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KinderCare of Mt. Olive

Kristine Stauffer, Center Director

7R Naughright Rd. Hackettstown NJ 07840
(908) 684-9273 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
SE of Rt 46 W & Naughright Rd

Neighborhood:
Rt. 46 cross st. (main highwway) easy access to rt 80, 10, 24

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Mt. Olive (Parents register with the town, and Mt. Olive drives the kids)

We can't wait to meet your family and introduce them to ours here at the KinderCare of Mount Olive!

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Welcome

Welcome to the KinderCare of Mount Olive in Hackettstown, NJ. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at the KinderCare of Mount Olive, our parents consider us to be an extension of their families.  Your child will not only have a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have the support from a team of early childhood development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Kristine Stauffer, Center Director

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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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

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?

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

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

Teachers & Staff

KinderCare teachers are passionate about your child's happiness and growth and provide a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem. This is more than a job for our teachers. It’s an opportunity for them to share their passion for life while they inspire, engage, and awaken the wonder inside each and every child.

KinderCare devotes more time and resources to teacher training than any other childcare provider. Twice a year we host the largest early childhood teacher training program in the country. Our teachers are dedicated to developing your child's potential and are sensitive to your child's individual needs.

Our low teacher-to-student ratios allow teachers to focus on the individual learning styles and needs of each child in our center.

  • Kristine Stauffer

    Kristine Stauffer, Center Director

    To work at KinderCare, I actually commute every day from the Poconos because I am that passionate about my job and the company. I believe that our curriculum and teachers benefit children in the early stages of their life and creates a base for their education as they enter into Elementary school. We focus on the safety and well-being of the children first and foremost to ensure that they enjoy every day that they spend learning and growing with us!

    Kristine has worked in the Early Childhood Education field at various centers since graduating from Rutgers University in May of 2004. She began her career as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher and worked her way up to her position now as Center Director. She previously worked at the KinderCare of Lincoln Park center for three years as the Center Director and at the KinderCare of Wayne for two and a half years.  She is very excited to be the Center Director at the KinderCare of Mount Olive currently.  Her sons, Benjamin (2.27.12) and Landon (2.9.15), commute every day to the center with her and she loves seeing them learn and grow with their friends.  She looks forward to meeting you and having your family join the family at the KinderCare of Mount Olive!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to taking the job of Center Director here at the KinderCare of Mount Olive, Kristine was the Center Director of the KinderCare in Lincoln Park and Wayne. She has also worked as a Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten teacher, as well as an Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" by Mo Willems
    Year Started:
    6/21/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in English
  • Tammy Burdge

    Tammy Burdge, Assistant Director

    Our greatest national resource is the minds of our children. ~Walt Disney

    Tammy lives in Flanders, New Jersey. Her family consists of her mom, dad, sister, nephew, and her dog. In her free time Tammy likes to go to the beach, watch movies, travel, and spend lots of time with family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Tammy has worked with many children of all ages, as well as with special needs children for six years.
    Year Started:
    6/20/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Science with a Concentration in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management with a Concentration in Early Childhood Education, Pursuing Masters Degree in Teaching with a Concentration in Special Education
  • Ms. Michele

    Ms. Michele, Program Specialist

    I love watching each child grow and develop every day. Making a lasting impression on a child and their family is amazing!

    Ms. Michele is 27 years old and lives in Hamburg, New Jersey with her parents, son and thousands of different pets. She went to Pope John High School and then on to Ramapo College. Her son, Evan, is three-and-a-half years old and goes to KinderCare, he is amazing. Ms. Michele has a brother Garret, who lives in Maine, as a humane educator. She has always loved children and has the dream of owning and running her own one day.

    Previous Experience:
    While in college, Ms. Michele interned at a learning center. She also has a son of her own, Evan.
    Year Started:
    9/29/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, with a Minor in Women's Studies, Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Infant A Classroom

    If you love what you do you will never work a day. I love what I do.

    Ms. Donna is a wife and mother of two sons. Before starting her career in child care she was a stay at home mom and the family and neighborhood go to for child care. She also volunteered for her children's school, local fire department and the town’s recreation department.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Donna spent six years working in different centers with many different age children.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Infant B

    Linda loves watching the children learn and grow while under her care - "they can feel the love I have for them."

    Year Started:
    11/16/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Infant C

    No act of kindness, no matter small, is ever wasted.

    Ms. Lisa lives in Mt. Olive with her husband Patrick and their five children. She is very happy to join the KinderCare family and looks forward to many more years teaching young children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lisa has worked with children in day camps, preschools, gymnastics centers for over 15 years.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    BA in Psychology, MS in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kenzie

    Ms. Kenzie, Toddler A Classroom

    I love my job because the children get excited to see me when I walk into the classroom. Also, all the hugs are a plus.

