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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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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 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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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


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.


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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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

    Previous Experience:
    Sarah joined the KinderCare family in August of 2009 shortly after graduating with her Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Quinnipiac University. Sarah taught Kindergarten at KinderCare for a year and a half before being promoted to Assistant Director. Sarah worked as Assistant Director at our Berlin and Farmington locations for 3 years before taking over as Director of the Milford Center is 2013. In January of 2016, Sarah returned back to her hometown of Rocky Hill and joined the Rocky Hill center as Director. Sarah and her husband reside in Rocky Hill with their son Christopher. In her spare time Sarah enjoys traveling, cooking, and watching the Patriots and Red Sox with her family.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Llama Llama Red Pajama
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Master Elementary Education
  • Kate Petrarca

    Kate Petrarca, Assistant Director

    Ms. Kate has been an Assistant Director at KinderCare since 2013. Prior to working at KinderCare, she worked as a Toddler Teacher for three years and as a Preschool teacher for twelve years at another learning center. Ms. Kate has her Bachelors Degree in Human Development.  In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her husband, spending time with family and traveling.  

    Previous Experience:
    Toddler/Twos Teacher 3 years Preschool Teacher 12 years Substitute Teacher 4 years
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors Degree in Human Development
  • Tricia Mekuto

    Tricia Mekuto, Program Specialist

    Ms. Tricia joined the Rocky Hill KinderCare team in September of 2015.  Prior to joining KinderCare Tricia held many different teaching positions at two other learning centers. Ms. Tricia has a true passion for helping teachers implement and devliver high quality curriculum and programming.  Ms. Tricia also taught English in South Korea for five years.  In her free time she enjoys traveling the world, hiking and karaoke.

    Previous Experience:
    Infant Teacher 2 years Toddler/Twos Teacher 2 years Preschool Teacher 6 years Kindergarten 5 years Nanny 6 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors Degree Early Childhood Education and Sociology
  • Mr. Carissa, Discovery Preschool

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Carissa joined our KinderCare family in April of 2016 with her son Parker. Prior to KinderCare Carissa worked as a Nanny for several families working with infants to elementary age children. Ms. Carissa is currently working towards her Child Development Associates in Infant, Toddler and Twos Programs. In her free time Ms. Carissa enjoys spending time her family, fishing and taking walks.
    Years in ECE industry:
    Working towards Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Melissa, Discovery Preschool

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Melissa joined our KinderCare family in 2013 when she relocated from New York. Prior to KinderCare, Ms. Melissa worked as a nanny as well as a child care provider at a health club working with children ages infant through age ten. Ms. Melissa has her Child Development Associate in Infant, Toddler and Twos as well as being Head Teacher certified. In her free time Ms. Melissa enjoys reading, refinishing furniture, and hanging out with friends and her husband.
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Infant, Toddler, Twos
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Preschool Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Danielle joined the Rocky Hill KinderCare Family in October 2015. Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Danielle worked as a Infant, Toddler and Pre-K teacher. Ms. Danielle also homeschooled her eldest daughter Randi. Ms. Danielle recently completed her Child Development Associate in Preschool Education. In her free time Ms. Danielle enjoys reading, gardening, and watching movies.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Preschool Education
  • Mr. Deven, School Age Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Deven joined our KinderCare family in December of 2014 along with his Daughter Mackenzie. During the school day Mr. Deven works as a special education teacher in East Hartford and then joins our schoolage children every afternoon. Prior to joining KinderCare Mr. Deven worked as a Preschool teacher at another learning center. Mr. Deven is currently perusing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Hartford. In his spare time Mr. Deven enjous vacation with his family, playing sports and watching movies.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors Child Development Masters Special Education
  • 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:
    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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
  • 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
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Master's of Education Degree in Curriculum, Instrution, and Assessment
  • 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 seven 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.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Art Class
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Child Development Associate Preschool Education
  • 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:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Music

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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.

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.

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

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

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

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