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East Granby KinderCare

Kate Ferris-Morrell, Center Director

17 Connecticut South Dr. East Granby CT 06026
(860) 653-5904 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Off Hazlewood Drive and CT South. in the Newgate One Complex

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Carl Allgrove, Seymour, East Granby Middle High, Spalding, McCallister, Granby

Do you know what to do in an emergency or if your child starts choking??
East Granby KinderCare is  partnering with Nurse Health Consultants llc., Nurse Robin Cournoyer to provide you with the tools needed! 
Robin Cournoyer has been a child care nurse for over 24 years and is eager to share her knowledge with you.  (
On April 20, 2016 6 -7:30 PM we will be hosting a 1.5 hour Basic Pediatric First Aid Class and the proper techniques to utilize if a child or infant is choking. The class will include how you can make your child's environment a safer healthier place and what to do in case of an emergency.
$10 per parent due at Registration and Pre-Registration is required. Child Care and Food will be provided.
You can send us an email, give us a call or stop by to register.  RSVP is required by March 20, 2015.
Hope to see you there!

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Welcome to the East Granby KinderCare located in East Granby, CT. We look forward to the opportunity to meet you and your family. At KinderCare we design our curriculum for learning. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.

Kate Ferris-Morrell, Center Director

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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.

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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 teachers create a fun, educational, and secure learning community that promotes individual growth and development on a day to day basis!

  • Kate Ferris-Morrell

    Kate Ferris-Morrell, Center Director

    I am fortunate to have a job I truly love! Each day brings a new smile, new challenge, and many unspoken rewards. What could be better then a school full of smiling happy children?

    Favorite Thing About Being a Center Director:  The families, children, and teachers I have the honor of working with everyday!
    Biggest Adventure: My mission trip to Peru in 2014, helping 1400 people along the Amazon receive medical care, school supplies and education was truly inspiring!
    Children love being in my center because: Our teachers are always full of energy and creativity! I walk through and hear them singing and reading. I see them dancing and playing and challenging learning; it makes me want to be a kid again!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Little Critter Series by Mercer Meyer
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development Associate credential, and working towards a degree in Human Services
  • Sarah Graskoski

    Sarah Graskoski, Assistant Director

    As part of the management team for KinderCare we are here to support your family and look forward to offering the best educational experience for your child.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Dot, The Giving Tree, Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    17 Years
    B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from University of Hartford, CT.
  • Ms. Soona

    Ms. Soona, Infant Classroom

    Favorite thing about teaching: I love seeing the children progress through the year and when they come back to visit once they are grown.
    What inspires my curiousity: My family and the children growing every day!
    Children love being in my classroom because: I make learning fun for them every day and give them lots of love and smiling.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Baby Dance
    Year Started:
    18 Years
  • Ms. Becca

    Ms. Becca, Toddler Classroom

    Favorite thing about teaching: Helping children learn. It's fun to act silly with them and make them laugh.
    What inspires my curiousity: Never giving up and keeping on smiling.
    Children love being in my classroom because: I'm fun and energeting, kind and caring to all children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Amelia Bedelia
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Renae

    Ms. Renae, Toddler Classroom

    Favorite thing about teaching: Watching the children learn and grow.
    What inspires my curiosity: A book!
    Children love bing in my classroom because: We get messy and blow bubbles!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Winnie the Pooh
    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Favorite thing about teaching: Seeing the kids learn and grow! Seeing their minds develop.
    What inspires my curiousity: It inspires me when I get to see the kids learn new things and how much their skills improve.
    Children love being in my classroom because: I am super outgoing and full of energy all the time. I always try and bring good vibes into the classroom every day!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Favorite thing about teaching: Watching the children learn and grow every day. No day is the same.
    What inspires my curiousity: My step-children as well as all the children in the classroom. I learn new things from them constantly.
    Children love being in my classroom because: We are always tring fun new activities and learning while playing!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Strega Nona
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Linnea

