Welcome to Imagination Childcare Academy, Inc.

Welcome to Imagination Childcare Academy, Inc.Welcome to Imagination Childcare Academy, Inc.Welcome to Imagination Childcare Academy, Inc.

Upcoming Recruitment Session

Early Childhood Educators Wanted

Virtual Recruitment Session

Topic:   Early Childhood Educators Needed - Information Session 

Imagination Childcare Academy, an early childhood education facility in Gates, NY is growing exponentially and needs to hire several more NYS Certified Early Childhood Education Teachers and Teacher Assistants who are interested in pursuing a career in early childhood education.  

Erin Medlar, the CEO of Imagination Childcare Academy and Erin Ugine, the Early Childhood Education Coordinator for Gates Chili School District will be providing some information about upcoming opportunities in 2020-2021 school year.

Day:      May 18, 2020 

Times:  Session #1 10:00 AM Eastern Time 

    Session #2 2:00 PM Eastern Time 

If you are interested in learning more about this amazing opportunity and would like to attend this virtual information session you need to:

1. Download the Zoom app on your phone or other    device

2. Register with Erin Medlar by sending an email to emedlar@rochester.rr.com saying you are interested in joining the meeting

3. You will receive a follow-up email with the Meeting ID and Password for either session

About Us


Imagination Childcare Academy, Inc., located on the west side of Rochester, NY, is a full day inclusive program for  children, ages two through twelve years, that is committed towards providing top rated child care services coupled with a high quality activity based learning curriculum.  The teachers at Imagination Childcare Academy, Inc. both respect and understand the uniqueness of each and every child and differentiate instruction to meet those individual needs.  Imagination Childcare Academy, Inc. is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment for all children.  Parents will feel comforted knowing that their child is spending his/her day in a place where he/she is encouraged to grow and learn at his/her own pace.
We believe that all children can learn; it is our job to create a setting where children’s natural Approaches to Learning (Curiosity, Initiative, Engagement, and Creativity) are encouraged and built upon. We believe that children learn best by doing. A facilitated, activity based setting provides children with opportunities to learn about their world through hands on experiences. Activities at Imagination Childcare Academy, Inc.encourage exploration and development of children’s innate curiosity. 


We consider Imagination Childcare Academy, Inc.a small community; a safe place where children, staff, and families work together as partners; a place where everyone feels a sense of belonging; a place where everyone is respected and celebrated for their diversity as well as their common bonds.  


First-Rate Curriculum

Imagination Childcare Academy, Inc. uses a spiraling curriculum, in which children are exposed to all academic concepts each year, with every year building on the prior year and becoming more complex.  By Kindergarten, children have a solid grasp of the concepts they need to be successful learners in the classroom. All activities are differentiated to meet every child's individual needs.  


We Feature the Following

*Daily preschool programs taught by NYS certified teachers
*Flexibility in scheduling to accomodate individual family's needs
*Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program for Gates-Chili School District
*Full-time & part-time options available
*Before & after school programs offered daily for school-age children
*Summer Camp for ages 2-12 years 


Collaborating Partners Gates Chili School District UPK

Collaborating Partners Gates Chili School District UPK

Collaborating Partners Gates Chili School District UPK


Since 2014, we have worked as collaborative partners with Gates-Chili School District to offer three of their Universal Prekindergarten Classrooms.   

We accomplish this in a  caring, active, play-based learning environment that is rich with  adult-child interactions.  Our daily instruction provides natural  opportunities for children to learn readiness skills, exercise their  curiosity and imaginations, and strengthen their ability to work well  with others. 

  • UPK is taught by NYS Certified Teachers.
  • UPK is five days per week, Monday through Friday, from 9:30AM to 2:30 PM.
  • Our program is provided at no cost to families.  UPK is a New York State grant-funded program.  
  • Classrooms are located at  elementary schools and at Imagination Childcare Academy, 230 Coldwater  Road. Contact Imagination Childcare directly for information regarding  wrap around care at their site. 
  • To be eligible for the 2020-2021  program, which begins in September 2020, children must turn 4 on or  before December 1, 2020 and reside in the Gates Chili Central School  District. 

Pyramid Model Pilot Site for NYS

Collaborating Partners Gates Chili School District UPK

Collaborating Partners Gates Chili School District UPK


Since 2017, we have been participating in New York State's pilot program for Pyramid Model Implementation.  All of our staff have been trained and receive weekly coaching on using these best practice strategies.  The Pyramid Model was developed to define the evidence-based practices and approaches that can be used within a program to promote young children’s social emotional competence and address challenging behavior. The Pyramid Model practices are based on research on effective instruction for young children (Burchinal, Vandergrift, Pianta, & Mashburn, 2010; National Research Council, 2001), strategies to promote engagement and appropriate behavior (Chien et al., 2010; Conroy, Brown, & Olive 2008), promotion of children’s social skills and emotional competencies (Domitrovich et al., 2012; Vaughn et al., 2003), and implementation of assessment-based behavior support plans for children with the most severe behavior challenges (Blair, Fox, & Lentini, 2010; Conroy, Dunlap, Clarke, & Alter, 2005; McLaren & Nelson, 2009).  

Quality Stars Participants

Collaborating Partners Gates Chili School District UPK

Strong Advocates For High Quality Early Childhood Education


Since 2017, we have participated in the New York State Quality Stars program.   QUALITYstarsNY is New York’s voluntary quality rating and improvement system for regulated early childhood programs serving children birth to age five in centers, family child care homes, and primary schools with Pre-K. To help ensure success, QUALITYstarsNY provides coaching, technical assistance and financial support to improve program leadership, administration and teaching staff as well as the program and classroom environment. 

Strong Advocates For High Quality Early Childhood Education

Strong Advocates For High Quality Early Childhood Education

Strong Advocates For High Quality Early Childhood Education


Participate in advocacy opportunities to fight for higher wages for staff and state funding for high quality early childhood educational programs. 

Members of The Council of Childcare Administrators

Strong Advocates For High Quality Early Childhood Education

Members of The Council of Childcare Administrators


Have been an active members of the Council of Childcare Administrators since 2013, working together with other directors in the community to offer the highest quality early childhood education programs.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Strong Advocates For High Quality Early Childhood Education

Members of The Council of Childcare Administrators


Recognized in 2017 by DePaul Work Guide for our commitment towards offering opportunities for all people.  We have partnered with DePaul since 2014 to offer work opportunities for their clients to provide them an opportunity to explore the early childhood field.  

Contact Us

Imagination Childcare Academy, Inc.

230 Coldwater Road, Rochester, NY 14624, US

(585) 413-3948


Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed

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