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Manchester KinderCare

Jeanne Callahan, Center Director

481 Spring St. Manchester CT 06040
(860) 646-1610 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Welcome

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

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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.

Monthly Activities

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.

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.

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.

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.

Swim Classes During Summer Camp

Teachers & Staff

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!!!

  • Jeanne Callahan

    Jeanne Callahan, Center Director

    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.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    1/15/1990
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
  • Ms. Fiona Moylan

    Ms. Fiona Moylan, Assistant Director

    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 children's lives. She is lucky to be the mother of three beautiful children and loves to read and garden in her spare time.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Fiona came to our center after being the Center Director of the Hebron KinderCare
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree

    Year Started:
    10/2/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Napping House

    Year Started:
    9/4/1990
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Kelsey

    Ms. Kelsey, Infant Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Kelsey comes to us with several years of experience in the filed of Early Childhood Education. She has worked with children of all ages and comes with a love and passion for them.
    Year Started:
    5/11/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Liz

    Ms. Liz, Infant Classroom

    I love to watch the children learn new and exciting things. Watching their happy expressions as they participate in an activity always makes my day.

    When Miss Liz's parents began fostering children about ten 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.

    Previous Experience:
    She has worked as a nanny for two years.
    Year Started:
    6/29/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor of Psychology from UCONN
  • Ms. Fernanda

    Ms. Fernanda, Toddler Classroom

    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 interpreter for children and families in Ct. courts. She is the mother of a beautiful two year old daughter and is so happy to be with us.

    Previous Experience:
    Au Pair for several years
    Year Started:
    9/9/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Education
  • Ms. Krishelle, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/9/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Nancy, Infant and Toddler Classrooms

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Nancy ran an in-home childcare center for 13 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Miss Spider

    Year Started:
    9/11/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
  • Ms. Shardae, Infant and Toddler Classrooms

    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.

    Year Started:
    10/9/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Ms. Shardae is currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    2/10/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate credential
  • Ms. Bethany

    Ms. Bethany, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Bethany has been working with children 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.

    Year Started:
    2/3/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    9/15/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Trina

    Ms. Trina, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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!

    Year Started:
    10/11/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Elena

    Ms. Elena, Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Elena worked in the Manchester Board of Education Special Education program, the Manchester Emergency Shelter Program, was a Sunday School teacher and ran a private in-home daycare center for over ten years.
    Year Started:
    8/11/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    33 Years
  • Ms. Shyra

    Ms. Shyra, Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    1/6/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Dominique

    Ms. Dominique, Preschool Classroom

    Miss Dominique has been working with children for the last four years, and has a love for teaching. She is a warm and nurturing teacher who is always there for her children.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Dominique has worked for a number of years in area childcare centers.
    Year Started:
    10/26/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts
  • Ms. Milly

    Ms. Milly, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Milly has extensive experience in child and adolescent residential settings. She has worked with children and their families in many different settings, and has a true passion for children.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Amazing Grace

    Year Started:
    9/9/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Miss Milly holds a Master Degree in Social Work, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work
  • Ms. Ann

    Ms. Ann, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Ann has been working in child care centers for five years.
    Year Started:
    9/12/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Child Study
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, School Age Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Heather did a work study program in a daycare and elementary school.
    Year Started:
    11/12/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Elementary Education, Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Nicole, Floater

    Year Started:
    3/14/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Mr. James, Cook

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

Our center is closed for the following holidays:
New Year's Day
President's DAy
Memorial Day
July 4th
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day AFter Thanksgiving
Chiristmas Day

Health and Safety

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.

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 love that my son is learning how to behave around other children and adults, learning his numbers and letters, practicing his love of cooking in Cooking Adventures, and is practicing his manners each and every day!!!

- Mother

KinderCare has been a blessing to my family. From the moment we walked in the doors of this facility, we knew we'd found a special place. The teachers and staff love, care for and nurture our children each and every day. We continue to be impressed by the attention and support given to each child. Learning and developmental growth are evident on a regular basis. Our minds are at ease each time we walk out their doors to start our work days. We know our kids are in the best care.

- Parents

The teachers in my school have helped my child be the best little guy he can be!!! They have helped him make and keep friends, use his words, take risks (no more binky), and explore new things (potty time!!!!) He loves school because his teachers truly love him. Thank you for helping him grow with such confidence.

- Mother
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