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North Haven KinderCare

Kaitlynn Tassie, Center Director

70-A Washington Ave. North Haven CT 06473
(203) 239-7474 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Behind Webster Bank

Across From Stop and Shop

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Clintonville, Montowese

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Welcome to our North Haven 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.

Kaitlynn Tassie, Center Director

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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.

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


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.


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.


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 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?

We offer a book club that incorporates our cooking, phonics, math and art programs. Each month a new book is chosen and our instructor will take the themes from the book and incorporate a different activity each week to correspond with the specified art, phonics, cooking, or art program.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Friday December 16, 2016
    1. Holiday Party


      Holiday Celebration for all classrooms. Families and children can partake in special activities with their child's classroom! We hope to see you there!

Teachers & Staff

Our team of Early Childhood Educators strive to provide the highest quality of care for each child entering our program. Each child is important to us and our teachers strive to make their first school experience the best one yet!
Education is important to us not only for the children but for our teachers. All of our teachers hold either a Bachelors Degree, Associates Degree, Head Teachers Certificate or a Child Development Associate Credential. KinderCare is dedicated to our team of teachers and we think it's important that are teachers recieve training each year. All of teachers participate in professional development days. These days are used to enrich our teachers with new and exciting ideas to bring back to their classrooms.
Safety in our classrooms is also important. Our teachers are well prepared for emergencies because they are all First Aid & CPR Certified as well as Epi-Pen & Medication Certified.

  • Kaitlynn Tassie

    Kaitlynn Tassie, Center Director

    I love coming to work each day knowing that I have the opportunity to impact children lives.

    Kaitlynn began her career with KinderCare in January of 2013 as the Program Specialist at the Farmington KinderCare Center. In May 2014 she was promoted to the Assistant Director at the Farmington KinderCare Center. In November of 2015, Kaitlynn was honored to take over the North Haven KinderCare as the Center Director.

    Previous Experience:
    Kaitlynn has been working in the Early Childhood Field since 2005. She has been in a management role since 2010.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Erin Veronesi, Assistant Director

    Erin began her career with KinderCare in 2010. Erin started at the Shelton KinderCare where she worked in several different roles as a Preschool teacher, Infant teacher and most recently as the Tutorial Specialist. In November of 2015, Erin was honored to take on the role of Assistant Director at the North Haven KinderCare. Erin welcomed her first child in July 2016. Her daughter Adelynn loves coming to learn and play at KinderCare each day!

    Previous Experience:
    Erin has experience at a previous centers and also working for another KinderCare location.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Ed. Currently pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education/Administration
  • Ms. Dorothy

    Ms. Dorothy, Infants

    Children make your life important. Erma Bombeck

    Ms.Dorothy has a passion for working in the Early Childhood Field. She treats each of her infants as if they are her own. Ms.Dorothy always goes the extra mile to help support each of her families. She is at the center bright and early to greet the families with her smiling face. It is evident upon entering Dorothy's classroom that she takes pride in what she does each day. She strives to provide a classroom where each infant has the ability to develop in nurturing, caring enviornment.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms.Dorothy has previous experience as a nanny and working in other center enviornments. She also has 3 children of her own and grand children who have given her lots of experience.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Courtney, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Courtney joined our Infant team in 2016. Previously Courtney assisted in caring for children who have special needs. She has a passion for working with children and has always wanted to have the ability to impact children's lives in a positive way. Courtney enjoys coming to work each day, you will find her on the floor interacting with her babies. She loves to sing and read to them daily!

    Previous Experience:
    Courtney has a background working with children who have special needs.
    Pursuing Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Melissa, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Melissa began working in our Infant Program in 2016, she is one of our afternoon support staff members in the Infant classroom. A fun fact about Melissa is that in the mornings she works at the Connecticut State Troopers office. After a long morning she enjoys coming to the center and seeing the babies smiling faces.

