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West Bridgewater KinderCare

Maria Almeida, Center Director

199 West Center St. W. Bridgewater MA 02379
(508) 584-4422 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
On Rt 106 (199 West Center St.) East of Rt 28

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Spring Street Rose L. MacDonald Howard New England Baptist Academy Bridgewater Mitchell Elementary Williams Intermediate South Brook Academy

Welcome

Thank you for taking the time to inquire about our school. Our school is curriculum enriched from our nursery classrooms all the way through our school age program. Our classrooms are designed for optimal learning for all children that attend our program. We have specialist that design our curriculum but our teachers bring it to life with great circle times and small group activities. We would love for you come and visit our school and see the classrooms. We have pictures of our classrooms on our web page this way families may take a virtual tour; however, we would still like you come in and see our school and all the learning and fun activities we have daily for our children. Our center has been here for about 24 years providing a warm, nurturing and educational environment where our children can learn and grow in a safe environment.

Maria Almeida, Center Director

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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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

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.

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.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

Our teachers are passionate about your child's happiness and growth and provide a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem. This is more than a job for our teachers. It’s an opportunity for them to share their passion for life while they inspire, engage, and awaken the wonder inside each and every child. KinderCare devotes more time and resources to teacher training than any other childcare provider. Twice a year we host the largest early childhood teacher training program in the country. Our teachers are dedicated to developing your child's potential and are sensitive to your child's individual needs.

  • Maria Almeida

    Maria Almeida, Center Director

    I love coming in each day to a great group of teachers who strive to create an educational and fun learning environment.

    Maria brings classroom and administrative experience to the center. Maria has been working for KinderCare for 11 years. She started off as an assistant teacher and has worked her way up within the company. She enjoys coming in everyday and learning something new daily. Her favorite part about being Center Director is when she is able to spend time in the classrooms working and providing a safe and nurturing environment for the children.

    Previous Experience:
    My family has owned a restaurant in the West Bridgewater community for about 20 years. I have worked in the customer service industry for about 15 years.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Liberal Arts Associate's, Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Director II Certified from Early Education and Care
  • Ann Wronski

    Ann Wronski, Assistant Director

    What inspires me to come to work every day is being a part of a child's life as they grow and develop into little people right before our very eyes.

    Ann is the Assistant Director of our center, but that’s not her only role. Ann has worked her way up from an assistant teacher into her current position. Everyone at our center knows her and her son, Nathan, who is in the Toddler classroom at the center. Ann makes all the parents, children, and staff feel welcomed and appreciated. In her past career Ann worked as a kitchen and bath designer. This passion for design has helped her become a creative and fun teacher in the classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ann worked as a kitchen and bathroom designer.
    Year Started:
    9/1/1992
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Psychology and Management
  • Ms. Kaitlin Brown

    Ms. Kaitlin Brown, Program Specialist

    Seeing the smiles on all the kids' faces and getting hugs every morning keeps me passionate about my job.

    Kaitlin is our center's Program Specialist and works hard to make sure the staff have all the materials they need. She is passionate about creating a wonderful learning environment for all our children at the center. Kaitlin is a caring person who loves to spend her free time with her family and dog. She also likes to go camping and other outside activities. Kaitlin always has a smile on her face and is a key member to the KinderCare family.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Kaitlin worked at another daycare center.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education/Psychology
  • Ms. Breanna C.

    Ms. Breanna C., Infant & Toddler Classrooms

    I love seeing the smiles on all of the kids faces and knowing what a difference my being here makes on their day.

    Ms. Breanna has been with KinderCare for over a year as our Infant/Toddler teacher. She is currently working towards her Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Breanna loves children and watching them grow. She has a lot of practice working with younger children - she has two younger sisters she helps to look after. Ms. Breanna also loves training and walking her dog in her free time.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Breanna worked as a hostess at a restaurant.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Eileen B.

    Ms. Eileen B., Infant Classroom

    I'm inspired by the children and the relationships I have with my co-workers.

    Ms. Eileen is a great asset to our KinderCare family. She works in our Infant classroom teaching our little ones in a loving, nurturing environment. Some of the key things she works on in her classroom are visual stimulation, sensory exploration and introducing relationships. She enjoys setting the foundation to a long life of education.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Eileen worked for a private daycare center.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Department of Early Education & Care Certificate
  • Ms. Susan C.

    Ms. Susan C., Infant Classroom

    I love caring for the Infants and watching them learn their milestones. I am committed to caring for the Infants and making them feel like they're at home.

    Ms. Susan is our Infant teacher. She has two children of her own and is passionate about children. Ms. Susan is a returning teacher, she worked here at the West Bridgewater center ten years ago and left to raise her children. We are happy to have this creative and cheerful teacher back on our team.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Susan worked at a private daycare.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    EEC Teacher Certification
  • Ms. Christina C.

    Ms. Christina C., Toddler Classroom

    I am inspired by the enthusiasm of the teachers and children at the center.

    Ms. Christina is our newest Toddler teacher here at the center. She is very excited to be working with our younger students and helping to teach them some of the important fundamentals of a child's education. Ms. Christina likes to spend some of her free time with her dog and going out to dinner with family. We look forward to seeing more of her creative and fun projects for her students in the Toddler classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Christina worked at a private daycare.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree in Early Childhood Education & English
  • Ms. Joann W.

