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Worthington KinderCare

Laura Eichensehr-Walker, Center Director

77 Caren Ave. Worthington OH 43085
(614) 888-9696 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
off 23 one mile S of 270

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Colonial Hills, Evening Street, Slate Hill, Wilson Hill, Worthington Estates, Worthington Park, St. Michael's, and Indian Springs Elementary Schools

We offer a wide variety of Learning Adventure enrichment programs including Phonics, Reading, Math,  Music, and Cooking. Various programs are available to all children from 12 months to 12 years.  Please contact our Center Director for details!

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Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare of Worthington!  We have been serving the families of Worthington since 1995 and we bring to our families over 127 years of early childhood experience.  Let us show you how we can meet your early childhood education needs in a nationally accredited center where family partnerships, educational excellence, and safety are our top priorities. We would love to meet your family, so stop in today!

Laura Eichensehr-Walker, 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.

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.

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.

Swim Lessons

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The staff at Worthington KinderCare welcomes you. We value the relationship that we have with your family and we know that early childhood education is an important decision. We promise to honor the trust you place in us and we desire to be a strong partner in your child's learning.

  • Laura Eichensehr-Walker

    Laura Eichensehr-Walker, Center Director

    Building relationships and trust with the families at our center is very rewarding to me.

    Laura Walker has been working as a Center Director at KinderCare since August 2003. Prior to coming to KinderCare, Laura worked as a teacher, an Assistant Director, and a Center Director for Children’s World Learning Centers for seven years. Laura has a Bachelor’s Degree from Franklin University. Laura also has a Child Development Associate Credential from The Council for Professional Recognition. Laura’s goal is to build strong relationships with families where both parents and caregivers are able to work together to best meet the needs of children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, LauraI worked as a toddler teacher, an Assistant Director, and a Director for seven years.
    Year Started:
    8/8/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, Childhood Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Program Specialist and Learning Adventures Instructor

    In 1998, Kelly started working at KinderCare as a Preschool teacher. She worked as a Preschool teacher, a Prekindergarten teacher, and an Assistant Director before becoming a Center Director. Kelly spent seven years working in her Center Director position before accepting an opportunity to transfer to KinderCare in Worthington. She is excited about the challenge of helping classrooms and teachers with ongoing training and development. Kelly enjoys supporting others in their roles as teachers and having the opportunity to express her creativity in the classroom.  Kelly also teaches the Learning Adventures Programs and enjoys the chance to work with children in a small setting where she can teach them one-on-one.

    Previous Experience:
    Kelly has worked with children through Vacation Bible School and Sunday School for 14 years.
    Year Started:
    8/10/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential - Preschool Endorsement
  • Ms. Mandy

    Ms. Mandy, Program Specialist

    I love watching the children learn and grow a little more each day.

    Ms. Mandy has been working at KinderCare since 2005. She is currently a Program Specialist but has also taught in a variety of classrooms. Ms. Mandy works with classroom teachers to ensure that our classroom environments are optimized for learning . Ms. Mandy has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from The Ohio State University.

    Year Started:
    2/10/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in English
  • Ms. Angie

    Ms. Angie, Infant Classroom

    I love watching the babies grow each and every day!

    Ms. Angie has been working at KinderCare since May 2004. During this time, Ms. Angie has worked full time with infants and toddlers. She has worked in the early education field for a total of eleven years in Ohio and Nevada. Ms. Angie has been married to her wonderful husband since 1980 and she has three children as well as six grandchildren. Ms. Angie enjoys being a positive influence on many young lives every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously worked at KinderCare in 2004 through 2007
    Year Started:
    5/27/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
  • Ms. Edilma

    Ms. Edilma, Classroom Assistant

    I enjoy being around the children, watching them extend their creativity, and helping them make baby steps every day in learning.

    Ms. Edilma has been working at KinderCare since February on 2008. During this time, Ms.Edilma has worked as a classroom assistant in a variety of classrooms. Ms.Edilma has a degree in Accounting and is fluent in Spanish. Ms. Edilma values the opportunity to build relationships with families and works hard to assist in meeting the needs of both parent and child.