    Ms. Kenzie has been happily married to her husband, Brett, for two-and-a-half years. They recently welcomed their first child, Katelyn, in July. Ms. Mackenzie graduated from Felician College with a Bachelor's Degree in English. She enjoys being with her family and friends when she is not working.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kenzie was a lead teacher for two-and-a-half to three-year-old children and worked in the Toddler classroom at her previous center.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor's of Arts Degree in English
  • Ms. Tami

    Ms. Tami, Toddler B Classroom

    Why fit in when you were born to stand out? ~Dr. Seuss

    Ms. Tami has been working with children for the past six years and has enjoyed every minute of it. This is her first year at KinderCare and she's really fallen in love the kids and staff. Ms. Tami hopes the children learn from her as munch as she learns from them.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tami spent five years teaching at the YMCA and one year as a camp counselor.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Exercise Science, Teaching Certificate
  • Ms. Sue

    Ms. Sue, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love walking in and seeing the bright eyes and happy faces on the children. I love to see their pride as they learn and grow.

    Ms. Sue lives in Hackettstown, New Jersey. She is a mom of a 22-year-old daughter. She also enjoys reading and loves music.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sue worked at another center in Covent Station for 29 years.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
  • Ms. Erin

    Ms. Erin, Preschool A

    I love coming each day and seeing the smiles on the children's faces. My favorite part is when I see the look on their faces when they accomplish something.

    Ms. Erin lives in Washington, New Jersey with her husband and twin sons, Luke and Zack. She also has a dog and a cat. In her spare time she likes to see her friends and read on her Kindle.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Erin has worked for Bright Horizons and Country Childcare.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology, Elementary Education Certification K-8
  • Ms. Deonna

    Ms. Deonna, Preschool B

    The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

    Ms. Deonna is a student at County College of Morris majoring in Exercise science, physical education K-12. She is soon to be a personal trainer. She has been working with children for three years and absolutely loves it.
    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Deonna worked at a summer camp for two years in Jefferson and a year as an assistant Pre-K teacher.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Attending County College of Morris
  • Ms. Holly

    Ms. Holly, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. ~Dr. Seuss

    Ms. Holly recently moved to the area and bought her first home with her fiancé. She has been working with children for 17 years. She loves the excitement children have for learning each and every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Holly worked with children ages 3-5 years old over the past 17 years, in the classroom and in the home
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
  • Ms. Anne

    Ms. Anne, Pre-K Classroom

    You're off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way! ~Dr. Seuss

    Ms. Anne is married to her high school sweetheart, Dave, and is raising their son and daughter along with one bearded dragon, two dogs and three cats all living in Long Valley. She enjoys gardening outdoors, jogging and cooking.

    Previous Experience:
    Before starting at KinderCare, Ms. Anne spent 20 years working with Infants and children in home care, childcare centers, girl scouts and Prekindergarten – five public school special services area. She also volunteered for PTA, church fellowship and animal rescue.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years.
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Language Arts, Business, Psychology. Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential and Bachelor or Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lynn

    Ms. Lynn, Learning Adventures

    It is important not only to build the mind and spirit of our children, but to build their self-confidence and self-esteem.

    Ms. Lynn lives in Long Valley with her son. She enjoys planting and spending lots of time with her son.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lynn worked primarily with infants, but also has experience with young children of all ages. She has four years of experience teaching religious instruction, Prekindergarten though Fourth Grade.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Some College Credits in Fine Arts
  • Miss Justine

    Miss Justine, Floater/Cook

    Year Started:
    10/1/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
  • Mr. Steve

    Mr. Steve, Lunch Chef

    Live fast, love hard.

    Mr. Steve lives in Hackettstown, New Jersey with his wife of 35 years and has three children. He also spent six years in the New Jersey National Guard.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Mr. Steve worked as the Director of Facilities for M & M Mars company and was a Environmental Services Director at the House of Good Shepherd.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

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

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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

Here at KinderCare, the safety and security of your child is of utmost importance. To ensure the safety and security of your child, KinderCare features a keypad entry, fenced playgrounds and CPR and First Aid certified staff and management team members.

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.

On behalf of our son Griffin, we would like to recognize Ms. Donna in the Infant room from KinderCare of Mt. Olive. Griffin joined Ms. Donna's room at three months of age, where he stayed under her care until he was thirteen months. As a newborn, Griffin needed some extra care due to his helmet and weekly therapy to develop. Ms. Donna went above and beyond caring for him while still having a full classroom of students. She would make sure he was well rested, fed and ready to perform in his therapy sessions twice a week after a long day. The next day, Ms. Donna would go out of her way to ask us what we were working on this week so she could reinforce the therapy in the classroom. He has overcome not moving his neck, arm, feeding issues and developmental delays. We were able to successfully stop OT therapy and PT therapy will be ending soon. Griffin has made wonderful strides and has been able to catch up developmentally with his age. Griffin would not be as advanced today without the positive reinforcement of therapy in the classroom, patience and Ms. Donna's concern for his well-being and development. Ms. Donna will always hold a special place in our family's heart.

- Mother
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