Leah Rawleigh, Center Director
Meet Leah Rawleigh, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2019
Education: Doctorate of Education, Master's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Meet Leah Rawleigh! She is the Center Director at Cranberry KinderCare in Pennsylvania. Leah holds a Doctorate in Education, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. She has been with KinderCare since 2019 and has over 12 years of experience in the Education field. Every day, Leah looks forward to providing children with a nurturing learning environment where they can discover their true potential. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." – Nelson Mandela. Outside of work, Leah enjoys gardening and spending time outdoors with her family.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
Kindergarten Programs (5–6 Years)
Welcome to kindergarten: the gateway to grade school and everything that comes next! Offered in select centers, our kindergarten programs have small class sizes and curriculums that mix learning and fun. The basic building blocks of reading, writing, math, and science are key in kindergarten, so we make sure they get lots of practice in all of these areas.
Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)
You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!
Interactive Kindergarten (5–6 Years)
Kindergarten is a critical year for young learners. Experienced KinderCare teachers will tap into your child’s natural curiosity to help get them even more prepared for elementary school. Our engaging lessons make the most of current technology while offering plenty of hands-on play and exploration.
School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
Elementary School Distance Learning
Healthy bodies, happy hearts, growing minds. We make distance learning easy on your whole family! Our teachers are trained to facilitate safe and dynamic learning experiences online and in-person. Since every school has their own learning plan, we’ve added flexible enrollment options to meet your family’s needs. Whether you choose to enroll full-time, part-time, or before and after school, we’re here for you!
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
Soccer Shots, Gymagic Bus
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
At six months old, I put my son into the care of a woman who watched children at her home. I thought that a 'family' environment would be best for him. He was sick all the time and I didn't think other families were respectful to each other.
We switched to a KinderCare next to my office. He was just under a year at that time. He blossomed under the care of trained professionals. They recognized he had a sensory disorder and we got him therapy right away. I loved that KinderCare, I am still friends with one of the ladies that cuddled my son everyday.
When my job was changing, I was heartbroken knowing I had to leave that KinderCare. I wanted to switch to KinderCare of Cranberry, but the cost was a bit too high. I settled for another care center. My son never really adjusted well. He cried everyday, and he was sick so much. I missed a ton of work, and the poor thing seemed to always be at the doctor's office or on another antibiotic. Most teachers were kind but I don't think they had the resources to make things as fun and welcoming as they could be. When I witnessed a health hazard that ended with my son getting very ill, that was my final straw.
I switched him to the current KinderCare. Oh, my goodness. I'm kicking myself for not throwing in the money earlier, the difference is amazing. It's only been since June (and it's September now), but he is a very happy boy. He hardly ever cries at drop off, he plays with other kids, he does art and gets dirty (which never happened before due to his lingering sensory issue), he dances and sings. I realize he is getting older now at two-and-a-half years old, but the difference between him in spring and him over this summer is incredible. The summer Miss Katie and Miss Ashlyn worked to get him to open up more. Now that they headed back to college, I was worried that he would be Mr. Introvert again, as routine change is not his style. A few weeks were rough, but he has fallen in love again with Miss Tammi. Today, she helped him with his favorite toy (a car) from home, which helps his anxiety and she even let him sleep with it! He ran to her for big hugs when she arrived to his room today. The only thing that could make this momma happy is not having to work and being with my boy all day. I am so thankful for the kind and loving people that care for and teach our children and respect everyone's various needs and feelings. My "mom-guilt" everyday at drop-off time is lessened with each passing day, knowing he is so well cared for here.”
Jessie F. - KinderCare Parent
We have been a part of the Cranberry KinderCare family for over seven years now and are grateful for what they provide for not only our two daughters, but us as well. The teachers and staff at Cranberry KinderCare create a positive and encouraging environment where our children feel safe and comfortable to learn and grow. The teachers communicate with us daily to share our children's learning experiences and take the time to praise their successes. They also make themselves available to discuss any areas of need or conern and provide strategies that enable our children to succeed. The Center Directors are so welcoming, careing and attentive to our family's needs. They are also very involved in the classroom as well as in the implementation of the curriculum. This communication and partnership is so important to us and only maximizes our children's potential. We are proud to be a part of the KinderCare Family and are indebted to the profound impact the program has had on the growth and development of our children.”
Amy H. - KinderCare Parent
My son has been attending KinderCare since he was four months old. He has genuinely thrived from this entire experience allowing him to be very prepared for elementary school and beyond. I truly appreciated his entire Kindergarten year as I think it was his best ever. The teacher allowed him to work at his pace that was appropriate for him, which kept him engaged while he advanced through the curriculum. Ms. Kerry knows how to connect with the children and work with each of them individually, while keeping the class whole. I will miss the support and kindness of those at KinderCare.”
Sandy S. - KinderCare Parent
Having toured every center in our local area, we felt most comfortable and confident in the level of genuine care at KinderCare in Cranberry Township. My son's infant teacher made the transition back to work very easy. From six weeks to his first birthday, she not only taught and cared for him but also guided us as well. OUr wishes were always honored but she was very helpful with all the changes that happen in the first year. We like that there is consistency and that our evenings and weekends aren't consumed by overcoming differences from daycare to home. It seems all centers have many rules and protocols, but we can say that KinderCare does follow them all the time and never falls complacent. Everyone at KinderCare is caring, sweet, and knowledgeable. Even the small things, like every teacher or staff member greeting our son oon his way in the morning matters. Having recently moved, we thought we would try a center closer to our new home and gave it six weeks, but found ourselves back where we started, even if it meant a little extra time in the car. We believe every parent would love to be at home with their children, but when you can't be you need to feel confident your child is in safe hands so you can work efficiently to have more quality time at home. At work, we have no worried because there is great communication between ourselves and the staff. We start and finish each day at KinderCare with smiling hearts. We can't say enough good things about this center and the wonderful people who make it what it is.”
Brittany W. - KinderCare Parent
My daughter just loves to go to school every morning! It is so comforting knowing that she is in such great hands. The teachers are friendly and knowledgeable about her needs. The management staff is great and always there if I have any questions or concerns.”
Rachel V. - KinderCare Parent
I moved to Pennsylvania shortly before having my son in 2018. I had little to no family in the area and I was a single mom. When I found KinderCare in Cranberry Township, PA I had no idea how greatly they would impact not only my son's life, but my own as well.
As a new parent, especially a single parent, there are days (weeks and sometimes months) where you just feel defeated and even though you are giving your all it just doesn't feel like enough. The incredible staff at KinderCare lifted me up on those days by loving my son more than I could ever expect from a staff that was not related to me. This team has the biggest hearts and true passion for childcare work. I struggled leaving my son at daycare when I returned to work from maternity. I called twice a day everyday! They never once made me feel like I was inconveniencing them for being overbearing. They sent me pictures (before the app) to my email so I could see my baby while I was at work. I cannot express the weight that these members of this team relieved from my shoulders.
To top it all off, my son was LEARNING! He was doing things, like crawling, walking, sitting up unassisted so much earlier than I ever thought! He's 14 months old now and using a fork, saying words like thank you when you hand something to him! They all have taken the time and helped my child develop even in a classroom of 5-10 other children. My son has made an individual in a classroom which is so hard to do especially when you have babies and toddlers all around. My experience at KinderCare Cranberry has forever impact my son's life and my own. I recommend them to anyone and everyone.”
MaryKate U. - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.