    Year Started:
    2/5/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Accounting
  • Ms. Doha

    Ms. Doha, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love watching children grow and learn new things. Teaching them is a joy!

    Ms. Doha has been working with KinderCare since 1996. During this time, Ms. Doha has worked with toddlers and two year-olds. Ms. Doha was born and raised in Syria but came to the United States in 1993. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Psychology from The University of Damascus in Syria. Ms. Doha loves working with children because she enjoys being a positive influence in their lives and she is proud to watch them learn and grow every day.

    Year Started:
    8/19/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education and Psychology
  • Ms. Tonya

    Ms. Tonya, Toddler Classroom

    I love seeing the children grow and learn every day.

    Ms. Tonya has worked with KinderCare since 2002. During that time, she has worked in every classroom of the center. Tonya has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Butler University in Dance Performance and is currently working on obtaining her Child Development Associate Credential. In her free time, Ms. Tonya enjoys time with her husband and two children. She also teaches dance classes at Columbus Youth Ballet. Ms. Tonya has always loved having the opportunity to work with children and is seeking growth within the company in the near future.

    Year Started:
    5/19/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Dance and a CDA Credential
  • Ms. Tiffany

    Ms. Tiffany, Preschool Classroom

    It is so rewarding to see the children learning and growing!

    Ms. Tiffany has been working at KinderCare since 2009. She has a degree in Applied Business from the University of Toledo but plans on completing her Early Childhood Education Degree at Otterbein University in the near future. Ms. Tiffany has been educating children since 2007 and is also a full time mom. For Ms. Tiffany, working with children has been a lifelong dream and KinderCare has given her the opportunity to do what she loves the most.

    Year Started:
    8/31/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Applied Business
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Prekindergarten Classroom A

    Children are our future; we must teach them well, then let them guide themselves to success.

    Ms. Katie has been working at KinderCare since June of 2012. She graduated from The University of Mount Union in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Intervention Specialist. Ms. Katie is currently licensed to teach Prekindergarten through first grade. She enjoys doing a lot of hands-on activities and artwork in the classroom because she believes that children learn better when they can thoroughly explore their environment.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Katie has pre-student taught in a kindergarten classroom, student taught in a second grade classroom, and was a co-teacher in a toddler classroom at a Montessori school.
    Year Started:
    6/25/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Education
  • Ms. Allison

    Ms. Allison, Classroom Assistant

    I love how different each day is and I enjoy the children's enthusiasm.

    Ms. Allison has been working at KinderCare since 2005. She has worked in a variety of positions which include teaching different age groups and life guarding in the summer months. Ms. Allison has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. Ms. Allison also had an opportunity to teach first grade at a local charter school in Columbus, Ohio for a year. Ms. Allison values the opportunity to build relationships with each individual child and she hopes to be a positive influence in their lives.

    Year Started:
    5/25/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor''s Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ashlee

    Ms. Ashlee, Discovery Preschool

    Today is always better than yesterday.

    Ashlee has been working at KinderCare since November of 2015.  Ashlee is enrolled at Rasmussen College and is working on her Child Development Associates Credential.  Ashlee believes strongly in the importance of getting to know each child personally so that she can best meet their individual needs in the classroom.  She understands that children learn very differently and she wants all children to have a great experience here at KinderCare so they will develop a lifelong love of learning.

    Year Started:
    11/23/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Currently Enrolled in CDA Program
  • Ms. Phillecia

    Ms. Phillecia, Classroom Assistant

    I enjoy watching the children execute a skill that they have recently learned.

    Ms. Phillecia has been working at KinderCare since 2010. She works as a classroom assistant and has worked with every age group in our center. Ms. Phillecia has a Bachelor's of Art Degree in Art from Otterbein University. She enjoys using her background in art to instill foundations of creativity in children. In 2011, Ms. Phillecia spent three months in Ecuador where she worked with children teaching art and English.

    Year Started:
    11/12/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Art
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Infant Classroom

    I love being an early childhood educator because I love to see a child's face light up when they learn something new.

