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Children's Beginnings

Laurie Salvetti, Center Director

100 S Clinton St Ste 169 Syracuse NY 13261
(315) 448-0980 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years
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We are located in the John Hanley Federal Building Downtown Syracuse

Welcome

Children's Beginnings is a NAEYC accredited center that uses a proprietary educational program which provides unlimited opportunities for the development of the whole child. We offer a unique curriculum for every age level, centered around developmentally appropriate and fun activities encouraging children to develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Children's Beginnings is proud to provide care to GSA, Government, and community families.

Laurie Salvetti, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

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.

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

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.

Teachers & Staff

  • Laurie Salvetti

    Laurie Salvetti, Center Director

    I want families to know that I absolutely love each and every child. I give my strong promise to provide a safe and educational environment to their children. I also want families to know that communication is very important to me and that I am always available to talk.

    Laurie started her journey here at Children's Beginnings 5 years ago as a support staff teacher. She worked hard and became a Lead Teacher in the Toddler A classroom for 4 years. Laurie then went on to become the Assistant Director and soon after that, the Center Director. Laurie has her Bachelor's Degree in Leadership in Early Childhood Education and a Minor in American Sign Language. Laurie was first influenced by the joy she received in caring for children and how it made her feel. After that, she began working with children, and seeing how they learned from her, impacted her strongly. She loves being able to advocate and be that voice for young children to ensure they are provided the best education. This is something that kept pushing her to grow in the educational field. Laurie loves knowing that she is able to provide a safe and educational environment for young children to flourish and develop appropriately. She enjoys watching children grow and building relationships with families while their children progress in the Early Childhood Programs.

    Year Started:
    5/15/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education adn Minor in American Sign Language
  • Meagan Stover

    Meagan Stover, Assistant Director

    I want families to know how much I truly care for their children. I love building strong relationships with each and every family on a daily basis and it bring me joy to interact with them. I am very passionate about providing a positive environment so that children can grow while in our center.

    Meagan comes to us with a bachelor's degree in childhood education from the State University of New York at Oswego. She joined our team in the Spring of 2016 as the Assistant Director. Meagan was first influenced by the love she had in caring for children. She loves watching children grow into their own person and being a part of their educational journey. She has always been passionate about pursing a degree in education and then utilizing those skills in the work place. Meagan loves being around teachers who truly want to make a difference in the lives of children because that is what she loves to do. She believes in making sure each child is developing throughout the center and enjoys building strong relationships with the families.

    Year Started:
    4/25/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Childhood Education
  • Victoria

    Victoria, Infant A

    I would like my families to know that I am doing my best to meet all your children's needs and that I am very excited to be caring for your children.

    Ms. Victoria is in the process of getting her Child Developmental Associates Degree has a great deal of experience working with young children. She enjoys working with young children because she love's being able to be a role model to them. She loves encouraging children to express themselves creatively! Her favorite part of her job is the support she receives from all of her colleagues and coworkers. She loves being able to put smiles on everyone’s faces including parents. The most important thing to her is knowing the parents put trust in her to care for their children. She loves building relationships with families and continues to each and every day.

    Year Started:
    8/31/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Pursuing her Child Development Associates Degree
  • Krystal

    Krystal, Infant A

    I want families to know I'm very nurturing and that I have children of my own, so their children are in great hands!

    Ms. Krystal comes to us from another KinderCare center and is planning on pursuing her Child Development Associates Degree. She has ample experience working with Infants and loves to teach them. What she loves most about her job is seeing the children grow and learn new things while in my care. What influenced Ms. Krystal to work with children is having children of her own. Seeing the impact she already makes on their lives made her want to share her knowledge and time with other children.
     

    Year Started:
    9/14/2016
    Education:
    Pursuing her Child Development Associates Degree
  • Loridana

    Loridana, Infant B

    I want my families to know I will take care of their children like they were my own and i will respect them and love them.

