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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 5 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.

NAEYC Accreditation

Welcome to State College KinderCare

Welcome to State College KinderCare, located in the heart of Pennsylvania! We’re proud to call Happy Valley home. At State College KinderCare, every part of our classrooms and lessons are designed to help prepare children for success in school and beyond. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning. Every day, our staff works hard to help children develop confidence for life!

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We’re open to serve hardworking families in your community! Check out the new health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect families and staff. We can’t wait to see you soon! 

Heather Smoyer, Our Center Director

Meet Heather Smoyer, Our Center Director

At KinderCare Since: 2017

Education: Master's Degree in Human Resource Development. Bachelor's Degree in Pre-Law with a minor in Secondary Education.

Favorite Children's Book: Be Who You Are

Meet Heather Smoyer! She is the Center Director at State College KinderCare in Pennsylvania. Heather attended Brewton-Parker College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Law with a minor in Secondary Education, and Georgia State University where she earned a master’s degree in Human Resource Development. She has been with KinderCare for four years, and before that she was a director. "Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace." - Confucius. Outside of work, Heather enjoys reading and spending time with her family. They love to hike, kayak and camp together.


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)

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.

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.

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.)

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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