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Congress Street KinderCare

Mariella Domajnko-Pugh, Center Director

235 Congress St. Milford MA 01757
(508) 473-0100 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 7 YEARS
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Memorial, Brookside, and Woodland Elementary Schools.

Welcome

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

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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.

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.

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.

Math

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

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!

  • Chrissy Boone, Assistant Director

    Chrissy began her career with KinderCare in 1998. She has worked at a few of our KinderCare sites in many different capacities. Chrissy also worked in the public school in the Special Education department working one on one with students. 

    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Special Education
  • Miss Karen, Learning Adventures

    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!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    8/22/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree from Framingham State University
  • Miss Ellen

    Miss Ellen, Infant Classroom

    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!

    Year Started:
    7/28/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Miss Cathy

    Miss Cathy, Toddler Classroom

    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!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Spot Goes to School

    Year Started:
    4/15/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Jenn

    Ms. Jenn, Toddler Classroom

    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!

    Year Started:
    8/1/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Teacher Certification
  • Miss Bri

    Miss Bri, Preschool Classroom

    Miss Bri is wonderful asset 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!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Harry Potter

    Year Started:
    3/12/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Education
  • Miss Nicole

    Miss Nicole, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Garden in a Box by Eve Bunting

    Year Started:
    1/9/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Teacher Certification
  • Miss Daphne

    Miss Daphne, Infant Classroom

    Miss Daphne works as the Prekindergarten 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 prekindergarten 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!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree

    Year Started:
    8/8/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Education
  • Ms. Alissa

    Ms. Alissa, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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!

    Year Started:
    5/1/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Teacher Certification

Upcoming Center Activities

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Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

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

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.

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.

I am so happy with the care my son gets at KinderCare. He loves his friends in the Toddler Classroom, and the teachers keep me well informed of the events throughout the day.

- Mother

Thank you for all your dedication and hard work with my children! I can't even explain how much of a blessing it has been finding this center and growing with you all like family. I will always value the effort you all put into making sure my children grow, engage, learn, and have a safe consistent place for them to be themselves and grow up!

- Mother

We are new to the center and I like how comfortable my son is there. Everyone has made us feel so welcome.

- Mother
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