Jeanne Callahan, Center Director
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Welcome to Spring Street KinderCare. We are a nationally accredited (NAEYC) center in Manchester. That means we provide the highest standard of care and education in the United States. We are very proud of all the hard work and dedication our teachers have committed to achieve this goal. We would love to have you and your child join our school. A tour can be set up for your convenience. We have a lot to share!
Jeanne Callahan, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The teachers here at Manchester KinderCare are highly dedicated to children. Their love for what they do shows through each and every day. Most of our teachers have achieved an advanced degree, either a Child Development Associate's Degree or a Bachelor's Degree in early childhood education and some in elementary education. All are certified in First Aid and CPR. We even have a certified Lifeguard on staff for our swimming pool during the summer. Our staff tenure ranges from 23 years with KinderCare to one year. We have combined over 150 years of teaching at KinderCare!!!
It is an honor and privilege to care for and educate children. I take this responsibility very seriously and it gives me joy. It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child and I am happy to be part of the children's village.
Jeanne attended Duquesne University majoring in Elementary and Special Education. Children have always been her focus and caring for them is her dream come true. She has two grown children and two grandsons who own her heart. KinderCare has been her career choice since 1990. This center has been her home for the last 19 years. During this time the center has grown and become a center of Excellence recognized company wide as well as nationally accredited through NAEYC. Understanding that they make a difference in the lives of children and families has been her impetus for providing the highest standard for education and care. She is very proud to be the leader of such a dedicated and knowledgeable group of teachers and Managers. They make a great team!!! She loves what she does and loves their children. She feels she is a fortunate person to be able to do what she loves as career.
Teaching is Fun! Learning is Contagious!
Beth has held just about every position there is at KinderCare. She started as a Summer Camp Leader 25 years ago. After graduation and starting to work full time at KinderCare, she has taught Kindergarten, Discovery Preschool and worked in all other classrooms. She also was a Center Trainer, guiding new teachers at KinderCare. She has been our Assistant Director since the center opened in 1996.
Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them. -Lady Bird Johnson
Fiona has held many different positions while at KinderCare. She started as a Prekindergarten teacher, then Assistant Director, then moved onto Center Director of the Hebron center. She is passionate about children, and is grateful to be a part of so many childrens' lives.
She is lucky to be the mother of three beautiful children, and loves to read and garden in her spare time.
Ms. Karen began her career with KinderCare In 1990, as a Two's teacher in South Windsor KinderCare. She has been with the Manchester KinderCare since 1996. She is currently an Infant Teacher and loving every minute. She has also taught Kindergarten and Toddlers. In between classrooms she has also been an Assistant Director. While she enjoyed management, her heart was always in the classroom. She and her husband have three children, all of whom attended KinderCare. She also teaches ballet to three, four and five year old's, as well as helping rehearse the Nutcracker and Spring Shows. She thanks all of the parents for sharing their children with her.
I enjoy watching the children learn and grow. It is very exciting when a child learns a new skill and I am happy the families are willing to share some of these experiences with us.
I love to watch the children learn new and exciting things. Watching their happy expressions as they participate in an activiyt always makes my day.
When Miss Liz's parents began fostering children about 10 years ago, she knew she had found a passion for helping and teaching children. She has found over the years of fostering and nannying that an abundance of positive reinforcement and encouragement goes a long way (especially with children two years and under). In her classroom, she is always striving to have a lot of enthusiasm and make each and every child feel special. When they are happy and smiling, it makes her day. She is excited to come to work every day knowing that she makes a difference and that the children are excited about what she is teaching them.
We are so pleased to have Miss Fernanda join our family. She comes to us with experience caring for young children, and a love for learning. She has worked as an Au Pair for a Connecticut family for several years, as well as working as an interpreture for children and families in Ct. courts. She is the mother of a beautiful 2 year old daughter and is so happy to be with us.
I love working with children each and everyone is special to me!
