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Westtown KinderCare

Kristen Zimmerman, Center Director

400 Skiles Blvd. West Chester PA 19382
(610) 399-9535 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Sarah Stark Weather, Pennwood, Westtown Thornberry, Pocopson, Glen Acres, St. Max, Chadford Elementary

We are currently enrolling in all classrooms and would love the opportunity to meet with you and your family.

Welcome

Welcome to Westtown KinderCare! Thank you for your interest in our center, we are so excited to meet you and your family! Here at Westtown our teachers use our curriculum with added enhancements of their own that allow for their passions to flow through them in their execution of lessons with their students. Allowing our teachers the ability to enhance and adapt different features to our KinderCare curriculum is what sets our students up for success in the classroom. Our teachers are able to address their passions which creates excitement and successful assessments throughout the day. Our Center is set up with an open-concept design which allows for collaboration amongst our teachers. The openness allows our educators to bounce ideas off each other, offer support, or praise.

We strive each day, to ensure the safety for our children is at it's highest potential and that our students are consistently learning and growing through out their stay at our center. We work to offer a family based atmosphere in the center based on the relationships we have with each other and our current students and their families. Come in to visit us today and let our KinderCare community become part of your family!

Kristen Zimmerman, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

January's Learning Focus

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. 

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

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.

Math

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.

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.

Monthly Mini Camps

Teachers & Staff

Our staff here at Westtown is the foundation for our center. Our teachers are passionate, committed, educated, and excited each day that they step into their classrooms. We are able to speak to the education that each of our teachers have or are working towards but what truly highlights our teachers is their passion. In each classroom you will see engaged students that are experiencing hands on teaching moments. Whether the infant teacher is practicing recognition while changing a child, or a preschool teacher creating an impromptu science lesson, with a praying mantis on the playground. Our teachers find coach-able moments in their daily routines through out each interaction they are having with their students and that is a reflection of our teachers love for what they do.

  • Kristen Zimmerman

    Kristen Zimmerman, Center Director

    Kristen Zimmerman-Meo comes to us from a mixed background in teaching and management, with a bachelor’s of music from West Chester University. She joined our KinderCare team in April 2016. Kristen loves working closely with her teachers to ensure success in the classrooms. Her diverse background carries into her position as a center director in the ways she places strong emphasis on coaching and developing the staff in everyday moments as well as interacting with the children on a daily basis. Westtown KinderCare is set up with an open concept that allows for collaboration between the teachers and enhances the “family dynamic” that Kristen and her management team encourage. Kristen spends her days working closely with teachers, and speaking with families to ensure their happiness is maintained throughout each day!

    Previous Experience:
    Kristen worked as an elementary music teacher in Wilmington, DE after spending time substitute teaching in various local school districts. In addition to her teaching experience, Kristen spent time working in retail management as a store manager for Ann Taylor Loft.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood
  • Amanda Petchel

    Amanda Petchel, Assistant Director

    Amanda Petchel has been in the Early Childhood field for ten years and loves using her experiences and passion for child development each and every day as she visits all of our classrooms. After graduating from Bloomsburg University, Amanda used her degree in Elementary Education and Early development to teach in Delaware County. After a few years of teaching at the primary level, Amanda began focusing more on Early Child development and spent three years at Chesterbrook Academy. Amanda transitioned into management after a few of years teaching Preschool and helping with curriculum development. She then started with us in 2012 and continues to help grow the quality of care here at Westtown. She truly values the time she has spent at Westtown KCLC thus far, and looks forward to meeting new families and children! 

    Year Started:
    3/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Dual Certification Elementary Education & Early Development
  • Miss Becky Nunn

    Miss Becky Nunn, Infant Classroom

    Becky has been with KinderCare since June 2013. She started out as a floater, which lead into being a Toddler teacher. She worked for a Summer with the two-year-olds, now Becky is a lead Infant teacher. Becky graduated from West Chester University in May 2013 with her bachelors degree in professional studies and a focus on education. Before she came to KinderCare she babysat for eight years. Becky has always enjoyed working with children.

    Previous Experience:
    Becky previously babysat and nannied for eight years
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Go Dog Go

    Year Started:
    6/3/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree for Professional Studies in Education
  • Ms. Patty

    Ms. Patty, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Patty enjoys being outside, reading and doing puzzles and playing with the family pets, Willy and Waffles. Spending time with her husband and three sons is Ms. Patty's favorite pastime.

    Previous Experience:
    Patty was a substitute teacher in the Unionville, Kennett Square School district. She also has experience running summer camp programs for five-and-six-year-old children, and experience in an at home child care.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Madeline

    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    31 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Miss Megan

    Miss Megan, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "To the world you may be just a teacher but your students are you a hero.

    Miss Megan creates a fun loving environment for all of our two-year-olds by incorporating age appropriate activities and lesson. Miss Megan loves the early childhood years and brought all of her teaching and babysitting experience to KinderCare in 2008.Her enhancements enable children to use their imaginations and to grow to love learning as they grow and develop!

