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Mt. Carmel KinderCare

Samantha Stobierski, 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.

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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.

Samantha Stobierski, 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.

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.

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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

Our teachers offer an exceptional quality curriculum in their classroom, where they focus on developing the whole child through child initiated play and discovery.  Many of our teachers have higher education in the field of education, psychology and family studies, while others are continuing to pursue degrees while teaching.  Each day brings new fun activities and learning at our school and we enjoy the opportunity to be a part of your family's day. We love to watch the children grow and learn and so appreciate sharing that with all of our families. We strive for excellence in all that we do and look forward to having your child in one of our classrooms.

  • Samantha Stobierski, Center Director

    You know your're in love when you can't fall asleep becuase reality is finally better than your dreams." - Dr. Suess

    Sam grew up in Northford,CT and now reside in Wallingford. Sam enjoys working with children, everyday is a new adventure. When Sam is not at work she is either hiking or volunteering for the Durham Fair.

    Previous Experience:
    Child Care Director for the YMCA.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    7/18/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 plus
    Education:
    BA in Elementary Education
  • Roxann Di Maio

    Roxann Di Maio, Assistant Director

    You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." ~ Dr. Seuss

    Roxann has been at KinderCare since 2011. Prior to working at KinderCare, she worked with many different age groups in another childcare setting. Roxann completed and received her Child Development Associate Credential here at KinderCare. Prior to working at our center, she has worked as a Preschool and Prekindergarten teacher in an other KindeCare. Roxann really loves what she does. She full of excitement and always so happy. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her two boys and family, go to the beach and be outside.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Roxann has worked for other daycare centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Kissing Hand & Love you Forever
    Year Started:
    8/22/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • 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
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Ms. Mindy

    Ms. Mindy, Infant Classroom

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Other child care centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    9/26/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in English, Pursuing Masters in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Lizzy

    Ms. Lizzy, Toddler Classroom

    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:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Recreation and Leisure & Community
  • Ms. Dakota

    Ms. Dakota, Toddler 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • 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
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Associates in Early Childhood Education and Bachelor's in Library Science
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Discovery Preschool Classoom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare, Melissa worked as a special education teacher for 4 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon & Hop on Pop
    Year Started:
    4/17/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Master's Degree, Certification in Special Education
  • Ms. Gina, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.

    Gina loves to watch childeren achive or learn new tasks. With Gina having a psychology background  it as aloowed her to understand childerens needs. Snice not every child learns the same way it is important that my teaching style is flexbile. Gina looks forward to seeing her students everyday.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Mouse Paint
    Year Started:
    9/30/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelors degree in Psychology
  • 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.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh the Places You'll Go & The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    5/7/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Political Science
  • Mr. Kyle, School Age Classroom

    Don't Stop Believing, Hold on to that Feeling." ~ Steve Perry

    Kyle was born in Madison, Wisconsin and lived there for 34 years. Kyle graduated from UW-Parkside where he earned his degree in Bachelor of Arts. Kyle has been married for 2 1/2 years to his wife Kate, who works as a vet at Yale. Kyle comes from a big family and loves to spend time with them and their cat Bean Sprout.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked for YMCA and School District
    Favorite Children's Book:
    How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    Year Started:
    10/21/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts: English
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, School Age Classroom

    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:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Tara

    Ms. Tara, Support Staff

    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:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Laurie

    Ms. Laurie, Support Staff/Bus Driver

    To teach is to touch a life forever.

    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.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Guess How Much I love You
    Year Started:
    11/24/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 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.

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
  • French
  • German
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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.

- Parent

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?

- Parent

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.

- Parent

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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