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Thornbury KinderCare

Cullen McCormick, Center Director

102 Paddock Lane West Chester PA 19382
(610) 399-4341 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Chadds Ford Unionville School District: Chadds Ford Elementary School Pocopson Elementary School West Chester Area School District: Westtown Thornbury Elementary School Sarah Starkweather Elementary School Penn Wood Elementary School Hillsdale Elementary School

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At Thornbury KinderCare, we strive to make your child's first experience with school a safe, positive and rewarding one. We believe that learning starts as early as infancy and our teachers are knowledgeable at both planning instruction and recognizing the opportunity for teachable moments during every interaction. Our school is located in a wonderful neighborhood where many of our families reside. It is our promise to you to treat your child as our own by taking the very best care of them and creating meaningful moments to last a lifetime!

Cullen McCormick, 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.

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Thornbury are passionate about your child's happiness, safety and education. Our strongly educated teachers are dedicated to engaging your children in imaginative, explorative learning centers. Our team continually works to improve themselves by learning new educational advancements and techniques through trainings and furthering their college education. This is more than a job for our teachers, they have dedicated their lives to improve the education and well-being of each child in their care.

  • Cullen McCormick

    Cullen McCormick, Center Director

    Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!" Dr. Suess This quote is one that I strive to apply to myself, the children and staff in the center. If we can make every child say at the end of the day that they had fun and learned new things than I feel that I am doing my job!! My goal is to guide every child to ask the question "why" this helps to solidify the love of learning that they will keep throughout their entire life.

    Cullen has worked in the Early Education field for the last Twelve Years.  She went to Cabrini College and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and then went back to Cabrini to pursue certification in Special Education.  She has worked with children in all age ranges from 6 weeks old to 12 years old.   Cullen strives to create lasting relationships with parents and children and to work individually with families to make the transition from home to Kindercare a fun and exciting one.  

    Previous Experience:
    Cullen has worked as an Elementary Subsitute Teacher, PSSA Tutor, First Grade Teacher, Assistant Director and Acting Director in an Early Childhood Daycare Center.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education , Masters certification in Special Education
  • Arline Rice, Assistant Director

    'Play is the highest form of research.' -Albert Einstein I believe that every child should have every chance to be a child. It has been my experience that a child learns best when able to play and self discover the world around him or her. Here at KinderCare, we strive to have learning be play based. This way, every child can learn at his or her own pace and in a manner that is personal to them.

    Arline started her career in Early Childhood Education like many others, by babysitting. She then went to Albright College in Reading, PA, where she earned her B.A. in Political Science and her Certification in Elementary Education.  After college, Arline worked as a substitute teacher for a year.  Arline then was hired in August of 2010 by KinderCare as a Kindergarten Teacher.  While at KinderCare, Arline has worked in all age groups and classrooms, eventually working her way up to the position of Assistant Director.

    Previous Experience:
    Arline has worked as an Elementary School Substitute Teacher, Tutor, Kindergarten Teacher, Toddler Teacher, Preschool Teacher, School-Age Summer Camp teacher, and Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    It is very hard for me to choose a favorite children's book! I would have to say that my favorite children's authors are Robert Munsch and Tomie DePaola. I love anything written by them!
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Bachlor of Arts Degree Political ScienceElementary Education Certification
  • Ms. Betty

    Ms. Betty, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    My passion for teaching comes from seeing the excitement in the children's eyes when they learn something new!

    Ms. Betty has two daughters, April and Kimberly. They are both in college now and Ms. Betty enjoys the time that she gets to spend with them. Ms. Betty is always creating wonderful works of art with the children in her classroom and also does a fantastic job of communicating with the families on a daily basis. Ms. Betty is now working on teaching the children commonly used words in Spanish and in French as well!

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting/Nanny, 3 years of daycare teaching, and nursery school.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts in Education
  • Ms. Helane

    Ms. Helane, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Helane is the veteran of our group. She has worked at the center since 2005 and has worked with a number of age groups before settling into her home in the infant room. She loves the relationships that she has formed with families through the years, and is always sure to check in on how children are doing as they grow up in the center. Ms. Helane is known as the friendly face near the front door. She greets everyone with a smile each morning and story in the afternoons. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping and spending time with her family- especially her 2 daughters.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Aileen

    Ms. Aileen, Toddler Classroom

    The love and affection that the children show others is one of the many things I love about my classroom!

