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Thornbury KinderCare

Arline Rice, Center Director

102 Paddock Ln West Chester PA 19382
(610) 399-4341 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Chadds Ford Unionville School District: Chadds Ford Elementary School Pocopson Elementary School West Chester Area School District: Westtown Thornbury Elementary School Sarah Starkweather Elementary School Penn Wood Elementary School Hillsdale Elementary School

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

NAEYC Accreditation

Welcome to Thornbury KinderCare

Welcome to Thornbury KinderCare, located off Highway 202 in the charming borough of West Chester, Pennsylvania! Our teachers and staff strive to make your child's first interaction with school a safe, positive and rewarding experience. Here, children learn through stations focused on imagination and exploration. 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!

Meet Arline Rice, Our Center Director

At KinderCare Since: 2011

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Political Sciene and Elementary Education

Favorite Children's Book: The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

Meet Arline Rice! She is the Center Director at Thornbury KinderCare in West Chester, PA. Arline attended Albright College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in both Political Science and Elementary Education. She has been with KinderCare for ten years, and before that she was a teacher. "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." - Henry Adams. Outside of work, Arline enjoys camping, fishing, reading, gardening, sewing and cooking. In addition to that, she loves embarking on adventures.

AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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.

SCHOOL-READY

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.

Kindergarten Programs (5–6 Years)

Welcome to kindergarten: the gateway to grade school and everything that comes next! Offered in select centers, our kindergarten programs have small class sizes and curriculums that mix learning and fun. The basic building blocks of reading, writing, math, and science are key in kindergarten, so we make sure they get lots of practice in all of these areas.

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!

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!

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.

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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 child's teachers always communicate well with me. They let me know when he has had a good day, or has done something extra special, which really means a lot. I rarely hear bad news about his day. I feel that my child is respected and well taken care of. I work here, so I get to peek in on his class often. The children are always engaged in activities, with the teachers being attentive. I love that I can be an employee here and also see my son every day. It is the perfect situation for us. I am so thankful for the opportunity, and for all the teachers do for my son.

    Missy Z. - KinderCare Parent
  • We love Thornbury KinderCare! Our family recently relocated out of Pennsylvania and leaving the staff and children at KinderCare was like leaving family members. My children and their teachers created trusting relationships with one another and I always felt secure knowing my boys were in a safe and nurturing environment. The teachers always went the extra mile to ensure that my children were happy and educationally challenged throughout their day. Communication with my husband and I was always very open and honest, and we worked collaboratively to tackle any issue my children were facing. Choosing a good school for our children was not an easy task, but Thornbury KinderCare made it an easy decision given their wonderful curriculum and caring and thoughtful staff.

    Allison P. - KinderCare Parent
  • I am so happy with my child's development over the last two years since we enrolled him in Thornbury KinderCare. We love the Learning Adventures program. His knowledge of phonics & math has grown exponentially since he started his lessons. He loved the cooking lessons too, and now thinks he owns my stand mixer! He sings & dances all over the place & counts everything & even corrects me when I "do it wrong." He is even singing in Spanish now which his aunt just loves! I love how he eats his veggies when he is there too. He has always been a happy baby but he gets super happy when he goes to school. Thanks so much for loving my baby; he certainly loves all of his teachers and the staff at KinderCare!
     

    Tracey M. - 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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