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Cromwell Avenue KinderCare

Sarah Tetto, Center Director

303 Cromwell Ave. Rocky Hill CT 06067
(860) 529-0436 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
next to CVS

Neighborhood:
Rocky Hill

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Rocky Hills Schools - West Hill, Stevens Wethersfield Schools - Highcrest, Emerson Williams, Charles Wright

Welcome to the Rocky Hill KinderCare!!! We are so excited for you to view our page and learn more about our school. We believe it takes a village to raise a child and work in partnership with our families to best meet the needs of each and every child enrolled at our center. We would love to show you all our school has to offer and welcome you to our KinderCare family.
 

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Welcome

Welcome to Cromwell Avenue KinderCare in Rocky Hill. We believe in developing the whole child by providing hands-on learning experiences that promote social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Your children will not only have a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.  With designated learning centers such as dramatic play, blocks, and science & sensory in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. Large and small group activities allow our teachers to focus their attention on more individualized instruction and skill building. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written labels, language charts and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Our expertly designed classrooms and lesson plans help to prepare your child for success in school and beyond.
 

Sarah Tetto, 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.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff members at Rocky Hill KinderCare are very passionate about educating and nurturing the children in their care. The average tenure of our staff is five years and we have a number of staff members who have been here 10 years or more! Most of our teachers have a Bachelor's Degree, Child Development Associate's Credential or are currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. We strive for excellence through continuing education. All members of our team participate in biannual professional development trainings as well as monthly staff meetings to further expand their knowledge of current initiatives in the early childhood field. Our center thrives from our teacher’s dedication to and enthusiasm for educating young children.

  • Sarah Tetto

    Sarah Tetto, Center Director

    Year Started:
    9/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Master Elementary Education
  • Kate Petrarca, Assistant Director

    Year Started:
    10/17/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Human Development
  • Tricia Mekuto, Program Specialist

    Year Started:
    9/16/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Lida

    Ms. Lida, Infant Classroom

    I love encouraging each child to learn and develop into a confident, intelligent, and self aware individual.

    Ms. Lida has worked at KinderCare for eight years and she has nine years of total experience in the field. Ms. Lida has taken educational coursework in Early Childhood Education and this education has provided her with the tools to develop challenging and comprehensive curriculum that fosters emotional, social, and intellectual growth. Ms. Lida uses a variety of music, art projects, reading books, and sing-a-longs to gain the attention of her students to encourage optimal learning for every child. Ms. Lida believes that every child in her care is different and she encourages them to learn and grow at their own pace, while providing love and support every step of the way.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Awilda

    Ms. Awilda, Toddler Classroom

    I think kids rule! There is no better feeling than knowing you have a part in their educational growth and that you will make a difference in their lives.

    Ms. Awilda has worked with young children for over 20 years. Over those years she has gained a lot of knowledge about children. She implements so many great ideas in her classroom that really makes it stand out. Whether her Toddler classroom is pretending to be chefs or actually cooking there is always something exciting happening in her room. Her great understanding of children really allows her to connect to her class allowing the children to get the most out of every single day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Awilda has over 20 years experience working at other learning centers.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Prekindergarten A Classroom

    I love when a child is so excited to share something new they've discovered. It is a nice feeling to know I have helped in furthering their knowledge. Every day brings something new for each child and myself. I love to listen to the stories the children tell me and watch them be silly.

    Ms. Maria has worked at KinderCare for four years. She previously worked as a nanny and in preschool programs in Middletown, Connecticut and Brewster, New York. After high school Ms. Maria attended college to study fine arts and art education. She enjoys bringing her artistic background into her Prekindergarten classroom, through projects and learning center enrichment programs.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Ms. Maria worked as a preschool teacher at a center in her home state of New York as well as a nanny for three children.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Lily

    Ms. Lily, Prekindergarten Classroom

    The children are my inspiration. they are all different and full of love, energy, and passion. I've been teaching this age group for 11 years now and there hasn't been a day I don't enjoy it. The children have made me a more creative, patient, understanding, loving and caring person. It's really amazing to see these children grow and become kindergartners!

    Ms. Lily was born and raised in Albania, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music. She spent 14 years teaching music to children in grades five through eight before joining our KinderCare family in November 2001. She began here as a Preschool Teacher but has been a Prekindergarten teacher for the last 10 years. She always manages to incorporate her musical background into her classroom, and the children are always very excited when she brings in her accordian! Ms. Lily has been married for 35 years, has one daughter and one grandaughter, and currently resides in Newington, CT.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Ms. Lily was a music teacher.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Music
  • Ms. Cindy

    Ms. Cindy, Infant Classroom

    For me, working with and teaching children is a fulfilling career. I believe that each child has both their own unique personality and way of learning which needs to be respected and accommodated. Teaching is a second career for me and is honestly my passion in life. I cannot imagine my days without seeing the curiosity and growth of children.

    Ms. Cindy joins our KinderCare team with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Management and Accounting and a Master's of Education degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. Working with children is a second career with for Cindy and is something she is passionate about. She loves creating a hands on atmosphere where creativity and art projects are integrated into the curriculum. She looks forward to meeting you and working with your children!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare Ms. Cindy worked as a substitute teacher for Kelly Educational Services for two years, An English as a Second Language Tutor for The Friendship School in Waterford for just over two years, and as a teacher for the town of Hebron's Kinder-RHAM-a Preschool
    Year Started:
    3/24/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Master's of Education Degree in Curriculum, Instrution, and Assessment

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Best Child Care Provider Rocky Hill 2015 & 2016

    Best Child Care Provider Rocky Hill 2015 & 2016

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish
  • Albanian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents is one of our top priorities. Our building is only accessible from the front door which is secured by a coded entry system where only authorized family members are given the code to enter. All other visitors will be greeted by a staff member before they are allowed access to our classrooms. Our playgrounds are enclosed within securely locked fencing to ensure security. There is a staff member certified in CPR, First Aid, and Medication Administration on site at all times and we provide our teachers with certification classes as needed in accordance to state standards. Our Health and Safety Coordinator, Ms. Lisa, conducts daily playground checks to make certain our center is ready for your child to participate in our program safely. She also conducts monthly fire and disaster drills to ensure our staff and children are familiar with our emergency procedures. We also have an on call facilities technician who is available to address any issues that may arise.

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.

My daughter has been at KinderCare since 2010 and every day she is welcomed with smiles & hugs from everyone there! It makes being a work much easier knowing that she is being cared for the same way I would at home. She is receiving nothing less than lots of love, attention and great learning experiences. My infant son just started recently (2012) and I know he will have the same nurturing experiences as our daughter and learn so much. I look forward to watching him grow and having all the employees at KinderCare be a huge part of his development & learning.

- Mother

We have been a Kindercare-Rocky Hill family since 2009. My older one toddled in when she was 18 months old, and my younger one started here as a baby. When it comes to your own kid, nothing is perfect enough... but I am so glad that when I go to work my kids are at a place that's like their second home - safe, nurturing and always, always, welcoming them.

- Mother
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