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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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Special Instructions:
around the corner from King St Elementary

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

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Welcome

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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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.

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

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.

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  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

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.
    Year Started:
    5/11/1987
    Tenure:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Education:
    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!

    Year Started:
    1/5/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Education, Connecticut Certified K-6, Connecticut Ed.Consultant Credential
  • Ms. Aury

    Ms. Aury, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    11/2/2015
    Tenure:
    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:
    12/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Education:
    ServeSafe Certificate
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    11/20/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Teresa P.

    Ms. Teresa P., Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Erica

    Ms. Erica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Erica joined our team in March 2013. She has her Child Development Associate's Credential and is also taking classes at Housatonic Community College. Ms. Erica enjoys teaching children new things and being able to learn with them. She has a child of her own and is our Discovery Preschool Teacher.

    Year Started:
    3/26/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Meghan

    Ms. Meghan, Preschool Classroom, Floating Teacher

    Ms. Meghan joined our team in January 2013. She has her Associate's 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! Ms. Meghan is our Preschool Teacher.

    Year Started:
    1/25/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Carolyn

    Ms. Carolyn, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/18/2016
  • Ms. Francesca

    Ms. Francesca, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    7/27/2016
  • Ms. Taylor

    Ms. Taylor, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    7/13/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Danielle, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Danielle joined our team in March 2013. She is graduating with her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education in December 2013. Ms. Danielle is very organized and enthusiastic. She also builds bonds to gain trust and leads by example. Ms. Danielle is our Prekindergarten teacher. 

    Year Started:
    3/28/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Multi-age Classroom

    Year Started:
    11/19/2016
  • Ms. Erica

    Ms. Erica, Multi-age Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
  • Mr. J.P.

    Mr. J.P., School Age Classroom

    Year Started:
    6/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Corinne

    Ms. Corinne, Floater

    Year Started:
    9/21/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Gillion

    Ms. Gillion, Floater

    Year Started:
    9/15/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Jhode

    Ms. Jhode, Floater

    Year Started:
    9/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Kelli

    Ms. Kelli, Floater

    Year Started:
    5/4/2016

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

  • 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.

Share Your Story
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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