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Casho Mill KinderCare

Ms. Lisa Montgomery, Center Director

1520 Casho Mill Rd. Newark DE 19711
(302) 738-5953 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
at Casho Mill Rd & Elkton Rd

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Newark Charter and Downs Elementary buses to Center

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Welcome to the Casho Mill KinderCare!  We are a nationally accredited center focused on the quality care and education of every child.  Our center is a Delaware Star 5 center and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. 
Stop by to see the children learning and having fun with our newly refreshed curriculum! We have a team of experienced and qualified teachers who are passionate about teaching and providing children with a safe and enriched learning environment. 
School age children can join our Before and After School or Summer Camp programs.  The center is along bus routes for Downes Elementary and Newark Charter Schools.
Please call or stop by to learn more about the Casho Mill KinderCare.

Ms. Lisa Montgomery, 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.

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


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.

Teachers & Staff

We would like to welcome every child to our classrooms!!!  We promise to take great care of you while you grow and learn, all while having a lot of fun.  We have cool science experiments and sensory tables, weekly cooking activities, exciting dramatic play areas, music and movement fun and plenty of activities and lessons in between.  We do both large and small group activities while developing each child as an individual. 
The Casho Mill KinderCare has a very dedicated, educated and experienced staff.  The teachers take pride in their ability prepare children for their educational future by giving them a solid foundation through milestones and lasting early learning experiences and memories.
Come spend a free day with the Infants, Toddler's (1 year olds), Discovery Preschool (2 year olds), Preschool (3 year olds), Pre-Kindergarten (4 year olds) and School Agers (Public Kindergarten through 5th grade/12 years old) to join the fun!!!!

  • Ms. Lisa Montgomery

    Ms. Lisa Montgomery, Center Director

    I am very passionate about providing children and their families with the best possible care, education, and experiences. 
    "When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts."

    I started working at KinderCare as a toddler teacher in 2006.  The following year I decided to continue my degree in Early Education and became the Assistant Director at the Casho Mill KinderCare. After another two years, I became a Center Director and was promoted to the Pike Creek Kindercare in Wilmington, DE.   After a year at Pike Creek, I was promoted back to Casho Mill as the Center Director in 2013.
    I enjoy volunteering with my 3 children's softball and baseball teams. 

    Previous Experience:
    Before working at KinderCare I worked at Laurel School District. In 2006, joined KinderCare as a teacher then advanced to an Assistant Director and later a Center Director!
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Degree in Early Childhood Development and Education, Dual Certification Kindergarten through 4th Grade
  • Heather Hopkins

    Heather Hopkins, Assistant Director

    In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn."  - Phil Collins

    Ms. Heather is the mother of two young boys and enjoys spending her time with them and learning about their days at KinderCare.  Ms. Heather has worked in child care for many years and takes pride in the relationships she builds with the children and their families.  Currently holding and Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Heather has earned her Delaware Early Childhood Administrator's Credential.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Heather worrked with young children of all ages. She has experience both teaching in a classroom and in management in early learning centers.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Judy

    Ms. Judy, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Judy has been with KinderCare Learning Centers since we opened this location in 1987. She has worked in all the classrooms and even was the cook for a few years. Ms. Judy is known within the community to have raised many of the children in the neighborhood. She opens the building every day and always has a welcoming smile on her face and a warm good morning hug.

    Year Started:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
  • Ms. Sylvia

    Ms. Sylvia, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Sylvia has been with KinderCare Learning Centers since 2007 but has been in the industry for over ten years. She is currently working on her Child Development Associate’s Credential and she enjoys reading to the children in the discovery preschool classroom while making lasting experiences through play every day.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Infant Classroom

    I have been employed with KinderCare since 2015.  I am currently pursuing my Bachelors Degree in Education at Wilmington University.  I have worked with school age children for my years but have decided to gain new experiences by working with younger children now!  I enjoy teaching preschool and want to apply my learning’s to my preschool friends.  I love being a part of their educational experience. 

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Marcella

    Ms. Marcella, Toddler Classroom

    I joined Knowledge Universe in May of 2011.  I love spending my days with the toddlers and take pride in the care I provide the children at this curious age.  I am a mother of 2 children and with my experience with that and KinderCare, I can offer the nurturing and guidance they need.  Each season I enjoy seeing their busy hands and smiling faces while doing the projects and activities in our classroom.  

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Working towards Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Monica

    Ms. Monica, Toddler Classroom

    I joined this team in 2015.  I previously worked at YMCA of Delaware with all age groups.   I love inspiring young children to explore and learn about the world.  Creating a caring, safe place for children to learn is very important to me.  I’m a mother of a two year old and watching her grow has encouraged me to be the best teacher I can be! 

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Bridget

    Ms. Bridget, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I am currently continuing my education at Del-Tech College in Early Childhood.  I have a daughter who is here at Kindercare in the preschool program.  I love children of all ages and love teaching them new things!. 

