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Cooley Street KinderCare

Allison Tassinari, Center Director

201 Cooley St. Springfield MA 01128
(413) 783-2323 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEARS

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Special Instructions:
at the end of Bicentennial Hwy across from Kiley Middle School

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Talmadge and Sabis International Charter School

We are currently enrolling in the infant and toddler rooms. We provide excellent care for your little ones. Our teachers are caring, nurturing and loving. The teachers in these age groups are specifically trained in infant and toddler development. The rooms are filled with age-appropriate learning toys. Please set up a tour to visit our center and meet the specific teachers in your child's age group.

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Welcome to the Springfield KinderCare in Springfield, Massachusetts. We invite you to visit our center and meet all of our wonderful teachers that are both caring and nurturing. During a tour you would be able to view the different learning areas in each room enhanced with the theme related curriculum. We believe in developing your child's social, emotional, cognitive and physical well being. We believe that KinderCare should become an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff take pride in getting to know you, your child and your family, through daily interactions and conversations. We have a secure building and playground where your child may play and learn in a safe environment.

Allison Tassinari, Center Director

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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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The Staff here at the 201 Cooley Street KinderCare are both conscientious and attentive individuals. The staff brings with it many years of experience in the education and caring for young children. Many of our staff have been a part of the KinderCare family for multiple years. The entire staff welcome and encourage all new family to join our KinderCare family. At KinderCare we believe that your family could become an extension of our KinderCare family. Your child will be educationally stimulated in an learning environment by a loving team of passionate teachers. Please come in to tour our center. We would enjoy introducing you to our teachers and show you our approach to developing the whole child.

  • Allison Tassinari

    Allison Tassinari, Center Director

    I love building relationships with children, families and staff and watching the children grow into intelligent unique individuals.

    Allison has worked in the childcare industry for 12 years. It truly is a passion of hers. Her mission is to provide a safe nurturing environment for all children so that they can develop socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively. She also ensures that there is a sense of community within the classrooms and center.
    Previous Experience:
    Allison has previously worked at another center based program for 12 years. She started as a aide and moved into a teacher position for 7 years, then took a director position for 3 years before she moved into a corporate position for 2 years.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies
  • Felecia Yager

    Felecia Yager, Assistant Director

    We were born to be real, not to be perfect.

    Born and raised in Springfield, MA. Joined the Air Force at the age of 18 straight out of High School. Went to college at the age of 24 in Arkansas. Taught two years of kindergarten while also working in daycare after school and during the summer. Moved back to Mass in 2012 and started working for The Kids Place. Switched over to KinderCare in 2014 and the rest has yet to be discovered.

    Previous Experience:
    Two years teaching K-5 The Kids Place
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Three Little Pigs
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in Elementary Education
  • Mr. Kieyan
  • Tiffany
  • Miss Priscilla

    Miss Priscilla, 3C

    Kids will be kids

    My name is Priscilla. At the age of sixteen I spent some time volunteering in a Montessori Academy, I really enjoyed being there. I landed my first job when I was seventeen at Kid Town USA in Florida. I later moved to Mass and took a job working for Head Start for a few months. Now I am working here at Kindercare and really enjoying the experience.

    Previous Experience:
    Head Start - Teacher Star child - Toddler Teacher Kid Town USA - Teacher Asst. Montessori Academy - Volunteer
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Pout-pout fish Blub... Blub... Blub
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Two Yeas in Early Childhood Education
  • Ximena (Stephany)

    Ximena (Stephany), 3D

    You may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one" John Lennon

    My name is Ximena. I usually go by my middle name Stephany. I was born in the Santo Doningo, Dominican Republic. I have been living in Springfield for 11 years with my mom. I was inspired to be a teacher when I was in high school thanks to one of the teachers I had.

