Erica Siegel, Center Director
Meet Erica Siegel, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2021
Education: Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Green Eggs and Ham
Meet Erica Siegel! She is the Center Director at Centennial KinderCare in Westfield, IN. Erica attended Bethel University, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Educational Curriculum and Technology. She has been with KinderCare since 2021, and before that was a center director at a childcare ministry for 14 years and an adjunct professor. Every day, Erica looks forward to helping children discover their passions. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela. Outside of work, Erica enjoys biking, reading, and spending time with family.
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.
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
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!
“"So we're sitting around our dinner table, and our son starts counting...all the way up to 25. I looked at my husband - did you teach him that? He hadn't. I didn't either. But Centennial KinderCare did. It's amazing that he comes home every day having learned something new - and eager to share it with us. He's so happy there - and we're happy he's happy!"”
Kate B. - KinderCare Parent
Looking for childcare was one of the most difficult decisions as a new parent in an area that has a lot of options. We interviewed and toured the majority of the offerings in the area and were continually drawn back to Centennial KinderCare. We felt the size of the facility and classrooms offered a better environment than some of the larger daycares that we visited. The curriculum is excellent and I have enjoyed watching my son develop and socialize. The staff and teachers are wonderful. They make an effort to know the children and parents (regardless of which class). We feel the center has made an investment in our child and family’s well-being. We could not be more confident in our decision for childcare.
Sara K. - KinderCare Parent
We continue to be grateful for our KinderCare family and all they do to make sure our son is learning, growing, and playing each and every day. His teachers adore him and the staff is always friendly!”
Mary Beth R. - KinderCare Parent
Both of our children have had the pleasure of attending KinderCare over the past three years. The staff have always been very caring and are willing to go above and beyond to make sure your child is happy. We cannot say thank you enough to all of the wonderful staff at Centennial KinderCare!”
Ann D. - KinderCare Parent
When we first became pregnant, I knew that I wanted to use a center for my daycare needs versus an in home care or any other option. I toured several other schools but knew that KinderCare Centennial was the perfect option for our family, due to the location, tuition rates and this particular center's accreditation. There are so many great things about this KinderCare location including; the teachers, administration, extra curricular activities offered and the educational curriculum. I feel very confident in the fact that my two boys are getting great care and attention in my absence every day.”
Jennifer B. - KinderCare Parent
Our 17-month old has been at Centennial KinderCare since he was just 3 months old. He is our first child and we were extremely nervous about putting him in daycare while we went back to work. Since day one, the entire staff at KinderCare have been personable and caring. We often find ourselves thinking they give our child special treatment! We have comfort in knowing that our child is safe and well cared for and continue to be amazed by how much and how quickly he is learning and growing. We most certainly recommend Centennial KinderCare to any parent.”
Katie G. - 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.