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Larchmont KinderCare

Karen Colon, Center Director

450 Larchmont Blvd. Mount Laurel NJ 08054
(856) 778-8648 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Fleetwood Elementary School and Springville Elementary School bus to our center.

Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center in Mount Laurel, NJ. As an established center we have been serving the community for over 40 years, KinderCare Learning Center provides a nurturing environment for your children to learn and grow. It's our business and our passion to know your child's needs at all developmental stages, from Infant to School Age. Our experts designed our enriching curriculum which focuses on child development and promotes early literacy and writing skills. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play, math, science, art and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You'll 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're helping develop early literacy and writing skills.
 
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! Please come by and visit us as we are looking forward to meeting you and your family!

Karen Colon, 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

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

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.

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

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.

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

All of the teachers at our center are committed to developing and maintaining high quality educational programming in their classrooms. Our goal is not to see our children meet expectations for their assigned age-group, but to master the areas that will help them to be successful as they continue on in their early education. The teachers at Larchmont KinderCare work to employ this in their classrooms through fun educational activities like dramatic play, music, art, story-telling, science projects and basic geometry.

Our teaching staff has a combined over 28 years of educational experience and looks forward to working and playing with your little one!

  • Karen Colon

    Karen Colon, Center Director

    Instead of buying me the toys you wish you had, teach me the things you wish you knew.

    As a mother of two teenage girls, there is nothing more rewarding then to be a part of a child's life journey. Karen has been blessed to be a part of so many lives over the many years she has worked with children and would not changed this experience for the world. Her husband of 16 years is an active duty Air Force member for 17 years and has been extremely supportive in her journey. Moving from Air Force Base to Air Force Base has not been easy due to leaving behind the families they grew fond of, but it has been extremely rewarding and she graciously looks forward in meeting so many more families and be part of their children's journey.

    Previous Experience:
    She is a former State/DOD licensed daycare owner for over seven years and worked two years as a Child Development Center program assistant.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I'm a big fan of all the Dr. Seuss's Books and I love how his stories are able keep a child intrigue by having fun with words and expanding their imagination.
    Year Started:
    5/2/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Associate of Science in Education, Masters of Business Administration, Associate of Science in Computer Science, Bachelor of Science in Management Computer Information System
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Infant Classroom

    To be a part of the "village" to help raise a child and be a part of their learning experience is priceless!

    Ms. Kim is our most tenured teacher at Larchmont. She has spent time teaching in every classroom, but finds her passion strongest for our littlest students. As our lead Infant Classroom teacher, Ms. Kim enjoys building nurturing relationships with the center's babies and their parents, helping to support them in reaching early milestones and encouraging cognitive development through learning play.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kim has worked at the Larchmont KinderCare for the last six years. She feels very honored to teach the children and watch them grow and excel.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Picasso, the Green Tree Frog by Amanda Graham

    Year Started:
    12/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Dana

    Ms. Dana, Infant Classroom

    Inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning!

    When you first meet Ms. Dana, you will immediately notice her warmth. Her greatest joy, in the Infant Classroom, is observing her students "firsts". Ms. Dana feels honored to be able to participate in the development of their first words and first steps, creating a special bond with every family and infant in her class. Her continual love and dedication to her infants is evident as you notice the special relationship she still has with her past students in the school. The children stop Ms. Dana in the halls to get their daily hug! We look forward to having you and your child meet Ms. Dana and become another new friend!

    Year Started:
    5/7/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Judith

    Ms. Judith, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Judith is a military spouse who has had the pleasure of traveling around the world. Over the past 16 years she has been teaching and caring for children all around the world.  

    Previous Experience:
    16
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Manana Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul

    Year Started:
    2/13/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

About Our Center

Our center balances curriculum with play in a way that fosters creativity, constructive problem solving and self-regulation. While formal learning can turn the youngest learners off, our program focuses on developmentally appropriate activities and lessons that introduce pre-reading skills, science learning, mathematical thinking, motor acuity and social awareness. 

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

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 your child is our first priority. We provide a safe and secure environment for our students through features like key-pad entry to the building, name-to face recognition at transition periods, fenced play yards, etc. All Larchmont KinderCare staff members are CPR and First Aid certified. Please bring any safety questions or concerns with you to tour our building!

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 was apprehensive when it came time for my 4-month-old little one to start daycare. When I came for the open house, I had the opportunity to meet the Infant Teacher Ms. Kim and she put me at such ease. She made me feel comfortable like we had been friends for years. Now that my son has been at KinderCare a little while I can see she cares about these babies like they were her own. She teaches the children so much every day. I know I made the right choice!

- Mother

My girls have absolutely loved being here and have both flourished so much. My "anti-social butterflies" have definitely sprouted some wings!

- Mother
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