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KinderCare at Middletown

Ms. Angela Nelson, Center Director

245 Leonardville Rd. Belford NJ 07718
(732) 787-7000 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years

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We are located on the corner of Leonardville and East Ave in Belford, Middletown New Jersey

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
New Monmouth and Bayview Elementary schools


Welcome to KinderCare at Middletown. Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.

You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills.

Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Ms. Angela Nelson, Center Director

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  • NAEYC Accreditation NAEYC

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


A limited number of our centers offer a bilingual immersion preschool program featuring Mandarin and English, created in collaboration with leading foreign language educators. Children will have the opportunity to learn Mandarin through stimulating, age-appropriate, hands-on activities. Using this creative approach, children enhance their skills in a second language in the same natural way they learned their first language.


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.

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 highly educated and motivated staff. Our staff is eager to be part of your child's learning experience.

  • Ms. Angela Nelson

    Ms. Angela Nelson, Center Director

    Education for children is the most important thing.

    Angela has been employed by KinderCare since 1990. Children have always been her passion. Angela graduated from Kean University in the Education field. She has been enjoying her time educating children at KinderCare ever since. Angela is so proud when we have a family return to enroll their child and they were a student here in the past. What a great impact that makes.

    Previous Experience:
    Angela has previous experience working as a Quality Educational Specialist and Region Engagement Leader.
    Year Started:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Credits in Master's Degree in Administration, Bachelor's of Arts & Bachelor's of Science Degrees in Early Childhood Education
  • Donna Holbert

    Donna Holbert, Assistant Director

    I love coming to work each and every day. To make a difference in a child's life is priceless.

    Donna has been employed with KinderCare since 1990. She was honored when she took the center through the first accreditation with NAEYC in 1999. We have been accredited with NAEYC ever since. Donna completed her child development associate credential. She enjoys working with the staff, children and parents. She believes that we are a partnership when it comes to educating children.

    Year Started:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Infant Classroom

    Coming to work always puts a smile on my face. I love watching the infants learn and grow.

    Ms. Shannon has many years experience in Early Childhood education and she brings that to her classroom every day with the wonderful program she presents to the babies. She continues her education through our Professional Development Days and she is currently working towards her child development associate credential.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shannon has prior experience working in another child center and our South Brunswick KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Early Childhood Education Credits, Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Ann

    Ms. Ann, Infant Classroom

    I love watching the infants growing and learning every day.

    Ms. Annie has been working for KinderCare for over 20 years. She is very dedicated to her job and the center! She enjoys watching the infants grow and learn. She continues her education by attending all the Professional Development Days and continues to receive Early Childhood Education credits! Ms. Ann has been a part of our NAEYC journey since 1999.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ann has been with KinderCare for 18 years and her previous experience has been in a childcare center at her home.
    Year Started:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 Years
    Early Childhood Education Credits
  • Ms. Joan

    Ms. Joan, Infant Classroom, Tutorial Teacher

    Ms. Joan has been an Infant teacher at our Belford location for 34 years. She is also our Kelsey Learning Adventures Program teacher in Reading and Phonics. But her passion is with the Infants. She loves nurturing and singing to them and watching them grow and learn!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Joan has previous experience working as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
    Year Started:
    36 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    34 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Barbara

    Ms. Barbara, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Barbara has been an asset to KinderCare Learning Center. She came to us with many years experience in this field. She loves working with the children and always has a smile on her face.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Early Childhood Education Credits
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love being given the opportunity to teach and watch the children grow and learn!

    Ms. Karen has been with KinderCare for over ten years. She continues to love what she is doing with the children in her classroom! She is a very flexible and enthusiastic teacher. She has been through our NAEYC journey with our center and continues to be a team player.

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Associate Degree, Child Development Associate Credential

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Memorial day, 4th of July, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and the day after, Christmas day and News Year day. We are also closed on Columbus Day and Presidents Day for Professional Development days.

Health and Safety

All of our staff members are trained in CPR and First Aid for the safely of the children we care for. We also are a peanut free center.

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