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Denville KinderCare

Vicki Vigorito, Center Director

162 East Main St. Denville NJ 07834
(973) 625-4555 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Close to Rt. 80, 46, 10, and on Rt. 53

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Riverview, and Lake View ( Also offer half days kindergarten Care to these schools)

Our staff would like to invite 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 our community.

Welcome

Welcome to the Denville KinderCare. Finding the right place for your child's education and care is a big decision. Our education experts designed our classrooms and our wonderful curriculum, but it is our fabulous teachers that make it special! We help you prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as math, literacy and dramatic play, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child initiated discovery.
Our classrooms are  print-rich environments full of carefully selected materials, written charts, labels and children's literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print we are helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child only has first words or is in Kindergarten, I would love to show you how everything we do is designed for learning.
Our Center is small which allows our staff to focus on individualized attention. Our center has a "family" appeal to it and I would love to make you part of our family. Come in and meet our teachers, see our classrooms and learn more about our center and programs.

- Karen Meehan, Center Director

Vicki Vigorito, Center Director

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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.

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

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?

Pre-Phonics (ages 2.5)

Teachers & Staff

The Denville team of teachers is dedicated to providing the best environment for children to learn and grow.  Our highly trained staff works daily to encourage each child's social, emotional and cognitive growth by providing a safe and nurturing environment.  We are passionate about helping your child reach their full potential and build  positive self-esteem.  All of our teachers have gone through background checks and have the required education and experience that KinderCare and the State of New Jersey requires.  Part of being a great teacher is being and active learner and we provide continual training for our staff.  Our longevity at this center is between 1 to 13 years, with 95% of our staff here for over three years.  

  • Vicki Vigorito

    Vicki Vigorito, Center Director

    Ms. Vicki has been in the education field for 22 years and has been part of KinderCare Education for three years. She has her Master's Degree in Education with an Emphasis in Teacher Leadership, and Concentration in Child Psychology.

    Year Started:
    7/9/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Susan D'Angelo

    Ms. Susan D'Angelo, Assistant Director

    "Inspire children to achieve more, question more and dream more.

    Susan graduated from William Paterson University and has her bachelor's in Psychology. She has a six year old daughter. 

    Year Started:
    6/15/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Holly Montuoro

    Ms. Holly Montuoro, Program Specialist

    Ms. Holly loves watching young minds flourish in a unique and individual way. She graduated from Pittsburgh Technical College with a degree in Medical Office Administration. Holly is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has a four year old daughter.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

    Year Started:
    11/1/2016
  • Ms. Lourdes Caceres

    Ms. Lourdes Caceres, Infant Classroom

    "It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.

    Ms. Lourdes has been working with children for four years. She has an eight year old daughter. Lourdes enjoys working  in our school and watching the infants grow each day.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Perish

    Year Started:
    1/7/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Zurine Cadena Jimenez

    Ms. Zurine Cadena Jimenez, Preschool Classroom

    Do everything with love.

    I have been working with children since 2011. I was an Assistant Director in Work of ABC, a private Preschool in Jersey City prior to KinderCare. I am pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in International Studies with a minor in Human Rights and Genocide Studies. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    Year Started:
    9/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
  • Ms. Natalia Maldonado-Sammon

    Ms. Natalia Maldonado-Sammon, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Natalia has her associate degree in Early Childhood Development. She worked as a Nanny and supervised Kindergarten children.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

    Year Started:
    3/2/2017
  • Ms. Kristin Ferguson

    Ms. Kristin Ferguson, Infant Classroom

    "To teach is to touch lives forever.

    Ms. Kristin is currently working in the Infant classroom and enjoys every minute of it. She is working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education. Working with children is her passion and she enjoys helping a child reach a goal or milestone but most of all she enjoys seeing their smiling faces everyday.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco

    Year Started:
    9/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Chris Barzano

    Ms. Chris Barzano, Learning Adventures

    "A child's life is like a piece of paper in which every teacher leaves their mark

    Ms. Chris is the Discovery  Preschool teacher and teaches the Learning Adventures program. She has been recognized with many awards and parent testimonials. Ms. Chris' gift of teaching influences her classroom to love the joy of learning and explore new and exciting things each day.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    I Love You Mommy by Jillian Harker

    Year Started:
    1/9/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Laura, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Laura is a recent graduate for Centenary College with a degree in Liberal Arts ad Certifications in Elementary Education and Teachers of Students with Disabilities. Ms. Laura has had experience with the Toddler Room, Preschool Classroom as well as being the Phonics and Music teacher for a short time. Laura enjoys photography when not teaching. She enjoys teaching the children new things and helping them explore the world around them.

