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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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Neighborhood:
Torrington

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We bus to East and Forbes Schools. We are on the Torringford School bus route.

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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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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.

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.

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:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate, Head Teacher Certification, Education 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 Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kathryn

    Ms. Kathryn, Substitute Teacher

    Miss Kate attended Champlain College in Burlington Vermont where she obtained her associate degree in Early Childhood Education before coming to CT to earn her bachelor's 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 groups 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 and anything by Mo Willems!

    Year Started:
    6/15/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor of art in Psychology, Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Amela

    Ms. Amela, Infant Classroom

    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:
    Bachelor of Art degree
  • 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:
    12 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:
    31 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate credential
  • Miss Brianna Tabak

    Miss Brianna Tabak, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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, Preschool Classroom

    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:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Jessica

    Miss Jessica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • 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:
    13 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 associate 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:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Associate 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.

    Carroll-Anne's favorite thing of teaching is when she hears from students how much something she 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 her.

  • Miss Morgan

    Miss Morgan, Substitute Teacher

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

    Miss Morgan has her associate's degree in Early Childhood Education. Watching the children make new discoveries on their own makes her day.

    Years in ECE industry:
    2+
  • 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

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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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