Mariella Domajnko-Pugh, Center Director
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Welcome to the Milford KinderCare! We offer an environment that is warm and welcoming where everything we do in the classroom is geared towards helping your child to grow developmentally. Every classroom is designed with the whole child in mind. We offer activities throughout the day to get your child ready for his or her next developmental stage, either it be learning how to walk or writing his or her name.
Mariella Domajnko-Pugh, 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.
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.
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.
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 at Milford KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. We have teachers that have been here for a couple years, some that have been here for five years, and some staff that are reaching fifteen years! They are all compassionate about what they do and excited to further their education to be the best they can be!
I strive to continually improve service to children and families and build strong relationships.
Molly began her career at KinderCare in 2004 at the Franklin center while completing a degree in Special Education and taking courses in Child Care Administration. In her current role, Molly works closely with the teachers to ensure that they have the proper tools to execute the curriculum to meet the individual needs of each child. She is very passionate about sustaining a quality learning environment. Outside of KinderCare, Molly also teaches in the evening. She loves to go to Red Sox games!
We are going to have a super fun day!
Miss Karen is our energetic, thoughtful and kind Learning Adventures teacher. Karen educates the children in the center who participate in the phonics, math, cooking, and music programs. In the past year Miss Karen has also added the gardening club to her list!
Miss Ellen loves working in the infant room because she is able to see the important milestones of each child. She truly believes in early childhood education and knows the importance of the first years. Miss Ellen loves spending quality time with her children and grandchildren on the weekends! Her favorite color is blue and loves to eat pasta!
Miss Cathy is passionate about working with children and help them learn their first words. She enjoys her everyday interactions with the children in her classroom!
Miss Sue loves to help and watch the toddlers grow and learn new things. Her favorite sweet treat to enjoy is chocolate! If Miss Sue is not at work educating the children she is spending time with her family. She loves to be with her grandchildren.
Children are wonderful, fun, silly, creative, gentle and happy. It is a privilege to be a part of their daily lives!
Ms. Jenn is a great asset to our KinderCare family. She does a great job transforming her classroom to fit the monthly theme. She really enjoys playing in the dramatic play area with her students, and dressing up. Ms. Jenn is also wonderful at bringing the outside world inside! If the children in her class take an interest in something, she flies with it and does extra activities along with her curriculum to keep their minds growing!
Miss Bri is wonderful assest to our two year old classroom. She loves to educate young children and finds that circle time is a wonderful way to connect with each child. Bri enjoys cooking, especially stuffed peppers and is in love with the color green!
Miss Nicole is a perfect fit for our preschool program. She enjoys this classroom because the children love to help and participate a wide variety of activities. This is the classroom where the children become more independent and blossom from a toddler to preschooler.
Miss Kristina is a strong Pre-Kindergarten teacher. The curriculum is always fun, exciting and challenges the children to learn more everyday. She loves to teach the children how to write and practice their letters! If Miss Kristina is not at work she spending her time playing sports with friends and family.
Miss Ryan loves being with the Pre-Kindergarten classroom. When in the classroom she enjoys doing art projects and creating masterpieces with the children. Art allows each child to express themselves as an individual.
Miss Daphne works as the Pre-Kindergarten teacher in the summer months as she is in the process of earning her bachelor's degree from Wheelock in elementary education. Daphne enjoys working with all ages but especially the pre-k classroom. During her normal day at KinderCare you will find MIss Daphne reading with the children, playing tag on the playground and laughing during circle time!
I love working with children because I get to be an active part of their growth and development.
Ms. Alissa always brings her artistic abilities into the classroom and the children absolutely love that about her. She transforms her room to fit the theme perfectly! Ms. Alissa can turn a simple box into a castle and the children have so much fun using their imaginations! Not only is she artistic but she also fully understands the curriculum and always takes it to the next level. She will talk to the children about the theme and let them decide what kind of things they would like to learn!
Miss Kelsey is the full-time school age teacher. In this classroom she creates a variety of centers that caters to all childrens' needs, such as the arts, science exploration, homework club, athletics and much more. Miss Kelsey is also fortunate enough to send her own three year old daughter to our preschool program and watch her learn and grow on a daily basis.
Miss Kayla a wonderful youthful and energentic addition to our school age classroom. Kayla organizes and runs the sports camp as well in the summer months. She loves to promote a sense of team work to all children of all ages. Miss Kayla is currently enrolled at Westfield State and working towards her degree in elementary education. Along with athletics, Miss Kayla loves to do art projects with the children, you can always count on the classroom to be bright and colorful and filled with a variety of art!
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
Your child's safety and security is our number one priority. All of our staff have their CPR and First Aid certifications. We also have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site. Entry to the building requires entry of a security key pad in which only authorized personnel have the code.
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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