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Paxson Lane KinderCare

Irene Kerrigan, Center Director

100 Paxson Dr. Newark DE 19702
(302) 834-6931 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
old 896 near Glasgow Medical center Near Hogson Vo-Tech Highschool

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Now serving Christ the Teacher for after care. Cedar Lane Early Childhood Center and Cedar Lane Elementary School. Olive B Loss, (Brader and Newark Charter, buses to the Center)

Our building is surrounded by a high privacy fence with state of the art age appropriate play equipment for children to use their imaginations and explore. Parents receive a security code to enter into the classroom hallways. Our cook prepares nutritious meals and accommodates food allergies and restrictions. We have very strict hiring guidelines and procedures when adding new team members. The new team members receive extensive training prior to going into the classroom and also have on-going training within the classroom with an experienced teacher.

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Welcome

Our center is much more than a child care center, our program provides a rich, nurturing environment for your child's cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth. We make learning fun! Children are respected and our teachers work in partnership with families to challenge each child. We become an extension of your family and we are proud to be a part of this each and everyday.

Irene Kerrigan, 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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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

Cooking

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.

Math

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

The minute you walk into our center you will see and feel the difference. Our dedicated staff and management is friendly and knowledgeable and strive to make your child’s experience a positive one. You will see evidence of learning throughout our center, starting in our infant program. We display pictures of children enjoying activities and developing skills to challenge them to next level as well as informing the parents of the objectives for the activity.

  • Irene Kerrigan

    Irene Kerrigan, Center Director

    My role is to lead and manage all aspects of our KinderCare center. My focus is on providing quality programming and exceptional service to you and your children, leading a staff of great people and ensuring overall that we provide the highest quality of education for the families enrolled in our center.

    Ms. Irene started her career with KinderCare in August 1986 as the Preschool Teacher and soon became the Assistant Director. After a few years, she accepted the role as a Director. She has two children who also attended KinderCare from infancy through their school age years. She attributes their success in school to the quality of early childhood education that they received from KinderCare. When she is not working, Ms. Irene loves traveling and spending time with her family and their dog, Scooter.

    Previous Experience:
    Irene started her career with KinderCare in August 1986 as the Preschool Teacher and soon became the Assistant Director. After a few years she accepted the role as a Director. She has two children who attended KinderCare as infants all the way through their School Age years. Irene attributes their success in school to the quality Early Educational environment that each received from the beginning during their years at KinderCare. Irene enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and their dog, Scooter.
    Year Started:
    8/1/1986
    Tenure:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Education:
    Delaware Department of Education Certified
  • Ms. Susan Kane

    Ms. Susan Kane, Assistant Director

    I work closely with Irene and our teachers to ensure we provide the best educational experiences for every child who attends our center. I support the center in both the operation and educational aspects daily. My role is to implement and enhance quality educational programs and curriculum in our center to help children learn and grow.

    Ms. Susan started her career with KinderCare in November 1992 as the Toddler Teacher and became the Assistant Director in 2001. She lives in Middletown with her husband and three children. Her children attended KinderCare as infants and are currently still attending for summer camp. In her spare time, Ms. Susan enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Susan started her career with KinderCare in November 1992 as the Toddler Teacher and became the Assistant Director in 2001. She lives in Middletown with her husband and three children. Susan's children attended KinderCare as infants and currently still attend for summer camp. In her spare time Susan enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
    Year Started:
    11/1/1992
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential specializing in Infants & Toddlers
  • Ms. Leigh

    Ms. Leigh, Infant Classroom

    The smiles on the children's faces when I enter the room each day is rewarding. I have most of my experience working with Infants and Toddlers. When I see the enthusiasm from the children when they learn something new and recall what I have already taught them is the best accomplished feeling for a teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Leigh has previous experience working for two years at a Before and After School program.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Sociology, Early Childhood Education Credits
  • Ms. Callie

    Ms. Callie, Infant Classroom

    It inspires me knowing that when I come to work each day and I get the big smiles and the cheerful hellos. I have an impact on helping each child in the center to grow and develop. During my years with KinderCare I have worked with all the different ages. I enjoy being with the infants and providing them with their first learning experience.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Prekindergarten Classroom

    All of us need to convey to our students, parents, and colleagues everday that, 'you are important to me as a person.'

    Previous Experience:
    6 years taught kindergarten in Texas 3 years taught Science in Texas 18 months taught PreKindergarten and, also Before and After School with Kindercare
    Year Started:
    6/6/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Lousie

    Ms. Lousie, Infant Classroom

    I believe children are our most valuable inheritance and all that we value and love should be imported to them.

    Louise has been with KinderCare for over a year. She has taken groundwork courses at Del-Tech including Human Development in Psychology. Louise has a certificate in Early Childhood Development and also a certificate as a Nursing Assistant. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family and enjoys playing guitar.

    Previous Experience:
    5 years in an Elementary School as an aide
    Year Started:
    9/16/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Childhood Development Assocaits (CDA)
  • Ms. Meghan

    Ms. Meghan, Toddler Classroom

    Every day there is a daily adventure. I enjoy seeing the excitement from a child while they accomplish new activities. My experience is with Toddlers and Two year old children. In my class we enjoy painting and dancing to music.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Meghan has previous experience working with children from Infant to Two-years-old.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Care and Education
  • Ms. Doris

    Ms. Doris, Toddler Classroom

    I believe that every encounter with a child should be treated as a learning adventure for them.

