Mary Kay Travis, Center Director
Meet Mary Kay Travis, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 1998
Education: Child Development Associate Certification
Favorite Children's Book: Charlotte's Web
Meet Mary Kay Travis! She is the Center Director at Medina Road KinderCare in Ohio. Mary Kay attended Akron University and Rutgers University and earned a Child Development Associate certification. She has been with KinderCare since 1998, and before that, she was an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Every day, Mary Kay looks forward to helping children learn. "Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be." – Rita Pierson. Outside of work, Mary Kay enjoys cooking with her family.
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.
Kindergarten Programs (5–6 Years)
Welcome to kindergarten: the gateway to grade school and everything that comes next! Offered in select centers, our kindergarten programs have small class sizes and curriculums that mix learning and fun. The basic building blocks of reading, writing, math, and science are key in kindergarten, so we make sure they get lots of practice in all of these areas.
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!
Interactive Kindergarten (5–6 Years)
Kindergarten is a critical year for young learners. Experienced KinderCare teachers will tap into your child’s natural curiosity to help get them even more prepared for elementary school. Our engaging lessons make the most of current technology while offering plenty of hands-on play and exploration.
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!
Being a new mom, it was very emotional having to bring my 8 week old daughter to a center for childcare. The teachers and staff were very warm and welcoming and made me feel comfortable right away. They made sure to answer all of my questions and put my mind at ease before I left. They even called me a couple hours after I dropped off to let me know how my daughter was doing!We have been there for 8 months now my daughter is doing sign language! She has great social skills and I know being around the other children and teachers contributed to that.
The teachers are always working on art projects and sensory activities with the babies. It's so cute to see your baby's artwork up on the boards when you walk in!
The teachers are so sweet and I can tell that they genuinely care about my daughter. I never thought I would be comfortable being away from my daughter but I know she is in good hands and is getting the best care out there!
Amy S. - KinderCare Parent
I have been very impressed by the field trips scheduled for the school age students. Hannah has enjoyed them very much and several times she has come home quoting what she learned, like at Stan Hewitt Hall and Gardens as well as Castle Noel. I appreciate you selecting interesting trips that appeal to boys and girls of all ages. She also enjoyed the cooking days and the hip hop classes in addition to the great teachers. I would highly recommend your facility to anyone seeking a summer program for school age children. We plan for Hannah to attend again next summer.Thank you again for making this a fun and interesting summer!”
Becky Weaver - KinderCare Parent
As a family with two children enrolled in Kindercare Route 18 Medina, we have had such an amazing experience. Growing up, neither of us were aware of daycare and had reservations on enrolling our children. Since starting our daughter at 12 weeks of age, the “family” at Kindercare has provided our children and us as parents with exceptional comfort and reassurance when our children are there. The attention each child receives is individualized to their specific needs. The teachers recognize when they may need a little extra attention on any certain day and ensures they have more one on one attention that day. The entire staff has been awesome in communicating with us on a daily basis regarding our children through notes and phone calls. We love the scheduled parent teacher conferences to ensure our children are developing along the guidelines for their age group and seeing their portfolios to see how they have progressed. We really appreciate the staff and feel as if they have become part of our family. Both of our children’s skills in regards to development, socially, emotionally and physically have excelled with the extra time the staff spends with each of them. Hands down, there is no other option to consider when selecting an exceptional place for your child to be comfortable, loved and gain a well-rounded education and learning experience.”
Jaclyn Reznik - KinderCare Parent
A letter written by a family that had to leave the center:
Dear Kindercare Family,As many of you know, today will be the last day Claire and Matthew will be attending KinderCare Medina. It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to all of the teachers, directors, assistant directors, bus drivers, cooks – all of the role models we have encountered over the last five years. Words cannot express the gratitude we have for the countless ways in which you have supported us, brought fun and learning, and peace and enlightenment to Matt and Claire. The impact that you have had on our lives is substantial.I am sure that you are not told often enough, but know without a doubt that the work you do every day makes a difference in the lives of these children and their families. It is important and meaningful and it does not go unnoticed.Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,Mike, Kris & RickClaire and Matthew
Kristina Pilarski - KinderCare Parent
The Medina Road KinderCare kindergarten program was a wonderful first stepinto school. Our daughter excelled in the KinderCare kindergarten program
and now excels in the public schools so we feel a good foundation was built
from day one. Ms. Gaspar is engaging, articulate, fun, creative and also
keeps the class under control without harshness. I highly recommend Ms.
Gaspar and the kindergarten program at the Medina Road KinderCare. The
small class size coupled with the teacher's ability to hold the children's
interest level created a winning combination. The flexibility of before
and after care means parents don't have to worry about a secondary option
of care as the child stays put all day with no extra shuffling required.
We have experienced great staff and good management throughout our entire
time with the Medina Road KinderCare location.
Deb Talley - KinderCare Parent
Our daughter, Samantha, completed Kindergarten at KinderCare during the 2013-14 school year and had Ms. Gaspar as her teacher. We loved that the class size was so small (6 children total) and that they had great technology resources to keep the kids engaged. It seems like every week Ms. Gaspar was doing a fun experiment in science or the kids were doing yoga and learning about managing stress. I also loved the sight word wall where as the kids learned a new word, it got added to the wall. By the end of the year, the wall was full and Samantha was a great reader! Samantha also loved Ms. Gaspar! She is a very caring, creative, fun teacher who just created the most peaceful environment for all the kids to learn and grow. Now Samantha is in 1st Grade at Granger and I feel has a head start over many of the kids in her class. She’s reading Chapter books for fun (and has to read to herself each night to fall asleep!) and enjoys math and science. During our first parent teacher conference, her teacher told us how well prepared Samantha was for 1st grade and she continues to do great! Thank you KinderCare and Ms. Gaspar!”
Jennifer Budd - 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.