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KinderCare at Warren

Ms. Shamanda Burgess, Center Director

19 Mountain Blvd. Warren NJ 07059
(908) 412-8707 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
RT 22 and 78. Old Sterling Road and Warrenville

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Transportation must be arranged by Warren Department of Transportation (908) 753-5300. We do not have buses during the school year.

Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare in Warren. We opened our center in November 2000. Our current center director opened the center along with many other of our current teachers; we have longevity with our teaching staff here at KinderCare. We serve children 6 weeks through 12 years old. Our teachers are committed to excellence and capitalizing on teachable moments. We look forward to meeting you and your family!

Ms. Shamanda Burgess, 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.

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.

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

Thank you so much for taking a peek at our staff. Here in Warren we have a wonderful veteran staff that have been with us many years.  Our teachers are first aid and CPR trained.  Our teachers are academically passionate with a loving and nurturing side.

  • Ms. Shamanda Burgess, Center Director

    Year Started:
    2/23/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15+
    Education:
    Rutgers University
  • Anne Weber

    Anne Weber, Assistant Director

    Anne has worked in the Child Education field for about 14 years. Throughout her experience she has worked as an Discovery Preschool Teacher, Cooking Adventures Instructor and Administrative Assistant. She became the Assistant Director of Warren in 2009. Along with her experience with KinderCare she enjoys baking and spending time with family.

    Education:
    14 years
  • Ms. Katie, Infant Classroom

    Katie is a proud mommy of a little boy in our Toddler Classroom. She graduated from William Patterson University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology with a Physical Education and Health Certification. Katie enjoys watching the infants in her care grow and reach milestones that families love to hear about! Katie takes pride in creating a stimulating environment, where she can nurture and provide lots of love for the babies in her care. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Don't Forget the Oatmeal! by B. G. Ford

    Year Started:
    9/21/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12+
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology with a Physical Education and Health Certification
  • Ms. Jenny, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Jenny is a mother of two who actually toured this facility in 2014 and was ready to enroll her little one.  She never did but two years later came to apply for a job because she loved it here so much.  Now her and her children are both part of our family!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Boxcar Children

    Year Started:
    9/19/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 +
  • Christine Prefach, Infant Classroom

    Life is what you make it.

    Ms. Christine loves spending time with her adult daughter and husband! She's been with KinderCare for over 10 years and has gained an immense amount of experience with young children and their development. Ms. Christine takes pride in ensuring that every child in her care is loved, engaged and having fun.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree

    Year Started:
    4/20/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10+
  • Ms. Lisa Milligan, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Lisa has two daughters and five grandchildren. Her love for children goes beyond what she can remember. Working with children for over 11 years has only deepened the level of passion she exudes for Early Childhood Education, as she knows they are our future. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Snowy Day

    Year Started:
    8/12/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+
  • Ms. Alanna Bellomo, Infant Classroom

    It always seems impossible until it's done.

    Miss Alanna is currently in college for Occupational Therapy. She enjoys caring for the infants in her class and leaving a positive impact on their lives daily!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon

    Year Started:
    2/7/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    5+
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Katie enjoys working with children of all ages which inspired her to embark into a career in education. She received her child development associate from Union County College near her hometown of Rahway, New Jersey. She has two children, Logan and Mckenzie who attends KinderCare for the past five years.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by by Eric Litwin

    Year Started:
    9/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Shadae Santiago, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Shadae has a one-year-old son who is enrolled in our Infant Program. She's from Somerset and takes extreme pride in being the Lead Teacher for our Toddler B classroom. During her downtime, she loves spending time with her son and her family! 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee

    Year Started:
    11/28/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5+
  • Ms. Nadia Montano, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Nadia has three children, whom she absolutely loves and adores. She misses them being little, so it's with extreme pleasure that she is the Lead Teacher for our Toddler A classroom!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Three Little Pigs

    Year Started:
    3/24/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Jeime, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Jeime was born in El Salvador. She is a proud mother of three beautiful girls. Teaching young children is a privilege and every day is an adventure in her classroom.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Anything by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    3/24/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6+
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art
  • Miss Natalie Ruban, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Miss Natalie has been working with all age groups at KinderCare for the past five years. She is now the Assistant Teacher for Discovery Preschool! 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh the Places You'll Go! - Dr. Suess 

    Year Started:
    5/29/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5+
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts
  • Ms. Sue

    Ms. Sue, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Sue is the proud mother of two wonderful sons. She began her career of working with young children as a nanny, then decided to join KinderCare in 2000.  After she received her Child Development Associate,  she gained even more knowledge in the field of Early Childhood Education. She is grateful to have been given the opportunity to not only watch your children grow, but to influence their lives in a positive way. She looks forward to an exciting year and also sharing many wonderful experiences with your children along the way.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Kissing Hand

    Year Started:
    11/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. KJ

    Ms. KJ, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Teaching has brought Ms. KJ much joy. She loves to create a fun learning environment that will spark love for learning and promote a positive self image. 

    Previous Experience:
    KJ worked as a babysitter as a teen and also lived and worked in California as an educator.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are

    Year Started:
    12/23/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 +
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts
  • Ms. Norma

    Ms. Norma, Learning Adventures

    It is what it is.

    Ms. Norma, our kindergarten teacher, has been with KinderCare since our opening day in November 2000. She is married and a loving mother. She has many years of experience in Early Childhood Education with all ages. She is a New Jersey certified teacher with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her goal is to enhance your child's learning experience and help prepare them for each level of preschool. She is looking forward to working with and spending time with your children!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    All books in the Pete the Cat series! 

    Year Started:
    3/1/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with a Teaching Certification

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

We are the only center in Warren Township to be NAEYC Accredited!!!!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Italian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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 people think education first, but we believe safety first. With out a child feeling safe and secure the learning can not happen. We have security procedures and safety policies in place so parent know they have left their child in good hands and also so they children have a safe environment to learn and grow. We have a security entry key pad, fire and emergency drill held monthly and our staff are First Aid and CPR certified just to name a few thing we do at KinderCare to keep everyone safe.

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 just wanted to let you know we are so thankful for Ms. Michelle's help and wonderful caring attitude. For example, she wrote a nice note yesterday on a separate paper about some nice things about Emma which made our day. We also love Emma's daily activity pictures that she kindly puts in Emma's folder along with her artwork. You must have heard other parents' happy comments on her but we wanted to share our thoughts. Oh by the way , we enjoy your weekly emails!

- Toddler Parents

In light of what has happened in Connecticut on Friday, Lynn and I wanted to say 'thank you!' to you and all the teachers at KinderCare. I think sometimes parents tend to take you all that you do for our children for granted. You are all a blessing, and we know Andrew and all the children at KinderCare in Warren are in caring and loving hands when they are with you all. Preparing a child for his or her future takes heroic effort, and that is why we believe you are all real heroes. Thank you for all that you do!

- Prekindergarten Parents
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