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Wexford KinderCare

Jennifer Lies, Center Director

106 VIP Dr. Wexford PA 15090
(724) 935-5711 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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at Wexford exit off 79 Behind T Bones

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Some bussing is provided to surrounding schools.

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Welcome

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

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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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

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.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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

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.

Spanish

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?

Teachers & Staff

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.

  • Jennifer Lies

    Jennifer Lies, Center Director

    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!

    Previous Experience:
    Jennifer began her journey with KinderCare at the Mt. Lebanon location in June of 2011. She began as a discovery preschool teacher. A year after teaching, she was then given the amazing opportunity to become the Program Specialist and then in 2013 the Assistant Director. Jennifer has many years experience working with children of all ages and managerial experience from managing many aspects of Living Treasures Wild Animal Park, a small private zoo. She also led the education programs at the facility. In March of 2014, Jennifer started her journey with the KinderCare in Wexford as the center director.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10+
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education
  • Jen Schwartz

    Jen Schwartz, Assistant Director

    A day without laughter, is a day wasted

    Jen has taught Pre-Kindergarten for over 13 years.  She has created preschool programs in two centers in Cranberry Twp, PA.  Jen comes to us with many years of experience and  many great ideas to implement in our center.  Jen's use of natural items compliments each and every learning center in our building.

    Previous Experience:
    Over 13 years experience working with children
    Year Started:
    2/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Emilie

    Ms. Emilie, Infant Classroom

    If you go to work with an open mind and flexible schedule, you will never have a bad day.

    Ms. Emilie was hired at KinderCare as an aid in 1994 for the infant and toddler rooms. Over the years, she has worked as a Toddler, Discovery Preschool and is currently an Infant teacher and has had the opportunity to work in the other classrooms as needed. Emilie is also the staff trainer and has recently earned her Child Development Associate's credential. Ms. Emilie loves playing with the children and teaching each of them something new every day. She is inspired by their unconditional love and all it takes is a hug or a smile to make her day!

    Year Started:
    4/18/1994
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Chelsea

    Ms. Chelsea, Toddler Classroom

    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.

    Ms. Chelsea has recently obtained her Child Development Associate. She enjoys giving lots of hugs and it makes her super happy when the children call her name and give her lots of hugs in return!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Chelsea has been a nanny and enjoys caring for her niece.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Jodi

    Ms. Jodi, Toddler Classroom

    I love seeing the smiles on each child's face. They make my day Great!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jodi has worked as a therapeutic staff support with children needing additional services. She also hosted fun birthday parties at Wildwood Highlands.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Sociology and Criminal Justice, Pursuing Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Kristina

    Ms. Kristina, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I am very passionate about my job.

    Ms. Kristina enjoys the opportunity to learn, teach and get to know the staff and children. She enjoys learning through staff trainings,co-workers and other resources that she can implement that in the classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kristina has worked in a daycare for 12 and half years.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Stacy

    Ms. Stacy, Discovery Preschool 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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stacy raised her boys, was a nanny, and volunteered as an elementary music director. She also was a substitute and part-time teacher assistant for prekindergarten and preschool.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Becky was a middle school tutor.
    Year Started:
    5/23/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Christine was a middle school aide and substitute.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Brittney

    Ms. Brittney, Kindergarten Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brittney previously was a swimming teacher and a coach assistant for boys basketball at YMCA. She also held an internship at Head Start program.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. Deanna

    Ms. Deanna, Kindergarten Classroom

    I love coming to work. It is a very gratifying job to teach young children. When they smile back and finally get the concept 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.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Learning Adventures Classroom

    I am most passionate about teaching and aiding the children to learn and experience all of the wonderful things and knowledge around them.

    Ms. Nicole has been a teacher and employee at KinderCare since October 2008. She started as a teacher in the Discovery Preschool Classroom and after about three years she had the opportunity to work with the Prekindergarten students for about six months. For the last year and a half Ms. Nicole has been the Learning Adventures Teacher. She loves to work with children and aid in their growth and development here at KinderCare. Ms. Nicole looks forward to the growing opportunities here at this company.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Nicole was an in-home childcare provider.
    Year Started:
    10/7/2008
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

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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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

Memorial Day
Labor Day
Independance Day
Christmas Day
Thanksgiving Day/Day after Thanksgiving
New Years Day
Columbus Day (For Professional Development)
President's Day (For Professional Development)

Health and Safety

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.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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I had actually worked in the past as an inspector for daycare and preschool programs in Philadelphia, so when we were looking for childcare for our daughter, I was anxious to find a local center that met my expectations. In the Wexford area, this KinderCare was the only place that exemplified NAEYC's standards but also had a truly unique experience for infants. The staff in the infant room - particularly Miss Emilie - had a level of experience that put me completely at ease from the start.
People at work and in my family nod and say in a low, conspiratorial voice, "It's so hard to leave your daughter at daycare, huh?" and I can honestly say the answer is "No, not at all" because I feel like she is having a really positive experience with caring people, and a chance to interact safely with other little ones. I don't feel like she's in 'daycare', I feel like her development is being enhanced at your center.

-Teresa
 

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