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Newtown KinderCare

Ms. Alyssa Eddings, Center Director

9 Pheasant Run Newtown PA 18940
(215) 579-9858 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 7 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
"Crossroad of Pheasant Run/Terry Dr." across from Newtown Post Office

Neighborhood:
Newtown Crossing

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Goodnoe, Newtown, Solfeinstone for Kindergarten only. No school aged offered~~Champions has programs in Council Rock School District.

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Welcome

Welcome to the Newtown KinderCare! Newtown is an accredited center located in Newtown Township. We have a strong community, and we strive to keep each parent involved on a regular basis. Our center participates in quality improvement programs, and strives for high standards in early childhood each and every day.

Ms. Alyssa Eddings, 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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. 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.

Teachers & Staff

Our staff at Newtown KinderCare are well-qualified, experienced, and dedicated. The staff participate regularly in professional development activities, and the majority of our teachers have a degree in education or a related field. We ensure that our staff have plenty of experience working with young children, and we offer them a variety of growth opportunities.

  • Ms. Alyssa Eddings, Center Director

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare, Alyssa was a music teacher in local elementary schools. She has worked both as a private music instructor, and a large-group general music teacher. Before being a director, Alyssa served as a preschool teacher and an assistant director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Falling Up! by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    2/12/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Master's degree in Early Childhood
  • Lisa Barber, Assistant Director

    Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be. -anonymous

    Lisa recently joined the management team after taking some time off to work with her family at their restaurant. She was previously a preschool teacher here at Newtown KinderCare. Lisa missed the center families and teachers and took advantage of the opportunity to become the center's Assistant Director. Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband and five children at the beach as often as she can.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    5/23/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Elementary Education
  • Samantha Caputo, Program Specialist

    You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you." - John Bunyan

    Samantha began with KinderCare in 2012 as an Older Toddler teacher. As the center's Program Specialist, Samantha spends time in the classrooms assisting the teachers with the implementation of their curriculum. She enjoys working with the children, parents, and staff to make sure everyone loves KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    9/4/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Nilda, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Nilda has been working for KinderCare for over 20 years.  She cares for each infant as though they were her own child or grandchild.  Ms. Nilda enjoys watching them grow and communicate in their own way through singing, smiling, crying, etc.  The love and affection she recieves from all of the children she has cared for is what inspires her to come to work each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to Newtown KinderCare, Ms. Nilda worked as a home caregiver, and also worked in a church nursery.
    Year Started:
    11/8/1994
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Miss Jenna, Infant teacher

    Jenna began with KinderCare as an infant teacher in another center.  She transferred to Newtown to become our Learning Adventures teacher and afternoon Infant teacher.  Jenna obtained her degree from Wheelock College in Boston, MA.  She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Jenna understands well that each child learns in their own unique way, and tailors her teaching to their individual needs.

    Year Started:
    1/13/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Human Development
  • Ms. Amber, Infant Teacher

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to Newtown KinderCare, Ms. Amber was an infant teacher at another early learning center.
    Year Started:
    6/13/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Enrolled in the CDA program
  • Ms. Allison, Toddler Teacher

    Allison graduated from Temple University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. Before she came to KinderCare, she was a nanny and private 3rd/4th grade teacher for 4 years. Allison currently lives in Levittown with her husband, Brian, and 3 children Allyssa, Madison, and Timothy.  Her favorite hobby is spending time with her family and supporting them in their dance and soccer activities.
     
    Year Started:
    4/22/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Miss Sabaa, Toddler Teacher

    Sabaa was born in Northeast Philadelphia and moved to Southampton when she was in middle school.  She graduated from Council Rock High School and received her CDA in Early Childhood Education.  Sabaa really enjoys working with children and helping them to grow and develop.  In her spare time, Sabaa enjoys eating spaghetti and going swimming.

    Year Started:
    7/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Mary, Toddler Teacher

    Year Started:
    8/27/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Nina, Toddler Teacher

    Year Started:
    2/2/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education
  • Ms. Kristen, Discovery Preschool Teacher

    Year Started:
    4/10/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Development
  • Miss Kim, Discovery Preschool Teacher

    Year Started:
    10/20/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Donna, Preschool teacher

    A child is like a butterfly in the wind. Some can fly higher than others, but each one flies the best it can. Why compare one against the other? Each one is different, each one is special. Each one is beautiful.

    Ms. Donna earned her Associate of the Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from BCCC. She has been employed at KinderCare since August of 1997. She is committed to providing her students with a safe and fun learning environment. She loves to see the pride in their faces in the "I did it" moments. In her spare time, she enjoys reading Christian fiction & Amish fiction books.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to Newtown KinderCare, Ms.Donna worked as a teacher.
    Year Started:
    8/28/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Anne, Preschool Teacher

    Year Started:
    9/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Katie, Preschool Teacher

    I love the reaction of the children when they realize that they CAN do something. Their joy and excitement are contagious. I also love seeing the smiles and receiving their hugs when they see me.

