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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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Special Instructions:
Off Rte 67 to Old State Rd. in the Pleasant Valley Shopping Center

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

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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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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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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. Gingerbread House Decorating


      Join us for dinner and a night of gingerbread house decorating as a family.  For more information or to reserve your house plase contact our center director at 203-888-0479.

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 7 years of experience working with children of all age groups. She is taking classes at Charter Oak Community College and anticipates graduating with her BS 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 Pre School program. Additionally, she working the the childcare setting as an assistant director facilitating children ages 6 weeks-12 years old.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    AS in ECE
  • Sarah

    Sarah, 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:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Marissa

    Ms. Marissa, Discovery Preschool

    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:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Stephanie, Discovery Preschool

    I love being able to work laugh, learn, and play with the children.

    Stephanie joined our team with experience working with children with developmental delays

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates Degree
  • 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 workins helping 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:
    2 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:
    6 Years
  • 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, Infants

    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:
    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:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Alyson

    Ms. Alyson, Multi Age

    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:
  • Ms. Margie

    Ms. Margie, Multi Age

    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:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Michele

    Ms. Michele, Multi Age Teacher

    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:
    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:
  • Ms. Cecilia

    Ms. Cecilia, Toddlers

    Miss Cece, as the children call her, joined our team in January and can always be heard singing and laughing with the toddlers in her classroom.
    Year Started:
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Toddlers/Discovery Preschool

    I love to see the children learn and explore.

    Miss Jess works in our Toddler and Discovery Preschool classrooms and really enjys sensory activities with them.
    Year Started:
    5 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. Gingerbread House Decorating


      Join us for dinner and a night of gingerbread house decorating as a family.  For more information or to reserve your house plase contact our center director at 203-888-0479.

  3. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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 will be closed New Year's Day.
We will be closed Memorial Day.
We will be closed Forth of July.
We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
We will be closed the day after Thanksgiving.
We will be closed Christmas Day.
We will be closed Presidents Day (Spring Professional Development Day).
We will be closed Columbus Day (Fall Professional Development Day).

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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