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Niskayuna KinderCare

Ms. Sheri Murdock, Center Director

1440 Balltown Rd. Niskayuna NY 12309
(518) 344-5340 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Rosendale, Glencliff, Craig, Hillside and Birchwood

Welcome

Welcome to the Niskayuna KinderCare. My name is Sheri Murdock and I am the Center Director. At our center we take pride in building solid relationships with the families that we serve. We have an open door policy and are always available to discuss any concerns that you may have about your child . Your children will get professional care and attention and working with our center will provide a wholesome learning environment for your child to grow. I hope that you enjoy looking at our website and I invite you to schedule a tour of our center at your earliest convenience.

Ms. Sheri Murdock, 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.

Monthly Activities

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

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?

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to Kindercare Learning Center! Our team looks forward to work with your child and watch them grow!

  • Ms. Sheri Murdock, Center Director

    Previous Experience:
    Center Director for 11 years
    Year Started:
    12/1/1916
    Tenure:
    100 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+ years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential and Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education
  • Megan Griffin

    Megan Griffin, Assistant Director

    I attended the College of Saint Rose and started my love of children at the YMCA. I have experience working in an early childhood classroom for over seven years. I am extremely passionate about children's literature and am always looking to find new ways for young students to learn. I look forward to working and growing with your family.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

    Year Started:
    6/3/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Childhood Education
  • Ms. Cheryl

    Ms. Cheryl, Program Specialist

    I love the children and the happiness they bring!

    Ms. Cheryl is a teacher in the School Age B classroom as well as the Program Specialist. She owned and operated Children’s Creative World Preschool for 30 years. Ms. Cheryl graduated from Maria College and was awarded the Irene Deming Award for excellence in early childhood education. Ms. Cheryl is married with one son, and in her free time enjoys swimming, cooking, and reading. She is very excited to be working here at KinderCare. She enjoys watching the children grow and seeing their smiling faces every morning!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare, Ms. Cheryl operated her own preschool for over 25 years.
    Year Started:
    9/5/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30+
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lynn

    Ms. Lynn, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the children in my classroom grow. I also like the smiles on their faces when I walk in the room.

    Ms. Lynn is the Lead Teacher in the Discovery Preschool A classroom. She loves children and has been around them her whole life. Lynn recently received her associate's degree in early childhood education and is now pursuing her bachelor's degree.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lynn previously worked at a home day care.
    Year Started:
    1/31/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10+
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, School Age Classroom

    I love making kids smile and I love the stories they tell me.

    Ms. Amber is the Lead Teacher in the School Age A Classroom. She loves children and has been working with them for over 14 years. Ms. Amber started working for KinderCare in December 2003. She has worked with various ages ranging from preschool to School Age, and she loves how creative and imaginative they can be in both art and storytelling. They always have fun in the room whether taking part in science projects, group activities, or just a good old fashioned game of kickball!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amber taught Preschool and Prekindergarten in Florida and in other centers in New York before starting with us.
    Year Started:
    4/10/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
  • Ms. Kaitlyn

    Ms. Kaitlyn, Health and Safety Coordinator

    Nothing you can teach children is more important than the love you can give them.

    Kaitlyn started at KinderCare in 2014 as a cook when she discovered that she loved working with children. Kaitlyn is currently working as the Health and Safety Coordinator and takes pride in knowing she does her best to ensure that the children are safe, healthy, and happy!

    Year Started:
    3/20/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Culinary Arts, Associate Degree in Public Administration
  • Ms. Winnie

    Ms. Winnie, Cook

    Everyday is a good day, if it's not then make it happen!

    Winnie always makes sure the kitchen is neat and clean so she can provide delicious and safe food to all of the children in the center!

    Previous Experience:
    Winnie has been working in kitchens since 2011.
    Year Started:
    7/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Associate Degree
  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, Infant Classroom

    Jen has been with KinderCare for three years and counting!  She is the Lead Teacher in the Infant C classroom. Every child is important and deserves to feel loved which is why she strives to treat every child as her own. Every day is an adventure! From art projects, to food exploration, to motor activities, Infant C is a very busy class!

    Previous Experience:
    Volunteering with a church program, babysitting, tutoring, assistant and lead teacher positions at previous centers.
    Year Started:
    5/24/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Carli

    Ms. Carli, Preschool Classroom

    Ms Carli is the Lead Teacher in the Discovery Preschool B classroom. She has been working in day care for four years. Ms Carli loves teaching the children and watching them grow and learn!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Carli worked as a Toddler teacher in various day cares.
    Year Started:
    8/4/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential in Infant and Toddler Education
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, School Age Classroom

    I love watching the children learn and grow every day!

    Megan joined the KinderCare family in early Spring of 2015. She loves working with the children and finding new and creative ways to teach them! Megan enjoys listening to all the stories her students have to share! In her free time, Megan loves to paint and draw.

    Previous Experience:
    Megan has previous child care experience from summer camp and babysitting.
    Year Started:
    5/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art
  • Ms. Marisa

    Ms. Marisa, Preschool Classroom

    Marisa is the Lead Teacher in the Discovery Preschool C Classroom. She is currently pursuing her child development associate credential and associate degree in early childhood education. Marisa loves doing circle time with her class and they thrive on the routine she follows on a daily basis. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marisa previously worked at Niskayuna Community Day Care.
    Year Started:
    8/31/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5+
    Education:
    Pursuing a Child Development Associate Credential and Associate Degree in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Theresa

    Ms. Theresa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Theresa is the Assistant Teacher in the Discovery Preschool C classroom. She is currently pursuing her child development associate credential in Infant and Toddler Education. Theresa likes to keep the class lively with music and movement. Theresa loves her job and enjoys learning something new about the children every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Theresa worked at various daycare centers in the toddler rooms.
    Year Started:
    10/19/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Pursuing a Child Development Associate Credential

Upcoming Center Activities

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

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

  • American Sign Language
  • French
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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

At Niskayuna KinderCare we have a dedicated Health and Safety Coordinator that spends 1-2 hours a week focusing on the health and safety needs of the children and center. Ms. Kaitlyn completes monthly center health and safety checks, conducts fire drills, keeps track of children and staff medicals, conducts safety trainings with the teachers and does many other tasks to make sure that we are upholding the safest standards.

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

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

We had a wonderful experience at the KinderCare center located on Balltown Road. My daughter started there when she was six months old and was so well looked after by the wonderful teachers, to name a few Ms. Nesha, Ms. Beth, Ms. Lynn, Ms. Heather, Ms. Christina, Ms. Kim, Ms. Heather and all the other teachers who played a major role in my daughter's development in every class as she grew older. I would like to thank all the teachers and helpers and would recommend parents to KinderCare.

- Mother

I love the fact that Aidan is learning so much everyday among a community of terrific people! Aidan learns more from his friends and teachers than from his parents!

- Mother
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