Ms. Nancy works in our Infant and Toddler classrooms here at Manchester KinderCAre. She also visits other classrooms as a substitute teacher. She just loves working with children. She continues to further her Early Childhood Education through KinderCare Professional Development Days.
It's amazing to me how much the children learn and how quickly they catch on to what they have learned. Their smiles and cuddles always make my day!
Ms. Shardae is so excited to join our KinderCare family. She comes to us with experience supervising children of many ages, and has a true passion for children.
Ms. Jamie has been working at KinderCare for three and a half years. She currently holds a Child Development Associate Degree. In her three and a half years working here she has been one of our Discovery Preschool teachers. She enjoys doing many hands on activities including sensory, art, and movement. Each month, Ms. Jamie enjoys enriching her classroom for the theme. It always brings excitement to the children's eyes when the new theme starts. Outside of work, Ms. Jamie likes to spend time with her family and friends. She lives with her husband and her stepson and son. She is also expecting their newest addition in January 2013. Family is the most important part of their lives.
Bethany has been working with chilren since high school. She has worked as teacher, summer camp counselor, and is very involved in her church's youth group. She is a natural with children, always coming up with new and fun ways to teach her kids.
I love teaching in the Two's! They're such sponges at this age and it's amazing to see how much they learn!
Ms. Jen loves working with her two year old's here at Manchester KinderCare. She and her co-teacher Ms. Trina have been working together since 2010, and she is excited to come to work each day! Ms. Jen loves to read and go to the movies. She also loves different languages, and would love to travel to different countries.
I love working with the two year old's. I like listening to and talking with the children! They love learning and I feel lucky that I get to be a part of it everyday.
Ms. Trina is thrilled to be working here at KinderCare. She has been a part of KinderCare for many years starting here as an infant (many years ago) and now as two's teacher. She loves to dance and has taken and taught dance classes for many years. Ms. Trina also likes to listen to music and read. She loves watching your children learn and grow each day!
I love my children and see them as a tremendous blessing in my life.
Ms. Elena looks forward to coming to work each day, loving what she does. She enjoys nurturing her children’s interest in learning and promotes fun and interactive activities throughout the preschool day. Ms. Elena encourages an atmosphere of consistency, trust, honesty, respect, and kindness. Her classroom is set up to be very inviting for preschool age and one of her passions is to engage the children with props, music, and teaching with animation! She was the 2012 Educator of the Year.
I absolutely love working with children because everyday brings a new challenge and tons of fun!
Ms. Shyra was born and raised in Manchester, CT. She is currently working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Children's Psychology at Manchester Community College. Ms. Shyra has been working in childcare since 2008, and before working with toddlers she worked with high school youth.
Miss Dominique has been working with children for the last 4 years, and has a love for teaching. She is a warm and nurturing teacher who is always there for her children.
Ms. Heather has been at KinderCare for two years doing both the School Age After School Program and the tutorials during the morning. She really loves being here with all the different age groups. Ms. Heather has a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and would like to teach Second or Third graders. Working in the School Age classroom keeps her up to date with the older age group children. She loves to bring in fun projects to see how much fun her kids will have with them. On her own time, Ms. Heather is obsessed with books!!! She is always reading a new book, usually fantasy, drama or romance or any combination. She also loves to watch TV and movies with her friends and listen to music.
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.
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.
Our center is closed for the following holidays:
New Year's Day
Day AFter Thanksgiving
Welcome to KinderCare Learning center in Manchester, CT. As the Health and Safety Coordinator I would like to point out the steps we take on a daily basis to ensure the health and safety of each and every child in our center. We have a secured entrance with keypad entry. Every staff member is certified in First aid and CPR. We adhere to Dietary Restrictions, Preferences, and allergies, and are a Peanut free center. We have staff trained in the administration of Medication as well as Epi-Pen injection. Our playgrounds are spacious and allow for the children to exercise and play daily, thus promoting healthy bodies. We check our playground and equipment daily to ensure safe environments. And lastly all children are signed in and out by both the parents and the teachers in their classes to provide constant supervision.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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