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Megan previously worked at the YMCA after teaching Prekindergarten and Autistic Support at an Elementary school in Delaware.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat in The Hat; Corduroy; Pete the Cat

    Year Started:
    8/25/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree for Fall 2017
  • Laura Siegle

    Laura Siegle, Preschool Classroom

    The energy that children show when learning is what excites me about my career.

    Miss Laura loves to spend time on the beach with her ten month old son, and spending time with her family. Miss Laura has a passion for teaching.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Laura was a personal nanny and worked in other childcare centers
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat in the Hat

    Year Started:
    3/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Communication
  • Miss Kimberly

    Miss Kimberly, Preschool Classroom

    Miss Kimberly has been with us for three years and is one of our beloved teachers in Preschool. Our preschool classroom is full of fun, creativity and hands on activities that allow all of our three-year-olds to explore the next level of developmental goals! Miss Kimberly uses her love for education and teaching everyday in order to create themed activities that enhance our curriculum. 

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Kimberly started with us in 2013 and previously taught Kindergarten. She transitioned into our Preschool classroom and continues to help all of our little ones learn and grow!
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Little Cloud by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    1/19/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Miss Betsy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Miss Betsy creates a fun filled Prekindergarten classroom for all of our four-year-olds by providing a place for them to go on various adventures, scavenger hunts and theme driven activities! Through reading and writing Miss Betsy encourages them to use their creativity and loves watching their progress throughout the school year. A day in Prekindergarten is a day of wonder, imagination and learning!

    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Child Developmnet Associate certification
  • Miss Anja, School Age Classroom

    Miss Anja joined our KCLC teaching team in November and has formed wonderful relationships with all of the children. Our school age friends always looks forward to being met with a smile and hug from Miss Anja at the door! They look forward to a day full of fun projects, an enhanced curriculum and and learning in a community of long lasting friendships! Miss Anja is continuing her studies at West Chester University as a Marketing and Management major. She loves to read, run and spend time with her family!

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Anja previously taught at The Goddard School and worked with newborns to age five. Before teaching Miss Anja attended Lehigh Carbon Community College and worked with High School students while attending courses. She brings with her a love for teaching, helping and making a difference in children's lives!
    Favorite Children's Book:

    If you Give a Mouse a Cookie

    Year Started:
    11/7/2016
    Education:
    Associate Degree in General Studies; Bachelor's degree in Marketing & Management
  • Miss Lauren, Floater

    In Miss Lauren's spare time she likes to volunteer at non-profit agencies, help animals, surf and dance. One of Miss Lauren's favorite parts of working in our Infant room is listening to babies communicate with each other.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Lauren has many years working with a variety of ages while babysitting and being a private Nanny
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, the Places You'll Go!

    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 months
    Education:
    Working towards bachelor's degree in education with a minor in dance
  • Miss Emily

    Miss Emily, Floater

    Miss. Emily is currently studying at West Chester University and has been with the company since 2015. She continues to help enhance the curriculum in all of our classrooms and spends time with various age levels.

    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Miss Teresa

    Miss Teresa, Cook

    I love watching the children having fun and learning new things! I'm inspired by seeing each child grow from room to room!

    Miss Teresa has been with the company for over 15 years and is a beloved part of KCLC family! Miss. Teresa provides nutritional meals for all our children through healthy breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. Encouraging healthy lifestyles is part of our KinderCare values and our menus run on a five week cycle. Alterations can be made prior to starting including vegetarian choices or changes for dietary needs. Miss Teresa has formed such wonderful relationships with our children and their families and continues to be such a valued member of our team! Miss Teresa also helps out with our school age program and transportation.  

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Aminal by Larna and Lecia Balian

    Year Started:
    9/15/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years

Upcoming Center Activities

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January
January's Learning Focus

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. 

Monday January 02, 2017
Center Closed in Observance of New Year's Day

 

Monday January 16, 2017
Join our Open House the week of January 16–20!

Your whole family is welcome to join us for an Open House the week of January 16–20.

During wintertime we get a chance to get cozy and focus on fun activities that bring learning to life for children. This is the perfect time to see firsthand the learning and joy that happens in our classrooms every day. The center director and teachers will be on hand to meet you and talk about what makes our center so special. 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

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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

Our center is extremely serious about the safety for our staff and students. We have a keypad entry upon entering our center. Each playground is fenced with different locks that are only opened by key. In addition, each classroom has a door to outside that is locked through out the day, even when classrooms are enjoying outside play. All staff is expected to become CPR and First Aid certified during the first few months of their employment to help enhance the safety in each classroom. We also work with staff to offer refreshes on various policies upon request.

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.

Westtown KinderCare is an amazing place! My son has been there from ages six months to three years, and we both love it! The center director and all of his teachers are wonderful, supportive, and nurturing. The curriculum is fantastic, and I am amazed at the things he learns daily. He makes incredible crafts associated with the letter of the week, and has a new experience every day. The teachers are also very consistent, and they build great relationships with me and my son. I cannot say enough about this school!

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