Cindy d'Entremont, Center Director
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KinderCare Learning Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire was designed to meet the needs of high quality care for the children in the community. We pride ourselves on the wonderful relationships we have built with families throughout the last nine years. Many families have been with us through the care of all of their children here. We offer a rich, nurturing environment with highly-engaged teachers who will help your child develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. The curriculum we use develops the whole child with developmentally appropriate activities that introduce your child to new materials and new processes to keep learning fun! Thank you for visiting the web site and we hope you will decide to tour our center and meet our wonderful teachers!.
Cindy d'Entremont, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The staff at KinderCare in Portsmouth vary in their range of education and experience. We have teachers with Master's Degrees and teachers with credits in Early Childhood Education. Our staff all have one thing in common - their dedication to instill a love for learning to the children in their care.
Cindy has the unique distinction of being at the center since the doors opened in January of 2005. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Lesley University. She has spent her 25 year career working with children aged six weeks through Kindergarten in a variety of childcare settings. She enjoys watching the infants learning to roll, the toddlers as they take their first steps, and the preschoolers learn to read and write for the first time!
Courtney Marceau is the Assistant Director at the Portsmouth KinderCare. Courtney received her Child Development Associate's Credential from Ellis University. Courtney has worked at KinderCare for 6 years with children aged six weeks to four years. Courtney is passionate about children and building strong relationships with families. Courtney loves spending time with her husband Andy, their son Connor and their two dogs Bella and Jake. In her spare time, Courtney loves to watch movies, go to the beach and go hiking.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." Albert Einstein
Ms Jen graduated with a degree in Fine Art, with a focus in Photography, from Chester College of New England and she received her Child Development Associate's Credential from Ellis University. She has worked with children from six weeks to five years old and is very passionate about children and loves watching them learn about the world around them. She enjoys spending time with her husband Dave, their son Eli and daughter Ari. In her spare time, Jen loves to go camping, spend time gardening, baking and taking photographs.
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning, but for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." Fred Rogers
Ms Melissa is currently working on obtaining her Child Development Associate's Credential from Rassmussen College. She has experience working with children from six weeks to six years in both a childcare setting and as a nanny. Ms Melissa enjoys weekend trips with her fiance.
Why fit in when you were born to stand out." Dr Seuss
Ms Danielle has a Child Developement Associate's credential and currently attending York County Community College to pursue further education. She has experience working with children six weeks to five years old in both a childcare setting and as a nanny. In her spare time, Ms Danielle enjoys activities with her dog Bailey.
Ms Anne earned a Early Childhood Advanced Ceritificate from the Manchester School of Technology. She has experience working with young children and school-aged children. Anne enjoys spending time with her family, including their new daughter Isla. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and camping.
If you are ever given the experience to change the life of a childs, take it. They will only change yours more." Unknown
Maria has completed two years of education towards her associates degree in Early Childhood Education. She has experience working with children six weeks to 6 years old. In her spare time, Maria enjoys going to the beach, hiking, cooking, and dancing.
Without teachers, life would have no class." Unknown
Ms Renee received a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from Granite State College. She has experience working with children one to six years old. In her spare time, Renee enjoys being with family and friends, going to the beach, hiking, and singing and dancing.
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.
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.
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At KinderCare Learning Centers your child's safety is our top priority. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced in as well. Our first line of security at the entrance of our building is the keypad entry at our foyer door. Any other pick ups or entries must ring the doorbell and ID will be checked to ensure the security of all of our children. All staff members in our building are certified in Pediatric First Aid, CPR and have been trained in fire safety. We also have a Health and Safety Coordinator in the building who conducts safety checks and fire drills monthly to ensure the safety of our children, staff and families.
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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