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Oxford KinderCare

Shannon McDaniel, Center Director

35 Old State Rd. 67 Oxford CT 06478
(203) 888-0479 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Center School, Quaker Farms, all Oxford schools


Welcome to KinderCare of Oxford. We are conveniently located of of Rt 67 in the Pleasant Valleyveiw Shopping Center.
We are excited to share our experience and knowledge of early childhood education with you. We pride ourselves of a family atmosphere as well as a great experience for you and your child. We look forward to meeting with you and working together to provide the best academic foundation we can for your child.

Shannon McDaniel, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

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.

Teachers & Staff

Our team works together to provide an environment in which children learn and have fun at the same time. Our staff provide a structured and routined day with many sensory and transitional activities added to develop not only their academics but their social/emotional growth as well. We believe communication is key and our door is always open for you.

  • Shannon McDaniel

    Shannon McDaniel, Center Director

    There is no greater joy in life than to see the look on a young child's face as they discover the world around them. It's a privilege to play such a key role in helping children develop to their fullest potential. I am confident that as a parent you will go to work knowing your child is secure and our dedicated staff is ensuring your child is learning while having fun at school.

    Shannon comes to the Oxford KinderCare from our Guilford center with seven years of experience working with children of all age groups. She is taking classes at Charter Oak Community College and anticipates graduating with her bachelor of science in Child Studies in 2017. Shannon has been certified as an EMT with 15 years of work experience in that field. She is passionate about supporting her team as well as the families of her center. She is eager to devote her time to sharing her knowledge from the medical field about injury prevention and safety with her team. Shannon looks forward to getting involved with community events and engaging with the families and children each day, as well as supporting her team in their individual development.

    Previous Experience:
    Shannon previously worked at KinderCare in our Preschool program. Additionally, she working the the childcare setting as an assistant director facilitating children ages 6 weeks - 12 years old.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate of Science in early childhood education
  • Sarah Schryver

    Sarah Schryver, Assistant Director

    "I love working in Transitional Kindergarten because I am helping prepare the children for kindergarten. Being the Assistant Director is so rewarding because I have the opportunity to build relationships with all of our families.

    Sarah is very excited to be a part of the KinderCare team. She brings a passion for teaching children and for learning new things. She is currently finishing her degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Sarah was with another center working with children from six weeks through five years old.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Marissa

    Ms. Marissa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "I enjoy seeing the kids grow! I love it when they make me laugh.

    Miss Marissa has been a part time floating teacher with our center and recently was moved into a full time position in our Discovery Preschool classroom.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Casey

    Ms. Casey, Float

    I love working in every classroom because I have gotten the chance to watch each child grow. Everyday they make me laugh and their hugs always put a smile on my face.

    Miss Casey helps in all of our classrooms getting to know the children and support with transitions as children move through the classrooms as they grow.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Lindsay

    Ms. Lindsay, Float

    "I get to watch the children learn and grow. We use our creativity and imagination!

    Miss Lindsay enjoys being able to work in all of our classrooms and seeing the children as the grow.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Deanna

    Ms. Deanna, Infant Classroom

    "I love to see all the infants grow and reach their milestones when it comes to motor skills. I love hearing them laugh and talk all day.

    Miss Deanna began as a floating teacher, but quickly found she has a passion for working with our infants.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Loreen

    Ms. Loreen, Infant Classroom

    "I enjoy watching the children learn and grow.

    Miss Loreen is currently our lead infant teacher, but has many years of experience with our Toddlers as well.

    Year Started:
    17 Years
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Learning Adventures

    "Doing phonics, music, and cooking really gives me one-on-one time with the kids. I just love teaching new things!

    Miss Lisa has many years of experience working with toddlers, and in 2016 became our Learning Adventures teacher. She is responsible for our phonics, music, and cooking classes. She also supports the teachers in all of our classrooms.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Alyson

    Ms. Alyson, Multi-Age Classroom

    "I enjoy seeing the children be able to apply everything they have learned up to this point to prepare for kindergarten.

    We are very excited to have Miss Alyson back at our school. She previously worked with our toddlers before moving down South and then returned in 2016 as a teacher in our Multi Age classroom.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Margie

    Ms. Margie, Multi-Age Classroom

    "It is a surprise everyday coming to work. I love the hugs and the things each child comes up with.

    Miss Margie works with our three and four year olds. She has also worked in Discovery Preschool and has always been a great support for families with transitions.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
  • Ms. Michele

    Ms. Michele, Multi-Age Classroom

    I enjoy watching the children learn and grow.  They teache me a lot too!

    Ms. Michele has worked on our Discovery Preschool classroom and is now working with the Multi Age.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Preschool Classroom

    It is really exciting to watch children discover things for the first time and have new experiences.

    Miss Nicole works in a local public school system and assists in all of our classrooms in the afternoon. Nicole also supports the director as the third in charge of the center.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Toddler and Discovery Preschool Classrooms

    "I love to see the children learn and explore.

    Miss Jess works in our Toddler and Discovery Preschool classrooms and really enjoys sensory activities with them.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Jordyn

    Ms. Jordyn, Floater

    "I love to see the children achieve their goals

  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Floater

    "The children are creative and inspiring and make the day a log of fun

  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Floater

    "I LOVE to watch the children grow

  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Floater

    "I love to be a positive influence

  • Ms. Brianna

    Ms. Brianna, Floater

    "I am excited to get to know every child and watch them grow!

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

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.

Special Features

  • We will now be accepting Credit Cards for tuition starting in the fall of 2014.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • 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 our center your child's safety is important to us. Our doors remain locked at all times. Each client is given a unique pin to enter our building. Our playgrounds are completely fenced in for your child safety.

Our staff are CPR, First Aid and Medication certified. Staff receive a minimum of eighteen hours of training per year to be updated on any health and safety changes. If you have questions, please feel free to call our center at any time.

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.

KinderCare in Oxford, Connecticut has been a wonderful environment for our boys to be able to enrich their learning and make wonderful friends. We are truly lucky to find such a wonderful and caring staff. We wanted a safe, caring place for our boys and we found it in KinderCare. This is their home away from home.

- Parents

We began our relationship with our KinderCare Center in 2002 before KinderCare acquired the center. We enrolled our Infant daughter after exploring many alternate centers. The moment I walked in I knew it was the place for us. She attended from 2002 through 2008 and was a graduate of the Private Kindergarten Program. The staff was always incredible. She learned so much and cultivated life long friendships that are still in place today as she attends middle school. In 2012 we welcomed our son into the family and there was no question in our minds as to where he would be attending. We feel like we are back home. He is well cared for and happy here and we couldn't have made a better decision. I am in awe of the dedication and love the staff have for enriching the lives of the children. The Infant and Toddler 1 Staff has been exemplary. As he heads off into the Toddler 2 classroom, I have no doubt it will be the same. I am so happy to once again depend on KinderCare for quality care for my precious child. Thank you for your outstanding center and employees.

- Mother

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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 though the various training opportunities in the community.

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