    Previous Experience:
    Melissa has experience working at a Head Start program with Infants and Toddlers.
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Pursuing Master's Degree
  • Ms. Lizeth, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Liz joined our team in July 2016 as our toddler teacher. Liz has a passion for working with the toddlers and helping them explore. Her children enjoy coming to school each day as they enter the building saying and looking for "Liz, Liz, Liz". Liz treats each of the children in her classroom as if they were her own. Liz is fluent in Spanish and incorporates this into her classroom each day! She is very in tune to their needs and how she can support them in their development. Liz believes that each child deserves to have a safe environment to explore and grow, she strives to provide this for her children and families each day!

    Ms. Liz also teaches our Music program once a week. She enjoys dancing and singing with the children each week while they are in her Learning Adventures Classroom!

    Previous Experience:
    Liz has previous experience working in other childcare facilities.
    Year Started:
    Bachelor's Degree in Foreign Language Education
  • Ms. Jennifer, Infant Classroom

    Ms.Jennifer started her career with KinderCare in 2015. She started in our Infant Program but soon found that her passion was working in our Discovery Preschool Program. Jenn opened our new Discovery Preschool room in September 2016. She enjoys building strong relationships with the children and families who are in her care. She also has a nephew who attends KinderCare, she loves having the opportunity to see him each day!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jennifer has experience as a nanny and also working at another center.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Stacey

    Ms. Stacey, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Stacey has worked with many different age groups within the center. Stacey has taken over our Discovery Preschool Classroom and is also the centers Health and Safety Coordinator. Stacey strives to provide each of her families with the best educational experience while in her classroom. She is always coming up with creative activities for the children in her room. When Stacey arrives each morning her children are always happy to see her, they greet her with a big hug.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stacey has previous experience as a nanny and she also has a son named Zachary who has given her lots of experience.
    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Bailey

    Ms. Bailey, Preschool Classroom

    Ms.Bailey started her career with KinderCare in 2015 as a support staff. She has shown that she has true passion and ability for working with children. In January 2015 Ms.Bailey was offered a full time teaching position in our Discovery Preschool Classroom which she was honored to take on. In September of 2016 Bailey moved up to teach our Preschool Program with all of her two-year-olds. She is adored by all of her children and families and is always going the extra mile to make their daily experience at our center the best it can be. Ms.Bailey also teaches our Phonics and Math programs three times a week. Bailey enjoys working one on one with the children in her Learning Adventure Programs and enjoys sharing their successes with their parents.

    Previous Experience:
    Bailey has previous experience working at another childcare facility
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Child Development Associate Certificate
  • Ms. Tessa, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Tessa joined our growing team in 2016. She took on our Prekindergarten classroom and has done a wonderful job transforming the classroom into a learning environment. Tessa's favorite part of the day is group time, she enjoys hearing what the children enjoyed doing throughout the day. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tessa has previous experience working in another childcare center and also as a nanny.
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ruth

    Ms. Ruth, Classroom Support Staff

    Ms.Ruth has been with KinderCare for an impressive amount of time and has held many roles while working here. Ms.Ruth is here bright and early each morning and is always greeted by her children yelling "Ruthie" as they enter the center. She has a passion for working in the Early Childhood Field and is dedicated to ensuring that each child leaves our center having the best educational experience.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ruth has prior experience working as a nanny and has children and grand children of her own.
    Year Started:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Years
  • Ms. Alessandra

    Ms. Alessandra, Van Driver & Cook

    Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will. ~Vernon Howard

    Ms.Sandra has been with KinderCare for an impressive amount of years. She is a ray of sunshine each morning and the children enjoying seeing her smiling face each day. Ms.Sandra is always trying to go the extra mile for families especially during morning drop offs when moms & dads need a little extra help. Ms.Sandra is our van driver for the Before & After School Program and is also their teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms.Sandra has experience working at another center. She also has children and grand children of her own.
    Year Started:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 Years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Friday December 16, 2016
    1. Holiday Party


      Holiday Celebration for all classrooms. Families and children can partake in special activities with their child's classroom! We hope to see you there!

