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Willow Street KinderCare

Mary Woomer, 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. We are currently enrolling for all classrooms.

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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! :)

Mary Woomer, 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.

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?

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 dedication to developing children in their emotional, social, intellectual and physical growth.

  • Mary Woomer

    Mary Woomer, Center Director

     "Fairness is what is fair to each individual child's needs

    Mary started with KinderCare as a young child. Her mother still works for the company to this day! Mary began working for KinderCare back in 1998. She started as a teacher and worked her way into management in 2002. Mary stayed with the company until 2004, when she decided to pursue other options. In 2010, she returned to KinderCare as a director. She loves working with children and making a positive difference in their lives.

    Previous Experience:
    Along with being a teacher and director at KinderCare, Mary has also worked for a private childcare company in Maryland as well as taught in the public school system in Maryland.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology
  • Kate Kilkenny

    Kate Kilkenny, Assistant Director

    A smile is contagious.

    Kate started with our center in April of 2013. Prior to KinderCare, Kate 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. Along with Kate's experience, she 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 has worked for a private company in California as a teacher, director and headmaster.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child and Adolescent Development
  • 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 started 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 experience in other centers as well as in public school. Ms. Lisa has two children and loves being a mother. She is a wonderful caregiver and pours all of her experience and love into each child she works with. Ms. Lisa's goal is to help children become the best they can be.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Lisa worked in the public school system with early child development and at other childcare facilities.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education
  • Ms. Jill

    Ms. Jill, Toddler Classroom

    While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." - Angela Schwindt

    Ms. Jill recently became a full time teacher at KinderCare after being a part-time teacher. She became the lead Toddler teacher at the beginning of the school year and has also assisted in other classrooms as well. She is still enrolled at Millersville University where she is working on her Early Childhood Education degree. Her favorite sport is Lacrosse and she used to play for the Millersville University women's team. Ms. Jill loves to help others and she volunteers for different things throughout her community. She was born and raised in Long Island, New York and has been living in Pennsylvania for seven years with her parents and brother while her sister still lives in Manhattan. She enjoys spending time with her two-year-old Yorkie named Martin, staying active, playing sports and also watching movies.

    Previous Experience:
    Jill has provided childcare in various positions for families looking for help. She has also worked at her church nursery, coached lacrosse and taught at different sports clinics.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Journalism, Education & Early Education Credits
  • Ms. Michele

    Ms. Michele, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I am passionate in seeing children succeed on all developmental levels in a nurturing and caring environment.

    Ms. Michele has worked for KinderCare since November of 2012, after re-locating from Pittsburgh, PA. She is the lead teacher in the Discovery Preschool classroom. She is a graduate of Millerville University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Urban Education. Ms. Michele furthered her education by earning her Director's credential in 2008. She prides herself in providing an organized and nurturing classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare, Ms. Michele worked in childcare throughout college. She taught summer camps in Lancaster and Pittsburgh before becoming a substitute school teacher. Ms. Michele taught in four different school districts before working as a TSS where her focus was on autism and behavioral diagnosis. Her last position prior to joining us was as a director for a private childcare facility in Pittsburgh for the last ten years.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood & Elementary Education, Urban Education Certificate, Director's Credential
  • 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 in January. 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. Ms. Heather is so excited she has joined the KinderCare family and can't wait to see where her career here takes her!

    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:
    2 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
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Preschool Classroom

    I love making a difference in children's lives. They are like little sponges soaking up information and I love being the one to provide them with the knowledge they need to grow!

    Ms. Lori started with our center back in August of 2012. Prior to working here she spent a number of years working with young and School Age children. She graduated from Millersville University with her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and is currently taking classes there for her Master's Degree. Ms. Lori loves to be outdoors. She likes to hike, camp and spending time at the beach. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her one year old daughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare Ms. Lori worked in a child care center for over four years, provided in-home child care for over a year and she worked at a school for one year.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary & Early Childhood Education. Pursuing Master's Degree in Language and Literacy Education
  • Mr. Ryan

    Mr. Ryan, Kindergarten Classroom

    Kindergarten is the best! :)

    Mr. Ryan has been at Willow Street KinderCare for two 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:
    6 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:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Registered Nurse

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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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

Our center will be closed for Thanksgiving on 11/28 and 11/29.
On Christmas Eve, we will be closing at 3:00.
On 12/25, we will be closed.
We will be closed for New Year's Day on 1/1/14.

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. A number of 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.

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

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!

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