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Longmeadow KinderCare

Denielle Hawkins, Center Director

28 Dwight Rd. Longmeadow MA 01106
(413) 567-9264 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 9 YEAR-OLDS

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Special Instructions:
at Dwight Rd. & Williams St.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Can change year to year, depending on families enrolled. Currently Sabbath and Springfield.

We are currently enrolling for Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Prekindergarten, and after-school care (we transport to select Springfield and Longmeadow Public Schools).

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Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Denielle Hawkins, 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.

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.

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.


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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

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

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Longmeadow Dwight Road KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children through hands on activities and exploration. We have staff members that have been with us for over 20 years! All of our teachers are certified through the state of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Many of our teachers have their Child Development Associate Credential, or Bachelor's Degree as well. Our center and staff strive for excellence through continuing education from twice annually company professional development trainings to monthly team meetings about current initiatives and insights in the Early Childhood field. The passion and dedication that our teachers have truly sets our center apart from the rest!

  • Denielle Hawkins

    Denielle Hawkins, Center Director

    I love seeing the children's smiling faces every day. There is nothing like walking into a classroom and having a child run up to you with their arms up and smile. To know that they want a hug from you is so special. I love to be with the children. They are the reason why our job is so much fun. Every day is a gift with them, you never know what you are going to get! I love when they stop by the office for a special treat or just to sit in the chairs and play. I truly believe in having an open door policy where all my families can come in, stop by and hang out. I hope all my families leave feeling like they just left their second home.

    Catherine started her career working in an after care program for the YMCA. She and her husband moved to Eastham, Massachusetts where they lived for four years. She worked in an early learning program while on the Cape and became the head teacher for a Preschool classroom. They then returned to Connecticut in 1999 and Catherine has been working for KinderCare ever since. She started out as the Preschool Head Teacher then became the Program Specialist.  In 2011' she became the Director at a KinderCare in Glastonbury. In 2014, she accepted the Director position here at Longmeadow. Catherine loves being a part of center that is thriving and has so much talent. She can not wait for you to come and meet all of her amazing staff and see why she fell in love with the center and the teachers. Catherine spends her spare time with her son and husband fishing, camping, playing, going to the beach and going to the Cape.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Catherine was a head teacher for another early learning center.
    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Bachelor's Degree in Sociology
  • Kristin Kealy

    Kristin Kealy, Assistant Director

    Kristin loves watching the children grow from babies into confident independent preschoolers ready to transition to Kindergarten. Kristin has two daughters of her own that are alumni of KinderCare. She particularly enjoys having had the pleasure of meeting and caring for so many families throughout her years at KinderCare. Families that still make it a priority to come back to visit. It is a wonderful feeling to know how much we have aided the children in providing them a head start on their learning and development.

    Previous Experience:
    Kristin began with KinderCare as an Infant and Toddler teacher.
    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Mr. Andrey, Chef

    I came to this country from Kazakstan 8 years ago.  When I lived in my country I worked as a teacher over 10 years in the middle school.  I also had some experience working as a manager in a restaurant. In 2011 I became the cook at KinderCare.  I like being a member of our great team!

    Mr. Andrey loves to start his work day making a nice breakfast for the children and watch how they feel happy with that every morning.  Mr. Andrey loves when the children stop by his kitchen and ask him "What's for lunch?"  He loves to visit his little friends in the classrooms or playground outside.  They are all very special and need our hugs, our love, and attention. Cooking is more then a job to Mr. Andrey.  It is also his hobby.  Mr. Andry does furit and vegetable art and table decoration for special occasions.  He also loves a good movie, a good book, and music.

    Previous Experience:
    Middle School teacher, restaurant manager
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Maureen, Discovery Preschool

    How old do you think you would be if you didn't know how old you were?

    Maureen lives in Enfield, Ct with her best friend Kevin and his son.  Maureen has two dogs, one cat and a goldfish.  When she is not teaching the children at KinderCare, she likes to golf, hike, swim, and ice skating.  She also loves going to the beach.  Her favorite place to visit is Vermont with Disney World being a close second.  She has two daughters who along with their husbands have given her 4 awesome grandchildren ages 13, 8,6, and 4.  She has been blessed with a wonderful family and many good friends.  She loves her life!

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at other early learning centers, public school system, and day care out of home.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Paraprofessional Certificate, CNA License
  • Miss Jenna, Floater

    Miss. Jenna has always found it amazing at how fast children pick up on things.  While dancing and teaching at her previous center, it amazed Jenna at how much they wanted to learn.  When they finally learned a new dance trick the children would be so happy and so proud!  How great it feels to be the one who taught them! The children are always wanting to learn something new and different every day.  No better job to have then to be a teacher!

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at other early learning center
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Credential
  • Miss Shelby, Floater

    Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever.

    Miss. Shelby has worked at KinderCare for 19 years.  She has two sons and a granddaughter.  In her spare time she enjoys living life to the fullest with family and friends.  She has had the opportunity to wear many hats at the center.  She has cooked, drove the van, bookkeeper and works with every age group.  Miss. Shelby feels that there is no greater reward then knowing you have made a difference in a child's life.

