Ellen Plesotis, Center Director
Meet Ellen Plesotis, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2016
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Judy B Jones books.
Meet Ellen Plesotis! She is the Center Director at Solon KinderCare in Solon, Ohio. Ellen attended Hiram University, where she earned her bachelor's in Communications. She has been with KinderCare for 5 years. She has 9 years of experience working with children, working as an Assistant Director for 2 years, and an infant Teacher before that. Her favorite quote is, "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."- Dalai Lama. Outside of work, Ellen loves to read, hike, and play outside with her daughter, Wren.
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.)
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!
As parents of three kids, you would think that we had it all figured out. Ask any parent of multiple kids and they'll tell you that each one has their own personality and needs. We've got the law abiding one, the fiercely independent one and the happy go lucky one.
We've had our share of terrible daycare centers as well as wonderful ones. The Solon KinderCare, fortunately for us, is one of those great ones. They have a great collection of teachers. The first time you talk to them you really get a sense that they love what they do and the kids are their top priority. Each of our kids gets that special attention you wouldn't really expect from a relatively big class setting, but they pull it off.
The current management team is top notch and really make you feel welcomed and you know that your kids will not only be taken care of but will learn like crazy.
The Solon KinderCare, I believe, should be what all other centers out there should model themselves after.”
Du P. - KinderCare Parent
My children and I temporarily moved to the Twinsburg area for a year and had to leave the daycare that took care of my two children for the last two years. I was so nervous about finding a day care that offered a great academic foundation as well as a warm, fun atmosphere for the kids. We found KinderCare in Solon and I can't begin to tell you what a blessing it has been! The teachers there are fantastic! They love my children and look out for their needs as if they were their own. Each morning as I leave my children and walk out the door I am comforted knowing that I have left them with such caring, talented and wonderful teachers. The classrooms are filled with pictures of the kids doing various activities throughout the day and they have turned their classrooms into fun learning adventure zones that the kids love! I couldn't have been happier with the environment that KinderCare created as well as the academic standards that they have provided for my children. As a teacher, I worried about my son being Kindergarten ready - now I worry that he is beyond Kindergarten ready! I truly am thankful for each teacher and the love and support they have offered our family this year. KinderCare is an amazing center with extremely caring and talented teachers. I am proud to say we are a KinderCare family!”
Jill 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.