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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

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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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

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

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:
    3/31/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    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:
    5/6/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
  • 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:
    5/7/2007
    Tenure:
    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:
    4/8/2014
    Tenure:
    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:
    9/2/2010
    Tenure:
    6 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:
    10/7/2015
    Tenure:
    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:
    8/23/2000
    Tenure:
    16 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:
    10/20/2009
    Tenure:
    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:
    2/26/2016
    Tenure:
    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:
    4/18/2006
    Tenure:
    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:
    9/27/2004
    Tenure:
    12 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:
    9/1/2016
  • 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:
    9/23/2011
    Tenure:
    5 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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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Wednesday July 05, 2017
Summer Program - YOGA

Our Preschoolers and older students will participate in a Yoga class today.

Wednesday July 12, 2017
Summer Program - Dr. Bugman

Dr. Bugman will come do a program about bugs with our Preschoolers and up today!

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Monday July 17, 2017
Summer Program - JumpBunch

Let's get moving with a JumpBunch class today.

Monday July 17, 2017
OPEN HOUSE WEEK

Stop in and take a tour of our center from the 17th through the 21st!

Monday July 17, 2017
Reading Books around the Camp Fire

Children will bring in their favorite book and create a classroom camp fire to share their books around.  

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Parent Child Learning

Join us at 10:00 am or 3:30 pm for an age specific activity. Each classroom will have a curriculum activity for you and your child to participate in together. At the end you can take home the project as well as the lesson plan which includes details on the skills your child was learning through doing the activity.

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
S'mores with Miss Sarah

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Summer is not complete without a campfire and s'mores!  You and your little one can come join Miss Sarah for a cooking class and get to take home your tasty treat!  Did you know cooking teaches children math and science skills?

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Ice Cream and Bubble Party

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Come and help us make super strong bubbles, don't worry we have the recipe, and enjoy an ice cream treat!  Great opportunity to see our wonderful curriculum and participate in a fun project with our loving teachers.

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Camp Out Scavenger Hunt

Calling all detectives!!  Bring your flashlight and join us on a center scavenger hunt.  We also need your help to win color wars!  The infants currently hold the trophy from last year, so please give a call and see what color is assigned to your child's age group so you can help them win the war:)

Monday July 24, 2017
Summer Program - YOGA

Our Preschoolers and up will participate in Yoga today

Tuesday July 25, 2017
Summer Program - Librarian Visit

The Oxford Librarian will come and read our classes some stories and do some activities today!

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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