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Nashua KinderCare

Annie O'Brien, Center Director

3 Holiday Circle Nashua NH 03062
(603) 897-1255 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
near Holiday Inn off Northeastern Blvd

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bicentennial and Main Dunstable (Other school may be offered depending on demand)

Our Center knows that every child deserves the opportunity for outstanding Early Childhood Education.  Our teachers believe this and demonstrate this everyday with our curriculum and their personalities.  We know that continuity of care is important to every family and beneficial to every child.  Our curriculum is well researched and provides the foundation for a solid beginning in learning!

Welcome

The Nashua KinderCare has been in this community for over 14 years. Our open, bright center is warm and inviting from the moment you walk in. Our open floor plan allows families to socialize and interact with the teaching staff. Our center also has three large outdoor play spaces for children and an indoor play space for gross motor skills development. We are conveniently located right off of Route 3 at Exit 4. Our programs offer many different schedules to fit the individual needs of each family. We are also proud to provide a nutritious meal plan that includes morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack. We welcome you to come in for a tour to get a glimpse of our extensive program and curriculum offering.

Annie O'Brien, Center Director

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Accreditation

  • In Process of NAEYC

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.

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.

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.

Sign Language

Teachers & Staff

The staff here at Nashua KinderCare strives to make our center feel like home by fostering trust in a comfortable, safe, friendly and fun learning environment. Another great thing to point out is our teachers are true believers in our philosophy and curriculum to trust "their own" children at KinderCare. We have several staff children currently enrolled in the program or had their children grow up in the KinderCare programs. Thats a true testament in its self on how great our staff and program are!

  • Annie O'Brien

    Annie O'Brien, Center Director

    I absolutely love working with children and their families. I am in a position where I get to do what I love every day! Working with small children is one of the most rewarding experiences I ever had. I enjoy experiencing the uniqueness of each child, the laughter of children. I  especially enjoy when children offer their unconditional love. It's wonderful to know you are helping and making a change in someone else's life and molding them for the future.

    Annie comes to us with a wealth of experience in the early childhood field. She entered the field 28 years ago, while still in high school, as an after school assistant. Her first full time job, after graduating high school was at a KinderCare in Billerica, Massachusetts, where she worked for ten years and worked her way up the career ladder from teacher assistant to Third-in-Charge. She left KinderCare to venture off to the public school system and ended up returning to the childcare field as a Director. Her first Director's position was in 2001 with Knowledge Learning Corporation. She then directed at Mulberry Childcare in Newburyport (another KinderCare center) for four years. She worked at two other childcare centers as a Director, and now has returned to her home, back to KinderCare where her passion began. Annie is also a mother to a four year old daughter, Ryleigh, who also attends KinderCare in the PreKindergarten classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Annie was a Center Director for fourteen years at other childcare facilities; two of them were our sister centers (former Mulberry Childcare and Knowledge Beginnings). Her first full-time teaching job was at a KinderCare center in Billerica, Massachusetts, where she worked for ten years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education from Salem State, Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Middlesex Community College
  • Katie Busick

    Katie Busick, Assistant Director

    Working in this field is the greatest job, because I am responsible for building the confidence of every child in my care. Their success is my success. When I am able to support students’ growth and learning, I know I am where I’m supposed to be.

    Katie has been with KinderCare for two years, as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher and Third in Charge. Her passion for Early Childhood Education stems from her belief that the early childhood years are the most fundamental to a child’s lifelong learning adventure. She is very excited to be joining our KinderCare family as the new Assistant Director. 

    Previous Experience:
    Katie was a Pre-kindergarten teacher at another KinderCare. Her teaching experiences range from ages 0-22 with a variety of ability levels.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Babushka Baba Yaga by Patricia Polacco
    Year Started:
    8/15/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Bowling Green State University
  • Ms. Elisa

    Ms. Elisa, Infant Classroom

    Life is an open book and I want to help write your first chapter.

    Ms. Elisa has worked in some of the best centers and with some of the greatest families! She was with her last center for about two years but wanted to expand her growth with a company. She feels the best way to learn is by actually doing it with your hands. Kids learn the best when they are having fun and experience what they are learning, so she likes to do a lot of hand on stuff and have structured choices.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Elisa worked as a head teacher at a private school and nannied on and off for the past few years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    6/23/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    10+ years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education credited and professional teacher training
  • Ms. Carol

    Ms. Carol, Infants

    I am committed to making a difference for every child in my care.

