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Portsmouth KinderCare

Cindy d'Entremont, Center Director

72 Mirona Rd. Portsmouth NH 03801
(603) 431-8010 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 9 YEAR-OLDS
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Don Derro Elementary School picks up and drops off at center.

We have a staff of 27 teachers at our location who are all experienced in the Early Childhood profession. Many of our teachers have achieved a Child Developmental Associate's Credential, an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education or a Bachelor's Degree in Education or another relevant field. In addition, we have many staff members who have their own children attending our center!

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Welcome

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

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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.

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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

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.

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

Math

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.

Music

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.

Teachers & Staff

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 d'Entremont

    Cindy d'Entremont, Center Director

    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!

    Previous Experience:
    Cindy has spent her 25 year career working with children aged six weeks through Kindergarten in a variety of childcare settings.
    Year Started:
    12/16/2004
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Courtney Marceau

    Courtney Marceau, Assistant Director

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Courtney was a Stockroom Manager at a local retailer.
    Year Started:
    8/20/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Jen Johnson, Program Specialist

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms Jen managed the Framing Department at a local retailer.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Infants

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the Portsmouth KinderCare team, Ms Melissa worked at the Andover, MA KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Corduroy by Don Freeman
    Year Started:
    9/8/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Danielle, Infants

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms Danielle worked at a childcare center in Maine.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Anne, Discovery Preschool

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms Anne worked at an in-home daycare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything by Dr Deuss
    Year Started:
    5/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Early Childhood Advanced Cerificate
  • Ms. Maria, Preschool

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Maria worked at a chilcare center for 2 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    11/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Pursuing an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Renee, Preschool

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Renee was a full time student and worked at a local grocery store.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
    Year Started:
    11/6/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

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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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Presidents Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving and the day after
Christmas

Health and Safety

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.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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Dear Ms. Sherri and the KinderCare family,<br /> Thank you for the kindness, generosity and love you have provided Cory with during the past year. You have made our transition from Rhode Island very easy. Cory has grown close to the staff and the children and it is with bitter sweet emotions that we are leaving the center. We appreciate your attention to safety, keeping us informed of any situations, big or small, and love the memories you have created for the whole family to keep (we’ll treasure the photos for a long time!) We wish you and the staff of the center best of luck in the future and we will miss working with you.<br /> Happy upcoming holiday season!

- Parents

We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone at KinderCare in Portsmouth for taking such good care of our daughter. Our daughter is always welcomed with warmth and affection - it makes our day! All the teachers are so sweet and responsive to the children. Our daughter's teachers are always excited to greet her in the morning. They take her in their arms which makes the drop off time a happy and smooth transition. We would highly recommend KinderCare in Portsmouth to anyone seeking quality childcare for their children.

- Parents

I have been very happy with the service our family has received through KinderCare. My oldest is now five and a half years and he started in the Infant Room and now my nine month-old is following in his footsteps. We are pleased with the courteous staff, the safe and clean building and the learning environments. Our entire family, Yaya's included, feel very welcome there. I would recommend this facility since they care about the children and families.

- Mother

I just want to take a moment to tell you how absolutely thrilled I am with the Infant room at KinderCare in Portsmouth. As you can imagine, one of the hardest things for a new mother to do is to be separated from her newborn and entrust her child's care to others. My son started when he was 14 weeks old and I can say that the staff made this very difficult transition one of the smoothest possible. The Infant Room teachers are absolutely amazing! It is easy to see that they love what they do and they show their love for their jobs through providing exceptional care and attention to the Infants in their care.

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