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Penfield KinderCare

Kyle Vanderlip, Center Director

1606 Penfield Rd Rochester NY 14625
(585) 586-3940 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Penfield schools, will also service East Rochester schools with KinderCare Bus. May also service Brighton, call for details. St Joes.

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

NAEYC Accreditation

Welcome to Penfield KinderCare

Welcome to Penfield KinderCare, located in Rochester, NY. We our proud to serve the families in our beautiful upstate community, and we believe in developing the whole child, with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Every day, our staff works hard to help children develop confidence for life. It's our mission from the moment you walk into our center that you feel welcomed and a part of our KinderCare family!

We’re proud of the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. And, if you need distance learning support for elementary school kids, grade K-6, we’re here for you. Contact our center director to learn more. We can’t wait to see you soon!


We’re so proud!

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.


What Learning Looks Like

Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

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. Kids in this delightful and delicious program 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! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It 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. Your child will experiment with activities like learning how lemon juice and baking soda interact to uncover secret messages, watching fizzy reactions in action, and discovering how to use technology to do amazing things!

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Our Teachers

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!


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.

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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.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • My son, Jake, has been attending KinderCare since he was eight weeks old. He is now almost four! I can't say enough great things about Penfield KinderCare! Jake was well cared for in the infant rooms. Jake had the nurturing care of Denise as well as Grandma Annie! Each of these ladies were very important to Jake as an infant. When I was struggling to get Jake to eat solid foods, she showed me that Jake enjoyed eating all of one thing before starting another. I always mixed things together! They were so in-tune with Jake's needs. Jake also had Miss Chris when he moved to Infant B. She and Jake bonded immediately! I cannot tell you how comforting it is to go to work each day and know that my child is in a safe and happy environment.
     Jake then moved to Toddlers! What a transition....for me, not him! He loved Miss Allison and Miss Cara! It was tougher for me to see him so independent but he did very well. Soon, he was Miss Allison's buddy!
    Now Jake is BIG pre-schooler and we couldn't be happier than we have been with Miss Stacy and Miss Amy. They are both so good at what they do. Jake is learning so much so quickly. I know we made the right decision when we chose Penfield KinderCare. I feel Jake will definitely be 'school' ready! Thank you so much for everything!!!

    Staci S. - KinderCare Parent
  • We have been at the Penfield KinderCare center for over thirteen years. Our older children attended (now 17 & 14) for many years, so when our youngest was born (now three), there was no question where he would be going.
    Our 14-year-old was diagnosed with Autism while he attended KinderCare, just before he turned two. His teachers were incredible (especially Miss Amy!) and so helpful during this time. They were always willing and looking for ways to accommodate his sensory and learning needs. They were just as excited as we were when he accomplished something new.

    One of the things that I'm always impressed by is the fact that many of the teachers that were around thirteen years ago, are still working at the center currently. In fact, our three-year-old is currently in Ms. Amy's classroom, which we couldn't be happier about! However, ALL the teachers have been absolutely amazing, and we have never been disappointed. We would HIGHLY recommend the Penfield KinderCare center (and have, over and over)!

    Amy D. - KinderCare Parent
  • Our three-year-old had done ABC Music and Me (one of the Learning Adventures Programs offered at KinderCare) for over a year and loved it. Shortly after he moved up to Preschool, we decided to change him to Phonics. He has been participating in Phonics for a couple of months now and he loves it! Within a couple of weeks, I noticed him taking more of an interest in letters and their sounds. Now, he is identifying more and more letters! Although he learns letters in Preschool, Phonics enforces the learning and it makes learning fun for the kids. For Adam personally, it gives him extra challenges and he is so proud of himself when he recognizes a letter. Just the other day he told me, "Zebra starts with Z."

    Parent - KinderCare Parent

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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.

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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.

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