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New Haven KinderCare

Marlene Galligan, Center Director

555 Long Wharf Dr. New Haven CT 06511
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Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Off of I-95. Located in the Long Wharf Maritime Center

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

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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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

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?

Teachers & Staff

New Haven KinderCare takes pride in offering our families the most experienced teachers around with over a hundred years tenure! With our vast knowledge of Early Childhood Education and our vast amounts of experience in an early learning center, we offer a one of a kind program that will allow your child to learn, and explore while enjoying each day here and creating friendships sure to last a lifetime.

  • 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 eight 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
  • Stephanie Dillon, Assistant Director

    If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.

    Stephanie received her bachelor's degree in Health and Human Services from Southern Connecticut State University in 2016. Stephanie will be furthering her education starting in the fall of 2017. In her spare time she plays softball and does work with Habitat for Humanity out of Hartford. She loves hanging out with her friends and family by the pool in the summer and spending time at her home in New Hampshire in the winters. 

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Stephanie worked for The Rainbow Center for Children And Families in Wethersfield, CT and was also a nanny full time.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Next Door to Laura Linda by Janice May Udry

    Year Started:
    10/9/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Health & Human Services
  • 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 credential
  • Ms. Zuleika, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    10/15/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree from UConn
  • Ms. Mary, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    2/8/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Julissa, Toddler Classroom

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

    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:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Taiz, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    11/16/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • 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:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Erika

    Erika, Preschool Classroom

    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 Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, Head Teacher Certificate
  • Ms. Oma, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    4/11/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Education:
    30 Credits in Early Childhood Education
  • Weston

    Weston, Multi Age and School Age Classrooms

    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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's in Education
  • Carly, Floater

    Year Started:
    4/2/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelors Degree
  • Layla, Floater

    Year Started:
    8/1/2016
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree
  • Eldina, Seasonal Floater

    Year Started:
    7/15/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Pursing Bachelor's Degree in Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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

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

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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