and still steps in for teachers for parts of each day. We hope you stay many more years Ms. Dawn! In her spare time, Dawn loves to watch movies, go shopping, cut coupons and travel.

    Previous Experience:
    19 years experience working with young children here at our KinderCare. She also taught roller skating! And was a nanny for seven years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Golden Book "Muppet Babies Be Nice"
    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    AS in Early Childhood room Ashworthf
  • Ms. Kristen

    Ms. Kristen, Infants

    Kristen is one of our Infant teachers here at the Washington KinderCare. She is working on her degree in Psychology at Point Park University. Kristen grew up in Charlottesville, VA. Kristen moved to the Washington area about seven years ago and started a photography business in 2010. She has over four years of experience working in the mental health field. Kristen is a very creative, easy going, thoughtful and open-minded person. She is wonderful with all of our infants.

    Previous Experience:
    Lots of experience in the mental health field. Also, Kristen started her own photography business about 7 years ago and continues to take photos!
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Working on BA in Psychology
  • Ms. Laura

    Ms. Laura, Kindergarten

    Laura is our Kindergarten teacher here at the Washington KinderCare. She did her field experience in college here last summer and has returned to help out this summer. She graduated from Waynesburg University with a double degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. 

    Laura is a very outgoing, personable, and friendly young lady who is wonderful with children. She is a neat freak who loves to put stuff in baskets. When Laura is not working here with our children, she enjoys outside activities including cheering for our Pirates and riding quads. 

    Previous Experience:
    Laura did her field experiences with us when she was in college. She also has lots of experience working with young children.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    BS ECE and Special Ed
  • Ms. Paige

    Ms. Paige, Pre-Kindergarten

          Paige is one of our Pre-Kindergarten Teachers here at the Washington KinderCare. She has her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from Cal U. Paige has worked in another child development center and has done a lot of babysitting.
          Paige is a very caring, friendly and organized person. Paige loves to ride quads and be outdoors when she is not working here.She likes to follow the Steelers and Penguins and our local teams.

    Previous Experience:
    Paige has been babysitting and taking care of young children since she was in high school! Her boyfriend has a toddler that attends our center so she is around children all the time!
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    BS in Early Childhood Education from Cal U
  • Ms. Andi

    Ms. Andi, School-Age

    Andi is one of our school-age teachers here at the Washington KinderCare. She has years of experience working with children of all ages but has found her "happy place" working with our school-age students. Andi graduated from IUP with a degree in Child Development and Family Relations.  When Andi is not at KinderCare she enjoys spending her time with her son.  Andi also enjoys dancing and going to the movies!  Did you know that Andi used to be a junior  firefighter?

    Previous Experience:
    Andi has worked with young children for over 5 years.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    BA in Child Development and Family Relations
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Discovery Preschool

    Amanda is one of our Discovery Preschool teachers here at the Washington KinderCare. She attended California University of PA and CCAC for Early Childhood Education and Child Development and hopes to have her Associates soon. She has many years of experience working with young children and is very energetic working with our two year olds.

    Amanda is a very caring, creative, and loving teacher with all the children here. When she is not working with young children Amanda likes to paint and draw and create with all art forms. She also loves to be outside and to travel. When she graduated from high school, Amanda wanted to go to school for cosmetology but her mother would not let her! We are glad Amanda! We think you are wonderful with our two year olds! Amanda still loves doing hair and makeup anyway!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    ECE and Child Development
  • Laura

    Laura, Discovery Preschool

    Laura is one of our Discovery Preschool teachers here at the Washington KinderCare. She has a degree in Child Development and Family Relations from IUP. She has many years of experience working with young children and is very energetic working with our two year olds.

    Laura is a very caring and loving teacher with all the teachers and children here. She is also very funny and has a great sense of humor. When she is not working with young children Laura likes to go to movies, ride dirt bikes and quads, go dancing and participate in outdoor activities. She likes the Steelers and the Penguins and that requires a sense of humor!

    Previous Experience:
    Laura has over 5 years of experience working with young children both as a babysitter and in an early learning center.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    BS in Child Development and Family Relations
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Preschool

    Stephanie  is one of our Preschool teachers here at the Washington KinderCare. She has been here for two years. Stephanie has a degree in Health and Physical Education with a minor in Adapted Physical Education.

    Stephanie is married to Dave and they have a school-ager named Parker who is a Pirates fan! When Stephanie is not working with our Preschoolers, she loves to read and play and watch sports. She says she is strong willed, but that just means that she is able to stay focused on the tasks at hand. She is very patient and caring with our three year olds and very organized in her teaching.

