Sarah Hardy, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
We are settled in on Embassy Business Parkway between Copley and Bath in the Montrose Neighborhood.
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Arrowhead, Herberich and Fort Island
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Sarah Hardy, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2017
Favorite Children's Book: Goodnight Moon
Meet Sarah Hardy! She is the Center Director at Fairlawn KinderCare in Ohio. Sarah attended The Ohio State University, where she studied early childhood development. She also attended Ashland University, where she studied elementary education. She has been with KinderCare since 2017. Every day, Sarah enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Her favorite quote is, “You cannot change what you tolerate – make it happen.” Outside of work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family at the beach and watching sporting events.
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!
As a new mom working full-time, finding the best daycare center was one of the most important decisions my hausband and I had to make as new parents. From our very first interactions with Brandi, Center Director, my husband and I knew that KinderCare was the perfect fit for our daughter. The emphasis KinderCare places on curriculum that allows for social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth is what lead my husband and I to choose KinderCare over other local daycare centers. The comfort of leaving your child with caregivers who go above and beyond to provide the highest quality of care is invaluable. My husband and I feel blessed to have found KinderCare for our daughter and are thankful for all the teachers who have made a positive impact on our family!
Eileen - KinderCare Parent
Dear Fairlawn KinderCare Staff,
Words can barely express the gratitude my husband and I have for all of the love and care you put into our son, his growth, and his development! Being working parents, we have been blessed to find a daycare center that goes above and beyond to meet our needs! From the moment we visited, we knew that Fairlawn KinderCare was the place for us!
Our son has attended Fairlawn KinderCare since he was four months old and is now almost four years old. In every room, we can honestly say that we have had THE BEST teachers and staff! They have truly helped to raise our son, teaching him everything from language and fine/gross motor skills to cognitive and social/emotional skills. They have even helped us as first-time parents - always answering our questions or concerns about his development with honest feedback and caring advice.
Our son has participated in fun and challenging learning experiences during his Learning Adventures classes (music, computer, phonics, and math). He is excited to tell us all about what he did in "LA" when we pick him up from school, telling us what he knows about letters, letter sounds, and numbers!
As working parents, we greatly appreciate how the center offers well-balanced meals for breakfast, lunch, and snacks! It is a fabulous thing to not force breakfast in the morning or pack lunches! Also, by eating with his friends, our son has learned table manners, how to serve himself and others, as well as setting and clearing the table.
The few times we have had a concern or problem, we have felt very comfortable in sharing those concerns with the teacher, the Director, or Assistant Director. We felt listened to and, when needed, action was taken in a professional manner.
We could not ask for more from the teachers, staff, and administration of Fairlawn KinderCare! "Thank you" just does not seem to cover it, but those two little words are full of utter appreciation!
Chris & Jen F.”
Chris & Jen F. - KinderCare Parent
As a working parent, it can often be difficult to find a child care facility that provides everything you want. KinderCare Fairlawn has provided my child the safe and fun environment that we were looking for. The staff at Kindercare Fairlawn exhibit love, kindness, and patience in everything that they do with a strong focus on putting the child’s safety and needs first. They provide learning opportunities in math and reading, music classes, and family activities such as an International Feast and Fall Festival. We receive notes and pictures capturing those moments we miss. Thank you to our Kindercare family for loving our child as if they were your own.”
Jill - KinderCare Parent
As new parents, it was very difficult for us to send our daughter to daycare, and KinderCare has been a blessing for us. It is so important to feel comfortable with who is watching your child, and we know that if we have to be away from our daughter that she is in excellent hands with Brandi, Joy and the staff at KinderCare. Our daughter, who is now a toddler, is excited to go to "school" everyday. She has bonded with all of her teachers and has friends that she plays with. We look forward to reading the daily reports for our daughter and seeing the new things she has learned- and it is wonderful to see how excited her teachers get about her progress too! We are so thankful that we found KinderCare!
Lynn - KinderCare Parent
To Incoming Families:
We've been at Kindercare since our son was 12 weeks old. It was hard to leave him to return to work, but the kindness shown to our family was wonderful. We'd get photos and written updates about his progress each day and it made the transition back to work so much easier. Now, a year later he rushes in each morning to see his friends and the staff - we would highly recommend Kindercare and have no doubt we'll send our future children here too.
Helen - 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.