Nicole Botticello, Center Director
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Nicole Botticello, 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.
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.
A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.
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.
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.
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 team of Early Childhood Educators strive to provide the highest quality of care for each child entering our program. Each child is important to us and our teachers strive to make their first school experience the best one yet!
Education is important to us not only for the children but for our teachers. All of our teachers hold either a Bachelors Degree, Associates Degree, Head Teachers Certificate or a Child Development Associate Credential. KinderCare is dedicated to our team of teachers and we think it's important that are teachers recieve training each year. All of teachers participate in professional development days. These days are used to enrich our teachers with new and exciting ideas to bring back to their classrooms.
Safety in our classrooms is also important. Our teachers are well prepared for emergencies because they are all First Aid & CPR Certified as well as Epi-Pen & Medication Certified.
I have a true passion for education and supporting children to develop to their fullest. I am very excited to have the opportunity to be working with you and your family!
Erin began her career with KinderCare in 2005 as a Lead Preschool Teacher. After teaching for three years, she was promoted to a management position. In 2010 Erin was honored to be offered a Center Director role. Erin has a true passion for education and supporting children to develop to their fullest. She is CPR and First Aid Certified, as well as Medication Administration and Epi Pen Certified. Erin is very excited to have the opportunity to be working with you and your family!
I am proud to lead a team of teachers who are passionate about creating an environment designed for learning.
Nichole, better known as Nikki, has been working at the Rocky Hill KinderCare since December 2000 and was there for it's grand opening in January 2001. After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Human Development and Family Relations in August 2000, she worked at a small in-home preschool program, but soon realized this was not the type of environment in which her talents as a teacher could truly flourish. She joined the Rocky Hill KinderCare team shortly thereafter as a Preschool teacher. Her hands-on teaching style provided her students with fun and engaging learning experiences. She truly has a passion for working with children, and believes that by making learning fun it encourages children to reach their full potential. She moved into the Assistant Director role at this center in 2003 and is excited to bring her knowledge and experience as an educator into her role as Center Director in the place she considers her second home. She is genuinely honored to be able to impact the lives of so many children and families.
Mr.Jake assists the teachers in our Toddler and Discovery Preschool Classrooms. The children are always excited to see Mr.Jake in their room. He enjoys seeing the children's smiling faces when he enters the building. The parents and children adore Mr.Jake. He is full of energy and creates a fun learning enviorment for the children.
The best part of my job is spending the day in the Infant Classroom. I truly enjoy the time I spend with them & the ability I have to make a diffrence in their lives.
Ms. Cherie has been working for KinderCare since December 2003. She has 12 Early Childhood credits and holds her Head Teacher certification. She has been in the Early Childhood field for 26 years and can't imagine doing anything else! It is evident when you walk in Ms.Cheries classroom that she is passionate about her job, she treats each infant as if they were her own. Ms.Cherie also has a son, Dakota, who attends KinderCare.
Ms. Cherie is our center's Health and Safety Coordinator. She ensures the safety of the children and staff daily through playground and classroom safety checks, monthly fire drills, and much more! Ms.Cherie enjoys her job and takes it very seriously.
Ms. Kelly has been working with KinderCare since 2014. Ms. Kelly has always enjoyed working with children and has been babysitting for families for many years. She is enrolled in an Early Childhood Education program and expects to graduate by September. Ms.Kelly has a passion for working with the infants. She enjoys helping each child reach their full potential. She strives to create strong relationships with each family walking through the doors.
I love being a part of each infants growth. I believe that forming close relationships with each family is important. I take pride knowing the children are in a kind and nurturing environment. I enjoy creating a 'home away from home' for each of my infants and their families.
Ms. Tracy graduated from Rhode Island college in December 2009. Before she joined the Farmington KinderCare she was the Head Infant Teacher at a non-profit organization called Connecting for Children and Families in RI. Ms. Tracy enjoys engaging her children in meaningful activities that help promote cognitive, social and emotional, gross motor, fine motor, and physical development. She feels Literature is extremely important in her classroom therefore her children are regularly engaged in books and singing. She looks forward to coming to work because she views each of the infants as family!
I love being a part of each child's 'first' school experience.
Ms. Susan graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology. She has been working in childcare for the last 20 years and cannot imagine doing anything else. Ms.Sue has experience managing a center but decided that her true passion was working with the infants. Ms.Sue loves each infant that enters her classroom. She looks forward to working with each family to make their child's first experiences with school a positive and educational one.
There's nothing better than teaching children.
Ms. Stacy has worked with children for over 13 years. She completed her Child Development Associate's Credential in 2004. She was originally hired with KinderCare in 2004 and left for a few years to care for her own children. In 2014 Ms.Stacy returned to our center, she is excited to be working with the infants and working together with the families.
