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Shelton KinderCare

Carlin Hill, Center Director

1 Trap Falls Rd. Shelton CT 06484
(203) 944-0104 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
On the corner of Trap Falls Rd. & Bridgeport Ave.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Booth Hill, Elizabeth Shelton, Mohegan, Perry Hill, Shelton Intermediate, Long Hill, Sunnyside

Thanks for visiting our Shelton webpage! Feel free to take a look at all the exciting opportunities we have to offer for children and their families. We have included pictures and biographies of our amazing staff for you to meet them. Also, take a minute to view our classroom and building pictures before coming in for a tour! We look forward to seeing new families and are excited about our growing community here at Shelton KinderCare.

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Welcome

Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Carlin Hill, 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.

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?

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Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff members at Shelton KinderCare are very passionate and nurturing towards the children in their care. Most of our teachers have a Bachelor's Degree, Child Development Associate Credential or are pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. Some of our teachers have been with our company for over ten years and our average staff tenure is five years. Our team participates in continuing education through monthly staff meetings and company professional development trainings. Our center strives from the amazing commitment and our teacher's outstanding personalities.

  • Carlin Hill

    Carlin Hill, Center Director

    I believe that when children have positive experience, their self-esteem grows and they see themselves as people who can do things successfully. My goal is to provide a safe learning environment filled with developmentally appropriate activities that challenge and build a life long passion for learning. I feel that it is my responsibility to support and develop our teachers to meet the individual needs of our children. There is nothing more rewarding than sharing your day through a child's eyes.

    Shelton KinderCare welcomed Carlin in March of 2013. Previously, Carlin worked with this company when it was under a different name called Children's Discovery Centers. Carlin graduated from Baldwin Wallace University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and is an Approved Education Consultant for the state of Connecticut. In her spare time, she really loves spending time with her family and sailing!

    Previous Experience:
    Carlin has previously worked for ten years with our company when it was known as Children's Discovery Centers. She also has experience working with both profit and non-profit organizations. Carlin is an Education Consultant and TAB trainer for the State of Connecticut.
    Year Started:
    3/4/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Jessica Wesh

    Jessica Wesh, Assistant Director

    I believe the relationships that I have formed with our staff and families, has allowed me to become a vital role in supporting our children's educational development.
     
     

     After many years with Milford KinderCare, Jessica came to us as our Program Specialist and soon after was promoted to the Assistant Director. She was a exceptional teacher and wanted to put her experience in the classroom to use by helping others. Jessica is currently furthering her studies in the field of Early Childhood Education.  Jessica is very enthusiastic and passionate about her job! She looks forward to continuing her  role here as Assistant Director.

    Previous Experience:
    In her eleven years with KinderCare, Jessica has worked with a variety of age groups in our Shelton and Milford centers. Before stepping into management, Jessica worked as a head teacher, and in the Infant, toddler and Prekindergarten classrooms. She has also been a Summer Camp teacher for several years.
    Year Started:
    10/29/2003
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
  • Yaritza Castro, Program Specialist

    Yaritza has been with Kindercare since 2004. She began as a co-teacher within the Toddler room, to which opened more towards the two's and Preschool, PreK Multiage Group..
    Yaritza earned her CDA through Rasmussen college online and working on her Associates degree through Liberty University online. Yaritza enjoys spending time with her daughter  D'zyre. They like to go for long drives to experience new activities such as Nomads and Mystic Aquarium.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to Kindercare Yaritza taught Latin & Ballroom Dancing, where she taught Socail and Competative dances. She also competed for several years.
    Year Started:
    8/23/2004
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    CDA in Earlyion childhood Educaton
  • Ms. Tia

    Ms. Tia, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Tia has been working with KinderCare since 2011. During her time here, she has worked with every age group. Ms. Tia plays a very important role aa an Infant teacher. In her spare time, Ms. Tia loves to play tennis, scrapbook and paint. She also enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two daughters.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tia previously worked as a care giver and in another school setting.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 year
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Claudia

    Ms. Claudia, Infant

    Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not aquired by listening to words but by experience in the environment."
    -Maria Montessori

    Claudia started KinderCare in our Infant classoom, she is fascinated seeing the curiosity of the infants and their ability to learn through experience. She enjoys helping to understand and learn about the world in which they live, and the way the children explore, and manipulate objects in the enviroment. Claudia lives with her family and enjoys cooking, traveling and reading to her granddaughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Claudia worked for two years at another childcare setting as an Infant teacher before working as a nanny in Weston for over eleven years and still currently watches the family after her day here.
    Year Started:
    3/24/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Aimee

    Ms. Aimee, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Aimee has been working with KinderCare since 2007. Before relocating to Shelton, Ms. Aimee worked in the Farmington KinderCare. We are very proud to have her as part of our team. In her spare time, Ms. Aimee likes going for a hike, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Aimee previously worked at a different KinderCare with infants and two-year-olds.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential in Infant, Toddlers, and Two's
  • Ms. Ebony

    Ms. Ebony, Discovery Preschool

    Ebony is a mother of 3 beautiful children. She enjoys spending time at home with them. On her free time loves playing with her children outdoors, swimming and shopping in New York.

