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KinderCare at Kenilworth

Jennifer Ricra, Center Director

25 Market St. Kenilworth NJ 07033
(908) 620-1391 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
off Kenilworth Blvd at GSP Exit #138 across from acme

With an open floor plan, professional  teachers and small group sizes, KinderCare at Kenilworth will help to prepare your child for school success and beyond!

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Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare at Kenilworth! We would love the opportunity to give you a tour of our center and show you how everything we do is designed for learning!

Jennifer Ricra, 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

We are proud to say that at Kenilworth KinderCare, our teachers have numerous years of experience in early childhood education. Many of our staff have been teaching at our center for over 10 years. Many teachers possess degrees in Early Childhood Education, Psychology and other fields.

  • Jennifer Ricra

    Jennifer Ricra, Center Director

    Jennifer began her career at KinderCare as a prekindergarten teacher. After spending some time working in the healthcare field, she took on the role of Assistant Director. Shortly after, she assumed the role as Center Director, a position which allows Jennifer to oversee all aspects of the center program. Jennifer earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Kean University.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming Center Director, Jennifer was the Assistant Director and taught prekindergarten at another KinderCare location.
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology
  • Shannon Shotwell

    Shannon Shotwell, Assistant Director

    Ms. Shannon loves how excited the children get when they learn something new, seeing their face when they accomplish something for the first time is so rewarding. Ms. Shannon has an extensive educational background in technology and over 10 years field experience in childcare.

    Ms. Shannon has been working in the childcare field for over 10 years. She also coaches high school marching band and colorguard.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shannon has held many other positions in the childcare field, including Assistant Director and Director as well as being an Acting Director, Assistant Director and a teacher for other KinderCare locations.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    9/12/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Educational Technology, Bachelor's Degree in Networking and Communications Management, NJ Head Teacher & Group Teacher OOL Approvals, CPR Certified & Instructor Certified
  • Ms. Alice

    Ms. Alice, Center Trainer

     Ms. Alice began her career at KinderCare in 1998 as a preschool teacher. Ms. Alice has served as a Health and Safety Coordinator for the center. As a center trainer, Ms. Alice helps and supports our teachers and families.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Alice worked as a summer camp coordinator for Parks and Recreation.
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 years
    Education:
    Credit Hours in Children's Healthcare
  • Ms. Lynda, Cook

    Ms. Lynda has been our center's cook for over 10 years. She ensures that each and every day the children are enjoying healthy and nutritious meals.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to KinderCare, Ms. Lynda was the Supervisor of the Dietary Department at a local hospital.
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Ms. Melissa, Health and Safety Coordinator, Bus Driver

    Ms. Melissa serves as the center's Health and Safety Coordinator as well as our school bus driver and Discovery Preschool teacher. Ms. Melissa has also been an Infant teacher and has assisted in many other classrooms.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to KinderCare, Ms. Melissa worked as an Activities Assistant at an Assisted Living Facility.
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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

Safety is our top priority at KinderCare at Kenilworth! Each family is given access to our center through a keypad entry. We offer 3 privacy fenced in playgrounds. On staff, you will meet teachers with CPR and First Aid certification as well as a Health and Safety coordinator.

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.

I appreciate EVERYTHING that KinderCare has given my family and I. It's a pleasant experience and I'd recommend this facility to anybody that is looking to see their child grow and truly be happy to go to school.

- Mother

The teachers and administrators at KinderCare Kenilworth are fabulous.  They truly care about the children, which is so reassuring to a mommy.

- Mother

The Kenilworth KinderCare goes above and beyond to meet my child's needs.  The preschool teachers have made her first childcare experience so rewarding!  We cannot wait to enroll our youngest at the center when he is ready for preschool!

- Family

The team at the Kenilworth KinderCare is like our extended family!  From the director, Ms. Jen to the classroom teachers, everyone at the center makes sure our children are loved and well cared for.  We could not be happier with the center!

- Father
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