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Bedford KinderCare

Dawn Bradbrook, Center Director

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

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
next to Macy's parking lot

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bus From: Peter Woodbury, Memorial & Riddlebrook

KinderCare Learning Centers provide all classrooms with the most ground breaking, researched based curriculum that includes the opportunity for the teachers to add their own personality and creativity when enhancing their classrooms. Teachers are able to keep the children’s interest, individual needs and potential at the forefront of their planning.  Our Bedford KinderCare provides a warm environment for children, families and our team.  We work closely to ensure the children are thriving academically and socially as well as having fun.  
We have an amazing summer planned this year!  Come on by for a visit anytime and we’ll show you what we have planned!

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Welcome

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.

Dawn Bradbrook, Center Director

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Accreditation

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.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

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

Cooking

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.

Math

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.

Music

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!

  • Dawn Bradbrook

    Dawn Bradbrook, Center Director

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

    Dawn Bradbook enjoys working with families to meet each families 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 husband and two children. They enjoy biking, camping, and spending time with family in Vermont and Frye Island, Maine.

    Previous Experience:
    Dawn started working for KinderCare in 1992 in Chelmsford as a Preschool teacher. In 1999 she transferred to Bedford KinderCare as the Assistant Director and then became the Director in 2001.
    Year Started:
    7/20/1992
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • 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 Simard has worked for Knowledge Universe 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 two children of her own.
    Year Started:
    9/4/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Master Teacher Level 1, Early Childhood Administrator Level 2
  • Ms. Amelia

    Ms. Amelia, Discovery Preschool

    Year Started:
    1/3/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Michele R.

    Ms. Michele 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. In 1987 she graduated from Boston English High. She started her college years at Bunker Hill Community College. After attending there for a couple of years she decided to go to Quincy Junior College. She went for a couple of years and then went back to Bunker Hill and got her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education in 1996. While attending college Ms. Michelle worked for the first time with children at the college lab child care center. She worked with preschool to kindergarten age children. She decided to further her education so from 1996-1999 she attended North Adams State College. While attending college she also worked at the lab child care center. She was able to work with elementary School Age children for the first time. 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:
    7/19/1999
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Associate's 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. Her motto for a successful Infant Classroom is to have constant communication with the parents. She believes this 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. Ms. Sylvia and her husband moved to the United States over 36 years ago and they are now proud American citizens. At the time, both lawyers, Ms. Sylvia decided to change career paths after she had her first born. She raised two daughters at home until high school then decided to work full time at KinderCare. Ms. Sylvia has two wonderful daughters and 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:
    5/1/1995
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate credential
  • Ms. Breanne

    Ms. Breanne, Toddler Classroom

    Watching my students grow into loving, caring and intelligent young children is why I love my job.

    Ms. Breanne has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education Studies from Plymouth State University. She spent many years caring for children from three months to nine years of age. She has been at this center and a center in Tennessee for about two years now and loves her new job! She is a caring, loving teacher who loves working with children and watching them grow into young adults.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Breanne had an internship at BrightStar learning center and worked as a nanny.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Toddler Classroom

    I love to work with children, teach them to learn and grow every day.

    Ms. Mary is a toddler teacher at Bedford KinderCare, having transferred from Londonderry KinderCare. She gets to know the children in the whole center as she works in the various classrooms to cover breaks and ratios. In addition, she gets to meet a lot of children and she gets to learn how they learn from one another. Ms. Mary achieved her Child Development Associate's Credential and is looking forward to being a teacher in a classroom soon. In the meantime, she is glad to be a part of the Bedford team, and finds it to be very pleasurable to work with young children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her son and her husband.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare Ms. Mary worked in a public school.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love teaching children and watching them grow each day. I enjoy seeing the child and family come in each day happy and excited to be in my class!

    Ms. Katie has always had a passion for teaching children and dreamed about being a teacher. As a child, she would always spend time in her playroom pretending to teach school to her dolls. During high school Ms. Katie had a summer job working as a counselor in training at UNH Cooperative day camp. Her first preschool job was working at Head Start in Manchester. This confirmed to her that working in the education field was what she wanted to do for her career. She was in an organization called T.E.A.C.H (Taking Education Across Children's Horizons), P.H.A.T (Playing Hard All Together), and after school program at Weare New Hampshire Middle School, an after school program program at Hillsborough Elementary School and Concord New Hampshire S.P.C.A. (Society and Protection of Cruelty to Animals). After Ms. Katie graduated college she got a job working the summer of 2004 at Wee Play School in Manchester, NH. She assisted classroom teachers in educational and recreational activities with children ages two to eleven. In October of 2004, Ms. Katie was hired at KinderCare. Ms. Katie was originally hired as the Preschool teacher where she remained through most of 2005.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare Ms. Katie worked at summer camps, after school programs and for the Head Start program.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Giraffes Can't Dance
    Year Started:
    10/4/2004
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree with Double Major in Educational Studies and Psychology
  • 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:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Certified in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Nancie

    Ms. Nancie, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Nancie has been with KinderCare since March 2014. She brings with her a love for teaching and has experience teaching children of all ages including Kindergarten and Prekindergarten. In the past couple of years, her experience brought her to a younger group of children. Now that she is a grandmother of two her passion lies with younger children. Ms. Nancie has a very nice calmness about her that is inviting to younger children. She is silly and loves to sing and dance around. She is great at reading stories and engages the children through hands on teaching and puppet play. Ms. Nancie maintains a level of professionalism when working and speaking to parents. She has compassion and understanding and tries to find the positive in situations. Ms. Nancie continues to strengthen her education, seeking out various workshops. She feels this keeps her ideas fresh and helps her to be the best teacher that she can be.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nancie taught Kindergarten for six years, Prekindergarten for six years and Preschool for four years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Harry Potter Series
    Year Started:
    3/17/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Credits
  • 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
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Textiles, Merchandising and Consumer Studies
  • Ms. April

    Ms. April, Private 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:
    3/7/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Michelle H.

    Ms. Michelle H., Learning Adventures & 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:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
  • Ms. Taylor M.

    Ms. Taylor M.,

    I enjoy watching children learn and grow each and every day.

    Ms. Taylor began working at KinderCare in March 2014. She has always had a passion to work with children. She completed a two-year Early Childhood Education course in high school and received a certificate of completion. While taking this course Ms. Taylor was able to work hands on with the children in the lab Preschool. This was the first time she had worked with children and the experience made her realize that this was the field that she wanted to be in. Ms. Taylor is currently expecting to graduate with her Bachelor's Degree in Child Development/Early Childhood Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University in May 2015. She loves working with the staff, children and their families at the Bedford KinderCare. Ms. Taylor loves her job and enjoys watching children use their minds to create, learn and explore the world around them.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff
    Year Started:
    3/4/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education Certificate

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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

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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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.

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