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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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Neighborhood:
Located between New Brunswick Rd. and Amwell Rd.

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

<p>Our Summer Camp program is the perfect solution for families who need care during their seasonal school breaks. Contact us for scheduling and pricing information!</p>

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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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.

Monthly Activities

April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

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.

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

    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 throughout 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:
    KinderCare Education Assistant Director, Program Specialist, Summer Camp Coordinator Children of America, Kindergarten Teacher and Mentor Teacher; Toddler Teacher Stanley Moland's, Little Friends Day School - Assistant Teacher (Toddler/Two's)
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Amelia Bedelia Collection by Peggy Parish; The True Story of the Three Little Pigs 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
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in History and Education
  • Ms. Rebecca Keller

    Ms. Rebecca Keller, Assistant Director

    Rebecca, who we typically refer to as "Becky" has a bachelor of art in Education from Kean University. Before embracing her role as Assistant Director, Becky was our Prekindergarten teacher and prior to gradating from college, she worked as our beloved Toddler teacher. Each day, she helps to provide our families and staff with a truly rewarding experience. We are so lucky to have her on our staff. She is extremely motivated, energetic, and has a cheerful demeanor that has a positive influence on all of our teachers. Becky enjoys engaging with children through science, art, and teaching them new skills as Coordinator of our Learning Adventures Enrichment program. She is very attentive and makes each child in her care feel special.

    Previous Experience:
    Toddler and Prekindergarten Teacher, Homecare
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    6/10/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Elementary and Special Education
  • Sanah Athar

    Sanah Athar, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Sanah has worked with children from Infant age to adults up to 21 years old. She is kind, helpful and eager to succeed in everything she does. We value Sanah's intuitive ability to make connections with the children and create an environment that fun and challenging.   

    Previous Experience:
    Ramapo for Children (Special Needs) Acorn Academy
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
    Oh, the Place's You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle and Bill Martin

    Year Started:
    4/20/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts from Drew University
  • Ms. Olivia

    Ms. Olivia, Preschool Classroom

    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 Sal; Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle; The Olivia Books

    Year Started:
    8/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Tiffani McCoy

    Ms. Tiffani McCoy, Toddler Classroom

    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 always 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 environment. She communicates well with families and brings has made a huge impact in our Toddler program.

    Previous Experience:
    Infants and Toddlers Assistant 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
    Education:
    Volunteer EMT... in training
  • Ms. Eshawnee Wilson

    Ms. Eshawnee Wilson, Infant Classroom

    Change is the only constant.

    Eshawnee has been working in early childcare for more than three years. She is a mother to her three year old son and prior to relocating to the U.S., Eshawnee co-founded a  non-profit organization that focused on community development and literacy. She is hardworking and very reliable. Eshawnee gives our Infants exceptional care with love and attention. Her classroom is always clean and the babies are engaged daily with music, outdoor play, and hands-on fun!

    Previous Experience:
    Mother Co-founder of a Non-profit Organization that impacted children's literacy Rainbow Academy - Lead Toddler Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose

    Year Started:
    5/28/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood in progress
  • Ms. Agustina "Dahyana" Hernandez

    Ms. Agustina "Dahyana" Hernandez, Infant Classroom

    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 forward 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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
  • Ms. Evelyn

    Ms. Evelyn, Infant Classroom

    Evelyn is a great Infant teacher. She has previously worked with children 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration
  • Samiyra McClain

    Samiyra McClain, Floater

    I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

    Samiyra works as a Floater, helping out in various age groups. She has a lot of energy and connects with all of the children. She always plans meaningful activities and keeps the children engaged. Samiyra thinks ahead and helps keep our school safe!

    Previous Experience:
    Little Stages -Assistant Infant/Toddler Teacher Bright Horizons - Assistant Infant/Toddler Teacher KinderCastle - Assistant Toddler Teacher
    Year Started:
    3/13/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    5

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

Saturday April 22, 2017
Sprout Festival

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Join us for our first annual Sprout Festival for Spring and Earth Day Activities! 

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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