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KinderCare at Freehold

Bonnie Carolan, Center Director

205 Elton Adelphia Rd. Freehold NJ 07728
(732) 577-9254 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years

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Special Instructions:
Off of Route 9 by the Park 9 Diner

Off of Route 9/Jackson Mills, Near Park 9 Diner

We offer open enrollment throughout the year. We have full and part time programs designed to fit families hectic schedules. We serve a breakfast and a hot lunch daily and an afternoon snack.

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Welcome and thank you for considering KinderCare at Freehold. Choosing the right learning environment for your child will be one of the most important decisions you will ever have to make. When entering our center, you will feel a warm and loving environment that is enriched with education. Here at our center, the longevity of our staff speaks for itself. The Director and most of her staff have worked together for over twenty years right at this center. We are like family and you can feel the warmth as you enter the building. Our commitment to the care and education of children is paramount to all of us. We look forward to being a part of our extended family.

Bonnie Carolan, Center Director

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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.


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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

I am extremely proud of my staff. We are a group of dedicated professionals that work as a team. Our love of children and our respect and affection for each other is palpable. We look forward to sharing our experience with you and your child.

  • Bonnie Carolan

    Bonnie Carolan, Center Director

    There is no foot so tiny that it can't leave an imprint on this world.

    Bonnie has been part of the KinderCare family for over twenty-five years. She began her career  as a teacher at the Howell KinderCare and was promoted to Center Director in Freehold in 1988. She quickly realized that this was the place she belonged. Helping  busy families and ensuring the care and education of their children. Together with her staff she provides a safe, fun and nurturing educational environment.  Bonnie encourages her staff to make every moment count.

    Previous Experience:
    Bonnie began her career at KinderCare as a preschool teacher and also as an infant caregiver.
    Year Started:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Jennifer Bandilla

    Jennifer Bandilla, Assistant Director

    Jennifer started with KinderCare in 1997 as a teacher in the Freehold KinderCare. Jennifer is awesome with children but realized she had a even more to offer KinderCare. In 2003, Jennifer was promoted Assistant Director at  the Long Branch Center. She returned back to Freehold in 2004.  She takes pride in her in her work and accomplishments.  She is a great resource for our staff and families!

    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Director's Academy Course, Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Laura, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Laura enjoys children of all ages.  Ms. Laura meets the individual needs of each child in her care.  Her warmth and nurturing personality has touched the lives of many children and families over the years.  It brings her joy to see the children learn and develop each and every day.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "If you give a Mouse a Cookie"
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates in Psychology
  • Ms. Maggie, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Maggie is actually an alumni of Freehold KInderCare. Maggie has a passion for teaching and sharing her enthusisiam with children. Maggie worked with the foster care mentorship program while at Rutgers. After returning from Spain she came to work at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Maggie taught abroad for a year in Spain.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Good Night Moon ," by Margaret Wise Brown
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Bachelors of Art
  • Ms. Roseann, Preschool Classroom

    Providing the learning tools for children and hearing them say 'I did it' with a big smile inspires me! I love knowing that each day brings learning, laughter and the nurturing of the children in my care.

    Ms. Roseann has recently celebrated her 28th Anniversary with our Freehold center. She has touched the lives of so many children over these years. Ms. Roseann has always brought her sense of love, commitment and the gift teaching to her class every day. Those of us fortunate to work with her over the years also know her to be a warm and caring friend with a great smile and laugh. Ms. Roseann is a sister of the heart!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Rachel, PreKindergarten

    When it comes to teaching, Ms. Rachel is a natural.  She enjoys knowing that she makes a difference.She knows that what a child learns from an early age will make a imprint on their lives forever..  The children are her inspiration and knowing that she makes a positive influence in their lives makes it all worthwhile.

    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

Our center is closed in observance of the following Holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the day after thanksgiving, Christmas Day.
We will also be closed for Professional Development Training for our teachers and staff on:
Fall Professional Development Day: Columbus Day
Spring Professional Development Day: President's Day

Health and Safety

The health and safety of the children in our care is a priority. All of our teachers are first-aid and CPR certified. There is a keypad entry located in the front of our building. The Center Director's office is facing directly in front of the entry way. Our padded playgrounds are fenced in.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

As parents, we are faced with the ever so important decision of finding a facility that would provide a safe and loving environment, while giving us peace of mind in knowing that our son is being cared for with  a sense of security and comfort in our absence, surrounded by a good educational foundation.
"Entrusting our greatest blessing to the staff of KinderCare is a decision that we have not regretted as you have all exceeded our expectation on all levels.
- Mother
I have been with KinderCare for many years.  Sending young children to school is always nerve racking no mattter how many times you have been through it.  When I send my daughter to KinderCare, I have no worries.  I know that she is learning, engaging with her classmates and being well taken cared of.  It is not easy to leave your child in the hands of others, but KinderCare has proven that they will treat each of their students as if they were their own. 
- Mother
Our experience with the KinderCare staff in Freehold has been great since day one.  The curriculum is stimulating, engaging, interactive and relevant which makes my son enthusiastic about what he's learning.  It's been an excellent experience for him and we know we made the right decision for his early childhood development.
- Mother

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