  • Ms. Tamara Schumann

    Ms. Tamara Schumann, Prekindergarten Classroom

    "When you think positive, good things happen.

    Tamara attended the University of East Stroudsburg in Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education.  

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

    Year Started:
    8/15/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Viviana Ordonez

    Ms. Viviana Ordonez, Toddler Classroom

    Viviana has her degree in Hospitality and Tourism. After eleven years of working in a Luxury Hotel, she decided to change career paths. She has never been happier working with children. Viviana has a 12 year old boy and six old girl. They are here greatest accomplishments.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Dare To Be Kind by Lizzie Velasquez

    Year Started:
    6/17/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Flordeliz Ortiz Morales

    Ms. Flordeliz Ortiz Morales, Infant Classroom

    "It takes a big heart to help shape little minds

    Ms. Flor graduated from the University of Turabo in Puerto Rico, where she obtained her  Bachelors Degree in Speech Pathology. Flor feels very proud and lucky to be a part of the KinderCare families.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

    Year Started:
    5/24/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

About Our Center

Our Denville KinderCare is a warm, family centered learning center  where each teacher knows each and every child, parent and even the grandparents! We are one big family! 

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We are closed on Columbus Day and Presidents' Day for our Staff Pofessional Development Days.  We are also closed on Thanksgiving and the Friday after, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Memorial Day and the 4th of July.

Health and Safety

Here at KinderCare, the safety and security of your child is of the upmost importance. To ensure the safety and security of your child, KinderCare features a keypad entry, fenced in playground and alarmed doors. Our staff and our management team are Infant/Child CPR and First Aid certified. We are a completely nut free center and assist with any dietary and allergy needs. The center has an outside cleaning company that comes in during our closed hours to maintain top notch cleanliness. All of the staff maintains training hours to stay abreast of new philosophies and techniques. You can  rest assured that the well-being of your child is our top priority.

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.

I'm so pleased with my KinderCare Center that I wanted to send over some praise for the teachers and directors. My daughter, Annabelle, has been at the Denville KinderCare for almost two months now, and my husband and I couldn't be happier! We interviewed one other type of daycare before deciding on KinderCare and this was the right choice. It's the perfect size center and anyone we've come in contact with is very kind and welcoming. I feel secure leaving our daughter with them all week long and enjoy dropping her off and picking her up. You're greeted with smiles, not only from your child but from the staff and other parents. I'd like to acknowledge a few specific people we interact with daily. Karen and Dionne are very hands-on and are so sweet and easy to talk if we have any questions. We LOVE Annabelle's Infant room teachers, especially Ms. Nikisha, Ms. Kara and Ms. Kristin. And our daughter loves them too-greeting them with big smiles and giggles. Once, when I was taking her from Ms. Nikisha to bring her home, she started crying! That's praise for her KinderCare center right from the baby's mouth-she loves her teachers! So kudos to the Denville KinderCare team-they're like extended family!

- Mother

Rohan, my son, joined this center as an infant in 2003 and continued until 2008 where he completed their kindergarten program. At that time, we decided to enroll our son at KinderCare because we got very good feedback from the Better Business Bureau on the center. We are so glad that we decided to enroll him in this center. The teachers worked so hard on the initial stages of the development, whether it is academic or social developmental skill sets. Every time we would get together with friends and families, they would give our son accolades for his intelligence and behavior, which I would sincerely give credit to the teachers of this institution. Ms. Dionne, Ms. Cara, Ms. Hilda and Ms. Karen, just to name a few teachers and staff members, exude excellence in early childhood education. This year my son graduated from Fernbrook Elementary School where he received the President's Award for Educational Excellence. I know Rohan’s teachers at Fernbrook Elementary School worked hard to help him achieve this award, but I would also attribute this award with the staff of KinderCare. They helped to build his early childhood education foundation which helped him achieve this award and get him to where he is today. My sincerest appreciation to Ms. Karen, Ms. Dionne and Ms. Cara for everything you have done for my son, Rohan!

- Mother
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