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Wall KinderCare

Kristen Frank, Center Director

2401 Atlantic Ave. Manasquan NJ 08736
(732) 223-6210 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Allenwood Elementary buses to and from the Center Center buses to and from Nellie Bennett and Ramtown in Howell


Welcome to the Wall KinderCare. We are committed to providing the best educational program to help each child reach their fullest potential. We feature fun, developmentally appropriate lessons and activities, because at KinderCare, everything is designed for learning. Whether your child is striving to take their first steps or preparing for first grade, we are here to help them reach new milestones each and every day. Call today to schedule a tour to come and see our school and meet our teachers.

Kristen Frank, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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


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.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff here at the Wall KinderCare are committed and passionate about your child's education and providing a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem. We have a seasoned staff with years of experience and love for working with children.

  • Kristen Frank

    Kristen Frank, Center Director

    This isn't just my job, this is my passion. These children are simply precious, and it is overwhelmingly heart-warming to think I am contributing to their growth and development.

    I am a graduate of Rutger's University with a degree in Psychology.  I knew since I was a little girl, that I wanted to work with children, and have not changed my mind since.  After teaching Kindergarten, I found my niche in Early Childhood development, and over the years developed experience in Sales and Marketing as well.  One of my favorite things about this job, is events, when I have the opportunity to bring families together and create forever memories!  At KinderCare Wall, it is an extention of our immediate families, and the support and love goes far beyond these walls.

    Previous Experience:
    I started my career as a Kindergarten Teacher in the public school, and then made the switch to Pre-School. I have been in the childcare industry for over ten years, both as a teacher, Assistant Director, and Director.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Certified Teacher Pre-K-5th; B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology
  • Lisa LoPomo

    Lisa LoPomo, Assistant Director

    Lisa has been with the company since 1987 and wouldn’t change a thing. She has worked in the Manalapan Center & the Toms River Center through the years. Lisa also cooks the children their wonderful, healthy meals daily. She loves being a part of each & every child’s life.

    Year Started:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 years
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, Program Specialist

    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts
  • Ms. Maureen

    Ms. Maureen, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Kimmy

    Miss Kimmy, Toddler Classroom

    My name is Ms. Kim and I am the Toddler Teacher! I have been with KinderCare since August of 2008.  I have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, and have been working with children for as long as I can remember.  I love each and every one of my students, and pride myself and providing a safe and nurturing environment!  I definitely spoil them with lots of hugs and kisses!

    In this class, the children are 18 months to 2 1/2 years old. The curriculum focuses on the growth of the whole child while providing activities for language, social, cognitive, emotional and physical development. The learning centers include dramatic play, library, sensory, creative arts, blocks, and music as a part of the Toddlers everyday learning.  Follow along with our monthly themes and explore the world through your two year Toddler’s eyes; oh, what a magical place it is!

    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Jessica, Older Toddlers

    My name is Ms. Jessica and I am the Discovery Preschool teacher! I have over 10 years of childcare experience, and my team and I are pleased to be able to care for your child in the best possible way that they deserve. We have planned many different activities to help stimulate your child’s development and get them ready for the next step. Our ultimate goal is to see your child reach his or her full potential and to see them succeed. The program of which we developed is an environment that allows your child the ability in choosing, decision making, and of course rule following. We are teaching your child the blue prints he or she needs in a fun, interactive environment that they will not only enjoy but will thrive in.

    We work with your child with developmental lessons that will encourage them in areas of various skills such as cognitive, motor, language, social, sensory, and practical life. This will be through song, hands on activities, coloring, creating and manipulation of objects bringing out the creativity of each individual in our classroom.


    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Kathy

    Ms. Kathy, Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Classrooms

    I am Miss Kathy, the Pre-Kindergarten teacher!  We are a kindergarten preparatory class that concentrates on laying the foundation for your child to be ready for kindergarten.  I am a Toms River resident, and have been married for 45 years!  I have been with KC for 30 years!  I hold a B.A. in Social Studies and Education, and have always loved watching the children grow and discover new things.

    Prekindergarten focuses on many aspects of a child’s learning.  We introduce letter recognition and word identification through sight words.  Beginning math skills are taught through hands on experiences and demonstration.  We also introduce beginning Spanish.  I teach the children the importance of team work yet expressing their independence, using our listening skills and the sense of observation. 


    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Teacher Certified K-8

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Best of the Best Childcare in Monmouth County 2014 & 2015

    Best of the Best Childcare in Monmouth County 2014 & 2015

  • NAEYC Accredited

    NAEYC Accredited

  • #1 Most Loved Preschool on HulaFrog Southern Monmouth

    #1 Most Loved Preschool on HulaFrog Southern Monmouth

  • Most Loved Preschool and All Around Summer Camp 2015

    Most Loved Preschool and All Around Summer Camp 2015

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

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 center safety features include a keypad entry with the code being changed at least every six months and each playground is fully fenced in. All of our staff is First Aid and CPR certified, as well as background checked and fingerprinted before working with the children. We have a Health & Safety Coordinator on site with monthly fire drills as well as Disaster Drills.

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.

Dear KinderCare Teachers, Thank you for all that do for our children every day. Our children are very lucky to have all of you in their lives! Love the families of Julia Z, Ryan M, Riley and Dominick and Nicole.

