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Westlake KinderCare

Sara Michael, Center Director

30850 Viking Pkwy Westlake OH 44145
(440) 808-9949 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEARS
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Special Instructions:
At the corner of Viking Pkwy & Bradley

Neighborhood:
We are directly off of Bradley Road, 1/2 mile north of Clemons Rd or 1 mile north of Detriot and Crocker Park.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We currently do not transport to schools.

KinderCare Westlake is recognized in our community as one of the leaders in Early Childhood Education as the majority of our teachers hold a Bachelor's Degree and have over 110 years of combined expertise. Additionally, we are the only NAEYC accredited center in Westlake and Bay Village. An added benefit of KinderCare Westlake is our indoor gym! We are currently expanding and enrolling children for all classrooms! Come visit and see why KinderCare Westlake is the center you've been looking for!

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Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare of Westlake! We are very excited to meet your family and for you to meet ours! At our school you will find a team of educators that are dedicated to educating your child in an inviting, warm, and loving environment. Our teaching philosophy involves teaching to the whole child through hands on, child centered activities. We believe that early learning experiences create the foundation for future success, and we take pride in helping build that strong foundation.

Sara Michael, 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.

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.

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  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

Our staff is like a family, and we believe that our teachers are the heart and soul of our school. We would love for you and your family to visit and get to know the fabulous educators who call Westlake KinderCare home.

  • Sara Michael

    Sara Michael, Center Director

    I love teaching, but I love the administration side just as much. I am able to share my knowledge and experience of Early Childhood Education with my staff and families. I take pride in my communication and respect for my staff, families, and every child that enters our doors each day. I love what I do. Making an impact on the lives of everybody involved with my school is an amazing experience. I want nothing more than for every child and family to feel welcome, respected, and safe during their stay with us.

    Sara has her Bachelor's Degree and Professional Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood Education as well as her Master's Degree and Provisional Teaching License in Literacy Education. She has been working in the childcare field since she was 16 years old and has held every position from teaching assistant to Assistant Director. Sara taught Prekindergarten for the public schools for four years in New York before she relocated to Ohio. Once here, she began her career with KinderCare as an Assistant Director, and was then promoted to Center Director. She loves her job and has wonderful rapport with her center's families.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Sara has worked as a Teacher's Assistant, Preschool teacher and Program Specialist in the childcare setting. She also taught Prekindergarten for four years for the public school system.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Giving Tree" by Shell Silverstein
    Year Started:
    1/3/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, Master's Degree in Literacy Education
  • Keri Youngs

    Keri Youngs, Assistant Director

    I love being able to go to work everyday knowing that I can make a difference in a child's life. Seeing children learn and grow inspires me to do my job to the best of my abilities each and every day. The best part of my day is seeing the smiles on children's faces and getting hugs when I arrive and before I leave. Author Emory Austin once said, 'Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway'. Spending time with the children gives me a song to sing and warms my heart.

    Keri graduated from Cleveland State University and began working with children who had intensive emotional and behavioral disorders at a day-treatment facility.  She had the opportunity to work with a variety of ages from Kindergarten to 7th grade.  Keri then became the Prekindergarten teacher at KinderCare in North Ridgeville. Currently Keri is our Assistant Director. She is great at what she does; helping to provide the best experience possible for the children and families of KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Keri previously taught children with emotional and behavioral disorders grades K-7, and also taught Prekindergarten at near by KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Popcorn Dragon" by Jane Thayer
    Year Started:
    9/21/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Education (Special Education License K-12), Bachelor's Degree in Speech and Hearing
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    My favorite thing about being a teacher is building great relationships with my children and families.

    Katie has been with us for a little over a year as our PreKindergarten teacher.  In this short time she has been able to build outstanding relationships with our children and their families. These relationships lead to amazing things being done in the classroom.  Katie hold her Associates in Early childhood Education.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    anything by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    9/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Infant Classroom

    I love my job and working with kids. It's extremely fun and rewarding!

    Ms. Sarah has always enjoyed working with children. Her love and passion for what she does shines through in every interaction she has with the children in her care.  Sarah holds her Bachelors degree in Child and Family Deveopment from Akron University.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Guess how much I love you" by Sam McBratney
    Year Started:
    5/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child and Family Studies
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Toddler Classroom

    I love that every child is different and unique in every way. I also love watching them learn and learning from them!

    Ms. Julie grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and has returned to the area after living in southern Ohio for many years. Ms. Julie obtained her CDA and has many years of experience working with children. Ms. Julie's love for children is evident the moment you see her working with the children in her class!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Julie worked at an early learning center in southern Ohio for 8 years. Prior to that, she worked for the Marrietta City Schools.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Five Little Speckled Frogs" by Anthony Lewis
    Year Started:
    8/18/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Carolann

    Ms. Carolann, Toddler Classroom / Health and Safety Coordinator

    I love working with children because I love watching them grow and watching their imaginations take flight. Watching them have fun takes me back to when I was a child!

    Ms. Carolann has been taking care of children since she was old enough to babysit. Professionally, she has been teaching since 2009. She loves watching children grow and learn!

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant and Lead Toddler teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister
    Year Started:
    6/2/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Working on Associates in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Annie

    Ms. Annie, Toddler A Classroom

    I am so excited to come to work each day and see my children. They grow so rapidly during their toddler years. It truly is a joy to watch them grow in to bright young children!

