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Portsmouth KinderCare

Sally Small, 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!


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!.

Sally Small, Center Director

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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.

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


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.

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.

  • Sally Small

    Sally Small, Center Director

    Sally is a strong advocate for Strengthening Families and Communities through the foundation of early care and education. Her professional interests focus on Early Childhood Experiences and their impact on whole life development. Her current projects include developing a Non-Profit WomansAid chapter in NH. In addition, she served as Treasurer for Family Support NH, committee member for Manchester Infant Mental Health, advisory committee member for educating for excellence in Early Childhood Education (eeECE), and Coordinator for Watch Me Grow-Manchester as well as volunteer service for multiple non-profits including the Parent Information Resource Center (PIRC), the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, and respite services. She is a licensed and certified facilitator of multiple parent education, family support and specialized assessment programs.

    Sally enjoys spending time with her husband Russell, her son Dominic, her two God-Daughters Cathleen and Adriana, and their two dogs Fred and Lily. In her free time she enjoys camping, practicing Yoga, and creating new recipes.

    Previous Experience:
    Sally has held a Director and Senior Leadership role since 1999, of which 10 years was in the Non-profit sector, and many years as a teacher with varied age groups.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Napping House

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Associate Degree in Education
  • Courtney Marceau

    Courtney Marceau, Assistant Director

    Courtney's professional interests focus on building strong relationships with families and providing an environment that follows NAEYC accreditation standards and licensing policies. Courtney was an integral piece of the NAEYC accreditation approval process and continues to maintain these standards through classroom involvement and policy reviews. Courtney enjoys spending time with her son Connor. They enjoy hiking with their dog Bella, watching movies, and going to the beach.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to accepting the Assistant Director position, Courtney was a teacher in various classrooms throughout the building.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    She holds a degree equivalency in Early Childhood Education and her Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.
  • Ms. Jen Johnson, Program Specialist

    Miss Jen’s professional interests focus on emergent curriculum in the classrooms and creating a sense of community. She sets up family social events, like our annual end of summer cookout, our community garden, and annual apple picking day at a local farm. Miss Jen is involved in the classrooms through teacher assessment and development, and curriculum support. Miss Jen enjoys spending time with her husband, Dave and their two children, Eli and Ari. In her free time she enjoys camping, swimming, and baking.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to accepting the position of Program Specialist, Jen worked as the Kindergarten teacher at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:


    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Degree equivalency in Early Childhood Education and her Child Development Associate (CDA) credential
  • Ms. Anne, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms Anne earned a Early Childhood Advanced Certificate 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. Seuss

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Advanced Cerificate
  • Ms. Maria, Preschool Classroom

    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 childcare center for two years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Pursuing an associate degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Becky Hill, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Becky enjoys camping, country music and spending time with her children, family, and friends. She has worked with young children for 13 years and really enjoys knowing that she is helping to develop young minds.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are

    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science in Childhood Studies
  • Ms. Caroline Renker, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Caroline graduated from Randolph College in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. She also has a minor in human services. She loves teaching children and helping them grow and learn everyday. She really enjoys working at KinderCare. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give A Moose A Muffin

    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's in Sociology, Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Jamie, Toddler Classroom

    Jamie has worked with children for more than seven years. She enjoys teaching children new things and watching them us it in their every day life. She is happy to be a part of the KinderCare community and is exciting to meet the families and children she cares for.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the KinderCare team, Jamie worked at a childcare center in Portsmouth, NH.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Elephant and Piggie

    Year Started:
    100 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Master's degree in Early Childhood Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

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

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

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.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

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

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

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 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.

- Mother

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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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