Maria Baker, Center Director
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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's degree in pastry arts. She has been happily married for almost 10 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.
She lives in Rochester with her husband Rey and their two dogs Otis and Nori. She loves children and loves to travel!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
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.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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