    Ms. Katie has been at the Newtown center since June of 2014. Prior to that she work at the Richboro center for 8 years. She started working for KinderCare Education as a Champions site director in August 2004. Ms. Katie earned her Bachelors Degree from Temple in 2003 and her CDA from Rasmussen College in 2013.

    Year Started:
    8/23/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Education (DECED), Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Cathy, Pre-K Teacher

    Working with children can be very rewarding when you see the excitement on their faces as they discover new things or discover that they can do something new. The smiles, hugs and 'I love you's' aren't bad either.

    Ms. Cathy graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Over the past 25 years she has worked at the Yardley center and both Newtown centers. She has worked with all age groups but has spent the most time with the Pre-K children, helping to prepare them for Kindergarten.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to Newtown KinderCare, Ms. Cathy worked at other Early Childhood Education centers.
    Year Started:
    8/28/1989
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Darlene, Kindergarten Teacher

    All I really need to know, (about how to live and what to do and how to be) I learned in Kindergarten. ~Robert Fulghum

    Ms. Darlene began working in child care in 1990 starting at the Yardley KinderCare site. Ms. Darlene has been here at KinderCare Newtown since August 1999. She spent one year in Prekindergarten, then went on to be the Kindergarten teacher in September 2000. Ms. Darlene's Kindergarten class has a mix of structure and fun to try to instill a love of learning in all of her students. She tries to motivate them to do the best they can do at all times. Ms. Darlene is also the Health and Safety Coordinator at our center. She tries hard to keep our center the safest and cleanest it can be.

    Year Started:
    8/30/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
  • Miss Lindsay, Kindergarten teacher

    Year Started:
    10/14/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Erin, Substitute Teacher

    Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.

    Ms. Erin has been with us for almost a year and has been a great addition to our team. She attended a 4 year program at West Chester University where she got her Bachelors in Elementary Education. She also taught 3rd grade for half of a year. She is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi.

    Year Started:
    1/27/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor’s Degree in Elementray Education (PreK-4)
  • Miss Jen, Floater

    Year Started:
    6/15/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Miss Liz, Floater

    Year Started:
    6/2/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years

October 2016 Events

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  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. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

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
  • Russian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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

Darlene McGovern, our health and safety coordinator, is diligent in her efforts to teach everyone the best practices in early childhood. Please see our Health and Safety board in the lobby at your next visit for more details!

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.

Ms Allison is a wonderful addition to the younger infant room at Kindercare. I was excited when her role changed into full time in that room because, similar to Ms Nilda, Ms Allision is able to expertly provide care for multiple babies. I have seen her sing songs and shake rattles to audiences of babies that were tired or hungry and change their moods for the better. Ms Allison has also provided suggestions to John and I to consider for Austin. In fact, it was Ms Allison who fed Austin his first baby food – while I sat beside her after explaining to her that he is very upset at the notion of eating food. She is always excited to see him, and I am always happy when she is working.
- Mother
I am also really happy with Z's learning adventures. Z tells me about his time with Ms. Nilda. He spoke a complete 3 sentences to me in Spanish last week without me asking. And when his grandfather asked him to count to 5 last week we thought he would do in English we were happily surprised to hear it in Spanish! I appreciate that Ms. Nilda greets him in Spanish in the hallways to support the lessons.
- Mother
When you put your kids in Ms Darlene's class you know they will learn not only the basics required for kindergarten; they will come out knowing how a well managed classroom is supposed to run. The kids understand what it means to be a good student with her and she never fails to answer any question they could ever ask. She gives the students a love for learning that cannot be measured. At the end of the year a parent can be confident that their child is ready for 1st grade anywhere on earth!
- Parent

Ms. Donna is a caring and dedicated teacher for the preschool children at Kindercare. My son Jason is welcomed each morning upon his arrival with a caring hello, asking him questions about his day so far and talking about something on his shirt or so on. She is attentive and understanding of morning separation from a parent, especially in the case of my son. Jason restarted school earlier last month (September) after having the summer off and was very emotional. Her extra attention while holding him and trying to keep him upbeat while he was shedding tears takes strength and commitment and she does it so well and now he’s back on track and enjoying his days at school learning and playing with friends.
As a side, when my daughter was in her class several years ago and going through a very intense love of princesses, she was sure to call her whichever princess she was that day and ask each day “ How is “Ariel, Belle”, etc. doing today.” Morgan always loved that and also enjoyed her time in that class.

