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Westtown KinderCare

Jenna Weisman, 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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Special Instructions:
Across from Starkweather Elementary School and Stetson Middle School

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!

Jenna Weisman, Center Director

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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

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday September 07, 2015
    1. Center Closed for Labor Day

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.

  • Jenna Weisman

    Jenna Weisman, Center Director

    We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.

    -Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Jenna Weisman comes to us from a mixed background in teaching and management, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Kutztown University. She joined our KinderCare team in May 2014. Jenna 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. Westtown KinderCare is set up with an open concept that allows for collaboration amongst the teachers and enhances the “family dynamic” that Jenna and her management team encourage. Jenna spends her days working closely with teachers, speaking with families to ensure their happiness is maintained through out each day, and interacting with her students!

    Previous Experience:
    Jenna has worked at the Goddard School, a substitute teacher in Philadelphia and Southeast Delco School District, and as a teacher at a Head Start. She worked as a camp counselor through out college and has volunteered at various places such as Overbrook School for the Blind and CHOP's Child Life program.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood
  • Karen Depoulter, Assistant Director

    It's not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings. - Ann Landers

    Karen comes to us with an extensive background in teaching, with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Development, she is no stranger to the classroom.  Having taught  for 8 years she understand what it takes to be part of a successful preschool team. Karen believes that a successful Childcare center should meet the needs of children while filling the expectations of the parents.

    Previous Experience:
    Karen has worked in the Field of Early Childhood Education for eight years, while teaching at the YMCA she had the opportunity to work with every age group from infants to Pre-Kindergarten.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Sidewalk Ends
    Year Started:
    5/18/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bacholors Degree in Child Development, Minor in Ealry Childhood Education
  • Miss Ashley Carr, Discovery Pre-school B

    Today you are you, that is truer then true, there is no one alive who is youer than you- Dr. Suess

    Miss Ashley loves Educating Children and teaching through play.  In her free time Ms. Ashley enjoys horse back riding and being outside. Miss Ashley is working toward her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley has experience in other childcare centers, working with Toddlers
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    4/6/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in Spanish
  • Evie Kole, Infant B

    Show up and be present

    Miss Evie loves spending time with her two children she also enjoys gardening, reading, and practicing yoga.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Evie has experience in other childcare centers and teaching Kindergarten.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon
    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in Sociolgy
  • Miss Lauren Eck, Infant B

    You can't stop the waves but you can learn how to surf.

    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
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 months
    Education:
    Working towards Bachelor's degree in Education with a minor in Dance
  • Brea Allen, Multi-Age

    No one can make you feel inferior without your consent- Elanor Roosevelt

    Miss Brea has volunteered at F.A.M.E. and other non profit organizations that help at risk youth. She is also a huge Steelers fan, likes to do Zumba and take road trips. What miss Brea likes best about teaching is watching children develop independence.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Brea has experience in summer school and camps for children with special needs in Pennsylvania and New York and has also worked with the Jewish Community Center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon
    Year Started:
    9/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Clinical Psyhology
  • Mr. Carl Young, Multi-Age

    I can accept failure, but i can't accept not trying. -Michael Jordan

    When Mr. Carl loves to teach, he loves helping and watching children develop as well as being a positive role-model. In his free time Mr. Carl is a DJ and likes to karaoke, play with his dogs and spend time with his family, especially his four year old son.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Carl has experience in the Philadelphia Public School System assisting in Special Needs Programs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    One Fish Two Fish
    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Working towards Bachelor's degree in Ealry Childhood Education and Special Education
  • Miss Katelyn Bonnes, Multi-Age

    Life is so much brighter when we focus on what truly matters.

    Miss Katelyn enjoys being outside, walking her dog, playing sports guitar and the drums.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Katelyn has experiance as a summer camp counsler and has worked at the after school program at the YMCA, she has also provided 1:1 emotional support for Middle School children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Monster at the End of This Book
    Year Started:
    4/22/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in Liberal studies
  • Mr. Christopher Dowington, Pre-Kindergarten A

    A mistake is a crash-course in learning - Billy Anderson

    Mr. Chris loves spending time with his wife and their three dogs.  Mr. Chris enjoys teaching and loves to see the advancement of children. When Mr. Chris is not teaching at KinderCare you can find him teaching Brazilian Jujitsu.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Chris has previous experience with children from babysitting and teaching Martial Arts.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    3/3/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Laura Siegle, Preschool 3A

    Play is the work of childhood. -Mr. Rodgers

    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, and says "the energy that children show when learning is what excites me about my career."

