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East York KinderCare

Malika Lucas, Center Director

120 South Northern Way York PA 17402
(717) 755-2821 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Eastern Boulevard and Northern Way

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
East York, Yorshire Center within the Suburban District, Stoneybrook, North Hills within the Central District (check for North Hills availability)

Welcome

Our East York KinderCare teachers are passionate about open communication between staff and families, which promotes a trustworthy relationship that is conducive to stability, respectfulness, and comfort for all in a clean, safe environment.

Malika Lucas, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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.

Teachers & Staff

Our 14 staff members have been employed by KinderCare a combined total of 117 years! We are dedicated to continuous quality improvement, ongoing education and training, and above all else, the children and families.

  • Malika Lucas, Center Director

  • Ms. Kristy, Infant Classroom

    I love seeing the smiling faces of every child. Being such an important part of helping them grow is a wonderful gift.

    Ms. Kristy worked at KinderCare after high school for a few years and then moved to Minnesota where she worked in retail. As soon as returned to Pennsylvania she applied to come back to KinderCare because she missed the children. Ms. Kristy and her son have a few pets that they love to show to the children. She loves being with the new babies and easing the new moms back to work.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kristy previously worked as a daycare attendant at her local gym.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Andrea

    Ms. Andrea, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I feel like I make a difference in the lives of my children. I know that I am helping them to be all they can be.

    Ms. Andrea began her tenure with KinderCare in Maryland while she attended college. Upon graduating and moving to Pennsylvania, Ms. Andrea transferred to our center one-and-a-half years ago. She studied at Towson University where she received her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She loves working with technology as a means to interest children. Ms. Andrea is a huge Baltimore Orioles fan; she and her father and brothers have traveled all over to watch their games!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Andrea has had several school internships in the Early childhood Education field.
    Year Started:
    8/4/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Becky K., Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love that each day is a new opportunity for learning and personal development for children.

    Ms. Becky has held many positions at KinderCare since her arrival in 2001. She has a Bachelor's degree from York College of Pennsylvania and holds two certifications, Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. Outside of work, Ms. Becky enjoys spending time with her husband Andy and two sons, Logan and Tanner.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Becky worked as a Kindergarten teacher at a recreation center.
    Year Started:
    1/29/2001
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education with Certification in Elementary and Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Cindy

    Ms. Cindy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy being a part of the children's learning experiences.

    After schooling her own children (two sons and a daughter) for eight years and volunteering in kid programs at church, Ms. Cindy took her love of working with children to Preschool. She has taught Prekindergarten for almost fifteen years, using her background in Spanish and sign language to create a fun learning experience.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cindy has previous experience working as a Sunday School teacher and a Cotillion (dance) teacher.
    Year Started:
    9/27/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Laura, Learning Adventures Classroom

    I love children and enjoy helping them learn; seeing their enthusiasm as they learn and grow.

    Ms. Laura had taught in the public school system for thirty and a half years. She is the Learning Adventures enrichment specialist at our center. Outside of KinderCare Ms. Laura enjoys spending time with her family; she and her husband have a son and a daughter and four grandchildren. She also loves to sing and sings in our local chorus and her church choir.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Laura has previous experience teaching first grade for four years, one year teaching third grade and 25-and-a-half years teaching Kindergarten.
    Year Started:
    3/20/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    36 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education, Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

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
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus 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

In addition to standard security features (keypad entry, fenced playground, full faculty first aid certification), there is a full-time in-center Health & Safety Coordinator and Center Trainer. These appointed faculty work to maintain current health and safety practices while continuously increasing our standards.

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.

We have been part of the KinderCare Family for over five years. Both my children have taken full advantage of all the wonderful programs KinderCare has to offer. The pace of their learning really picked up after they became participants in the Phonics and Math programs. Most importantly KinderCare has provided a safe, healthy, and clean environment for my children to grow and learn. The teachers and staff go above and beyond to understand the needs of the children and exceed them. Thank you for all you do!

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