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KinderCare Learning Center at Piscataway

Ms. Michelle Hoffman, Center Director

659 Hoes Lane West Piscataway NJ 08854
(732) 699-1017 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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The Center at Piscataway is a wonderful place for children to explore, learn and grow! Our families have peace of mind, knowing their children are safe and secure with compassionate, loving teachers. The Center at Piscataway is where early childhood educators love to work and grow personally while enjoying the opportunity to continue growing professionally! It is our "home away from home." We invite you to visit anytime, and are ready to welcome you into our family for the very best in early care and education. Piscataway Center gladly serves children and families from Rutgers and the surrounding community.

Ms. Michelle Hoffman, Center Director

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Business Partner Message

Knowledge Universe has proudly supported the childcare needs of the Rutgers community since 1993. At our Center, we provide childcare and early childhood education for families where they work. We understand the need for families to have access to exceptional childcare close to their workplace or school. We are conveniently located at Rutgers’ flagship location, nestled over the banks of the Old Raritan, on the Busch campus of Rutgers University. Because of our proximity to the university, our families enjoy the benefits of remaining closely connected throughout the day, bringing parent partnerships one step closer.
 We look forward to partnering with your family and sharing the joy of learning with your child!

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  • Eco-Healthy Child Care Accreditation Eco-Healthy Child Care

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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.

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.

ABC Music and Me

Teachers & Staff

  • Rakiya Venable

    Rakiya Venable, Assistant Director

    Rakiya Venable joined our center at Piscataway in February 2015. She has over ten years of experience in early childhood education, specializing in infant and toddler care. She happily accepted the position of Assistant Director, after being the Lead Teacher in Toddlers. Children have always been Rakiya’s passion and she is dedicated to providing fun, safe learning environment to all children in her care. What she enjoys most about her role as Assistant Director is the relationships she builds daily with the families in her center.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
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Upcoming Center Activities

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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


Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

We are closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day,  Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Health and Safety

We pride ourselves on maintaining rigorous health and safety standards. It all starts with our keypad entrance, locked exterior doors, and available management. Our outdoor play yards are totally fenced in; and ground cover is grass, pavement, and resilient poured rubber. All staff members are First Aid, CPR, and Epi-Pen trained. CCLC at Piscataway serves well children, and we strictly follow all sanitary guidelines.

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.

     As a parent, there is a lot of anxiety that comes with bringing your child to a place where there are people you don’t yet know and then leaving them there for a majority of the day. At CCLC, I never hesitate. From the moment I walked in and met the Center Director, Joanne, I was confident that this would be a place where my son could go every day and I would not have to worry. Joanne and her faculty are nothing short of terrific. Joanne made me feel comfortable from the moment I started talking to her and made me feel right at home. My son loves going to school and leaves with a smile every day. Their curriculum is excellent and my son enjoys every minute of the learning process. One of my favorite things about being a CCLC parent is that they take pictures of my child engaged in activities throughout the day!  I love being able to see what discoveries my son is making at school.  Also, CCLC has an open-door policy, which allows parents to come in at whatever point in the day they choose, and come join their child while they engage in activities. I continually recommend CCLC to parents when asked about my son's experience at childcare, and I will continue to do so as they have exceeded my expectations.
Melissa Vicencio

- Mother

     Our daughter Morgan, now 10 months old, started with CCLC at 7 weeks. We have been pleased with everything from day one.   The warm and professional staff, the quality of the day to day activities, educational programs and the safe and clean environment make CCLC the perfect fit for us. The staff at CCLC goes above and beyond in all aspects and we especially appreciate that they take the time to get to know the individual needs of both the children and the parents. We couldn’t be happier with the care, attention and experience Morgan is having at school. Our questions are always answered promptly with a smile and a phone call is never left unanswered. We would highly recommend CCLC to any parent.
-Morgans Mommy

- Mother

Jacob has enjoyed his three years at CCLC in Piscataway. He has always loved the teachers, his activities, and his classmates. We have had Jacob enrolled in various additional opportunities: the Fun Bus, Music Adventures, and now Phonics. He loves learning and interacting with everyone. I value the regular newsletter emails from the center. I always look forward to Parent's Night at Day Care as well as the Parent conferences. We look forward to our next child growing up with CCLC.

- Father

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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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