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New Haven KinderCare

Marlene Galligan, Center Director

555 Long Wharf Dr. New Haven CT 06511
(203) 865-0020 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Long Wharf Drive.

Neighborhood:
Off of I-95. Located in the Long Wharf Maritime Center

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Families must make arrangements with their childs school and the local school bus company for Before School pick-up and After School drop-off.

The New Haven KinderCare is currently enrolling for Preschool and Pre-K. We are accepting applications for Infants, and Toddlers and will have availablity in the coming months. The center participates in the CACFP Food program, and offers Breakfast, AM and PM snack to all of our enrolled children each day. Our Infants can also participate in the program where all formula, cereal, and food are provided daily for no additional cost.

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Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare at the Maritime Center in New Haven, CT. We are located at 555 Long Wharf Drive across the street from Sports Haven, overlooking the sound. The center hours are 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Our experienced staff services children six weeks to five years of age.

Marlene Galligan, Center Director

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Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

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?

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

New Haven KinderCare takes pride in offering our families the most experienced teachers around with over a hundred years tenure!

  • Marlene Galligan

    Marlene Galligan, Center Director

    My job grants me the privilege of feeling good about myself each day. Hugs, smiles and laughter are free here, these are the ingredients for a positive environment.

    Marlene has been the Director at KinderCare in New Haven since July 2016. Marlene has been with KinderCare for 8 years, starting in Preschool and then Discovery Preschool. She had been Assistant Director at the center for 6 years and the Health and Safety Coordinator. Marlene has her Directors Credential and an Associates Degree in Community Health. She worked in Public Relations and the Community Health fields. She enjoys meeting new families and making them feel comfortable in our center.

    Year Started:
    12/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Directors Credential, Child Development Associate Certificate, Associates in Community Health
  • Melissa Rushford

    Melissa Rushford, Assistant Director

    I can say whole heartedly that I wake up each day and am happy to come to work. If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. I am so excited to be a part of this amazing group of people who enrich and expand the minds of their students each and every day.

    Melissa received her degree in Early Childhood Education from Middlesex Community College in 2014. Melissa is a current student at Charter Oak State College; pursing her B.A. in Child Studies. She is also enrolled in the Directors Credential Program through Charter Oak. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, singing, reading, and watching movies. She lives in Middletown and loves spending time with her Niece and Nephew as well as her boyfriend, friends and family.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to the New Haven KinderCare, Melissa worked as the Assistant Director of the Meriden Kindercare for 9 years. Prior to that she was the lead Toddler teacher there for 3 years. Before coming to KinderCare she worked at another center for a year and a half as a One year old teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Boxcar Children, I Love You Stinky Face
    Year Started:
    5/10/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education; Pursuing Bachelors Degree in Child Studies
  • Mama Sol

    Mama Sol, Infant Classroom

    I love my job because every day I get to see the smiles of my babies. It inspires me that parents trust me with their most precious treasures.

    Ms. Sol has been at the center for seven years. The children call her "Mama Sol'. She really enjoys to see each child grow and makes it a point to get to know every child that enters here. Mama Sol loves to sing to the children in Spanish.

    Previous Experience:
    Sol has worked as a tutor for bilingual students.
    Year Started:
    10/28/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Zuleika, Infants

    Year Started:
    10/15/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree from UConn
  • Ms. Meredith, Waddlers

    Year Started:
    2/8/2016
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree
  • Ms. Julissa, Waddlers

    Year Started:
    10/6/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Daira, Toddlers

    I love being able to come to work and it doesn't feel like work. There is no better feeling than seeing my kids grow and being able to have a positive impact on how their day is going. Laughing and having fun with my class gives me a great sense of pride, and I know the kids love having a teach with such great energy.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Martina the Beautiful Cockroach
    Year Started:
    2/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree
  • Ms. Taiz, Toddlers

    Year Started:
    11/16/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Valerie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Every child should have a caring adult in their lives. And that's not always a biological parent or family member. It may be a friend or neighbor. Often times it is a teacher." - Joe Manchin

    Ms. Valerie is a very remarkable teacher. She takes the time to get to know each and every child in the center and creates unbreakable bonds. She is cherished by all. In her spare time, Ms. Valerie enjoys reading and social networking.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Valerie worked as a teaching assistant for the City of New Haven.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    3/18/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Discovery Preschool

    I enjoy watching the kids grow and learn. Being able to see their smiling faces makes every day worth it! I make sure the kids in my class have a fun time learning each day!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    9/24/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree
  • Eryka

    Eryka, Preschool

    I absolutely love utilizing my creativity to enhance development in the children I teach. There is opportunity to make each moment teachable if you engage with the children in your classroom.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Wacky Wednesday By Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    11/16/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelors Degree in Social Work, Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, Head Teacher Certificate
  • Ms. Samantha, Preschool

    It's so rewarding when I ask the children a question, and you can see their eyes light up when they have an answer. My classroom is inviting and the warm personailty I exhude makes my students feel right at home.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Junie B. Jones series
    Year Started:
    8/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Family Services
  • Ms. Oma, Pre-K

    Year Started:
    4/11/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Education:
    30 Credits in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shayna, Pre-K

    One of the best parts about teaching is watching the children learn and grow in to young individuals. The children in my classroom are always getting messy with great painting and crafting projects, which they all enjoy every day!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    2/16/2016
    Education:
    Pursuing Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Stephanie, Floater

    It feels great to see a difference in the children as they grow each day.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Next Door to Laura Linda
    Year Started:
    10/9/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelors Degree
  • Weston

    Weston, Multi Age/ School Age

    My favorite aspect of learning would be the instant look of gratification on children's faces right after learning something new for the first time. Children in my care can excel and build in many different areas while feeling as comfortable as if they were home.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    James and The Giant Peach
    Year Started:
    4/13/2016
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelors in Education
  • Brooke, Infant/Toddler Floater

    Year Started:
    10/10/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelors Degree
  • Carly, Floater

    Year Started:
    4/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelors Degree
  • Caitlin, Floater

    Year Started:
    10/15/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree in Early Childhood
  • Layla, Floater

    Year Started:
    8/1/2016
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelors Degree
  • Jenna, Floater

    Year Started:
    9/1/2016
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelors Degree
  • Eldina, Seasonal Floater

    Year Started:
    7/15/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursing Bachelors Degree in 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Russian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

Labor Day - Sept. 7, 2015
Professional Development Day -Oct. 12, 2015
Thanksgiving Recess - Nov.26th & 27th, 2015
Christmas Day - December 25, 2015
New Years Day - Jan. 1st, 2016

Health and Safety

All teachers and assistants have their CPR and First Aid certifications. They are also trained in DCF/Mandated Reporter training. Epi-pen administration and Medication administration. Our playground is fenced in with a security gate and our grounds patrolled by security guards.

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