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Willow Street KinderCare

Kate Kilkenny, Center Director

218 Willow Valley Lakes Dr. Willow Street PA 17584
(717) 464-2615 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Off Peach Bottom Road in the Willow Valley Lakes Business Park

Neighborhood:
Route 222, Willow Valley Business Park; Beavery Valley Pike and Peach Bottom Road

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Pequea Elementary, Lampeter Elementary, Hans Herr Elementary, Providence Elementary, Quarryville Elementary

Our center is equipped with an Infant room, Toddler room, a Discovery Preschool room, Preschool, Prekindergarten and a Private Kindergarten classroom. Our teachers work closely with one another to make the transition between classrooms smooth and they also work to create a successful curriculum across all age groups. As a center, we create an environment that will allow our children to learn and become independent. Our expectations are for our children to succeed and become lifelong learners.

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Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare at Willow Street! We strive to offer an exceptional child and parent experience. We invite you to join our KinderCare Family and experience a positive early childhood education. Our teachers are dedicated to providing a nurturing and educational environment for each individual child. We focus on a rich curriculum designed for each separate age group and positive guidance to allow each child to grow into confident students. Our teachers are passionate and driven to offer learning through exploration, teacher guided activities and student driven activities. We invite you to come meet our teachers and explore our fun and educational center. See you soon! :)

Kate Kilkenny, 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.

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.

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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

Teachers & Staff

Our team at Willow Street KinderCare is a team of dedicated, passionate professionals who strive to create an exceptional child and parent experience. Our teachers are dedicated to implementing a curriculum that teaches the whole child in all areas of learning. They are committed to focusing on the needs of each individual child by creating a nurturing environment that allows children to become confident learners. Our teachers are given continuous opportunities for growth including a bi-annual Professional Development Day focused on Early Childhood Education and growth. Our team has been chosen for their devotion to developing children in their emotional, social, intellectual and physical growth.

  • Kate Kilkenny

    Kate Kilkenny, Center Director

    "A smile is contagious"

    Kate started with our center in April 2013. Prior to KinderCare, she worked in California as a teacher for a number of years before becoming a director. In August of 2012, she and her husband re-located to Pennsylvania to be closer to family. Along with experience, Kate brings her passion for teaching young children, educating staff and working together with parents so their child can receive the best experience possible.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare, Kate worked for a private company in California as a teacher, director and headmaster.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    B.A. Child and Adolescent Developement
  • Michele Brown

    Michele Brown, Assistant Director

    Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all!

    Miss Michele has worked for KinderCare sinces November 2012 after relocating from Pittsburg, Pa. She is a graduate of Millersville University with a BSE in Elementary and Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Urban Education. Miss Michele Furthered her credentials by earning her Director's Credential in 2008. She prides herself in providing an organized and nurturing center environment. Miss Michele is passionate in seeing children succeed on all developmental levels in a nurturing, caring environment.

    Previous Experience:
    Directors Credential Specialized Certificate in Urban Education TSS with focus in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Behavioral Diagnosis Center Director in Pittsburg, PA for 10 years
    Year Started:
    11/12/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16+
    Education:
    BSE Elementary and Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Infant Classroom

    Children are like seeds of a flower. You shower them with love, provide guidance for their roots and watch them grow and thrive.

    Ms. Lisa began working at KinderCare in February of 2013. She has been working with children of all ages since she was eleven years old. She enjoys early childhood education and has had experence in other centers, as well as in public schools. When she is with her class, she loves to make her infants smile and spending individual time with each child. In her free time, Ms. Lisa likes to spend time with her family, including her two children, and her pets. 

    Previous Experience:
    Girl Scout troup leader Substitute Teache in the Public School System Nanny
    Year Started:
    2/4/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Discovery Preschool Classrooms

    I love my job because of the little simple things that surprise me everyday. A new word, a first step, it makes you appreciate all of the little things.

    Ms. Heather started with KinderCare over three years ago. She came here from another child facility where she was a Preschool teacher and later became a Center Director. Ms. Heather has her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education from Millerville University and is a Pennsylvania state certified teacher. 

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Heather worked at other Child Development Centers as well as with Public School children for over seven years.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education, Pennsylvania Teaching Certification in Social Studies for grades 7-12
  • Mr. Ryan

    Mr. Ryan, Kindergarten Classroom

    Kindergarten is the best! :)

    Mr. Ryan has been at Willow Street KinderCare for many years. He has enjoyed watching each child grow and learn everyday. He graduated from Kutztown University in 2007, with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Mr. Ryan likes to make his classroom as fun and engaging as possible.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Judy, Cook

    Everyday is an adventure when working with children. We are never to old to learn something.

    Ms. Judy started working at KinderCare in 2003, when the facility was still called Magic Years. She began in the two year old classroom and has been involved in the toddler and infant classrooms throughout the years. In 2004, she took over the kitchen duties of cooking, menu planning and ordering. Ms. Judy began her working career as a registered nurse and is thrilled to continue to use those skills on a day to day basis in the center.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Judy was a nurse for over twenty years.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Registered Nurse

August 2016 Events

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  1. Monday August 01, 2016
    1. Spirit Week

      August 1 - 5

  2. Tuesday August 09, 2016
    1. Join us for our Curriculum Night

      Find out how we can work together to give your children a brighter future!

      On August 9th, you’ll see firsthand how we nurture your child’s curiosity. Come meet our wonderful teachers and find out what a day at our center is like. Participate in some of our engaging curriculum activities, like creating modern renditions of pop art or discovering gross and gooey physiology! Curriculum Night gives you the opportunity to see how your child will grow and develop at our center, all while having fun. You’ll also get to talk with other parents who are already a part of our family.

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

Holidays Observed

We are enrolling now for School Age Summer Camp. Inquire now to reserve your spot.

Health and Safety

Here at WIllow Street KinderCare we take health and safety seriously! All access to our facility is through a keypad entry. In order to ensure your child's safety while outside playing, we also have a large, fenced outdoor play area. While enjoying the outdoors, your child will be able to run, paint, read, or socialize with other children and teachers. We also conduct regular fire and disaster drills so that we are always prepared in case of an emergency.  All employees hired at KinderCare must pass a thorough background criminal check and provide state clearances as well. The most important part of heath and safety is training. We cover health and safety topics each month at our staff meetings. Our teachers are also CPR and First Aid certified.

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

KinderCare has been a Godsend! They are truly there for the kids. I have a special needs son with a developmental delay and a feeding tube. Not only were they willing to take on the challenges both entail, but they have done it without needing much support. Their staff have helped my son grow more in the past three months than he has gotten in other day care settings in six months. I consider KinderCare my child's second family during the week. We are not having trouble getting him to want to go to his early intervention program some days because he likes KinderCare more. I would highly recommend this center to anyone looking for not only childcare, but an education as well!

- Mother

I have had my daughter at KinderCare for over a year. She came to KinderCare as a three-month-old Infant, and is now thriving as an eighteen-month-old Toddler. She is beginning to talk and say a variety of words.  She has already made friendships in her classroom that I did not think Toddler could make. The teachers here have been very kind and up front with me about my child's development and they always communicate with me about my child's day. I am very happy to see how well my daughter is growing and developing at such a young age and I have nobody to thank but her wonderful teachers!

- Mother
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