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West York KinderCare

Michele Farleman, Center Director

1540 Rodney Rd. York PA 17408
(717) 764-4721 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
off 30w near Quaker Steak and Lube

Route 30 and Kenneth Road

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Central District: Roundtown, Hayshire, Sinking Springs; West York District: Lincoln Way, Wallace & Trimmer

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Welcome to the West York KinderCare. We are located off of Route 30 in York. Located in a quaint neighborhood, one would never know we are such an easy pass off of the highway! We pride ourselves on providing the perfect place for your child by offering developmentally appropriate curriculum within an engaging environment. With our spacious and quiet play yards, your child can participate in a variety of activities including our curriculum-driven Take It Outdoors activities. We are very excited to announce that we are accredited by the National Association of the Education of the Young Child, recognized as a Keystone STAR 4A provider and service Childcare Consultants and NACCRA/ChildCare Aware families!

Michele Farleman, Center Director

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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


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.

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 pleased to introduce you to our amazing team of teachers!

  • Michele Farleman

    Michele Farleman, Center Director

    If you want to see the rainbow, you'll have to put up with the rain.

    Michele enjoys spending time with her boys, camping and cooking!

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Michele was a Director at a church childcare center in Jacobus and then a School Age Coordinator for a childcare provider in East York. She enjoys being able to fuse her love for children and her passion for helping families. Michele's focus on our curriculum, is why she is also our district's Quality Team Leader.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Book Without Pictures", "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly"
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor Degree's in Elementary Education
  • Laura Bryant

    Laura Bryant, Assistant Director

    Just keep swimming

    Previous Experience:
    Laura worked in childcare for quite some time before joining our KinderCare team. She comes to us with previous Assistant Director experience. Laura worked as a Preschool teacher and enjoyed the age group, but wanted to be challenged further.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Family Studies
  • Ms. Dalia Berroa

    Ms. Dalia Berroa, School Age Classroom

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Gabby Gwynn

    Ms. Gabby Gwynn, Toddler Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to our West York KinderCare, Gabby worked at a KinderCare on the opposite coast! She is here from California and we are happy that she has joined our team!
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Danielle Rebert

    Ms. Danielle Rebert, Toddler Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at another local childcare provider before coming to our KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Laurie Forsythe

    Ms. Laurie Forsythe, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Maria Gonzalez

    Ms. Maria Gonzalez, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Tonya

    Ms. Tonya, Infant Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Tonya has been a part of the KinderCare family for over seven years. She transferred to her new KinderCare home in West York early last year.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Judith

    Ms. Judith, Infants

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Judith comes to us with over 10 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Judith and Tonya (Infant Teacher) worked together previously in another environment. We are excited to have them together in our Infant Classroom
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 +
    Child Development Associate
  • Miss Airiana

    Miss Airiana, Toddler Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Airiana has joined our toddler team very enthusiastic about our curriculum and giving our children the love and attention that they deserve.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Currently enrolled in a Child Development Associate program
  • Miss Samantha

    Miss Samantha, Flex Teacher

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining our center, Miss Sam worked with children with developmental disabilities as a therapeutic support staff. She has been our lead Discovery Preschool teacher since her hire.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's degree in Psychology
  • Miss Linda

    Miss Linda, PreKindergarten/Health and Safety Coordinator

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Linda has been at our center for more than twenty years, and has been teaching in our prekindergarten room for almost all of that time. She is our center's Health and Safety Coordinator.
    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Degree (Preschool)
  • Miss Connie

    Miss Connie, Kitchen

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Connie is our center cook, providing our children with three well-rounded and nutritous meals a day. She worked in the cafeteria of a local public school before joining our team in 2013.
    Year Started:
    3 Years

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

  • American Sign Language

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

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

Our center takes the health and safety of the children in our care very seriously. All of the staff in our buiding have current Pediatric First Aid and CPR certifications. The center has a keypad entry as well as playgrounds that can only be accessed from inside the building. Our teachers take pride in keeping their rooms clean and free of hazards. Our onsite Health & Safety Coordinator, maintains safe practices throughout our building.

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