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Danbury KinderCare

Marilyn Knight, Center Director

123 South King St. Danbury CT 06811
(203) 748-2480 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Mill Ridge Primary in Danbury, Pembroke in Danbury, Consolidated School in New Fairfield


We would like to welcome you to KinderCare in Danbury, Connecticut, where our curriculum, consisting of carefully selected materials and children's literature, prepares your child for success in school and in their growing lives. Our teachers are nurturing and provide a safe learning environment for all children. Our classrooms feature learning centers, such as: science and math, sensory, computers, library, writing, blocks, dramatic play and creative arts. Each room is also designed to be filled with a variety of charts and labels which promotes "object to name" recognition, therefore, creating a print-rich environment. This is extremely important, because it encourages early literacy and writing in our emergent readers all the way up to our fluent readers. We are excited to show you all that our safe, cute and family-oriented center has to offer!

Marilyn Knight, 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.


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.

Teachers & Staff

Our staff members are very nurturing. We treat all children as if they are our own. Each of us offers different strengths and we are all team players, always happy to help each other out. Our education level as a whole, ranges from a Child Development Associate's Credential to a Master's Degree in Education. We also have a couple of staff members who are finishing up college, as well. Our teachers are trained in First Aid, CPR, Medicine Administration and continue our education with Professional Workshops at least twice a year. We have lots of combined experience working with children and many of us are parents as well. We look forward to meeting you and showing you all that our school has to offer. From our family to yours, we wish you good health and happiness!

  • Marilyn Knight

    Marilyn Knight, Center Director

    I enjoy working with children because they say and do the cutest things. Their innocence and curiosity makes them amazing little people.

    Marilyn joined KinderCare in 1987 with her two-year-old son, who is now 28. She also has two daughters. Over the 26 years, she has worked in various capacities, as well as supporting other centers. Marilyn is Head Teacher certified in Connecticut and continuing Early Childhood Education Management. Marilyn is and has always been partial to this center. She is the Center Director, and her daily goal is to make every experience with the families memorable. She is very active in her community and proud to say that she is contributing to making a difference in our future.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Marilyn worked as a Secretary for a Pharmaceutical Company.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

    Year Started:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Head Teacher Certificate
  • Briana Marciniak

    Briana Marciniak, Assistant Director

    I enjoy working with children because they always put a smile on my face.

    Briana is a Connecticut state certified Educational Consultant and has her Master's Degree in Education, with a Connecticut certification of Elementary Education, grades K-6. She has two beautiful children, Ryan and Gracey, and a wonderful, supportive husband, Matthew. She enjoys interacting with families, teaching children, training staff and challenging all of them to be the best that they can be! Briana also likes working with her peer, Marilyn, the Center Director, who truly is a "ray of sunshine", and makes coming to work a positive experience for all!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by: Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Master's Degree in Education, Connecticut Certified K-6, Connecticut Ed.Consultant Credential
  • Ms. Aury

    Ms. Aury, Infant Classroom

    Aury has been working for KinderCare for almost two years!  She has two kids who attend KinderCare with her. She loves working with children, especially the babies! When Aury isn't working she enjoys spending time with her family.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin Jr.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Teresita

    Ms. Teresita, Infant Classroom, Cook

    Ms. Teresita is our Infant teacher as well as our Cook. She has her ServeSafe Certificate. Ms. Teresita loves working with children and has been with us since December 2001.

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    ServeSafe Certificate
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Katie has been working with KinderCare for almost two years now.  She recently had a baby girl who now attends KinderCare with her! She has been working with children for ten years and has her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Cobleskill. In her spare time she loves spending time with family and friends and doing anything outdoors.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Meghan

    Ms. Meghan, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love watching the kids "aha" moments!

    Ms. Meghan joined our team in January 2013. She has her associate degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Meghan enjoys when a child truly understands something they are taught, and they become so proud of themselves. It is a great feeling! Children also say the funniest things ans always make me smile! Ms. Meghan likes reading Harry Potter books and hiking in her free time.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are By: Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Taylor

    Ms. Taylor, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Teaching is my passion and the children bring such joy into my life!

