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KinderCare at East Brunswick

Shamanda Burgess, Center Director

610 Cranbury Rd. East Brunswick NJ 08816
(732) 613-1886 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Between East Brunswick Post Office and Chelsea Assisted Living Facility, Care One Assisted Living across street.

Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare at East Brunswick where everything we do is designed for learning!

Shamanda Burgess, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

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

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.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff here at KinderCare at East Brunswick are always very welcoming and excited to greet each current and prospective families. They have a genuine passion for educating young children which is evident in their daily programming. All staff looks forward to attending our bi-yearly Professional Development Days which fosters their enthusiasm for teaching!

  • Shamanda Burgess, Center Director

    The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively" ― Bob Marley

    Shamanda grew up in Middlesex County and is a Rutgers graduate, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. She has two children and is very pleased to work with a company that provides the best early childhood foundation. She has experience as an Early Childhood Educator, as well as previous management roles in the Education field. She is very hardworking and committed to her staff and Kindercare families.

    Previous Experience:
    Shamanda has been with KinderCare for over a year and has worked in the New Brunswick Public and Private school district as an Early Childhood Educator.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Gorilla, by Peggy Rathmann
    Year Started:
    2/23/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Sociology
  • Mrs. Neelam Desai

    Mrs. Neelam Desai, Assistant Director

    What we want to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.

    I have been with KinderCare for 14 years, I am married and have one Daughter who is studying in Rutgers. I love to travel and read.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked as Marketing Manager for Laxbro bio-tec.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Ms. Nelson is Missing

    Year Started:
    9/9/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Master's in Business and Advertising and public relations
  • Ms. Himani Nigam

    Ms. Himani Nigam, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I have been teaching Prekindergarten for more than five years. Spending time with children is something I wholeheartedly enjoy. It gives me great pleasure to see the wonderment on a child's face when they learn something new! 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love Story by Eric Segal 

    Year Started:
    8/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5+
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Shadae Santiago

    Ms. Shadae Santiago, Toddler Classroom

    As an Early Childhood Educator, I believe that every child learns and develops at their own pace at their own time. There are 365 days in a year, I love to take the time out to help every child develop the skills they need in various ways of learning!

    Previous Experience:
    Toddler Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Born Blue by Han Nolan 

    Year Started:
    12/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Gloria

    Ms. Gloria, Infant Classroom

    My favorite thing about teaching is the kids smiling when I open the door to greet them in the morning. I love what I do, it's always a new challenge for myself to learn the personality and ways of each new infant I have. Seeing the children smile, makes me feel extremely successful! 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Harry Potter 

    Years in ECE industry:
    9+
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Nikki

    Ms. Nikki, Preschool Classroom

    No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart.

    As a mother of five girls and a grandmother to thirteen wonderful grandchildren, I continue to have a passion for working with children. Their friendly smiles and hopeful perspectives make me eager to teach and help them grow! My favorite thing about teaching is encouraging children to boost their self esteem by helping them develop their confidence.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shell Silverstein 

    Years in ECE industry:
    26
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, Infant Classroom

    Be thankful for what you have

    I'm a mother of two boys, 14 & 16 years old. I've been with KinderCare for the past ten years and I enjoy my career here. What makes me the most happiest, is when I see the smiles on my babies faces every morning! My favorite thing about teaching is feeling proud when my students master a finger play song.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    My Many Colored Days by Dr. Suess

    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Navneet

    Ms. Navneet, Learning Adventures

    My favorite thing about teaching is that I find it joyful and funny to work with a child’s mind according to his/her capacity to absorb and make them confident so they don’t feel belittled in comparison to anyone. 

  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I live in New York with my husband and 21 year old daughter. I have over nine years of experience working with a wide range of age groups in Early Childhood Education. I love making a difference in a child's life. My favorite thing about teaching is seeing the children’s smiles and laughter on a daily basis.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein 

    Years in ECE industry:
    9+
  • Ms. Rhonda

    Ms. Rhonda, Cook, Teacher

    In order to succeed, we must first believe we can.

    I am a mother of four, one daughter and three sons, as well as a grandmother to five grandchildren. I love children, but most importantly, I love to watch and help them learn. It is extremely rewarding and such a fulfilling experience daily being with children. I teach as they learn academically, socially and emotionally. I wouldn't trade what I do in for anything. There is no greater pleasure in life than being a part of the growing process for such young people! My favorite thing about teaching is the look on children’s faces when they learn a new concept. The joy of their success is forever rewarding!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Little Engine that Could

    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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

  • Spanish
  • Turkish, Urdu, Gutrati, Tagalog, Visaia

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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

Some of our health and safety features include our keypad entry system as well as our ADT alarm monitoring system. We strive to keep all of our children safe by having separate enclosed playgrounds for our various age groups. On staff, we have a health and safety coordinator, who conducts all of our emergency procedures, such as fire drills and emergency/disaster evacuations. She ensures that all staff follow the safe work practices as required by state regulations.

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 just wanted to say that the level and quality of communication during the storm was fantastic. I thought the messages were clear and concise. I do not have any suggestions for any improvements. I also want to thank KinderCare for getting up and running so quickly. Thanks!

- Mother

My children are ages 6 and 4 and they have attended KinderCare since they were infants. There have been so many great times it would be hard to pick just one example! The teachers and staff here treat my kids as if they are their own. They appreciate my kids for the individuals they are, and challenge them to keep learning new things every day!

- Mother

When KinderCare of Old Bridge temporarily joined KinderCare of East Brunswick, Ms. Rhonda and Ms. Nikki were combined into one class. The class flow was not interrupted and she continued to blossom under their wonderful teaching, with a curriculum that included homework. As the Program Director, Ms. Erin did an awesome job with our daughter in the Learning Adventures series. She was her extracurricular teacher for music, math, phonics, and cooking. They were all always patient and available to assist in any way.

- Mother
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