Christin Cicippio-Smith, Center Director
Meet Christin Cicippio-Smith, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2003
Favorite Children's Book: The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
Meet Christin Cicippio-Smith! She is the Center Director at East Norriton KinderCare in Pennsylvania. Christin attended West Chester University, where she earned a degree in Elementary Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2003, and before that she was a teacher, a health and safety coordinator, and an assistant director. “If a student leaves my school with new skills, I’ve done my job. If a child leaves my school knowing they are loved and accepted for who they are, I’ve reached my goal.” Outside of work, Christin enjoys reading, crafting, watching movies, 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!
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.)
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!
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you and your amazing staff for all of the wonderful things you do to care for our children. I could not be happier with our KinderCare experience.
My son is learning so much each day; I am amazed at everything he knows and can share with me. His teachers are helping him to become a kind and responsible young person. They have incredible patience and great attitudes.
My daughter's teachers care so much for her. They greet her with smiles and hugs. She has also learned so many new things. The teachers are helping her to learn how to share and play nicely with others, which is a skill that she will need her entire life. It's really amazing to watch her grow.
My days are long and busy. I have an enormous commute each morning and evening and a job that requires a large amount of patience. I do not have the chance to say it often enough, but I want to make it very clear that I appreciate what you and your staff does every single day. I think about it constantly and I could not be more grateful. Even if I do not say it every single day, I could not mean it more...Thank you for everything you do.”
Mrs. S. - KinderCare Parent
Sending our daughter to KinderCare has been a truly wonderful experience for our family. Returning to work after 8 months at home was a difficult transition, but our KinderCare staff was absolutely tremendous is making it as smooth as possible. We felt at ease from our first tour of the center, where Ms. Vicki and Ms. Rosa immediately connected with us and answered all of our questions. The leadership staff was, and continues to be, so helpful at every turn. Each teacher who has worked with our daughter shows her love and teaches her skills that we see in action every day.
Above all else, our daughter is so happy to go to school. Seeing our daughter learn, grow, and thrive is such a gift for us as parents. We could not be more pleased with the experience we have had with KinderCare! Thank you!”
Jenny & Matt A. - KinderCare Parent
Dear Christin and Shannon,
We just wanted to thank you both and all of our son's teachers for providing him with such great care and education. It is so hard to separate from him every morning and it means so much to know that he is in great hands among teachers who care so deeply about his education, development and well-being. We absolutely love hearing about his daily events and so appreciate the time his teachers take to provide these updates and glimpses into his day. His developmental progress is tremendous and we know he thrives upon interaction with his teachers and friends at school. We cherish his arts and crafts, which are now decorating our home and will always be a reminder of these special times of his life. Thank you both and please share our appreciation with his teachers.
The Merves Family”
The Merves Family - KinderCare Parent
We can't imagine a world without KinderCare. Our little boy thrives in the experiences he gets at school each day. Since the age of fourteen weeks, our son has received love and support from the KinderCare teachers and irreplaceable social interactions with his friends. Having an educational background, I appreciate coming in and seeing the individualized lesson plans and goals for my child and the love the daily feedback about his progress. Thank you KinderCare for helping my child grow into the learner that he has become!”
Am. Family - KinderCare Parent
After trying to have a baby for three years, he finally arrived! The maternity leave weeks were over and it was time to go back to work. Our son was more than we ever wanted but now who was going to care for him during the day while we worked? Did we both have to work? Could one of us stay home? We decided it would put too much of a financial burden on our family if we didn’t both work, and we thought asking a family member was going to be too much of a strain on our relationship. We visited several daycare facilities in the area. After touring the third center, we found exactly what we were looking for… KinderCare! We knew as soon as we walked in, it was the place for our son and the right decision for our family. And after two years of full time enrollment, we still agree with our decision.
The staff has helped teach, develop, and encourage our son to be the most amazing little boy we could have ever hoped to raise. The teachers have taught him more than we ever could have on our own as first-time parents—they’ve supported every developmental stage appropriately and have communicated his developments to us as they occur. The staff pays attention to the little things and tells us about them. And although we miss out on the time with him during the day; we know our son is learning something new, participating in an event to help him grow, and having fun with his friends and teachers.
We completely trust KinderCare will our most precious gift of all…our son. We can't imagine a world without them.”
Mrs. H - KinderCare Parent
We can't Imagine A World without KinderCare. We can go to work each day knowing that our child is being cared for in an environment that is fostering her growth and development, and most importantly, a place that she loves and where she is loved.”
An. Family - KinderCare Parent
Since our son started going to KinderCare he is notably more clean with speaking. He also gets along better with other children his age. I can't imagine a world without KinderCare because the teaching staff contributed to these Toddler milestones.”
M. Family - 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.