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Mt. Arlington KinderCare

Alissa Schmid, Center Director

181 Howard Blvd. Mt. Arlington NJ 07856
(973) 601-9440 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
at Exit 30 off Route 80 in the Mount Arlington Plaza

Neighborhood:
Easy access to RT10, RT46 and RT80

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Decker and MAPS

Thank you for visiting our page! We are proud to show you our center and provide you with information about our staff, curriculum and anything else you may want to know! Feel free to give us a call, send an email or just stop by to say hello. We can't wait to meet you and your children and hope to have you as part of our KinderCare family.

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Welcome

Welcome to our center! We are very excited to get to know you and your children. We firmly believe that learning is meant to be a natural, joyful experience. Children learn by playing, experimenting, exploring, and testing. Children flourish when the process of discovery is lovingly encouraged and gently reinforced.

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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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

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.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

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  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

Here at the Mount Arlington KinderCare, our staff members are dedicated to learning and growing along with your children. They love to make the days fun and educational for the children. Stop by to say hello to everyone!

  • Alissa Schmid

    Alissa Schmid, Center Director

    Alissa has a son who is currently attending Kindergarten here at KinderCare. She loves spending time at home with him and her three dogs, Lucky, Champ and Mona. Alissa is the owner and operator of an animal rescue and also owns a pet-sitting business! She looks forward to meeting and spending time with your family.

    Previous Experience:
    Alissa was a lead teacher in several classrooms and acting director at many centers before taking the Center Director position at our center.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree, Pursuing Master's Degree
  • Jamie Cerracchio

    Jamie Cerracchio, Assistant Director

    Jamie has two young sons who currently attend KinderCare. In her spare time, she loves spending time with them and her family. Jamie has a younger sister and a younger brother. She also has a niece who she adores!

    Previous Experience:
    Jamie was a lead teacher for Prekindergarten and Kindergarten, as well as assisting in other classrooms.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sheena

    Ms. Sheena, Program Specialist

    Ms. Sheena has been with KinderCare since 2003 and has had experience in numerous rooms including Infants, Toddlers and Preschool. She has a child of her own who currently attends KinderCare as well. During her spare time she loves being around her family and her cat B-Bop.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sheena has experience babysitting as a teenager and being an older sister. She now has a daughter of her own.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Colleen

    Ms. Colleen, Infant A

    The smile of a child's joy makes any day priceless.

    Colleen enjoys watching your children explore and grow. She feels such joy when seeing a babies face light up when they have accomplished a goal, that they have been working so hard at.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Colleen has been with the KinderCare company for nearly 10 years! She worked at our sister center for 7 years before relocating to us!
    Year Started:
    12/17/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15+
  • Ms. Barbara Y.

    Ms. Barbara Y., Waddler Classroom

    The Waddlers love Ms. Barb! She is always playing on the floor and keeping them smiling. Ms. Barb keeps the Waddler classroom very warm and inviting.

    Previous Experience:
    Barb is a grandmother of 6 kids and has worked in many daycare centers in the past.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
  • Ms. Paula

    Ms. Paula, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Paula is a loving person who welcomes all children into her class. She loves singing songs and doing finger plays throughout the day. Ms. Paula is so warm and friendly and can't wait to welcome new children into her toddler class!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Paula has prior experience babysitting her young niece and working in other childcare centers.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Early Childhood Education Degree
  • Ms. Natalie

    Ms. Natalie, Floater

    Natalie is our morning teacher for toddlers. She assists Ms. Paula in her classroom with curriculum as well as other daily routines. She loves to make the kids laugh, dance and do art projects.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Natalie has worked in public schools as well as other childcare centers. She has also been a nanny for private families.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Degree
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Heather is our toddler teacher here at KinderCare. Her class ranges from children ages eighteen months to two and a half years and she thrives on making them happy and content. She has a daughter who attends our school as well. Ms. Heather always has fun music playing in her classroom and you will always find her laughing and playing along with the children. Ms. Heather worked for our center when we were Mulberry Childcare and Preschool and since then has been a nanny and Infant teacher at another childcare center. We couldn't be happier that she came back to our KinderCare family!!

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Heather has previously worked at our center! BEfore she returned, she worked in another childcare facility and also had a daughter of her own!
    Year Started:
    2/2/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Liberty

    Ms. Liberty, Waddler Classroom

    Ms. Liberty loves singing and dancing with the children all day long. She is very friendly and loving and loves meeting new families!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Liberty has prior experience babysitting for friends and family and other working at childcare facilities.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jodi

    Ms. Jodi, Discovery Jr. Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Jodi is a sweet and loving teacher. The families absolutely lover her. She is great at keeping the children calm and busy in the classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jodi has experience babysitting and has taken child development courses in high school.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Early Childhood Education Degree
  • Ms. Channey

    Ms. Channey, Floater

    Channey loves watching kids learn and grow! Her favorite color is purple and she loves pumpkin ice cream! Channey really loves working with the children and implementing the curriculum. One of her favorite activities is art projects!