- Julia, Ryan, Riley, Dominick & Nicole

My daughter has been enrolled in KinderCare for over 4 months and has shown a great improvement with her social skills. The facility really keeps the children engaged and gives me a peace of mind that my daughter is getting quality care from a caring staff. Every time I enter the facility I am warmly greeted and my daughter is always in a pleasant mood, so I know the staff is doing their job to keep my child happy. I receive thorough communication about my daughter’s daily activities and new events going on in the KinderCare facility. I have full confidence that my child is greatly benefiting from her experiences at KinderCare.

- Father

I actually find myself with a few moments and I wanted to get some thoughts out to you. As the end of the year approaches, it is only natural that we start looking back and looking ahead. As new(ish) parents, this year was crazy for us as we are still trying to find a balance between all aspects of our lives. On top of that, our plans for our daughter came crashing down not once, but twice over the span of a few months. A year ago today, I didn’t know KinderCare existed, you weren’t a part of it, etc. etc.
Today I find myself dropping off my daughter day in and day out without a care or concern that she will be well taken care of. I know that I have a skewed view of your school because I drop off so early and when I do pick up it’s at the very end of the day. Even understanding that I don’t know what the “normal school” is like, you all have made me feel like you have a vested, personal interest in Wren and our family. I am shocked an amazed how much each staff member knows about us, our duaghter and our requests. As a teacher myself, I have often dealt with parents and numerous families. I know there are things and sayings that mean more than others as well as ones that just make parents happy. In my interactions with you I can see that “business manager” coming out on occasion, but knowing that side of you makes me feel even more secure that your care for my daughter is genuine and not simply an act for us.
Over and over you all make me feel that our duaghter is not just another student. I have no idea how you keep everything straight, why you can recall and remember so much about her or if you feel the same way about everyone. But the reality is that you and your staff make me feel like we ended up in the best possible situation for our daughter.
I know she can be a handful sometimes and I know that my wife and I aren’t the easiest parents to deal with, but please know that I appreciate you all so much. You, all that staff that wipe away the tears in the morning and of course her classroom teachers that keep her busy all day. If I had all of their emails I would thank them individually, but as is typical of me, I am asking you for something else, please relate my warmest thoughts to all of them.
Thank you for all that you’ve done for our family.


- Father

I am quite fond of how interactive the learning experience has been for my daughter. KinderCare of Wall allows kids to be kids, while maintaining structure to the day. The added benefits of extracurricular activities offered during the day hours is a huge help for our busy family. The entire staff's love and passion is unyielding, I have to believe my child's enrollment here will have a positive effect on my child while will last a lifetime. Thank you KinderCare staff for all you do every day "You are Awesome!" The Lockwoods

- Mother

My daughter is 2 and 1/2. She wasn't supposed to stay with Kindercare this long. I enrolled her when she was 5 months old with the intentions of switching her to a school that my son had attended until Kindergarten once she turned 2. (That was their minimum age of enrollment).
I knew by her first birthday that I'd be keeping her at Kindercare though.
Miss Jaime was her first teacher and she was a big part of the reason why we stayed. I just knew that my daughter wouldn't have received the same amount of attention and love from anyone else and I wouldn't have felt as comfortable and confident with any other caregiver.
Miss Kimmy and Miss Kylie are also wonderful, my daughter has graduated from their classroom but she still asks about them every morning. She still gets hugs from Miss Kimmy every time she sees her. That speaks volumes to me as a mother. It reassures me that my child loves where she is at least 8 long hours a day and that she is happy and above all, loved back. She's not just a student here, she's treated like family and I know from my past experience that you don't find that in every school. 

- Mother

From the first week we started our daughter at KinderCare we said “we wish we started her sooner.” We noticed immediate improvement in her cognitive, social and motor skills. It was amazing! What’s more, we learned quickly that she was in great hands no matter how early we dropped her off or how late we had to pick her up. Every staff member that comes in contact with our daughter is both a teacher and a care giver. She is loved and educated at all times. 

- Parents

My daughter is 4 years old and has been going to Kindercare for a little over a month. We wanted to find a school that can transport her from her AM class in the elementary school for the rest of the day. This has allowed her to keep very busy which is just what she needed. They offer a great educational program, in addition to the "extras" like cooking, phonics, karate and dance. For working parents, this means a lot - it's hard to find the extracurricular programs out in the community that work with my schedule. She loves her friends and teachers at Kindercare and I'm glad that we made the decision to send her there.

- Mother

From the moment I was first welcomed to tour Wall Kindercare I knew this was a great place for my daughter. I've always had a warm welcome and approachable experience with the administration and staff. My daughter is in the Infant program and I could not be happier with her teachers, Ms. Jamie and Ms. Michelle. It’s the greatest peace of mind to know that my daughter is in caring and safe hands. 

- Mother

My experience with Kindercare for the past 2 years has been nothing short of wonderful. The staff
members are very involved and nurturing with the children and are clearly passionate about what they do.
They listen to and address concerns in a professional manner. My toddler has loved each of his teachers
and has a great time learning and playing at Kindercare. I feel very comfortable leaving my children in the
capable hands of the staff members of this center while I am at work.

- Mother

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