Nicole Botticello, Center Director
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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
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.
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 has been working for KinderCare since 2007. She began her career as a teacher at the Newington location. From there she was promoted to the centers Assistant Director postion where she remained for 3 years. Prior to excepting her postion as House Street's Center Director, she was supported Rocky Hill and Newington as an Acting Center Director while their Center Director's were on maternity leave. Nicole loves to know that each day she is making a difference and shaping the lives of our future.
I love watching children explore the world around them. I love being there to help fuel their curiosity and help them learn all that they can.
Ms. Jessica joined the KinderCare team in May of 2012. She started out as a Floater and helped in every classroom. After being with KinderCare for a month, Ms. Jessica joined the Older Infant Classroom and became their main teacher. Ms. Jessica believes that you should always be on the floor with your children and at their level. She always has fun art activities for them to do and loves to get messy with them! She has a great sense of humor and adores all of her children, who also adore her. Ms. Jessica expects to obtain her Bachelor's in Child Studies in September 2013.
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.
The life you live is the lesson you teach.
Ms. Melissa graduated with her associates degree in Early Childhood Education at Manchester Community College. Ms. Melissa is also a volunteer firefighter for the town of Glastonbury and she is certified in CPR. She loves to do art with the children and play and be silly with them. Ms. Melissa is always sitting on the floor with them snuggling and making them laugh. The children light up when she comes into the classroom. In Ms. Melissa's spare time, she likes to scrapbook and go to the beach!
Every day here is different. There is always something new to teach the children and shomething new to learn about them. I make each day exciting so they always have a fun day to look forward to! I love to see each milestone they make and share with the parents. I feel very lucky to watch each and every one of them grow and become the individuals that they are. My motivation to always stay positive and energetic are the children!
Ms. Beth is unique by incorporating different ideas and materials into the classroom, and taking time to learn and create new ones every day. She has always loved and been very good with children and feels lucky to be working at KinderCare. She loves to be creative in the classroom and get messy! When she is not teaching her children, she is spending her time with her daughter who also goes to work with her! She loves to be with her friends and family and snuggling and having down time with her daughter.
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 Elemntary Art Education.
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.
I love seeing the children smile every day while they play and learn in my classroom. I also love how the children and I become attached to each other and be like family!
Ms. Donna is one of our veterans and loves coming to work every day and being with her children. She loves to do art projects with them that lets them be creative and messy, and loves to read stories to her children. Ms. Donna adores all of her children and families that are in her care. She loves to see their smiling faces when they come into the room every day. Ms. Donna also has two of her own children. She loves to be her her family and spending time with her children and nieces and nephews.
I love children! Watching them grow and see the full potential in every child is truly special.
Ms. Lynne is currently our Learning Adventures instructor. She previously worked in our Discovery Preschool program for many years. Before joining us, Ms. Lynne was a nanny for two children in Massachusetts for five years. Ms. Lynne also works in the Glastonbury school system at Nayaug Elementary School. She is a Special Education Paraprofessional in the Autistic program. She loves working with all the children at the center and loves seeing and hearing the silly things that children can do. Ms. Lynne also has two children of her own and is very busy with them on the weekends. As the Learning Adventure teacher, Ms. Lynne takes the time to know your child to learn how they will learn best. She likes to make the music come alive and do art projects with them or different games that goes with the theme so they learn even more.
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.
I like helping the children learn and grow.
Ms. Rachel is going to Asnuntuck community College in Enfield for her Assocaites 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!
I love singin 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's Degree in Ealry Childhood Education from Manchester Community College. She plans to earn her Bachelors soon! Her favorite feeling is knowing she formed a bond with the children in her class.
I love working with the Babies!
Ms. Josie has worked with kids for many yeras. She was raised in the Philippines but traveled the world taking care of children as a Nanny. Josie has earned her CDA 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.
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.
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.
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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