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Fairport KinderCare

Maria Baker, Center Director

6839 Pittsford-Palmyra Rd. Fairport NY 14450
(585) 425-7325 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEARS

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Brooks Hill, Jefferson Avenue, Dudley/Northside


Welcome to the Fairport KinderCare! My team and I are very excited to meet you and your family. We believe in giving children the opportunity to be responsible, to make choices, and to be treated with respect. Your children are our number one priority and we are here to work together with you to meet their needs. Our programs encourage your child’s growth and development with early-learning experiences that build a strong foundation for children’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills. Here at the Fairport KinderCare, learning is meant to be a natural, joyful experience. Children learn by playing, experimenting, exploring, and testing. Our team is committed to encouraging your child. Our center is also NAEYC accredited, where all of our teachers come with various backgrounds in education, but are truly dedicated to early childhood education.

Maria Baker, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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.

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


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.


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

Our Fairport KinderCare team would like to welcome you for a visit to our center! We would love to share with you all of our great programs and experience. Our team of teachers is diverse in their education and experience.  Every staff member is First Aid and CPR certified, and several are MAT certified.  Several of our staff members have been here for 5+ years, while a few are newer to our family. KinderCare provides our teachers with professional development opportunities to continue our growth as educators. We are also proud to share with you our NAEYC Accreditation.

  • Maria Baker, Center Director

    Ms. Maria has a bachelor's degree in psychology; specializing in mental health. She has over 15 years of experience working with children in various roles. She has been a teacher, supervisor, and education coordinator in previous positions and is very excited to be the Center Director here at Fairport KinderCare. Educating young children and mentoring teachers are genuine passions she has always had and she enjoys seeing them learn and grow everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Maria was working at the center at Rochester General Hospital. Maria has been Center Director with our company since October 2015. We are happy to have her on our team!
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Master's Degree in Literacy, Bachelor's Degree in Childhood and Special Education, MAT Certified
  • Mary Steinmetz

    Mary Steinmetz, Assistant Director

    Mary started with KinderCare in November 2007. She was the Prekindergarten Lead Teacher and Program Specialist, and now is our Assistant Director and teaches our Phonics Learning Adventures.  She has her bachelor of arts degree in theology from St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH and Child Development Associate Credential in Preschool. She married her husband in June 2003 and has two amazing daughters.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Ms. Mary taught High School Theology, was a Youth Minister and primary grades religion teacher, and substituted in an in-home day care.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like" by Jay Williams
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Bachelor of Arts in Theology, MAT Certified
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Julie is the lead teacher in our Nursery A classroom and has been with KinderCare since April 2002. She is a proud mother of a son and is actively involved with his baseball career. Her son Jonathan is currently attending St. John Fisher for a degree in Sports Management. Ms. Julie is the youngest of three daughters and says she has the best parents ever!  She does an amazing job taking care of our youngest babies.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential, MAT Certified
  • Ms. Natalie

    Ms. Natalie, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Natalie started with KinderCare as a floating teacher in October 2012. She took over as lead teacher in the Nursery B classroom in March 2013. She grew up in Fairport. She went to Pennsylvania Culinary in Pittsburgh, PA where she earned her associate degree in pastry arts. She has been happily married for almost ten years and has four beautiful children that keep her very busy. She loves working with children and is thrilled to be in the Nursery B room.

    Previous Experience:
    Natalie has worked for various other day cares. She was a nanny out of her home for four years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Muncsh

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Associate Degree in Pastry Arts
  • Katie O., Infant Classroom

    She lives in Rochester with her husband Rey and their two dogs Otis and Nori. She loves children and loves to travel!

    Previous Experience:
    She worked in child care as a floating teacher and infant teacher for many years, and has been a nanny for ten years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    No David by David Shannon

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Suzanne

    Ms. Suzanne, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Suzanne began her journey with KinderCare in March 2013. Her first position was as a floating teacher, then she became the second teacher in Nursery B for a time, until we finally found her niche in our Toddler A classroom. She received her bachelor's degree in early childhood (nursery - sixth grade) back in 1991 from Fredonia State. She did a lot of substitute teaching, but was unable to get a permanent position. She then moved on to a career in Medical Transcription for 16 years. She decided to leave that career and go back to her roots: working with children. Ms. Suzanne grew up in Palmyra, NY and now resides in Rush, NY. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and recently, gardening. She feels that KinderCare is a truly magical place where children are truly loved, as well as inspired to learn, a recipe for success!

