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KinderCare at Mahwah

Amanda Hicks, Center Director

25 Edison Rd. Mahwah NJ 07430
(201) 891-6559 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
near Edison Rd & Wykoff Ave

Rt 17, 208, 287, Wyckoff Ave and Edison Road

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
no elementry schools because they don't bus right now but still have after school prg. Able to add if enough interest.

Your child will not only have a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of early childhood development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

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Welcome to Mahwah KinderCare. We are excited to meet with you and your family. Our educational philosophy addresses the whole child with an emphasis on your child's growth in their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.

Amanda Hicks, 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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday October 24, 2016
    1. Sweatshirt Day

  2. Wednesday October 26, 2016
    1. Bring in a spooky book

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at Mahwah KinderCare have their Bachelor's Degrees or their Child Development Associate's credential and many have been at our center for 14-16 years. They are dedicated educators who have a passion for children and teaching.

  • Amanda Hicks, Center Director

  • Melissa Busacco

    Melissa Busacco, Assistant Director

    I love when children who have graduated from our center come back to visit and remember us. It means that we have made an impact on their lives.

    Melissa started at KinderCare of Mahwah in the older 3's class and quickly moved into the Assistant Director's position. During this time she got married and had two boys who attend our center.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Melissa worked in retail and for a pediatric dentist for eight years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I Love You Through and Through" by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak
    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
  • Heather Alesio

    Heather Alesio, Program Specialist

    Children are made readers in the laps of their parents.    

    -Emilee Buchwald

    Heather has been working at the Mahwah KinderCare for almost 14 years. She lives in Mahwah with her husband Garry and their daughter. In her spare time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, running and playing softball for the town in the summer.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Heather worked as a teacher's aide at the Ramapo College Child Development Center
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in American Studies, Minor in Literature
  • Ms. Casey

    Ms. Casey, Infant A Classroom

    To teach is to touch lives forever.

    Ms. Casey lives in Mahwah with her husband Ed and their daughter Taylor. In her spare time she enjoys going antiquing, horseback riding, reading and exercising.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Casey's previous experience includes working at the Old Tappan KinderCare starting in 2000 and then transferring to the Mahwah KinderCare in 2008. She has also worked as a camp counselor for the Palisades Country Day School, Lindgren Nursery School and a Preschool teacher at Growing Garden.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Snow" by Cynthia Rylant (Author) & Lauren Stringer (Illustrator)
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Infant B Classroom

    Don't give up, I believe in you all. A person's a person, no matter how small.

    -Dr. Seuss

    Ms. Danielle lives in Waldwick with her daughter. She started working at the KinderCare in Paramus as a Toddler teacher and then transferred to the Mahwah center. As a mother of an 18 month old it gives her the skill and knowledge to care for children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Danielle's previous experience includes being a caregiver for children ranging in ages from 3-5 years in an at-home setting.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Llama, Llama, Red Pajama" by Anna Dewdney
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Infant C Classroom

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

    Miss Ashley lives in Waldwick with her family. She has a passion for working with children and has loved being able to experience all age groups. She loves to smile and is very outgoing. In her spare time she likes to read as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Ashley's previous experience includes babysitting children ranging in age from 12 months to 6 years. She has also worked for the Latchkey Program with Kindergarten through 5th grade, as well as the Little School of Waldwick with children 18 months to 5 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Ms. Chantel

    Ms. Chantel, Step-Up Classroom

    It takes a village to raise a child.

    -African Proverb

    Ms. Chantel lives in Mahwah with her two children , Damitrius who is 8 and Jayden who is 18 months. She is currently in the process of obtaining her Child Development Associate's Credential. Ms. Chantel is outgoing, a hard worker and dedictated to having a positive outlook on life.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Chantel's previous experience was at Happy Planet Inc. as a pre-school teacher. She worked with children ranging in age from 2-3 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish" by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Daniella

    Ms. Daniella, Three's

    Sonrisa, la via es bella" - "Smile, life is beautiful

    Miss Daniella comes from a large Cuban and Puertorican family. She is full bilingual in Spanish and English. Daniella is extremely energetic  and loves to sing and dance.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Daniella's previous experience includes babysitting for neighborhood children who ranged in age from 1-14 years. She has also participated in volunteer work for Ronald McDonald House and an orphanage called "Cuna San Cristobal" in Puerto Rico
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Los Zapaticos de Rosa" and "I'm a Big Sister"
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology -Pursuing Master's Degree in Child Psychology
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Toddler Classroom

    We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children's memories, the adventures we've had together in nature will always exist. 