    Previous Experience:
    Ebony worked with a variety of age groups in another accreditated center for 6 years prior to joining the KinderCare family in 2013.
    Year Started:
    11/15/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Pursing her Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Discovery Preschool

    A thousand questions will save you from a million mistakes.

    Sarah began her desire to teach in her junior year of highschool. She attended a program called "Summer Institute For Future Teachers." Sarah has a love for literature and writing and a passion for teaching young children.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining our KinderCare team Sarah volunteered at another private childcare setting.
    Year Started:
    5/28/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Discovery Preschool

    Rachel began working for KinderCare in February of 2007. She worked in numerous classrooms in the beginning, but fell in love with the Discovery Preschool area, where she has been for the last 5 years. She loves working with this age group because they are beginning to express their independence, they begin using more words and vocalizing their needs/wants, and they have such an excitement to learn. Rachel has fun teaching, and likes to bring the outside world, inside. She also likes to do a lot of hands-on activities and sensory play with her children.

    Outside from KinderCare, Rachel is happily married, and she and her husband have two small dogs.

    Previous Experience:
    Rachel began babysitting at the age of twelve, and her passion for working with children started there. During highschool, Rachel took an Early Childhood class, and also spent time working with young childrenin the elementary schools. From there, she obtained her Associates Degree, and has also taken many courses at Sourhern Connecticut State University, on Early childhood and Elementary education.
    Year Started:
    2/9/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Phyllis

    Ms. Phyllis, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Always try to do things for yourself first.

    Ms. Phyllis has been working at our center since 2004. Most of her time here has been spent teaching our Pre-Kindergarten program. Ms. Phyllis recently jumped into our Discovery Preschool program is doing such a great job! In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and being outdoors.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Phyllis previously worked in our Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. Before KinderCare, she also worked in another child care setting.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2004
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
  • Ms. Flore

    Ms. Flore, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Flore has been working with us since 2006. During her several years at KinderCare, Ms. Flore has developed some wonderful relationships with our Discovery Preschoolers. In her spare time, Ms. Flore loves to watch movies with her friends and listen to music. She is very enthusiastic about helping others.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Flore previously worked in another child care setting, as well as a community center, before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kirsten

    Ms. Kirsten, Preschool Classroom

    A good teacher explains…A superior teacher demonstrates…A GREAT teacher inspires!

    Ms. Kirsten has been with our center since early 2012. In her time here, she has taught our Pre-Kindergarten and Infant class and recently took over our Preschool classroom. Kirsten does an awesome job in the preschool classroom. In her spare time, Ms. Kirsten loves spending time with her family. Her two sons are currently enrolled in our Infant and Pre-Kindergarten Program.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kirsten previously worked in our Pre-Kindergarten and Infant classrooms. Before KinderCare, Ms. Kirsten also worked in another child care setting.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Preschool Classroom

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

    Ms. Nicole has been working with KinderCare since 2005. Some of you may know her as Ms. Frankie. While Ms. Nicole has been at KinderCare, she has helped in many of our classrooms, especially our School Age room. This year, Ms. Nicole took over one of our Preschool rooms. She is really enjoying it! In her spare time, Ms. Nicole likes to spend time with her friends and family, going to sporting events and seeing movies.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nicole has previously worked with various age groups, mainly our Preschool children.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Studying Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jeanette

    Ms. Jeanette, PreKindergarten

    Be the change that you wish to see in the world."
    -Ghandi

    I was born and raised in Bridgeport, CT. I am married and we have three daughters. I went to highschool at Bullard Havens Tech. I worked as a baker, then started my own daycare while raising my children and studing Early Childhood Education. I was a girl scout leader and teach religious education to fifth and sixth grade children and currently volunteer at a lay minestry for the diocese of Bridgeport.

