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Washington Township KinderCare

Ms. Rashanna Yusuf, Center Director

456 Hurffville Crosskeys Rd. Sewell NJ 08080
(856) 589-5119 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Just off RT. 42/Blackhorse Pike Rd.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Thomas Jefferson Elementary, Birches Elementary, Bells Elementary, Grenlock Terrace

Welcome

Welcome to the Washington Township KinderCare in Washington Township, NJ. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at Washington Township KinderCare, we consider us to be an extension of your family. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will also have the support from a team of early care and education specialists who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

The staff here at the Washington Township KinderCare is made up of industry leaders in the early care and education field. Our passion for teaching and caring for children has taught us many things over the years, and we are excited to share all of it with you and your child, making every moment a learning opportunity.

  • Ms. Rashanna Yusuf

    Ms. Rashanna Yusuf, Center Director

  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Assistant Director

    Ms. Danielle has found her niche working with young children. She brings ten years of experience as a teacher working in Preschool and Prekindergarten. Ms. Danielle has a well rounded perspective and understanding on the growth and development of not just the young child, but the family dynamics as well. She believes that it is very important to mentor teachers, grow close relationships with parents and ensure top quality care for their children. Ms. Danielle's love for teaching can be seen whenever she is here.  She loves to bring joy and smiles to the faces of your children!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    5/1/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Donna loves working in the infant room because she is able to see the children accomplish all the little firsts that create the foundation of their education and development. She creates a classroom environment that celebrates all these milestones by displaying pictures and artwork throughout the room. Additionally, she works side by side with parents to accommodate schedules and routines in order to meet the needs of each child.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Donna has worked at KinderCare Learning center for the entirety of her career. She was the Preschool Teacher for ten years and has been in the Infant Classroom for the past six years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Jim Aylesworth

    Year Started:
    9/7/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Working toward a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and has a Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Cailtin

    Ms. Cailtin, Toddler Classroom

    Before working in Early Childhood Education, Miss Caitlin was an assistant cheer leading coach for the Lindenboro Chargers. Her quirky, high spirited, energetic personality has been a welcomed addition to our Toddler room. From a young age, Miss Caitlin has worked with children. Whether she was babysitting her younger sibling or working at Kids Cuts in Turnersville, she has always known that teaching was going to be a career for her. The toddler age is such a young and impressionable age and a good foundation is everything. Miss Caitlin is very creative and loves doing crafts and painting even if it is with hands and toes! Miss Caitlin will help your child grow, make them smile and help them spread their wings.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

    Year Started:
    9/21/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Vanessa

    Ms. Vanessa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Vanessa has been with KinderCare for two years and she feels that it is the best decision that she's made. She feels that teaching the two years old in the Discovery Preschool classroom is the most rewarding job. Not only are the children learning new things but she is learning as well. Ms. Vanessa feels that working here is about more than just being a teacher. We are here to inspire, guide, and motivate our students. Most importantly, we are here to show them love and treat them as our own. Each family knows that when they drop their child off in her classroom that they will learn and be loved!

    Year Started:
    8/22/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Social Services and Special Education, CPR/AED Certification
  • Ms. Sherell

    Ms. Sherell, Preschool Classroom

    For Ms. Sherell, every day is a new experience! She says she is constantly surprised by the things her children say and do. Additionally, to her, the most rewarding part of her job is knowing that she was able to help in fostering the growth and development she is able to witness every day! She encourages her children to become independent while using the scaffolding instructional strategy, thus helping them to become secure and confident in their abilities.

    Previous Experience:
    Previous to working here at KinderCare Learning Center, Ms. Sherell worked for seven years in another early childcare program.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    8/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Associate in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Emilia

    Ms. Emilia, Preschool Classroom

    "Every child is gifted. They Just unwrap their packages at different times.

