Brittany Pizzella, Center Director
- Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
Here at the South Windsor KinderCare we take pride in excellence through our high standards. We take our families and children to the highest regard. We are a well-rounded, happy and nurturing environment where everyday is filled with learning and fun.
Brittany Pizzella, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
Welcome to the South Windsor KinderCare! Where each teacher provides a safe and caring learning environment for every child in their care. The happiness and safety of your children as well as their education is our number one priority.
Being a part of the team at the South WIndsor KinderCare is an honor. The dedication of the teachers really shows in the quality of their classrooms. Working with children is one of the most rewarding careers one can have; knowing that I make a difference in children's lives, no matter how small, means the world to me.
Sara has been at the South Windsor KinderCare for over four years. She started off as a teacher and then became the assistant director. She studied Nutritional Science and Dietetics for a year and a half at University of Connecticut before discovering her true passion which is working with children. She then Studied Early Childhood Development and Education at UConn and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development. Sara enjoys her position as Assistant Director because she gets to spend time in each classroom and get to know every child in the center!
The favorite part of my day is knowing the children I work with put all their trust in me to provide a nurturing place for them.
Ms. Tiffany has been with KinderCare for three years now. She started off as our Discovery Preschool teacher and then settled in nicely as one of our Infant Room teachers. Ms. Tiffany brings all of her love and care to work each day. Ms. Tiffany is also a mother to Amelia, who is five years old. Tiffany loves working with children and in her free time she enjoys spending quality time with her daughter.
Nothing makes me happier to come to work each day than the chance to experience the smiles, curiosity and growth of a child.
Prior to joining the team at the South Windsor KinderCare, Kristi worked in a variety of settings with preschool through school aged children. Upon joining the center, she quickly felt right at home in the toddler room and enjoys spending her days creating a learning enviornment full of creativity and inspiration. At home, Kristi enjoys art, traveling and spending time with her family including her five year old son.
Love, care and nurturing brings a smile to each child.
Prior to joining the South Windsor KinderCare, Ms. Vanessa worked seven years in an early childhood learning center. She has taken various classes related to early childhood development to gain more knowledge about children and the unique ways that they develop. Vanessa feels that working with children is rewaring and facilitating their development process is one of the best feelings a teacher can have.
Working with children is my absolute passion. Walking into Kindercare and being greeted by all of the children is the best feeling in the world.
Ms. Monica has been working for KinderCare in the two-year-old Discovery Preschool room for almost seven years and has ten years of experience in teaching children. Monica changed her major in college to Early Childhood Education after falling in love with a job being an after school teacher for at-risk children. Learning is always fun, messy, and creative in Ms. Monica's room and her class is always just as enthusiastic as positive as she is. She really loves her job and the children in her class!
A child's laughter, smiles and personality makes them unique individuals.
Prior to working at the South Winsdor KinderCare, Ashley received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. She took education classes to gain knowledge to share with her colleauges and her classroom. Ashley has been in the Early Childhood Field for seven years. Her strength, inspiration and devotion is for her students,.
Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities, seize common occasions and make them great" -Orison Swett Marden
Michelle was born in Rockville, CT; she has three sisters, two loving parents and many dogs and cats. She attended Windham Highschool and chose to attend Hallmark Institute of Photography upon graduating. She then worked in photography and retail and felt something meaningful was missing in her life. Michelle then decided to work with children to fill the missng piece; she obtained her Child Development Associate and plans to continue working with children to make a difference in their lives.
I enjoy watching a child's face glow as they accomplish a task independently for the first time.
Lisa has been with the South Windsor KinderCare for two years in the PreKindergarten Classroom. She has spent many years in the Early Childhood field with many age groups. Her love of children was what drove her decision to pursue a career in teaching. She enjoys the challege of providing creative learning opportunities that captivate children's curiosity. She wants her students to be excited to come to school and experience activities that will enhance their development. She also encourages each child to respect each other and the classroom materials as well as the teachers while still maintaining a fun enviornment.
I love watching the children learn and the expression on their faces.
Ms. Shelley started at KinderCare in August 2008 in Clifton Park NY. She moved back to Connecticut in October and started working here as a floater. Ms. Shelley received her Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art from Marymount Manhattan College in 2003 and then started working in the childcare field. After working at KinderCare Ms. Shelley received her Child Development Associate's credential through KinderCare. Ms. Shelley is very friendly and creative and enjoys interacting with each child and watching them learn.
My inspiration for working in the Early Childhood Education field is each new day presents brand new opportunities for children to have positive experiences. I love being able to witness the precious milestones each individual child achieves everyday.
Ms. Veronica attended the University of Connecticut and majored in Human Development & Family Relations. She received her Child Development Associate at Capital Community College in Hartford. Ms. Veronica began working at KinderCare in March 2003, and ran the Toddler Classroom for five years. She then moved into the Prekindergarten classroom. During her time in the Prekindergarten, she has implemented the curriculum in a fun and exciting way. In addition to the set curriculum, each child has their own individual enhancement activities that help to extend the learning process. Ms. Veronica has great communication skills and always keeps the children and families informed about the lessons and any upcoming events (i.e. family/teacher conferences, holiday celebrations, special classroom activities, etc.)
I love watching the children grow and hearing their silly stories.
Kendra began working at KinderCare in February of 2013. She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and she plans to go back to school to earn her Bachelors Degree. Kendra enjoys spending time with her son who is two years old. She loves doing art projects, reading sotries and helping the children become independent.
There is no greater joy than watching a child explore and discover something new. Everyday is a unique experience with a classroom full of bright ,energetic students. I love walking in every morning being greeted with smiles and hugs.
Over the 27 years Ms. Lori has been in the childcare profession she has received her Child Development Associate's credential, and Head Teachers Certificate from the State of Connecticut. She has taught in every age group and every room. She was an Assistant Director for a private daycare for eight years prior to coming to Kindercare. She has been with Kindercare for two years teaching the Kindergarten class.
I love watching the children learn and grow.
Dawn has been with KinderCare since 1983 and has taught in every age group. She was also a Center Director, Assistant Director, Health and safety cooridnator and a center trainger. She worked at the Cigna on site center for nineteen years before transferring over to the South Windsor Center, where she was the infant teacher and then the cook for five years.
Jessica has been working for Knowledge Universe since January 15, 1996. She took Early Childhood Education classes at MCC. She loves working with children!
The family is the nucleus of civilization." - Will Durant, Historian
Laura is one of six children, and has ten nieces and nephews and over thirty cousins in her family who have children, so she has always been around lots of kids. She earned her B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies because she wanted to work in human services, serving those with developmental disabilities. She has worked with all sorts of age groups, and she loves the fun and energy of children.
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.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
Your child's health and safety is very important to us. Jessica Pasqualini is our Health and Safety Coordinator. She oversees Direct Emergency Preparedness, the Infection Control Program, Universal Precautions, conducts safety-related training for staff, maintains compliance with driver training, ensures medications are dispensed with KinderCare and state regulations and maintains safety standards in our facility.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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