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S. Cleveland Ave. KinderCare

Valerie Woodruff, Center Director

55 South Cleveland Ave. Westerville OH 43081
(614) 899-0026 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
N of St Ann's Hospital

Neighborhood:
Westerville City Schools

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Annehurst, Cherrington, Whittier, Hanby, Mark Twain

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Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare on Cleveland Avenue, serving families in the Westerville community for 29 years! Our center offers care to children ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age. We are currently accredited through National Accredidation Commission (NAC). We are a year round child care program that offers developmentally appropriate learning techniques for your child. Please call us today to schedule a visit so we can tell you about all of our wonderful programs!

Valerie Woodruff, Center Director

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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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. 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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

This center staff has over 100 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field! They are passionate about making a difference in each child's every day life!

  • Valerie Woodruff

    Valerie Woodruff, Center Director

    I enjoy making a positive impact on young children's lives that they can carry on throughout the rest of their lives.

    Valerie is an Ohio State University graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Ecology with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. She has eleven years of experience in the Early Childhood field as a classroom teacher, Assistant Director and well as a  Center Director for six years. Valerie and her husband live in the Westerville area with their 2 children, who attend KinderCare. Her goal as the Director is to provide a warm and nurturing environment for children to develop the skills they need for their future.

    Previous Experience:
    Valerie has previous experience working as an Infant, Toddler and Preschool teacher. Before joining the KinderCare team, she was an Assistant Director and Center Director for six-and-a-half years at a Goddard School in the area.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    2/3/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Jon Johnson

    Jon Johnson, Assistant Director

    Working with children is a job I love, so in a way I will never have to work a day in my life.

    Mr. Jon started out as a School Age teacher for KinderCare before becoming an Assistant Director. He has also served as Acting Director twice. Mr. Jon served as a head wrestling coach and head football coach for a middle school for seven years.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Cook/Support Staff

    My favorite part is when a child realizes they can do something new or on their own.

    Ms. Amber has been in the child care industry for thirteen years and has worked with all age groups. She is a mother of three boys who keep her very busy with sports!

    Year Started:
    1/2/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Infants

    Ms. Amanda started out as a toddler teacher for our center before becoming one of our wonderful infant teachers. She does a great job meeting the needs of every infant and helps them to be prepared for their transition to the toddler classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked in a different child care center and babysitting
    Year Started:
    7/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
  • Sarah Dewey

    Sarah Dewey, Infants

    Bio coming soon....

    Year Started:
    11/8/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    CDA Credential
  • Ms. Melissa, Infants

    Bio coming soon.....

    Year Started:
    9/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Kiara Crenshaw

    Kiara Crenshaw, Toddlers

    Children close their ears to advice, but open their eyes to example.

    Ms. Kiara is currently attending Franklin University where she is majoring in Psychology. Her long term career goal is to become a behavior analyst. Ms. Kiara grew up in the Columbus area and she has 2 young children of her own. Ms. Kiara loves the energy and excitement the toddlers have and is always coming up with exciting activities to do with them!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining our KinderCare family, Ms. Kiara was at another child care center working with infants, preschool and prek. She also worked at a before and after school care program.
    Year Started:
    11/10/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Angel Oliver

    Angel Oliver, Discovery Preschool

    When a 2-3 year old asks you to get into a tent, you get in the tent!

    Ms. Angel loves keeping our toddlers engaged and learning all day long! She loves taking her cues for the day from her class and gets so excited to tell parents about all of the new things their child is doing in her class! Ms. Angel is currently attending Rasmussen College to obtain her Child Development Associate credential. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking and camping!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Angel worked as a Kindergarten Assistant for the Department of Defense in Germany. She also worked as a toddler teacher in other child care centers.
    Year Started:
    10/13/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    working on CDA
  • Ms. Caitlin

    Ms. Caitlin, Toddlers

    Bio coming soon....

    Year Started:
    7/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Sandy

    Ms. Sandy, Preschool

    Every child is an artist.

    Ms. Sandy is happily married with 2 wonderful children and a grand-daughter. She enjoys sports and spending time outdoors with her family and friends.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    1/6/1993
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21
  • Stephanie Mesaros

    Stephanie Mesaros, Pre-Kindergarten

    A person's a person no matter how small. by Dr. Seuss

    Ms. Stephanie is our Health and Safety Coordinator as well as our Pre-K teacher. She lives in Westerville and has 2 dogs. She loves to travel, go camping, and sports. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and going out on her boat!

