Danielle Atwood, Center Director
Meet Danielle Atwood, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2007
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Family Development
Favorite Children's Book: Charlotte's Web
Meet Danielle Atwood! She is the Center Director at Cuyahoga Falls KinderCare in Ohio. Danielle attended the University of Akron, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in early Childhood Education with a minor in Family Development. She has been with KinderCare since 2007, and before that she was a teacher and an assistant director. "If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way children can learn." Outside of work, Danielle enjoys camping, playing sports, and spending time 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.
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!
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.)
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)
You’ve probably heard a lot about how important STEM education is for your child, but what does that really mean? Our STEM Innovators program takes kids’ natural ability to make sense of the world and applies it to robotics, chemistry, coding, geology, and more. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!
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!
My daughter has been at KinderCare since she was born (about five-and-a-half years ago). I went for a tour while I was still pregnant. I decided at that moment this would be the center where she will grow and learn. KinderCare has fantastic and dedicated teachers! Every class my daughter has been in has been a wonderful experience. I have always felt comfortable talking with teachers and other staff about my daughter's needs. I completely trust the staff to care for my daughter and inform me of anything she needs or they are concerned about. My daughter has grown into a wonderful child. I give some of this credit to the amazing staff which has been there for us since she was born. I have been awestruck by the dedication and caring of the staff. I look forward to the next seven years with KinderCare and intend to enroll children I may have in the future. KinderCare has been such a blessing to my family! Thank you for all you do!”
Rebecca Y. - KinderCare Parent
"We started our daughter in KinderCare when she was 9 months old. Coming from in-home care, we were worried about our daughter getting enough one-on-one attention. We are blown away by KinderCare and their staff. Everyone is so friendly and caring, and they strive to go the extra mile to make sure your child is comfortable and thriving. They truly make you feel like a part of one big family. Our daughter had trouble sleeping at night before we started her at the center, and now she sleeps through the night, finally! Ever since she started KinderCare, we can see a difference in her all around. Her personality is really coming out and she is enjoying socializing with other children. We could not be happier with KinderCare!”
Emily S. - KinderCare Parent
"My daughter has been going to KinderCare since she was 6 months old. The first day I dropped her off I was very emotional. I was leaving my baby with perfect strangers for several hours, and wasn't exactly sure how I was going to make it through the day. Luckily, I was able to call which I took advantage of the first few days. However, my confidence in these strangers began to grow tremendously. I made it a point to stay at drop off and pick up to talk to the teachers. I wanted to know the person my daughter was spending her day with. My daughter is now 4.5 years old. I am proud to say that every room she has been in has been a blessing where she has grown, learned and developed into the smart, caring girl she is today. Each teacher we have had has made a huge impact on both of us. I have been blessed to meet some very special people who I like to think of as family. After all, they spend more time with my daughter during the day than I do. Each teacher I have come across has a heart of gold and truly loves each and every child in the school. They took time out of their busy schedules on a weekend to attend a three hour dance recital for my daughter. I have also run into teacher at sporting events for family and they were there to see their students. That takes so much compassion, caring and love to take unpaid time away from their families to see ours. This shows me that teaching at KinderCare is more than just a job to them, that the children at the center are part of their family as well. Because of the love, support and encouragement my daughter feels, it makes it easier to drop off my child in the moring and go to work to focus on the job I have. I know without a doubt in mind that my child is having a great day and she is well taken care of. She gets to experience learning in a classroom environment, gets extra love in phonics, and learns to share, play and be a good friend. The teaches truly do a fabulous job teaching the students their letters, numbers, colors, shapes, site words, and listening skills to help them excel in their next big adventure. I can see a huge difference between what my daughter at 4.5 knows compared to other children her age who don't attend the center. I could truly go on and on about how much I love the center and the teachers, but I am going to take a moment to single out one special person who holds it all together, the Center Director, Amy. I seen multiple directors in our time at KinderCare, and she is by far the best. She has made so many improvements to the center, which has made it fun for the kids as well as entire families. She has great ideas for center events that incoporate families having fun at school with their children. Amy truly values families' opinions and is always very open to discussions and suggestions. She takes my feedback and addresses it. She truly believes, as well as each teacher at the center, that the children come first. For that I am utterly grateful. "”
Stevie S. - 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.