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Norton Road KinderCare

Melissa Austin, Center Director

1145 Norton Rd Galloway OH 43119
(614) 870-6166 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Darby Woods, Prairie Lincoln, Prairie Norton, Alton Hall, Bolton Crossing, Galloway Ridge, Holt Crossing Intermediate.

Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.

Welcome to Norton Road KinderCare

Welcome to Norton Road KinderCare! We are located next to Freedom Park in Galloway, OH. Our teachers partner closely with families to help guide each child’s unique emotional, cognitive, social, and physical development. We nurture this growth by offering warm, welcoming, and supportive classrooms for children of all abilities, backgrounds, and experiences. It’s our mission from the moment you walk into our center that you feel welcomed and a part of our KinderCare family!

We’re proud of the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. And, if you need distance learning support for elementary school kids, grade K-6, we’re here for you. Contact our center director to learn more. We can’t wait to see you soon!

Melissa Austin, Our Center Director

Meet Melissa Austin, Our Center Director

At KinderCare Since: 2018

Education: Master of Arts. Bachelor of Science.

Favorite Children's Book: The Giant Jam Sandwich

Meet Melissa Austin! She is the Center Director at Norton Road KinderCare in Ohio. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Bethune-Cookman University and a Master of Arts in Health Services Administration Intervention Specialist Certification. Melissa has been with KinderCare for three years. Her favorite quote is “All things work for the good of them who love them and are called according to His purpose.” - Romans 8:28-29. Outside of work, Melissa enjoys running the Youth Department for her church. 


We’re so proud!

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.


What Learning Looks Like

Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

Our Programs

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.

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!

Our Teachers

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!


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.

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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.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • As a parent, it’s hard to leave your child with someone else when you go to work. Being a single mother of 3 I have no choice but to work full-time. I have trusted the staff at Kinder Care with my children for the past 13 years. The first time I toured the facility, I immediately felt at ease. The center was clean, organized, cheerful and most importantly the children seemed happy and healthy. The caliber of the staff is what really sets it apart from other daycare centers. There are fun activities planned throughout the year, from special guest speakers to summer time field trips. The staff at Kinder Care is committed to helping children obtain a strong foundation and maximum growth through the emotional, physical, social and cognitive areas.

    Jamie Martin - KinderCare Parent
  •            Our family made a huge move from sunny Florida to Columbus, Ohio during the summer of 2013. This move was a time of stress for both our children, Jaxon was 5 and Leah was 2 at the time. For our son Jaxon, not only was the move a life changing event for him, but he was beginning kindergarten, and needed to attend a new childcare center for before and after care. Our daughter Leah, had only received care in a small in-home facility with 3 other children up to this point. Our local KinderCare Learning Center did a fabulous job at making our children feel welcome. The teachers were very considerate of their feelings and greeted them every morning with a smile, hug, and engaging activity to help with the separation anxiety and transition. Over the past 2 years my husband and I have watched our children flourish, and the teachers at KinderCare have played a large role in their growth, socially, emotionally, and academically. We have found more than a place to leave our children while we work; we have found an extension of our home!

    Amanda Mitskevich - KinderCare Parent

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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.

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