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House Street KinderCare

Nicole Botticello, Center Director

194 House St. Glastonbury CT 06033
(860) 633-1508 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Naubuc, Hopewell, Buttonball, Hebron Ave., and Goodwin


Welcome to KinderCare in Glastonbury Connecticut. We are very excited to have you and your family come to our center and meet our amazing teachers. We like to consider our center your child's second home. The atmosphere is a family environment with small intimate classrooms. We create a warm, nurturing and stimulating environment where children learn and thrive. Your child's safety and education is our number one priority. Our teachers take the time to work with your child to get to know how your child learns best and what activities will foster their growth. We believe in creating a community and team environment with each other and our families. We will work with you to ensure that your child gets all that they need to flourish in their educational development.

Nicole Botticello, 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

The teachers at House Street KinderCare are truly dedicated to their job and their children. Our tenure here at the center is something we all pride ourselves on! We have teacher who have worked at this center and who have been changing the lives of children for over 17 years! Our teachers know what it means to work as a team and as a family. They love and care for each of our families and each other. Come in and hang out with them for a couple hours! You will see why they are loved by all!

  • Nicole Botticello, Center Director

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Debra Hundley, Assistant Director

  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Infant Classroom

    I love my job because I have been given the opportunity to work in various classrooms with children from infancy to school age. Each child I spend time with is unique in their personality, developmental level and learning style, with different interests, and range of curiosity and creativity. Taking part in their development is a great joy of mine. Literacy development is my true passion, so I enjoy integrating books into daily routines. My goal at the end of each day is to feel I have somehow made a difference by contributing to the learning experience of a child.

    Ms. Mary joined the KinderCare team in October 2011. She started out as a floater helping in every age group. After floating for several months, Ms. Mary joined the Infant Classroom. Ms. Mary can always be seen on the floor with her babies. She is always holding, playing, reading, and singing with her babies. Ms. Mary always has books for the babies to read and she reads to them every day. After reading a book, the babies will do an art project based on what they read. Ms. Mary feels you are never too young to do art! She is a very patient, nurturing and loving teacher. Her children always come first.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mary has previous experience as a teacher of one-year-olds, and as an after-school aide.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Infant Classroom

    Happiness is when you have paint on your arm, markers on your fingers and when you can truly say today was a fun day! I love working with young children. Their curiosity about everything and enthusiasm helps us remember to have curiosity and wonder at the world.

    Ms. Ashley has been with KinderCare for five years. She started out as a floater, worked in the Preschool Classroom and is now with our two-year-olds. All the children love Ms. Ashley. They love to snuggle with her. Ms. Ashley is passionate about art and loves to share that passion with her children. She is very caring and nurturing with all of the children. She loves to read stories with the children and teaching them new things! Ms. Ashley has taken Early Childhood classes, and is currently studying Elementary Art Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley has worked in another early learning center.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Denise is one of our veterans at KinderCare. She started working here while in high school and has never left! She is very patient and loving with all the children. She has also worked in the infant room and toddler room but her passion is with the two-year-olds! Ms. Denise loves to have circle time with them and read stories to them. She also loves to do a lot of fun creative art projects with her children. When you walk into her room, you will be surrounded by the children's work! Ms. Denise has a son of her own and spends all of her extra time with him and her family.

    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
  • Ms. Mae

    Ms. Mae, Support Staff

    I enjoy the children every day while on our journey from school back to our center. We love to sing and tell stories while on the bus. I also enjoy being able to help in all the classrooms and see all the children every day.

    Ms. Mae drove for the Town of East Hartford for 20 years. She drove special needs children in grades K-12. Ms. Mae also drove for the town of West Hartford for Specialty Transportation. In her spare time Ms. Mae loves to visit with her grandchildren and go out to dinner with her family and friends.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 Years
    State of Connecticut Commercial Driver's License
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Prekindergarten Classroom and Van Driver

    I like helping the children learn and grow.

    Ms. Rachel is going to Asnuntuck community College in Enfield for her associates degree in early childhood education. She has wanted to be a preschool teacher since she was five years old. She had worked in a preschool setting for almost two years before starting at Kindercare. She is also a huge Boston Bruins Fan!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Currently Majoring in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Avalon

    Ms. Avalon, Toddler Classroom and Van Driver

    I love singing circle time songs!