    Previous Experience:
    Suzanne was a substitute teacher in Williamson and Wayne Central before moving on to a career in medical transcription. After 16 years of that, she returned to the early childhood education field with us at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Marycon, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Marycon is our Discovery Preschool lead teacher. Her enthusiasm and patience are not easily matched. Marycon was born and raised in the Phillippines and moved to the US in 2001. She now resides in the Canandaigua area with her husband and daughter. Her pastimes include photography and going to the park. We are happy to have her as part of our family!

    Previous Experience:
    Marycon previously worked for our center from 2007 until early 2012.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Shaughny, Prekindergarten Classroom

  • Julie, School Age Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Health and Safety Coordinator, Preschool Classroom

    I love the little 'aha' moments when children master a new skill.

    Ms. Sarah is one of our floating teachers, but is a pillar of our teaching staff. She is now our Health and Safety Coordinator! Sarah has worked as a teacher in multiple age groups, including a center that followed a continuous care model where she moved up with the children from infants to preschool. She also has worked within KinderCare as a Health and Safety Coordinator, a Program Specialist, and Assistant Director.  Sarah grew up in Pittsford before moving to Virginia Beach. And after 10 years there, she has moved back home to Pittsford. She loves to read, go on walks along the canal, and spend time doing things with her daughter. Sarah's knowledge and helpful spirit are a treasure for our center.

    Previous Experience:
    Sarah has worked for other day cares as well as other centers for our company in other states for several years. She also worked in an elementary school from 2009-2011.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Fox in Socks

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Louisa, Floater

    Louisa grew up in Fairport, NY and graduated from Fairport High School in 2014. She is finishing her degree at Finger Lakes Community College this Fall 2016 with an associate of arts in social sciences (mostly psychology) with a concentration in American Sign Language. She is transferring to Keuka College for ASL and education. She plans to eventually obtain her master of science in secondary education (MSSE) for teaching ASL to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Louisa, or as many friends call her Ms. Lulu, is a very compassionate teacher and has a great strength of getting down to the children's level and relating to them. We are proud to have Louisa on our float team! 

    Previous Experience:
    She has been a babysitter, camp counselor, and youth group leader. She is currently teaching Sunday School at her local church.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Associate of Arts in Social Sciences
  • Ms. Hope

    Ms. Hope, Floater

    Ms. Hope has been with us since 2010.  She has worked in most of the classrooms as a teacher, and currently floats around where we need her. She grew up in Farmington, NY and went to Canandaigua. She is attending FLCC to get her degree in pharmaceuticals. She is engaged and has two wonderful daughters! They love doing things together as a family. Hope is a versatile asset to our team.

    Previous Experience:
    Hope has worked at the Ontario ARC and spends lots of time with her daughter and the children of her family and friends.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    There's a Wocket in My Pocket! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Cassie, Floater

    Ms. Cassie is a new addition to our community, and joins us as a helpful floating teacher in any classroom we need her in. She is a recent graduate of Fairport High School. She now attends college in Arizona, where she is studying sports management. We miss her while she is gone! Cassie has four brothers and a dog whom she enjoys spending time with. She also likes to golf, listen to music, and watch classic movies. She is enjoying her time with the children and is excited to be working at KinderCare!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Pamela, Floater

    Years in ECE industry:

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegan

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

At the Fairport KinderCare Learning Center, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site to conduct monthly fire drills, maintain children's medical records, train our faculty on health and safety procedures, and uphold our high cleanliness standards. Each teacher at our center is either First Aid and CPR trained or working towards it. We also have several staff members who can administer medication when needed. Other safety features we have in place include a coded entry keypad, a doorbell for visitors, and only two doors to access the building - one which is locked from the outside, and the front door which only our faculty and enrolled families have the code for.

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.

We have been a proud member of the Kinder Care family for four years. My oldest son began in the infant room when he was just three months old and is now a Prekindergarten student on his way to graduating! My youngest son has just begun his journey here. When you work and you elect to place your children in child care, you have to in some ways resign yourself to the fact that their care won’t match that as being home with mom or dad. However, my children have and continue to experience such loving and individualized care at KinderCare that it has made our decision a very positive one. Our directors and teachers have a unique way of making us as the parents feel that our children’s care is of the utmost importance to them and it's very obvious that all the staff take great pride in making each day for each child a fun-filled one. Not only do the children experience the art of learning, they are also nurtured in a very loving environment – a partnership that is very important to our family. We feel grateful to have a place such as KinderCare to care for our children each day. Being able to walk out the door on our way to work and feel confident that our children are in loving and supportive hands and that the directors are always open to communication throughout the day is invaluable.

- Parents

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