    Previous Experience:
    Stephanie was a Physical Education teacher and worked with children in her program from ages 15 months to 5 years. She also has experience teaching the learning adventures classes.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Doctor Seuss
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    BS in Health and Physical Education with a minor in Adapted Physical Education
  • Ms. Kathy

    Ms. Kathy, Learning Adventures

    Kathy is one of our Learning Adventures teachers here at the Washington KinderCare.  Kathy graduated from West Liberty University with a double degree: Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education! So Kathy is in the perfect place to use all of her teaching skills! Kathy has two children, a daughter Annabelle who is four and a son Brandon who is 10. They live on a farm with three dogs, three cats and six horses. The farm they live on in West Alexander has been in their family for five generations! Kathy loves to read and do anything outside! With that homestead, she has lots of outdoors to be in!

    Previous Experience:
    Kathy has many years of experience working with young children including several as a director of an child development center.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 20
    BS in Elemenetary Education and Special Education
  • Ms. Vera

    Ms. Vera, Kitchen

    Vera is our Cook here at the Washington Hospital KinderCare. She has been here for many years! She is wonderful with all of our KinderCare children and families and has built special relationships with them all!

    When she is not feeding us all delicious food from her kitchen, Vera likes to watch tv, clean house, and do yard work. She is a very organized and efficient lady at home also! We are glad you are here with us Vera!

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. DJ

    Ms. DJ, Substitute Teacher

    DJ is our substitute teacher here at Washington KinderCare. She actually used to work here full time, then she got married and had her own child, Drew, who attends our Discovery PreSchool classroom.  She has been here for over 11 years! She is wonderful with all of our KinderCare children and families and has built special relationships with them all!

    DJ stayed at home with Drew for a while but missed all the interactions with families and teachers. We welcome DJ back and hope she stays with us for a while!

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

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
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

Holidays and Center Closings 2016
We will be closed on the following days:
February 15, 2016 - PDD / President's Day
May 30, 2016 - Memorial Day
July 4, 2016 - Independence Day
September 5, 2016 - Labor Day
October 10, 2016 - PDD / Columbus Day
November 24 & 25, 2016 - Thanksgiving Break
December 26, 2016 - Winter Holiday (not official yet)
January 2, 2017 - New Year's Day (not official yet)

Health and Safety

At our center security is held to the highest safety, cleanliness and maintenance standards. Keeping the children safe and secure is one of our first priorities. We have a security door that can only be accessed by a personalized key code that is provided to each family. Our Facility Management team provides our center with a consistent level of maintenance. We have a Wellness Policy to reduce the spread of illnesses and maintain the health of all the children at our center. We have a fenced in playground is a safe and secure extension of the classroom where the children get the opportunity to play daily. Our center has a Health and Safety Coordinator, this person completes daily activities to ensure that everyone in the center stays healthy and is safe.

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.

The KinderCare staff has been wonderful since the first day we brought our son in. Matthew has been going to KinderCare since he was about 3 months old and his teachers have always taken such good care of him. We love that they take photos of him doing certain activities and send them home. We also love that he gets exposed to so many different things like doing arts and crafts, music, etc. His teachers give us constant feedback and we feel confident that he is in good hands everyday!

- Parents

My daughter has been coming to KinderCare in Washington since September of 2009. She started there when she was only 10 weeks old. As a first time mother, of course I was very hesitant and reluctant to have my new baby girl cared for by total strangers. My good friend Johanna Hoyt recommended the center in Washington...She spoke very highly of Jess and all of the teachers...and boy was she right!! After the very first day visiting the center, my husband and I both felt 100% better about sending our daughter there. Everyone on that day and every day after have been nothing but kind, caring, warm, professional, and enthusiastic with the parents as well as the children. They all truly seem to love their jobs!! She has improved immensely in language, writing, and comprehension skills and I truly believe it is all thanks to the team at Washington! I also want to give a special shout out to a few special people who have not only made a huge impact on my daughter's life, but have also made it very easy and inviting for my husband and I. Jessica Sawich has been so unbelievably accommodating and flexible when I've needed to change her schedule at the last minute due to work conflicts. She never makes me feel like I'm bothering her and always responds to my emails and questions right away. She's always very professional yet still makes us feel like we're part of the KinderCare family! Her teachers Ms. Adrienne, Ms. Lauren, and Ms. Richelle are all wonderful as well. They always welcome us with a smile in the morning and always update me with my daughter's progress or any concerns they might have. I never worry for one minute when she's at school that she will not have the very best care that she can possibly receive!! And last but not least, I'd like to recognize Ms. Steph! She was my daughter's teacher in the toddler room and now again in preschool. She has always shown a huge interest in her progress!! She has always been one of her favorite teachers and I think she does such an amazing job with the kids. You can really tell that she loves her job and she shows it every single day!! I just wanted to let you know what an amazing job your Washington team is doing. I hope that this email helps to show the gratitude that my husband and I have for the Washington KinderCare center. We are so proud to be a part of that center and hope to be for many more years to come. Thank you for your time Wendy!! Have a great weekend!!

- Mother

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