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Bedford KinderCare

Jennifer DeMaggio, Center Director

3 Upjohn St. Bedford NH 03110
(603) 621-7485 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years

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We would like to welcome you to Bedford KinderCare. We would love for you to meet with our teachers and see firsthand how we offer a nurturing environment where everything’s intended for learning: the classroom, the materials, and the activities. No matter how young your child is, every element is designed so that learning happens in a fun and natural way. Our curriculum is based on the belief that children learn best by doing and playing. It's a hands-on approach that has set us apart from other early childhood learning providers for 40 years.

Jennifer DeMaggio, Center Director

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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.

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By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Teachers & Staff

We have an amazing staff here in Bedford. All the teachers love working with children. Set up a tour to come in and meet our amazing team. We would love for you to become part of our KinderCare family!

  • Jennifer DeMaggio

    Jennifer DeMaggio, Center Director

    I enjoy building relationships with families and watching the children grow throughout the years.

    Jenny enjoys working with families to meet each family's individual needs, as well as training the teachers on the companies expectations and standards. She is a very caring person and tries to always do what she can to accommodate the needs of her staff and families. She also looks forward to greeting each child with a smile on a daily basis, and enjoys forming bonds with families and making those special personal connections to each of them. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her with her husband Adam and three sons Dominick, Seiler and Carter. They enjoy visiting the ocean and the mountains. In the summer they spend their weekends by their pool and one of their past times for the fall is bonfires and s'mores in the back yard. 

    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhhood Certificate II, Council for Professional Recognition
  • Holly Turcotte

    Holly Turcotte, Assistant Director

    I am passionate about teaching young children and being a mentor to staff. I love talking with families about their child and how they are growing and developing. I love the little moments that I can see a child learn something new and the pride it brings to their face when they have accomplished a task.

    Holly Turcotte has worked for KinderCare Education since September 2001, and has worked with every age group at the center. As the Assistant Director she now helps to train and mentor future caregivers to give them the guidance and techniques they need to share the same passion and enthusiasm each day with working with young children. She has always had a passion for being with people and helping them, and discovered that teaching is the best way that she could give a foundation of learning to the new generation of children. She takes on a challenge that is put forth to make her program the best that it can be. Holly loves having relationships with families and communicating with them about their most prized possession in the world, their child. She recognizes that each child is special and unique and has their own needs that need to be met. In Holly's free time she loves to go hiking, kayaking and bike riding.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare Holly raised three children of her own.
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Master Teacher Level 1, Early Childhood Administrator Level 2
  • Ms. Jessie

    Ms. Jessie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love my job because it allows me to help little ones find their love for learning. Learning begins with all of the fundamentals of speech, motor skills, and play. I enjoy exploring new things with these friends everyday.

    My husband, son and I moved here in August 2015 from Dallas, Texas. We have been married for six years and are high school sweethearts. Our son, Owen just turned three in November. We enjoy reading books, going to the movies, and taking outdoor adventures together.

    Previous Experience:
    Long term substitute/tutor- one year Pre-Kindergarten Teacher- three years Kindergarten Teacher- one year
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (Education ECE-6)-University of North Texas
  • Ms. Michelle R.

    Ms. Michelle R., Infant Classroom

    I enjoy watching the children grow and learn. I love seeing the children happy.

    Ms. Michelle was born on August 21, 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the oldest of four. She attended Bunker Hill College and graduated in 1996 with an associate degree in Early Childhood Education. While attending college Ms. Michelle worked with Preschool and Kindergarten children at the college lab child care center. Michelle also worked with Elementary School aged children while attending North Adams State College from 1996-1999. In July 1999 Ms. Michelle got hired by Knowledge Beginnings Learning Center and transferred up to the Bedford KinderCare on September 17, 2007. She worked as a floating teacher in all the classrooms and now is one of the Infant room teachers.

    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sylvia

    Ms. Sylvia, Infant Classroom

    Babies make me happy!

    Ms. Sylvia works at KinderCare Learning Center in Bedford, NH. She is 62 years old and recently completed her 17th year in the Infant Classroom. She believes that constant communication with the families is a key to a successful partnership in order to best serve the needs of an infant. Ms. Sylvia was born and raised in Sao, Brazil and has been married for 38 years. Her family moved to the United States over 36 years ago and are now proud American citizens. Sylvia had two daughters and stayed home with both of them until high school. Sylvia has a beautiful granddaughter named Isabella and a precious grandson named Jaye. In Ms. Sylvia's free time, she loves to bake. Every weekend she likes to try out a new recipe. Ms. Sylvia has always loved children for their honesty and spirit. She often comments that she herself feels like a child inside. Ms. Sylvia has an immense amount of patience and she truly loves her career.

