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Milford KinderCare

Sarah Lutheran, Center Director

39 Wellington Rd. Milford CT 06460
(203) 876-2796 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Pumpkin Delight School Mathewson Elementary School John F Kennedy Elementary School


Welcome to KinderCare of Milford where everything we do is designed for learning. Our center is open and inviting to all of our families. The teachers and staff are caring, dedicated and knowledgeable about providing a quality environment for the children in their care.
Schedule a tour today to meet the teachers and see why our center is the perfect place for your child. Refer a Friend a receive a $200.00 credit on the fifth week of enrollment!

Sarah Lutheran, 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.

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.


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?

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Milford KinderCare are dedicated and passionate individuals who truly love working with the children at our center. We have staff who have been with the KinderCare team for many years. The majority of our team have their Child Development Associate, Bachelors Degree or Master's Degree. We are very proud of our team at Milford KinderCare and the success they have in the education of the children in our community.

  • Sarah Lutheran

    Sarah Lutheran, Center Director

    The greatest feeling is knowing you took part in building the early foundations for a child's success in the future.

    Sarah has been working with KinderCare since 2005. She has held different teaching positions before moving into management. Sarah really enjoys her new role as Center Director, but still loves jumping into the classroom when she can. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies with a focus in Psychology and Sociology, and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary and Special Education Collaborative. Sarah is very enthusiastic and passionate about her job!

    Previous Experience:
    In her 10 years with KinderCare, Sarah has worked with a variety of age groups in our Shelton and Hamden centers. Before stepping into management, Sarah worked in the Prekindergarten, Private Kindergarten and School Age classrooms. Sarah was promoted to Assistant Director in Shelton in 2011. In 2012, Sarah transfered to the Milford center for future opportunities.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree, Bachelor's of Arts Degree
  • Debbie Morales

    Debbie Morales, Assistant Director

    Ms. Debbie has been at KinderCare since 2013. Prior to working at KinderCare, she was prekindergarten and head teacher in another facility. Ms. Debbie has 12 credits in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelors degree in Recreation and Leisure and has her Child Development Associate credentials. Since starting at our center, she has worked in our prekindergarten program. Ms. Debbie is an awesome addition to our team and is constantly doing fun projects with her class. In her spare time, she likes playing and reading with her daughters, and going on family outings and vacations.

    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Leisure and Child Development Associate credentials
  • Ms. Joanne

    Ms. Joanne, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Joanne has been at KinderCare since 2015. Prior to working at KinderCare, she has been a tutor, nanny, camp counselor and taught in another learning center. Ms. Joanne went to school in Puerto Rico and is certified in Preschool Education. Since starting at our center, she has made a wonderful addition to our Infant Program. In her spare time, Joanne likes to fish, go to the gym, read and relax on the beach.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Certified in Preschool Education, Pursuing Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. LeAnna

    Ms. LeAnna, Infant Classroom

    Ms. LeAnna started working with KinderCare in 2015. Prior to working at KinderCare, she was a CNA in a Pediatric Division, operated a home daycare and taught Behavioral Health. Since starting at our center, she has worked in many areas of our building before taking on a role as a Discovery Preschool teacher. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her kids, go to the beach (even in the winter) and cook. She loves looking up new Pinterest recipes!

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

    Ms. Marjorie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Marjorie started at KinderCare in 2015. Prior to working at KinderCare, she worked for a program called Project Learn and in a church childcare setting. Since starting at our center, she has added such a lovely addition to our Toddler Program. Her students great her every morning with a hug. In her spare time, she likes to play guitar, go to the movies and she enjoys sports. She loves soccer and is a big Mets fan!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Felicia

    Ms. Felicia, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I personally love my job because I love working with children and I am passionate when it comes to children's needs, and how they are feeling. I am proud to help them in any way I can, help them to feel good about themselves, and make them happy to be around me.