    Ms. Taylor has been working with us for almost two years. She was working with School-age and Toddlers in Illinois before becoming our Discovery Preschool teacher.  While outside of work Taylor loves to teach dance to children!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Multi-Age Classroom

    Ms. Amanda has been working at KinderCare for about a year now and loves her job! She enjoys helping the children gain independence, creativity and watching them grow.  Ms. Amanda likes going to see all of the different animals at different aquariums in her free time!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Owl by Greg Pizzoli

    Year Started:
  • Mr. J.P.

    Mr. J.P., School Age Classroom

    Mr JP has been working with us for a little over two years!  He works mainly with the school-agers and they all love when he is around! He enjoys jogging in his free time as well as playing the ukulele. JP's favorite animal is a pangolin and he plays beach volleyball with friends!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Secret Garden by: Frances Hodgson Burnett

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Corinne

    Ms. Corinne, Floater

    Ms. Corinne has been with us for two years, but has been babysitting for nine years! Her favorite part of working with children is being able to watch them grow and succeed.  Corinne loves spending time with friends and family!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Gillian

    Ms. Gillian, Floater

    Gillian has been working with us for about three years. She enjoys spending time in all of the classrooms and being creative with all ages. Gillian loves seeing the children grow and watching them discover and learn things with each other. Gillian enjoys going hiking and other outdoor activities in her spare time!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Katie has been with us for just about a year now.  She will be going to Virginia in the fall to start Grad school!  She loves her cats and doing any activities outdoors.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon By: Margaret Wise Brown & The Napping House By: Audrey Wood

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Duvi

    Ms. Duvi, Toddler Classroom, Floater

    Duvi has been working at KinderCare for almost a year now, but has been working in childcare for almost six years.  She loves working with all the children, but especially the infants and toddlers!  When Duvi isn't working she enjoys going on hikes as well as other outdoor activities.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar By: Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Kari

    Ms. Kari, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kari has been our Discovery Preschool teacher for close to a year now. In a few short months she will be obtaining her degree in Early Childhood Education.  She loves teaching!  Ms. Kari is a self taught artist outside of work as well as a published author.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters By: John Steptoe & The Cat in the Hat By: Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Mr. Mickey

    Mr. Mickey, Bus Driver, Floater

    Mr. Mickey has been our bus driver for almost a year now.  He also fills in as a floater whenever we need an extra set of hands.  Mickey loves watching hockey games with his daughter Grace.  He also enjoys coaching his daughter's lacrosse team.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree By: Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:

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 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

  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • Hebrew, Portugese

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

Our center is fully equipped with safety features, such as a keypad entry, a fenced playground and qualified staff with CPR and First Aid and Medication Administration certifications.

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My two children, ages 8 and 1 and a half, have been going to KinderCare since they were babies, and what I like about KinderCare is, the curriculum is "top-notch!"  The teachers are very professional, nurturing, and they treat my children with respect and as if they were their own!  The Danbury KinderCare is very inviting!  It is also very quaint!  My children took to everything about the center, right away!!!  They made friends rather quickly, and I feel that both the families and staff are very friendly!  I also love that this center is located in a great residential area that's very safe, and the playground is just wonderful, as well!!!  Another perk is that they provide all the food, during the day, so I need not worry about labeling and packing food, which can be so very time-consuming. It gives me great comfort to know that my children are kept safe, fed well, have fun while learning, and love going to KinderCare!!!  I wouldn't have it any other way!!!:)

- Mother

Before Maria came to our home (adopted July 2013), we started looking for child care about three years ago. We visited tons of places and when we found KinderCare we knew this was the place. Three years later Maria came (at four years old) and once we were ready for her to go to daycare (January 2013), we knew exactly where to go. I remember the first time I dropped her off, I was so scared not knowing how it would be for her. I'll never forget when I picked her she was so HAPPY! One year later, she continues to go to KinderCare. I love KinderCare! I love the teachers and staff. While I miss Maria when I have to drop her off I know she's in a good place. While she has only be going there for one year, I know she will have life long friends.

- Mother

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