    Year Started:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate credential
  • Jessica Smith

    Jessica Smith, Toddler Classroom

    Jessica graduated from Plymouth State University in 2015 and achieved her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. She is very excited to be joining the teaching team here at Bedford KinderCare. She comes from Meredith, NH and is now in the Manchester area. She has a cat and a horse. Her favorite thing about teaching is watching the children learn and grow throughout the year.   

    Previous Experience:
    Has worked with toddlers in previous centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See?

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Chrissy

    Ms. Chrissy, Preschool Classroom

    I am passionate about teaching when the children learn and have fun. I enjoy watching the children grow!

    Ms. Chrissy knew right out of high school that education and teaching was her passion. She started courses in the evening to reach her goals of becoming a Preschool teacher. Ms. Chrissy is a mother of four children. She decided to return to work when her children were in public school to pursue her teaching career. In Ms. Chrissy's spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and most of all doing sports. She loves to ski, ice skate, go boating and exercise. Most of all she loves working with children and is excited to be teaching and doing lots of activities. She just loves her job!

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Certified in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Brenda

    Ms. Brenda, Prekindergarten Classroom

    "I am passionate about sharing in children's growth and discovery of the world around them. I love helping each child reach their full potential.

    Ms. Brenda is the Prekindergarten teacher at KinderCare in Bedford, New Hampshire. She enjoys working with children in the preschool ages because of the opportunity to share new and fun learning opportunities with children who are eager to explore and test the world around them. Ms. Brenda has a strong math and science background and enjoys activities with children that build a strong foundation in these areas. In addition she believes in helping children develop positive social skills and cooperative behavior focusing on teamwork and caring for others. Ms. Brenda grew up in Maryland, just outside Washington DC. She moved to Vermont where she completed her degree in Textiles. During a career in retail, where she managed many stores like Carroll Reed Ski Shops, Talbots and Eddie Bower, Ms. Brenda coached many young people as they began their first jobs. An opportunity for a quality of life change lead Brenda to her first position working with two-year-old children at First Start Children's Center in Concord, New Hampshire. Here Brenda also became a foster parent for the state of New Hampshire. She helped six different children at difficult times in their lives. Ms. Brenda continued at First Start Children's Center as a lead teacher and eventually began working with four-year-old children. A challenge she loves and wants to continue. Ms. Brenda is proud to be a part of the KinderCare team and enjoys the support of the KinderCare staff. She likes the strong curriculum and supplies that are available to support the learning opportunities for our KinderCare students.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Brenda worked as a lead teacher for children ages two and four at First Start Children's Center Concord, New Hampshire.
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Textiles, Merchandising and Consumer Studies
  • Ms. April

    Ms. April, Interactive Kindergarten, School Age Classrooms

    I love to see the excitement when a child learns something new and is so proud that they want to share it with others.

    Ms. April was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire. She graduated from Manchester Memorial High School with honors. After high school, Ms. April continued to work as a cook until starting to teach at a center that she attended as a child. She worked as a co-teacher with children ages two to four. During her time teaching, Ms. April started Early Childhood Education classes at Granite State College, as well as entertaining at children’s parties as “Klutz” the clown! In 2001, She moved to Dover, New Hampshire to attend University of New Hampshire to be an Emergency Medical Technician. After earning her EMT certificate, Ms. April returned to teaching three-year-old children at a center in Somersworth, New Hampshire. She frequently assisted the director with billing and health and safety. Ms. April graduated from Granite State College with an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2004. Ms. April then was offered a position as a Salon Manager with a well known full service Hair Salon and Spa. In part from April’s guidance, they became the first stand alone salon in New Hampshire to reach a million dollars. Ms. April continued to work in the salon and apprenticed for her cosmetologist’s license. In 2009, She married her fiancé. In 2010, Ms. April started work with KinderCare in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She began in the Prekindergarten classroom. She also assisted in the Preschool classroom were she stayed until the birth of her daughter in 2011. When Ms. April returned, she transferred to our Bedford, New Hampshire facility as our Prekindergarten teacher. In August of 2012, Ms. April was very excited to take over our Kindergarten program. She is always warm an inviting and likes to lead by example. She has been called the “shining star” of her classroom, as she always has a smile on her face. Ms. April loves watching children learn and grow!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. April spent five years working at other preschools.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Michelle H.

    Ms. Michelle H., Cook

    I love children and love to see them grow. I also love art and allowing the children to freely express themselves.

