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House Street KinderCare

Mrs. Jillian May, 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

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.

Mrs. Jillian May, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

Accreditation

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

Cooking

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.

Music

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.

Sign Language for Infant and Toddler programs

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!

  • Mrs. Jillian May

    Mrs. Jillian May, Center Director

    The influence of a good teacher can never be erased.

    Jillian has been the center director at House Street for just about a year. She was previously the assistant director for a year as well. She previously worked at CCLC as a sub, an infant teacher and finally a toddler teacher. She has found her new home here back in Connecticut and we couldn't be happier. She is a new mom! She has an 8 month old baby boy named Vinny.

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant Director, Infant and Toddler teacher in Alaska
    Favorite Children's Book:

    I'll Love You Forever

    Year Started:
    12/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. Ivelisse Guzman

    Ms. Ivelisse Guzman, Assistant Director

    Ivy has been working with KinderCare since 2012.  She was the Prekindergarten teacher at our sister center, Mt. Carmel, in Hamden. She has been able to learn and experience the ins and outs of a classroom but also of a managerial position.  She has been working with children, both direct and volunteer, for over ten years. She comes from a big home of four siblings! On her time off, she enjoys to travel. One of her greatest adventure was visiting Grand Turks and plans to visit Europe next. In her free time, Ivy loves to travel, try new food and visit various festivals in the area with friends and family.

    Previous Experience:
    Summer camp counselor and after-school support staff at New Haven YMCA Youth Center, former Pre-K teacher at Mt. Carmel KinderCare Learning Center
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    5/7/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Political Science, Early Childhood Education courses for Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Mary S.

    Ms. Mary S., Infant Classroom

    Children may not remember what you say, but they will remember how you make them feel.

    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.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    10/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor's Degree in Marketing
  • Ms. Josie

    Ms. Josie, Infant Classroom

    Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.

    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.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Guess How Much I Love You

    Year Started:
    11/3/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • 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:
    10/1/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
  • Ms. Leslie

    Ms. Leslie, Infant Classroom

    Leslie graduated with a bachelor of art in political science and psychology. Her dream is to research and create therapeutic alternatives to children medication. This dream developed as she started to realize her passion in child development through her experience mentoring. She has studied abroad in South Africa to teach children. Some fun facts about her are: her favorite color is green, she loves arts and crafts, she speaks Spanish and during her free time. she participates in outdoor activities or watches tons of movies. 

    Year Started:
    5/9/2017
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Psychology
  • Ms. Ashley R.

    Ms. Ashley R., Toddler Classroom

    I can do anything through the strength of the Lord.

    Ashley was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She moved to Connecticut when she graduated high school. She has worked with children for over a year and it is definitely a passion that she sees herself continuing to pursue. She is currently pursuing her child development associate and is excited for all the new knowledge she will be learning about the children she works with on a daily basis. She loves the color blue and discovering new books to read.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously worked at a daycare in Ellington, CT.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicka, Chicka, Boom! Boom!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Alyssa

    Ms. Alyssa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Let it go.

    Ms. Alyssa has worked at KinderCare for almost two years. Prior to that, she was a camp counselor at the YMCA for nine years. She is a 3rd degree black belt and has taught karate since she was in high school. She loves to hike and hang out with her son, Maxwell. She has two dogs and two cats. She also loves going to the movies, aquariums and zoo. 

    Previous Experience:
    Camp Counselor at YMCA
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    10/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1+
    Education:
    Health And Safety Coordinator
  • Mrs. Donna

    Mrs. Donna, Discovery Preschool Classroom

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    Donna has been working at the center for over 16 years. She has played various roles in the center throughout the course of her time here and has loved every bit! She has been married for 25 years and has two children, Michel and Monique.

    Previous Experience:
    I have worked at another learning center while in high school. I also have two children of my own.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    I Know It's Autumn by Eileen Spinelli

    Year Started:
    10/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
  • Mrs. Hillary

    Mrs. Hillary, Preschool Classroom

    Hillary is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a degree in human development and family studies. Before coming to work at KinderCare, she was a teacher at My Gym Children's Fitness Center! It gave her so many ideas and activities that she has been able to incorporate into her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher at My Gym Children's Fitness
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. Jania

    Ms. Jania, Preschool Classroom

    Jania is a mother of a beautiful one year old girl. She enjoys singing and dancing to just about anything and everything. Working with children has made her appreciate coming to work everyday. It has also been very helpful with raising her own child at home and watching her grow.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    3/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Currently obtaining Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Rachel is going to Asnuntuck community College in Enfield for her associate 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!

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool teacher at Preschool of The Arts
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Day the Crayons Quit!

    Year Started:
    8/10/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Currently obtaining an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Support Staff

    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:
    11/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 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:
    10/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 Years
    Education:
    State of Connecticut Commercial Driver's License
  • Jillian

    Jillian, Floater

    In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.

    Jillian is currently a junior at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is studying elementary and special education. She has learned a lot during her first two years and is hoping to use her knowledge in the classrooms this summer. When she's finished with school, she hopes to teach a kindergarten class! In the summer, she really likes to read, go biking, and eat ice cream!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree

    Year Started:
    5/15/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Currently working towards a Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education
  • Mrs. Debra

    Mrs. Debra, Support Staff

    Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

    Ms. Debra has worked with child for over 25 years. She started as a Discovery Preschool teacher and has worked in several positions in the field. She has a ten year old daughter, Abby, and enjoys spending time with her and her husband. She enjoys reading, camping, and spending time at the lake.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    I Love Forever

    Year Started:
    12/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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

  • 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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