    After 30 year in the banking/financial field Ms. Carol made a career change following her passion for children. Ms. Carol is new to the field of early childhood and currently is a teacher assistant. She is currently enrolled in a Child Development Associates program from Rasmussen College and after completion will be teacher certified. Although she has experience with all ages  being a mother of two daughters of her own who are now grown adults. Ms. Carol plans on continuing on with her degree in Early Childhood as she enjoys this new career path she has chosen. She loves working in our Infant Room and when asked to work in another classroom she misses her babies so much she visits them on her break or after her shift.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Carol has over 30 years experience in the Banking/Finance field working for JDCU.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    Years in ECE industry:
    0
    Education:
    Ms. Carol is currently pursuing an associate degree in Early Childhood Education.
  • Ms. Ariana

    Ms. Ariana, Toddler Classroom

    I believe it is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.

    Ms. Ariana has been interested in a teaching career for quite a few years. Being given this opportunity is life changing. She believes that letting the child learn from you but also learning from them is very important. Ms. Ariana has been in the childcare profession for the last two years working in her high school’s preschool and also getting some experience being a student teacher in the second grade. She can’t wait to start working with the children and start expanding her knowledge and experience.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ariana worked in the Panther Preschool for two years and also had some second grade experience at Sunset Heights Elementary School as a student teacher.
    Year Started:
    1/19/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Attended Nashua High School South in the Careers in Education Program. I plan to further my education by taking some classes at NCC and eventually complete my Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Ms. Becca

    Ms. Becca, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. -Benjamin Franklin

    Ms. Becca started working with children while in high school. She received nine credits in Early Childhood Education through Manchester Community College. Ms. Becca is also a Licensed Nurse's Assistant and works in the evenings and on the weekends at a local nursing home. She also holds certification in first aid and CPR. Shaping the minds of young children has been a passion of hers for many years. She plans on continuing her education in Early Childhood Education and reaching her goal of obtaining her associate degree.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Becca has worked at several other childcare centers over the past eight years. Some of the most recent ones were The Launching Pad, Granite Start Early Leaning Center, The Learning Experience, and JP Kids
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    10/23/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Ms. Becca is currently working towards her associate degree, has nine Early Childhood Education credits, and is Associate Teacher Certified.
  • Ms. Vary

    Ms. Vary, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love working with the children, teaching them their manners with the respect for self and others. I enjoy seeing how they develop their mind and experiences through our classroom. Seeing them gradually overcome a milestone is so refreshing to my soul. It is great knowing that I have helped them to build up their foundation for learning; hopefully later on they will be a great assets to the community. I love seeing children care for the people around them. Watching them learn to be independent more and more each day is so priceless and special for me.

    Ms. Vary transferred from the Westford KinderCare, where she has been since October 2012. She enjoys her time with the staff, families and children at our school. Ms. Vary feels like we all belong to one family, helping each other reach our goals. She feels with her education in social work and early childhood that has successfully prepared her for working with children through the years. She has enjoyed getting to know Knowledge Universe and it's culture opportunity and that working here will add more skills to her tool belt. With her patience and respect for all children, she has formed strong relationships with many of her kids. Some children cannot end their day here at KinderCare without coming to say good bye to Ms. Vary.  Ms. Vary is friendly, caring, knowledgeable, thoughtful, active, engaging, and creative. She enjoys bringing a story to life for the children, making that connection from an idea to a tangible 3D object which fills their five senses of learning and creates a big impression in the children's understanding of the lesson.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Vary started in the early childhood field as an assistant teacher at another childcare center working with infants and toddlers. She then worked as a educational technician at a school where she assisted in meeting and maintaining data/tracking sheets that documented student's progress towards their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Ms. Vary also supervised and helped these children actively participate in classroom and community activities. In addition, she worked as a paraprofessional that helped students through the inclusion process in a public school setting. Ms. Vary also has taken college courses in social work and early childhood. She came to KinderCare in October 2012 and has been working in all age groups and creating bonds with the children in every class she is in.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    9 ECE Credits
  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, Preschool Classroom

    I love that moment when a child's eyes brighten and they look at you with such pride and say 'I did it!' That is the best feeling when you know a child got it and accomplished a task.

