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Glastonbury KinderCare

Sarah Tetto, Center Director

30 Nutmeg Lane Glastonbury CT 06033
(860) 652-9310 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 11 YEAR-OLDS
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
All Glastonbury schools, Naubuc, Buttonball, Hebron Ave. Eastbury, Hopewell, and Nayaug

Welcome

Welcome to Glastonbury KinderCare! We pride ourselves in creating a learning environment that is incredibly fun, safe, educational and allows the children to explore their world through hands-on activities and experiences. We understand that "play" is a vehicle for learning and important in their overall development. Our passion for teaching and caring for children is evident. We would love for your family to join ours!

Sarah Tetto, 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.

Monthly Activities

February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

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.

Math

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.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

The staff at Glastonbury KinderCare are dedicated, passionate, educated, fun-loving individuals who understand the importance of building a strong rapport with the children and families enrolled in their class rooms. We teach with empathy, understanding and proactive teacher behavior to nurture each child, foster independence and build self-esteem. We understand that we are their foundation and first teachers; a role we take very seriously and with pride. Between all 30 of us, we have 237 years between us! Retention is part of our success. Overall, we are a staff dedicated to the health, safety, education and total well being of your child.

  • Sarah Tetto

    Sarah Tetto, Center Director

    Sarah joined the KinderCare family in August of 2009 shortly after graduating with her master's degree in elementary education from Quinnipiac University. Sarah has held several positions within KinderCare including Kindergarten Teacher, Assistant Director and Center Director at several of our KinderCare locations. Sarah and her husband reside in Berlin with their son Christopher. In her spare time Sarah enjoys traveling, cooking and watching sports (UConn, Red Sox and Patriots of course!) 

    Year Started:
    9/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Master's in Elementary Education
  • Jennifer Farrell

    Jennifer Farrell, Assistant Director

    There is no such thing as a bad day when you are working and playing with children. They are little rays of sunshine that brighten everyday.

    Jennifer started at KinderCare before the center was even built, training at the KinderCare in Manchester in 1998. When the center opened Jen became a two teacher and began her journey working in many age groups including the Preschool Program Specialist for nine years, moving to School-Age for three years then finally settling down as the Assistant Director. She believes now she has truly found her place.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are

    Year Started:
    12/14/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Science in a minor in Early Childhood Education
  • Mr. Eddie

    Mr. Eddie, Center Chef

    Year Started:
    8/20/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Deb

    Ms. Deb, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Deb enjoys being a Discovery Preschool teacher for so many reasons. She loves how inquisitive the children are, how willing to learn and be creative. She also loves to introduce new ideas and see where the children will take it.

    Year Started:
    3/9/1987
    Tenure:
    29 Years
  • Miss Erin

    Miss Erin, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/24/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Siobhan

    Ms. Siobhan, Floater

    Year Started:
    7/20/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Diane

    Ms. Diane, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    8/23/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
  • Ms. Jenn

    Ms. Jenn, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    6/21/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
  • Ms. Cindi

    Ms. Cindi, Kindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/20/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
  • Miss Tammy

    Miss Tammy, School Age Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/28/1999
    Tenure:
    18 Years
  • Ms. Maggie

    Ms. Maggie, Toddler Classroom

    I love working with children and their families to guide them through the different stages of their children's development. I strive to make each day a positive and productive experience for both the children and their parents.

    Ms. Maggie has her bachelor's degree in psychology from Merrimack College and her Elementary teaching degree from Washington Montessori Institute. She also received her child development associate in 2012 for Infant and Toddlers.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree

    Year Started:
    4/22/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    33
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Psychology along with a teaching degree from Washington Montessori Institute, Child Development Associate
  • Miss Tammy G

    Miss Tammy G, Toddler Classroom

    This age group is a lot of fun! Watching them learn new things daily is very rewarding.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    If you Give a Pig a Pancake

    Year Started:
    10/7/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Lourdes

    Ms. Lourdes, Discovery Preschool Program Specialist

    I truly enjoy being a part of children's lives and teaching them on a daily basis. They bring me so much joy and I love watching them grow. Making a positive difference in a child's life is the reason why I'm here!

    Everyday is a new adventure. Ms. Lourdes enjoys the innocence and excitement that each child brings to the classroom experience. Her families are amazing and it makes it a pleasure to come to work everyday.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon

    Year Started:
    12/1/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Toddler Classroom

    The reason why I am here is to make a difference in a child's life and to teach our future how to dance, as well as learn some new moves myself in the process! I believe learning should be fun and I enjoy being a part of their world!

    This is Ms. Julie's home away from home. It lets her express her creativity and keeps her young and active. No one judges her singing or dancing.

    Year Started:
    8/8/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Preschool Program Specialist

    I love working in a place where everyday is a new, fun-filled and educational adventure for the children; an adventure that I love to experience with them. That is the reason why I'm here!

    The children in her class are and extension of Ms. Stephanie's family. She loves watching them learn, grow, and have fun!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Miss Nelson is Missing

    Year Started:
    4/24/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Rachel, Preschool Classroom

    I love spending time with children, working one on one and bonding with each child individually.

    The reason why Ms. Rachel is here is because she absolutely loves spending her time with children. Before she became a preschool teacher, she worked as both a nanny and a child care worker. As much as she loved these jobs, she wanted to become more involved with not only caring for children, but also teaching them. She believes that preparing children for Kindergarten is very important, and feels very rewarded to know that she is apart of preparing children for a bright and successful academic future.

    Year Started:
    2/16/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a Minor in Family Relations & Child Development from SUNY Plattsburgh
  • Ms. Janice

    Ms. Janice, Preschool Classroom

    In the addition to teaching reading, writing and arithmetic, I am here to teach: creativity, character, cooperation, artistry, anger management, assistance respect, responsibility, resourcefulness, effort, enthusiasm, and empathy because I CARE about all God's children, and that's the reason why I am here.

    Being a preschool floater, Ms. Janice loves accepting challenges of adapting to the needs of children and staff in each classroom.

    Year Started:
    8/11/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years

Upcoming Center Activities

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February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

Monday February 20, 2017
Closed for Professional Development Day

Our center is closed today to provide additional training to our teachers.

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

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

The safety and security of all is very important to us. It is our job. That is why our playgrounds are fenced in and there is a keypad entry into the building in our lobby. Staff are CPR and First Aid certified as well as trained in the administration of medication.

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.

We have two boys who have each attended the Nutmeg KinderCare since they were four months old, and I can tell you, that place is nothing short of exceptional. Heather has created an environment that fosters creativity, instills discipline and facilitates growth. As our exposure to the facility's staff has grown over the years, we continue to be amazed at the enthusiasm, care and genuine love that they have shown towards our children. From the summer bouncy castles to no-holds-barred Halloween parties to personalized take home notes, it is obvious that for Heather's staff, KinderCare is more than a place to go to work. It is a tight-knot family of people who dedicate their lives towards the development of people's children. It is hard to believe until you see it for yourself, but these people really do live for these kids. While the activities are fun and the friends our boys (and we parents) have made at KinderCare are treasured, the impact the KinderCare staff has had on our boy's lives is immeasurable. We can't say thank you enough and couldn't think of sending our children anywhere else. (Seriously, though, watch out for the Halloween party!)

- Father

Nathan loved all the good times with friends and teachers. The support from all the teachers, who helped him along the way and took care of him since he was a baby has been incredible. He loved hanging out with his buddies and going on fieldtrips and fun events. Having the teachers beside Nathan and knowing they would help him whenever he needed it has been great. He says that someday, when he gets older he would like to be a KinderCare teacher too!

- Parents
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