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Mt. Carmel KinderCare

Ann VanBramer, Center Director

3025 Dixwell Ave. Hamden CT 06518
(203) 248-8262 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
Near Dixwell Ave & Whitney Ave

Neighborhood:
Close to the intersection of Dixwell Ave and Whitney Ave in downtown Hamden, down the street from Town Hall/Police Dept/Fire Dept.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Ridge Road and Green Acres in North Haven, and Spring Glen, Dunbar, Bear Path and Westwoods in Hamden.

We are currently enrolling for all age groups. Call today to learn more about our Spring and Summer Camps.

Welcome

We are a family community of caring and knowledgeable teachers and managers. Our center is bright, clean and inviting to all who enter our front door. We invite everyone to come and tour our classrooms and meet our teachers. Refer a friend and when they enroll you will both receive a $200.00 tuition credit the fifth week of enrollment.

Ann VanBramer, Center Director

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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.

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.

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Teachers & Staff

Our teachers offer an exceptional quality curriculum in their classroom. A majority of our teachers have taught at our center for over five years. The love and care they give daily to all children is far beyond words!

  • Ann VanBramer

    Ann VanBramer, Center Director


    Children are natural Zen masters; their world is brand new in each and every moment. - John Bradshaw

    Ann has a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary and Special Education form Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. She received the Center Director of the Year award twice since working at KinderCare, as well as the Pride Award and the Spirit of Service awards. She loves tackling difficult situations and seeing them through to a resolution. The parents and children inspire her to come to work every day. There is nothing more inspiring then when a parent appreciates the hard work Ann does everyday to help and support their family. She enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures (She even traveled to China)!

    Year Started:
    1/23/1995
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary and Special Education
  • Christine Roby

    Christine Roby, Assistant Director

    Christine is from Long Island, New York. She graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. After graduating, Christine moved to Connecticut and began working for KinderCare and has held a variety of positions from Classroom Teacher to Center Director. She comes to us after being the Center Director at the Farmington Center and brings a high level of expertise, experience and dedication to our Center. Christine is also a mother of a four-year-old who is enrolled at KinderCare. She enjoys skydiving and spending time with her daughter and friends.

    Year Started:
    10/21/2005
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education with a Concentration in English and a Minor in Human Growth & Development
  • Ms. Nicole Reynolds

    Ms. Nicole Reynolds, Program Specialist

    Nicole is from Medford, New Jersey. She has a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Secondary English Education from Monmouth University in Long Branch, New Jersey. After graduating, Nicole worked at a KinderCare center in Medford, New Jersey as the head Prekindergarten teacher where it became clear to her that she found a company that she wanted to grow with. After four years, she moved to Milford, Connecticut where she was the head Preschool teacher for almost a year. Nicole loves working with children. She believes there is nothing more fulfilling than witnessing a child's individual development, mentally as well as the blossoming of each child's personality.

    Year Started:
    6/10/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Secondary English Education
  • Ms. Vanessa

    Ms. Vanessa, Infant Classroom

    What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Ms. Vanessa first realized her love for children early on as a camp counselor for the New Haven YMCA.  She has been working with children ever since.  She has gone on to be a unit director at the YMCA for five years, a mental health worker and a life coach.  Ms. Vanessa enjoys working with different age groups and is looking forward to the wonderful experience she will have with the infants.

    Year Started:
    9/22/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Ms. Dakota

    Ms. Dakota, Infant Classroom

    Love is louder than the pressure to be perfect. - Brittany Snow and Sophia Bush

    Ms. Dakota loves seeing the smiles on the children's faces and watching them grow every day. In her spare time, she enjoys singing and writing.

    Year Started:
    4/2/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Tiesha

    Ms. Tiesha, Toddler Classroom

    Treat people that way you want to be treated.

    Ms. Tiesha is a smart, loving, caring, kindhearted person who is not only a teacher but a mother herself. She enjoys coming in to work each day and working with her students.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tiesha has worked in other childcare settings.
    Year Started:
    5/11/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Laurie

    Ms. Laurie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Laurie is a mother of three children. What she loves most about teaching is knowing that she makes a difference in a child's life just by teaching them.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Laurie worked at the Guilford YMCA after school program and has also worked at the Stork Club in Orange.
    Year Started:
    11/24/2004
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
  • Ms. Mindy

    Ms. Mindy, Toddler Classroom

    Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. - Martin Luther King Jr.

