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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.  (http://nurseconsultantsllc.com)
 
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

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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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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

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:
    5/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    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:
    12/1/1999
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Education:
    B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from University of Hartford, CT.
  • Mr. Corey

    Mr. Corey,

    My favorite thing about teaching is that I am presented with the opportunity to impact a child’s life everyday!

    Biggest Adventure:  My biggest adventure had to be my first flight on an airplane, I took my Moms advice and closed my eyes and when I woke up I was there!
    Children love being in my classroom because:  They have the ability to express themselves and have fun while learning!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Clifford The Big Red Dog
    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Child Development
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary,

    What I love most about teaching is watching how the children learn and grow.
     

    Biggest Adventure: Taking a family cruise each year
    Children love being in my classroom because: I enjoy seeing them every day and making them smile.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Llama, Llama Collection
    Year Started:
    12/6/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Samantha

    Ms. Samantha,

    My favorite thing about teaching is watching each child grow into their own unique selves.
     

    Biggest Adventure: Backpacking around Europe for three weeks
    Children love being in my classroom because: All the fun art and sensory projects we do!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    All Eric Carl books, especially The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    6/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor degree in Sociology from Rhode Island College.
  • Ms. Soona

    Ms. Soona,

    What I love most about teaching is seeing the children progress through the year and learn something new!  Love to see when the children are grown and they come back to visit!  I know what I am doing every day is making a difference in the lives of children!

    Biggest Adventure: Watching my Grandchildren and taking care of my family!
    Children love being in my classroom because: we make learning fun for the children every day and give the children  lots of love and lots of smiling and fun!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Old McDonald Had A Farm
    Year Started:
    7/1/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Finished four years of college in her native country of Egypt.
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather,

    My favorite thing about teaching is working in all the different classrooms and seeing the children’s eyes light up at new activities and making a difference in their lives.

    Biggest Adventure: Traveling alone to meet up with a good friend!
    Children love being in my classroom because: I am not afraid to be as silly as they are! I love to combine getting messy with having fun while giving the children opportunities to explore and learn!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon and Strega Nonna
    Year Started:
    11/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education from Asnuntuck Community College.
  • Ms. Kate S.

    Ms. Kate S.,

    My favorite thing about teaching is seeing their excitement when they learn something new.
     

    Biggest Adventure: Everyday is an adventure with children!
    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:
    9/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Buffalo State College, NY.
  • Ms. Linnea

    Ms. Linnea,


    What I love most about teaching is seeing the children’s smiling faces and seeing how they react when they learn something new.

    Biggest Adventure: Going to Cape Cod
    Children love being in my classroom because: I challenge them with lots of science exploration.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cat, series of books
    Year Started:
    7/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from University of Hartford.
  • Ms. Renae

    Ms. Renae,

    What I love most about teaching are the faces of the children when they learn something new or fun!
     

    Biggest Adventure: Being a Mom!
    Children love being in my classroom because: They know they are loved and cared for and we have a great time painting, singing and getting messy!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Winnie the Pooh Series
    Year Started:
    12/1/2015
    Education:
    Early Childhood degree from Massasoit Community College
  • Ms. Polina

    Ms. Polina,

    My favorite thing about teaching is accomplishing what I thought would be impossible.

    Biggest Adventure: Coming to the U.S. and making it to where I am so far!
    Children love being in my classroom because:
     “Because I like being with You” Brooke H
    “Because I love being in blocks and building stuff” Ethan N
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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

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

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
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