    Ms. Felicia has been at KinderCare since 2012. Prior to working at KinderCare, she did volunteer work at a different childcare center and transported both children and adults. Ms. Felicia recently finished and received her child development associate credential through KinderCare. Since starting at our center, she has worked in our Discovery Preschool program. Ms. Felicia's really cares about the children in her classroom. In her spare time, she likes to sing and spend lots of time with her family.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Heather has been at KinderCare since 2013. Prior to working at KinderCare, she has worked with special needs children and in other childcare settings. Ms. Heather has some credits in Early Childhood Education and working towards her child development associate credential. Since starting at our center, she has worked in our Discovery Preschool program. Ms. Heather also teaches our Cooking Adventures Program. The parents here in Milford are very excited to have Heather as a member of our family. In her spare time, she likes to cook, take walks with her family and watch movies.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Honorata "Oni"

    Ms. Honorata "Oni", Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Oni has been at KinderCare since 2015. Prior to working at KinderCare, she taught in another learning center with several different age groups. Ms. Oni has a bachelor's degree in marketing and is currently working towards her child development associate credential. Since starting at our center, she has worked with all of our two year old teachers before taking on her own classroom. In her spare time, Oni likes to spend time with her five year old son and husband, read books and write poetry.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science Degree, Pursuing Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Nicole has been at KinderCare since 2015. Prior to working at KinderCare, she worked with preschool age children in the Special Education Program in the Ansonia Public Schools. Since starting at our center, she has jumped right into our Preschool Program working alongside Ms. Amy. In her spare time, Nicole likes go to church, spend time with her family, and go out to eat.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Sara started at KinderCare in 2015. Prior to working at KinderCare, she worked at two other childcare facilities with different age groups. Ms. Sara has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Inclusive Education. She also has a certificate in Children and Youth Mental Health. Since starting at our center, she has been a great addition to our Prekindergarten program. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her grandchildren, read books, do Zumba and attend church.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate Degree
  • Ms. Marisa

    Ms. Marisa, Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Marisa has been at KinderCare since 2011. Prior to working at KinderCare, she was a tutor and substitute teacher in the Bridgeport Public School System. Ms. Marisa has her bachelor's degree in human development and family relations. She also has a master's degree in education and is certified to teach K-6. Since starting at our center, she has taught our Private Kindergarten and Summer Camp programs. In her spare time, she likes to travel and spend time with her friends and family.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Master's Degree, Connecticut Teaching Certificate
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Center Chef

    Ms. Linda has been at KinderCare since 2007. Prior to working at KinderCare, she taught nursery school, worked in a pediatrician office and cooked in a cafeteria. Ms. Linda is Safe Serve certified. Since starting at our center, she has filled the bellies of all our staff and children. Ms. Linda does so much for our building and we would be lost without her! In her spare time, she likes to walk on the beach, spend time with her family, and bowl/play baseball with her Special Olympics team.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Safe Serve Certified
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Seasonal Staff

    Ms. Stephanie has been at KinderCare since 2013. Prior to working at KinderCare, she did internships and worked with children privately. Ms. Stephanie recently finished her degree in Mathematics and is pursuing a higher degree in Secondary Educataion. Since starting at our center, she has worked in every classroom, but mainly our School-age Summer Program. In her spare time, Stephanie likes to spend time with her family, play sports and travel.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Bachelors Degree, Pursuing Master's Degree
  • Ms. Annalys

    Ms. Annalys, Support Staff

    Ms. Annalys has been at KinderCare since 2013. Prior to working at KinderCare, she did volunteer work, took care of her cousins and was a teachers assistant. Ms. Annalys has a associate degree in business management and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree. Since starting at our center, Annalys has worked around our building supporting our teachers and filling in for them when needed. In her spare time she likes to watch movies, listen to music and read historical books.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate Degree; Pursuing Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Beth

    Ms. Beth, Support Staff

    Ms. Beth has been at KinderCare since 2014. Prior to working at KinderCare, she did fieldwork and an internship in an Elementary School. Ms. Beth has a bachelor's degree in English and her master's degree in Elementary Education. She is currently pursuing her teaching certification. Since starting at our center, Beth has worked around our building supporting our teachers and filling in for them when needed. In her spare time she likes to shop, the beach, going out to eat and spending time with friends.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, Pursuing Connecticut Certification
  • Ms. Joan

    Ms. Joan, Support Staff

    Ms. Joan has been at KinderCare since 2002. Prior to working at KinderCare, she worked in other child care centers, babysat and has taken care of three children of her own. Since starting at our center, she has worked in every classroom. She was a classroom teacher, but over the last few years she has helped us out opening our building. We would be lost without her! In her spare time, Joan likes to go walking, spend time with her family and work on her house.

