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Cromwell KinderCare

Kristin Brown, Center Director

146 Berlin Rd. Cromwell CT 06416
(860) 613-2263 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
across from Wal-Mart

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
The public school bus provides transportation from all Cromwell Schools: Edna Stevens, Woodside Intermediate, ECS and Woodside, East Berlin: Hubbard, Middletown: Lawrence and Moody

We are open 6:30 AM – 6:30 PM We serve breakfast, lunch and two snacks daily. We also offer a Vegetarian Alternative meal each day.

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Hello! Welcome to Cromwell KinderCare’s webpage. Please take a look at all the wonderful education programs we offer. I hope that once you explore our website that you will give me a call to schedule a visit to the center! We would like to meet you and your child and introduce you to our KinderCare Family! Please call the Center at 860-613-2263, Talk to you soon!

Kristin Brown, 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.

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.

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


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.

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

We have wonderful staff that have been here for many years! We would love to meet you and invite you to visit our center and meet the teachers. We invite all the visiting children to join in our exciting learning activities that take place throughout the day. See you Soon!

  • Kristin Brown

    Kristin Brown, Center Director

    Knowledge is power!

    Kristin has recently transfered to the Cromwell KinderCare center. She has been with the KinderCare team for 12 years and feels fortunate to work with a team of people who's top priority is to create a fun and safe learning environment for all children. Kristin is a strong leader at her center and supports her team with guidance and direction. She believes in the quality programing that KinderCare offers and ensures the education of the children at her center. Kristin has a 2 year old daughter that is currently enrolled in the Discovery Preschool program. Her relationship with parents, children, and staff demonstrates the loving environment that Cromwell KinderCare has to offer.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Masters Degree in Psychology
  • Kathleen Kelley

    Kathleen Kelley, Assistant Director

    It's OK to be different.

    Kathy has been with KinderCare for over 15 yrs starting in the Newington center as an Infant teacher; she then moved to the Glastonbury center when it opened and became the Head Teacher for the Infant program. Kathy came to the Cromwell center when she was promoted to Program Specialist and has been with this center for the past 6 yrs.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked security at a retail store, worked for New Britain General Hospital for six years in Admitting department
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Nancy Drew Series
    Year Started:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice; Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Diana

    Ms. Diana, Infant Classroom

    I love to capture and engage the children's curiosity and interests as they grow and develop at their own paces.

    Ms. Diana has been working at KinderCare Learning Centers for 10 yrs; eight of those years have been in the Infant room. Ms. Diana use origami to create mobiles for the children. She also uses art projects from the older children for her infants to look at. Another thing that makes her room special is that on the back of her classroom door in a piece of blue contact, it works like a chalk board for the older infants. This lets the children pretend that they are teachers. Ms. Diana values the trust that parents have for her so much.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Diana was a chemistry and home economics teachers.
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry
  • Ms. Tricia

    Ms. Tricia, Preschool Classroom

    All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them!" -Magic Johnson

    I started working with children when I was 17 years old.  I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher for ypung children.  I enjoy being a preschool teacher, working with 3 and 4 year olds is really fun!  They are funny, intellegent, and bright!  Each and everyday is rewarding to me because I enjoy teaching my kids new and exciting things that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives!

    Previous Experience:
    Easter Seals, Headstart, Kids Care, Stork Club, Kids r Us.
    Child Development Associate, Cosmoetology
  • Ms. Joy

    Ms. Joy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy working with children because they are always learning new things and love to explore.

    Ms. Joy has worked at KinderCare for one year. She graduated with an Elementary Education degree in 2010 and enjoys working with & teaching all ages of children. he enjoys creative, hands on learning techniques and loves watching the children learn new things.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Elementary Education
  • Ms. Jody

    Ms. Jody, Toddler Classroom

    Receives what they need everyday.

    Ms. Jody worked in childcare while going to college. Once graduated, she worked for the VNA specializing in geriatric home care. From there she went on to becoming the Director of an Alzheimer & Dementia unit. During that time she married and had a son. After having her son attend KinderCare for a year; she decided to change career paths back to childcare. She wanted to ensure a balance between her family and work.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Jody ran an Alzheimer and Dementia unit.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Jackie

    Ms. Jackie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Kindness matters.

    Ms. Jackie has worked with children for 20 years. She loves each child and always has a kind word to say about each one. Ms. Jackie loves to do crafts with them and teaching them new things. She shows so much love to her children everyday and she is a wonderful addition to our KinderCare family.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
  • Ms. Margaret

    Ms. Margaret, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing the children's smiling faces when they come to school.

    Ms. Margaret is a wonderful and kind teacher. She has 19 yrs experience and it shows in the way she treats the children. Ms. Margaret will do anything to make a child smile and all the children love her! She reads to the children every day and teaches them to love books at an early age. She is a very well loved teacher and a wonderful person. Ms. Margaret is also certified to drive our buses to the local schools.

    Year Started:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Preschool

    Sometimes you never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory"- Dr Suess

    Ms. Becky has enjoyed her time at this center; she also previously worked at another KinderCare within the state. Ms. Becky is very happy to express herself creatively in her classroom, since she has an art background. She received her Associates Degree in2011 and is looking forward to getting her Bachelor's Degree.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Associate's Degree in Fine Arts
  • Ms. Amanda, School Age Classroom

    I love seeing the children happy everyday to see me and watching them learn new things.

    Ms. Amanda has been with KinderCare for 7 yrs. She worked as an Infant teacher prior to moving up to the Discovery Preschool. Amanda also is certified to drive the buses; she can transport the children to and from school; as well as drive field trips during the summer.

    Previous Experience:
    Working at a community center and a summer camp.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 yrs.
    Associates Degree in Early education
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    I love spending my day with kids… they remind me everyday how fun life can be.

    Ms. Debbie has been with KinderCare going on 12yrs. Debbie has been working in this field since she was 16 and there is nothing else she would rather do. Debbie's classroom is always full of music, smiles, laughter and of course Learning!

    Previous Experience:
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 yrs.
    Certified in First Aid and CPR
  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, Preschool Classroom

    I love having a job where something different happens everyday.

    Ms. Jenhas been working at KinderCare for 19 yrs. Jen has worked at various KinderCares, starting with Hamden and eventually landing in Cromwell. Jen has worked in a variety of age groups before going into the preschool.

    Year Started:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Diane

    Ms. Diane, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Each child is unique and it is a privilege to introduce them to the new things that interest them, to watch them grow and learn.

    Ms. Diane is a married mom of four daughters. Before joining the KinderCare staff; she was an elementary school teacher for over 20 years. During Diane's four years at KinderCare, she has worked with several different age groups and is now the Kindergarten teacher. Diane especially enjoys introducing her students to letters and sounds, watching them open up to the world of words, reading and books.

    Previous Experience:
    22 years teaching school
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

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

  • American Sign Language
  • Lithuanian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • 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

We have a keypad entry system for Security along with our fully fenced in Playgrounds. Our staff are CPR, First Aid, AED Trained.

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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We love the warm and friendly atmosphere at KinderCare. All the staff make my kids and I feel good. I really appreciate little things like Ms. Diana running out after us with our missing Binky! Keep up the great work!

- Parent

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