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Cheshire KinderCare

Kristin Berry, 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 2015-2016 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!

Kristin Berry, 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.

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!

  • Kristin Berry

    Kristin Berry, Center Director

    I enjoy seeing the children's smiling faces every morning when I walk into their classrooms. I also enjoy the rewarding feeling of knowing the children have learned something that I have had a part in teaching them.

    This is Kristin's first time working for KinderCare. She comes to us with many years of experience working in the early childhood field. Kristin looks forward to making a positive impact with the children, families, and staff at the center.

    Previous Experience:
    Kristin started in childcare working after school and went on to college to become a preschool teacher. Kristin also worked in a before & after school program before she worked her way up through management to become a Director.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education & Bachelors Degree in Child Studies
  • Nicole Lockwood

    Nicole Lockwood, 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.

    Nicole is a mother of two children. She has always had a passion for working with children. Nicole enjoys the connections she forms with each child and each family.

    Previous Experience:
    Nicole worked at Bunny Village, Surrey Brooke Preschool, and Our Oxford KinderCare before coming to KinderCare of Cheshire.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Infants

    Children may forget what you said but they will not forget how you made them feel.

    Ms. Kelly is excited everyday to come and see all the smiling faces at work. She likes to help the children learn new things because it is amazing to see their reactions.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kelly worked at a childcare center in Naugatuck for 3 years and has worked with special needs children for four years.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Currently in school for Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Diana

    Ms. Diana, Infants/Floater

    I love to see the children develop on a daily basis; from watching them master walking and talking, to gripping a crayon, each small developmental growth is a reason to celebrate!

    Ms. Diana has returned to work at our Cheshire KinderCare center after fours years working in other fields.  Her daughter attends school at our center. Currently, Ms. Diana is working to further her education in Social Work.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Diana worked for Children's Discovery Center as a Head Teacher from 2004-2007. She also was a nanny for three children ages12 weeks, one year old, and two years old from 2007-2009.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Social Work
  • Ms. Mirela

    Ms. Mirela, Floater

    I love working with the children. They are my passion. It makes me so happy to be able to watch them grow and see the impact I have on that. Their smiling faces inspire me everyday.

    Ms.Mirela loves to help our infants grow and develop. The children love coming into her room and seeing her bright smile!

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Mirela started working for the company in 2003 in one of the Virginia centers.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Toddlers

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

    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:
    Lauren worked for the city of Waterbury as a life guard 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. Irene

    Ms. Irene, Discovery Preschool

    So often you find that the students you're trying to inspire are the ones that end up inspiring you. -Sean Junkins

    Irene loves being able to see the childen grow and develop day after day. She says it's such a rewarding feeling when a child in your care learns a new word, song, their numbers and colors, etc.

    Previous Experience:
    In high school Irene worked at a preschool for one year. She later worked in a group home with children ages 11-17 years old. She has worked with special needs children, as well.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Management & currently enrolled in Rasmussen College for her CDA.
  • Ms. Korey

    Ms. Korey, Discovery Preschool

    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.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Pursuing a degree in Nursing
  • Ms. Nicole S., Discovery Preschool

    While we try to teach our children all about life, children actually teach us what life is about. -Angela Schwindt

    Nicole, through her experience working with children, has learned more about patience, innocence, unconditional love, and the importance of play than she could have ever learned from a class, book, or teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Nicole has worked for six years with children in different capacities with three years working in a licensed center. She has experience working with all ages.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Currently working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting & enrolled in Rasmussen College for her CDA
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Preschool

    A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning. ~Brad Henry

    Ms. Jessica loves being able to work with children everyday. She feels that being a part of a childs' growth, development, and learning is the most rewarding career of all!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jessica has completed four years of student teaching. She volunteered in the Wolcott Public Elementary Schools and also taught Religious Education on Sunday's.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Alba

    Ms. Alba, Pre-Kindergarten

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

    Alba came to us after working for Toys R Us for many years dealing with the customers and keeping the children in the store entertained.

    Previous Experience:
    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 CDA

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

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

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

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