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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, McVey, Cherrington, Emerson, Hawthrone, Whittier, Annehurst. Columbus Schools: Alpine and Northgate. 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 28, 2016
    1. Fall Harvest Party


      It is time for our annual classroom fall harvest parties.

  2. Friday November 18, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Luncheon


      Come join your child eat a Thanksgiving meal

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:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Human Ecology specializing in Child and Family Development
  • Colleen Ruark

    Colleen Ruark, 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:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Bachelor's of Science Degree
  • Ms. Umara, Floater

    If you can dream it believe it; if you believe it, than you can achieve it.

    Ms. Umara is the mother of three boys that have all attend KinderCare Charring Cross.  Along with working at KinderCare, she is also a teacher.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Teaching Certificate
  • 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:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Siarre, PK

    I've learned more about life through teaching children than I have doing anything else.

    Ms. Siarre is actually returning to childcare after being away for a few years.  She is excited to get back into the field.  She is passionate about and is looking forward to once again being a teacher.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Courtney, Toddler Classroom

    While working with many age groups, I've learned that children are some of the best people to learn from, because they show you how to be the best educator and the best provider you can be.

    Ms. Courtney has been in childcare for about a year and enjoys planning creative-fun activities for her classroom. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Communication and a Minor in Sociology.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Latesha, Toddlers

    Kids are one of the main reasons I smile.  To hear the giggle in their voices makes me happy.

    Ms. Latesha is the mother of one and is excited to be on KinderCare's team.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Makaela, Toddlers

    The best way to predict the future is to create it.

    Makaela is new to the Early Learning field but is excited to get her foot in the door.  She hope to make a good  and meaningful impression on each and every child. 

    Year Started:
  • 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:
    8 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:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
  • 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  3. Thursday October 20, 2016
    1. Boo Bash


      Come join us for some fall fun!

  4. Friday October 28, 2016
    1. Fall Harvest Party


      It is time for our annual classroom fall harvest parties.

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

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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