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Torrington KinderCare

Barbara Storrs, Center Director

1260 Winsted Rd. Torrington CT 06790
(860) 496-8687 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
On Winsted Rd. across from Country Living Condos

Neighborhood:
Torrington

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Torringford School (current availability in before and after school!) East School Forbes School

We are currently enrolling for the fall! Come in and see for yourself what a great experience this is for children. When you come to us with a need for something to make your experience with KinderCare easier, not only do we listen, but we take action. That is why you can now take care of your KinderCare tuition payments online using a checking account, debit card or Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit card. Login each week to pay or set up a recurring payment and your payments will be deducted automatically. Contact the office today to discuss online payments and how to sign up at a time that is convenient for you.

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Welcome

Welcome to Torrington KinderCare Learning Center! Our teachers are passionate about Early Childhood Learning; from our amazing Infant program right on up to our Before and After School programs. It's always a busy, happy and safe place for children to learn and flourish. With over twenty-eight years of experience in Torrington we have a good reputation with our area schools as a place to be for learning. Our center is NAEYC accredited and we are proud of our ongoing commitment to our center, our families and our community.

Barbara Storrs, 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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

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

Teachers & Staff

Meet our Torrington Family!

  • Barbara Storrs

    Barbara Storrs, Center Director

    Watching children grow and learn is still exciting to me! When they reach a new goal or conquer a new task, it's a happy time to share and celebrate with them.

    Barbara has worked in every classroom but especially loved teaching in the Infant and Toddler Programs. One of her favorite things to do is getting the children to do a singing "conga" line that winds through the center! Often she can be heard mixing up stories so the children can correct her and tell the story their way. It's a fun way to get children involved.

    Year Started:
    8/1/1990
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's, Head Teacher Certification, Educ. Consultant
  • Cherie Dangonini

    Cherie Dangonini, Assistant Director

    I love the challenge! Teaching is something that I have always wanted to do. I love the diversity of the families and seeing the children grow and learn.

    Cherie always finds different ways to keep the children engaged. She is a great trainer of teachers and has a good knowledge of curriculum. She shines when working with "spirited" children.

    Year Started:
    10/1/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kathryn

    Ms. Kathryn, Program Specialist

    You gotta be yourself, everyone else is taken." -Oscar Wilde

    Miss Kate attended Champlain College in Burlington Vermont where she obtained her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education before coming to CT to earn her Bachelors from SCSU. When not in a traditional classroom sharing silly stories with the students she can be found teaching learning adventures in her special small goups of fun and exciting new learning!

    Previous Experience:
    Mrs. Kate has worked in the public school system in Vermont before coming to join the KinderCare family in CT in 2010.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    My Father's Dragon Anything by Mo Willems!
    Year Started:
    6/15/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    BA in Psych Associates in Early Childhood Ed.
  • Ms. Amela

    Ms. Amela, Infants

    I enjoy watching children learn new concepts everyday.

    Mrs. Amela loves teaching and creating a strong bond with the students in her room to ensure their best start in life. She is a non-stop infant room teacher who is passionate about helping her students grow and learn well.

    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    B.A.
  • Ms. Vicki

    Ms. Vicki, Infant Classroom

    The joy of teaching is that everyday brings something new.

    Ms. Vicki has worked at KinderCare learning center for eight years. She has had the opportunity to work with Infant/Toddlers, Preschoolers , Prekindergarteners and School Age children. Ms. Vicki was our Kindergarten teacher in 2009/2011. She graduated from the University of St. Joseph's in West Hartford. Ms. Vicki is always looking for new activities and projects to do with the children

    Year Started:
    3/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Studies
  • Ms. Lucretia

    Ms. Lucretia, Toddler Classroom

    I love to watch the children grown and learn. I love the cute things they say.

    Ms. Lu came from a family of six children she is married, had a daughter, son and six grandchildren. She loves to let the children explore and make messes! Reading, art and many other activities fill their day in her classroom. She gets as messy and silly as the children!

    Year Started:
    8/1/1986
    Tenure:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Miss Brianna Tabak

    Miss Brianna Tabak, Toddlers

    Seeing the children's faces light up when we are doing and activity then truly love,and the smiles and hugs you get when you come in every day.

