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Newington KinderCare

Jessica Paige, Center Director

143 Pascone Place Newington CT 06111
(860) 665-0729 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Off Berlin Turnpike; in between Chili's and TGI Friday's Restaurants

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Anna Reynolds, Ruth Chaffee and John Patterson

Welcome

Welcome to our Newington KinderCare Webpage! We are so excited for you to visit our page and become familiar with all of the wonderful opportunities we have to offer to your child. Take a moment to view our photos so you can have a sneak peak of what our center and classrooms look like. We are also excited to introduce you to all of our passionate team of teachers. All of us look forward to meeting you and your children.

Jessica Paige, 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.

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

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.

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Teachers & Staff

We are so proud to introduce you to our dedicated team of teachers. All of our teachers have been hand picked based on their true passion for the age group that they teach. It is important for us to place teachers with an age group of children that they truly love. All of our teachers meet the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood educational standards and additionally, join us with experience working with young children.

  • Jessica Paige

    Jessica Paige, Center Director

    As early childhood educators, we recognize that each child learns through a variety of different teaching strategies. By providing a safe and nurturing environment, my teachers and I will provide your child with the opportunity to develop socially, cognitively, emotionally and physically. I am proud to lead a teaching team who are passionate about making a positive impact on each child's life.

    Jessica has a passion for teaching and inspiring children, and her teachers. She started KinderCare in 2003, right out of high school and loved working with the company. She loves to spend time with her husband Jon, and their nine year old son, Maddox. They love going to movies, and anything with super heroes! Jessica loves coming to work each day, and inspiring her teachers, because they have the most important job - teaching the children of our future!

    Previous Experience:
    Jessica started as a Prekindergarten teacher in 2003, and had held various roles as grew within the company, from program specialist to assistant director and now to her role as the Center Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

    Year Started:
    10/30/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    CT State required Administration and Supervision of ECE Programs and her Child Development Associate
  • Keyonna Perez

    Keyonna Perez, Assistant Director

    "I love what I do. The bonds I create with the families and teachers are memories and relationships I will cherish always. What is better than getting to watch each child develop and grow. It's simply amazing!

    Keyonna will always be found with a smile. She loves her life, from work to home. She has a daughter Kiara, who is the apple of her eye. She can always be found in her community, from a girls scout leader, cheer and dance mom and loves working with youth teenage girls on a basketball team. 

    Previous Experience:
    Keyonna has worked in several early learning centers, and came to join the KinderCare family in 2014. She started as a discovery preschool teacher, and was a inspiration to her peers, which lead her to her role as the Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    10/28/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Beth

    Ms. Beth, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Beth has been touching children's lives at KinderCare since 1991. She began her career with KinderCare at the Kensington location where she was a Discovery Preschool teacher for three years. After that, she became an Infant teacher where she has remained for the last 20 years!  Ms. Beth attended the University of Connecticut before transferring to Tunxis Community College where she graduated with her Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and Science. She also holds her child development associate. Beth loves spending time with her son at the trampoline park and enjoys watching him play basketball as well. Beth's favorite part about teaching infants is seeing the smiles on their faces when they accomplish a new milestone.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Guess How Much I Love You

    Year Started:
    4/1/1991
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, Child Development Associate credential
  • Marilyn L.

    Marilyn L., Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Teaching is a calling for me. To be able to help a child over the bridge from home to the outside world gives me such joy and to be there for the parents as they watch their child grow and accomplish the milestones in their lives. The look in a child's eyes when they complete a task or master a milestone makes being a teacher worth every minute.

    Marilyn is a mother of three, and happily married for over 35 years. She has been an educator for over 19 years and has loved every minute of it! Marilyn has made a point to obtain her degree while working, raising her family, and volunteering with her church and children's school. Marilyn loves to garden, go to the zoo, cook and create crafts. Her favorite past time is reading and going to the beach!

    Previous Experience:
    Marilyn has educated young learners for almost 20 years. She was excited to join our KinderCare family in 2015.
    Year Started:
    8/31/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree, NAEYC member

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

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 learning center is located just off of the Berlin Turnpike near Chili's in Newington and attracts families from the Newington community and many surrounding towns.  We offer a warm and homey environment for your child to thrive physically, socially and cognitively.  Our daycare offers lots of natural light and our open floor concept ensures that our teaching staff and your child are fully supported well beyond their classroom. 
 

We are proud to announce that the Newington KinderCare has been awarded accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in our Preschool and our Infant and Toddler programs!


Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.  
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Awards and Recognition

  • NAEYC Accreditation

    NAEYC Accreditation

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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

The safety of your child(ren) is our number one priority here at our center. As you enter our building you will see that the door is secured with a security keypad. Our building is fully gated in and the doors to our outside play areas are always locked once our children and classrooms return inside from their outdoor play. Your child will always be in the hands of a caregiver who is both First Aid and CPR Certified. Half hour child, name to face attendance is conducted to ensure the safety of your child(ren). Emergency evacuation procedures are practiced on a monthly basis to ensure in any event that your child is safe and secure. We hold all of our security features and plans to the highest standard to make sure that your child is fully protected in any situation.

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.

