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Meadowood KinderCare

Kimberly Dahlberg, Center Director

50 South Meadowood Drive Newark DE 19711
(302) 453-8090 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Forest Oak Elementary, Jennie Smith Elementary, McClary Elementary, Eda J. Wilson Elementary, Heritage Elementary


Welcome to Meadowood KinderCare located in Newark, DE! We believe that your child's earliest experiences and interactions with others will help shape their development.  Our center's program is designed to provide a comprehensive developmentally-based curriculum for infants through schoolagers.  Each classroom is designed to inspire the natural curiosity of children.  We believe that children learn best through play and discovery.  Our commitment is to ensure that everything we do for your child is designed for learning!

Kimberly Dahlberg, Center Director

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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


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

Welcome!  A Meadowood KinderCare teacher is a nurturer as well as an educator--someone who encourages learning through exploration, and who understands the balance between what children need to be safe and what children need to reach their full potential.  At KinderCare, families and teachers work together--celebrating accomplishments, navigating challenges, and communicating daily about your child's achievements and goals.

  • Kimberly Dahlberg

    Kimberly Dahlberg, Center Director

    Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it"-Andy Rooney

    Tavon has been in the Elementary Education & Early Childhood field for about 12 years.  Tavon holds a Bachelor Degree in Elem. Education and Early Education from Temple University, (2) Master Degree's in Elem Education,Early Education, Family Counseling and Child Psychology from Temple University and University of Pennsylvania.  He also hold a Doctoral degree in Early Education, Juvenile Criminal Justice and Child Development also from Temple University.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Doctoral Degree in Education
  • Ms. Laura Miller

    Ms. Laura Miller, Assistant Director

    There's something unpredictable but in the end it's right, I hope you have the time of your life!

    Bio Coming Soon!!

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Administrator Credential, Delaware First Certificate and Bachelors of Science in Education
  • Ms. Brenda

    Ms. Brenda, Cook

    Adults are just outdated children." -Dr.Seuss

    Bio Coming Soon!

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Credentials Coming Soon!
  • Ms. Jacklyn

    Ms. Jacklyn, Discovery Preschool

    Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children."- Charles R. Swindoll

    Bio Coming Soon

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Education Teacher, Delaware First Certificate
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Infant Classroom

    You can hold their hands for awhile but will hold their hearts forever."-unknown

    Ms. Angela is an asset to our Infant teaching team! She provides a “home away from home” where the babies can explore the world around them. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and brings eight years experience in the teaching field with her to KinderCare. She has a nine-year-old daughter who has been with KinderCare for five years and still loves it!

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Terri

    Ms. Terri, Pre-K Classroom

    The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I didn't exist."-Maria Montessori

    Bio Coming Soon!

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Education Teacher, Delaware First Certificate
  • Mr. Denzel

    Mr. Denzel, School-age Classroom

    The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence."- Denis Waitley

    Bio Coming Soon!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    School-age Teacher, Delaware First Certificate
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Infant Classroom

    Live, Laugh, Love!

    Ms. Kelly is such a nurturing and caring teacher for our infants.  She has been with KinderCare for 5 years.  She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lock Haven University.  Kelly was born in Chester County, PA where she lived with her parents.  Her parents have inspired her and she strives to lead a life as they do.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kelly worked in the public school system as a substitute teacher, and she worked in previous child care settings.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tasha

    Ms. Tasha, Toddler Classroom

    The children always put a smile on my face!

    I was born at the University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. I grew up in South West Philadelphia. I enjoy going to the mall and reading books.  I attended Overbrook High School and also attended Kaplan University. I've been in child care for about 11 years and employed with Kindercare for 2 years. I enjoy playing with and watching the children I serve grown and meet developmental milestones. I am a mother of 3 beautiful children;2 girls and 1 boy.

    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Children are like plants that are waiting to be given the things it needs to blossom!"-James McGraw

    Ms. Mary works with the two-year-olds in our Discovery Preschool Classroom. She has completed both Training for Early Care and Education one and two. Our two year old room is filled with energy and Ms. Mary keeps the pace going. She has years of experience with this age group.

  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Toddler

    Working with this age group is a new beginning each day!

    Bio Coming Soon!

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Training for Early Care and Education
  • Ms. Goldy

    Ms. Goldy, Preschool

    Children are our future and I look forward to sharing the future with them!"-Unknown

    I was born in British Guyana- South America. My hobbies are reading, sewing and cooking. I graduated high school and transitioned straight into college where I graduated with degree in Early Childhood Education. I worked in British Guyana as a pre-school teacher. I've been with Kindercare for over 20 years as a pre-school teacher.

    Year Started:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Bachelors Degree in Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Excellence in Customer Service, 2015

    Excellence in Customer Service, 2015

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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

We take the security of our building very seriously. We have a keypad entry where the families punch in their code to get into the center. If someone is visiting our center, they are required to ring the buzzer to alert the staff someone is at the door. The Director or Assistant Director will answer the door to assure safety. Identification is required for visitors in our center and for picking up children in an emergency. Our playground area is fenced-in for the children's safety. All of our staff are CPR, First Aid, and Medication Certified.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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

We have very recently moved states and on the day of our relocation we required drop in care for our two-and-a-half-year-old twins. I contacted the center and spoke to the Director Debbie, who was very helpful and informative. We arranged a time for me to visit the center a few days before. I was very pleased with what I saw and my discussion with Debbie put me at ease leaving my children in their care. My children had a wonderful time at the center and the staff went out of their way to ensure they were comfortable and looked after. I have to say I am only sorry that I wasn't aware if the drop in care at this center before we moved because I definitely would have used them more regularly. Very professional!

- Mother

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