    Previous Experience:
    Other Daycare programs
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree
  • Leishia

    Leishia, 4s

    Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it

    I have been working with children for the past 11 years and I love the interactions. Our children are bright, funny, and intelligent. I was born in Wurtz, burg, Germany do to the fact that my father was an Army man. We moved back to the states where I grew up in Springfield Ma. My mother was an educator and because of her influance I have always wanted to be a teacher. I have learned a lot over the years and hope to encourage students and parents alike to strive for their best. 

    Previous Experience:
    MLK Charter school First Fruits Children's Center Square One Springfield College Child Development Center
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The way I feel
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Shannevia

    Miss Shannevia, Aide

    Treat others the way you want to be treated.

    Her favorite color is purple. She loves working with kids because she loves teaching them and also learning new things about them. She is a very outgoing, energetic, and playful person. She looks at every child as her friend.

    Previous Experience:
    Volunteered at Minnie's and Winnes and Early Childhood
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    some college
  • Miss Natalie

    Miss Natalie, Discovery B

    You have a warm heart.

    Has been in the child care field since 2008. Worked in a home center with her family. Loves art and sharing that with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Home daycare
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Stone Soup
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate in General Studies
  • Ms. Caroline Torres

    Ms. Caroline Torres, Infant

    Everything has a purpose

    My name is Ms. Caroline. I am from PR. I have earned a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. During my first years I worked as an Elementary public school teacher in PR. In 2007 I moved to Springfield, Ma and have been working in different daycare settings. Currently I an working the Infant room here at KinderCare. I really enjoy the families, the children and the staff members.

    Previous Experience:
    Elementary Public School Teacher in PR Preschool /Toddler/ Infant Teacher EEC
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Lama, Lama, Red pajamas
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Bachelor in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Nadia

    Miss Nadia, Infant C, Toddler B

    Your beautiful, everything is going to be okay, I promise

    My name is Nadia Mateos-Ramos. I have been working as a toddler teacher here at KinderCare since May of 2014. Before working here I was teaching at Bright Horizons in New York City. I recieved my Associates Degree in May of 2010, from Borough of Manhatten Community College. I enjoy the work that I do with children because there is always something different taking place, from the way that they learn to the way that they grow. I love wathching them learn to be proud of the things that they accomplish as well as learning to be a help to each other.

    Previous Experience:
    Bright Horizons in New York, New York
    Favorite Children's Book:
    One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates degree in Early Education
  • Ruth, Sub

    Do unto other's, as you would have them do unto you

    My name is Ruth. I have been married to my husband Dean for 34 years. I have watched my two daughters grow up and graduate college and now have the responsibility of taking care of my great nephew. I currently work as a para in the the Springfield school system. I love wroking with children.

    Previous Experience:
    Springfield Day Nursery Square One
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Tod A/ Infant B

    Everything happens for a reason.

    "I have been working with children for over 15 years and have 2 children of my own. I always knew I wanted to work with young children and enjoy feeling like I make a difference everyday. I am currently working towards my CDA so I can further my education and enhance the care I provide to the children we serve emotionally and more."

    Previous Experience:
    Been at KinderCare for over 15 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    You Are Not My Mommy
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    EEC Teacher Certified
  • Ms. Rafaela

    Ms. Rafaela, Toddler B

    We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop". -- Mother Teresa

    Mrs. Rafaela migrated to the United States 42 years ago. She came from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. She came to the New England area to learn the English language in hopes of gaining a better understanding of her surroundings. With time and dedication she was able to fulfill her dream to become a Preschool Teacher. She has been working in daycare and preschool classrooms for over 31 years! Mrs. Rafaela is committed to helping children lay a strong foundation for a successful future.

    Previous Experience:
    Early Childhood of Greater Springfield
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Red Hen
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    AA Early Education, EEC Lead Teacher Certified
  • Miss Kelli Ruggieri

    Miss Kelli Ruggieri, Toddler B classroom

    Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it you can either run from it or learn from it.

    Grew up in Massachusetts. Had the opportunity to live in New Mexico, San Diego and Tennessee. Came from a huge family where she is one of nine children. She moved back to Mass to start her career as an Early Childhood Education Teacher. 