    -Richard Louv

    Ms. Lisa has been working with children since the age of 11, with jobs such as, babysitting, nanny, mother's helper or camp counselor. After working in corporate America she went back to school to get her degree in education. An even greater accomplishment than receiving her degree was becoming a wife and mother of two children. In addition to having the joy of raising her two children, she simultaneously ran her own home daycare. As satisfying as those years were, she felt she missed her time in the classroom and was excited to join our KinderCare family in October 2013.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Lisa's previous experience includes working in a Montessori School in the city as a teacher. She worked with children ranging in age from 2-3 years eventually moving up to a UPK classroom.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "How Full Is Your Bucket" by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton Ph.D
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Masters of Education Specializing in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Toddler Classroom

    To teach is to touch a life forever.

    -Author Unknown

    Ms. Lori lives in Hawthorne with her husband and daughter. She has worked at the Mahwah KinderCare for 13 years teaching various age groups. She is the center's Health and Safety Coordinator as well as a CPR instructor. In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lori's previous experience includes working at the YMCA, babysitting, teacher of religious education for five years and Preschool teacher of various age groups at the Enchanted Garden Nursery School
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch (Author) & Sheila McGraw (Illustrator)
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Michele

    Ms. Michele, Discovery Preschool (Two's) Classroom

    You don't know until you try.

    Ms. Michele lives in West Milford with her husband and 2 daughters, ages 2 1/2 and 1 1/2. She is creative, fun-loving and nurturing. She enjoys inspiring and educating young children, and they inspire her with their enthusiasm and curiosity.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Michele's previous experience includes working as a Teacher's Assistant for 6 years at Footprints Montessori. She also worked at various dance studios as a dance instructor for children ages 2-17 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Only One You" by Linda Kranz
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance with COE in P-3 Education
  • Ms. Barbara

    Ms. Barbara, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Learning is fun.

    Ms. Barbara lives in Suffern, New York with her husband and is a mother of three children, ages 16-23. She loves going to the beach and relaxing with a good book.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Barbara's previous experience includes working as a Marketing Director for Plaza Research. She was also an Instructional Aide in grades K-3 at the Montebello Elementary School.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing Management
  • Ms. Alma

    Ms. Alma, Cook

    I love coming to work everyday and cooking for all of the children. Seeing their happy faces when they greet me everyday brings such joy!

    Ms. Alma was born in El Salvador, Central America. She came to the US in 1981 and currently resides in Mahwah, where she has been living with her husband for the past 25 years. She has a 30 year old daughter and a 27 year old son. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, baking, shopping, traveling and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Alma's previous experience includes working in the cafeteria of the Middle School and High School in Mahwah for eight years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Oh, the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Associate's Degree in Hotel and Tourist Administration
  • Ms. Cassandra

    Ms. Cassandra, Infant A Classroom

    Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

    -Mahatma Gandhi

    Ms. Cassandra currently attends Bergen Community College where she is the Vice President of an anti-bullying organization, S.P.A.R.K. A Change. This organization speaks at assemblies in schools throughout New Jersey. Once her Associates Degree is complete, Ms. Cassandra will be furthering her education at William Paterson to pursue a degree in Elementary Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cassandra's previous experience includes caring for children ages 2 months to 12 years of age in an at-home setting.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts

October 2016 Events

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  1. Friday October 07, 2016
    1. Hat Day!

  2. Sunday October 09, 2016
    1. Fire Prevention Week

  3. 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.

  4. Thursday October 13, 2016
    1. Tie Dye Day

  5. Monday October 17, 2016
    1. Parent/Teacher Conference Week!

  6. 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!

