Jennifer Brown, Center Director
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Welcome to the Clifton Park KinderCare! We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at the Clifton Park KinderCare, we strive to maintain a family atmosphere, and our families consider us to be an extension of their families! Your child will not only have a safe, secure, clean, and stimulating environment, but will also have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.
Jennifer Brown, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?
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.
Welcome to the Clifton Park KinderCare. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at Clifton Park KinderCare, our parent's consider us to be a part of their families. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of caring and dedicated teachers.
I love watching the children grow as they age through the classrooms. It is amazing to see their personalities change through each developmental stage.
Jennifer received her Bachelor's Degree from SUNY Oneonta. She began working at the Clifton Park KinderCare when the center opened in 2001. At that time, she was the School Age Teacher for about a year and then became the Assistant Director. Jennifer took on the role of Center Director in 2004. She has a four-year-old and a two-year-old that both attend the center with her full-time. She is very dedicated to making sure that Clifton Park KinderCare is a safe and fun place for Children to grow and learn.
The more you read, the more things you'll know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss "I love being a part of my KinderCare family. It allows me to be a part of shaping future generations. I love know that what I do makes a difference in children's lives.
Nicole has been with KinderCare since July 1999. She started out at her first center in North Richland, Washington, where she worked for eight years. Her position began as a Program Supervisor and ending as an Assistant Director. Then in March 2007, she married her husband and moved to Albany, New Yor, joining the Clifton Park KinderCare family. Nicole started at Clifton Park KinderCare as the Head Preschool B teacher for a few months before being promoted to Preschool-School Age Program Specialist. After a couple of years, Nicole became the Assistant Director, returning to a position she loves. She is also a mother of a child who has attended KinderCare since she was two months old. She loves that she knows her daughter is not only in a loving and caring environment, but one where she is receiving the education she needs to grow and learn. During her spare time Nicole can be found spending time with her family, reading a book, or enjoying a variety of craft projects.
I love when the children surprise themselves when they accomplish something new.
Ms. Leah has been with KinderCare since June 2003. Before becoming the Administrative Assistant/Enrichment Specialist, she worked in the Preschool and Prekindergarten rooms. She loves having the best of both worlds, working in the office and the classroom. Leah also is a mother of three boys. Her oldest son attended KinderCare for three years before going to Kindergarten and her twin boys are currently attending. During her spare time Leah enjoys spending time with her family.
I love children! I believe that we as teachers can help them grow on a daily basis with everything from learning their 1,2,3's and A,B,C's to the affection and love they show for their friends and family.
Ms. LeiLani has been in the early childhood education field for eight years. Within the eight years, LeiLani has taught in all age groups from infants, toddlers, two-year-olds, and preschool. She has also worked as an office manager in another daycare previous to KinderCare. LeiLani loves to be around children. She loves seeing their smiling faces and watching them learn and grow.
I love working with children and watching them grow, laugh, and learn.
Lindsay has been with KinderCare since June 2013. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a BA in Liberal Arts with an emphasis on music in 2012. Lindsay loves to bring music to her class and she loves singing new songs with the children.
There is no greater reward than being an Early Childhood Educator.
Karen found herself asking questions on "how children learn information?" The answer to these questions came from taking courses at HVCC and she continued educating herself at St. Rose. The entire time she worked full time with young children. She completed her education with a Masters at SUNY Albany in literacy. She believes literacy is the heart of learning. If a person cannot read in our society today, their life is closed to so many areas. One unique thing Karen does in her classroom is develop stories relating to children in her class.
A teacher has the opportunity to touch a heart once and it lives a life time.
Stephanie started working at KinderCare in January 2014. She graduated from MCLA in May 2013 with a Bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Stephanie is enjoying working in the prekindergarten classroom and loves watching the children explore new things.
KinderCare is perfect for me because it gives me the opportunity to work with children to strengthen their education, build their character and broaden their horizons overall.
Mr. Leon has been an Assistant Teacher here at KinderCare since April 2013. He is excited to have a great experience withing with children right out of High School while working on starting at UAlbany in the coming year. Leon like to have fun in the classroom, but also encourages children to organize their time so that they do the things they need to do before the things they want to do. With a positive attitude and a drive to succeed. He hopes to make every day at KinderCare better that the last.
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.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
Secured building, squishy surfaces on playgrounds, monthly fire drills, MAT certified.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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