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Guilford KinderCare

Maria Ferrigno, Center Director

1445 Boston Post Rd. Guilford CT 06437
(203) 453-8781 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Near I-95, exit 57

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
None at this time/ Cox Elementary will drop off, and Special Needs bus drops off.

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Welcome to the Guilford KinderCare! We are conveniently located on Boston Post Road, less than a mile off I-95. Whether your child has first words or Kindergarten on the horizon, our fun curriculum-based program boosts school readiness and helps prepare your child for what lies ahead.

Come see for yourself how the dedicated teachers at Guilford KinderCare will help your child learn and grow!

Maria Ferrigno, 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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

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

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to our center!!  The staff at the Guilford KinderCare is a family of dedicated teachers who truly love coming to work each day.  We are focused on creating a nurturing environment where children are learning while having fun in a structured classroom.  Our dedicated staff have a combined experience of over 70 years, with several teachers being with the company over 10 years.  We see school as an extension of home and work very closely with our families.  We have an event planned each month as well to help families get to know each other.

Our door is always open for you to come take a tour of our wonderful facility and meet our exceptional staff!

  • Maria Ferrigno

    Maria Ferrigno, Center Director

    There is no greater joy in life than to see the look on a young child's face as they discover the world around them.  It's a privilege to play such a key role in helping children develop to their fullest potential.  I am confident that as a parent you will go to work knowing your child is secure and our dedicated staff is ensuring your child is learning while having fun at school.

    Maria comes the the Guilford KinderCare with seven years of experience working with children.  Maria has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, and has experience working with all age groups. She is passionate about supporting her team as well as the families of her center.  Maria looks forward to getting involved with community events and engaging with the families and children each day, as well as supporting her team in their individual development.

    Previous Experience:
    Maria previously worked at childcare center in Branford as a toddler teacher. Maria joined our KinderCare Family in May 2010 as our Preschool teacher and Health and Safety coordinator. Maria became the Assistant Director in February of 2015. Before entering the Childcare field Maria Managed her Families resturant in North Haven, CT for 15 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Leigh

    Ms. Leigh, Infants

    Ms. Leigh has been with KinderCare since high school.  You will often hear here say "I feel like we are a family here."  She enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her 10 year old daughter.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Jeannette

    Ms. Jeannette, MultiAge

    Ms. Jeannette started as a part-time float teacher helping in all of our classrooms.  In March of 2015 she took over as the lead teacher in our Multi Age program.  She loves working with children because everything is new and exciting!  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her 5 nieces and nephews, cooking, baking, reading, and being with friends and family.  She was recently married and is looking forward to starting her own family.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in English with additional classes in ECE
  • Ms. Lindsey

    Ms. Lindsey, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Lindsey started here in our preschool room and have worked with each age group over the years. In our toddler classroom, she focuses on learning through play. Each day, Ms. Lindsey works with the children on self-help skills and independence. She also enjoys singing songs to teach the children about the days of the week, weather, and other theme-related activities. In her classroom, they love doing art and sensory projects which help the children stay interested in what they are learning and more importantly, happy.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
  • Ms. Cindy

    Ms. Cindy, Two's Classroom

    Ms. Cindy has always enjoyed working with children. She raised three children of her own, took care of her neighbor's children, and was a nanny for six years before coming to KinderCare. She loves art, imagination, and sensory activities. Each day, the children in her class do art projects, sing songs, explore sensory materials, and learn new concepts. She also makes it a point to spend time with each child individually.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Ms. Emilia

    Ms. Emilia, Floating Teacher

    Ms. Emilia is a stay at home mother with three children of her own. She enjoys working with children everyday because she likes watching them grow and develop.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
  • Miss Vicki

    Miss Vicki, Toddlers

    Ever since she was little girl, Vicki wanted to become a teacher. She really enjoys working with young children because she believes their younger years impact their personalities greatly and wants to help instill a sense of security, pride, and love of learning in every child she meets.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Vicki worked with underprivileged children and in another childcare center in Buffalo, New York before moving to Connecticut
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

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

  • 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

The children's safety is important to all of us. Our goal is to provide a fun, enriching and safe environment, where parents feel confident that all possible measures will be used to ensure children will have a wonderful experience for them and their children. We've partnered with Community Care Licensing to guarantee the safety and well-being of your child. Security is very important to us, that is why each parent gets a unique code to enter our premises and door access code changes on regular basis. The perimeter of the building is locked from the outside, leaving only the entry door for access inside. A sign in and out binder are provided for families that requires a full signatures to make sure that your child was properly drop off in their classroom, and pick-up is only allowed by authorized people who provide proper photo identification. Under no circumstances will your child be released without prior authorization. In the event of an emergency, it is our goal to care for your child in a safe and comforting manner. Our center is equipped with emergency supply that is provided for each class. Children have little idea of getting hurt, that's why we make sure that all of our staff are First Aid/CPR and Epi-Pen certified. It is our responsibility to ensure children's safety. We check our center constantly to provide a safe environment to all.

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.

In the past year and a half, particularly the past year, our daughter has grown and matured so much.  We attribute a lot of this to her great experience at KinderCare.  She loves all the activities, her teachers, and her friends.  She enjoys going to school.  We feel that this experience will prepare her for kindergarten and make the transition much smoother."

- Mother

We have had our son in Guilford KinderCare since fall of 2012 when he was 5 months old.  He started in the infant room, and we have watched him travel through three different toddler curriculums/classrooms and now onto preschool.  We have been exceptionally happy with the care that is provided to him.  The teachers are wonderfully caring and compassionate and we feel they truly have the children's best intersts at heart, and that is reflected in their words and actions.

- Mother

The teachers at KinderCare play such an important role in creating the feeling I depart with everyday when I drop my daughter off.  It is a priceless experience to leave your child knowing she is cared for by a person who treats her with such warmth, love, and comfort.  On days when, usually due to lack of a good nights sleep, my daughter tears up when I leave, I have often received an encouraging phone call letting mt know my daughter is just fine.  I am pleased to have respect and kindness modeled for my daughter.  Her teachers have the most important job in the world, and that is to care for the most important person to me.  I truly couldn't be more pleased with the teachers at KinderCare.

- Mother
"The staff knows how to teach, encourage, nurture and have fun with toddlers of all ages we have found. And now at age 5, our son begged us to sign up for a special summer phonics class so he could have extra Kindercare classes and attention during the day. When I drop him off every morning, there is never a doubt in my mind that he will have a wonderful day and that he will be extraordinarily well taken care of by people who truly love children. "
- Mother

My kids love Kindercare!  And as parents, we are very happy with the loving, supportive, nurturing environment that Kindercare provides our pre school aged daughter and infant son.  Our daughter enjoys telling us about the days lesson and art projects; and my son's happy face at drop off is priceless.  The teachers and children at Kindercare are the reasons my kids don't want to leave at the end of that day!

- Mother

We LOVE Kindercare!  The teachers are so capable and knowledgeable; they are also warm and caring.  It's obvious that our toddler LOVES going to school!

- Mother

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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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