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Chatham KinderCare

Jaime Krug, Center Director

45 Main Street Chatham NJ 07928
(973) 635-0009 Contact this center

Ages: 6 WEEKS to 5 YEARS
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Neighborhood:
Chatham

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
None, Schools will bus to us if you set it up with the Transportation Department.

Welcome to Chatham KinderCare. We are excited to meet with you and your family! Our educational philosophy addresses the whole child, with an emphasis on your child's growth in their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.

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Welcome

Welcome to the Chatham KinderCare. Our commitment to you is to enhance your child's educational experience, starting as young as six weeks old through the age of five years old. We provide the kind of care that focuses on the whole child; meeting the needs of your child's emotional, social, cognitive, physical, and educational well-being. As educators, we want you to feel confident in the care we provide and we will take every step to gain your trust. At the Chatham KinderCare, we would like to personally invite you to come and see what makes us different -- what makes us a family!

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Jaime Krug, 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.

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.

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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

The Chatham KinderCare team of teachers is dedicated to providing the best environment for children to learn and grow.  Our highly-trained staff works daily to encourage each child's social, emotional, and cognitive growth by providing a safe, nurturing, curriculum-rich environment. We are passionate about helping your child reach his or her fullest potential and build a positive self-esteem. All of our teachers have gone through thorough background checks and have the required education and experience that KinderCare and the State of New Jersey requires.

  • Jaime Krug, Center Director

    Previous Experience:
    I have worked for KinderCare learning centers as an Assistant director for four years. Previously I was a 2nd and 6th grade public school teacher in New York State.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Love you Forever" and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
    Year Started:
    4/23/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Master's in Education
  • Jaime Behringer

    Jaime Behringer, Assistant Director

    Kneeling down at the level of the child and seeing what they see helps us to paint the rainbow they reach for and conquer the stars.

    Ms. Jaime has taught in self contained classrooms with children from the ages of 2 in a Tiny Tots class, all the way up to fifth grade. Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Jaime was a Center Director for an afterschool enrichment center in multiple locations. When not working, Miss Jaime loves to spend quality time doing things such as camping, bike riding, fishing, and gardening with her husband and four children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jaime has held many positions in the education field, including a Center Director for an afterschool enrichment center in multiple locations, lead teacher, and a home tutor.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    6/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Wendy, Early Foundations 1

    Year Started:
    8/18/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Kimara, Infant 3

    I enjoy watching the children reach goals that they had a hard time reaching.

    Ms. Kimara started working for the KinderCare company in July of 2015. She has worked in the early childhood career for the past 5 years. She has worked with children ranging from infancy through their first year. In addition to her work in the childhood field, she is also a mother to her daughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Kimara taught in private daycares with children ranging from infancy to one year of age.
    Year Started:
    7/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Adriana

    Ms. Adriana, Infants

    Ms. Adriana has have had over 19 years experience in the child care field. She has previously worked in the office setting and in the pharmaceutical business, however has found that childcare is her true passion.

    Previous Experience:
    Adriana has worked over 19 years in the childcare setting, and has held previous positions in an office setting and in the pharmaceutical field.
    Year Started:
    9/5/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, Infants

    I love making a difference in the lives of children and it amazes me how proud and excited children get when they learn something new.

    Previous Experience:
    Tutoring, Madscience, telemarketing
    Year Started:
    3/7/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    credits in Early Childhood education
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Infants

    Children and caring for them is my whole world. I love watching them grow and learn new things.

    Denise is a mature experienced childcare provider. She has over 15 years of caring for not only her own children but countless others. She loves children and enjoys nothing more than spending her days watching them grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Sports Coach for Amazing Athelets and previously a childcare provider and nanny.
    Year Started:
    10/20/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    BS in Health Education
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Infants

    I love working with young children because they are our future and to be able to teach them and see them learn is my goal.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Susan comes to us from our Paramus Center.
    Year Started:
    5/7/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Associates in Applied Science
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Learning Adventures & Health and Safety

    Do something everyday, so you can grow as a person, emotionally and physically. Read a book everyday!

    Ms. Maria is the mother of her daughter, Joslynn. She loves to care for children and help them grow physically and mentally. Ms. Maria has a degree in Spanish and Communication. She especially loves to help the children with Language and Reading.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Maria is a mother and also has worked as a Customer Service Specialist.
    Year Started:
    7/14/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Arts Degree in Spanish and Communication
  • Ms. Doreen

    Ms. Doreen, Pre-K

    I enjoy the excitement and energy the children show towards learning. As a tacher it is so rewarding to see the children's progress and their big smiles that they greet me everyday.

    Ms. Doreen is a mother of two grown sons. She has over 24 years experience in the field and has won numerous awars within the KinderCare family.

    Previous Experience:
    Mrs. Doreen has worked at our Hillsborough Center for over 10 years!
    Year Started:
    6/21/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
  • Ms. Kaitlynn

    Ms. Kaitlynn, Pre-K

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Kaitlynn worked for four summers in Paterson as a teacher's assistant in classrooms with children ranging from 12 months to 4 years old. Prior to joining the KinderCare team, Kaitlynn worked for antoher preschool facility as a teacher's assistant in a Pre-K classroom.
    Year Started:
    7/13/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    BA in Visual Arts, Minor in Early Education
  • Ms. Sarah, Pre-K

    Early learning is the most important learning; it is the foundation on which all othr education builds upon.

    Sarah joined the KinderCare family after working for many years as a nanny. She loves reading, singing, and dancing and enjoys sharing her passions with the kids at KinderCare of Lincoln Park. Sarah knows that a love for learning starts at an early age, she strives to make every day fun and educational; to let that love start to grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Sarah worked as a Nanny and an Au Pair for five years prior to coming to KinderCare. Sarah also worked as a summer Camp Counselor for ten years.
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Studies
  • Ms. Nicole, Toddlers

    Year Started:
    10/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    County College of Morris for Business Administration

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

Chatham Kindercare is a brand new center that opened on August 4th, 2014. Come check out our brand new facility and everything that Kindercare has to offer your family today.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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

At KinderCare Learning Center, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced, too. In addition, the front door of the building has a coded entry, where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise, a doorbell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a Center staff member. At Chatham KinderCare, we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. The Health and Safety Coordinator's role includes conducting monthly fire drill and lock down drills, ensuring that all staff's First Aid and CPR certifications are up-to-date, and maintaining high cleanliness standards.

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.

So many thanks and my sincere appreciation for making Brooke's 3rd birthday so special even though her party occurred after her "real BD"! It was very special, thoughtful and kind of you to have balloons, ice-pops and a party for her. She loved it. You are all very special to her. She just loves school, her buddies and teachers so much.

- Mother

I am truly impressed with the staff of Chatham, KinderCare.  The director, Program Specialist, and Infant instructor Adriana made the first week transition for myself and my daughter completely seamless.  Adriana called me personally on my daughter's first day to check in and let me know how she was doing.  The entire staff is more than welcoming and made me feel extremely comfortable leaving my 12 week old there.  Thank you Chatham team!

- Mother
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