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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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Westerville City Schools

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


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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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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


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.


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.

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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    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:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • 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:
    2 Years
  • 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

Upcoming Center Activities

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Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
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.

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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