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Clementon KinderCare

Mrs. Melissa Bailey, Center Director

35 Broadacres Dr. Clementon NJ 08021
(856) 783-5401 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Little Gloucester Rd./Blackwood Clementon Rd. & RT.42

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Blackwood Elementary School


Clementon KinderCare is located on Broadacres Drive off of Little Gloucester Road. We are a NAEYC accredited learning center.  The parent teacher relationship is very important to us. We work towards achieving developmental goals in a manner that parents can support at home. We believe in developing the whole child through our high quality curriculum and trained teacher interactions. We are available to answer any question you may have and look forward to hearing from you.

Mrs. Melissa Bailey, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to Clementon KinderCare. Our seasoned team is dedicated to providing the best care for your child every day.

  • Mrs. Melissa Bailey

    Mrs. Melissa Bailey, Center Director

    As a mother and grandmother, I know the importance of a great first educational experience. I  have spent my career teaching in the public schools, working with special needs preschool children, and managing preschools and private schools.  

    Previous Experience:
    I have been managing preschools and private schools for about 35 years! It is my passion to work with teachers and parents to make each child's educational experience a great one!
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Froggy books!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 years
    Bachelor of Art in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Genita Haliburton

    Ms. Genita Haliburton, Assistant Director

    When Genita first started with KinderCare she had two intentions: first to find a "job" that would allow her to take her then young daughter with her and second to make some extra money. She never imagined 24 years later her "job" would become a career that she loves! In the last 24 years, she has worn many hats which have given her a wealth of knowledge and first hand understanding of how important each role every staff member plays to make sure your child has the best learning experience that will remain with them throughout their early years. Her duties include assisting with the daily operations of the center in addition to doing what she loves the most, interacting with the children. She takes great pride in knowing that she plays an important role in making sure that Clementon KinderCare gives you the best experience that any learning center can offer. Since becoming the Assistant Director in Clementon, her love for children has grown even more which she didn't think was possible. She wants nothing more than to help her Director create a safe, fun, healthy learning atmosphere for every child that comes through our door. Trusting your child with people you don't know is not an easy thing to do, but she promises that once you enter our center, you will feel a sense of peace. She does not want the staff to be thought of as just your child's teacher, but as a family. She wants every parent to leave for their busy day at work with a complete peace of mind knowing in no uncertain terms that their child is being well taken care of and having fun while learning! She can honestly say the staff strives every day to make sure that feeling is accomplished. You will not be disappointed!

    Year Started:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    New Jersey State Director's Credential
  • Ms. Marielena

    Ms. Marielena, Infant Classroom

    Marielena is from Camden, but she lives in Clementon. She is the oldest of her whole family. She's excited to be a future teacher, it's been her dream since she was a little girl.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked with Kindergartners at my church. Worked at a summer camp; Solid Rock Day Camp.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    2nd year in college, Major is Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Marquetta

    Ms. Marquetta, Toddler Classroom

    Marquetta's desire is to make a difference in children's lives is the reason she loves what she does! Seeing their reaction when she teaches them something new is priceless. It feels good knowing she taught them something new. It is also rewarding for her to see them try different things on their own. She is currently taking courses to obtain her child development associate and is taking college classes in Early Childhood Education. She is able to use what she has learned thus far everyday. Marquetta's goal in life is to brighten the minds of the children she teaches on a daily basis. She thinks she has the best position in the building. Being a floater allows her to experience each age group! Each day is just like her first day! Just like the children, she too learns something new each day. Clementon KinderCare has qualified teachers that are 100% interested in your child/ren's education and well being. Why wouldn't you want your family to be a part of something so amazing?

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Jonine

    Ms. Jonine, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Jonine is from Brooklyn, NY.  She has a twin sister and a younger brother.

    Previous Experience:
    I worked at another center for 12 years in the Infant/Toddler Classroom.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon and Green Eggs And Ham

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Michele

    Ms. Michele, Prekindergarten Classroom

    There are so many words that describe the School Age classroom. Fun, exciting, engaging, independent, and loving are just a few! She truly enjoys working with this class! They are older, so we get to do so many cool things while learning something new every step of the way. Their desire to learn is strong at this age and KinderCare provides such an amazing curriculum in addition to phenomenal topics it makes for a wonderful learning experience for them and me as well.Whenever, they learn a new skill it makes her job as their teacher extremely rewarding. 

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Michele worked at the BPUM childcare center and South Jersey Christ Academy as an After Care instructor.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Pursuing Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Allahanda, School Age Classroom

    Allehanda is currently going to school for Child Psychology.

    Previous Experience:
    Camp counselor at the recreational center for five years. Ride operator in Kiddieland at Clementon Park.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    No David; The Giving Tree; Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    currently in school for Child Psychology
  • Ms. Tina

    Ms. Tina, Cook

    Tina loves cooking for the children at KinderCare. It gives her the opportunity to teach the children about healthy eating and making wise food choices. She enjoys watching and encouraging them to try new foods for the first time. It's especially exciting to share with parents when their picky eater are and loved a healthy meal! She has devoted the last decade to the children and families of KinderCare, and she's proud to be a part of each child's day!

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Associate Degree

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 Mission at the Clementon KinderCare Learning center is to provide a safe, supportive learning environment with opportunities for each student to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become a responsible, caring, successful citizen. We will achieve this goal through professionalism, teamwork and the maintaining of the standards of excellence outlined in our NAEYC accreditation.

Awards and Recognition

  • NAEYC Accreditation

    NAEYC Accreditation

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Center Closures Include:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Day After Christmas
  • Christmas Day
We will also be closed for Professional Development Training for our teachers and staff on:
  • Columbus Day
  • President's Day

Health and Safety

Children's safety is one of our top proiorities. Our safety standards include: Our school has a keycode entry and policies and procedures on Release Persons for your child. We maintain standards on cleaning, building repair and state mandated ratios. Our Health standards include: Federal Food Program standards on all meals at the school, illness policy, precautious allergy environment and daily communication with parents about your child's development.

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 wanted to take a minute to thank you and the entire staff for the wonderful care and education you have given to Katie. Her teacher is so impressed with how well-behaved she is in a classroom setting and how much of the curriculum she's already covered with KinderCare!
We couldn't have made a better choice than your KinderCare center for Katie's super-early education and social development and I hope you pass along to your crew how grateful our family is for all of your hard work. I'm always telling people about our outstanding experience with KinderCare (your center in particular) and hopefully that'll translate into a couple of new recruits for you someday.

Thank you again!

- Mother

My son loves coming here and I have watched him learn new words and have seen him try new things that just amaze me. I look forward to seeing the new things he will learn and do in the upcoming year.

- Mother

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