    Ms. Doris moved from New Jersey to Delaware two years ago to complete her college education. She attends Wilmington University and is an Early Childhood Education major. She began working at KinderCare in July of 2014. Ms. Doris enjoys teaching children, because she knows that no matter how small the impact she has on their lives, she is ading in their development.

    Previous Experience:
    Has worked at the YMCA and also various summer camps and day care center in New Jersey.
    Year Started:
    7/11/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree
  • Ms. Kristy

    Ms. Kristy, Toddlers

    I enjoy watching the children develop independet life tasks.

    Year Started:
    2/15/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Some Eduaction Credits
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Toddler Classroom

    I love watching and helping children learn new things.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked as a group leader for summer camps.
    Year Started:
    11/7/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Currently attending Wilmington University
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love the unexpected, impulsive, movements of teaching two-year-old kids.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Debbie has previous experience working with two and three-year-old children.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts, Early Childhood Education Certificate 1 & 2
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy making a difference and helping children grow and learn.

    Jennifer just began at KinderCare in 2014. She was a at home mom prior to joining KinderCare. She has an Associates Degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice. She enjoys helping her students with various art projects in her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    10 years experience with executive administration
    Year Started:
    10/13/2014
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree
  • Ms. Pilleriin

    Ms. Pilleriin, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    It inspires me knowing that when I walk through the door each day the children get excited.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Pilleriin worked at a family childcare center and with a program for children at risk.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Credentials for Early Care & Education I & II (TECE)
  • Ms. Aida

    Ms. Aida, Preschool Classroom

    I love to see the learning accomplishment on the children's faces and to see that I as a teacher made a difference.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Aida worked at a Navy Child Care center for seven years.
    Year Started:
    8/1/1984
    Tenure:
    31 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
  • Ms. Carrie

    Ms. Carrie, Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children! It is very rewarding to see that moment when you know the children you are working with have learned something new or have mastered a skill.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Carrie worked in a daycare center in Maryland for eight years. In her time there she worked in all age groups, however a large portion of her time was spent as a Toddler and Two-year-old classroom teacher. She also volunteered in intercity schools proctoring Kindergarten assessments.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education (Birth to Kindergarten)
  • Ms. Kristen

    Ms. Kristen, PreSchool Classroom

    I love working with children. I also love to watch their faces light up when they are playing and learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked with PreSchool and was an aide for several years.
    Year Started:
    6/20/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    TEC 1
  • Ms. Carolyn

    Ms. Carolyn, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand. ~Chinese Proverb

    Year Started:
    1/1/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Private Kindergarten Classroom

    Knowing that I have something to do with children learning something new each day inspires me.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Kim student taught while attending Holy Family University and worked with elementary school age students.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education
  • Ms. Jordan

    Ms. Jordan, School Age Classroom

    Teamwork makes the dream work!

    Previous Experience:
    While attending Neumann University, Ms. Jordan student taught in third and fourth grade reading support classroom and also taught in a Kindergarten class.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood & Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Learning Adventures Classroom

    I love working with children because I am able to watch their excitement as they learn and grow.

    Ms. Sarah recently graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Eucation. She joined KinderCare in May 2013 and has been assisting in the Preschool and School Age classrooms. Ms. Sarah enjoys working with children on their writing and literacy.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Sarah student taught in a third grade inclusion class and a sixth grade reading enrichment classroom. She participated in a number of research studies on elementary writing curriculum in various elementary schools. She also volunteered at the College school and Early Learning Center to assist with their after school programs and tutoring.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, Delaware Teaching Certification for Elementary Grades K-6, Special Education and Middle School English
  • Ms. Jane

    Ms. Jane, Cook

    I love the fact that when you work with children no two days are the same. Everyday brings a new adventure!

    Year Started:
    8/1/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years

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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

  • 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

Our building is surrounded by a high privacy fence with state of the art age appropriate play equipment for children to use their imaginations and explore. Parents receive a security code to enter into the classroom hallways. Our cook prepares nutritious meals and accommodates food allergies and restrictions. We have very strict hiring guidelines and procedures when adding new team members. The new team members receive extensive training prior to going into the classroom and also have on going training within the classroom with an experienced teacher.

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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I delivered my first child in April 2013. Going back to work after having my son was a very emotional time for me. I was asking my self questions like "will he be happy?",  "will he get the attention I would like him to have?", "will he learn the things that he should be learning at his age?",   "will he be safe?".  All questions that every parent probably asks themselves as they leave their child for the first time with strangers. The first day I dropped him off, I cried.  Joseph of course didn't know any better. When I picked him up that afternoon,  he had a big smile on his face and was smiling at all the teachers.   That day, I knew he was going to be happy there. I often bring my son to school and sit in the room for a few minutes and watch the kids play and I can see that the teachers really care about the kids. I feel assured that my son is being well taken care of and he is definitely learning every day.  That makes me a happy Mommy!

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