    Ms. Mindy always wanted to be a teacher.  She took many child development classes throughout high school and volunteered at her old elementary school.  She is a loving, kind person.  She gets along well with children of all ages.  She loves to watch the children grow and develop.  Seeing the children's smiling faces inspires Ms. Mindy to come to work everyday.

    Year Started:
    9/26/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in English, Pursuing Masters in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kelly loves to watch the children grow physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually each day.  The children's smiles, laughter, and great hearts inspire her to come to work each day.  In her spare time, she loves walking, reading, and hiking.

    Year Started:
    9/8/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Associates in Early Childhood Education and Bachelor's in Library Science
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    This too shall pass.

    Ms. Melissa is a mother of three children. She graduated from Albertus Magnus College in 2000 and earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She earned her Masters and Certification in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She has also worked as an Administrative Assistant at the Children's Center of Hamden for ten years and a Special Education teacher for three and half years.

    Year Started:
    4/17/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Master's Degree, Certification in Special Education
  • Ms. Christiana

    Ms. Christiana, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Christiana lived overseas in Africa for seven years and loves art. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art. When Ms. Christiana graduated, she started looking for work related to art and children, and KinderCare was the perfect match. She loves applying her art degree to the curriculum and finds working with children very rewarding. She loves seeing children progress and build on their skills every day.

    Year Started:
    1/8/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Studio Art
  • Ms. Teri

    Ms. Teri, Preschool Classroom

    One minute at a time.

    Ms. Teri was born in Greenbay, Wisconsin and raised in Chicago, Illinois.  She lived there until she got married and was pregnant with her daughter.  She now lives in Derby with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and hedgehog.  Ms. Teri has been teaching Preschoolers for twenty years.  She loves reading, knitting, crafts, and learning new things.

    Year Started:
    11/18/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Early Childhood Education Certification
  • Ms. Ivelisse

    Ms. Ivelisse, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strengths lie. - Mother Teresa

    Ms. Ivy's interest of working with children began when she was in high school and volunteered at her brother's elementary school. Since then, she has been a summer camp counselor, after school assistant teacher and Pre-Kindergarten teacher. She enjoys working with the children and helping the children reach their personal milestones that will carry on for the rest of their lives. Ms. Ivy loves playing the role of their "foundation helper". Her teaching style involves incorporating real life objects into the themes. She also incorporates an art project each day to allow the child to express and use their creativity. Her ultimate goal is to be an administrator of a public school. During her free time she enjoys to travel, especially to her home town of New York City.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ivy worked for several years at the New Haven YMCA Youth Center. She also volunteered at Walsh Elementary School.
    Year Started:
    5/7/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Kristen

    Ms. Kristen, School Age Classroom

    Education is the most valuable thing a person can hold, no one can stop you from learning.

    Ms. Kristen started as a counselor in training at YMCA-Hi-Rock Summer Camp working with middle schoolers in 2008.  In the summer of 2009, Ms. Kristen co-tought a first-grade class with the CREC program in Willimantic.  Since then, Ms. Kristen has moved her studies to psychology and behavioral studies.  She received her Associate's Degree in 2014 from Hasatonic Community College.  Ms. Kristen loves to learn in general, but specifically about children, development, and how everyone grows.  Currently, she is going to school to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Southern Connecticut State University.

