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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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Special Instructions:
next to E Brunswick Post Office

Neighborhood:
Between East Brunswick Post Office and Chelsea Assisted Living Facility, Care One Assisted Living across street.

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Welcome

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

Shamanda Burgess, 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.

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.

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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

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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Sociology
  • Ms. Gloria

    Ms. Gloria, Teacher

    My favorite thing about teaching is the kids smiling when I open the door to greet them in the morning.
     

  • Ms. Nikki

    Ms. Nikki, Teacher

    My favorite thing about teaching is encouraging children to boost their self esteem by helping them develop their confidence.

  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, Teacher

    My favorite thing about teaching is feeling proud when my students master a finger play song.

  • Ms. Navneet

    Ms. Navneet, Teacher

    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, Teacher

    My favorite thing about teaching is seeing the children’s smiles and laughter on a daily basis.

  • Ms. Rhonda

    Ms. Rhonda, Cook, Teacher

    My favorite thing about teaching is the look on children’s faces when they learn a new concept. The joy of their success is very rewarding!

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

  • 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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