    Ms. Aileen grew up in King of Prussia and went to college in Poughkeepsie, New York After college, she moved to Washington, DC and volunteered as a second grade teacher in the inner-city schools. She stayed in DC for 10 years teaching Prekindergarten and third grade.  Ms. Aileen then moved back to King of Prussia. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her four brothers, one sister, and six nieces and nephews!

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology/Special Education
  • Ms. Kelsey

    Ms. Kelsey, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Kelsey has worked at KinderCare since 2009. She loves having a job that is built on fun and has a great time working with her Prekindergarten kids! She is so proud of all that her children can do, and enjoys watching them learn new skills. Her favorite part of teaching Prekindergarten is working with the children on their letters and sounds. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys reading and shopping and spending time with friends and family.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Laura

    Ms. Laura, Private Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Laura began working at our center in 2009. Her favorite part of teaching Kindergarten is watching the children’s faces light up as they learn something new. Ms. Laura is passionate about all subjects, but really has a blast teaching science. She loves making learning fun through hands on experiences and experiments. Did you know the sun is more than a million times bigger than the earth? Our Kindergarteners do! Ms. Laura is known by her coworkers as the teacher who is always prepared! Outside of KinderCare, Ms. Laura loves all things Disney, as well as reading, scrap-booking and walking her dog.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Degree in Elementary Education, certification in Middle School Science
  • Ms. Deanna

    Ms. Deanna, Bus Driver and Cook

    In my work at KinderCare, I feel passionate about my role as a positive influence in our families child care team.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts English Secondary Education Certification
  • Ms. Kate

    Ms. Kate, Preschool Classroom

    I am inspired by the smiling faces of all the kids who are so excited to see what their world has to offer for the day!

    Kate  began working with children when she was a teenager as a camp counselor. She continued to work with children through out college. After graduation, Kate worked with children with special needs, then came to work at KinderCare. She has a daughter named Ella. Kate says that being a mom and working with children has really expanded her horizons. 

    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Art in Social Work
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Toddler Classroom

    I love how much fun this age group is! They are always doing something new!

    Ashley loves working with the younger children! There is so much to do with the six week to five year old age group. She loves how much fun they are and how full of life and energy they are. She would love to open her own daycare center one day! 

    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Alex

    Ms. Alex, Toddler Classroom

    I love how young children are always exploring and are excited to learn!

    Alex enjoys how the children are so loving and excited to learn everyday! Alex loves working with young children and hopes to teach Kindergarten some day. 

    Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • French
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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

Your child's safety and well being are our top priorities at KinderCare. We offer the following security measures: a locked key pad entry system in order to gain access to our center that is changed every three months; fenced-in playgrounds for all ages to enjoy; monthly fire drills to ensure that all staff members know what to do in the event of an emergency. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator on staff whose primary responsibility is to ensure that all staff and children are safe and healthy everyday. She performs monthly safety observations to ensure that all potential concerns are caught ahead of time and handled properly. Teachers receive training for health and safety in their classrooms on a monthly basis. All teachers and staff are CPR and First Aid Certified. There are three members who are able to administer medication in the center if needed.

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.

My child's teachers always communicate well with me. They let me know when he has had a good day, or has done something extra special, which really means a lot. I rarely hear bad news about his day. I feel that my child is respected and well taken care of. I work here, so I get to peek in on his class often. The children are always engaged in activities, with the teachers being attentive. I love that I can be an employee here and also see my son every day. It is the perfect situation for us. I am so thankful for the opportunity, and for all the teachers do for my son.

- Mother

We love Thornbury KinderCare! Our family recently relocated out of Pennsylvania and leaving the staff and children at KinderCare was like leaving family members. My children and their teachers created trusting relationships with one another and I always felt secure knowing my boys were in a safe and nurturing environment. The teachers always went the extra mile to ensure that my children were happy and educationally challenged throughout their day. Communication with my husband and I was always very open and honest, and we worked collaboratively to tackle any issue my children were facing. Choosing a good school for our children was not an easy task, but Thornbury KinderCare made it an easy decision given their wonderful curriculum and caring and thoughtful staff.

- Mother

I am so happy with my child's development over the last two years since we enrolled him in Thornbury KinderCare. We love the Learning Adventures program. His knowledge of phonics & math has grown exponentially since he started his lessons. He loved the cooking lessons too, and now thinks he owns my stand mixer! He sings & dances all over the place & counts everything & even corrects me when I "do it wrong." He is even singing in Spanish now which his aunt just loves! I love how he eats his veggies when he is there too. He has always been a happy baby but he gets super happy when he goes to school. Thanks so much for loving my baby; he certainly loves all of his teachers and the staff at KinderCare!

- Parent

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