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Clark KinderCare

Carol Gigantino, Center Director

89 Terminal Ave. Clark NJ 07066
(732) 340-1900 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
off exit 135 from the Garden State Pkwy

Neighborhood:
Off Parkway Exit 135, 2 blocks from Barnes and Noble and Chilis, cross bridge then gone too far

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
None

Now enrolling, come and see what makes our center a unique place for your child to learn and grow. Contact center for details!
 

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Welcome

Welcome to Clark KinderCare, where everything we do is designed for learning.

Carol Gigantino, 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.

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.

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

Cooking

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.

Math

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.

Music

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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 teachers and staff at KinderCare in Clark welcome you. We look forward to meeting all new prospective families. We pride ourselves on having many years experience, as well as on-going training. Most importantly, we have a genuine passion for what we do. We strive to make your family's experience always positive and want you to know that we will keep your children safe, nurtured, and educated.

  • Carol Gigantino

    Carol Gigantino, Center Director

    Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.

    My name is Carol Gigantino, and I am the Center Director. I work closely with Marilyn, Rose, and our teachers to ensure that we provide the best educational experiences for every child who attends our center. I have been with KinderCare since 2001. I began my career at KinderCare in the position of Program Specialist and have also served as an Assistant Director.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Carol was a buyer for a major retailer.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Oh the Places You'll Go" Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    4/23/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Business
  • Marilyn Marchese

    Marilyn Marchese, Assistant Director

    We ensure the best educational experiences for every child in the KinderCare Center.

    Marilyn is focused on providing quality programming and exceptional service to you and your children, assisting a staff of great people, and ensuring overall that you are provided the best quality care and education. She has been with KinderCare seventeen years. Previous experience includes serving as Teacher, Health and Safety Coordinator, and Program Specialist.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare Marilyn worked in the Business Administration field.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    It's Not Easy Being A Bunny
    Year Started:
    10/19/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Member of NJ Professional Registry for Educators and NAEYC
  • Ms. Rose Ravelle, Assistant Director

    Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere

    Rose Ravelle has worked for Kindercare for over seven years.  She worked with infants and toddlers for several years before teaching kindergarten for 5 and 1/2 years.  Now she is happy to be working as one of the center's assistant directors, helping to ensure a safe, nurturing, and educational environment for all of the children in the center!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Horton Hears a Who" Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    10/22/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Education; 2 Teacher's certifications
  • Miguel Garcia, Program Specialist and LA Instructor

    Miguel joined the KinderCare family in 2006, as a Summer Camp teacher and then as a School Age teacher during the school year. He was also a Pre-Kindergarten teacher for about 8 years. He is currently the Program Specialist and LA instructor. As a Program Specialist, Mr. Miguel helps and supports our teachers and families.

    Previous Experience:
    Pre-Kindergarten teacher at another day care center.
    Year Started:
    6/26/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Bachelors in Psychology
  • Ms. Sonoko, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Each day is an adventure , a new avenue to explore.

    Ms. Sonoko has traveled the world and settled in our center. She is a wonderful, gentle person, and all the children adore her.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
  • Ms. Tanya, Preschool Classroom

    Each day is filled with joy and laughter.

    Ms. Tanya is always working to enhance her skills and has recently completed a course to receive a Child Development Associate's certification.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential

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
  • Japanese

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

New Years Day - Jan 1st
President's Day (Professional Development Day)
Memorial Day
Independence Day - July 4th
Labor Day
Columbus Day (Professional Development Day)
Thanksgiving
Friday after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day – December 25th

 

Health and Safety

With safety always a priority our Clark center features a keypad entry, three newly renovated and fenced in playscapes connected by intercom to inside of building, as well as a CPR and First Aid certified staff.

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.

Our experience at Kindercare can only be described as fantastic!  When looking for a daycare for our twins, we were very disheartened visiting daycares in the area until I went in to the Clark Kindercare.  Everyone was super friendly from the Director to the teachers and even the kitchen manager.  Leaving there I knew the Clark Kindercare would be a perfect fit for our kids.  They started there at 11 months and are now finishing Kindergarten.  Many of the challenges parents face were eased for us with the help of the teachers at the Clark Kindercare.  Everything from eating real food to potty training was made easier for us with the help of their teachers.  We drop our kids off at 6:30 a.m. due to our schedule and our kids ask for us to come late to pick them up.  They love everything about the Clark Kindercare.  When leaving, it takes about twenty minutes longer because our kids need to say good-bye to all their previous teachers.  We will miss being there each day but am sure we will be back often to visit.

- Mother

Like many other moms, I did my research in the Scotch Plains/Westfield area for daycares. Ultimately we decided on Kindercare to enroll our 3 month old because of the hours and the structure from infant up to preschool. Of course things may change between now and then, but I have been nothing but pleased with our experience there thus far.

The fact that they don't have motorized "babysitters" (aka swings) in the infant classrooms is a testament to the level of care they provide the babies. Their teachers are beyond wonderful. I would take them home if I could. They love the babies to the point of taking them from the carseat as soon as they arrive to not wanting to let go at the end of the day. That kind of warmth and dedication is what you want, especially when you're sad about going back to work.

The place is clean, the incident reports are helpful, the staff is happy and they're incredibly responsive to the parents' needs. That's all you want in a daycare.

- Mother

It's been almost 2 years since we started at KinderCare and sadly we are staying goodbye while I become a stay at home mom. I think it says something about the center that I tear up when I think about no longer bringing my son there. We have truly grown to love KinderCare and it is due in large part to the people. Every teacher my son has had has been wonderful and I love that we still see all his old teachers around the center. They still come up and talk to him and talk to my newborn daughter. It is like extended family!

As an infant, knowing that he had such excellent, nurturing care givers gave me so much peace of mind. As he has gotten older, I have watched him grow into this smart little person and although I would love to take all the credit, it is thanks in large part to KinderCare. I will remember for the rest of my life sitting in our basement one day as he stacked his blocks and counted them to 10 all by himself. I just stared at him shocked bc as much as I wanted my amazing parenting skills to take credit for that one, he learned it all at "school."

As a first time parent, I was admittedly anti-daycare center. After going with an in-home provider that was a complete disaster, I opened my mind to centers and I am forever thankful I did. KinderCare has been a partner in raising our child and we are so happy we found them!

- Mother

It is hard to believe that this is our daughter's last week at KinderCare.

Words can't express how much our family appreciates the caring learning environment that our daughter has experienced this year. Mr. Miguel and Miss Samantha are amazing with the class (that's a huge understatement).

Thank you.

- Mother

Dear Marilyn and Carol, Usually people only write letters to complain, but that is not the case for me. I wanted you both to know that my husband and I are extremely happy with everything about your KinderCare facility. We know that our children are extremely well cared for and learning way beyond what they were learning at their prior daycare. The Phonics program is amazing. In less than six months our daughter can recognize eighteen letter sounds. This is absolutely amazing! She enjoys learning and is so proud of all she knows. Thank you for all that you are doing for our child both in regards to education and caring.

- Mother

My son's teacher wanted to know where my son attended Preschool. She was so impressed that he was so much further advanced than his classmates in Kindergarten. Thank you KinderCare.

- Mother
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