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Monroe KinderCare

Amy Davey, Center Director

304 Elm St. Monroe CT 06468
(203) 445-9548 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
near Elm St & Route 111

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Monroe Elementary, Fawn Hollow Elementary, Stepney Elementary, St. Jude Elementary, Mohegan Elementary in Shelton, Elizabeth Shelton, Booth Hill in Shelton, Jockey Hollow Middle School, Chalk Hill Middle School, and Sandy Hook Elementary

We are proud to announce that the Monroe KinderCare® has earned national  accreditation with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  As a nationally accredited center, Monroe KinderCare has gone through a rigorous self-study process of program assessment, continuous improvement, and self-reflection.  We also had an external validation by a carefully trained independent expert to ensure that we met the highest standard of quality in the field of early childhood education.  We are one of only about 10% of centers that are accredited nationwide.  This marks the first time this center has achieved accreditation.

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Welcome

Our experts designed our classrooms-- and every activity and lesson--to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play, art, blocks and sensory in every classroom, children have the opportunity for child-initiated discovery and social play. You will also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children's literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we are helping develop early literacy and writing skills. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we are excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning! We approach our programs hoping to make this a great "first school" experience for your child to set them up for success in life!

Amy Davey, Center Director

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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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at the Monroe KinderCare are passionate about what they do! They have their Bachelor's degree, Associates degree or Child Development Credential to back up what they know! We offer an environment where every teacher is educated and professional, even wearing our standard dress code daily to further demonstrate our professional environment. Some of our teachers have been here since our center opened in 2002 and our average tenure is five years. Our whole team participates in continuing education through monthly staff meetings and company wide trainings that are held twice a year. Our teachers offer 100% customer service to every family here at our center and are proud of what we do! Our building is neat, clean, and organized showcasing our learning environments. They have amazing commitment and outstanding personalities!

  • Amy Davey

    Amy Davey, Center Director

    I love working with teachers to create a positive first school experience for our children! And I love being a part of the future! It is said that it takes a village to raise a child and I am happy to be a part of that village!

    Amy has been the Center Director at KinderCare since August of 2010. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education and had 14 years of center management experience before coming to KinderCare! She has taught almost every age group before becoming a manager. The bulk of her teaching experience was as a Kindergarten teacher. Her seasoned experience in management makes her an effective leader. She has brought light and new life to the Monroe KinderCare and plans on continuing the excitement and enthusiasm at this center.

    Previous Experience:
    Amy has been a center manager for over 14 years.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Alissa Belcher

    Alissa Belcher, Assistant Director

    Alissa has her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with over fifteen years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field. She has direct experience working with families  on development and parenting skills. Alissa has eleven years experience working at a Center doing everything from bookkeeping to working in the classrooms. She brings lots of energy and zest for this field.

    Previous Experience:
    Alissa most recently worked with families in their homes providing parenting skills, development information and did developmental screenings. Prior to that she spent ten years working as Head Teacher at a Center and working with all age groups from Infant to School Age.
    Year Started:
    10/28/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Miss Ayanna Lopez

    Miss Ayanna Lopez, Discovery Preschool

    Miss Ayanna is a great addition to our Discovery Preschool room!

    Previous Experience:
    Working in the mental health field as well as experience babysitting.
    Year Started:
    9/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Child Psychology
  • Ms. Cynthia

    Ms. Cynthia, Discovery Preschool

    Miss Cynthia comes to us with over 29+ years experience working with young children. She has a teenage daughter of her own and is such a great asset to Kindercare and works in our Discovery Preschool room.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Cynthia has owned her own daycare as well as worked at another center.
    Year Started:
    6/15/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    29+ Years!!
  • Miss Danielle

    Miss Danielle, Discovery Preschool

    Miss Danielle comes to us with her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and loves working in our Discovery Preschool program.

    Previous Experience:
    Danielle has experience working in another center and babysitting.
    Year Started:
    9/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelors in ECE and Sociology
  • Miss Sabrina

    Miss Sabrina, Discovery Preschool

    Miss Sabrina has a young daughter of her own and is working with our Discovery Preschool class with Miss Jenn!

    Year Started:
    9/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Miss Danielle

    Miss Danielle, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Danielle has her Bachelors degree and her CDA. Danielle has experience with all age groups. She has decided to take over as one of the lead teachers in our Infant room and has really excelled in her role.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Danielle was a babysitter and nanny.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4Years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree
  • Ms. Stephanie N.

    Ms. Stephanie N., Infant Classroom

    Live each day like it is your last!

    Ms. Stephanie moved to Connecticut five years ago. She speaks in both Spanish and English during circle time with the babies so that they can gain exposure to both languages.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stephanie was previously an Assistant Center Director in Brooklyn before coming to our KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    4/24/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Stephanie L.

    Miss Stephanie L., Infant/Toddler Classroom

    Live life to the fullest.

    Ms. Stephanie has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently finishing up her Bachelor's Degree. She has seven younger siblings whom she spends time with and helps to take care of. She also has previous tutoring experience.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Stephanie was a teacher's assistant, tutor, and babysitter.
    Year Started:
    7/14/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Tiffany

    Miss Tiffany, Pre-K

    Children are the future!

