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East York KinderCare

Renee Zirkle, 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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Special Instructions:
just off E Market St near Mister Hot Shine and Weaver Eye Assoc.

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)


In addition to renewing our NAEYC and STAR 3A status this school year, our center had a perfect state licensing visit!  We are currently enrolling in all of our classrooms. We also offer a full-time Pennsylvania Prekindergarten Counts classroom, and are accepting waiting list applicants for the 2015-2016 school year.  Our grant application is awaiting approval and we are hopeful that the state budget will continue to include funding for this awesome program.
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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.

Renee Zirkle, 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.

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.

  • Renee Zirkle, Center Director

    I love my job because no two days are ever alike, just like no children are ever alike. I also like to tell people that I work at KinderCare because there is no other job in the world where you can be hugged on a daily basis by so many people!

    Upon graduation from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Renee began teaching full-time in the Prekindergarten classroom. Renee invited her Prekindergarten children to her wedding and has now seen those children getting married and having children of their own. She and her husband have two sons and a black lab-border collie mix. Renee enjoys spending time at all of her sons' sporting events and camping with her family and friends. Camping trips are often combined with amusement park visits since she loves roller coasters.

    Previous Experience:
    After babysitting many children throughout high school, Renee began working with KinderCare part-time while in college. She has done every job in the center over the past 25 years. Renee was hired at the West York center and transferred to the Centerville location to become a director after 15 years. Three years, later the East York director position opened up, and she was excited to fill it.
    Year Started:
    6/6/1988
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Marisol Santos

    Marisol Santos, Assistant Director

    I love watching the children experience aha moments, those moments when the light bulb in their mind goes off and they are able to finally grasp a concept they have been trying to master for the past several days, weeks, or months.

    Besides enjoying spending time with the KinderCare children and families, Marisol also loves spending time with her own children and family.  She enjoys reading, going to the park, watching movies, and volunteering for the children's ministry at her church.

    Previous Experience:
    Marisol has worked in ECE for the past 18 years. She began working for KinderCare in 2007 as a Preschool Teacher at our Charter Lane center in Lancaster. Throughout her years of service with the company, she has also been the Health & Safety Coordinator, Recruiter, and Assistant Director, all in Lancaster. She was excited to accept the Assistant Director position at East York in June2015.
    Year Started:
    1/8/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration-Management
  • 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:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Tonya

    Ms. Tonya, Infant Classroom

    I love knowing that I have an important part in the early education of our young children.

    Ms. Tonya has been a Preschool teacher at our center since she was hired. She received her Child Development Associate's Credential in October of 2009. Ms. Tonya feels that the relationship she has with her children and their parents is a very important part of the children's early learning experience. She feels the input from parents helps her to teach in a more positive way. Ms. Tonya is an avid Baltimore Ravens fan and enjoys watching games with her husband, son and daughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Tonya spent three years as a Preschool teacher at two local centers that are now closed and six years as a substitute teacher in a Maryland public school.
    Year Started:
    11/5/2008
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Toddler Classroom

    I am excited to watch the children grow. I try my best to help them learn in many ways and to ensure that they all have a positive experience during the time I have them.

    Becky and her fiance moved to East York in May of 2013.  She enjoys visiting her family, hiking at Rocky Ridge and shopping during her time off.  Becky comes from a large family; she has 4 siblings.  Since the age of 12 Becky has been helping to care for her younger siblings which inspired her to begin working in the childcare field at when she turned 17.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Becky worked at two other daycare centers.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Tracy, Toddler Classroom

    I love to see the children grow as they learn.

    Ms. Tracy loves to nurture the babies as they transition from infancy to toddler-hood. She enjoys talking with parents and sharing stories of about her two sons and all of the other children she has cared for over the years.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tracy has previous experience working as a School Age caregiver and Toddler teacher.
    Year Started:
    11/18/1996
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Jenny, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love to provide security and happiness for children. I love early childhood curriculum and get excited when I can incorporate cooking into their day!

    Ms. Jenny and her husband moved their son and dog to our area after working at another KinderCare for six months. She loves to cook with her class and has made some yummy healthy treats.  Jenny is excited to begin taking some classes to further her education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jenny previously worked at three other childcare centers and worked as a Kindergarten aide and First, Second and Third grade teacher.
    Year Started:
    8/21/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Education Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology
  • Ms. Trasie

    Ms. Trasie, Preschool-PreKindergarten

    I have always had a love for children.  Teaching, guiding and helping children develop has always been a passion.

    Ms. Trasie transferred to East York after moving with her husband 4 sons and 2 dogs to Pennsylvania in December of 2013. The family made the move across the state line to be closer to family. Trasie enjoys reading, looking for antiques and of course playing with her Jeep!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Trasie transferred to our center from a KinderCare located in Maryland.
    Year Started:
    12/16/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Maryland Preschool Certification
  • 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:
    9 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:
    14 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:
    2 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:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    36 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education, Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Giuseppina LaMattina, Floating Teacher

    I absolutely adore children and love watching them learn and grow!

    Ms. Giusi attends Millersville University and is studying Social work and Sociology.   After completing her degree Ms. Giusi would like to continue her work with children, perhaps in the area of adoption. Ms. Giusi loves spending her free time with her family. She is Italian and speaks a little Italian but is not fluent.  Together they enjoy watching movies, being outdoors and shoe shopping!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Giusi has previous experience in a toddler classroom at a family owned daycare center.
    Year Started:
    5/5/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work in process

August 2015 Events

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  1. Wednesday August 12, 2015
    1. Walking Trip

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      The Preschool and Pre-K class will walk over to Autumn House to visit with the residents and enjoy making a craft with them.

  2. Wednesday August 19, 2015
    1. End of the Summer Pizza Party

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      Preschool and Pre-K will walk to Kingston Park where they will enjoy the playground and games.  They will also enjoy a special Pizza party for lunch.

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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