    Christine Rundeel has been with Nashua KinderCare since 2015. She has over 20 years of childcare experience. As a mom of three children, Christine began her experience with a home daycare in the early 1990s. As her children grew older, Christine transitioned to teaching at childcare centers throughout central and western Massachusetts. She recently moved to the southern New Hampshire area to be closer to family. She is very excited about settling here and beginning a career with Nashua KinderCare

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Christine previously spent two years as a toddler teacher at Woodside Children's Center in Amherst, MA. She also spent two years as an infant teacher, three years as a preschool teacher, one year as a curriculum coordinator, and four years as a preschool teacher as Armory Square Childcare
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    5/12/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    One year at Dean College, one year at Middlesex Community College, two years at Lady of Our Elms College
  • Ms. Vanesa

    Ms. Vanesa, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I've known I wanted to teach for a long time. I love the idea of spending time inspiring children not only academically but personally by being able to interact with children and help them succeed.

    Vanesa has an associate degree and is working on obtaining her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Vanesa has been working with young children since 2010. She started off just by nannying for a few different families for a couple of years. She finally had the opportunity to work at a day care center in Windham, NH for a couple of years. She absolutely loved working with children and only decided to leave because KinderCare has more opportunities to offer. During this time nannying and working at a daycare center in Windham, Vanesa got to work with children of all ages. Ms. Vanesa is very excited to continue her career as an early childhood educator at KinderCare and will provide caring and nurturing for the children in her care. Ms. Vanesa is also a mother of a two year old son, Noah, who also attends KinderCare in the preschool classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Vanesa previously worked for JP Kids for two years and started off as an assistant teacher and floater, and worked her way up to lead teacher in the preschool classroom
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    11/10/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Ms. Vanesa is a Junior at Grand Canyon University, working towards her bachelor degree.
  • Ms. Jenn

    Ms. Jenn, Kindergarten Classroom

    Everyone is different. Everyone belongs.

    Ms. Jenn has been in the education field for 16 years. She has taught in both early childhood learning centers and public school. She has been with Knowledge Beginnings (a sister center to KinderCare) for a total of seven years and is looking forward to teaching at Nashua KinderCare. Ms. Jenn has experience as an infant, preschool, and prekindergarten teacher and co-taught in the public school as a kindergarten paraprofessional. She really enjoys learning from the children as well as teaching them. Ms. Jenn is also a mother to four older children.

    Previous Experience:
    After graduating from Fitchburg State College, Ms. Jenn secured a job at an early education center. After three years, she lefter that center to work at Billerica Knowledge Beginnings (sister center of KinderCare). She left after five years working in the public school system in Cambridge, MA as a kindergarten paraprofessional. Ms. Jenn decided to return to Knowledge Beginnings after six years in the school system as the preschool teacher. When the opportunity arose to work in Nashua, she requested to transfer to KinderCare, as she wanted to work with older children in the same town she lives in.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Shortcut by Donald Crews
    Year Started:
    6/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Ms. Jenn has a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Sociology from Fitchburg State College. She also has attended several professional development workshops and seminars
  • Ms. Jordan

    Ms. Jordan, Floater

    Watching children grow and contributing to the adult they will one day be is the biggest honor. I can see no better way to change the world.

    Ms. Jordan began working with children back in Medford, Oregon where she is originally from. She worked as a preschool substitute while she went to school for her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Towards the end of school she got very interested in informal education and began working at a wildlife rehabilitation and education center. She is able to bring the unique educational tactics from her time at the wildlife center into the classroom. Before moving to New Hampshire she worked in southern Georgia in a large daycare center where she was the toddler teacher. One day Ms. Jordan would like to return to school for her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders so that she can pursue a career working with children as a Speech Language Pathologist. Ms. Jordan is extremely happy to be adjusting to her surrounding in New Hampshire and thrilled to be working for KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    For the past year Ms. Jordan was the lead teacher in the toddler classroom at The Children’s Village in Richmond Hill, Georgia. Previous to that she was a substitute teacher at Sacred Heart Preschool in Medford Oregon.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Mr Tiger Goes Wild!
    Year Started:
    4/23/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Southern Oregon University

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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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

  • New Years Day                 
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

We will also be closed for Professional Development Training for our teachers and staff on:

Fall Professional Development: Columbus Day (Oct)
Spring Professional Development: President's Day (Feb)

