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Nashua Deerwood Dr. KinderCare

Julie Sulfaro, Center Director

71 Deerwood Dr. Nashua NH 03063
(603) 886-9085 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
"At Amherst St. and Deerwood Dr." across from NH Technical College

We are conviently located off of Exit 8 on Deerwood Drive, across from the Nashua Community Technical College. We are open from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm and offer a variety of both part time and fulltime schedules along with drop in care, school vacation camps and summertime fun.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Thorton's Ferry Elementary

Our center has a unique quality in that most of our teachers have worked for KinderCare for over 10 years and in fact we have almost all of our teachers that have worked for KinderCare when we opened in 1998. We understand that continuity of care is very important to families and crucial to a child’s social emotional development. Staff longevity speaks to the overall satisfaction with KinderCare programs and the love and dedication to children.  KinderCare provides all classrooms with the most current, researched based curriculum that include the opportunity for the teachers to add their own personality and creativity when enhancing their classrooms. Teachers are able to keep the children’s interest, individual needs, and potential at the forefront of their planning.

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Welcome to KinderCare of Northern Nashua on Deerwood Drive. Since January of 1998, we have been offering exceptional childcare to the surrounding community. With over 160 years of collective tenure amongst 13 teachers and directors, we have grown into a KinderCare family. We invite you to see for yourself and speak to our current families.

Julie Sulfaro, Center Director

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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.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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

The staff here at KinderCare on Deerwood Dr in Nashua strive to make our center feel like home by fostering trust in a comfortable, safe, friendly and fun learning environment. We believe that together, with our families, we share the goal of helping children learn and feel successful. You will see that many teachers have worked for this company for 10+ years which ensures that the children will see the same faces every day. We welcome feedback and stress open communication so that families feel informed of and a part of the daily care and development of their child. All teachers are CPR certified, and we provide ongoing professional training courses for our staff twice a year. Here at KinderCare, we have an amazing staff that is dedicated to the children, families and the center.

  • Julie Sulfaro

    Julie Sulfaro, Center Director

    I absolutely love my job. Seeing the children light up as they walk through the doors each morning is priceless. I believe every child deserves the type of care that we provide here. Every decision I make is always in the best interest of the children.

    Julie Sulfaro earned her Bachelor's Degree from Framingham State University. She has been working at this center since 1998 but has been with the company since 1991. She has had the opportunity to work with all age groups before becoming part of the management. She has been the center director at this center since September of 2003.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming the Center Director, Julie has taught all ages - infant through school age. She was the Assistant Director at this location before moving into the Center Director role over 10 years ago.
    Year Started:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Janice Sullivan

    Janice Sullivan, Assistant Director

    The satisfaction of knowing that I am a part of the children dicovering new skills and expqanding their creativity.

    Ms Janice has been with KinderCare since 2003 and has had the opportunity to work with different age groups. She tranferred to this location in July of 2014 and is now the Assistant Director here. She received her degree from Hesser College. She enjoys walking, hiking, gardening, and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to transferring to this location Ms Janice worked at another KinderCare as a Program Specialist. She has had the opportunity to work with all age groups
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Associates Degree in ECE
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, All Classrooms

    I love watching the children grow and learn under my daily care. I create a special bond with each child and their family.

    Ms. Stephanie began working with KinderCare in 1991 and has been at Deerwood Drive since it opened in 1998. She received her Associate's Degree from Rivier College. She prides herself on using the least restrictive environment in her classroom and loves caring for and teaching each child. Her hobbies include going to concerts, going to the movies, and spending time with her family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Previous to the Deerwood Drive center, Ms. Stephanie worked at another KinderCare center.
    Year Started:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ann

    Ms. Ann, Infants

    Just knowing that I am a part of each child's day, teaching them, playing with them and meeting their individual needs makes me feel inspired.

    Ms Ann rejoined KinderCare in June 2014. She has 18 credits in Early Childhood as well as a current CDA. With 30 years of experience she is an asset to this center. She loves going to the beach, fishing, collecting bells, and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms Ann has had experience in both home based and center based child care. Just prior to her starting here she was responsible for 2 infant classrooms.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy watching the children mature through the years and seeing their excitement on their face as they learn something new.