  3. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

At KinderCare of North Haven we are more then just a daycare we are an educational learning center! We strive to provide you with the best childcare experience from your first phone call to your child's first day. Our school takes pride in the achievement of NAEYC Accredidation which is why our team is committed to providing the highest quality of educational programming in the North Haven area. Our team of educators are dedicated to providing programs and enviornments that will enrich your child's development while promoting respect for each child. 
Our school offers a warm family environment for your child to thrive physically, socially and cognitively. Our facility 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Presiden'ts Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Columbus Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve CLOSE at 3PM
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

The safety of your child(ren) is our number one priority. As you enter our building you will see that the door is secured with a security keypad. Upon entering the building you will always be greeted with a friendly face to help you. Our building is fully gated in and the classroom doors to our outside play areas are always locked once the children return to the classrooms from outdoor play.
Your child will always be in the hands of a teacher who is both First Aid & CPR Certified. Our teachers are also trained to administer medications.
In all of our classrooms we conduct half hour child name to face attendance which ensures the safety of your child(ren) in our care. Emergency evacation procedures are practiced on a monthly basis to ensure in any every that your child is safe and secure. We hold all of our security features and plans to the higest 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.

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

When my daughter was born we originally decided on another day care facility that was slightly less expensive. After two weeks we realized that we had made a HUGE mistake and brought her to KinderCare and it's been great ever since. It's tough as a parent to leave your kids in someone else's hands every day, but you have made that burden so much easier for us to bear. We can go to work without worry and truly feel that she is in a safe, happy, and healthy environment. The care and compassion shown by your staff is remarkable and you do a wonderful job of keeping us parents informed on a daily basis. We were especially impressed by the "no-bouncy-seat" policy in the infant room. Part of the problem at the other daycare is that we felt that Sara was being left in a swing all day, unattended and unable to "explore". We feel that the KinderCare environment, which promotes movement and exploration, was a significant factor in her walking at an early age. We also feel that the learning and hands-on style promoted in the toddler class and her current class are contributing significantly to her expanded vocabulary and other skills(letters, numbers, etc.). She now comes home and tells us(with enthusiasm and a smile) about her day and what she has learned, at age two! I always recommend KinderCare to people in search of a quality day care, and we thank you again for everything.

- Mother

I am a full time working mom and have had my daughter in this learning center since she was three months old. Her care by the providers has been amazing. They are very attentive to her needs and discuss with me any recommendations they have regarding changes in her care. They give me updates at the end of every day of any new milestone she may have reached and also provide daily communication sheets so I know what she has done throughout the day. Not only do they provide care, nurturing and support but also teach, read, do art projects and sing to her and her group. The directors, Eric and Sandy, are excellent in answering any questions you may have about KinderCare. They are experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of childcare services and running a child care facility. They are very organized and send emails regarding all things going on at the center. I highly recommend KinderCare Learning Center in North Haven for your infant, toddler or child. I am looking forward to my daughter growing there as she becomes a toddler, goes into Prekindergarten and even after school care when she goes off to kindergarten!

- Mother

As a parent, my biggest concern when looking for daycare was the safety and comfort of my babies. I immediately felt comfortable with the North Haven KinderCare environment and quickly signed up. The staff have cared for my children through the years as they ate their first solid foods, learned to walk, graduated from Preschool, and entered “big” school. Now, almost 8 years later, my children attend the after school and summer programs and think of this as their second home. They have made friends and enjoy their time so much that sometimes when I come to pick them up, they keep me waiting! I think that says it all.

- Mother

It is not easy for a parent to trust the care of their infant into someone else's hands. We always have felt safe and comfortable with our son in your care. Our son enjoys his time with you and has learned so much. He has made great friends and developed bonds with the teachers. Words can not express our gratitude.

- Mother

Thank you KinderCare for all the love, support and nurturing you have given my grandchildren and family over the past year.

- Grandmother

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