    Annie recently moved to Ohio from Maryland. She worked at a KinderCare there for three years before transferring to our school here in Westlake.  Annie has her Associates in Early Childhood Education, and is working towards her Bachelor's Degree. The love for her job shines through in her relationship with the children.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
  • Ms. Bonnie

    Ms. Bonnie, Support Teacher

    I love that children are so free-spirited. They have no worries and always have fun. It reminds me to live each day the same way. I also love how rewarding it is to spend time with my children and give them the opportunity to learn.

    Ms. Bonnie is from Sandusky, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University with a Hearing, Speech and Language degree. She loves working with children, playing sports and she absolutely loves dogs!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Bonnie worked with elementary special needs students.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown
    Year Started:
    8/25/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Hearing, Speech and Language Science
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy getting to know the kids in my class and watching their growth through out the school year.

    Danielle is currently working towards her Associates in Early Childhood Education. She has been working with children in some capacity for years and is excited to further her career with KinderCare.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister
    Year Started:
    12/29/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Working towards Associates in ECE
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Support Teacher

    My favorite part of my job is getting to watch the children in my care develop and learn new things! 2.5 year olds learn so much so quickly, it is truly amazing.

    Ms. Katie has been with KinderCare since 2015. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and is currently working towards her Master's Degree in school psychology at Cleveland State.  She is caring, compassionate person who brings much love and fun to our school.

    Year Started:
    1/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Developmental Psychology

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

Everything we do in our school is based on current research and best practices in the field of early childhood education. KinderCare is the world's largest provider of early childhood care and we could not be more proud of our research based curriculum and phenomenal learning adventures programs. 

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • French
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Our center only closes nine days out of the entire year.  Those days are New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, President's Day and Columbus Day.

Health and Safety

Here at the Westlake KinderCare, we hold the health and safety of all our children, families, and staff to a very high standard. Our trained teachers make sure to keep up with their daily cleaning schedule in order to keep their rooms at their cleanest! We also have a washer, dryer, and sanitizer available to all staff. The children's safety is of utmost importance, which is why we have a keypad entrance to the building, as well as a fenced in playground. We also make sure to train our staff in CPR and First Aid. We want all families to feel safe and secure knowing their most precious child is in our care.

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.

Picking a childcare center was a hard decision. I toured countless facilities with none of them feeling right. When I came to KinderCare in Westlake I found a very child friendly environment and outgoing staff. I chose KinderCare for their ratio, environment and accreditation status. I have found so much more here though. They care for my daughter as if she is one of their own. They even cuddle with her when she is having a rough day. They are very sensitive to her personal needs. I know I chose the right school because my daughter has become a happy, outgoing, independent little one who lights up when she sees her teachers and friends!

- Mother

Our daughter really loves being Westlake KinderCare. She always gets a big grin when we pull up to the front door, and she's squirming to get out of her car seat when she sees the door to her room. Everyone is so great! We are thankful every day to have such a wonderful place to help take care of our daughter!

- Father

Our family has been a part of the Westlake KinderCare for almost eight years, starting with our first child, when she was three months old.  Both of our children have attended since they were infants, up until their graduation to start Kindergarten.  The amount of time our family has invested, and trusted, to the staff of KinderCare speaks for itself, in terms of caring for our children.  From infancy up through Pre-K the children are learning at their developmental levels; they are actively engaged and stimulated!  We always loved that about the center; that no matter the age of a child, there is a curriculum in place to engage them and help them grow.  It was apparent that our daughter was more prepared for Kindergarten than her peers, due to what she learned in her Pre-K class, and we are confident that our son will be just as prepared, when he begins Kindergarten this Fall.Our children formed close bonds with their teacher, and, as a working parent, this helped having to be away from them during the day.  The staff communicates well and are willing to work, as a team with parents, as new developmental stages bring new challenges!   We are happy with the way our children have grown and learned so much, as our last child now moves on to the next journey of elementary school!

- Mother

We had the pleasure of sending our son here for 3.5 years. We moved recently away from Westlake and already miss it. Our son was treated like a king with loving teachers that really knew him and made sure he was taken care of emotionally and cognitively. Each day we were given a summary of what occurred during his day, what he learned, what and how he ate, how he slept, and also a personal note - for example something he really enjoyed doing that day, building a train, drawing a volcano, etc. I loved reading them! The teachers really focused on his strengths and what he did well, provided detailed examples of how he was progressing, and at the same time, were not afraid to tell us if he did something not in line with expectations on a certain day. The center directors really value security here, are friendly, and go out of their way to say hello and bye each day. They also had an occasional "parent's night out" option for daycare and did "playdates" where kids could meet outside the center at, for example a park, on a weekend. Thank you KinderCare Westlake!

- Father

KinderCare Westlake has been our children's home away from home since they were infants. The teacher's have nurtured our children, encouraged them to explore and fostered their love of learning. We love the variety that KinderCare offers from phonics and reading to cooking and music; each day is a new adventure for our kids. KinderCare has been a very special place for us over the last 6 years and always will be. Our children will continue to benefit from their KinderCare experience as the enter their life's next chapter.

- Mother
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