    Ms. Joann W., Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love watching my children have an 'ah ha' moment when a obstacle they had clicks and makes sense to them.

    Ms. Joann has been at this center for over four years. She started teaching in the Infant room and then transferred to the Discovery Preschool classroom. Because Ms. Joann is familiar with both Infant and Toddler curriculum it has been a easier transition for our newer Toddler students. Ms. Joann enjoys creating miniature doll houses and cooking for her family in her spare time.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Joann worked at a private daycare.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    EEC Teacher Certification, Pursuing Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Vanessa W.

    Ms. Vanessa W., Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy being greeted by warm welcomes from the children each morning.

    Ms. Vanessa is our lead Preschool teacher. She has been with us at KinderCare for over two years. Ms. Vanessa takes great pride in her classroom and it shows. Her classroom is a wonderfully colorful place where the children's art work hangs on the walls along with special pictures of the students completing their class work. Ms. Vanessa loves to spend some of her free time shopping for unique gross/fine motor toys.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Vanessa worked in two other day care centers.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Spanish with a Minor in Special Education
  • Ms. Vanessa A.

    Ms. Vanessa A., Prekindergarten & School Age Classrooms

    I am inspired by the great staff I work with. They have helped me become the teacher I am today.

    Ms. Vanessa is our Prekindergarten and School Age teacher. She has been with KinderCare for over four years working at both centers in West Bridgewater. The School Age class looks up to Ms. Vanessa and enjoys the special coloring books she has created for each child. Ms. Vanessa has worked hard to both continue her education and teach in the afternoons at the center.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Vanessa worked as a waitress at a restaurant.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2000
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Medical Assistant Certification
  • Ms. Liana A.

    Ms. Liana A., Prekindergarten Classroom

    Nothing we do for a child will ever be a waste of time.

    This mother of four children is passionate about her job. Ms. Liana has worked in the KinderCare family for over eleven years. She first started her journey with KinderCare in sunny Florida in 2003. She then transfered to our West Bridgewater Center in 2008. This well rounded teacher also speaks three languages other then English. She enjoys incorporating her love for language into her students' daily activities, such as greetings and simple vocabulary words in these other languages. Ms. Liana continues to set the foundation for our Prekindergarten students to have an easy transition into Kindergarten.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Liana worked at a daycare for two years and at the YMCA daycare for three years.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
  • Ms. Rachel Rachel, School Age

    Best words to describe Ms. Rachel are patient, fun and consistant.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Rachel G.

    Ms. Rachel G., School Age Classroom, Bus Driver

    I enjoy when the older children act as helpful role models for the younger children.

    Ms. Rachel has been working here at KinderCare Learning Center for the past five years. She enjoys working with her School Age children and helping them learn and grow. Ms. Rachel has a special photo wall in her classroom for her students. There are pictures of the students participating in different activities. The students love to look back at the different events the they have completed, such as field trips, science experiments, cooking, and playing outside on our playground. Ms. Rachel really enjoys watching her students learn and grow as the years fly by.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. An Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist working with autistic children.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Psychology

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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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • 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

Some of our teachers at the West Bridgewater KinderCare are parents ourselves, and so we understand how critical it is for you to know that your child is safe an secure. There is limited access to our building, with a keypad entry system and a vigilant adherence to pick-up policies. Our beautiful playground is entirely fenced in and, because we are located in an essentially residential setting, is not adjacent to any public areas, such as streets or parking lots. All of our teachers are First Aid and CPR certified which is done annually.

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My three month old infant son just started attending KinderCare in January, 2013. I am a new dad and did not know what to expect. All the Teachers made me feel very welcome and helped me with remembering everything I needed to take home. Everyone at this center has made this transition a lot easier for us. Thank you for all you do!!

- Parent

My two year old daughter has been in KinderCare since she was four months old. She only goes one to two days a week, as I'm a nurse with a rotating schedule. Not only is the center flexible and understanding about my family's needs, but they have become part of my daughter's family. Ms. Joanne is my daughter's favorite teacher - she gets talked about frequently at home. If she is not available at the time of drop off, the center director Maria makes herself available as she is our daughter's "runner up" favorite. Both have been wonderful and encouraging with any concerns and transitional periods. I can't say enough good things about your staff. Thank you for being part of my daughter's development!

- Parent

I just wanted to take the time to tell you how much you and the other Teachers at KinderCare mean to my daughter and me. What you all did for us during the holidays was close to a Christmas miracle!!! It showed me that not only is KinderCare a GREAT place for the kids to learn and grow, but it's a place where the entire staff treat everyone like FAMILY!! Every chance I get I try to tell people I know with children that are looking for daycare to come and see Maria or Ann. Our daughter has been there for seven years now, and has made many great friendships. She has learned many exciting and new things - all taught to her by some of the best teachers anyone could ask for. I do regret the time when we will have to leave and move on with our lives and I know Ari feels the same way.We try not to think of that time as it surely will be a sad one!! But I do know that while we are part of the KinderCare family it is the best time of our lives and will hold many more memories than either of us can ever imagine! Thank you to all at KinderCare that have helped teach and shape our daughter into the wonderful little girl she is today. I could not have done it without KinderCare. We both look forward to what the Summer and next year will bring!!

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