    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
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in Communication
  • Mr. NIck Bilardo, School Age

    Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

    Mr. Nick loves teaching School Age children, he prides himself in being a positive role model and being a part of a child's success in Education. For fun, Mr. Nick likes to go rock climbing, play golf and archery.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Nick has experience teaching Kindergarten at Chesterbrook Academy
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If you give a Mouse a Cookie
    Year Started:
    4/13/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Professional Studies, working towards degree in Appplied Supervision
  • Ms. Becky Wootten, Step-Up

    None of us is a smart as all of us. -Ken Blanchard

    Ms. Becky is inspired by the children in her care, she loves coming to work and getting to see the smiles on her students faces when they accomplish a new task. Ms. Becky loves to spend time with her puppy and outdoor activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Becky has years of experience with children from babysitting and other child care centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Horton Hears a Who
    Year Started:
    7/3/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Miss Becky Nunn

    Miss Becky Nunn, Infant A

    It takes a big heart to shape a little mind

    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 2 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 8 years. Becky has always enjoyed working with children.

    Previous Experience:
    Becky previously babysat and nannied for 8 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Go Dog Go
    Year Started:
    6/3/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree for Professional Studies in Education
  • Ms. Patty, Infant B

    A teacher affects eternity. -Henry Adams
                                       

    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:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    31 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Miss Hayley

    Miss Hayley, Discovery Pre-School A

    You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose"

    - Dr. Seuss

    Miss Hayley has been here at our center for a little over a year now. She is currently working towards her Bachelors in Education at West Chester Universty. She enjoys watching the babies reach new milestones each and everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Hayley grew up babysitting.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Berenstain Bears
    Year Started:
    9/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelors by Fall 2016
  • Ms. Lana

    Ms. Lana, Step-Up

    Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed. -Maria Montessori

    Ms. Lana experience goes back to raising her own daughters, and working at a number of different childcare centers. Ms. Lana has also taken college credits in the education field. Ms. Lana has always known she wanted to be a teacher, so while in high school, she volunteered at a daycare and took childcare courses.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Lana has experience working in other childcare centers along with being a personal nanny.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Bellybutton Book
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Miss Margaret Gallagher

    Miss Margaret Gallagher, Preschool A

    Every student can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way"

    - George Evans

    Margaret is originally from Havertown, but currently lives with her sister in Broomall. She grew up with a love for children so she started babysitting at a young age. She continued to turn her passion into a career by taking early childhood classes and working at Early Learning Centers as a student. She received her first lead teaching job as a teacher in the infant room at Great Beginnings. Since then, she has had experience in all ages ranging from infant to young school age. She currently works in our Preschool room and loves bringing different activities to the classroom each day to spark her students interests!

    Previous Experience:
    Margaret spent her younger years babysitting and nannying, she also has worked at various Early Learning Centers as a teacher such as Great Beginnings, Bright Horizons, and The Christian School.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Little Cloud- By Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    1/19/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood
  • Miss Brittany McGuire

    Miss Brittany McGuire, Preschool B

    Actually, all education is self-education. A teacher is only a guide to point out the way and no school, no matter how excellent, can give you education. What you receive is like the outlines in a child's coloring book. You must fill in the colors yourself."

    -Louis L'Amour

    Miss Brittany is the 3B classroom Lead Teacher. With her years of education and achieving her Masters degree in Elementary and Special Education, Miss Brittany enhances her lessons to reach all aspects of learning. She is enthusiastic about teaching and loves working with all ages of children.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Brittany has experience being a Teacher's Assistant in a public school in the Philadelphia area in the Special Education department. She has also taught and worked as a one-on-one with students in Autistic Support during ESY camps. Miss Brittany has had classroom experience in Elementary, Middle, and HIgh school. She has taught at an outdoor school and was a Teacher Naturalist focusing on Science and Survival skills.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Aminal by Larna and Lecia Balian
    Year Started:
    9/15/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Masters Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education

September 2015 Events

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  1. Monday September 07, 2015
    1. 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.

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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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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