Kristin MacCombie, Center Director
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Hello and welcome to the NAEYC accredited, Keystone Star 4A, West Chester KinderCare where are classrooms are full of fun and excitement! We provide an enriching curriculum that is designed to stimulate children and promote growth in social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development! Please take a look at our school's devoted, passionate teacher biographies! We cannot wait to meet you!
Kristin MacCombie, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?
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.
We pride ourselves at having staff that are knowledgeable in the field of early childhood education and have the experience necessary to provide the best possible care for children. Some of our staff have been with us for over ten years, while others are fresh out of college. Some staff members are currently enrolled in the Child Development Associate's program, and other staff members have Associate's or Bachelor's Degrees in Early Childhood Education.
The life you live is the lesson you teach.
Kristin has been working for KinderCare as a Center Director since 2009. It is her mission to provide quality care and excellent customer service to all families.
As an assistant director, I love that I get to see what the teachers are working on in their classrooms! Also, I am able to share my knowledge and ideas from when I was a teacher!
Melanie DeLaurentis started working at KinderCare in 2009 as a Prekindergarten teacher. She taught Prekindergarten for eight years prior to joining our team. Melanie has her Child Development Associate's credential and Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, and became the Health and Safety Coordinator for our center in May 2012. Melanie became the Assistant Director in February 2013.
I've always enjoyed working with young children! I love watching them laugh and play. I like getting involved in activities with them and especially enjoy the art projects! Being here for so long it's fun watching how they grow and learn from infants to kindergarteners.
Ms. Sandy has worked at KinderCare for over 10 years. She enjoys working with young children, especially infants through two-year-old children, where she has the most experience. Ms. Sandy graduated from Great Valley High School in 1999 and has been working in a daycare ever since. She has three children of her own and loves spending time with them. She also enjoys shopping and going to the beach!
There is nothing better than seeing that spark in a child's eye when they learn something new.
Ms. Nicollette started working at KinderCare in October of 2013. She has previous experience teaching summer camp with school age children. She works with our school age children and helps out with our infants. Ms. Nicollette is working on her Bachelor's of Psychology Degree at West Chester University.
I love working with kids because it is the most important years of their lives, and I'd love to help teach them.
Ms. Alison has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and has six years experience working with young children. She just began working with KinderCare at the beginning of April. She does a great job with our active, on-the-go toddlers!
I enjoy working with children, being a role model for children, and watching each child learn and grow from experience.
Ms. Amanda has her Elementary Education degree and has been working at KinderCare since August 2012. She does a great job teaching our prek children, and has two children of her own.
I love seeing the smiles on children's faces when they create!
Ms. Allie started at KinderCare in February 2014. She has gained experience caring for children as a nanny. Ms. Allie is currently attending West Chester University to become an art teacher.
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.
We are NAEYC accredited and a Keystone STAR 4A center!
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Our center has a keypad entry to keep our building secure. Our playground is fenced in to ensure the safety of our children. All of our staff are certified in First Aid and CPR. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator that conducts monthly fire and disaster drills, posts current allergy list in classrooms, and carries out other health and safety tasks.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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