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KinderCare at Somerset

Daniela Parker, Center Director

435 DeMott Lane Somerset NJ 08873
(732) 873-0176 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
On Demott lane between New Brunswick Ave and Amwell Road

Neighborhood:
Between Nee Brunswick and Amwell Rd.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Macafee Elementary School, Pine Grove School, Sampson G. Smith School

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Welcome

Welcome to Somerset KinderCare in Somerset New Jersey. 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 Somerset KinderCare, our parent's consider us to be an extension of their families. Your child 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. We work closely with the families to ensure that they are a part of the growth and development of their child. We look forward to meeting you!

Daniela Parker, 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.

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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

KinderCare teachers are passionate about your child's happiness, growth and providing a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem. This is more than a job for our teachers. It’s an opportunity for them to share their passion for life while they inspire, engage, and awaken the wonder inside each and every child. KinderCare devotes more time and resources to teacher training than any other childcare provider. Twice a year we host the largest early childhood teacher training program in the country. Our teachers are dedicated to developing your child's potential and are sensitive to your child's individual needs. Our low teacher-to-student ratios allow teachers to focus on the individual learning styles and needs of each child in our center.

  • Daniela Parker

    Daniela Parker, Center Director

    One person can make a difference and everyone should try." John F. Kennedy

    Daniela grew up in East Brunswick, NJ and attended New Jersey City University; graduating with a Bachelors Degree in History and Education. Prior to joining the KinderCare family, she worked as a Kindergarten Teacher in an Early Learning Center.  Daniela has dedicated her life to the care and education of young people. Her passion thrives at KinderCare and she works diligently to provide each family with a meaningful experience throughought their child's earliest years of development.
     
    At KinderCare we take pride in fostering and nurturing emotional, physical and intellectual growth. As the Director at KinderCare, Daniela takes pleasure in making sure that all children’s needs are met and families are an integral part of the growth process as we are a team in making sure our children realize their full potential.

    Previous Experience:
    KCE Assistant Director & Program Specialist; Kindergarten Teacher/Mentor Teacher; Toddler and Two's Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Amelia Bedelia Collection by Peggy Parish; The True Story of the Three Little Pig by Jon Scieszka; BIg Anthony by Tomie de Paola; I'm Thankful Each Day by P. K. Hallinan; The Berenstain Bear Book Collection by Stan and Jan Berenstain
    Year Started:
    10/15/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in History and Education
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Pre- K Classroom

    Educations is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think." -Albert Einstein

         Becky has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Kean University. She provides our children with a truly rewarding learning experience. We are so lucky to have her our own staff. Becky enjoys engaing with children in play, teaching them new skills and singing songs. She is very attentive and makes each child in her care feel special.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Becky had field experience for school and worked as a babysitter.
    Year Started:
    6/4/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Eary Childhood Educaiton
  • Ms. Olivia

    Ms. Olivia, Preschool Classroom

    If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader." -John Qunicy Adams

    Olivia recently moved to NJ since graduating from Lycoming College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and where she was the captain of Lycoming Women’s Basketball team. She has experience working with children with special needs though volunteer work with the Special Olympics and Hand-in-Hand. She has also organized and lead two basketball youth clinics. Olivia loves working with children and helping them reach developmental milestones and learn new concepts. She is kinds and patient, we are so happy to have her on our team!!

    Previous Experience:
    YMCA: After School Tutoring
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Blueberries for Sale Butterfly Kisses - Bob Carlisle The Olivia Books
    Year Started:
    8/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Kecia

    Ms. Kecia, Discovery Preschool

    Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you'll land amongst the stars!

    Keica is the newest member of our team. She has an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and is currently a student at Kean University where she is working towards her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. Kecia has a very calm and pleasant demeanor. She cares for the children in her class by providing them with a happy and safe environment to learn. We are so glad to have her on our team!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Owl Babies Oh! The Places You Will Go! by. Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    8/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Cassie

    Ms. Cassie, Toddlers

    Education is not the filling of the pail but tthe lighting of the fire." William Butler Yeats

    Cassie was born and raised in New Jersey. She has a Maltese-Yorkie dog named Sandy that she loves very much! She has been working with children as a sitter and mother’s helper since she was eleven years old. Since then, Cassie has continued in a life long career devoted to children and youth programs.  She enjoys the process of learning and values the ability to teach and observe children in each stage of their development. Cassie has warmed the hearts of our Toddler with her sweet and patient demeanor.

    Previous Experience:
    Toddler/ Two's Teacher in Early Learning Center Babysitter for many years Special Education Paraprofessional Youth Ministry Groups
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown, Brown, Brown Bea, What Do You See?" by Eric Carle "Oh the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    6/20/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Psychology
  • Ms. Tiffani

    Ms. Tiffani, Step Up - Infant/Toddler

    If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're alweays in the same place.