    Previous Experience:
    This is her first daycare experience.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Are You My Mother?
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    High School
  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, Program Specialist, and Toddler and Preschool Classrooms

    Live, Laugh, Love

    My name is Christine. I graduated from Westfield state college. I have worked in Daycares and Preschools for over 40 years. I have worked at KindreCare for 18 years. I have one son Mark and three grand-children who make my life complete.

    Previous Experience:
    Southwick Daycare Jack and Jill Daycare Hilltop Nursery School
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Monster at the end of this book
    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kari

    Ms. Kari, Infant B / Tod A

    The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today

    My name Ms. Kari I have three children, 2 dogs and a cat. My family is very involved in Tae Kwon do, which promotes discipline and self confidance. I really love my job beacuse it gives me the opportunity to learn new skills that I can apply in my classroom.  

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to Springfield KinderCare I worked as a cook in the Lego CCLC in Enfield CT.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Charlotte's web
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care Certified
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Infant B / Todd A

    Not all those who wander are lost

    I have always known I wanted to help people even at a young age. It wasn't until my senior year at Central high that I knew I wanted to teach. I've always loved music and I've grown up in the arts and teaching children new songs and dance is my favorite part.

    Previous Experience:
    I have been babysitting since I was eleven years old. I was involved in an internship that taught elementary students how to sing and read music.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    High School / CDA
  • Ms. Leann

    Ms. Leann, Pre-kindergarten Classroom

    I have worked with all age groups in my time with KinderCare, but Prekindergarten has captured my heart. I enjoy creating an enhanced curriculum to prepare them for kindergarten. I get my greatest joy every time I help a child learn something new, and discover their true potential.

    Ms. Leann has been a part of the KinderCare family for 16 years, but she came to the Springfield center as a transfer in October 2010. She has completed her child care one and two course at Brookhaven Technical Center. She has a very strong grasp of how to implement and enhance curriculum. She also currently serves as our center's Health and Safety Coordinator.

    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

At the Springifeld KinderCare center we strive to keep the environment safe for your child. We have a coded entry on the front door. The code is given only to parents, all other visitors must ring the bell and be checked for pick up authorization. We have a very strict pick up policy for your child's protection and safety. All of the doors throughout the center are locked . Our playground is fully fenced and all gates have child safety locks on them. We offer a healthy four week rotating menu here at the center. Our menu is high in protein, low in fat, sugar and salt. We offer breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. We have a health and safety Coordinator here at the center. Leann's duties entail keeping all children's physicals and lead tests up to date. She checks on daily medications, charting them as necessary. Leann ensures that all staff have their first aide and CPR certificates. She conducts monthly fire and disaster drills.

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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I will never forget the day I dropped my six-week-old daughter off at daycare. I knew she was going to be taken care of but I still felt guilty leaving her to be cared for by someone else. I was surprised to see how understanding and caring the teachers at KinderCare were. That day, they didn't only take care of my daughter, but they also took care of me. They eased my mind that she would be well taken care of without making me feel like my feelings were invalid. My daughter is now three years old and continues to attend KinderCare and loves every minute she spends there. She is learning things that she would never learn at home. She is socially blossoming into her own person and forming her very own personality. She has had different teachers through different stages in her development and all I can say is that each and every on of them, though very different, has helped my daughter be the smart, social, and wonderful child she is today. I feel like the staff at KinderCare is a part of our family. They have shown a true interest in my child and care about her education and well being. KinderCare has not only provided a wonderful learning environment that my daughter thrives in, but continues to give me piece of mind that I have made the right decision about choosing KinderCare as our daycare provider.

- Mother

I would recommend KinderCare to anyone who wants the best educational experience for their child. My daughter has really blossomed since she started there at age three. She has learned so much and is definitely more than prepared for Kindergarten. The teachers are very caring professionals who provide a safe, fun, and stimulating environment. KinderCare is by far the best center my daughter has attended!

- Mother

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