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Johnston KinderCare

Karen Power, Center Director

350 Central Ave. Johnston RI 02919
(401) 943-5180 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEARS

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Special Instructions:
Conveniently located off routes 295 and 6/10 A short distance from FM Global

Our center will soon be closing. Please know that we are here to support your family and will work with you to make this transition as smooth as possible. On behalf of all of us at Johnstone KinderCare, thank you for the opportunity to teach, nurture, and care for your child.

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The Johnston KinderCare is a wonderful, warm, and welcoming learning center that has been a fixture in this community for over 30 years! Our experts designed our classrooms, and every activity and lesson, to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. We service children from infancy to age five. We hope to meet you and your family very soon.

Karen Power, 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.


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.


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 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

Whether your child is working on their first words or preparing for Kindergarten, we are educators and our goal is success.

  • Karen Power

    Karen Power, Center Director

    What I love about my job is seeing how the children grow with us. Many children start here as infants and leave us going off to school. It's great to see them meet many milestones.

    Karen started at the Johnston KinderCare as a Head Teacher back in 1984. She taught Infants thru School Age. By 1986 she was made Assistant Director. She was promoted to Director in 1989. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Child Development from URI and is Teacher Certified Prekindergarten through Grade Two. She took Graduate courses at RIC.  KinderCare is part of her extended family.

    Previous Experience:
    Karen has worked in other daycare centers, a Girl's Club and Foster Care International prior to KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Year Started:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development
  • Sarah Newton

    Sarah Newton, Assistant Director

    I love my role as Assistant Director for various reasons.  I am able to interact with all of the children in our care and really get to know all their unique personalities.  I'm in a position that allows me to get to know all our parents and be able to assist them with all their needs.  At the end of the day I feel very lucky to be in such a rewarding position.

    Previous Experience:
    I have worked in vairous KinderCares, from Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts starting in 1998.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Kissing Hand
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss, NURSE

  • Miss, Substitute

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Bachelors in Education & Teacher Certified

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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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • 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

Health and Safety is our number 1 concern here at KinderCare. We have a keypad entry for all families to enter. We will check identification for any un-enrolled visitors. We have a nurse on staff Monday thru Friday. Staff our certified in CPR and First Aid. Our staff complete a cleaning checklist to keep their classrooms clean and healthy.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Hi Karen, Lisa, and staff at Kindecare
We just wanted to express how comforted we are that Sohan is enjoying Kindercare so much.  Each day he comes home with a story about what he did during the day and what he learned without any prompting by either of us.  He expresses how much he likes it there and how he gets to play and sing songs in a nicely interactive way with the other children.  He does not feel isolated and left out, and knowing this has been the most comforting thing for us as parents.  We feel that he is secure, safe, comforted, and actively engaged by a staff of exceptional individuals such as yourselves.  Thanks so much for your caring professionalism!!! 

- Parents

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