    Ms. Linnea, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Favorite thing about teaching: Seeing the children grow.
    What inspires my curiosity: My family and the children.
    Children love being in my classroom because: I do lots of science with the children!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cat series
    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Kate

    Ms. Kate, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Favorite thing about teaching: Seeing their excitement when they learn something new.
    What inspires my curiousity: Being silly with the kids and watching them learn and grow through different experiences.
    Children love being in my classroom because: We learn by having fun and being a little silly!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Support Staff

    Favorite thing about teaching: Watching the children grow and learn new things each day.
    What inspires my curiousity: Knowing that I have a small part in helping a child learn something new.
    Children love being in my classroom because: I make things fun and exciting and give them extra love!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cat
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Support Staff

    Favorite thing about teaching: I enjoy watching the children learn and grow over the years.
    What inspires my curiousity: The children.
    Children love being in my classroom because: They look forward to being with me because I'm a fun and energetic teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Moo Ba La La La
    Year Started:
    5 Years

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

We are proud to announce that the East Granby KinderCare® has been awarded accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC accreditation confirms the commitment and dedication of the East Granby KinderCare® teachers and staff to provide an exceptional level of quality education and care to children and families. This marks the first time the center has achieved accreditation.
NAEYC accreditation has become the mark of quality in early childhood education, and is based on a comprehensive set of performance standards and criteria. Only 10 percent of early childhood programs in the nation achieve this esteemed recognition. Accreditation is a rigorous process, involving intensive self-study and a site-visit by a team of experts. In awarding accreditation, NAEYC focuses on the center’s environment and curriculum, measuring it against a national set of standards of education, health and safety. The quality of communication among children, parents and staff is also taken into consideration.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • 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

Health and Safety is our first priority. Our staff are first aid and CPR certified and renewed annually. Our Healthy and Safety Coordinator is consistently checking over our first aid kits, evacuation bags, checking toys and equipment and conducting necessary evacuation and fire drill exercises annually. This is just a small part of what we do do ensure we are providing the safest environment possible.

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.

This group of teachers and administrators was a Godsend to my family when we relocated our infant (3 months) into their care. The difference was immediately noticeable. Our visibly stressed daughter, who was left in a swing most of the day at the other daycare, blossomed with the attention and freedom provided. She is now 8 months and we are heartbroken to be relocating out of state. If not for that, we'd be here until kindergarten. As it is, we're transferring to another KinderCare and hoping for a director and assistant director who are as caring and involved, and an infant room staff who are so approachable that our whole family (including our two older children) love spending time at the center. You will not regret a decision to go to this center.

- Mother

We are so glad and happy to have a day care for our child which is our son's second home. We were leaving our child from 4.5 months and there are well experienced teachers who have the patience & dedication to work with infants. We had to take him out as we had a job change but in a few months we realized that it's difficult to find a place like KinderCare East Granby and we moved our residence to East Granby so that our child gets the same love & care from the responsible care givers. Though it's a national chain, East Granby KinderCare has never acted as a corporate daycare. It is always a second home and they have a flexibility to adjust for our needs. Kate is a wonderful director to work with who has the zeal & passion to work with kids, a smart and an attentive person to address all our concerns and be supportive as a family member.

- Father

I love KinderCare, East Granby. The teachers are amazing! They show such love and care for each child. They have fun with the kids and interact with them on their level. They are always interacting with the kids too, which was very important to me. From infant to school age, the kids are engaged in art work, music, phonics, and many other enriching activities. Both of my kids were reciting their ABC's at two, they both love music and my son was reading at four due to the programs and attention the teachers give to the kids. The teachers, director and assistant director are also highly responsive to any concerns I've had to raise, and they've addressed them immediately. It's like a big family at KinderCare, East Granby. I love it, and my kids love it. They have learned and grown so much with the help of the very caring team at East Granby,

- Mother

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