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South Windsor KinderCare

Brittany Pizzella, Center Director

494 Chapel Rd. South Windsor CT 06074
(860) 282-1379 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Across from Bear's Smokehouse

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Pleasant Valley, Orchard Hill, Eli Terry, Philip R. Smith, Wapping and CREC IMS

We are proud to announce that the South Windsor KinderCare has been awarded accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC accreditation confirms the commitment and dedication of the South Windsor KinderCare teachers and staff to provide an exceptional level of quality education and care to children and families. This marks the first time the center has achieved accreditation.
NAEYC accreditation has become the mark of quality in early childhood education, and is based on a comprehensive set of performance standards and criteria. Only 10 percent of early childhood programs in the nation achieve this esteemed recognition. Accreditation is a rigorous process, involving intensive self-study and a site-visit by a team of experts. In awarding accreditation, NAEYC focuses on the center’s environment and curriculum, measuring it against a national set of standards of education, health and safety. The quality of communication among children, parents and staff is also taken into consideration.

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Welcome

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

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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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday September 27, 2016
    1. PICTURE DAY

      Picture Day for Preschool and Pre-K Students!

  2. Wednesday September 28, 2016
    1. PICTURE DAY

      Picture Day for Infants, Toddlers and Discovery Preschool (2's).

Teachers & Staff

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.

  • Brittany Pizzella, Center Director

  • Sara Sarwar

    Sara Sarwar, Assistant Director

    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!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Sara worked for other childcare centers in the New York area.
    Year Started:
    8/2/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. Tiffany

    Ms. Tiffany, Infant Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tiffany has prior experience working as a CNA and Receptionist.
    Year Started:
    9/27/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Ms. Kristi

    Ms. Kristi, Discovery Preschool

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Kristi has had experience in many settings including private child care and public schools. She spent six years as a creative and performing arts teacher and has taught and directed many arts and extracurricular programs for children of all ages.
    Year Started:
    12/10/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education
  • Ms. Vanessa

    Ms. Vanessa, Toddler Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Vanessa has had eight years of previous experience teacher in an Early Childhood Education setting.
    Year Started:
    2/6/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in English
  • Kelsey, Discovery Preschool

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Kelsey has previously worked with Renbrook Summer Adventure, 4th R Before & After School, and the South Windsor Recreation Department
    Year Started:
    11/2/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development & Family Studies
  • Ms. Monica

    Ms. Monica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Monica was a Program Coordinator, Counselor and Head Teacher.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    State of Connecticut Designated Head Techer for a Child Day Care Center Certificate
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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,.

    Previous Experience:
    Ashley has had eight years of experience in the Early Childhood Field. She has also had some experience teaching Afrocarribean Poetry to Middle School Students.
    Year Started:
    3/12/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Discovery Preschool

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Michelle has worked as a teacher in several Learning Centers in the Connecticut Area.
    Year Started:
    12/9/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Lisa, Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Lisa previously worked two and a half years with KinderCare in the Kindergarten Program, she was also a para-professional in the Enfield School System. She has experience with Home Day Care and has worked with many age groups over the years.
    Year Started:
    3/11/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Shelley

    Ms. Shelley, Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art, Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Veronica

    Ms. Veronica, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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.)

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare was a Lead Teacher for a Toddler program, a Junior Counselor with L.E.A.P. and a Team Leader/Mentor for a church affiliated youth group.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Kendra

    Ms. Kendra, Infant Teacher

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kendra has worked as a head teacher and also as a nanny prior to working at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    2/21/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Head Teacher Certificate and an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Learning Adventures

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting in the School Age classroom Ms. Lori was an Assistant Center Director and Prekindergarten teacher.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    Head Teacher Certificae, Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Dawn, Cook

    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.

    Year Started:
    6/6/1983
    Tenure:
    33 Years
    Education:
    Head Teacher Certificate
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Multiple Classrooms

    Jessica has been working for Knowledge Universe since January 15, 1996. She took Early Childhood Education classes at MCC. She loves working with children!

    Previous Experience:
    Jessica worked at another daycare for two years and also took Early Childhood Education classes at MCC.
    Year Started:
    1/15/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22
  • Ms. Laura, Multiple Classrooms

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Laura has worked with ARC of Enfield Summer Camp, Americorps, and Upward Bound. She has served as a Personal Care Attendant in the state of Virginia and as a Recreation Assistant at Suffield By the River.
    Year Started:
    3/31/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    B.A. in Human Development & Family Studies

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

    2. Teal Tuesday

      Everyone wear your favorite shade of blue!

  2. Thursday September 15, 2016
    1. Special Art Project in Class

      Leaf Rubbing art project in each class to celebrate the beginning of Fall!

  3. Monday September 19, 2016
    1. Music Monday

      Each class gets a free Learning Adventures Music Class!

  4. Wednesday September 21, 2016
    1. Comfy Cozy Day

      Wear your comfiest, coziest outfit to school!

  5. Tuesday September 27, 2016
    1. PICTURE DAY

      Picture Day for Preschool and Pre-K Students!

  6. Wednesday September 28, 2016
    1. PICTURE DAY

      Picture Day for Infants, Toddlers and Discovery Preschool (2's).

  7. Friday September 30, 2016
    1. Friendship Fruit Salad

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch

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

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.

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.

As a parent of a student at South Windsor’s Kindercare for the past four years, I have personally seen my daughter grow due to the efforts of her teachers. Her current class, Prekindergarten, has taught her so much in the short time she has been in the class, preparing her to enter Kindergarten next year. My daughter is incredibly fond of her teachers and I believe that closeness comes from the loving and caring nature of the teachers. My son also joined the KinderCare family last year, and we are seeing a similar relationship to his teachers as my daughter has enjoyed. As he transitioned into the Toddler room, I noticed him change from baby to toddler right before my eyes. I am often amazed at how early in life my children have responded to the lessons provided by the KinderCare teachers; which is a testament to the strength of the KinderCare staff. As hard as it is to leave your children at a daycare all day, I truly believe that they are learning things that I could not teach them on my own.

- Mother

While the dream of any parent is to have the opportunity to stay at home with their child and personally provide the nurturing which is so critical during the formative years of his or her child's life, the reality is many simply cannot. For those of us who fall into the latter category, I can honestly say that KinderCare, with their curriculum and compassionate staff, make my reality the next best thing to having my dream fulfilled.

- Father
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