    Ms. Tiffany is working on attaining her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education; she currently takes two classes per semester. She has five years of experience working at another childcare center with the Preschool group. She loves to see the children each day and see the smile on their faces!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tiffany previously worked for five years at another childcare center with children ages three to four years old and taught religious education for ages one to four at her church.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Miss Erica

    Miss Erica, Toddlers

    Miss Erica has joined Miss Steph L in our toddler room and has been such a wonder addition to our KinderCare family.

    Previous Experience:
    Erica has experience babysitting as well as working witth youth at the YMCA.
    Year Started:
    8/18/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Toddlers

    I love seeing when the children learn something new and have that "Aahhh Haaa" moment!

    Miss Jenn comes to us with over 20+ years of expience in the ECE field. She has a true love and passsion for the ECE field.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Jenn has had over 20+ years in the ECE field.
    Year Started:
    8/26/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+
    Education:
    Bachelors in ECE
  • Miss Karen

    Miss Karen, Toddlers

    Ms. Karen comes to us with her Bachelors Degree and will be starting her CDA. She is our Toddler teacher here at KinderCare and enjoys coming to work each day and making a difference in each child's life.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Karen has several years experience working with children.
    Year Started:
    9/2/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
  • Ms. Shawna

    Ms. Shawna, Toddlers

    Miss Shawna comes to us with experience working with a variety of different age groups and works with Miss Karen in our Toddler room.

    Previous Experience:
    At risk youth and babysitting
    Year Started:
    10/9/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Caroline

    Ms. Caroline, Preschool

    Ms. Caroline has experience working with toddlers and two-year-old children, and also has a young daughter of her own! Ms. Caroline loves to read and enjoys having the children be excited about books!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to KinderCare, Ms. Caroline has had previous experience at another childcare center.
    Year Started:
    8/25/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Joy

    Ms. Joy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Life is not about the number of breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away!

    Ms. Joy came into this field wanting to make a positive impact on the lives of children. She is always learning new ways and techniques to use with children. She uses music and lots of laughter in her classroom to ensure that each child feels loved.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Joy was busy raising seven children of her own!
    Year Started:
    3/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas Day.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of our students and staff is our main priority here at KinderCare. In order to ensure that this is a safe place and a secure environment, we have a number of safeguards in place. We secure the building with a coded alarm system, the code to which is only given to our staff and families. We update the code at least every six months so that families that no longer attend or staff that no longer works here do not have access to our building. Visitors to our center must ring a doorbell and be greeted by a staff member in order to enter the building. Our entire staff (with the exceptions of new hires) is certified in CPR and First Aid and at least one medication certified staff member is in the building at all times. We do daily exterior checks for safety hazards, monthly whole center checks and monthly safety training/discussions to ensure that our building is a safe place for our students and staff.

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.

My husband and I couldn't be happier with the experience we have had with our son over the past year at KinderCare. As working parents, this center made the transition for me back to work after just a few weeks very smooth and comforting, knowing he was in good hands. Every day since, we drop off our son and he is super excited to see his friends in their classroom and recently the activity room! The daily feedback and constant communication between the teachers and parents have given us the ease and comfort to never have to worry about him while we are working and know he is in a place that is educating him both socially and mentally. The center is constantly changing things up and doing special events and programs that make each day unique and special. They always remember milestones and birthdays and send home keepsake artwork pieces that we will treasure forever. We feel truly lucky to have found such an amazing place to bring our child and feel 100% comfortable each day we drop him off and when we see his smiling face when we pick him up. Thank you so much to the fantastic & talented infant teachers for all your hard work & everything you do for our families. 

- Mother

I wanted to thank you and the staff at Kinder Care for being so wonderful to Ronald. Even though he was there only one day a week, I truly feel he benefited from his experience. He was always excited to go to school his one day and I feel he enjoyed being around everyone at KinderCare.

- Mother

I love that my son Ben goes to KinderCare. It is a place where you feel safe dropping your child off. The staff is great with the kids and extremely professional. I would recommend KinderCare to anyone.

- Mother

KinderCare is an amazing place for kids. The team here is very friendly and they always make sure that the kids are happy and comfortable. At the same time, the kids excel academically. My 18-month-old has been going here for the past three months and he can sing nursery rhymes, sing his ABC song, identify all the animals and their sounds, all parts of the body and many more. I have noticed a tremendous change in his vocabulary. He is always looking forward to go to the daycare, which is the best part. I used to call to check on him three times a day in his previous daycare but here, I don't even bother checking on him because I know he is in the best hands. Ms. Amy, the center director, and Ms. Candace, the assistant center director, are two wonderful ladies. They have always accommodated our needs. A special thanks goes to my son's teacher Ms. Veronica for taking such a good care of him. If I can give more than five stars to this place, I'd gladly do it!

- Mother

Our three-year-old was sad at her former preschool. We switched to Monroe KinderCare and worried that the transition would be tough, but we needn’t have worried. Our girl has loved KinderCare from the first day. They treat her with respect, and give her autonomy, guidance, and both creative and energy outlets suitable for her age. Our whole family is happier now.

- Mother

It's never easy to drop your baby off at daycare for the first time, but leaving our daughter with the caring and devoted staff at KinderCare made this transition so much easier. Now looking back we can't believe it's been almost two years since we dropped her off for the first time and how much she has grown since then because of the love, caring and support of all her teachers.

- Parents

Any time I have come to Ms. Amy Ms. Candace with a concern, they immediately take action. It's comforting knowing that they really listen and react to feedback.

- Mother
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