    Year Started:
    10/9/2014
    Education:
    Associates in Human Behaviorism
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, School Age Classroom, Tutorial Teacher, Bus Driver

    Don't be afraid of your voice.Get it out there and let it be heard. Follow your heart because it always knows. - Lana Parilla

    Ms. Michelle graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 2002 with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Studio Arts and Ceramics. She began working at Mount Carmel KinderCare in 2002 when the center opened. She really enjoys teaching phonics and cooking class as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Michelle has worked for the Wallingford YMCA's before and after school program.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Studio Art and Ceramics, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Lizzy

    Ms. Lizzy, Floating Teacher, Bus Driver

    Don't tell me the sky is the limit, I've seen foot prints on the moon. - Unknown Author

    Ms. Lizzy lives in Hamden and has lived here for her entire life. Some of her hobbies include kickball, traveling and rock climbing. Ms. Lizzy creates an environment that's fun, hands on and filled with learning activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lizzy was a Camp Director of New Haven Parks & Recreation Junior Adventure Camp for ages eight to ten. She was also a camp counselor for the Green Dragon Camp for ages ten to twelve.
    Year Started:
    11/16/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Recreation and Leisure & Community
  • Ms. Alex

    Ms. Alex, Floating Teacher

    Just keep swimming. - Finding Nemo

    Ms. Alex was born and raised in Hamden. She loves reading, art, photography, writing and graphic design. Ms. Alex loves spending time with the children and helping them learn and discover new things.

    Year Started:
    9/18/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree in Ultrasound Technology
  • Ms. Tara

    Ms. Tara, Floating Teacher

    Children may forget what you say, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

    Ms. Tara is a mother of six year old twins. Her daughter's name is Alexsya and her son's name is Jaylen. Ms. Tara is working on going back to school to further her early childhood education. That is one of her biggest goals. She has always had a passion to work with children. She really enjoys seeing the children's progress and watching them succeed. Ms. Tara loves being a major part of that in their lives.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Tara worked for other daycare centers.
    Year Started:
    1/31/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Floating Teacher

    Ms. Brittany grew up in North Haven. Before working at KinderCare, she worked for the town of North Haven as a Preschool aide. In 2009, she worked at Montawese summer camp with elementary School Age children. Ms. Brittany plans to attend school in the Fall and major in Elementary Education and Special Education. Ms. Brittany is inspired by the children every day as she loves being the reason why they smile and enjoy learning.

    Year Started:
    9/3/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Mr. Rob

    Mr. Rob, Cook

    Obey the principles without being bound by them!

    Mr. Rob is a husband and father of two teenagers. He received his Culinary Arts degree from Johnson and Wales College. He is also an active member of his church. Mr. Rob is dedicated to making sure your children receive nutritious meals each and every day!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Mr. Rob worked in restaurants, catering services, kosher markets and institutional cafeterias.
    Year Started:
    2/5/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Culinary Arts Degree

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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.

Special Features

  • We provide transportation to schools in North Haven (Ridge Road and Green Acres) and Hamden (Spring Glen, Dunbar, Bear Path and Westwoods). Please contact us for more information about schools that provide transportation to our center.
  • We accept Care 4 Kids.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Polish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We are closed for the following holidays:<br /> New Year's Day<br /> President's Day (Professional Development Day)<br /> Memorial Day<br /> Independence Day<br /> Labor Day<br /> Columbus Day (Professional Development Day)<br /> Thanksgiving<br /> Day after Thanksgiving<br /> Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Our center has a double entry key pad system for the safety of our children. Our playscapes are fenced in. Our staff is CPR, First Aid, and Medication certified.

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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The teachers are very attentive and great us by name. The teachers are always courteous and creative. My older daughter enjoyed the summer camp! I also have an Infant and her teachers are the BEST! I immediately felt a connection with all three of her teachers.

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We have had the most wonderful teachers without exception, our teachers have taken great care of our kids, showing them love and respect everyday. We are always greeted with smiles and no question (no matter how silly) goes unanswered no matter how many times the parents ask. Our kids love to learn and most importantly they are happy. What more can parents hope or ask for?

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My son has been part of the KinderCare family for two years. We have been so happy with the care he has received! We believe it is the curriculum that sets KinderCare apart from all other centers! My son is thriving in the Preschool Classroom. His teacher is loving and caring and always makes learning a wonderful experience.

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My family has loved our experience at KinderCare. Prior to having a child I never thought of myself as a "daycare person", but I now strongly recommend it to others. The center is clean, vibrant and staff are always available and welcoming. My child loves playing with her friends, singing songs, doing art and playing outside. The daily progress notes and frequent conversations with her teachers make me feel my daughter is safe, secure and cared for.

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