    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Leighan, Infant

    The only way to predict the future is to create it.

    Miss. Leighan has a nine year old daughter.  Miss. Leighan loves working with children of all ages but infants is where she feels most at home.  During her free time she volunteers in the NICU at Baystate Medical center.  Her hobbies are photography and watching her daughter play sports.  Miss. Leighan also teaches music to the children at the center.

    Previous Experience:
    Other learning cetner and nanny
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    EEC Lead Teacher Infant, Toddler, Preschool
  • Ms. Melinda

    Ms. Melinda, Infant Classroom

    Smile and enjoy your children and have fun!

    Ms. Melinda has been working at KinderCare for 16 years as a lead teacher.  She loves working with the older children and the infants.  Ms. Melinda has 8 grandchildren and loves them all so very much.  Helping kids learn new things and just to know that she taught them something new puts a smile on her face.  Especially working with the babies.  She enjoys that a lot!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Melinda is a former paraprofessional from the Springfield Public School system.
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care certification
  • Ms. Sumayya, Learning Adventures

    If I can make one child smile, I did my job the right way.  If that smile gets passed along then everyone leaves happy.

    Ms. Sumayya has been around children all her life.  She has a real passion for working with children.  Ms. Sumayya feels if she can make one child smile then she has made a difference that day.  She started working with children when she was 12 years old.  She volunteered at the West Springfield public library and helped in the youth room and summer reading program until she was 18 years old.  She started here ECE career in 2009 when she was attending college.  She substituted as a preschool teacher and did her practums until she graduated college.  She has worked in other learning centers but has found her home here at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at previous early learning center
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates in Early Childhood Educations
  • Miss Kaitlyn, Pre-K

    To be an educator of such smart and talented children is not only rewarding and heart warming, but is the most amazing feeling in the world.

    Miss. Kaitlyn has a 3 year old daughter whom she just adores!  In her spare time, she enjoys playing outside with her daughter and spending time with her family.  She plays sports, loves going to the parks, and loves going to the zoo.  She spends a lot of time in upstate New York to visit family.  Her heart and soul is put into teaching the children because that is what they deserve.  She loves all the teachers she works with.  When she comes to work she feels as if she is at her second home.

    Previous Experience:
    Private Daycare and Nanny
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Currently working on BS in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Alison, Preschool

    Play is the highest form of research." Albert Einstein

    Ms. Alison graduated with a BS in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz.  She worked briefly as an assistant preschool teacher in Long Island before moving to upstate New York.  She was a program director for a year and then worked as an infant/toddler teacher at a head start program for over 4 years.  She is married and has 2 beautiful boys that attend KinderCare also!  She has been working as a teacher for KinderCare since 2009.  In her spare time she enjoys painting, photography, and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked in a Head Start Program
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors of Science in Art Education
  • Ms. Kyle

    Ms. Kyle, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love to share my love of art and nature with the children in my classroom.  Nothing is more fun than watching the children explore art and to know that it is okay to get messy sometimes!

    Ms. Kyle started her career in child care as a teenager working in a home daycare with her mother that her mother owned.  While attending college, she worked at a center in her hometown.  She moved to the area after getting married and took on a head teaching position in a Pre-K classroom.  She found her way to KinderCare where she has been for 9 years.  She has watched many of the children start as infants and watched them grow over the years.  In her free time she enjoys playing with her two daughters.  She also loves to garden and care for cocker spaniels that her and her husband foster.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kyle has worked with preschool aged children for 14 years.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Bachelor's Degree in English, Child Development Associate's credential, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care certification

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

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

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch

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

Our main priority is the health and safety of the children and staff. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with secure gates as well. In addition the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise a doorbell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a Center staff member. Our staff is certified annually on infant through adult First Aid and CPR. We conduct monthly fire drills and disaster drills. Our Health and Safety Coordinator, Ms. Kristin is always on site and does daily playground inspections and maintains state regulations. In addition Ms. Kristin maintains high cleanliness standards. We also have a facilities technician on call at all times.

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.

I recently enrolled my son at KinderCare located at 28 Dwight Rd. Longmeadow, MA 01106. At first I was very nervous about introducing him to a new daycare. I met with the Director Ms. Schaefer who was very delightful and welcoming. The staff were very organized, friendly and helpful. My son's teacher Mrs.Kyle has been doing an amazing job! In a short period of time my son has learned so much thanks to her. I must say that I am very satisfied with the center and hope that the staff and teachers receive the recognition they deserve.

- Mother

Longmeadow KinderCare has the most dedicated staff. They have helped my son reach his developmental milestones and be the happiest little boy he can be! The KinderCare staff has also helped my daughter learn how to share, improve her vocabulary and sing the sweetest songs! The teachers have helped our children thrive!

- Mother

Thank you to everyone in Toddler's who have helped my daughter blossom in her new class. She is learning so much, and make her learning fun everyday!

- Mother

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