    Previous Experience:
    Jeanette owned and operated her own daycare for over ten years, and then was an Infant and a PreKindergarten teacher ay another learning center. She joined the KinderCare family in 2013 as a prekindergarten teacher.
    Year Started:
    10/12/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Danielle has been working at KinderCare since 2011. During her time here, Ms. Danielle was a prekindergarten teacher in Milford for over a year. She also spent some time as a Program Specialist in Hamden. As of January 2013, Ms. Danielle took over our prekindergarten class in Shelton. In her spare time, Ms. Danielle likes to spend time with her son, music and anything to do with the Yankee's baseball team.

    Previous Experience:
    Danielle previously worked in our Hamden center as a Program Specialist and in our Milford center as a prekindergarten teacher. Before KinderCare, she also taught preschool and was a program specialist in another child care setting.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential and Head Teacher Certificate
  • Ms. Norma

    Ms. Norma, Floating Teacher

    Do what you love and love what you do.

    Ms. Norma has been working with KinderCare since 2004. Everyone knows Ms. Norma because she helps every teacher in every class. Ms. Norma is always there to lend a helping hand. In her spare time, Ms. Norma likes to scrapbook and go on cruises. Spending time with her family is also very important to her.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Norma previously transported children at our center and worked as a nanny.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Mental Health
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Driver / Floater

    Be true to yourself!

    Julie was born in Derby, CT and is a mother of two sons, Mike and Nick and has a pet dog name Brutis. Julie loves to walk and listen to music. She smiles all the time and is a kid at heart!

    Previous Experience:
    Julie drove a school bus for Laidlaw for ten years prior to working at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    2/5/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Erin

    Ms. Erin, Tutorial Specialist

    Why fit in, when you were born to stand out.

    Miss Erin has been with our center since 2010. In the two years she has worked here, she has been a vital part of our infant program. In her spare time, Miss Erin loves to cook and spend time with friends and family. She also likes to stay healthy by teaching Zumba classes.

    Previous Experience:
    Erin has previously worked with our Infants, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students. She was also a School-age Summer Camp Coordinator.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Degree in Early Childhood Education, Member of NAEYC

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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

  • NAEYC Accreditation

    NAEYC Accreditation

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • French
  • Spanish

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

The health and safety of our children and staff are our main priority at KinderCare. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with secure gates as well. In addition, the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members have a code to enter. Otherwise a doorbell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a center staff member. There is always a staff member certified in CPR, First Aid and Medication Administration onsite. A center manager conducts a playground and site inspection daily, to ensure that our learning center is ready for your child to participate in our program safety. Our Health and Safety Coordinator, Ms. Shannon, assists management in ensuring that all safety measures are maintained. We also have a facilities technician on call at all times.

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.

KinderCare has done a fine job putting together a great group of teachers, along with a great curriculum, to ensure my child’s social and academic development. 
 

- Father

KinderCare is a wonderful daycare center and I highly recommend it to any parent. My daughter is three years old and has been in KinderCare since she was six months. All of her teachers have been great.  In infants, the teachers took special care of my daughter. They stimulated her with activities, like sign language, sensory games, and music. When my daughter transitioned to the two's classroom she flourished tremendously with the guidance and support of the wonderful two’s teachers. She mastered potty training, coloring, writing, numbers, etc. Now that she is in the three’s classroom, I feel like the sky is the limit for her! She has developed by leaps and bounds. 

Each class, so far, has been pivotal in her learning and development, social skills, and motor skills.  One thing my daughter really loves that is offered at KinderCare is the cooking classes.  She’s made some tasty treats and dishes.  My husband and I believe KinderCare has, and will continue, to help our daughter succeed and be prepared for future chapters in her life. 

 

- Mother and Father

I am proud of myself to opt for KinderCare, and lucky too. This is a very important year for my daughter and her Kindergarten readiness. The experiences she is sharing with me each night, it's amazing! Congratulating the staff as you are showing great teamwork.

- Mother

I couldn't be more pleased with my son's classroom and teachers. The Discovery Preschool teachers have done such a great job helping my child develop. Since he has been there, he has been potty trained, learned all of his colors, letters, and basic numbers. Every time I pick up, there are huge smiles on all of the children's faces. Thank you for being such a big part of my son's growth.

- Mother

I transferred my child from a previous child care center after touring Shelton KinderCare. I was very impressed with the staff that I met and felt like they truly cared. I was pleased to see the classroom and the curriculum they were using. Since being there, my son's strengths have grown in reading and math. I always look forward to hearing his stories about his day. Each day I am confident that I made the right choice for my son and his educational future. I would like to thank Shelton KinderCare for everything they do for my son and our family. -A Kindergarten Parent

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