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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

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 not take care of your KinderCare tuition payments on line 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 the 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.  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 on going 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

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

  • 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:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's, Head Teacher Certification, Educ. Consultant
  • 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:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jessica, Toddler Classroom

    Walking into a classroom and getting little hugs makes me know I am connecting with the children and doing a good job. I love my job!

    Ms. Jessica started working in the early childhood education field in 2009. It was then she realized how much she loved working with children and helping families. In 2011 she began her journey with KinderCare Learning Center. While she enjoys working with all age groups she has found a special love for working with Ms. Lu in the Toddler classroom. Ms. Jessica's favorite part of the day is walking into the classroom to warm welcomes from the children and her peers. Ms. Jessica has a 6 1/2 year old daughter who is currently enrolled in the KinderCare after school program. Ms. Jessica is also enrolled in classes to pursue a career in Criminal Justice.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Jessica taught toddler and preschool classrooms at another provider.
    Year Started:
    9/23/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    First Aid, CPR, and Medical Certifcations
  • 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:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Tabitha, Toddler Classroom

    I love my job because the children never cease to amaze me with how quickly they grow and learn.

    Ms. Tabitha went to Northwestern Conneticut Community College where she received her degree. She started working in our Discovery Preschool classroom as a co-teacher until August of 2012 when she became the lead teacher for Toddler 1. Ms. Tabitha helps the children learn and develop vocabulary by getting down to their level and talking with them about everything they are doing through out their day. From playing with toys to eating snack, conversation is the key to developing not only language but social skills. Art project are done daily to promote color recognition,fine motor skills and creativity. Ms. Tabitha also has group time where stories are read, songs are sung and gross motor skills are honed.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Tabitha has also worked with school age, infant and toddler children at another program.
    Year Started:
    12/6/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, First Aid, CPR, and Medical Certification
  • Ms. Victoria, Three's 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:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Studies
  • Ms. Nicole, Preschool Classroom

    While I am at work I can use both my education and love for young children to teach every day.

    Serving various roles within the early childhood education field, Ms. Nicole began working at KinderCare in 2010. She enjoys teaching young children and employs creative ways to introduce concepts to the children in her class. Ms. Nicole is passionate about working with both children and parents to make early learning fun and exciting for them both. She is compassionate and warm, a person to go to.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Nicole has worked as an acting director, head teacher, and assistant director.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential, Head Teacher Certified, First Aid and CPR Certification. Currently persuing a degree in education
  • 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:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Ms. Jennifer, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love to see the children laugh and smile. I love the excitement in their eyes when they learn something new or share a story!

    Ms. Jennifer has always enjoyed reading - even as a child. This is what makes Jenn so passionate working in the Prekindergarten room. She is eager to teach the foundations of reading , such as letter recognition.letters and sounds and writing sot that all of her students grow up to enjoy reading as much as she does. She is also a firm believer in teaching to each child's developmental level as well as their interests. Ms. Jen believes each child's learning grows when their interests are encouraged and supported.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Jennifer was a Teacher's Aide in the Torrington Elementary System.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
  • 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:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, Head Teacher Certification - Birth to eight years
  • Ms. Kelsey, Floating Teacher

    Hearing the children say something unexpected and funny brings a smile to my face.

    Ms. Kelsey began her work at KinderCare Learning center in September 2012 after receiving her degree. She has spent time learning each classroom and age group. Ms. Kelsey brings fun and laughter to each classroom!

    Year Started:
    9/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Shannon, Floating Teacher

    I love my job teaching children new challenges and watching them grow.

    Ms. Shannon has always been interested in child development and loves children. Since starting with KinderCare Learning Center she has been able to work with each age group and stage of the children's development.

    Year Started:
    3/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years

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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

  • AM Snack
  • 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

KinderCare Learning center offers a keypad entry with each family having 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.

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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

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
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