Mary Margist, Center Director
Meet Mary Margist, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2020
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: The Little Engine That Could
Meet Mary Beth Margist! She is the Center Director at Malvern KinderCare in Pennsylvania. Mary Beth attended West Chester University, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education and Early Elementary Education. She also has her Early Childhood Director's Credential from Eastern University. She has been with KinderCare since 2020, and before that was a kindergarten teacher and Center Director for Right Steps of Rittenhouse Square. "Do all things with love." Outside of work, Mary Beth enjoys cooking, hiking, and dancing.
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.
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.
Art and Cooking
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 reach out and thank you, Miss Cindy and Miss Ruth for doing such a great job! Will is so happy! At night and in the morning he sings the "Good Morning" song that he learned from his new teachers. Thank you all for making school so fun and educational!”
Teresa S. - KinderCare Parent
All three of our children enrolled with KinderCare of Malvern as infants. The staff has worked wonderfully with them through the years; starting with our eldest (now entering 3rd grade). Our middle child has just completed the Pre- K program and is off for Kindergarten with all the tools needed to succeed. Our third child is currently in the Preschool program.
We have only good things to say about our experience. The staff is very capable, compassionate and our kids love them. The teachers and administration are very open and approachable, keeping us in the loop with each child’s development and day-to-day activities. They genuinely care about the children in the Center and maintain the balance of learning and fun flawlessly. We can honestly say that our kids are better for their KinderCare experience. To this day, our eldest still enjoys popping in to visit staff as an honored alumnus…and they’re always happy to see him.”
Tracy C. - KinderCare Parent
Five years ago, my family and I were going through a transition and needed safe, happy and loving childcare for my 2 year old son and 4 month old daughter. Kinder Care of Malvern has been just that and so very much more!
I felt a connection from the very first time I called to inquire - my questions were always answered promptly, professionally and with a very happy tone. And trust me when I say that I called many times before making the final decision and each and every time my inquiries were met with a very warm, friendly and reassuring response.
My daughter started out in the infant room and my son next door with the 2 year olds.
Initially - as with any new experience, I was nervous but hopeful it would all work out. Drop off to any caregiver can be tough at the beginning especially when your kids cry as you try (unsuccessfully) to sneak out the door unnoticed. Every teacher at Kinder Care made that experience easier by immediately providing a fun distraction for the kids. It would still always be hard (I think more so for me) and the teachers were always patient and reassuring when I called almost everyday to make sure the kids were OK. Eventually, I stopped calling because I knew my children were safe, well cared for and happy - it showed each day when I came to pick them up.
The teachers and staff work very hard to provide a daily routine that is both fun and educational for the kids - at every age!!! Very early on, I can remember other family members and friends of our family being so impressed at the vocabulary the kids had, at how much they were learning (numbers, days of the week, months of the year) and at how well adjusted and happy they were over all.
For working parents, the happiness and reassurance of knowing your children are happy and safe cannot be expressed in words. I am so very deeply grateful for the love and care each teacher has given both of my kids - from the day they started five years ago.
My son is now in second grade and no longer attends Kinder Care but the one thing I can say for sure is that his transition to a new school for Kindergarten was completely seamless. He was excited and more than prepared and I owe that completely to the quality education and confidence he received at KinderCare for all those years. I know that his teachers were preparing him for Kindergarten and for that reason he was excited (not afraid). He knew all his numbers, his letters, and could effortlessly write his name just to mention a few of the things he learned.....all of which helped him to have a GREAT head start and to make his first year at a new school fun and not at all stressful.
My daughter is now preparing to go to the same school as her brother which means that our time at KinderCare is sadly coming to an end. It is difficult to put into words the gratitude my husband and I have for the amazing teachers and staff at the Malvern Kinder Care. I've been amazed at how much my daughter has grown from the day she first arrived - she has truly blossomed from all the love and care she has received. She also is already well prepared for Kindergarten and has already started reading!! Again - credit I give to Kinder Care.
All the teachers and staff at the Malvern Kinder Care are so much more than our day-care providers - they have become part of our family and will always have a very special place in our hearts.”
Nancy 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.