    Ms. Michelle has a strong passion for teaching young children, and has been an inspiration to the other teachers here at our Bedford Center. She has worked with the Infants, Toddlers and Twos. She then decided to expand her enthusiasm for teaching and to take on a more active role and decided to start teaching the cooking and music learning adventures classrooms. In addition, Ms. Michelle has nine Early Childhood Education credits counting towards a degree. She has also just recently stepped up and has become our cook after our previous one retired, and does an amazing job with making the tummy's of our center full. A very organized and caring person, Ms. Michelle will go out of her way to help others in their time of need. She takes the time to make sure everyone's needs are met. In Ms. Michelle's spare time she loves to spend time with her family. She takes every opportunity to visit with her mom who has been a key person in her life. Ms. Michelle has one son who is the pride and joy of her life who she advocates his needs with his school. Ms. Michelle took time off in the middle of her KinderCare career to raise him until he went to public school. She loves to take him kayaking and playing Lego's with him.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
  • Mr. Evan

    Mr. Evan, Preschool Classroom

    Evan has worked with children for several years. He graduated from Plymouth State University. During his time there he worked with many young children and there families. He started as a substitute as a lead teacher and has experience with Preschool and Prekindergarten children. He has also worked with young toddlers and discovery preschool. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where The Wild Things Are 

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's in Early Childhood Studies
  • Ms. Carolyn B.

    Ms. Carolyn B., Infant Classroom

    Carolyn has been working with children for over five years. She's currently in the process of finishing getting her degree in Early Childhood Studies. She has nannied, and worked in centers. She loves being able to spend her days with children, molding their minds, knowing that one day they will do something great. Carolyn looks forward to getting to know the families of her students and is excited to help them learn and grow!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Emalee F.

    Ms. Emalee F., Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Emalee is 22 years old and lives in Brookline, New Hampshire. She's currently a student at Nashua Community College and is finishing her degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in Childcare for five years. When she first started in childcare, she was an assistant to most age group and then continued as a Toddler teacher! Emalee is very excited to be working at KinderCare to continue her journey in childcare. Working with children is something she has always had a passion for from age 14 and on she has always had some type of job that included children! Helping children grow and learn through play is something she will never stop enjoying. Seeing the excitement on their faces when they accomplish something new makes the daily challenges worthwhile. 

    Year Started:
    Working on Associate Degree in ECE
  • Mrs. Kathy S.

    Mrs. Kathy S., Learning Adventures

    Kathy Trellis- Saab started working for Bedford KinderCare in April of 2017 as our Learning Adventures teacher and classroom support teacher. She enjoys working with small groups of children to enhance phonics, math, music and cooking.  Kathy has a Bachelors in Childhood Studies from Plymouth State University.  She also attended Granite State College for Childcare Administration and Management.  Kathy has been in Early Childhood Education for seventeen years and has worked as a Lead Preschool Teacher and Center Director. Most recently Kathy was a Program Director for a Before and After School Kindergarten Program and Summer Camp Director.   

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Asha P.

    Ms. Asha P., Toddler Classroom

    Asha is a strong independent single mother of a beautiful one-year-old daughter who is here in the toddler room with Ms Jess. She is a full time student at NHTI, working on getting her Early Childhood Education degree. She chose early childhood education because she loves the expression on a child's face when they are learning something new, whether it's learning a person's name or the name of a color, a child will light up with joy and become so excited to show off their new skills.

    Year Started:
    Working on getting Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of the children we care for is one of our top priorities. We provide nutritious snacks and meals. Our building has security doors and locked playground gates, thorough sign-in/out procedures and headcount system. We follow a strict cleaning plan to reduce incidences of illness. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. Her role is to coordinate fire and disaster drills, check the safety of our building and equipment, as well as making sure that the staff maintains updated First Aid, CPR and other safety trainings.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I just wanted to let you know how incredibly pleased we are with the Bedford Center. The atmosphere is sunny, warm and inviting which was the first thing I was impressed with when we visited. The staff are consummate professionals, and I'm always impressed at the level of care that is given to my children. The teachers seem to genuinely enjoy the kids and since they've been enrolled, the boys call every older female 'Ms.' which I find super cute. Every teacher has her own special way of communicating and interacting, and I've noticed that the boys respond and adapt well to every one of them. The biggest endorsement I can give you is the fact that the boys are always super excited to go to school and they look forward to spending time with all their teachers! It is a huge relief to know they are safe and happy while learning so much about life, other children and themselves. The daily reports are wonderful and it gives us a glimpse into their fun filled day. Thanks so much for taking good care of our boys and we know that this center, you, and your staff were special the minute we walked in.

- Parent

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