Annie O'Brien, Center Director
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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.
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Annie O'Brien, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 and 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 five year old daughter, Ryleigh, who also attends KinderCare in the Kindergarten classroom.
I love seeing all the children smile! That for me is amazing, to watch their little faces light up when they are learning something new or exploring the classroom.
Becky has come to us with over 20 years of experience. She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Castle College, and has worked for KInderCare for 14 years. Before joining the KinderCare team in 2002 she worked for a small Center in Hooksett NH where she started as a floater while earning her degree and then worked her way up to being the fulltime Kindergarten teacher and eventually the Assistant Director. Joining the KinderCare team in 2002 she started as a Preschool teacher and then over the past 14 years has taught every age group and now is the Assistant Director. She is so excited to get to know all the children and their families here at the Nashua KinderCare.
To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.
Miss Liz has been a part of the KinderCare team since 2005. She graduated from Rivier College with a bachelor's degree in Human Development and a minor in Social Work. She transferred from the KinderCare in Portsmouth after moving back into the area. She has a daughter who is the love of her life and she loves spending time with her. Her daughter is also attending Nashua KinderCare in their Kindergarten Program. In April of 2016 Miss Liz was promoted to management as our Program Specialist and Health and Safety Coordinator as she is moving up her career ladder as she hoping to one day become an Assistant Director. Working along side children has been the most rewarding job she could ever ask for. She loves to see them grow and learn something new everyday. She looks forward to getting to know you and your children.
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.
We have all been told that children are the future, and to some extent we do all realize that they are. However, we cannot afford to wait until they are the future to treat them like they exist in the present. I am passionate about teaching because if we teach and love children like they are relevant now, they will grow up with a sense of ownership. I would hate to see a generation grow up thinking that it was not their responsibility or right to change the world.
Miss Katelynn had two years experience at a previous childcare center before she came to work for KinderCare. During this time, she took several college courses geared towards teaching young children and is close to gaining an associate’s degree in Early Childcare Education. Katelynn is extremely musical, and her favorite moments in her class are when she can incorporate music into the curriculum.
If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way the child can learn.
Miss Amy has experience working in the field for over three years.She has been an Infant, Toddler and Preschool teacher. She believes that children learned best with developmentally appropriate practice and curriculum. She looks forward to making partnerships with you and your family.
When a child's life has been altered positively because of a teacher, we can feel proud to have made a difference.
Diane has spent many years in education, starting as a substitute teacher in the Groton-Dunstable school district. She was asked to teach art after one year with the school system. She also volunteers her time to the 4-H Greenthumb project and was an afterschool program facilitator, teaching her students the responsibilities of being an active acommunity member. She has also worked with the University of New Hampshire's co-operative extension, mentoring inner city youth in Manchester's teaching garden. Her dedication helped donate over 5000 pounds of produce to the New Hampshire food bank.
Imagination is where your child lives, when you play with them, make sure you remember to enter their world.
Miss TJ (Tahlejay) has been in the field for approximately five years. She has been babysitting ever since high school and cannot see herself being in any other field. She has seven brothers and sisters and has been around children her whole life. She lived in Jamaica until she was 12 and moved to New Hampshire to be closer to her mom. Miss. TJ believes that children are our future and unless we teach them with that concept in mind, we can never really teach to our full ability. An educator must understand, in order to keep a constructive class, that children are little explorers. There must be movements and visual learning tools so that the child will have every opportunity learn and grow. A teacher must stay educated and be aware of new approaches to learning in order to create a well thought out curriculum that can better help the child develop.
'Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.' –Rita F. Pierson. This quote explains exactly why I love teaching children. Teachers get to be that champion for not only their class but also for every child that they interact with. We are the few that get to show children that they can do anything and be anyone that they want to be.
Miss Cassandra is a mother of two daughters who also attend our center, and who spends as much time as possible playing outside. When she is not spending time with her family or working she is studying to earn her Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and hopes to one day become a Director. Miss Cassandra previously worked at the Academy of Notre Dame and Beginning Discovery Learning Center where she learned that teaching and helping children is her passion. She believes that each child is unique and that there is no one teaching style that will reach every child. She combines creative play, direct instruction, inquiry-based learning, and cooperative learning to ensure that each child has the best ability to learn. Miss Cassandra loves to incorporate nature, water-play and, the interests of the children into the everyday curriculum.
Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find? -Samuel Johnson
Miss Brandi is a mother of three wonderful children, and her youngest child is in our Pre-Kindergarten program. She is a ECC certified teacher coming to us from Massachusetts. Miss Brandi is currently taking classes to obtain her Child Development Associates. Children are a very important part in Miss Brandi's life cause they bring her so much joy. You will always catch her laughing along with the children and getting covered in something while discovering new places and textures in the classroom. Miss Brandi jumps right into the curriculum and loves to see the children learn, discover and bloom into wonderful children they are.
The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it. ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Miss Lauren has been in the childcare field for two years, but her love of teaching and caring for children has been practiced for much longer. The youngest of three, she became an aunt for the first time when she was thirteen years old. Eleven years and six nieces/nephews later, her passion and commitment is as strong as ever. Before transferring to KinderCare in Nashua, Miss Lauren worked as a teacher in the preschool room at our sister center at Knowledge Beginnings in Billerica. Her passion for teaching children can be seen with her charismatic approach to learning and her compassion towards all of the children in her classroom. Everyday she strives to leave a positive impact with the children she teaches.
She attended the University of Maine where she studied elementary education and was a Division I college athlete in Maine, playing on the women’s soccer team. After a year and a half of studying, Miss Lauren transferred to Middlesex Community College to be closer to her family. She is currently working on her Associate’s Degree and hopes to further her education to obtain a degree in special education.
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. - The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
Miss Jen enjoys watching children achieve their "aha" moments and is grateful to be able to help guide them along the way. She loves spending time with her dog, husband, and son, who is enrolled in the Nashua Kindercare Toddler Program. She enjoys reading books of all kinds, a hobby she now shares with her son! She is very excited to work closer to home and to become a part of the Kindercare family!
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.
Always see the world through the eyes of a child: love, hope, and endless possibilities. I love getting to see a child's eyes light up when they accomplish a new goal and look to you for support. Every child is different and will make their own mark on the world. Teachers and families collaborate to help them achieve their dreams and I love being a part of that team.
After being a teacher’s assistant in her dance and acting classes, Miss Mikayla grew a passion for teaching young children when she saw how inspired a child could get from learning new things. Miss Mikayla enrolled in the Careers in Education Program for two years at Nashua High School South and then pursued a degree in Early Childhood Education. In college, she became the President of the Early Childhood Education club and attended the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s 2012 National Conference in Atlanta, GA, where she learned new ways to inspired young children and help them grow. Along with working at KinderCare, she volunteers to perform and choreograph dances with a local group at different charity events in December. Miss Mikayla continues to use her passion for the performing arts in the classroom to educate the children she works with.
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.
Every child deserves the chance to learn and everyone learns differently.
MIss Courtney has been working with childrenin a childcare setting for over 2 years. She currently is in her 3rd year at River University and majoring in Early Education. She loves seeing children experience new learning styles.
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.
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.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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