What we learn with joy, we never forget.
Ms. Hilary loves working with children. She has experience working with all age groups from Infants to Preschool. Prior to joining our team Ms. Hilary assisted with Birth to 3 Services. She enjoys helping the children in her classroom learn new things each day.
Always remember you are braver than believe, stronger than you seem and smarter that you think. ~Winnie the Pooh
Ms. Emily graduated from Assumption College in 2009 with her Bachelors Degree in History and Minor in Education and Psychology. Ms.Emily joined our KinderCare family in 2014. She began working alongside one of our veteran teachers in Toddlers. Ms.Emily jumped right in and proved she was a strong teacher. Shortly after Ms.Emily took on her own Toddler Classroom and became one of our Mentor Teachers. Ms.Emily enjoys working with her Toddlers, she loves seeing their happy faces each day!
Live, Laugh, Love.
I love to see the faces of the children each morning and the wonderful feeling I have when a child says my name for the first time.
Ms. Robin joined KinderCare in March 2008. She was hired as an assistant teacher but soon after accepted a teaching position in the toddler room where she has been ever since. She is very passionate about teaching the toddlers new things each and every day. She is excited when she hears them speak new words! The children are what makes Ms. Robin love coming to work each day!
I love coming to work bright and early each morning and getting those first hugs of the day from the children!
Ms.Beth started with KinderCare in 1995. She has held many positions over the years but found that her passion was working with our two year olds in Discovery Preschool. Ms.Beth enjoys creating hands on learning activities for her students. She builds close relationships with all of her children and her families . Beth also has two children of her own that have attended our center since they were babies.
I enjoy working with the children everyday and seeing their smiling faces when they learn something new!
Ms. Emily started working at KinderCare in November of 2004. She started in the Toddler room where she worked for four and a half years. She then began to work with the two year old's in the Discovery Preschool program where she has been ever since! Ms. Emily truly enjoys working with the children everyday and watching them grow and learn new things.
Children are our future, and I am so grateful to be able to influence each child's life.
Ms. Jessie has been working with KinderCare since June of 2012. Ms. Jessie started as a substitute teacher at the Newington KinderCare. She then transferred to our center as a full-time Discovery Preschool teacher. Ms. Jessie is currently working on completing her Bachelors Degree. Ms.Jessie works hard each day to create a nurturing enviornment for all of her children. She enjoys building strong relationships with each of her families.
A person is a person, no matter how small.
Ms. Stephanie has been in the ECE field since 2010. Most of her experience has been working with two year olds. Ms. Stpehanie enjoys helping the children discover and learn something new each day. Ms.Stephanie has also decided to continue her education, she is currently attending CCSU to obtain her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work.
A person is a person no matter how small. -Dr.Suess
Ms. Jessica joined KinderCare in 2014 as a Discovery Preschool teacher. Ms. Jessica has her Bachelor of Arts Degree from SUNY Purchase College in NY. She comes with over four years of experience at her previous center. She has a passion for educating children and setting them up for success. Ms.Jessica has a passion for helping children grow and develop, she is also very successful at helping our two's potty train.
I love working with children! Everyday is different and rewarding! At some point during the day I will smile, laugh and say, 'This is why I teach!'
Ms. Robin joined our team in February of 2012. Ms. Robin has over 20 years of experience in the Early Childhood Field. She believes in lots of hands on learning and process art. Her classroom is always filled with energy from all of her happy children. She takes an active roll involving our center in the community. Recently she started a fundraiser for the families in Nepal, held a Hop-A-Thon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and had News Team 8 join her children for an afternoon (she even got her class some TV time on the news at 5). She is very passionate about her classroom and is always going the extra mile for her families and students.
If everyone started the day singing just think how happy they'd be.
Ms. Jessica started working with KinderCare in 2014. She graduated from Western Connecticut State University in May 2013 with her degree in Music Education. Ms.Jessica enjoys bringing music into her classroom. She is very passionate about helping the children in her classroom reach their full potential. She strives to build relationships with each parent and their child(ren).
Ms. Kathy joins our team with years of experience teaching Preschool and Kindergarten. Ms. Kathy has 3 children of her own and loves spending time with her grandson. She loves to see the children's smiling faces when she walks in her classroom each morning. She believes communication is the key to building a great relationship and strives to provide this to her families.
Ms.Sarah is currently working on her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is also completing her Child Development Associates Degree. Ms. Sarah believes that children absorb what they learn around them. She strives to be a great role model for all of the children in her classroom. She teaching the children new activities each day. Her classroom is always filled with laughter and lots of learning.
I love teaching young children and being a positive influence in children's lives.
