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KinderCare at Branchburg

Shannon Shotwell, Center Director

212 Raritan Valley College Dr. Branchburg NJ 08876
(908) 704-0091 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Route 22 - Between RVCC and Rt 22

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
No longer bussing. We are a bus stop on the Whiton public school route.


Welcome to KinderCare at Branchburg. 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!

Shannon Shotwell, 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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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.

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


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.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

Our center staff is composed of the most knowledgeable and caring individuals around. We have a veteran and expertly trained teaching staff who specialize in the age group they work with daily. Not only do many of our staff hold specialized degrees or certifications from respected industries but KinderCare continues their training and education twice a year every year.

We believe positive, professional and caring staff provide the most ideal environment for young minds to grow and thrive.

  • Shannon Shotwell

    Shannon Shotwell, Center Director

    Ms. Shannon loves how excited the children get when they learn something new, seeing their face when they accomplish something for the first time is so rewarding. Ms. Shannon has an extensive educational background in technology and over 15 years field experience in child care. She also coaches high school marching band and color guard.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shannon has held many other positions in the childcare field, including Assistant Director and Director as well as being an Acting Director, Assistant Director and a teacher for other KinderCare locations.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Master's Degree in Educational Technology, Bachelor's Degree in Networking and Communications Management, NJ Head Teacher & Group Teacher OOL Approvals, CPR Certified & Instructor Certified
  • Lisa Glappa, Assistant Director

    Goal-driven. Hardworking. Determined. Those are the words which are used to describe Lisa from her previous co-workers.

    Having been in this field for ten years, Lisa first took her steps into early education, as a summer camp counselor, slowly working her way up the management ladder. Lisa enjoys the excitement of working around children, always making sure she spends ample time in all of the classrooms. As the Assistant Director, Lisa works hard to establish a safe, happy and healthy environment for all children. Her goal is to provide a solid foundation to the beginning of a child's academic career and the future thereafter.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare in 2009, Ms. Lisa worked for the YMCA in Princeton in several different roles. During her time there she was privileged enough to work with children off all ages. She completed her bachelor's degree from Rutgers in 2009 and shortly after joined the KinderCare family.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Master's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Lucy

    Ms. Lucy, Program Specialist

    Ms. Lucy is the Program Specialist and specializes in curriculum programs. Ms. Lucy supervises each teacher's lesson plans and daily enrichment programs to make sure all of our activities are appropriate yet challenging.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Bachelor's of Art Degree
  • Ms. Evelyn

    Ms. Evelyn, Bus Driver, Cook, Floating Teacher

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Infant Classroom

    Denise feels very privileged to be working in at KinderCare Branchburg; she knows how important that is since she is a mother of a 2 ½ year old son. She finds herself happy, feels fulfilled, and rewarded when spending time with children. She has acquired practical experience working within the NYC school, such as Henry Street Settlement, where she worked in PS.20 Elementary School After-School Program as a Group Leader. She worked with 25 students, in which she constructed lesson plans and helped students with their homework. Also, she has experience working as a nanny. She has worked closely with educating and teaching children how to read, write, and practice their fine-motor skills. She has also worked closely with the wonderful children of the Kids Club at Equinox Fitness Tribeca, as she provided the care for and passionately entertain these children aged three months to eight years. She believes that the children deserve good care and is lucky to be working in this center.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Jackie

    Ms. Jackie, Infant Classroom

    Jackie is a member of our Infant teaching staff. She began her career with KinderCare years ago in Prekindergarten and left to have her own daughter who now attends our Toddler program.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    I'll Love You Forever by Robert Munson

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Michelle has been a strong part of our Infant program for almost six years now. She believes in providing a safe, nurturing and calm environment. When you enroll into our Infant program you'll find Ms. Michelle to be an asset to your parenting "team". We believe if the transition from the baby's home environment is smooth you'll have a happier and well rounded child.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree
  • Miss Shamir

    Miss Shamir, Infant Classroom

    Shamir loves watching them grow and learn!! The growth from the beginning of the room until when they age up to a new room is amazing! Enthusiasm is the key to teaching. I love guiding them in their learning adventure.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Chelsea

    Ms. Chelsea, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Toddler Classroom

    Sue is our toddler guru! She has been teaching toddlers with us forever and wouldn't have it any other way. Our toddlers are well cared for, loved and taught many things from art, math, science all the way to potty training.