- Parent
Ms. Cathy knows how kids learn. She is able to motivate them and understands the way kids think. When you see her with your child you see a woman who completely gets what it like to have a 4 year old. She gets that they rationalize thoughts in ways adults cannot understand and she finds a way to relate to them. When I drop off my child with her I know that they will have a great day filled with special Ms. Cathy quips and humor. I also know they will come home knowing letters and concepts I am just unable to get them to understand.”
- Parent
For Miss Richelle and Miss Liz in the older infant room - They always take the time to tell me how my daughter's day went and one cute thing she did that day that made them laugh. It means a lot to our family that Miss Richelle and Miss Liz notice these little things and share them with us.
- Parent
Ms Samantha & Ms Nino: Thank you for paying close attention to Jackson's developmental steps and sharing details about his development with us. Specifically around his interaction with peers- we were so touched and proud to know he is starting to be a true friend to his classmates.
- Mother
All the teachers are really wonderful. In particular, I would like to recognize Ms. Nilda because she was Hayden's primary caregiver during her impressionable infancy.
“Ms. Nilda, It’s not just the tangible and measurable things that make a great teacher. It’s the immeasurable special connections that you make with children, leaving them with lasting and happy memories that make an excellent teacher. From the moment I toured Kindercare, I felt your warmth. You had a great big smile and seemed to genuinely love children. When I drop my daughter off, I see how happy she is to see you and the connection you share. It just makes me smile inside and feel confident that she is in great hands. It’s really difficult to drop your child off every morning, but dropping her off to warm, open and caring arms like yours make it a lot easier. I often see older kids stop by each morning just to say Hi to you. They remember you from when they were in the infant room and they love you. That speaks volumes! Thank you Ms. Nilda for your special touch. It really means a lot to me!
- Mother

I wanted to take some time to leave some feedback for the teachers in the infant room. Since we have been with KinderCare for about two months now and I visit Julie at lunch time, I can provide this feedback. Overall, we have been very happy. We (and Julie) love Ms. Nilda, Ms. Abby, and Ms. Carol. All three of them provide something completely different that help Julie develop while giving us parents peace of mind while we’re at work. Ms. Nilda obviously is the big hen in the barn. She keeps everyone on their poo, nap, play and eating schedules. She knows without checking who is due for what and which child had what to eat. It is truly amazing to see her work when there are eight or more children in the room. Ms. Nilda also offers friendly advice, such as which diaper cream works best, when to move up to the next diaper size, what to teach your young child, etc. She never seems like she’s “preaching” when giving advice. She also listens very well at drop off or during lunch visits. If we tell Ms. Nilda that Julie woke up at 3:00am the previous night, Ms. Nilda attempts to have her take an extra or longer nap. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate Ms. Nilda. Ms. Abby is also great. From my observations, she is very hands on with the babies. This includes being on her tummy during tummy time, sitting on the floor with them, playing with age appropriate toys, etc. It must be her youthfulness :) She also can multitask very well. She can be feeding one child while stimulating another child so no one is crying. Abby also has great problem solving skills. I was providing them with an extra 4oz bottle and indicated that sometimes Julie fights naps. If she fights naps, one or two oz of milk usually puts her right to sleep. In my mind I was trying to help them with this info. What I didn’t know was that all the milk from one bottle had to be used within one hour. So Ms. Abby suggested that I bring in a 2oz bottle in addition to the 4oz and that way no breast milk would be wasted and there would still be an extra 4oz bottle just in case. I’m glad she suggested that and since then the little 2oz bottle has been used about 5 times. She is also very friendly- she acts like your best friend or an aunt to Julie. What I most appreciate about Ms. Abby is her problem solving skills. Ms. Carol appears to be the most caring. She knows so much about each child. She knows their personalities, likes/dislikes, small cues and how to help a child before a “meltdown” occurs. She even noticed a small rash that Julie was starting to get and told us that it appeared to be a reaction to like a soap or something instead of a reaction to food. We changed Julie’s shampoo and the rash went away quickly. Ms. Carol also provides the best daily updates. She usually takes the time and fills it in on the daily forms, but if not, she gives me a full account of Julie’s day, and I’m sure she does for each parent. An example of this is that Ms. Carol will let me know if Julie “wasn’t herself” that day and exactly how she wasn’t. And just last week Ms. Carol let me know that Julie rolled over, and this was a first for Julie, and for us as first time parents. Ms. Carol wrote it on the daily log, but also told me in detail about exactly how she rolled over. I promptly called both sets of grandparents and was able to give them Ms. Carol's recount of the event. What I appreciate most about Ms. Carol is the daily updates. She has a way of telling me the updates as if she was the proud grandma. I wish all three teachers could move up to the next room when Julie is old enough and has to move on. (I know it doesn’t work that way though, ha!) I think you should do everything you can to keep these three teachers. They each shine in a different way.

- Mother

Thanks so much. It was a pleasuring having our son attend your school - you and your staff made the transition for us very easy. And he truly loved your teachers and had so much fun there.

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