Shannon Shotwell, Center Director
Business Partner Message
KinderCare 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!
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
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
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. Kids in this delightful and delicious program whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
ABC Music and Me
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
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 KinderCare, 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 KinderCare 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, KinderCare 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 KinderCare 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 - KinderCare Parent
Our daughter Morgan, now 10 months old, started with KinderCare 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 KinderCare the perfect fit for us. The staff at KinderCare 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 KinderCare to any parent.
Jenn - KinderCare Parent
Jacob has enjoyed his three years at KinderCare Learning Center at 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 KinderCare.
Matthew - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.