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Wallingford KinderCare

Ruth Drew, Center Director

110 Miles Dr. Wallingford CT 06492
(203) 269-7730 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS

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We are currently offering a Transitional Kindergarten program.  This program is designed to help those late in the year birthday children to better enhance their education in getting them ready for Kindergarten.


KinderCare of Wallingford offers a safe, secure, and educational learning environment, where all children grow and thrive.

Ruth Drew, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Fifty percent of our staff has been teaching at our center for the past five years. Each one of our teachers is a unique individual. They each offer an exceptional quality curriculum in their classroom. The love and care they give daily to all children is far beyond words.

  • Ruth Drew

    Ruth Drew, Center Director

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Laura Meneo

    Laura Meneo, Assistant Director

    I love the fact that I make a difference in the lives of many families on a daily basis. I am most passionate about my own two children and my husband making them happy and secure in their own lives.

    Laura Graduated from Naugatuck Valley Community Technical College with an Associate's Degree in Science with a concentration in Early Childhood Education & Business Communications. She has her Child Development Associate's credential in Infants and Toddlers. She was a Toddler and Discovery Preschool teacher for Children’s Community Development Center from 1995 to 2004. In 2005 Laura joined the KinderCare team as a Program Specialist.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming the Assistant Center Director, Laura worked in the Toddler and Discovery Preschool classrooms for ten years.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Tricia

    Ms. Tricia, Infant Classroom

    It is so rewarding to watch the children grow and learn. To be able to be a part of helping them learn and grow is such an amazing feeling to me.

    Ms. Tricia enjoys letting the kids have fun and get messy with sensory experiences and art. She tries her best to make learning as fun as possible to keep them excited and wanting to come to school day after day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tricia was previously a toddler teacher.
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kendra

    Ms. Kendra, Toddler Classroom

    I love coming to work every day and seeing my children's happy faces as I walk in. I also love knowing that I'm helping them reach milestones, grow and learn!

    Ms. Kendra loves to let the children have as much fun as possible, making a mess and letting them really explore using paint and getting all messy. For example, Ms. Kendra loves to put paint on the table and let them fingerpaint and get messy!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Kendra was a nanny.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Sara will be receiving her Associates Degree and will be starting CDA classes in the fall. She loves seeing the children learn and build off of what she teaches them.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sara's previous experience includes volunteer work at another childcare center and babysitting.
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Alison

    Ms. Alison, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children, love seeing them grow and knowing that I have helped them to become the person they grew up to be.

    Ms. Alison loves taking pictures of the children engaged in activities to share their experiences with their parents at the end of the day. She also likes dancing to silly music with the children. Ms. Alison likes to introduce the children to a variety of sensory items that goes along with what the theme is for that month.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Alison was a preschool teacher and supervised a before and after school program.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Melissa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love being a part of a child learning something new. There is nothing greater than the greetings, hugs and smiles each morning.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Melissa worked in another day care center and as a nanny and babysitter.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Dale

    Ms. Dale, Preschool Classroom

    I love my job because I love working with children. I love being a part of their educational experience, building the foundation to further the development of their minds.

    Ms. Dale loves to get the childrens bodies moving through dance and playing active games. Ms. Dale is always available to the children. She gets down to their level and on the floor to interact and play with them. She helps them reach their goals through movement.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Dale was a paraprofessional for a Neurology Impaired Program.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Certified Nurse's Assistant
  • Ms. Kara

    Ms. Kara, Preschool Classroom

    Kids teach us patience, virtue, the value of friendship, peace, calm, and the value of time. They have the ability to make you laugh and cry all in the same breath.

    Ms. Kara plays music throughout the day for many reasons. To redirect the children, engage the children, and just for fun during free play!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Ms. Kara worked at several other early learning centers.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
  • Ms. Lindsay

    Ms. Lindsay, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I started in early childcare in December of 2005 in a daycare facility. It was then that I knew I wanted to branch out and not only care for children but teach them too. This is why I came to KinderCare. The bond I form with every child is irreplaceable to me. No matter if it's easy or challenging times, I put my best foot forward to give each child the love and education they need.

    Ms. Lindsay loves letting the children express themselves through art, whether it's cutting up a piece of scrap paper and making a collage or coloring a simple picture and displaying it in the classroom. She has all her bring in things from home that have to do with our theme and they get time during the day to share with everyone and is something every child looks forward to daily coming into her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Lindsay worked at another learning center.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Madeline

    Ms. Madeline, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love to see the child's face light up when they learn something new.

    Ms. Madeline creates a loving and nurturing environment for children and families.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Madeline worked at an elementary school and a special needs camp for children.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
  • Ms. Nikki

    Ms. Nikki, Kindergarten & School Age Classrooms

    I enjoy my job because of the vibrancy of the children. Every day when I enter my classroom, I can see the joy of learning in every student. I see the eagerness of challenging their minds as well as their eagerness to express what they have learned.

    Ms. Nikki loves challenging her Kindergarten students to learn and develop to the next level. She makes learning fun so the children love coming to school to succeed every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Nikki worked as a private tutor and has experience student teaching.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Master's of Arts Degree in Teaching and Secondary Education, Bachelor's Degree in History
  • Mr. Brandon

    Mr. Brandon, School Age Classroom

    Mr. Brandon's life was greatly impacted by his early childhood teachers and counselors, and is passionate about being that same influence in children's lives. He loves being active with the children, becoming one of their friends, and making sure they have fun throughout the day by being involved in everything possible, especially playing games.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Brandon's previous experience is at another childcare center before joining our KinderCare center.
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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

KinderCare of Wallingford offers a double key pad entry system for the piece of mind your family deserves. We are First Aid and CPR certified for your child's safety.

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.

We want to say thank you to you and your staff for maintaining a wonderful environment for our three children. We truly appreciate the efforts of yourself, Laura and all the teachers in providing our children with a safe and flexible learning environment. Our kids have had terrific teachers throughout the years. Our daughter is doing outstanding in school which we attribute to all that she learned at your center. Thanks again for all that you do for our kids on a daily basis.

- Parents

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