Ms. Karen has been working at KinderCare for the past 12 years. She has taught in the early childhood field with 2-4 year old's for the past 20 years. She loves teaching young children and is also a mother of three girls. She feels being a mother and a teacher are such rewarding jobs. She enjoys watching the children grow from what she teaches them. She enjoys creating a safe enviornment for each child. Ms.Karen believes that each child should never give up and reach for the stars.
I love the laughs I have everyday with the children in my class. Kindergarten is a great room!
Ms. Jessica has been at KinderCare since 2010. She graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor's Degree in History and Social Sciences. She continued her education and recieved her Masters Degree in Special Education. Ms. Jessica has been our Kindergarten Teacher for over five years. She enjoys setting the children up for success when they leave her classroom and join the public school system. She also has a little one of her who attends the center.
Everyone should read whenever possible!
Ms. Abena began working at the Farmington KinderCare in October 2005 in the Preschool classroom. In September 2006 she moved to the School Age classroom where she has been ever since. Ms. Abena also is our Bus Driver, she picks the children up from school each day. She enjoys taking the time to get to know each family and child in the center. Ms.Abena runs our Summer Camp Program for the school-age children, she enjoys planning fun activities, fields trips & visitors to keep them coming back each year. Ms. Abena also has a daughter who attends our center.
I love working with small children and bringing a sense of security to them. It's a joy to watch all that's inside them begin to unfold.
Ms. Jackie joined our KinderCare team in 2007. Ms. Jackie works in all of our classrooms but her passion is working with the infants. She strives to create a caring and nurturing enviornment for all children. She has built strong relationships with all of our current families and makes an effort to build relationships with new and prospective families. Ms.Jackie has daughters of her own and also has a granddaughter.
I love the kids and all my co-workers!
Ms. Amanda joined KinderCare in 2010. She is currently pursing her Bachelors Degree in Social Work at CCSU. Ms. Amanda helps out in all of our classrooms but in the afternoons you will find her closing our Discovery Preschool Classroom. Ms. Amanda brings a positive attitude to the center each day and always has a smile on. She enjoys working with all age groups and takes pride knowing that she makes a diffrence in each child's life.
Ms. Kelsey joined our KinderCare family in 2014. Ms. Kelsey graduated from Western New England University in May 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She has worked with children of all ages ranging from infants to school age. Ms. Kelsey enjoys getting to know all of our children and families in the center.
Ms. Leori began her career with KinderCare in 2008. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University. During her time with KinderCare she was a Pre-K teacher, Program Specialist, Assistant Director and Center Director. In 2014 Ms.Leori transferred to our center, she took on the role as our Learning Adventures Teacher. Ms. Leori teaches Cooking, Phonics, and Math programs. She also helps the teachers in our Preschool Classroom during the day. Ms. Leori also has a daughter who attends the South Windsor KinderCare.
Every child that walks through the doors of KinderCare is a child that I want to educate in nutrition. All of the children at the center enrich my life! I love my job!
Ms. Robbie has been with KinderCare since 2010. Ms. Robbie always greets children and families with a smile when entering the center. She is also known as the "cracker lady." The children love it when she puts out extra crackers for snacks on their way out the door. Ms. Robbie has a passion for cooking, she enjoys creating nutrious meals for each and every child. On birthday's you will find her doing a special birthday dance and song in your child's classroom. She strives to make each child feel special while in our center.
Ms.Alicia is currently pursing her degree. She is very excited to join our team. She spends most of her time supporting the preschool and school-age classrooms. She enjoys helping the children learn new things each day. She believes it is important for the children to feel supported so that they can build self-esteem. She truly enjoys coming to work each day and working with all of the children.
Mr.Jake is one of our substitute teachers. He works with all of the age groups in the building. He brings lots of energy to whichever classroom he is in and the children are always happy to see him.
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.
At KinderCare of Farmington we strive to provide you with the best childcare experience from your first phone call to your first day. Our school takes pride in the achievement of NAEYC Accredidation which is why our team is committed to providing the highest quality of educational programming in the Farmington area. Our team of educators are dedicated to providing programs and enviornments that will enrich your child's development while promoting respect for each child.
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The safety of your child(ren) is our number one priority here at our center. As you enter our building you will see that the door is secured with a security keypad. Our building is fully gated in and the doors to our outside play areas are always locked once our children and classrooms return inside from their outdoor play. Your child will always be in the hands of a caregiver who is both First Aid and CPR Certified. Half hour child, name to face attendance is conducted to ensure the safety of your child(ren). Emergency evacuation procedures are practiced on a monthly basis to ensure in any event that your child is safe and secure. We hold all of our security features and plans to the highest standard to make sure that your child is fully protected in any situation.
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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