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Park Road KinderCare

Melissa Maines, Center Director

401 Park Rd. Worthington OH 43085
(614) 848-3002 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Worthington Park Elementary and Worthington Estates Elementary.

Our teachers are passionate about your child and their education. Each teacher works with your child so that they may become a successful and well-rounded individual.


Welcome to our Park Road KinderCare in Worthington, Ohio. We are very excited to meet with you and your family, so we welcome the chance to personally meet you. Our center provides a safe and comfortable learning environment while your child learns. We also partner with you on your child's educational journey, so we value your input and encourage you to communicate with us regularly. Together we hope to make your child's day the best possible day each and every day! 

Melissa Maines, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

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.

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


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.

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 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 Staff at Park Road KinderCare would love to extend a warm welcome to you. The teachers at our center include those that have been with us for only a few months and some that have shared their services for over fifteen years. Regardless of their time with the company, all of our teachers share a genuine passion for working with children and possess knowledge of how to make meaningful learning experiences for the children in our care. We truly look forward to building relationships and positively impacting the lives of you and your child at KinderCare!

  • Melissa Maines, Center Director

    Cynthia started with KinderCare in the spring of 1995. She has experience as a teacher and Assistant Director. Currently she enjoys having the opportunity to support all the wonderful students, parents and teachers here at the center to provide the best learning experience. Cynthia has her degree from The Ohio State University. Go Buckeyes!

    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in English
  • Ms. Cortni

    Ms. Cortni, Assistant Director

    I enjoy having the opportunity to connect with the children and their families while they attend our center.

    Cortni joined KinderCare in May of 2005. She started out as a Prekindergarten teacher and worked her way up to the Assistant Director position in 2009. She enjoys working with the teachers to help provide a welcoming learning environment for all the children at the center.

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Stacia

    Stacia, Infant Classroom

    Stacia joined KinderCare Dec. 9th 2014. She enjoys interacting with the children, watching them grow and helping them learn new things.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Tina

    Tina, Toddler Classroom

    Tina joined KinderCare July 7th, 2014 and is currently working to obtain her CDA. She enjoys learning new things from the children and being able to experience  each child's uniqueness.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Jessika

    Jessika, Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing the 'A-ha' moment when a student discovers something new.

    Ms. Jessika has been with KinderCare since August 2013. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Education and has always enjoyed working with children. She loves to bring new activities in the classroom and is always on the lookout for new and exciting things to introduce to the children.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1.5 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Education
  • Fortunata

    Fortunata, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I like to see each child smile each and everyday!

    Ms. Fortunata started at KinderCare in 1999. With over 21 years of childcare experience, Ms. Fortunata is actively trying to keep the kids engaged in fun learning activities. She also plans and implements activities to help prepare each child for Kindergarten.

    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
  • Usha

    Usha, Infant/Toddler/Preschool/Pre-K/School Age

    Every morning I love to hear the way children greet me and the other children in the classroom.

    Usha joined KinderCare on October 9th, 2000. She has a Masters of Arts and Bachelor of Arts that she recieved in India. She enjoys interacting with the children, listening to their conversations, and watching them grow!

    Year Started:
    16 Years
  • Holly

    Holly, School Age Classroom

    I like to see the different age groups work together to solve everyday challenges.

    Ms. Holly started KinderCare in 2013 and earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Akron. She enjoys the variety that each day brings in the life of a School Ager.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Child Development

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure safety, but all of our playgrounds are fenced  and locked as well. In addition, the front door has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have the code to enter. All other visitors have to ring the doorbell to gain access by a KinderCare staff member.

We also help to ensure a healthy environment by having closing cleaning procedures with daily, weekly, and monthly checklists for each room. We always have a First Aid and CPR certified staff member on the premises and always make sure there are two staff members in the building at all times. We also communicate any illnesses with parents and have and illness policy we follow to try to prevent the illness from spreading.

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.

My child loves to come to KinderCare. She loves her teacher and looks forward to coming everyday. I know that my child is in good hands and that gives me great peace of mind.

- Parent

My daughter is in the Prekindergarten room at KinderCare on Park Road and I couldn’t be happier with my decision! After looking at other preschool/daycare centers in the area, my husband and I knew instantly where we would be sending our daughter. The facility is amazing and you can really tell that the staff truly cares! After only three weeks at KinderCare my daughter has already learned three sight words. I am confident that KinderCare will prepare my daughter for Kindergarten and then some!

- Parent

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