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Wendy Matos

    Miss Wendy Matos, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Miss Wendy comes to us from a sister center. She has many, many years of experience work in child care, as well as raising her own child who is now 17. Miss Wendy goes to great lengths to make sure the children are always having fun. She goes to extra trainings after hours and on her own time to make herself the best teacher for her students. We are so happy to have her on our team and with our children!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Currently holds her Child Development Associate in Infants and Toddlers
  • Miss Chrissy Ferrari

    Miss Chrissy Ferrari, Preschool Classroom

    Chrissy comes to us with many years of experience in the field. She has previously been a Preschool teacher for another child care for 3 Years before she has her son Nicholas. She most recently has been a Lead Teacher/Curriculum Coordinator for about three years once she had her daughter Nora. Chrissy has also previously been a one on one/Teachers Aid. She has two children of her own; an infant Nora, and a three year old Nicolas who will be joining us here at the center. Her strong professional and qualified background makes her the perfect part of our team. 

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool teacher, one on one aid
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Pursuing child development associate in Preschool
  • Ms. Nancy Smith

    Ms. Nancy Smith, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Nancy has been with us for many years and has worked with all ages.  Her home is Prekindergarten. Nancy's patience and creativity mesh well with children who are becoming more independent and getting ready for Kindergarten and/or public school.

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Assoicate
  • Mr. Nick

    Mr. Nick, Kindergarten Teacher

    There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do, instead of what he cannot do. -Dr. Tremple Grandin

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Miss Stephanie

    Miss Stephanie, Floater

    Stephanie has been a substitute teacher in the Branchburg school district, as well as a member of the day care staff at the powerhouse gym. She attends Montclair State University where she is obtaining her teaching certificate in K-12. She will be with us for the Summer, and back when she is finished with school.

    Previous Experience:
    Substitute teacher in the Branchburg public schools; powerhouse gym day care
    Year Started:
    Montclair Statue University K-12 bachelor of art expected at the end of this year.
  • Miss Nicole

    Miss Nicole, Floater

    Previous Experience:
    Nicole comes to us from the Somerset Hills YMCA working with the drop off children ages three months to 12 years. She has also been a substitute and teachers aide before joining us here at KinderCare. She has a three year old son that will be joining us here as well!
    Year Started:
    She is currently CPR and First Aide Certified and holds her Travel Agent career certificate, however is looking to continue her education in early childhood.
  • Miss Rachel

    Miss Rachel, Floater

    Rachel is currently attending Raritan Valley Community College. She previously has worked at St. Bernard's Preschool with various age groups. She is excited for the change of pace and adventure our various age groups bring her. 

    Previous Experience:
    St. Bernard's Preschool
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Attending Raritan Valley Community College

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 center is where your family comes to be safe, learn and grow.  We have been NAEYC accredited for many years but just went through the reaccreditation process in July of 2014.  We passed with flying colors again!  We scored 100% in teaching, our assessment skills and ability, our family relationships and our community relationships.  We also received high marks in health and safety, our school's physical environment and our leadership and management skills.  KinderCare in Branchburg is where your child needs to be to start their academic career off.

Special Features

  • Healthy menu
  • Flexible scheduling
  • CPR and First Aid certified staff
  • State certified teachers

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Hindi
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Labor Day
Columbus Day (Teacher in Service)
Thanksgiving Day and the day after
Christmas Day
New Year's Day
President's Day (Teacher in Service)
Memorial Day
4th of July

Health and Safety

Safety is my number one concern and I stress that to every staff member each day. We have a Health and Safety coordinator who conducts monthly audits of our center to make sure our equipment, facilities and playgrounds are up to par. Monthly fire drills and disaster drills are conducted with the children as well so we are all prepared.

Our center is in good standing with state and local licensing departments to make sure we are compliant with the most up-to-date safety and security measures.