    2. Wear your favorite shirt day

  7. Thursday October 20, 2016
    1. Comfy Clothes Day

  8. Monday October 24, 2016
    1. Sweatshirt Day

  9. Wednesday October 26, 2016
    1. Bring in a spooky book

  10. Friday October 28, 2016
    1. Halloween Parade and Party 3:30pm

  11. Monday October 31, 2016
    1. Wear Orange or Black Today!

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

  • Close to Elementary Schools
  • Our teachers are trained in CPR and First Aid
  • We provide healthy meals and snacks. We also provide alternative menu options for those who have allergies or diet restrictions.
  • "When you come to us with a need for something to make your experience with KinderCare/Knowledge Beginnings easier, not only do we listen, but we take action. That's why you can now take care of your tuition payments online using a checking or saving account, debit card, or Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit card. Log in each week to pay, or set up a recurring payment and your payments will be deducted automatically".

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Professional Development Days:
President's Day
Columbus Day

Health and Safety

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Our center offers a campus like setting with a keypad entry, three fenced in playgrounds with age appropriate equipment and a staff that is CPR and First Aid certified. We also have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site and Fire and Disaster drills are conducted on a regular basis.

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.

Thank you for knowing when my son needs a little extra "TLC", like a hug or a cuddle. Giving him his space to explore, yet helping him develop his social skills with his classmates. Taking pictures of him throughout the day and sending them to us. Knowing he is having fun makes leaving him a little easier. THANK YOU!!!

- mother

To the wonderful staff at KinderCare in Mahwah,
      We would like to thank each of you for the important role you have played in our lives over the past 5  years. We are incredibly grateful for the love and care you have shown our children, as well as the love of learning you foster in them. We have had such a wonderful experience here, and took great comfort in knowing our children were safe and happy!!!

- mother

Miss Lisa......thank you for your caring and thoughtful nature each day at school. You make our daughter happy and safe at KinderCare. She loves her teachers and talks about you all the time and what she learns each day at school. We appreciate all that you do!!!!!

- mother

To all of the teachers and staff......thank for making learning fun. Thank you for creating an environment I am happy to bring my children to. Thank you for making my boys feel loved and supported as they learn and grow. They are so excited to go to school everyday.

- mother

Dear Melissa,

Just a note of thanks for the KinderCare tour this past Friday. I appreciate your time in sharing all the center has to offer, as well as the sincere interest shown in my son. Returning to work and enrolling my son in pre-school has not been as easy decision. But it is apparent that the center truly attempts to make the transition as easy as possible for the childen and their parents. It was a pleasure to meet with you and the staff.

Many Thanks!!!

- mother

I want to tell you what a great experience I am having so far at the KinderCare in Mahwah, NJ.  I switched my son to Kindercare from another day care this summer and I am very happy I did.

Pat, Melissa, Heather, Ms. Katherine, Ms. Barbara and Ms. Michelle are all amazing caring people.  You can tell they really enjoy and take pride in their jobs.  You can tell this because they are always pleasant.

The center is always clean and bright which is important to me, as well as being a Peanut/Nut free environment.  My son has severe food allergies and all of the staff totally understands my concerns with this which I did not have taken seriously at his previous day care center.

I would and have highly recommended this center for parents looking for a great and safe place to send their children. 

- Mother

My son has grown up at the Mahwah KinderCare! From ten months to five years old, he has blossomed in this center's care. I can't recommend this facility enough. They have wonderful teachers, a stimulating environment and kind staff. If only I could cook as well as Ms. Alma, or be as creative as Ms. Nicole and Ms. Jenn!
Because of this wonderful school, my son has learned so much. Thank you for all that you have done to nurture my child. My husband, Timmy, and I are truly grateful to be a part of the KinderCare Mahwah family!

- Mother

My daughter has been a part of the KinderCare family since she was a toddler and has loved every minute of it. Because of the education she has received this year in Prekindergarten I am confident that she will do well in Kindergarten next year. We are so lucky to have found KinderCare!

- Mother

We are overwhelmed with joy over the KinderCare facility, staff, administration, curriculum. I can easily overwhelm you with all of the positive things we experience there! I cannot let another day go by, however, without commending the amazing work of the Mahwah KinderCare.

- Mother

We wanted to thank you very much for the wonderful experience that we are having at your center. We truly appreciate all that you and your staff do for our children! You have made us feel welcome and like we are part of a family!

- Mother

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