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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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Special Instructions:
corner of Pleasant Valley Rd and Church St. .5 miles from Rt. 38

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Parkway, Hillside, Larchmont (Countryside buses to Center)

Each classroom has family communication boards which highlight lesson plans, enhancement plans, lunch menu, "What we learned Today" posters, and daily schedules. Communication is a key component here at our center and we feel it is very important that each parent is aware of what their child is doing each day while in our care.

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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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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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    Director Academy, Group Teacher Certificate, Early Childhood Education,CDA
  • 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:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21
    Education:
    CDA
  • 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    CDA
  • 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:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
  • Miss Kristie

    Miss Kristie, Discovery Preschool

    Children have to be educated but they also have to be left to educate themselves".

    Miss Kristie introduces a place where infants can move, explore and play with confidence in a warm and nurturing environment.  She is committed to provide infants with the skills that serve as building blocks for a lifetime of learning.  Miss Kristie encourages infants to explore a variety of creative mediums such as art, music and movement.  She is a mother of three and likes to take long motorcycle rides.
     
     

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
    Year Started:
    6/27/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    CDA
  • Miss BettyAnn

    Miss BettyAnn, Discovery Preschool classroom

    Kid you'll move mountains. Today is your day your mountain is waiting so....get on your way".

    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
  • Miss Brenda

    Miss Brenda, Pre-K classroom

    The way we talk to our children becomes their innervoice".

    Miss Brenda knows that Pre-K is a critical time for children in preparing them for the next exciting phase-KINDERGARTEN.  She helps them to make the connections between what they know and what they are learning.  Miss Brenda will provide small group lessons in mathematics and literacy everyday and large group activities that help your child build an awareness of others and a sense of community.  She has many hands on experiences that encourage independent and creative learning.  Miss Brenda enjoys reading and spending time with her family

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
    Year Started:
    3/28/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor Degree in Early Educaiton

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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.
 

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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