    Ms. Emilia comes from a long line of educators, one could say that it is a family trade and only natural that she would gravitate to this field. She has been teaching all over the world and she is so excited to be here. She has taught students from grade school all the way up to college on two continents and in three countries! Ms. Emilia has taught at St. Paul's College in Bulacan, Philippines and has taught preschool in both Ontario, Canada and here in the United States. She speaks Filipino, French and English and is excited to share her multiculturalism and international knowledge with her students. Ms. Emilia believes that learning should be modified for each child and she is ready to make a difference in their lives!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Cinderella by Charles Perrault

    Year Started:
    4/4/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education, Masters in Guidance and Counseling
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Prekindergarten Classroom, Health & Safety Coordinator, Education Specialist

    Ms. Nicole is one of the Prekindergarten teachers, as well as our Summer Camp teacher and the center's Health & Safety Coordinator. She is very passionate about being a part of the Washington Township KinderCare. When children enter the classroom they know there will be structure and routine, but they also know that Miss Cole will have something creative and unique to teach them. She uses her knowledge and experience with art to inspire the children to learn in a way that explores various educational avenues.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    5/5/2003
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Associate of Art in Early Childhood Education with a Specialization in Child Development
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Lisa has always known from a young age that she wanted to be a teacher and make a difference in a child's life.  She finds joy in dedicating her time to help children learn and grow.  She believes that it is important to challenge children and watch them grow to their full potential.  She takes learning to a whole new level by giving children the freedom that allows for expression and creativity. The children in our Prekindergarten class are preparing to start the next step in their scholastic journey.  With Ms. Lisa's background, personal love of learning and nurturing spirit, she is the perfect person to prepare and guide them on that path.  She loves seeing a child come into their own and start to become the person they will one day be.  She will help your child to develop a true love of learning!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

    Year Started:
    4/18/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Administration, Masters in Health Administration, Masters in Education (K-8)
  • Ms. Jamy

    Ms. Jamy, Kindergarten

    Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. -Les Brown

    Miss Jamy has worked in our Kindergarten classroom for many years and every year she cannot wait for the school year to begin. The best part of every day is watching the children learn something new and seeing that moment where they "get it" for the first time. She uses her knowledge and experience to create a flexible curriculum that meets the needs of each and every child in her classroom. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Make Way for Ducklings
    Year Started:
    1/10/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Miss Jasmine

    Miss Jasmine, Summer Camp

    "Every child in your class, is someone's whole world!

    Miss Jasmine believes that her role as a teacher is to help children in need, help children imagine, help children create and help them make new discoveries.  Her definition of a teacher is someone who a child can trust.  A teacher is an advocate, nurse, friend and hero.  A child can only learn if they want to and as a teacher she makes it her job to "open the door" for every child in the classroom.  

    As a teacher, Miss Jasmine promises to make a difference in each child's life.  Teaching is not just a job for her but something that she is very passionate about.  Growing up, she always wanted to play school and be the teacher.  She knew from a young age that this was the path that she was going to take.  Children have always been a part of her life.  She loves watching the children blossom as they go on their educational journey.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Jasmine has over three years of student teaching with Professional Observation.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    9/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education Prekindergarten through 4th

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

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

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • German
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Nut Free Center

Center Menu

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 Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, our front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise a doorbell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a Center staff member. At Washington Township KinderCare, we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. Nicole's role includes conducting monthly fire/disaster drills, ensuring that all the staff's First Aid and CPR certifications are up to date, and maintaining high cleanliness standards.

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.

My experience at KinderCare Learning Center as a parent has been phenomenal. The staff is professional, kind and thoughtful. The curriculum is advanced and the teachers are trained and sincerely tooned into every child's individual needs. The Center Director and Assistant Director are tremendously and completely helpful and keep the entire school running smoothly. They work extremely well with the parents, the staff, and absolutely love every one of the children in their care. The children learn with a smile on their faces and my daughter loves her teachers and all her friends. Additionally, she is completely ready to move on into Kindergarten! I recommend KinderCare Learning Center for its high educational standards and its loving, caring, compassionate environment.
 

- Mother

I could not have found a more welcoming, caring and nurturing group of teachers at one center! One visit to this center and I knew we had found the one and only place I would feel comfortable leaving my children while I was at work. My children love coming each day, and I could not be happier sending them! All of the teachers and staff go above and beyond to make my children want to go, which makes me comfortable taking them to school each day! Thank you so much for all you do and for  taking such great care of my children!

- Mother

I do not know how to begin to thank you for everything you have done for our family.  Thank you for being so kind and welcoming and understanding when I had anxiety.  My son really likes you, and you have been a huge comfort during all the tears.  Thank you for everything!

- Mother
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