Leah Mitchell, Center Director
Meet Leah Mitchell, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2003
Education: Associate of Arts
Favorite Children's Book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Meet Leah Mitchell! She is the Center Director at Hatboro KinderCare in Pennsylvania. Leah attended Ashworth University, where she earned an Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2003. Leah thrives on the growth of teachers and children, and has a passion for engagement and training and mentoring teachers. "As for me and my teachers, we will grow future leaders." Outside of work, Leah and her family love going to the beach, spending as much time there as they can.
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.
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.
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!
Our daughter began her early education experience at KinderCare around 6 months of age. Since joining, she has been enrolled for the past two years. We have been so fortunate with all the teachers that she has had at the Hatboro center. Each one has been so caring and loving. Their joy of caring for children is evident in the many interactions we observe and in the way our daughter talks about her teachers – often telling us she loves them! It is apparent that our daughter feels safe, secure, loved, and encouraged during her days here. Through her excellent teachers, the KinderCare teachings are present. We are amazed at the songs she sings, the colors she learns, and the shapes she knows! She can also spell her name! Not only do the teachers instill knowledge, but general awareness and good behavior. In these ways they are also excellent partners in our daughter's upbringing as we seek to reinforce these at home. We look forward to her future years here!”
Alexis - KinderCare Parent
Hatboro Kindercare is an ideal daycare. The teachers are engaging, kind, immediately responsive, and promote a sense of fun and self-confidence we could not have imagined. Our son, Jack began leaping into the teachers arms at dropoff and jumping into play time with friends. We could not be happier. The facilities are always impeccably clean, and are bright and open so the kids always feel close to the outdoors. They provide all the food -- healthy snacks and lunch -- which encourages the kids to eat different things and join their peers. When my 22 month old said 'I want broccoli' I was ecstatic! The director and assistant directors are absolutely wonderful. They communicate immediately about events, any sickness, and special issues with your child. The directors know each child personally and make them feel important. In addition, they plan school events (cook out at the park, back to school night, graduation, etc.) that build a sense of community. The staff work with children on potty training at their tiny toddler-sized potties (adorable!) and create a supportive environment. This is such a warm and happy environment and it is a gift every day to know my son is in such good hands. I am grateful.”
Carla - KinderCare Parent
My children, ages three and one, have been enrolled in Hatboro KinderCare for only nine months. When we started, I expected my children to be well cared for. What I didn't expect was the unbelievable amount of love and personal investment we have received from the entire team. Our appreciation for the program, teachers, staff & facility continue to grow. My children are excited to go to "school" and are greeted every morning with an excited hello! We have had amazing teachers from infants to preschool whom I feel genuinely care about the children. I love that I get a daily report telling me what my kids did during the day, how they slept & what they ate. We are also kept well informed of any changes throughout the building. After staying home with my kids for two years, choosing where and with who they will spend their day with was scary, but our expectations have far been exceeded and I couldn't be happier that we are a part of the KinderCare family.”
Kelly - KinderCare Parent
This has been a really great school for our daughter. Our daughter has learned so much from them it’s amazing. I tried so hard to teach my daughter things at home but she just wasn’t getting it and didn’t like learning. But once she got to KinderCare she loves to learn and it amazes me how much she knows already. The staff is also great! They are very caring and helpful in every way possible. They are also on top of things and still make things fun for the kids and their families during these tough times. We couldn’t have picked a better school for our little girl. Thank you KinderCare!”
Veronica H. - KinderCare Parent
We couldn't be more pleased with our KinderCare center! We had moved from our previous daycare at 2 1/2 years because they did not have a strong curriculum. We worried about the transition at first as it was an adjustment, but by week 3 my son was saying, "I love KinderCare!". Being an educator, I am very impressed with the curriculum and learning experiences that KinderCare is able to provide. The teachers are wonderful and genuinely take an interest in every child. The Directors are super friendly and very receptive. They address all needs and concerns very promptly and professionally. Our son has learned so much at KinderCare and we are thrilled to be part of the KinderCare family!”
Lisa B. - KinderCare Parent
Our son is very shy and had a difficult time transitioning into school. The staff at Hatboro KinderCare truly cared and took time with him. His teacher would even hug him and dry his tears when he cried. Now, he has adapted beautifully and I am always surprised at how much he has learned. He speaks of his teacher so fondly and tells me how much he loves her. One of the best decisions I made for him was choosing KinderCare.”
Rebecca M. - KinderCare Parent
After leaving our previous facility due to distance and new working from home guidelines, KinderCare and the amazing staff is who we chose to call family. The love and support the teachers and staff provide, is beyond anything I could have hoped for. When I drop my children off (Daughter 4, Twins Boys 2) I do not worry about them once throughout my day. While I miss them of course, I know they are in the hands of amazing teachers who care and nurture them like they are their own children. I receive updates via the very interactive app and even though the typical daycare experience has shifted due to the pandemic, the Directors are always available to answer any questions or concerns.
While we love all the staff that we are lucky enough to get to meet, I wanted to take a moment to highlight some amazing women.”
Nikki C. - 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.