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

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

I was a scared and nervous mommy walking into Kindercare for the first time with my 10 month old baby who had been at home with me since day one. All I wanted was for my baby to be loved, hugged and played with, which is what any parent hopes for when they are leaving their child in the care of someone else. While looking at different daycares, how could I ever know she would get that? Right away, when we began our tour at Kindercare I just knew, it was like a gut feeling. This was the place my daughter was going to be taken care of the best. Ms. Tirusha, the Center Director, said this would become her “home away from home.” Well, in just 2 short months, she was right, my daughter has a “home away from home” and gets hugged, played with and is loved. We have found that all at Kindercare. She has fallen in love with Ms. Jackie, Ms. Chelsea, Ms. Lucy, Ms. Michelle, Ms. Polina, Ms. Tirusha and many others that are in the infant room. They encourage me to call during the day and anyone who answers is happy to let me know how my baby is doing and gives me a brief description on her day so far. This makes me feel safe and comfortable. Everyone has taken the time to get to know my family and I and are so friendly when we walk in the door! Ms. Jackie and Ms. Chelsea have really gotten to know my daughter. They know her signs for tired and hungry, what to feed her and when. They cater to her needs. I started out with so many fears but they assured me they would do whatever it took to make my daughter comfortable… and they did and still do! The two of them go above and beyond to make sure my baby is happy! I could go on and on about how wonderful everyone at Kindercare has treated my daughter, my husband and I. This is the experience we hoped to have sending our daughter to daycare and we are lucky to have gotten it!
- Mother

Our daughter has been in the KinderCare Branchburg infant room since she was 3 ½ months old and we couldn’t be happier with our choice to place her there. Miss Michelle and Miss Jackie are absolutely amazing care takers and it’s reassuring as a parent to know that our daughter is in great hands during the day – being loved, cared for, learning and ultimately super happy! Both Miss Michelle and Miss Jackie always have a smile on their face and a cuddle waiting for each baby. They take the time to really get to know each baby and cater to all their unique needs. We are very happy our daughter is in their care and it makes it very easy to drop her off each day….especially when we see her huge smile when she enters the room and sees her teachers!

- Mother

One of the most precious things in our lives are our children. Having to send them to daycare is no easy task so making sure you send them to the right one is a big deal. When we started our search for daycares we visited everything from the Big names to the small local places to find the right fit for our son. There were those that looked great but were just too expensive and those that we knew the second we walked in that we would never leave our kids there. That brings us to the Kindercare of Branchburg. I was recommended to this daycare by a colleague of mine and had heard positive things about the place and it’s staff. The moment we walked in our son ran to the Center Director, Tirusha Dave, and gave her a big hug. We knew right then that he had made his choice. As we spoke to Tirusha and her staff we genuinely felt good about the place. Everyone is nice and friendly and they care about what they do. We can honestly say our son likes all the teachers at the daycare and it seems to be consistent amongst all the kids we see there. An important factor for us was that this is not simply a babysitter watching our child but a place that provides more for him with a curriculum and challenges that motivate children to learn and grow as individuals. We knew this was the place for us and in the time that our son has spent at the Kindercare of Branchburg we truly feel they have become a part of our family.

- Parents

From the first day our daughter has loved going to Kindercare. I don't feel guilty going to work because she is happy when I drop her off and I have trouble getting her to leave with me at the end of the day. She loves everyone and talks about all of her friends and teachers.

- Mother

Thank you so much for taking care of my precious cargo.  I left them both crying at times (I even left crying sometimes too!) but returned to smiles every day.

- Parents

My twins, Samantha and Anthony, have been with Kindercare for two years now.  The decision to leave my kids in daycare was very difficult for me but once I saw how well adjusted they were and how quickly they adapted to their teacher, my mind was put at ease. The fact that my kids call me Miss Alisha demonstrates just how comfortable they feel with their teacher and how much they love her.  I can truly say that I never worry about them when they are at daycare.  The teachers treat them as if they were their own children.  Thank you Miss Alisha and all of the staff at Kindercare for making my experience and my children's so wonderful!  I truly appreciate all you do for them and our family.

- Parents

It's hard to believe that we will soon be approaching our one-year anniversary with the KinderCare family. It seemed like only yesterday my little one and I walked into the breakfast room looking like two deer in headlights. I think I had more tears than her on that first day. This past year has been filled with ups and downs. My solace was knowing that my child was being taken care of every time that I dropped her off at KinderCare. I knew Ms. Chelsea would take good care of my girl. Ms. Chelsea had to deal with every single type of meltdown you could think of. She was so patient with my little girl (and with me) and the whole situation. Ms. Chelsea dealt with our schedule being completely changed and to my daughter's persistence with holding on to her sippy cup and/or any other type of tangible item! Ms. Chelsea has been our angel. I cannot begin to express the amount of gratitude and appreciation that I have for Ms. Chelsea and the other teachers that have helped us through this process.Thank you, Ms. Chelsea!!

- Parent

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