Allison Tassinari, Center Director
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Staff here at 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.
I love building relationships with children, families and staff and watching the children grow into intelligent unique individuals.
Felecia was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She joined the Air Force at the age of 18 straight out of High School, and went to college at the age of 24 in Arkansas. She taught two years of kindergarten while also working in day care after school and during the summer. Felecia moved back to Massachusetts in 2012 and started working for The Kids Place. She switched over to KinderCare in 2014, and the rest has yet to be discovered.
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.
At the age of 16, Priscilla spent some time volunteering in a Montessori Academy and really enjoyed being there. She landed her first job when she was 17 at Kid Town USA in Florida. She later moved to Massachusetts and took a job working for Head Start for a few months. Now she is working here at KinderCare and really enjoying the experience.
Ximena usually goes by her middle name Stephany. She was born in the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She has been living in Springfield for 11 years with my mom. She was inspired to be a teacher when she was in high school thanks to one of the teachers she had.
Leishia has been working with children for the past 11 years and she loves the interactions. Our children are bright, funny, and intelligent. Leishia was born in Wurzburg, Germany due to the fact that my father was an Army man. Her family moved back to the states where she grew up in Springfield, MA. Her mother was an educator and because of her influence, Leishia has always wanted to be a teacher. She has learned a lot over the years and hopes to encourage students and parents alike to strive for their best.
Shannevia 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.
Natalie has been in the child care field since 2008. She worked in a home center with her family. She loves art and sharing that with the children.
Ms. Caroline is from Puerto Rico. She earned a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. During her first years she worked as an elementary public school teacher in Puerto Rico. In 2007 she moved to Springfield, MA and have been working in different day care settings. Currently she is working the Infant classroom here at KinderCare. She really enjoys the families, the children, and the staff members.
Nadia has been working as a toddler teacher here at KinderCare since May of 2014. Before working here she was teaching at Bright Horizons in New York City. She received her associate's degree in May of 2010, from Borough of Manhattan Community College. She enjoys the work that she does with children because there is always something different taking place, from the way that they learn to the way that they grow. She loves watching children learn to be proud of the things that they accomplish as well as learning to be a help to each other.
Ruth has been married to her husband Dean for 34 years. She has watched her two daughters grow up and graduate college and now has the responsibility of taking care of her great-nephew. She currently work as a paraprofessional educator in the the Springfield school system. She loves working with children.
Amanda has been working with children for over 16 years and has two children of her own. She always knew she wanted to work with young children and she enjoys feeling like she makes a difference everyday. Amanda is currently working towards her Child Development Associate Credential, so that she can further her education and enhance the care she provides to the children we serve emotionally and more.
Mrs. Rafaela immigrated 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.
Kelli grew up in Massachusetts and has had the opportunity to live in New Mexico, San Diego, and Tennessee. She came from a huge family where she is one of nine children. She moved back to Massachusetts to start her career as an early childhood education teacher.
Live, Laugh, Love
Christine graduated from Westfield State College. She has worked in day cares and preschools for over 40 years, and worked at KindreCare for 19 years. She have one son Mark and three grandchildren who make her life complete.
Kari has three children, two dogs, and a cat. Her family is very involved in Tae Kwon Do, which promotes discipline and self confidence. She really loves her job because it gives her the opportunity to learn new skills that she can apply in her classroom.
Sara has always known she wanted to help people even at a young age. It wasn't until her senior year at Central High School that she knew she wanted to teach. Sara has always loved music and grew up in the arts; teaching children new songs and dance is her favorite part of teaching.
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.
At Cooley Street KinderCare 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.
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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