    Ms. Lolo has her Child Developmental Associates Degree and has a great amount of experiences with working in the Early Childhood Education field. She loves working with young children because she has a love for nurturing and taking care of little ones. Her favorite part of her job is singing and telling stories so that the children are gaining new skills! She loves interacting in any way with her little ones! Ms. Lolo was influenced by her love for children and knowing how crucial the early years of life are for a happy development. She loves what she has to offer to the children to help enrich their minds and develop appropriately.

    Year Started:
    1/24/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Child Developmental Associates Degree
  • Kristina

    Kristina, Toddler Classroom

    I want my families to know I love their children unconditionally and in my classroom I provide a safe, fun, and loving environment.

    Ms. Kristina has been with the company for five years and has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Kristina enjoys teaching and watching children learn and grow. She also loves to see the smiles that she puts on their faces and that they put on her face each day. Ms. Kristina's favorite part of her job is working with the children in all aspects. What influenced Ms. Kristina to work with children was the babysitting she did throughout high school. She also went to Boces in high school for Childhood Education. She enjoys teaching children and likes that she can make an important impact on a child’s life.

    Year Started:
    4/11/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Childhood Education
  • Alyssa

    Alyssa, Toddler A

    I want families to know that I am so happy to be here with your children! I am eager to become the best teacher I can and hope to impact your children in a positive way.

    Ms. Alyssa comes to us with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Binghamton University in 2016 and a minor in health and wellness. Ms. Alyssa loves the friendly and family like environment in the center as well as the relationships that are built among the children and families. What influenced her to work with children is how rewarding of a career this field can be. Alyssa believes young children are naturally so happy and full of life, she wouldn’t want to spend her days surrounded by anyone but children.

    Year Started:
    8/22/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Phychology
  • Pam

    Pam, Toddler Classroom

    I want my families to know that I will work with them and do whatever I can to help with the development of their children.

    Ms. Pam has a bachelor's degree in communication and has been with the company for five years. Ms. Pam loves her job because she gets to see and experience the wonderful changes and development the children grow through on a daily basis. What influenced her to start working with children is knowing that she can teach the children and watch them grow. She loves knowing that each child she teaches, she touches their lives and they touch hers as well.

    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Communications
  • Nicole

    Nicole, Toddler B

    I want families to know I love my job, and I treat all the children as they are my own. Over the time I am with them I truly come to love them and miss them when they advance to the next classroom.

    Ms. Nicole comes to us from North Carolina where she completed her childcare credentials and is planning to pursue her Child Development Associates degree. What Ms. Nicole loves most about her job is getting to know the children and their different personalities. She loves being able to watch them grow and develop and know she had a hand in doing so. What influenced her to work with children is she has always loved being around kids and watching them and babysitting them, that's where she feels most comfortable. She decided to make this her career because she knows that she can really make a difference in this field of work.
     

    Year Started:
    9/26/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Pursuing her Child Development Associates Degree
  • Emily

    Emily, Preschool

    I want my families to know that I love their children and want the best for them.

    Ms. Emily has her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Cortland. She truly enjoys working with children because they are so eager and open to learning new things. Her favorite part of her job is hearing the children’s laughter while they are having fun with new activities and when the children retain the information taught and are excited about it. What influenced her to work with children was knowing that she had a role in early learning and development.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ashlee

    Ashlee, Preschool

    I want my families to know that I want to foster a desire to learn and explore in your children.

    Ms. Ashlee has her Associates Degree in Adolescent Education and is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Education. What she loves most about her job is the amazing team of teachers and all the support she receives at work! Ms. Ashlee first was influenced as young girl. She was interested in becoming a teacher because her teachers were able to make learning fun. Ms. Ashlee has also been influenced by her young daughter to be passionate in the field of education.
     

    Year Started:
    7/31/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Adolescent Education
  • Sherice

    Sherice, Pre-K

    I want families to know that each child is special and should be treated with respect and love.

