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Cheshire KinderCare

Michele Baribault, Center Director

1544 Byam Rd. Cheshire CT 06410
(203) 574-2892 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Off Waterbury Rd. and Meriden Rd.

5 minutes off of I-84 and exit 26 Chesire

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Doolittle, Darcy, Rotella, Generali, Community, St. Bridget

For the 2016-2017 school year, the following schools provide transportation to KinderCare in Cheshire: Doolittle & Darcey in Cheshire and Rotella, Generalli, Wendall Cross, & St. Mary's in Waterbury. We do not provide transportation unless children are enrolled in Kindergarten.

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Welcome to the KinderCare of Cheshire webpage! We are excited to introduce you to our staff and our curriculum! We educate children from the ages of six weeks to 12 years of age through fun, interactive curriculum! Come in and visit our center to see it in action!

Michele Baribault, 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.

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.

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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

Our staff is committed to helping your child grow and develop as a whole person. We all have Early Childhood Education backgrounds and put our children first!

  • Michele Baribault

    Michele Baribault, Center Director

    The children that we educate today will be the children running our country in the future, so it is our job to ensure that they are taught how to be kind, considerate, and well rounded in their education.

    I started out as an infant teacher in 1994 and have worked with all age groups throughout the years. I was an Assistant Director for six months before moving into the Center Director role. I coached girls softball in Cheshire and helped out at the local food bank.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pokey Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    Child Development Associate and Head Teacher Certified
  • Erin Grossenbacher

    Erin Grossenbacher, Assistant Director

    I find so much joy in meeting new students and knowing I am having an impact on them. I love all the different personalities and helping them reach new milestones.

    Erin has worked with KinderCare since 2012 and transferred to the Cheshire center in 2016. She received her Bachelor's from Emmanuel College in Boston and completed her thesis on the benefit of creative activities for young children. She believes creative activities are extremely valuable to children's self expression and learning. 

    Previous Experience:
    I've worked in the Early Childhood Education field for over 15 years with various age groups. I started working at KinderCare in 2012 as the Infant Teacher and later became the center Program Specialist before moving into the Assistant Director position.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree-Health & Counseling Psychology, CT Head Teacher Certification
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Heather

    Heather, Infant Room

    It brings a smile to my face daily knowing I've made an impact on the children I work with everyday. It is great to see them learn something new and know I contributed to that.

    Ms. Heather was a nanny for children ranging in age from infant to school age. She also worked at another childcare center with the infants. Ms. Heather has been working with chidlren since she was 14 years old & she also has a step-daughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Heather has been a nanny and worked at another childcare center in the past.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Working towards her CDA
  • Lisa

    Lisa, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate Degree from Sacred Heart University
  • Ms. Alba

    Ms. Alba, Toddlers

    I love teaching the children new things but the best feeling is when they teach me something new.

    Ms. Alba came to us after being employed by Toys R Us for many years where she worked with the customers and kept the children in the store entertained.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Alba has a daughter and she has babysat for her nieces and nephews.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Certified Medical Assistant & enrolled in Rasmussen College for her Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Children don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.

    Ms. Lauren has worked with children since she was 14 years old. She started babysitting then got a job working for the city of Waterbury as a lifeguard. Lauren then started to nanny for four children ages 1 - 7 years old.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lauren worked for the city of Waterbury as a lifeguard for five years and she also was a nanny for a family for six years.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology & currently attending college for her Master's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Betty

    Ms. Betty, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Enrolled in Rasmussen College Child Development Associate Program
  • Ms. Trish

    Ms. Trish, Multi-Age Classroom

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate in progress
  • Mr. Josh

    Mr. Josh, Multi-Age Classroom

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Currently enrolled in Rasmussen College Child Development Associate program
  • Ms. Korey

    Ms. Korey, Assistant Teacher

    I enjoy working with children because I get to watch them develop and grow each day.

    Ms. Korey takes pride in getting to know the children in her care. Being able to "read" a child and understand their wants and needs is an integral part of teaching.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Korey worked at another childcare center working with all age groups and babysits frequently.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Pursuing a degree in Nursing

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

When you come to us with a need for something to make your experience with KinderCare easier, not only do we listen, but we take action. That's why you can now take care of your tuition payments online using a checking or saving account, debit card, or Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit card. Log in each week to pay, or set up a recurring payment and your payments will be deducted automatically. Contact the office to discuss online payment options.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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

Our center door uses individual key codes unique to each family to help keep our building safe and secure, ID's are checked for pick up!

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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The infant teachers make it so easy to leave my son at KinderCare. They are so different from each other and bring a special individuality to the room.

- Mother

The teachers at KinderCare in Cheshire take such great care of my son! We appreciate everything they do for him! He has developed substantially in their care and are so grateful to have them in our son's life.

- Mother

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