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Church Street KinderCare

Kathy Santino, Center Director

641 South Church St. Mount Laurel NJ 08054
(856) 778-1948 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Welcome

Give your child a daily dose of wonder! When your child is at KinderCare Learning Center, their days will be filled with wonder. There will be laughing and learning, fun and friends, asking and answering.  Every day, our goal is simple: to make sure that every amazing small person in our care leaves with something new they discovered. We're proud to tell you that a state study found that more KinderCare children are fully ready for Kindergarten than those who enrolled in other programs. With this in mind, we maintain a commitment to investing in the development of our unique curriculum, while continuing to exceed the highest national standards for early childhood education.  Tour our center and find out more. We are conveniently located off Rt. 38 and 295.

Kathy Santino, 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.

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

People are the most important part of your child's learning experience.  We have qualified and passionate teachers that will engage, challenge and nurture your child.  With our team of 12 teachers, we have over 100 years experience in our Church St. KinderCare family.  We are committed to providing the highest quality early childhood education for our families.  You will see how it all adds up to one amazing child---yours.

  • Kathy Santino

    Kathy Santino, Center Director

    "Children must be taught how to think, not what to think".

    Miss Kathy knows that each child begins to explore their new world from the moment of birth. During her career as an early childhood educator she believed that if a child is in a secure, respectful, loving, enriched environment their learning and growth is endless. Now as a director Miss Kathy can share those meaningful moments with her staff and KinderCare Families. Her belief is that every child is an individual and learns through play and self-discovery. Miss Kathy’s passion for the early childhood field comes from a strong motivation to bring quality care and education to her center, staff and families. She is a mother of two and enjoys spending time at the beach.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    8/1/1990
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    Director Academy, Group Teacher Certificate, Early Childhood Education, child development associate
  • Stacie Aubrey

    Stacie Aubrey, Assistant Director

    While we try to teach our children all about life, they teach us what life is all about!

    Miss Stacie was a preschool teacher with KinderCare for 20 years and knows how important it is to find child care you can trust and a program that meets your expectations.  As the Assistant Director she has trusting relationships with families and loves to share about what their child(ren) has done each and every day. Miss Stacie has great enthusiasm for children to explore, discover and learn. She has two boys of her own and enjoys spending time with them and playing sports!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Rainbow Fish by Marc Pfister

    Year Started:
    4/27/1995
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21
    Education:
    Child development associate
  • Miss Amy

    Miss Amy, Infant Classroom

    Please excuse the mess the children are making memories".

    Miss Amy provides a safe and nurturing “home away from home” where infants can explore and make new discoveries. She enjoys singing, reading and talking with your child in order to help him or her with this crucial developmental stage. By providing age appropriate activities, Miss Amy promotes your child’s specific cognitive and social development. She is a mother of two girls and enjoys camping.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Corduroy by Don Freeman

    Year Started:
    2/14/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Child development associate
  • Miss Bernadette

    Miss Bernadette, Infant Classroom

    A persons a person no matter how small".

    Miss Bernadette brings a rich environment and a variety of experiences to meet your child’s rapidly developing skills. She teaches learning experiences designed to build a sense of community that sets the foundation for a healthy growth and development. Emphasizing on the importance of positive, supportive interactions, she can meet the infant’s individual needs. Miss Bern enjoys spending time with her family.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch

    Year Started:
    5/5/2004
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
  • Miss BettyAnn

    Miss BettyAnn, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Miss BettyAnn allows opportunities for your child to express him or herself creatively through music, art, dance and drama. She engages in small and large group experiences along the age appropriate activities and materials that help your child build more important learning concepts. Miss BettyAnn is a mother of three and a grandmother and enjoys going out.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Cinderella by Walt Disney

    Year Started:
    12/2/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years

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

At our center it is our business and passion to know your child’s needs at all stages, from infant to kindergartener and beyond.  Here, the curriculum grows with your child—giving your child the learning skills needed to excel emotionally, socially, and, most important, educationally.  From learning to crawl to learning their ABC’s we create and provide a wealth of experiences that develop every part of your child.  Our curriculum is regularly updated to meet national and state standards, so you always know your child is getting the best care, support and education.
 

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving)
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

While at our center, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise a door bell is available to visitors who will then be greeted by a staff member. Our center Health and Safety Coordinator is responsible include but are not limited to conducting monthly fire drills, ensuring that all staff and children's first aid needs are met and also maintaining the high cleanliness standards set by KinderCare and the state of New Jersey.

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.

The teachers have helped my child feel comfortable and she trusts them, that makes her father and I very happy!

- Mother

Thank you so much for all that you do! I look forward to a wonderful year, and am very excited that my son's have such an awesome support system. Your kind smiles have been very reassuring!

- Mother

The teachers have helped my child learn her shapes, colors, abc's and most of all develop a love of learning!

- Father
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