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

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

We are pleased to announce that Milford KinderCare® has now been awarded accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC accreditation confirms the commitment and dedication of the Milford KinderCare® teachers and staff to provide an exceptional level of quality education and care to children and families. This marks the first time the center has achieved accreditation.

NAEYC accreditation has become the mark of quality in early childhood education, and is based on a comprehensive set of performance standards and criteria. Only 10 percent of early childhood programs in the nation achieve this esteemed recoginition. Accreditation is a rigorous process, involving intensive self-study and a site-visit by a team of experts. In awarding accreditation, NAEYC focuses on the center’s environment and curriculum, measuring it against a national set of standards of education, health and safety. The quality of communication among children, parents and staff is also taken into consideration.

We are so proud of our amazing staff and their accomplishment on achieving this accreditation!

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

The health and safety of the children and staff is our main priority here at Milford KinderCare. Our building is equipped with a keypad entry for all enrolled families and our outside perimeter gates are locked to ensure security. While the building is open, we have a staff member who is certified in CPR, First Aid and Medication Administration onsite. Our Health and Safety Coordinator, Ms. Heather ensures that all safety measures are maintained throughout the building. We also have a facilities technician on call at all times.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

KinderCare of Milford's staff have been great.  Our son started attending when he was three years old.  They welcomed him and continue to make his experience a caring, safe, and fun time.  The staff cares for all the children and really take the time to speak to me when I need them to.

- (Mother of a Preschool Child)

We have been part of the KinderCare family since 2010. We were impressed on our very first visit. The staff was very welcoming and answered all of our questions. We wanted to find a child care center that would give us peace of mind, while providing our children with the best start at education. We knew that KinderCare was the place for us. We now have two children at KinderCare and they are both very happy there. I would love to take credit for all that my children have learned, but the credit goes to the wonderful staff. They are loving and supportive and they make learning fun! They take the time to know each child and their family. At the end of the day, I know that my children are safe, having a good time and learning. Thank you for all you do.

- (Mother of a Discovery Preschool and Kindergarten Child)

I feel fortunate to have found such a great learning center for my child. He has excelled above and beyond my expectations and I am truly greatful for the wonderful teachers whom have guided him. The staff at KinderCare have become like family and I know that they have my child's best interest in everything they do.

- (Mother of a Discovery Preschool Child)

Deciding on a center for your children is such a stressful thing! When we walked into the Milford KinderCare building for the first time, we felt a huge sense of relief. The rooms are clean, the space is secure, and the classrooms are age-appropriate and bright and fun! Though we have seen some teachers go, there is a consistency in the level of care and concern for our children. They have fun during the day, but they are also learning and thriving. We feel incredibly blessed to be part of this family who loves and cares for our children as their own! No price can be put on our peace of mind or on the amount of love our children receive there every day.

- (Mother of a Discovery Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten Child)

We chose KinderCare Learning Center back in 2005 for our first son because the hours were so great, and it was close to our home and extended family. 6:30 PM pick-up really helps when you work crazy hours, as does their minimal holiday schedule and very few storm-related cancellations. We always know we can count on KinderCare to be there for us when we need them. Also, the fact that KinderCare offered hot lunch and transportation to and from our son's future elementary school was a huge plus for us. Finally, having a summer camp option, phonics and other value-added learning programs available is just another bonus. When we had our second child in 2008, it was a no-brainer to send him to KinderCare as well. KinderCare is a nurturing, safe environment with wonderful teachers and a great curriculum for the kids. We are proud to say our boys are both products of KinderCare.

- (Parents of a School-age Child)

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