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Charring Cross KinderCare

Tracy Harris, Center Director

574 Charring Cross Dr. Westerville OH 43081
(614) 890-7800 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Off of Schrock Rd.btwn State St. and Cleveland Av Directly behind the Roush Honda Dealership

Behind Roush Honda off of Schrock Road.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We currently provide transportation to or have a bus stop created for the following Westerville Schools: Mark Twain, Cherrington, Eastwind Early Learning, Emerson, Hawthrone, Whittier, Annehurst. Columbus Schools: Alpine and Avalon, and Ecole at Kenwood. Private Schools: Oakstone Academy.

Our center is currently enrolling and available to give tours. Call us today to schedule a tour 614-890-8900.

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Welcome to Nationally Accredited KinderCare Learning Center on Charring Cross Drive! Our center has been educating children in the Westerville and surrounding areas since 1996 and we have over 100 years of combined experience in Early Childhood Education. We provide educational experiences for children ranging in ages as young as six weeks through twelve years. We are proud to be able to say that our center has earned Accreditation through the National Accreditation Commission (NAC). Having NAC accreditation shows that we are continually striving to offer the highest quality care and education for the children and families we serve. We are located right off of Schrock Road on Charring Cross Drive directly behind the Roush Honda dealership. Our hours of operation are: Monday – Friday 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. and we are available for tours daily either by appointment or you are welcome to stop by any time after 9 am. If you are currently exploring Early Childhood Education centers for your child or children, we’d love to have you come by and meet our friendly staff. We look forward to meeting you!

Tracy Harris, 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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Friday October 30, 2015
    1. Fall Harvest Party


      The children will have a party celebrating fall.

  2. Friday November 20, 2015
    1. Thanksgiving Lunch


      Parents come and enjoy lunch with your child.

Teachers & Staff

We are very fortunate to have several long term teachers, including our infant teacher, Kim; who has been with us for over seventeen years! Some of our teachers have earned degrees ECE or Child Development;  and many are beginning to work on their CDA credentials.
We are passionate about ensuring that every child in our care has a safe environment where they can feel free to explore, learn and grow.  Our center is very family oriented and we work tirelessly to keep our environment warm and inviting for the families we serve.

  • Tracy Harris

    Tracy Harris, Center Director

    I am and have always been passionate about children having a safe place away from home where they can learn, explore and grow! I am proud of the fact that we are able to provide that place for each and every child who enters our center.

    Tracy graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Ohio State University in 1999, with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Human Ecology, specializing in Child and Family Development. She is married to a wonderful man named Marcus and they have a six-and-a-half year old son named Mace. Tracy has been blessed to work with children and their families in some capacity since graduating from college. She has worked as an Early Childhood teacher, an Administrator of a child care center, a Case Manager/Jobs Counselor for the Franklin County, and a Help Me Grow Service Coordinator before coming to work with KinderCare in various capacities. Tracy has been the Center Director at Charring Cross for over five years now, and truly couldn't imagine herself anywhere else!

    Previous Experience:
    Tracy worked as a Prekindergarten teacher and Child Care Coordinator for Learning Unlimited, then transitioned into a position as a Education Staff Administrator for The Oak Tree Academy Learning Center. She has also worked as a Total Case Manager for Franklin County Job and Family Services for four years. Tracy joined KinderCare as an Assistant Director, Director in Training and finally as the Center Director of KinderCare Charring Cross for the past five years.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Human Ecology specializing in Child and Family Development
  • Colleen Jones

    Colleen Jones, Assistant Director

    I love to see the children grow and learn. When a child grasps a concept and you get to praise them for it, they get excited, and it is the most rewarding aspect of this field.

    Colleen joined KinderCare in April of 2002 as an Infant Teacher. Soon after she completed her Child Development Associate's Credential. Since then she has also obtained a Bachelor's of Science Degree from Ohio Dominican University. Colleen enjoys helping families encourage the love of learning in their children.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Bachelor's of Science Degree
  • Ms. Rebecca (Becky)

    Ms. Rebecca (Becky), Floating

    It is easier to teach a child than to change an adult.

    Becky began teaching in 1996, she taught for 14 years at a basic education level before coming to The United States.  She has an Associate Degree in Basic Education

    Previous Experience:
    14 years of basic education in Ghana
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Associate in Basic Education
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Infant Classroom

    I love seeing a smile on one of my friend's little faces and watching them grow and learn something new.

    Ms. Kim really enjoys the children in her care and likes making new friends with the parents. Her job is very rewarding and she gets a lot of happiness from the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Kim worked at Little Buckeye, Greenhill Daycare, Children's World and Creative Child Care centers.
    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Mariela

    Ms. Mariela, Learning Adventures/Cook

    I love working with babies, watching them grow and seeing how they develop.

    Ms. Mariela enjoys doing activities with the children.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Becka, PS/PK

    There is nothing quite like the feeling you get when you make a connection with a child, and see the spark in their eyes when they understand something you have taught them.