    Previous Experience:
    Channey has a daughter of her own and has enjoyed working with children of all ages!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    7/10/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Preschool A Classroom

    Ms. Jennifer was born in New York. Her favorite color is blue and she enjoys reading in her spare time. She loves spending time with the children and watching them grow developmentally.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jennifer has previously worked with various ages at childcare centers in our area.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    One of her favorite books is "The Night Angel" by Brent Weeks.
    Year Started:
    11/3/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History, Pursuing Teaching Certificate
  • Ms. Jackie

    Ms. Jackie, Preschool B Classroom

    Ms. Jackie is a fabulous addition to our family. Our Preschool B class is thriving from having her as their teacher. She enjoys coming up with extra activities for the themes and teaching the class about new things. Ms. Jackie enjoys watching her class learn, grow and ask questions.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jackie has worked at a learning center in New York as well as before and after school programs in New Jersey. She frequently babysits for close friends.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Barbara B.

    Ms. Barbara B., Prekindergarten Classroom/Health and Safety Coordinator

    Ms. Barbara is our lead Prekindergarten teacher and our Health and Safety Coordinator. She thrives on being able to prepare the children for kindergarten. Ms. Barb is very into preparing curriculum and running her classroom as smoothly as possible. She has taken many classes to improve her teaching skills.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Barbara has 2 grandsons and has previously worked in other childcare facilities.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Floating Teacher

    Ms. Susan is one of our afternoon assistants. She has experience with Preschool, Prekindergarten, Kindergarten and School Age children. She enjoys making the children happy.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Susan has prior experience babysitting and working in other daycare centers.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Early Childhood Education Degree
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Private Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Nicole has been with us since January 2011. In her spare time she enjoys baking and spending time with her family and puppies! She is very organized and loves being around children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nicole has worked in other learning centers with children of all ages.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Floater

    Ms. Ashley has been started out as an assistant in our toddler room and them became the lead teacher.  After those children advanced to the Pre-School class, she did too! She has had experience with the Discovery Jr. Preschool room as well. Miss Ashley recently had her second child and is now a part time floater! Ms. Ashley is very nurturing and the children love to be around her. She is funny and very friendly!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley has a daughter of her own who she spent a few years at home with. She has had experience in office work as well as babysitting and working in other daycare facilities.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Kaitlyn

    Ms. Kaitlyn, Floater

    Ms. Kaitlyn has a bright and bubbly personality. She is always making everyone laugh, including babies and adults! In her spare time, she is very family oriented and loves being around friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kaitlyn has previously worked in other daycare centers and a sports facility daycare.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Early Childhood Education Degree

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

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
  • Lunch
  • 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

Our center is equipped with two fenced-in playgrounds and two keypad entries. All of our teachers are CPR and first aid certified as well. Our Health and Safety Coordinator works weekly to keep our center safe for your children.

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.

With it being Mia's last day at KinderCare Mt Arlington I wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the care and love you have given Mia this past year.  It has been pretty amazing to see how much she has grown in every respect thanks to all of you.  It was comforting to know that while Joy and I worked, our little girl was always in good hands.  Thanks so much for everything and keep up the great work.  Best regards to all of you and enjoy the holidays!

- Toddler Parent

Ms. Nicole has created a Kindergarten environment that puts a mom's heart and mind at ease!

- Mother

Ms. Barbara, Ms. Liberty and Ms. Susan in Prekindergarten classroom are doing a fabulous job! They are going above and beyond and should be celebrated! They take time to do things that show how much they care about our kids. We are looking forward to the rest of the year

- Parent

We would like to thank Ms. Barbara, Ms. Alyssa and Ms. Kaitlyn for all their hard work and patience with the waddler class!

- Parent

Thank you to Kristine, Paula and Natalie for all they do! It takes a big heard to help all of the children grow.

- Discovery Preschool Parent

I have to say that the ladies in the office are absolutely fantastic! They are always there to answer any of our questions Alissa, Jamie and Sheena are always bubbly and smiling and to be greeted with that in the morning and evening is just great. They really show how much they care about our children and their staff members. We couldn't be any happier with the center and the employees who work there. Great job Mount Arlington!

- Father
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