    Ms. Melissa transferred to Nashua in 2006. She has had the opportunity to spend time in all of our classrooms and is able to adapt to work with every age. She is currently in our Toddler Classroom. She enjoys shopping, taking photographs and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Melissa worked as a Preschool teacher in another KinderCare center and has worked at this center with all ages.
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
  • Ms. Kayla McLaughlin

    Ms. Kayla McLaughlin, Toddler Classroom

    I am lucky to have the opportunity to make a positive impact on each child's life.

    Ms Kayla began working for us in May of this year. She has had the opportunity to work in all classrooms and get to know each child as well as each family. She is currently teaching in the Toddler Classroom where she enjoys watching the children grow and learn each day. She has a beautiful three-year-old daughter who she spends all of her free time with.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms Kayla worked at a small early learning center before she came here.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Currently enrolled in a program to obtain her Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Kathlene

    Ms. Kathlene, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    There is nothing better than seeing the expression on a child's face when they have mastered a new skill.

    Ms. Kathlene joined KinderCare in February of 1998. She inspires the children to be all they can be through their uniqueness and interests. She lives an active life and enjoys hiking, biking, bowling, and walking as well as singing, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining us, Ms. Kathlene was in the U.S. Army where she ran a certified family day care for six years.
    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Certified Family Child Care Provider and Childhood Development Credential
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the growth and developmental milestones of the many children that I've taught over the years.

    Ms. Debbie has worked for this company for twelve years. She tells stories, sings songs and makes every moment a teachable moment. She enjoys power walking, scrapbooking, cooking and gardening.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Carrie Gettings

    Ms. Carrie Gettings, Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the children get excited about learning new things.

    Ms Carrie recently transferred here from another KinderCare in Tennesse where she was also in the Preschool Classroom. She is happy to be back in New Hampshire where she began. She is very creative and loves to do crafts with children. She enjoys camping, going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms Carrie worked in the public schools for nine years in Special Education and Tutoring.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney, Kindergarten Classroom

    I love how exciting and new everything is to the children and how much they learn each day.

    Ms. Courtney started teaching kindergarten in one of our sister centers in 2002 but transferred to Nashua in 2006. She has a Bachelor's Degree as well as a Master's Degree in Education. She brings a great deal of knowledge with her such as her character education program. She teaches respect, fairness, and responsibility in a fun and meaningful way. She offers a full day program so she is able to cover all four major curricular areas each day. She enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Courtney worked as a substitute teacher for public schools.
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Family Studies, Master's Degree in Elementary Education

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

  • Breakfast
  • 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

The health and safety of the children we care for is one of our top priorities. Our building has security doors and locked playground gates, thorough sign-in/out procedures and headcount system. We provide nutritious snacks and meals. We follow a strict cleaning plan to reduce incidences of illness. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. Her role is to coordinate fire and disaster drills, check the safety of our building and equipment, as well as making sure that the staff maintains updated First Aid, CPR and other safety trainings.

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.

We have been enrolled at KinderCare on Deerwood Dr. for the past seven years and couldn't be happier. This is one of the most important decisions you can make for your children. They need to feel safe, happy, and develop connections with friends and teachers. This is exactly the reason we love it here. There are many options available for parents and you cant put a dollar amount on security and happiness. I feel like I am leaving them with an extension of our family.

- Father

My son has been enrolled at KinderCare for the past three years and I could not imagine having to send him anywhere else. I researched many facilities in the Nashua area and never got that "this is it" feeling until I visited KinderCare. I was like many moms, anxious to leave their child with people they did not know. When I walked into Kinder care and met with the management team, I got that "this is it" feeling right away. The facility was beautiful, clean and safe. Everyone was happy, friendly and experienced.

- Mother

My two children have attended KinderCare since 2010. We have found that the Directors and the teachers go above and beyond their normal daily requirements to ensure that the individual needs of our children are being met.I am constantly impressed with how much both of our children are learning and love seeing their pride when they share their knowledge and skills. KinderCare feels like a family and for our children, it has become their second home.

- Mother

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