    Ms. Becka has about 10 years of combined experience in the field of Early Childhood Development and education.  Ms. Becka loves to stay informed on any changes made to the ECE standards and practices.  She participates in all training classes and she plans to obtain her Child Development Accreditation and then work towards her Degree for ECE.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Natosha

    Ms. Natosha, Toddler

    Working with children is my passion. I love to be creative and thing outside the box to help children learn.

    Ms. Natosha has been working in the Early Childhood field for almost 5 years.  Natosha is the mother of two children and works by the motto that she would treat other children the way she would want others to treat her children.  She is very big on arts and crafts in the classroom.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Markesha

    Ms. Markesha, Preschool Classroom

    I love teaching children things that will last a life time. They may not remember me, but they will always remember the things I have taught them.

    Ms. Markesha started in the childcare field in 1999 when her of her oldest daughter was born. She discovered that she loved teaching children just to see the light bulbs to off in their head and their eyes light up when they discover new things. She took a break for four-and-a-half years but found that she missed teaching so much that she had to come back.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Markesha taught children in Sunday School and worked with her aunt helping her with her foster children. She also worked with children at the JCPenny portrait studio.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Teresa

    Ms. Teresa, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Teaching the kids and watching them learn new things keeps me going.  I want to always make sure I'm not only watching but recording their progress.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Umara

    Ms. Umara, Prekindergarten Classroom

    The value of having an education is priceless because you can never stop learning. My hopes as a teacher is to empower and guide each learner to become eager to explore the world that is at their fingertips.

    Ms. Umara worked as a Prekindergarten and School Age teacher while with KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Umara worked in Columbus Public Schools as Preschool teacher.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Mariah

    Ms. Mariah, Infant Classroom

    I love to see the children smile and learn new things every day.

    Ms. Mariah is a very caring person and loves to help people.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, School Age Classroom

    Children are only young once. To help them make the most of it is amazing and rewarding.

    Ms. Amber loves to work with children, especially with School Age children. Being able to watch them work together and run their room without being too hands on is something she takes pride in. She plans on attending college for a degree in family and child services.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amber has been a School Age teacher before and also taught in the Toddler room.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Rasheeda

    Ms. Rasheeda, Floating Teacher

    I enjoy being a caregiver and making sure children learn effectively while having fun doing it.

    Ms. Rasheeda graduated from Westerville South High School.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Deanna

    Ms. Deanna, Pre-School Teacher

    I love watching the children learn and grow.

    Ms. Deanna loves to see the different developments they go through.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Deanna has worked at other Early Learning Centers.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years

October 2015 Events

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  1. Friday October 30, 2015
    1. Fall Harvest Party


      The children will have a party celebrating fall.

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

  • Spanish
  • TWI

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Our center will be closed to observe the following holidays: New Year's Day; Memorial Day; Fourth of July; Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving as well as Christmas Day. 
We will also be closed on President's Day and Columbus Day in order to provide Professional Development opportunities to our staff.

Health and Safety

Our building is always locked with a keypad coded entry at the front door along with an intercom system. We require having one staff person on site at all times that has been trained in CPR, Communicable Disease, Child Abuse and First Aid. At KinderCare, the health and safety of our children and having the confidence of our parents is paramount. We maintain rigorous standards for safety and pride ourselves on keeping our center extremely clean – sanitizing and disinfecting all areas several times per day.

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.

My son has been attending this KinderCare for almost three years and has loved everyday here. The entire staff here goes ABOVE AND BEYOND their normal job responsibilities on a daily basis and for that I will be forever grateful. I know each day my son is here he is loved and cared about which is one of a mother’s worst fears for the opposite to happen.

I cherish this center because of all the hard work and dedication from each teacher that's put forth. It is very apparent that doing an amazing job is a high priority
and who doesn't love being able to be at ease while your child is in the care of someone else?
I absolutely love these ladies here and can’t imagine a better group of ladies playing a role in my son’s life. I want to thank each and every one of you for all the hard and honest work you do every second of everyday which I know can not be easy at all. It may not seem like it at times, and we as parents may not express it enough, but you ladies are appreciated more than you’ll ever know!

Thank you all so much for EVERYTHING you do!

- Mother

We have been a part of the Charring Cross family for over four years. I love how every teacher, cook, bus driver, Director and Assistant Director are genuinely concerned for the safety and well being of my children. My daughters always look forward to summer break for all the fun activities and field trips.

- Mother

My children have been attending the Charring Cross KinderCare since they were both six months old, and are now seven and three. The teachers at this center are wonderful and have provided them with all the tools that they need to begin grade school. I wouldn't ever switch childcare provider. They make every kid count. The director, Tracy, is the best and I hope she remains there for the duration of the time my kids attend there. It is a GREAT CHILDCARE CENTER!

- Mother

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