Jennifer Lies, Center Director
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Welcome! The Wexford KinderCare strives to provide the best early learning environments for children. Each day you can feel confident that your son or daughter is in one of the most secure, nurturing and educational programs in the country. We believe that every moment is a learning moment for not only the children but ourselves as well! We partner with our families through daily communication, parent-teacher conferences, newsletters and calendars to ensure that each child reaches their full potential. At our school, learning is fun and our curriculum is implemented by our passionate, dedicated, and creative teachers. In our quality learning environment, We look for and create moments for your child to learn and grow and we look forward to sharing those moments with you!
Jennifer Lies, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.
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.
A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?
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.
Each member of our staff meets or exceeds the qualification requirements set by the state of Pennsylvania. We believe that on going professional development is essential to maintaining excellence in teaching! Staff members complete a full orientation and attend Professional Development Trainings and workshops through out the year. We believe each child has unique talents and interests and our exceptional teachers provide opportunities for the children to explore the world, be responsible, to make choices and to be treated with respect.
Believe you can and you're halfway there!
As a Center Director, Jennifer continues to share her knowledge and excitement for quality early learning with the children, their families and her team of teachers as well. Jennifer also enjoys learning and growing alongside the children in her center, their families and her teaching team each day!
Live every day as if it were your last.
Nicole has had the opportunity to work in all classrooms with children of all ages. Miss Nicole brings a great deal of knowledge to our program and she is such a strong addition to our team. Miss Nicole became our program specialist in 2013. She also has taught and continues to teach some of our fantastic Learning Adventure programs. Miss Nicole became the assistant director in April of 2016. Miss Nicole aids our program teachers in implementing KinderCare Educations Curriculum into each classroom. Miss Nicole is dedicated to providing the best care possible to all of the children, families and staff at our learning center!
Miss Melanie joined our KinderCare team in August of 2014. She began as a preschool teacher and became the Program Specialist in April 2015. Miss Melanie focuses on developing and maintaining a high quality program through implementation of curriculum and enhancements in all classrooms. Miss Melanie has a great deal of knowledge pertaining to early childhood education and we are so lucky to have her here supporting our amazing teaching team.
I love to sing with the children and just be silly. The children keep me on my toes and we also love to dance together.
Miss Chelsea is one of our fantastic toddler teachers. She spends her days reading, singing, dancing and encouraging the children to explore their surroundings. Miss Chelsea implements our developmentally appropriate toddler curriculum in her classroom and provides many hands on experiences for the little ones in her care.
I love seeing the smiles on each child's face. They make my day Great!
I am very passionate about my job.
Ms. Kristina enjoys the opportunity to learn, teach and get to know the staff, children and families. She enjoys learning through staff trainings,co-workers and other resources that she can implement in the classroom.
I love the light bulb in children,that look of "A-Ha" when they finally get something they've been trying to do.
Ms. Stacy enjoys spending quality time with her boy’s, especially outdoor activities such as; running in the rain, skating at the park and kayaking on the lake. She has had the pleasure of being a stay at home Mom but she has kept herself busy as an assistant teacher and babysitting her family and friends children. She was also a nanny for a year and a half and volunteered as a music director in a private school for three and half years. She then substituted in her children's preschool program.
She came to KinderCare to continue working with children in their learning environment. She enjoys every stage of a child’s development. Each child has their own set of challenges and rewards. Her favorite moment in the classroom is when a child has the “light bulb” moment. They try and try and try and then it finally clicks in their mind. Ms. Stacy believes that there are no two children that are the same and taking the time to get to know these little ones will help her learn to how relate to them and guide them better.
Ms. Becky graduated from Slippery Rock University in May 2011 and started working at KinderCare as the Prekindergaten teacher at the end of May. She enjoys the Prekindergarten room very much and says the most rewarding part of her job is when the class is working on something and they finally achieve it with an "Ah-hah" moment! Ms. Becky is a second degree black belt in Tae-kwon do, enjoys kiyaking and camping with her family near Cook Forest.
In learning you will teach and in teaching you will learn.
Ms. Christine has been working at Wexford KinderCare since August 2010. She began as a teacher in the Preschool room, but currently. Ms. Christine loves to watch the children learn, develop and gain confidence as they grow and is inspired by their excitement and joy when she is teaching them something new.
I get inspired to come to come to work everyday because I get to help and observe these children become lifelong learners. I get to cultivate the excitement of learning about the world around them.
Ms. Brittney graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of human development and family studies in 2009. She is continuing her education at Duquesne University achieving her Masters in Education. Brittney will also gain a Pre-k-4 certification. She currently teaches Kindergarten and is excited about our new interactive program.
I love coming to work. It is a very gratifying job to teach young children. When they smile back and finally get the concept it is so rewarding.
Ms. Deanna is still continues her education. She participates in the Professional Development Days that are provided by KinderCare. She strives to develop the whole child.
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.
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.
Thanksgiving Day/Day after Thanksgiving
New Years Day
Columbus Day (For Professional Development)
President's Day (For Professional Development)
At our center security is held to the highest safety, cleanliness and maintenance standards. Keeping the children safe and secure is one of our first priorities. Upon entrance all visitors must access a security door that can only be accessed by a personalized key code that is provided to each family. Our Facility Management team provides our center with a consistent level of maintenance. We have a Wellness Policy to reduce the spread of illnesses and maintain the health of all the children at our center. Our fenced in playground is a safe and secure extension of the classroom where the children get the opportunity to play daily. Our centers Health and Safety Coordinator completes daily activities to ensure that everyone in the center stays healthy and is safe.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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