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State College KinderCare

Heather Smoyer, Center Director

228 Farmstead Ln State College PA 16803
(814) 238-3955 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Radio Park Elementary and Park Forest Elementary, Park Forest Middle School

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

We’re proud to offer distance learning for elementary school kids, grade K-6! We’ll ensure your child is logged on, help them with their school schedule, make sure they have plenty of mental and physical breaks throughout the day, and our highly-trained teachers are here to help your child stay on track! As always, we also offer care for all children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Check out the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. 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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care 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. 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.)

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!

  • KinderCare Learning Center is an excellent child care facility. All of the staff is awesome. Ms. Angela is so good with the kids and  learns how to give each child the attention that they need. They help the kids with their homework too which is a lifesaver for me. Worth every penny.

    Matt L. - KinderCare Parent
  • We are so happy to have our girls at KinderCare! The main reason we came initially to KinderCare was for the flexibility in the drop off service. the BEST part of KinderCare is the friendly, loving, and welcoming teachers and director. Thank you for making it a great place!

    Alissa - KinderCare Parent
  • We toured KinderCare and were welcomed by Ms. Katie and Ms. Chris. We decided to stay with KinderCare because of the welcoming and the LOVE that all of the teachers gave my son. My son responded extremely well to Ms. Chris, Ms. Chelsea, Ms. Angela and Ms. Janette. These four are the main reason my son has learned and accomplished so much since April. I am so proud to call KinderCare my son’s school!"

    Heidi S. - KinderCare Parent
  • "Using the Internet to research child care facilities for my daughter, I narrowed my search down to three facilities including KinderCare Learning Center. I was able to promptly schedule a visit to the center, without a wait. I toured all three facilities resulting in my decision to use KinderCare. The welcoming atmosphere and friendly attitudes of the care providers was an important factor in my decision. The teachers there were extremely helpful in transitioning my baby into a daycare setting, which was more than I expected. I couldn’t be more happy with my decision to take my daughter to KinderCare. I was so pleased that I enrolled my son in their after school program. Both of my children enjoy coming to the center and have become very close with their teachers."

    Dominique - KinderCare Parent
  • It has been a pleasure knowing KinderCare since 2013. Last year, my daughter's private day care provider fell sick and we were desperate for a carer. One of my coworkers mentioned abotu KinderCare and gave a positive opinion. As firtly, we were thinking so send only for a free week or so, later decided to send her full time.
    The experiences with the center and the people have been very good and supportive. Director Janette along with Ms Angela, Ms Charlyne, Ms Linda, Ms Nikie and now Ms Kayla are so wonderful that I hardly think about my daughter at work. Any staff member you encounter is very friendly, caring, and fun to deal with.
    Looking forward to having a long relationship with KinderCare an the entire staff. Thank you!

    Nita - KinderCare Parent
  • I had been a stay at home mom for two and a half years, so finding the right preschool was a very long journey. After taking tours of other centers, the staff at KinderCare made us feel the most secure and my son was very impressed with the facilities!

    Molly S. - KinderCare Parent
  • My child is so excited to go to school every day. Her teachers really care about her and she comes home telling great stories about her teachers and friends in her class. She has even learned to read through the Learning Adventures Program, which makes me extremely grateful to the staff at KinderCare.

    Angela H. - KinderCare Parent
  • "Well I don’t have much of a story about picking KinderCare. Initially we looked at it because of its convenient location and reasonable prices. What we found was an awesome group of caring, energetic, and creative individuals that truly cared about our son. Our family has had a tough year, but no matter what my son was going through the staff was there every morning with a smile, hand, or hug. I can't say enough about their patience and positive attitudes, not to mention how much my son has learned. I am amazed at the progress he has made this year. They are always doing something new, creative, and fun. Our time here has been a wonderful experience and I would recommend KinderCare to anyone."

    Nadine and Tom - 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.

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.

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