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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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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 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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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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


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.


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.


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:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts in History and Education
  • 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:
    Years in ECE industry:
    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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Evelyn Mallare

    Ms. Evelyn Mallare, 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration
  • Mrs. Denise Chapman

    Mrs. Denise Chapman, Toddler Classroom

    Denise is a loving wife and mother. She has been working in Early Childhood Education for 13 years. Her caring and creative nature shows daily while she is working with our toddlers class.  She came to KinderCare because she believes in our values and holds herself to them; not only as an employee but also to her son. We are lucky to have her on our team!

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

    Skippy Jon Jane by Judy Schacker

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Group Teacher Certification from Morris County College
  • Ms. Ciara Gardner

    Ms. Ciara Gardner, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

    Ciara is organized and keeps our Two's class busy, busy. Ciara is currently a student at Middlesex Community College where is advancing her education as a teacher. Ciara has a lot of experience working with young children. Her kindness and patience shine each day with the children. You can always count on Ciara to keep the children safe and  happy!!

    Previous Experience:
    Lead Toddler Teacher; Assistant Teacher at other Learning Centers
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Rainbow Fish
    Green Eggs and Ham
    The Kissing Hand

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Student at Middlesex Community College
  • Ms. Rhonda Taylor

    Ms. Rhonda Taylor, Preschool Classroom

    Rhonda is a mother of four and grandmother of three adorable grandchildren who have also attended KinderCare Learning Centers. She has been working here for over 10 years and has impacted the lives of many children from infants to preschool age. Rhonda loves teaching and values each moment she has with the children learn while they are learning new concepts.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate certificate
  • Ms. Kane'a Lockhart

    Ms. Kane'a Lockhart, Prekindergarten Classroom

    A mouth was made to say many things.

    The first thing you will learn about Ms. Kane'a is how kind and easy going she is. Kane'a  has been working in early childhood for many years through volunteer work  and positions she has held at Early Learning Centers with children ages six weeks to ten years old. Kane'a attended Berkeley College where she received her Bachelor in Business Entrepreneurship. She is so happy to be on our team at KinderCare and loves the time she engages with the children one to one as well as large group activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Head Teacher, Teacher's Assistant; Administrative Assistant; Volunteer Work
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat; Rocking In My Shoes; How Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe; Paul Bunyon

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor in Business Entrepreneurship
  • Ms. Tiffani McCoy

    Ms. Tiffani McCoy, Health and Safety Coordinator and Floater

    The children love Tiffani's kind and patient demeanor. Tiffani works primarily with the toddler class, but is also very helpful in other classrooms when needed. She is always willing to help other staff members and has brought many new ideas to our school. Tiffani is great at helping young children adjust to a new school environment. She communicates well with families and contributes to our daily  success!

    Previous Experience:
    Infants and Toddlers Assistant Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Volunteer Emergency Medical Technician in training
  • Ms. Alicia LaRose

    Ms. Alicia LaRose, Floater

    Alicia is a graduate of Penn State University where she majored in Psychology and minored in Human Development and Family Studies.  Currently, she is going back to school to further her education to obtain her doctorate in School Psychology from Rutgers University. She is excited to offer support to all teachers and children during her time with us at KinderCare. Alicia is very friendly and we value her patience!

    Previous Experience:
    Kindergarten Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Ms. Sanah Athar

    Ms. Sanah Athar, Floater

    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:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts from Drew University

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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


Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Hindi
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

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.

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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.

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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!

- Parent

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