Tara Stichter, Center Director
Meet Tara Stichter, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2016
Education: Master's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Love You Forever
Meet Tara Stichter! She is the Center Director at Pottstown KinderCare in Pennsylvania. Tara attended Strayer University, where she earned a Master’s degree in adult education. She has been with KinderCare for five years, and before that she was an elementary school and special needs teacher. Every day, Tara enjoys helping children discover their true potential. Education is a never-ending chapter book, the only constant is change. Her favorite quote is, “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln. Outside of work, Tara enjoys reading, camping, boating, and spending time 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.
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.)
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!
We wanted to let you all know what an important part of the Apeaer Family you have all been to us. From the first day with Amanda in 2000 to now, 10 years later, you have been such an important part of our children's lives. We know that Amanda and Jack were always being taken care of with love, care, special attention and a lot of patience. You have helped us stop using the "binky", potty trained with us and helped them navigate their first steps. You were there to help them learn their colors, letters, shapes, and do their first art work. You were there when Amanda tried to take over the class and when Jack had a "little extra" energy. You have helped raise our children and for that we are so grateful! There are not enough words to say how much we appreciate all of you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You are all very special people with very important jobs that mean so much to so many families! Thank you.”
The Apeaer Family - KinderCare Parent
This is a bitter sweet transition for our family. We have been with Kindercare for over eight years between our two boys. While we are so excited to enter this new chapter of having two school age children, it also means that we must say goodbye to all of the wonderful teachers at KLC.
The words " thank you" don't begin to capture the appreciation we feel for all you've done for our family. Yes, you've taught them their letters, numbers,colors and shapes, but it's also so much more then that. You've comforted my children when they were distraught, bandaged their boo-boos when they got hurt, mediated their conflicts with peers, encouraged them to try new things, stimulated their curiosity and fostered their imaginations.
You've helped to raise my children during the hours when I couldn't be with them. I was able to to go to work every day with the peace of mind that my children were safe and well cared for. There has never been a time when I questioned if Kindercare was the best placement for my children. NEVER.
You listened to any concerns I've had over the years and always treated my husband and me with dignity and respect. We've been encouraged to partcipate and volunteer in classroom events and to share in our children's learning on a regular basis.
We also very much value the curriculum offered by Kindercare. Both Logan and Aiden habe been so well prepared for the demands and expectations of Kindergarten, that the trantion to elementary school has been a smooth one.
So, for lack of a better way to say this; THANK YOU!! Thank you for all that you do to set young children on a path to success.... in school and in life.
McCullough - KinderCare Parent
To The Entire KinderCare Staff, A small token of our thanks for all that you done in taking care of Landon in all ways molding him into the wonderful little boy he is!! Not one daycare center can compare to yours in teaching children how to learn, how to be compassionate, and love life in its most simplistic forms. We will miss each and everyone of you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you have done in helping us raise him. Take Care”
The Comad Family - 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.