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KinderCare at Old Bridge

Krissy Kaufmann, Center Director

83 Ferry Rd. Old Bridge NJ 08857
(732) 360-0155 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
next to Raritan Bay Hospital Between route 18 & route 9

Neighborhood:
Off Route 9 and Route 18/Next to Raritan Bay Hospital

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
McDivitt, Grissom,Chirra,St.Thomas, St.Ambrose, Voorhees(only AM)

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Welcome

Welcome to the Old Bridge KinderCare. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Here at KinderCare, we believe it takes a village to raise a child and our parents consider us to be an extension of their families. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Krissy Kaufmann, 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

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday September 01, 2015
    1. Outside Watercolor Play

  2. Wednesday September 02, 2015
    1. Ceramics

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Old Bridge KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average tenure of five years at our center and an average of twenty five years in the Early Childhood Education field. The majority of our teachers have their child Development Associate's (CDA) Credential or Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. The Old Bridge KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from biannual company professional development training to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Krissy Kaufmann

    Krissy Kaufmann, Center Director

    Children are our most valuable resource.

    Krissy started with KinderCare in July of 1988 as a teacher and worked her way up to Center Director. Krissy was a Center Director for another KinderCare but transferred to KinderCare in Old Bridge Center in 1998 where she opened that center. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Kean University and is a certified teacher. Krissy has three children that have all attended KinderCare in Old Bridge and knows that this was the best educational background for them to start with. Her commitment is to ensure a healthy, safe and learning environment. Engaging with families is a very important part of her job.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1988
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7/25/1988
    Education:
    25 years
  • Allison Reed

    Allison Reed, Assistant Director

    Allison started as a teacher in the classrooms and worked her way up to Assitant Director. She has been an Assistant Director for 15 years and loves her job. She loves that she is able to spend time with the children but is also able to be part of the team that runs this center. She has a son who grew up in KinderCare and feels that this gives her that edge that is needed to understand what it is to sustain the environment where children, families and staff can thrive together.

    Year Started:
    6/18/1990
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Communication
  • Ms. Stacy

    Ms. Stacy, Infant

    I love the look in the children's eyes when they discover how to do something.

    Ms. Stacy is currently our Infant room teacher and has worked previously in our Pre-K and step up rooms. Ms. Stacy is a very loving and caring teacher and truly puts her heart into her classroom. Not only is Ms. Stacy our infant room teacher, but she is also our Learning Adventures Music teacher and she can be found playing the keyboard or jammin on her guitar during this class.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stacy started as a nanny and has worked in other daycares
    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Toddler

    I love all the hugs I get when I walk into the classroom.

    The children are drawn to Ms. Kim by her energy and friendly smile. She has previously worked in our Schoolage class but is currently working in our Toddler room. All the children love Ms. Kim and are drawn to her spirit.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kim came to us with years of babysittering experience.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
  • Ms Joan

    Ms Joan, Jr Preschool/Bus Driver

    I love being around the children, they make me happy.

    Ms. Joann is our Bus Driver and currently our Jr. Preschool teacher but has also worked in our infant room. Ms. Joann is very nuturing and loving to the children. She stays calm at all times, which is soothing in the classrooms and helps the children relax.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Joann worked as a bus driver and teacher previously at another daycare
    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Migdalia

    Ms. Migdalia, Prekindergarten Classroom

    What I love most about teaching is being able to teach the children and to be able to see them grow. I'm inspired to come to work everyday so I can sed the children smile.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Pre-Kindergarten

    What I love most about teaching is knowing that I'm making a difference in a child's life.I am inspired to come to work everyday because of the hugs I receive and the smiles on their faces.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Helene

    Ms. Helene, Kindergarten

    What I love most about teaching is making a difference in a child's life. What inspires me to come to work everyday is the way a child's face lights up when they "get it.

    Ms. Helene is a true educator. She brings her classroom to life everyday with her teaching style and techniques. Ms. Helene has been with our center since we opened our doors and has had experience in our Pre-K class, summer camp program, Health and Safety coodinator and has even had experience with all of our classes programs by being our Program Specialist.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1998
    Tenure:
    17 Years
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Program Specialist

    Ms. Jessica started as a Prekindergarten teacher and moved up to the Program Specialist a little over two years ago. In addition to helping her staff follow their curriculum and keep their classrooms fresh and exciting, she spends part of her day in the Prekindergarten room and teaches Learning Adventures as well. She really enjoys being able to move around the center throughout the day and utilize her skills to teach and guide students of all ages. She has a daughter, Alyssa, who also comes here to KinderCare and Ms. Jessica is excited that she will grow up in a center like Old Bridge!

    Year Started:
    10/18/2005
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Family Child Life Studies
  • Ms. Felice

    Ms. Felice, School Age

    What I love most about teaching is seeing the children grow academically. What inspires me to come to work everyday are the smiles on the faces of the children and the wonderful people I work with.

    Ms. Felice joined us as our teacher for the schoolage children and has really formed a bond with them throughout the years. She can be found in the afternoons sitting at the table with the children working on their homework.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years

September 2015 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 01, 2015
    1. Outside Watercolor Play

  2. Wednesday September 02, 2015
    1. Ceramics

  3. Thursday September 03, 2015
    1. End of the Year Bash!

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.

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

At KinderCare Learning Center, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise a door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a Center staff member. At Old Bridge KinderCare we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. All the staff is CPR and First Aid certified.

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 trusted you to care for my children, my most prized possessions. I am thankful that you were a part of their lives. You helped my children grow socially and academically. I feel like a mother who was able to give her children the greatest gift they could get……KinderCare!

- Mother
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