Sandra Walp, Center Director
Meet Sandra Walp, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2001
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Director's Credential and Emergency Medical Technician.
Favorite Children's Book: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Meet Sandy Walp! She is the Center Director at Main Street KinderCare in Hanover Township, Pennsylvania. Sandy holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University. Sandy has been with KinderCare for twenty years now. Every day, she works hard to make a difference in each child’s life. Her favorite quote is “Everything happens for a reason.” When she is not working, Sandy enjoys going for walks. Her son also races a sprint car, so her weekends are filled with dirt track racing and camping up and down the east coast.
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.)
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 children have been attending KinderCare since Jan 2011 (eight weeks old and four year old), I was very pleased with the center then. It wasn’t until we had to move the children out a year later to another center due to demographics with schooling that I really began to appreciate KinderCare. The departure was hard for us as well as for their loving teachers. My children attended another daycare that is known for a great reputation. Although there weren’t any incidents in this daycare it still didn’t feel the same as KinderCare. After some difficult changes in our household we found ourselves back in the vicinity of KinderCare. We decided to re-enroll the kids back in KinderCare and I am able to notice a big difference despite what was going on at home, in only three months. My now two year old runs to his class room in the morning opposed to the struggle we had in his previous daycare for one year. Needless to say I truly appreciate the genuine care for my children that KinderCare provides during this critical time in their lives.”
Irene J. - KinderCare Parent
Our son was better prepared for both school and socially due to the programs he experienced at KinderCare. The staff are knowledgable and caring about the success of each child. I greatly appreciate the hardwork and effort they put into the care of our son.”
School Age Parent - KinderCare Parent
I just want to share a story of how impressed I was with the Infant teachers, Nicole Bidding, Christy Raefski, and Traci Yuhas at the MainStreet KinderCare in Hanover Township, PA. I had just put my 9 month old son, Noah, into daycare less than a month. My son had a well visit to go to at 3 PM one day. He usually eats at 3 PM. I planned on picking up him at 2 PM so I would make it in time to the appointment. I was nervous about him being okay and lasting til we got home for the "3 PM feed." Not only did they have Noah all packed and ready but fed him early that day so he wouldn't be grumpy! I was so touched by this kind gesture. They didn't have to do this but they did. They went out of their normal routine to help me! Needless to say, the pediatrician skipped me and my son and we ended up being at the doctors for 2 and half hours! Thankfully, he was good because of the kind teachers here at MainStreet KinderCare in Hanover Township, PA.”
Melissa H. - 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.