    Sarah has been working at Kindercare since January of 2012.  Prior to that, she worked as a nanny where she careed for twins.  Sarah comes from a family of six children so she also cared for her siblings as she was growing up.  Sarah has a BA in communication from Kent State University.  Sarah also earned her CDA credential in 2014.  Sarah believes in the importance of getting to know every child in order to best understand what qualities make them unique and to identify individual learning styles.

    Year Started:
    1/23/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    BA in Communication and a Infant/Toddler CDA Credential
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Pre-K Classroom

    Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. -Dr.Seuss

    Kim began working at KinderCare in August of 2013.  During this time, she has worked as a full time teacher in the Pre-K B classroom.  Kim has always loved working with children and spent a lot of time babysitting children while she was growing up.  In 2014, Kim began taking classes in Early Childhood Development and earned her CDA Credential in early 2015.  Kim values the unique qualities of each child and works hard to adjust learning to meet their varying needs and interests.

    Year Started:
    8/12/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Preschool CDA Credential earned in 2015
  • Ms. Diane

    Ms. Diane, Classroom Assistant

    Give your child a hug every day and tell then you love them.

    Diane has been working at KinderCare since February of 2011.  Diane also works with her husband at their family business and she enjoys spending time with her 3 children and 4 grandchildren.  Diane believes in the importance of reading to children and works hard to ensure that reading happens frequently in the daily classroom routine.  Diane knows that interacting with children frequently is the best way to build strong relationships that build  self confidence and create the best environment for learning.

    Year Started:
    2/17/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Associates of Business from Columbus Business University
  • Ms. Shylee

    Ms. Shylee, Infant Classroom

    I love watching a child learn something new each day!

    Shylee has been working at KinderCare since November of 2014.  Shylee is currently attending Columbus State Community College where she is working on her Associates of Arts Degree.  Once this is completed, she plans to switch to another school to complete her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Shylee believes that children learn best when they can relate the learning materials to their own community and environment.  She strives to make the learning come alive in her classroom so that children feel excited about it!

    Year Started:
    11/10/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Shylle is currently attedning Columbus State Community Clooege for an Assiciaters of Arts Degree. After that, she plans to transfer to another college to pursue her Early Childhood Education Degree.
  • Ms. Cassie

    Ms. Cassie, Lifeguard and Classroom Assistant

    There is never a dull moment when it comes to the busy little minds of children.

    Cassie has been working at KinderCare since May of 2016.  Cassie is a Lifeguard at our onsite pool and she works as a Classroom Assistant when she is not working in the pool area.  Cassie has 4 years of experience in lifeguarding and swim instruction.  Cassie was also on the YMCA Swim Team when she was younger.  Cassie is a Junior at The Ohio State University where she is majoring in Public Health and minoring in Human Development and Family Science.

    Year Started:
    5/23/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    0
    Education:
    Cassie is a Junior at The Ohio State University

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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

  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day (Teacher Professional Development)
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day (Teacher Professional Development)
Thanksgiving Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

We value the importance of safety at our center. Our front doors are always locked and parents and caregivers must have the door code to enter. Alternative pick-up people must have valid identification and must be listed on the child’s paperwork. Our center’s furniture and equipment is cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis to ensure that the children have a safe and clean learning environment. Ms. Tonya is our Health and Safety Coordinator and she regularly monitors our health and safety procedures to ensure that we are maintaining a safe and clean center.

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.

My children have been enrolled at this KinderCare center for the past 4 years.  I love this center because I feel comfortable every day knowing that my children are in good hands with teachers who care about them.  My children are excited to tell me about everything they are learning and they have so many friends who they have grown up with here.  I am so thankful for a place where my childen can learn and grow.  I have great relationships with all of the staff and I feel like I am part of the family!  Thanks for making my life so much easier and for loving my children!

- Mother

My son has attended this center for years and he always feels right at home. The members of the management team are always willing to help, and I am very pleased with all of the teaching staff. I would recommend this center to anyone; I know that they would be as happy as we are!

- Mother
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