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East Granby KinderCare

Sarah Graskoski, 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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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Carl Allgrove, Seymour, East Granby Middle

Welcome

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.

Sarah Graskoski, 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.

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.

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?

Teachers & Staff

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

  • Sarah Graskoski

    Sarah Graskoski, Center Director

    Everyday is a new adventure and I cannot wait to see what the day holds! We promise that when your child is in our school, they will be educated, cared for, and loved! We can't wait to meet your family and introduce you to ours!


      

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree, The Dot

    Year Started:
    12/13/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an interdisaplinary in Behavioral Studies
  • Polina Anisimova

    Polina Anisimova, Assistant Director

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Anything by Laura Neumeroff

    Year Started:
    6/19/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associate in early childhood education and currently pursuing her bachelor's in leadership and organizational studies
  • Ms. Anitra

    Ms. Anitra, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love watching the children's eyes light up when something new is introduced. Their sense of enthusiasm and wonder for new things really inspires me.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

    Year Started:
    11/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Children love being in my classroom because they are always learning something new and are able to express themselves.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Magic Tree House Series

    Year Started:
    10/11/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Samantha

    Ms. Samantha, Infant Classroom

    I love watching children grow and to see what their next step is. Children love being in my classroom because of all the interesting art and sensory projects we do, plus all the messy fun we get into!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Good Night Moon

    Year Started:
    6/5/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • 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:
    1/1/1998
    Tenure:
    19 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:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • 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:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • 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:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 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:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, School Age Classroom

    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:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Shelbie

    Ms. Shelbie, Floater

    I love seeing that "A-HA" moment when it lights up across a child's face!

    Previous Experience:
    Shelbie has always enjoyed working with children. She started off at a very young age as a babysitter and her love for soccer developed her as a coach; teaching children the game from the ages of 3 to 18! She continues her devotion for teaching as she is currently enrolled at CCSU for Elementary Ed!
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom

    Year Started:
    5/15/2017
    Education:
    Currently attending CCSU for her Bachelor's in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing the children develop and learn while having fun!

    Previous Experience:
    Nicole started as a choreographer later switching into teaching both at a summer camp and was youth engagement specialist.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom

    Year Started:
    2/13/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Psychology and Child Development Associate

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

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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