My child is in the preschool classroom here at the Newington KInderCare. As a preschooler, my son has developed a great understanding of his letters, numbers and shapes. He has learned so much throughout his three years at KinderCare. He is excited and eager to go to school everyday and to spend time with his teachers and friends. All of his teachers go above and beyond to take such good care of my son and I am very thankful for their thoughtfulness.

- Mother

My son has been enrolled at KinderCare for over a year. My favorite part of every day is listening to my two-year-old on the drive home singing songs he learned at circle time. The skills he has learned from group experiences with friends are not lessons he could have received if I had kept him home. He shares well, cooperates during group activities, and he is practicing manners at the dinner table that he has picked up from KinderCare’s family style dining. I often observe Ms. Enidza sitting at the table talking the children through their projects and activities. My son loves his teacher and that makes all the difference. I’m proud to say my son is a KinderCare kid, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the sweet and wonderful person KinderCare has helped him to become.

- Mother

My child has learned and thrived so much in the infant program at KinderCare. As a nursing mom, KinderCare was very accommodating and I was always made to feel comfortable. He has caring, attentive teachers and a safe, stimulating environment that keeps him occupied all day. When I see him at lunch or pick him up at the end of the day, he is all smiles and so engrossed in his play! I believe that the early socialization has given him a great head start and is teaching him skills that will benefit him when he starts school . Each day I get email updates on how my child is doing and even pictures of him to brighten my day! Returning to work wasn't an easy transition, but I feel secure knowing we made the right decision for our child.

- Mother

My son Jake has been at KinderCare since he was an infant. He is now in Prekindergarten. Because of KinderCare, Jake has grown and learned so much. He has always loved to go to school and socialize with his friends. He has had excellent teachers throughout the years that have given him a great foundation of knowledge for when he starts Kindergarten. Through the excellent curriculum and knowledge of teachers he has learned the skills to succeed in life. I am so thankful for all of the teacher dedication that has provided positive growth of my son.

- Mother

My wife and I enrolled our oldest daughter at KinderCare in Newington over two years ago and although our daughter has since "graduated" and is now in Kindergarten we couldn't have been more pleased with the staff and curriculum at the Newington location. When she first entered KinderCare she was like any other three-year-old: nervous and wanting her mommy or daddy. Being responsible for her drop-off in the morning I had the fortune of having the loving hands of Ms. Nicole to pass my daughter on to as I tried to quickly leave the building for work. She was patient and kind with my daughter. Over the course of time my daughter and Ms. Nicole really bonded. Even though my oldest daughter now attends school in Wethersfield we still have our youngest daughter enrolled at the center. We have confidence in Ms. Nicole and know that she is in safe hands. When I pick her up in the afternoon it is amazing what she and all of her classmates are exposed to and taught. Whether the subject is emotions one week, colors the next or autumn and leaves the following week I know my daughter is learning and I know Ms. Nicole is doing her best to educate and meet all the needs of the children she is responsible for. The paintings displayed on the classroom walls or on my daughter's clothes when I pick her up are amazing as well. I noticed my daughter made a beautiful picture of her home which is now on display in her classroom, the reality is my wife and I are very satisfied with KinderCare right now with how they are helping our daughter to grow. It goes without saying that our youngest is learning more now than my wife or I ever did at the same age. As our daughter approaches the age of two in march it is impressive how Ms. Nicole and her staff tend to her physical, educational and social needs. She does such a wonderful job with the kids and I'm always impressed by her patience with them as well. KinderCare and Ms. Nicole are laying the foundation for educational success for our daughter. My wife and I couldn't be more satisfied with the growth and development that we see in our daughter and we thank Nicole and her staff for contributing to that. As my daughter and the other students learn about farm animals and pumpkins this time of year, my wife and I know our daughter is in good hands. On a personal note, when our daughter was rushed to the hospital from KinderCare last June the following day Ms. Nicole said she cried as she was taken away in the ambulance. I haven't forgotten that comment from her which tells you how important they are to me and is indicative of what a loving, caring person and educator Nicole Lastrina is and continues to be. She's awesome, loves kids and has a great personality. We're glad our daughter is with her, it's a great match.

- Father

I would like to thank you for the care, education and support you and your staff provided for my Jadah during her attendance at KinderCare of Newington. Between the spacious facility and kind and knowledgeable teachers, KinderCare was a perfect choice for my baby. I like the balance that the learning center provides between taking time to develop important skills, and giving kids the time to laugh and play with their peers. The creative spaces made it so much more fun for them to enjoy time with their friends.
I especially would like to express many thanks to your teachers and assistant teachers for their patience and dedication in providing quality care and learning experiences to the children. The energetic personality of the staff and the Directors: Erin, Nicole, Jenna and Nikki was always very open and responsive to any questions or concerns. I also want to mention Ms. Danielle, Ms. Kathy and Ms. Beth from the Infant and Toddler rooms and thank them for their tolerance and commitment to the kids in their classroom. This is where the kids learn the most important skills like writing and reading, and the teachers have done a great job making sure the kids are achieving results.
I wish that Jadah could of stayed at KinderCare of Newington longer, but because of me moving out of state I had to move Jadah to another school. We miss everyone very much.
Once again, many thanks to all the staff and good luck in everything!

- Mother
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