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Washington Township KinderCare

Kelly Stapleton, 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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Special Instructions:
opposite JFK Hospital

Neighborhood:
Just off RT. 42/Blackhorse Pike Rd.

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

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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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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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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 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.

  • Kelly Stapleton

    Kelly Stapleton, Center Director

    Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man. -Rabindranath Tagore

    Kelly is the Center Director here at Washington Township KinderCare. Partnering with families and working with children is something that she is very passionate about. Kelly aspires to enrich the lives of children through rich and developmentally appropriate curriculum, positive guidance and support, and allowing children to learn, grow and discover the world around them.

    Previous Experience:
    Kelly has worked with KinderCare Learning center for the entirety of her career. She was the assistant director for 17 years and has just recently taken over as our center director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dragon in a Wagon by Jane Belk Moncure
    Year Started:
    2/3/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Child Development Associates
  • Jessica Posey

    Jessica Posey, Assistant Director

    It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. -Albert Einstein

    Jessica is the Assistant Director here at Washington Township. Although she has only been with us a short time, her love of children and education are apparent in everything she does here at the center. She strives to find the little qualities and interests that make each child unique and celebrate them.

    Previous Experience:
    Her 15 years of experience comes from a vast array of areas. In addition to her six years of experience working in childcare centers, she spent seven years working with at risk youth and children with special needs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
    Year Started:
    3/16/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English Literature
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Infant Classroom

    Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life, is a hero to me. -Fred Rogers

    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 Associates
  • Ms. Cortney

    Ms. Cortney, Toddler B Classroom

    Children are great imitators, so give them something good to imitate. -Annoymous

    Ms. Cortney strives to create unique activities that capture the curiousity and imagination of the children in her care.  Through these activities she allows the children to further explore their interests and develop a sense of self.  Additionally, she believes in creating a bright, colorful, welcoming environment that celebrates learning and growth.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cortney has been working with children since she was in her teens. She has worked with one other program previous to her tenure here.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Brown
    Year Started:
    5/5/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Working toward her Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    A person's a person, no matter how small. -Dr. Seuss

    Ms. Lori uses her degree in writing to help create impromtu stories that draw the children's attention and inspire curiosity. Furthermore, she loves working with children and seeing them grow into little individuals with their own interests, dreams, and personalities.  

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lori worked with various other programs for 12 years before finding a home here at KinderCare Learning Center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    12/15/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art in Writing and Master of Art in Education
  • Ms. Sherell

    Ms. Sherell, Preschool Classroom

    Every student can learn! Just not on the same day or in the same way! -George Evans

    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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Associate in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Prekindergarten Classroom, Health & Safety Coordinator

    The grass is only green where you water it! The children are like little seeds, the water is all the knowledge that helps them grow. -Anonymous

    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:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Associate of Art in Early Childhood Education with a Specialization in Child Development
  • 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:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Education

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.

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.

Share Your Story
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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