    Previous Experience:
    Taught Safety City for 5 years. Worked at the Westerville Rec Center for almost 5 years teaching classes to children. 10 years in child care centers as an Infant and Toddler Teacher, Floater, and Assistant Director
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Officer Buckle and Glory
    Year Started:
    6/23/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
    Education:
    CDA
  • Zachary Space

    Zachary Space, School Age

    Bio coming soon....

    Year Started:
    5/19/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, School Age

    You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose!

    Ms. Angela has her Bachelor Degree from Ashford University, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Early Childhood Education. Nothing gives her more satisfaction than the feeling of making an impact in the lives of young children who, she feels are the future of our country! She enjoys planning and spending her days with our school age children!

    Previous Experience:
    School Age teacher at other child care facilities
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    8/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Learning Adventures Teacher

    Be your own kind of beautiful!

    Ms. Nicole has been a preschool teacher for the last 7 years. She recently took on the role of our Learning Adventures teacher!  She loves watching the children grow in all aspects. Ms. Nicole has 2 beautiful children and she enjoys spending time with her family and friends!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom! by Bill Martin Jr.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day.
We are closed on President's Day and Columbus Day for Professional Development Days.

Health and Safety

Health and Safety is very important at our center. We have a keypad entry to ensure only authorized staff and families have access inside and all of our playgrounds are fenced in. Our teachers are trained in First Aid, CPR, Communicable Disease and Child Abuse Prevention. We also have cleaning and safe hygiene practices in place such as hand washing and sanitizing tables, toys, cribs, cots and equipment in the classroom.

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 transitioned to the center a several months ago and struggled with morning drop offs. When Ms. Angel started at the center, she helped so much with those drop offs and he reaches for her in the morning and there are no more tears! It makes my drive to work so much better!

- Father

I enrolled my daughter in KinderCare on December 16, 2013. I'll never forget that date because I took 2 days off of work thinking she would have a hard time coping with it. Needless to say, that was unnecessary. A little background on my daughter...she used to have severe anxiety attacks when I would leave her with her aunts or even with my mom at times. She was even afraid of her own grandfather. That was until KinderCare. I started noticing improvements with her attitude within a month of enrolling her. I could take her to family functions and not have to have her by myside the whole time. She started coming out of her "shell" and becoming herself very quickly. I now have to keep her from hugging strangers! I've always read to my daughter and she already knew her shapes, animals, spelling of her name, colors and ABC's. However, once she gained confidence from her peers and the wonderful staff at KinderCare, she took off on a whole new level! She NEEDS to be read to every night and WANTS to learn the words and how they sound. She even knows her basic colors and some beginner words, like door and window, in Spanish! That wasn't from me or Dora! My daughter is pretty small for her age, but is very feisty, yet the staff here are very patient with her. She loves them very much and her daily routine of hugging Ms. Amber when she first arrives. Giving morning greetings to Ms. Amanda and Ms. Sandy are going to be greatly missed when she moves on to Kindergarten. She has to hug Ms. Valerie and Mr. Jon at the end of the day and get her stickers and dailies from Ms. Stephanie and Mr. Brandon. She also likes to give Mr. Zak a hard time, but only because she loves him! This place has been more than just a learning center for us. This has been a place for my daughter to grow and open up and to get to know herself, and to be herself without being afraid of the world and her surroundings. Without this particular KinderCare, with this very staff, my little girl would not be this lucky and for that, thank you!

- Mother

Raising our children in a two income household was a difficult but necessary decision. Our two boys have attended KinderCare for 5 years now. In that time, my heart has been at ease knowing that while my husband and I work, our children are being nurtured and loved. I see this in the carefully planned daily activity calendars. It's apparent when our oldest son speaks Spanish and our youngest son breaks into the cutest songs and dances! I cherish the photos of our 4 1/2 year old enjoying his cooking lessons and the notes of excitement that our 2 1/2 year old went on the potty! I appreciate the recipes and activity ideas shared with parents, they make for fun Saturdays! The wonderful staff members at KinderCare are creating well-rounded children that will be ready to take on Kindergargen and the world!

- Mother
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