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Xenia KinderCare

Lucy Smith, Center Director

2025 Bellbrook Ave. Xenia OH 45385
(937) 376-4729 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Veenia Community Schools,Techumsca, Simon Kenton, McKinley, Spring Hill, Cox, St. Bridgid and Xenia Christian School, New Summit Academy

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Welcome

Welcome to our school! We have been serving your community since 1980. We would love to meet you and your child and arrange a tour of our facility.

Lucy Smith, 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.

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.

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.

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

We are proud of our long term staff as well as the new teachers that have joined us. Combined, we have over 120 years of child care experience among our staff!

  • Lucy Smith, Center Director

    My passion has always been for children. I'm a strong believer that the relationships we build with our children now help mold them into the outstanding adults and community citizens in the future. I truly enjoy the stories shared with me by our parents and am honored that they entrust me with the care and education of their child.

    Lucy left the retail field and became the School Age teacher at the local Kids Choice. Shortly after, she was promoted to Assistant Director and then eventually the Center Director at the area KinderCare. After adopting her ten children, she took a leave of absence and then returned to KinderCare to join the staff at the Xenia branch. She has been at her current location since 2007. 

    Previous Experience:
    Lucy brings retail management and marketing experience to the KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    10/2/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
  • Sarah Midlam

    Sarah Midlam, Assistant Director

    My favorite quote is 'there are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots, the other is wings.' by Hodding Carter because by planting good roots (education) for the children, you know that in the long run they will be successful in life.

    Sarah has been with KinderCare for ten years. She has eight years of schooling and training for the field. She began her career as the infant room teacher in 2003 and was promoted to the Assistant Director in 2009 while still overseeing the School Age program as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Sarah brings retail management experience to the KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    4/13/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Center Cook

    I enjoy making people, especially children, happy. Being a great cook helps me to do that. Who isn't happy to see the cook?!

    Ms. Sara was born and raised in East Tennessee and loves cooking southern food. She believes that bringing people together around a meal is heart warming. Ms. Sara has been following her grandmother's recipes for the last twenty years and adds a bit of her southern love to the center's menu. 

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Infant Classroom

    I like watching children grow from infancy to school age.

    Ms. Becky started working at KinderCare in November 1997. She started out as the Preschool Classroom teacher from 1997-2000 and has been working with Infants since 2000. Before working for KinderCare, Ms. Becky worked as a student worker for Sinclair Community College in their child care center. She received her Child Development Associate Credential in 2011.

    Year Started:
    11/1/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Kim has been with KinderCare since April 28, 2003. Before that she worked at Tiny Tots Day Care for a number of years, and enjoys working with children. Ms. Kim and her husband Eric have been married for 31 years. They have one son and a granddaughter.

    Year Started:
    4/28/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    34 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy watching as the toddlers grow, change, and learn new things.

    Ms. Melissa has been with KinderCare since September of 2006. Before coming to KinderCare, she worked at the YMCA for ten years as the first and second grade teacher. Ms. Melissa graduated in 2000 from Clark State Community College with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys doing art projects with the kids and taking pictures.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Melissa worked for the Xenia YMCA prior to joining the KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    9/18/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

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 team welcomes you to The Xenia KinderCare Learning Center.  At our KinderCare, we strive for excellence in every area.  In an effort to stay up with educational trends, our staff is constantly receiving training on advanced practices and quality improvement courses approved by the Ohio Department of Education.  Everyday we promote learning in a safe and fun environment. We also make it a point to build strong relationships with our families and to constantly seek to improve our communication.  We are excited for your family to join ours and for your children to begin their journey on their road to success.  As parents and educators, we understand the challenges for a new mom, or a new dad, with getting back into the work place and finding the best learning center to care for their prize possessions.  We care and love each child as a part of our family.  We welcome new families to visit our center, to see our classrooms and to meet our family.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Health and Safety is one of the biggest priorities here at your Xenia KinderCare. We have a secure entrance with a coded key pad for use to enter our learning center.  A written authorization must be on file at the center for your child's release to anyone. Anyone who does not normally pick up your child will be identified per their state issued identification.  During all times of operation, at least two of our staff members are trained in CPR, First Aid, Child Abuse recognition, and Communicable Disease.  The safety of your child is our top priority.

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