Colleen Ruark, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Westerville City and Worthington City Schools
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Annehurst, Fouse, Pointview, Mark Twain, McVay, and Slate Hill Elementary
Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.
Meet Colleen Ruark, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2002
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Business
Favorite Children's Book: Love You Forever
Meet Colleen Ruark! She is the Center Director at South Cleveland Avenue KinderCare in Westerville, Ohio. Colleen earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business. She has been with KinderCare since 2002 and was an assistant director before that. Everyday, she looks forward to making a difference in a child's life. "Integrity is doing right when everyone around you is doing wrong."
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.
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.
South Cleveland Avenue KinderCare 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.
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.
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.)
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!
My son transitioned to the center a several months ago and struggled with morning drop offs. When Ms. Angel started at the center, she helped so much with those drop offs and he reaches for her in the morning and there are no more tears! It makes my drive to work so much better!”
Tom - KinderCare Parent
I enrolled my daughter in KinderCare on December 16, 2013. I'll never forget that date because I took 2 days off of work thinking she would have a hard time coping with it. Needless to say, that was unnecessary. A little background on my daughter...she used to have severe anxiety attacks when I would leave her with her aunts or even with my mom at times. She was even afraid of her own grandfather. That was until KinderCare. I started noticing improvements with her attitude within a month of enrolling her. I could take her to family functions and not have to have her by myside the whole time. She started coming out of her "shell" and becoming herself very quickly. I now have to keep her from hugging strangers! I've always read to my daughter and she already knew her shapes, animals, spelling of her name, colors and ABC's. However, once she gained confidence from her peers and the wonderful staff at KinderCare, she took off on a whole new level! She NEEDS to be read to every night and WANTS to learn the words and how they sound. She even knows her basic colors and some beginner words, like door and window, in Spanish! That wasn't from me or Dora! My daughter is pretty small for her age, but is very feisty, yet the staff here are very patient with her. She loves them very much and her daily routine of hugging Ms. Amber when she first arrives. Giving morning greetings to Ms. Amanda and Ms. Sandy are going to be greatly missed when she moves on to Kindergarten. She has to hug Ms. Valerie and Mr. Jon at the end of the day and get her stickers and dailies from Ms. Stephanie and Mr. Brandon. She also likes to give Mr. Zak a hard time, but only because she loves him! This place has been more than just a learning center for us. This has been a place for my daughter to grow and open up and to get to know herself, and to be herself without being afraid of the world and her surroundings. Without this particular KinderCare, with this very staff, my little girl would not be this lucky and for that, thank you!”
Jane - KinderCare Parent
Raising our children in a two income household was a difficult but necessary decision. Our two boys have attended KinderCare for 5 years now. In that time, my heart has been at ease knowing that while my husband and I work, our children are being nurtured and loved. I see this in the carefully planned daily activity calendars. It's apparent when our oldest son speaks Spanish and our youngest son breaks into the cutest songs and dances! I cherish the photos of our 4 1/2 year old enjoying his cooking lessons and the notes of excitement that our 2 1/2 year old went on the potty! I appreciate the recipes and activity ideas shared with parents, they make for fun Saturdays! The wonderful staff members at KinderCare are creating well-rounded children that will be ready to take on Kindergargen and the world!”
Brittney K. - 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at South Cleveland Avenue KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at South Cleveland Avenue KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.