Health and Safety

The health and safety of the children we care for is one of our top priorities. We provide nutritious snacks and meals. Our building has security doors and locked playground gates, thorough sign-in/out procedures and headcount system. 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.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My child has been enrolled at KinderCare for two years. From the very first day, as I walked out of her classroom, into the Assistant Director's office in tears, and she reassured me that both my daughter and I would be okay, I have felt extremely confident in the care there. I am so thankful that I can feel at ease knowing that she is safe and secure at school every single day while being given the opportunity to learn, grow and make new friends. At times over the past two years, my child has required a lot of patience and understanding, and the staff has always gone above and beyond in providing her with gentle re-direction, nurturing guidance, as well as willingly incorporating strategies from her therapist into their classrooms. Her teachers have always been open to my feedback and they have always seemed as excited as I am to see her make any progress! At times over the past two years, there have been many last minute changes in her schedule which have consistently created disruptions in the school's daily schedule, but the staff has always made us feel welcome and been extremely flexible, understanding and supportive. I cannot thank the KinderCare staff, especially the director Miss Annie, for all of the love, support, and guidance they have provided for not only my child and all of the other children they care for, but for myself as well. Her and I both walk into school smiling every single day because we're both happy to be there and much of that has to do with the staff's pleasant, upbeat attitude, and positive environment that they have created. The saying, "It takes a village to raise a child" could not be more true in my heart and I feel very blessed and thankful to have KinderCare as an enormous piece of our village. 

- Mother

As Hayden’s parents, our goal is always to provide our daughter with a safe, healthy and fun environment. Enrolling her in KinderCare is allowing her to grow and prosper to her full potential.
 
Hayden was introduced to the infant room in September of 2013, where educated and caring teachers constantly surrounded her. As Hayden developed, she transitioned to the Toddler room and later into Discovery Preschool. After nearly two years at KinderCare, our daughter is blossoming.
 
Annie O’Brien, the center’s director, is creative, helpful and informative. She makes herself available and is receptive to concerns or suggestions made by parents. The entire teaching staff is a breath of fresh air. They welcome each child and immediately involve him/her in on-going activities, making dropping a child off effortless.
 
As Hayden grows with the center, she develops friendships with other children there; many are the same children she started with as an infant. We could not be more proud of the little girl she is developing into, and a part of her success is the center and the staff.
 
Thank you KinderCare for making a great impression on our daughter.

- Parents

My daughter started KinderCare in June 2014, she had just turned four and had been in previous childcare centers but we wanted a school closer to home as next year she will be in public Kindergarten. I cannot say enough great things about this center. When we started there was a little bit of turnover within the management team, but the new Director assigned Ms. Annie has been nothing but wonderful! You can tell she has invested herself into the center from the minute you walk in the door; she has made so many positive changes for the best interest of the center. My daughter is always greeted by a member of management, either the Center Director or Assistant Center Director when she arrives and leaves, as there is always a member of management at this center from open to close, which I love! Then she runs to her class to be greeted by open arms by her teacher Ms. Mel. Like I said before, she's been at other childcare centers but I don’t know what it is with this center, but my daughter absolutely loves it here. When I pick her up she cries that I am there and ask if we can stay longer, after already being there over 10 hours. The curriculum I can’t say enough about...she comes home with new songs she’s learned, and even started writing numbers and her full name in less than 3 months! All the staff at Nashua KinderCare has been very welcoming and friendly to us and I wouldn’t want my child anywhere else. Thank you Annie & Staff at Nashua KinderCare for making a difficult decision so much easier everyday! I know she’s in good hands when I leave her with you!

- Mother

I am writing to inform you that I will be pulling Ryder out of daycare, due to a lack of available shifts with my current employer. My husband and I appreciate all of the loving care that you and your staff have given to the baby. I am hoping that within a few months we will get back on track, and Ryder will be able to return. I prefer having him in school where he can interact with other children and expand his little mind. You have a wonderful staff, and I wouldn't dream of taking him to a different facility. Thank you so much, and we hope to be back by Spring, if not earlier. Sincerely, Melissa P.

- Mother

We have had and continue to have exceptional experiences with KinderCare of Nashua. The staff is extremely flexible and friendly, great with the children, and very knowledgeable when it comes to educating our children. Had it not been for the staff, our oldest daughter would be struggling in school. The staff identified a potential learning disability prior to our daughter entering public Kindergarten and because of that we had her tested at the start of Kindergarten. After a number of tests, we learned she was in fact identified as having a disability. Our daughter is now in first grade and has made significant strides thanks to the staff at KinderCare.

- Father
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