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Newington KinderCare

Jenna Minton, 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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Special Instructions:
near Chili's Restaurant

Neighborhood:
Off Berlin Turnpike; in between Chili's and TGI Friday's Restaurants

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

We are currently enrolling all of our classrooms within the center! We would love to have an opportunity to tour you our center so you can meet our wonderful staff and see what each classroom has to offer.

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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.

Jenna Minton, 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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

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.

  • Jenna Minton

    Jenna Minton, 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.

    Jenna has been a Center Director with KinderCare since 2009. Jenna is originally from New York and moved to Connecticut in 2008. Jenna completed her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in New York at Stony Brook University. She has had experience working with children for 13 years. Jenna has a 2 year old son, John and a 10 month old daughter name Julianna!

    Previous Experience:
    Jenna previously worked as an Infant and Toddler teacher before stepping into her role as a Center Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ten Little Ladybugs
    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology; CT State required Administration and Supervision of ECE Programs
  • Brittany Pizzella

    Brittany Pizzella, Assistant Director

    I love watching children grow each and every day and being a part of that growth.

    Previous Experience:
    Brittany has been educating children at KinderCare since June of 2011 where she started her career as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher. She found a passion for enhancing curriculum and working with children of all ages. Brittany had been in the Assistant Director role since January of 2015. She is the proud mother of a toddler son!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    6/6/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. Beth

    Ms. Beth, Infants 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's. 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:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts, Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Nicole L.

    Ms. Nicole L., Infants Classroom

    Ms. Nicole started at KinderCare as an Early Foundations Toddler teacher is now a member of our Infant teaching team! Ms. Nicole has been working at KinderCare Learning Center since May of 2007. She loves nurturing the babies in her care and being a part of the major milestones in their development!  Nicole recently obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Goodwin College. In her personal time she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dance Baby
    Year Started:
    4/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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.

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

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

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 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 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 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
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