    Year Started:
  • Ms. LaSheena

    Ms. LaSheena, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I am passionate about having a helping hand in a child's education at a young age. I love teaching children new things and don't mind getting messy. Digging in the dirt for insects is fun and a great time for learning!

    I enjoy working with children of all ages. I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Education from Springfield College. My favorite children’s book is Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. LaSheena worked for nine years as the Discovery Preschool Classroom teacher at another early learning center.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lyndi

    Ms. Lyndi, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I have been employed with KinderCare since 2014.  I have completed my Associates Degree in Early Childhood and I am currently working towards earning my Bachelors Degree.  I enjoy teaching preschool and helping the children learns and discover.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Completing a degree in Early Education
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Preschool Classroom

    I have been employed with KinderCare since 2015.  Currently, I have an Associates Degree from Cecil County College but am continuing my education.  I love working with the preschool children because I like seeing their personalities evolve whether while playing with friends, group time or in centers.   

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Shobha

    Ms. Shobha, Preschool Classroom

    I have been employed with Knowledge Universe since 2004. I have a Bachelors degree in Education. I have many years experience with the 2 year old program and 3 year curriculum too. I enjoy providing hands-on-learning environment for the children to explore and learn in.  

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Bachelor’s Degree in Education
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Prekindergarten

    I have over 20 years experience teaching in a variety of private schools.  I enjoy working with the children on their writing skills, phonics, and other literacy activities in order to develop a child’s ability to read.  I provide a structured environment where children learn respect, self-help skills, and fun art and science lessons.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Associate’s Degree in Education
  • Ms. Tiffany

    Ms. Tiffany, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I have been employed with Knowledge Universe since 2009. I have a Masters degree in Education and speak fluent Spanish. I have 2 children of my own and enjoy watching all of the children progress as they grow and learn by exploring the world around them!
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Masters Degree in Education
  • Mr. Josh

    Mr. Josh, School Age Classroom

    I have been employed with KinderCare since 2015.  I have a Bachelors Degree in English from University of Delaware.  I love working with children of all ages.  My favorite things are reading and/or telling stories and playing outside sports.

    Year Started:
    Bachelors Degree in English
  • Ms. Lina, Floating Teacher

    Ms. Lina has been with KinderCare Learning Centers since 2007. She has been in various rooms and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from her country as well as her Child Development Associate’s Credential. Ms. Lina gives children that early morning welcoming smile and helps them transition in the morning from their parents into the center. Lina enjoys working in all the classrooms and seeing the children grow and develop during their time here in our center.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Bachelor's Degree and Child Development Associate’s Credential
  • Ms. Luisa, Floating Teacher

    Ms. Luisa has been with KinderCare Learning Center since 2002 and enjoys opening the building every day. She has worked in many different classrooms and holds strong relationships with the families. Ms. Luisa has a gentle heart that is always giving and caring with the children.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
  • Ms. Marina

    Ms. Marina, Learning Adventures Classroom

    I have always had a passion for teaching children. I have enjoyed several roles here at KinderCare including Cook, Toddler Teacher, Preschool Teacher, and currently the Learning Adventures Teacher. I teach our music, math, and phonics programs. I take pride in teaching these programs as I saw the positive impact they had on my own two boys who are now in elementary school. I love to watch the children grow and learn new things. The best part of my day is seeing the smiles on the children's faces.

    Ms. Marina has been with KinderCare Learning Centers since 2009, but has been in the food industry for over 15 years. Ms. Marina is so great at cooking for the children and making it in a way that the children will eat that the parents are always asking for pointers to have their children eat a variety of food! Ms. Marina is an outgoing teacher that makes every child feel comfortable as soon as they walk into the center.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential

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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

  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Greek, Nepali

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day (Staff Professional Development)
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day (Staff Professional Development)
Thanksgiving and Friday after
Christmas Eve- close at 3pm
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

The health and safety of every child is the foundation of the care we provide and is our primary concern.  The center is secure with keypad entry with picture identification for child pick up.  All teachers are CPR and First Aid certified and maintain annual training hours.
Ms. Barb, our Health and Safety Coordinator, supports the center and staff by conducting daily and monthly checks of the building to assure cleanliness and safety.

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.

Our son has grown so much since coming to KinderCare and it's a direct result of the management and staff. Everyone is so nice and really take pride in teaching and caring for children. Our son had a somewhat difficult transition when he started and it's so nice to hear comments from the teachers about how well he is doing and how great of a kid he is. We can't thank the teachers enough for all that they do and the positive impact they have each had on his life in one way or another.

- Mother

We love our KinderCare center.  Moving our child to KinderCare was the best decision we have made regarding his care.  The teachers are wonderful and the director and assistant director are also wonderful.  Everyone is always cheerful and willing to take time to speak with us to provide updates/address concerns.  While KinderCare is more expensive than our previous center, they really have shown us that 'you get what you pay for' and we feel that they provide a great value for our money.  Our son is the most important person in our lives and his care is very important to us.  We recommend KinderCare to everyone that we know and meet who have small children.

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