    Ms. Sherice comes to us with an Associate Degree in Human Services. Ms. Sherice has been working with her Prekindergarten students for ten years, and continues to educate the students every day; Ms. Sherice enjoys working with children because she loves to see the light come on when they learn something new. Her favorite part of her job is seeing the children grow into something wonderful. What influenced Ms. Sherice to become a teacher is the lasting impact she made on her own children's lives, and that’s something she wanted to carry on to other children.

    Year Started:
    6/2/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Human Services
  • Liz

    Liz, Pre-K

    I want families to know that I cherish every moment with their child. I want children engaged and excited about everyday they come to school.

    Ms. Liz comes to us with a Bachelor's Degree in Science in Sports and Recreation Administration. She has been working in the Pre-K classroom for over a year and has had ample of experience working with children. Ms. Liz was first influenced to work with children when she started coaching soccer to children. She saw the difference she made and the growth in their abilities while coaching and that strongly influenced her to become a teacher. What she loves about her job is how happy the children are each day, and to see their smiling faces walk through the door.
     

    Year Started:
    10/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree of Science in Sport and Recereation Administration
  • Lauren

    Lauren, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I want families to know that i am excited to help their children learn and grow to their fullest potential.

    Ms. Lauren comes to us with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and is eager and excited to work in the early Childhood Education Field. Lauren has worked at the Barnes and Noble store in the Children's Department which has influenced her to pursue Early Childhood. Ms. Lauren has been teaching young children from the ages four and above to swim and will now will be getting hands on experience with all age groups. Ms. Lauren is excited to watch the children grow and develop their new skills.

    Year Started:
    10/12/2016
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration
  • Kyra

    Kyra, Support Staff

    I want my families to know that I truly care about their children and how they progress in the center.

    Ms. Kyra graduated from high school and joined on with us in January of 2015 and is in the process of getting her Child Developmental Associates Degree. Ms. Kyra enjoys working with children because she loves knowing how much of a difference she is making in their lives. Her favorite part of the job is watching each of her children grow as individuals and forming relationships with each child. What influenced her to work with children is that she has always had a big heart and a soft spot for children.

    Year Started:
    1/16/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Pursuing her Child Development Associates Degree
  • Tynia

    Tynia, Support Staff and Math Learning Adventures Teacher

    I want my families to know that their children are genuinelly cared for at this center.

    Ms. Nya has worked towards an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has a great amount of experience working with young children. She enjoys working with children because it is truly a passion and she loves being able to help them learn and grow. Her favorite part of the job is watching the children happy to learn about new things. What influenced her to work with children was her love for her own daughter. What she loves most about her job is seeing all the children’s smiling faces and seeing the warmth from her co-workers and families.
     

    Year Started:
    4/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Kelly O'Donnell

    Ms. Kelly O'Donnell, Phonics Teacher and Health and Safety Coordinator

    I want families to know I treat every child as an individual and I know that children learn at different rates and ways. Being able to acknowledge every child for who her or she is, makes me truly enjoy working with all children of all ages.

    Ms. Kelly comes to us with a Master’s Degree in Literacy Education. Ms. Kelly enjoys working with children because she loves to watch them grow into their own individuals. She believes every child learns at a different pace, and that they are unique in their own way. Ms. Kelly's favorite part of her job is knowing she helped children learn how to read and write. She was first influenced to work with children when she was very young working at daycare's in her summers home from college. She loves knowing she is a huge part in a child’s growth and development, while laying the foundation for all future learning. 

    Year Started:
    4/6/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    28
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Literacy Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

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
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Holidays Observed

We are closed on New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veteran's Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The center is also closed on Presidents' Day and Columbus Day for Staff Professional Development Training.

Health and Safety

Children's Beginnings is located downtown in the John Hanley Federal Building. The child care center is located on the first floor past security. The center is secure with a keypad entry system. Clearance badges are required to enter any other entrance to the building. We have a fenced in playground with security cameras. All staff are CPR and First Aid certified.

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