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Denville KinderCare

Karen Meehan, 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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Special Instructions:
"Off Rte 80 and Rte 46 across form the A&P."

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 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

Karen Meehan, 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


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.


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)

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

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.  

  • Karen Meehan

    Karen Meehan, Center Director

    I love watching children learn and grow through exploration. I enjoy providing the best care for the children at my center.

    Karen has been Director at this center for almost seven years. She was responsible for upgrades to the interior and exterior of the building. She has supported a dependable, friendly and knowledgeable staff with very little turnover.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Karen taught fourth grade and preschool.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Dionne Maikranz

    Dionne Maikranz, Assistant Director

    I am passionate about working with young children and their families. They are our future and it makes me feel proud that I am making a difference in the lives and the future of our children.

    Dionne has been at the Denville center for 15 years. She started as the Kindergarten teacher and in 2010 was promoted to Program Specialist. Dionne's main responsibility is to see that the staff is delivering the best curriculum and care to our children and families.

    Previous Experience:
    After graduating college, Dionne taught first grade for a private school. She then went on to be the Director at Huntington Learning Center Morristown with a tenure of five years.
    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Psychology
  • Jennifer Pogorelec, Program Specialist in Training & Learning Adventures Teacher

    I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to be involved in the lives of so many children.

    Jennifer has been working in the early childhood arena most of her life. She started by teaching dance classes to children ages pre-school through 18 and then went on to teach all age groups in both Montessori and traditional settings. She recently graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a unique degree. She pursued and obtained an interdisciplinary bachelors degree because she felt that having a solid understanding of linguistic, social and psychological develpment was crucial in providing the best education for children. She looks forward to starting a Master's program in the Spring of 2014 and couldn't be happier to be a part of the Denville KinderCare family.

    Previous Experience:
    Jennifer has worked with children of all ages teaching in dance programs, traditional preschool and Montessori settings.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh the Places You Will Go!
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Psychology, Speech Pathology & Sociology
  • Ms. Miriam, Infants

    Although I am not their mother, I care for them each day. I cuddle, sing and read to them, and watch them as they play. Children make my life important.

    Miriam has an Associates Degree in Business Administration and Liberal Arts. She came to KinderCare at Denville with four years experience working at the Cedar Knolls and Livingston centers. Her hobby is traveling. Her passion is to read to children and play with them. She loves to use sound toys! She finds it very exciting to help the children in the class learn something new each and every day.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and Business Administration
  • Ms. Nikisha, Toddlers

    I love my job because seeing each child's developmental growth process is like watching something new everyday!

    Ms. Nikisha is passionate about coming up with new art projects to stimulate a child's creativity. She also enjoys singing songs and reading to engage the children all day long.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nikisha volunteered for two years at KinderCare prior to being hired.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Gini, Toddlers

    Every morning that I walk into the classroom, the kids put a smile on my face.

    Gini has been working here for 6 months starting in our Infant room and has now found her home in the Toddler Room.  She graduated Morris Hills High School in 2011 and continued her education at Lockhaven Un. Currently she is working on getting her CDA through Rasmussen College.  She's excited to see what her future holds in the early childhood education field.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 months
    Currently working towards her CDA
  • Ms. Kristin, Discovery Pre-School

    Ms. Kristin believes that to teach is to touch lives for ever.

    Ms. Kristin is currently working in the Discovery Pre-School classroom and enjoys every minute of it.  She is working toward her CDA.  She is CPR and First Aid certified.  Before joining the KinderCare staff, she worked in a few different childcare centers with various ages but enjoys the younger ones best of all.  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.

    Previous Experience:
    Kristin has worked in many different schools with many different ages, before coming to KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Currently working on her CDA
  • Ms. Chris, Discovery Pre-School

    I have been at this Center 5 years. I like to think outside the box to get my children excited about learning. We do a lot of hands on projects throughout the year to help them explore the love of learning.

    Ms. Chris has worked at KinderCare for four years. In the Preschool room, the children are always busy learning, creating and exploring new things. Ms. Chris' class loves to approach learning with hands on experiences, whether it be through sensory, play or direct instruction. Ms. Chris has been recognized with many awards and parent testimonials. Ms. Chris' gift of teaching influences her preschool room to love the joy of learning and explore new and exciting things each day.

    Previous Experience:
    I thank my parents everyday for allowing me to be the first stepping stone in their child's education.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Group Teacher Certificate and CDA
  • Ms. Laura, Pre-School

    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, PS Room 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.

    Previous Experience:
    Student Teaching in the 2nd and 3rd grades.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Elementary Education K to 5 adn Teacher of Students wit Disabilities K-12
  • Ms. Annette, Private Kindergarten and School Age Classrooms

    Teachers treat people as if they were what they ought to be and help them become what they are capable of becoming!

    Ms. Annette loves to develop imaginations through the exploration of the arts. Using a variety of media and a variety of techniques, she focuses on critical thinking and expression of self.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Annette previously spent six years teaching first and second grade on the Colville Indian reservation in Washington State; six years in public education teaching Kindergarten; one year teaching Family Literacy in Lafayette, Louisiana; 14 years teaching grades five, two and one in Bridgeport, Connecticut; one year giving respite care in Washington with Special Needs Children.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Sixth Year Degree in Special Education, Master's Degree in Fine Arts

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 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.

Share Your Story
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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