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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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Special Instructions:
off route 36

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

Our Program is Nationally Recognized by NAEYC. We have been Recognized Nationally since 1999. Our staff is committed to making learning fun and developing the whole child.

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KinderCare is where the learning begins and friendships last forever.

Ms. Angela Nelson, Center Director

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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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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

    A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child. ~Forest Witcraft 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:
    26 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 we took the center through our first accreditation with NAEYC in 1999. We have been accredited with NAEYC ever since. Donna completed my Child Development Associate's 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:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Infant B 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's Credential.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shannon has prior experience working in another child center and our South Brunswick KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Early Childhood Education Credits, Child Development Associate's 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:
    21 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:
    35 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    34 Years
    Child Development Associate's 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:
    6 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:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Associate's Degree, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Elana

    Ms. Elana, Preschool B Classroom

    I love helping the children grow and learn. Making a difference in their lives inspires me to come to work each day.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Mary B.

    Ms. Mary B., Prekindergarten Classroom

    As a lifelong learner myself I love to share the joy of learning with children in their preschool years.

    Ms. Mary has been and Early Childhood Educator for over 18 years. She continues to enroll herself in education classes. She believes that true learning takes place when children are actively involved in the learning process and construction of their knowledge. Through her planning and implementing her program Ms. Mary hopes to give children in her care developmentally appropriate practice activities. Ms. Mary inspires children every day!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Mary worked as a Rutgers Coop-4H Leader.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Master's Degree in Education

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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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