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Clifton KinderCare

Brittany Caruana, Center Director

518 Vischer Ferry Rd. Clifton Park NY 12065
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Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Welcome

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.

Brittany Caruana, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

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.

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

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.

Spanish

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?

Teachers & Staff

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 parents 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.

  • Brittany Caruana

    Brittany Caruana, Center Director

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting with KinderCare Jennifer completed some college internships in preschool settings and in elementary schools.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15+
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Studies
  • Nicole Cayetano

    Nicole Cayetano, Assistant Director

    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 York, 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.

    Previous Experience:
    Nicole started working in the early childhood education field when she was in high school. She started out by working in a co-op classroom where she learned and fell in love with teaching Preschool. From there she went on to work in an in-home daycare for a year. After that she worked as a Lead Preschool Teacher in a local day care center for one year before joining the KinderCare family where she has been ever since.
    Year Started:
    7/12/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17+
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Leah Seymour

    Ms. Leah Seymour, Enrichment Specialist, Administrative Assistant

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare Leah spent three years co-teaching first grade Sunday school, two years as a nanny, and one year at another day care.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    College Credits in Individual Studies
  • Ms. Cat

    Ms. Cat, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    8/25/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. LeiLani

    Ms. LeiLani, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare Ms. LeiLani worked in an Infant/Toddler at another daycare center as well as managed the office on a daily basis.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Stephanie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/6/2016
  • Ms. Lindsay P.

    Ms. Lindsay P., Preschool Classroom

    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 bachelor of art 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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare Lindsay spent 10 years in children's musical theater.
    Year Started:
    6/3/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art in Liberal Arts
  • Ms. Lajuana

    Ms. Lajuana, Floater

    Year Started:
    8/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Michaela, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    8/15/2016
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    1/2/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    Master's in Literacy
  • Ms. Alyssa, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/6/2016
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Floater

    A teacher has the opportunity to touch a heart once and it lives a lifetime.

    Stephanie started working at KinderCare in January 2014. She graduated from MCLA in May 2013 with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies. Stephanie is enjoying working in the prekindergarten classroom and loves watching the children explore new things.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare Stephanie spent six months of internships at various preschools as well as time as a Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher.
    Year Started:
    1/12/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Mr. Leon

    Mr. Leon, School Age Classroom

    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 working with children right out of high school while working on starting at UAlbany in the coming year. Leon likes 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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare Mr. Leon was a camp counselor and an after-school aide.
    Year Started:
    4/30/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

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

Secured building, squishy surfaces on playgrounds, monthly fire drills, MAT certified.

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KinderCare is a wonderful place for children. My daughter Ziyu likes KinderCare a lot. The teachers at KinderCare are very responsible, and they care about children.

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