    The children love Tiffani's kind and patient demeanor. Tiffani has made our young toddler class a warm and loving place to learn and grow.  She is always willing to help other staff members and has brought many new ideas to our Toddler program. Tiffani is great at helping young children adjust to a  new school evironment. She communicates well with families and brings has made a huge impact in our Toddler program.

    Previous Experience:
    Infants and Toddlers Assisitant Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Ms. Dahyana

    Ms. Dahyana, Infants

    Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.  -Harry Ford

    Dahyana is so happy to be part of our team. She has been dedicated since her first day with us. Our babies and young toddlers made an instant connection with her. Dahyana has a very calm and kind demeanor. She works well with all of our staff members and we look forwards to all of the activities she plans for the Infant class.

    Previous Experience:
    At home Caregiver, Nanny
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, Peter Pan by James Matthew, Matilda by Roald Dahl
    Year Started:
    2/15/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Evelyn

    Ms. Evelyn, Infant Classroom

    The truth sets you free.

    Evelyn is a great Infant teacher. She has previously worked with chidren of various ages and special needs. She is a kind and nurturing person. Here at KinderCare, we value her patience and efficiency. Evelyn helps to keep our babies well cared for and our Infant room clean and organized.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare, Evelyn worked in a Preschool and also worked with special needs children.
    Year Started:
    4/23/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science in Commerce and Business Administration
  • Ms. Rajni

    Ms. Rajni, Assitant Teacher

    Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly,  laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that made you smile.

    Rajni is a mother of two successful grown men. She has lived abroad and spent many years working with young children. She is in tune the nature of child development and has brought all of her knowledge and passion to our school. We are so grateful to have her on our team!!

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant Teacher at Jewish Community Center (Young Toddlers and Early Preschool), In Home Care
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Peter Pan
    Year Started:
    4/4/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Science
  • Ms. Julia

    Ms. Julia, Assitant Teacher

    Thats the real trouble with the wind, too many people grow up." - Walt Disney

    Julia is a currently a student at Rutgers University studying in Mathematics. He goal is to one day become a certified teacher in N.J. She has spent over 5 years providing care children. She adores caring for children and broadening their knowledge. Julia attended KinderCare as an Infant and continued through Pre-K. She has so many fond memories of her personal experience as a child that she is overjoyed to now give children a memorable experience. Her experience as child at KinderCare has inspired her to embark in career as an educator.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney Goodnight Moon by Margaret Weis Brown The Biscuit Series
    Year Started:
    6/6/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Cook/Assistant Teacher

    The only true failure is when you don't try.

    Brittany discovered her love for working with young children at the age of 16. She started volunteer work with children ages 6 weeks to 12 years at her church, summer camps and child care centers. We are very excited to have her high energy and positive mindset on our team!! Brittany works as an Assistant Teacher in various classroom as well as her responsibilty as cook. She is always there to lend a hand or put a smile on her face. She prepares healthy and delicous meals every day for our children!

    Previous Experience:
    Mother Nanny Homecare Summer Camp Body and Movement School for Performing Arts
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham Lion King The Cat in the Hat
    Year Started:
    8/18/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    High School Diploma

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.

Special Features

  • WE ACCEPT VISA, MASTERCARD, AND DISCOVER!
  • •*ALL OF OUR TEAM MEMBERS ARE CPR, AED, AND FIRST AID CERTIFIED!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Hindi
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

New Years day, Memorial day, 4<sup>th</sup> of July, Labor day, Thanksgiving Day &amp; the Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day.<br /> &nbsp;

Health and Safety

Our center is equipped with a double coded keypad entry system. Only parents of enrolled children and current employees possess the access code, which changes throughout the year. All other visitors must ring our doorbell and a member of management will meet them at the door. All of our playgrounds are very safe and secure. We have three playgrounds at our center. Each one utilizes a poured rubber surface under and around all play structures to protect children from injury. Each playground is also completely fenced in. Our center also has a Health and Safety Coordinator on site whose role includes conducting monthly fire drills, ensuring that all staff's CPR and First Aid 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.

We would like KinderCare Corporate to recognize what special people you have working at this center and throughout our experience with KinderCare. It is not often that we get to see this kind of dedication, love, and caring, so please, send our commendations for this staff to the highest levels of KinderCare Corporate in recognition of their impeccable service to our children and our community.

- Parent

Thank you all so much for the care, love and educational expertise that each of you put into our daughter, each and everyday!

- Parent

We loved KinderCare in Somerset. The only reason we left is because we moved. I had hoped to put her in the KinderCare in Philadelphia, but it didn’t work out.

- Parent

The teachers/administration at KinderCare of Somerset were great.

- Parent

Thank you again for a great first week. We are really happy with our choice to enroll Owen at your center. We are so impressed with you, your staff, your facility, and the excellent care Owen receives. We look forward to the fun times ahead of us!

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