    Ms. Avalon grew up in East Hartford, but currently lives in Vernon with her wonderful Fiance. She has been working in childcare since she was 18 years old, but has been babysitting for a lot longer. She earned her associates degree in early childhood education from Manchester Community College. She plans to earn her bachelor's soon! Her favorite feeling is knowing she formed a bond with the children in her class.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining Kindercare Ms. Avalon worked with children at Foundations of Learning in Glastonbury.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Josie

    Ms. Josie, Infant Classroom

    I love working with the babies!

    Ms. Josie has worked with kids for many years. She was raised in the Philippines but traveled the world taking care of children as a Nanny. Josie has earned her child development associate to help further enrich the lives of the children she works with. She loves working in the infant room and getting to know each of the babies different personalities.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining Kindercare, Ms. Josie worked as a Nanny for a family for 18 years.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Child Development Associate

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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

  • 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

We create a safe and secure school for your children to learn in. Every family has their own security number to clock in before they enter the school. The keypad is located right outside the main door. All of our playgrounds are fenced in and locked. Our teachers are also First Aid and CPR certified. We are also able to administer medication if needed to your child.

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.

Last Friday, we made a huge mistake by taking Kenzie out of House Street KinderCare. My commute was 20 minutes longer because I had to drive out of my way to get there, so we found a place that was near our home, similar in price, and seemed great. We felt anxious in the weeks leading up to Kenzie transitioning, knowing how much she was loved by Miss Mary, Catherine, Trish and all the staff who come into contact with her and all the other children they care for. It took us two days to realize that our child, who can't speak, was saying loud and clear that she was not comfortable at the new facility, something we never saw from her at KinderCare. Last night at 5:00 PM, I called Catherine crying, ready to beg for our spot back. I think I was able to get out "the new place is horrible" before she said "come back to us". Kenzie loves KinderCare, and so does our family. It is safe, warm, loving and full of fun (and messy) activities that help my child to learn and grow. I can not begin to express how grateful I am to this center for everything they have provided for us and how well they care for Kenzie. I'll take the 20 extra minutes any day to keep my daughter at House Street.

- Mother

I started my daughter at KinderCare when she was three and a half months old. She has learned so much from all the teachers. Donna, Denise Amy, Ashley, Ms. May, Lynne, Trish, Catherine, everyone, I cant remember all their names but they sure know my daughter. All the teachers have something special about them and my daughter loves being in the classroom with them. She has become a little artist, learned her animals, shapes, colors, ABC's and more. She's turning two soon and is my little wild child. All the teachers take a special interest in each child infant to school age and it helps them grow. I can't believe how smart and polite my daughter has become. We practice everything she learns daily at home, even dancing to the songs on the CD from music class. Although I wish I could spend every waking moment with my baby and not miss a thing I know everyday while I'm at work she is in good hands. The group at House Street is so understanding and nurturing, they make all my daughter's Boo Boo's feel better. I also love how they want the families to be apart of the center too from hosting dances, parties, movie night, holiday events, parent conferences, or just hanging out in your child's classroom. I made the right choice by enrolling my daughter in House Street KinderCare!

- Mother

Putting your child in a daycare is hard. And it's not any easier the second time around. When my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our daughter, we were excited. And where better to put her than in a facility where we placed our son when he was two. We already knew everyone and felt comfortable. Or so we thought. A couple of months after placing our four month old daughter in their care, issues starting happening. Right down to not following her outlined schedule or even communicating between each other. Which is very important. We made the decision to start looking for a new facility when there seemed to be an issue happening on a regular basis. Worrying about the welfare of your children while you are at work and wondering what issue is it going to be today is a very scary feeling. Needless to say, they were quickly pulled out before their time was up. I couldn't have been more happy that I found KinderCare. Within an instant of being at the center I was impressed. Not only was I greeted with smiles, but I had that gut instinct that this is where my daughter needs to be. The staff is always smiling. It's such an open and respectful atmosphere. They are so hands on and concerned about not only my daughter's well being, but ask about my family and chat with my son when he comes for drop offs and pick ups. It's such a warm and family loving environment. And I love all the projects and pictures I come home with. Best of all, it doesn't matter what teacher is in the room. My daughter goes to everyone there. Even if she's had little interaction with them, that's how comfortable she is which makes it even easier for me. I know she is in good hands. My daughter started there just before 10 months of age and is now 15 months. Seeing her smiling every day and not wanting to leave when I get her is a great feeling. My husband and I only wish we would have found them sooner. And by the way, the staff rocks!

- Mother

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