    The simple face that I can teach them things they should know in fun ways. The innocence of their minds at this age and the different ways each child learns. Children are really much more simple than adults. Getting to know each one and their families is the reason I come to work every day.

    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from UCONN
  • Ms. Christina

    Ms. Christina, Toddlers

    I love watching the sense of accomplishment on their faces when they discover something new.

    Mrs. Christina's inspiration comes from the children, they inspire her to be the best teacher she can be. 

    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Jessica

    Miss Jessica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Stacy

    Ms. Stacy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Victoria

    Ms. Victoria, Preschool Classroom

    While I am at work I control and create a learning environment that shapes the next generation!

    Ms. Vicki came to KinderCare eight years ago to chase her passion of working with young children. She has worked in a variety of classrooms and can adapt to all ages and stages quickly. Ms. Vicki found a permanent home in preschool two years ago. She enjoys the excitement of the preschoolers!

    Year Started:
    8/3/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I TEACH! That is my "super power" . I can't imagine doing anything else. My job is to find what interests each student and run with it, teaching through teachable moments and learning myself along the way.

    Ms. Jen finished her Associates in Early Childhood Education in 2007 at Northwestern Community College. Previous to her start as Head Teacher in the prekindergarten classroom, she worked for two years as our Infant room teacher. She also completed two years of student teaching at college and was awarded a $1,500.00 scholarship from the Litchfield County Association of Retired Teachers for her hard work and dedication to the field. Ms. Jen is a full time teacher who implements art, math, science and writing activities, working closely with area teachers and parents to ensure each child is prepared for Kindergarten. She is tireless in her devotion to the children, the center and is an advocate for Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    She taught in the infant room at another center before coming to us to be our lead Infant room teacher.
    Year Started:
    8/9/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, Head Teacher Certification - Birth to eight years
  • Ms. Carroll-Anne

    Ms. Carroll-Anne, School Age Classroom

    I love to have conversations with the children to get to know them and give them a person that will be there to listen.

    When I hear from students how much something I did meant to them. It could be something so simple as talking about their day! When they come back year after year because they loved it here or it helped them in some way - making a difference inspires me.

  • Miss Morgan

    Miss Morgan, Floater

    I love watching the children grow and develop throughout the many stages of their lives.

    Miss Morgan is currently studying for her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Watching the children make new discoveries on thier own makes her day.

    Years in ECE industry:
    2015
  • Miss Shannon

    Miss Shannon, Floater

    I love watching children grow and learn everyday.

    Miss Shannon lends a hand in every classroom and is always happy to see the children from day to day and to talk about their lives and exciting new adventures.

    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Gilbert School
  • Miss Arian

    Miss Arian, Floater

    Years in ECE industry:
    8

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

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

About Our Center

Voted the best Childcare Center in Torrington again in 2016! 

Awards and Recognition

  • Voted Best Day-Care Center and Preschool in Torrington

    Voted Best Day-Care Center and Preschool in Torrington

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Bosnian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Special diets

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

KinderCare Learning center offers a keypad entry and each family has their own unique code. Our teachers are CPR , First Aid, and Epi-Pen certified. Our Health and Safety coordinator offers our staff monthly trainings and practice drills to ensure proper trainings.

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.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can to that." by Dr. Martin Luther King. Thank you for being part of that light and love. We appreciate all that you are and all that you do.

- Mother

My girls LOVE coming to school every day. Their teachers show them such love and consideration that there is no hesistation to leave my side and jump right in in the morning. In the afternoon at pickup the teachers always have such great stories to share about the day my girls have had. I even get phone calls from time to time to update me on how theyre doing and what they are learning. I also enjoy the option to have parent teacher meetings so that I can keep up with their progress since pickup and drop off can be hectic with excited girls sharing their art work or introducing me to a new friend. I would whole-heartedly reccomend this center to all of my friends and family because in our first year here it has become a second family to us. 

- mother

Chase has come such a long way with Phonics. I have noticed the difference in his fine motor skills and speech. He is having fun learning.

- Mother
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