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.
Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.
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.
I love building relationships with children, families and staff and watching the children grow into intelligent unique individuals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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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