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Moodus KinderCare

Michelle Gibbs, Center Director

99 Leesville Rd. Moodus CT 06469
(860) 873-9666 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Route 9 and Route 2

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
East Haddam, Regional School District#17

Welcome

Welcome to the Moodus KinderCare web page. We educate children from six weeks to 12 weeks of age. Come meet our exceptional staff and take a peek at our enhanced curriculum.

Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we're excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Michelle Gibbs, Center Director

Michelle Gibbs, 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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

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.

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.

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Teachers & Staff

Moodus KinderCare teachers are committed to providing our children with a high quality early learning environment. The majority of our teachers have a Child Development Associate's Credential, Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, or a pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. Our team participates in continuing education through company professional development trainings and monthly staff meetings. Come experience the love of learning with us!

  • Michelle Gibbs

    Michelle Gibbs, Center Director

    I truly enjoy providing a loving, safe and healthy environment where children are free to express who they are and be engaging in their learning environment.

    Michelle has been with KinderCare for 13 years. She started as a teacher in our School Age program. In 2005, she became Center Director. Michelle puts pride in building long lasting relationships with the families in her center. Michelle loves providing high quality education that each child deserves. 

    Year Started:
    1/1/2003
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree
  • Jessica Davis

    Jessica Davis, Assistant Director

    Nothing is more rewarding than the smile seen on a child's face as they discover something for the first time.

    Jessica has been with KinderCare for seven years. Jessica started her journey with KinderCare as a teacher in our Toddler program. She has also been a teacher in our Preschool, Prekindergarten and Learning Adventures programs. Jessica really enjoys being able to watch each child grow and being a part of their learning experience.  

    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, Infant Classroom

    I love the moments, the smiles, and the bonds that I share with the children.

    Ms. Jamie grew up in a large family with many siblings, which began her love for children. She genuinely loves all of the children in her care. She is very attentive to each of the children's individual needs and detail oriented. Ms. Jamie builds a strong bond with her babies and families through the affection and love that she has for each of them. She is very enthusiastic and makes sure that each day is full of discovery and exploration. 
    Year Started:
    3/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Working on Associates Degree in ECE
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Toddler Classroom

    I love watching my children grow and develop. My inspiration is knowing that I make a difference in each child's life.

    Ms. Ashley always comes in with a smile and has a very kind and gentle nature. She is very creative and loves making learning fun through art and sensory! When you enter her classroom, you feel like you are a part of what the children are learning through the artwork and child made scenery. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley has prior experience working in childcare centers as an assistant preschool teacher and lead school age teacher.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Working on Associates Degree in ECE
  • Ms. Kelsey

    Ms. Kelsey, Discovery Preschool

    I love watching the children learn and grow. It's fun to play a part in their development and see the excitement as they tackle new tasks.

    Ms. Kelsey is very creative and loves to bring it to her classroom. She loves getting messy with her children creating art. Ms. Kelsey bring a sense of community to our KinderCare family. Her quiet and sweet demeanor is loved by her children. Ms. Kelsey has a love for reading and shares her love with her children each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms Kelsey began working with children through summer camps. Her experience includes being a camp leader and she has experience as a director of child care for the younger siblings of the children who participated in the summer camp.
    Year Started:
    9/28/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in English Literature
  • Ms. Autumn

    Ms. Autumn, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love coming in each day and seeing each child's bright and smiling face.

    Ms. Autum comes in everyday with a bright, smiling face ready to start the day. She genuinely loves teaching children and has been a great addition to our KinderCare family. Her passion for working with children shows through the interactions and smiles she shares with our children and families every day.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Working on Associates Degree in ECE
  • Ms. JoAnn

    Ms. JoAnn, Preschool Classroom

    I love coming to school everyday and seeing the smiles on the faces of our future.

    Ms. JoAnn has been a long time standing member of our KinderCare family. She is a very loving, nurturing person and  is known for the bonds she builds with all of the children and families throughout our school. Ms. JoAnn takes the time to learn about each of her students so she can best meet their needs.  She is always lending her experience and expertise to our KinderCare community and ensuring a top notch quality program for our children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. JoAnn had eight years of experience working in child care before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    2/25/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate

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
  • 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

We are proud that all our teachers are First Aid trained and CPR certified. They are also trained in DCF/mandated reporting, Epipen administration, and medication administration.

For the safety of all of our children and families, we have a fenced in playground, and our front door is keypad entry only.

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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