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KinderCare at Wayne

Julie Widmayer, Center Director

23 Barbour Pond Dr. Wayne NJ 07470
(973) 628-0222 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
N of Hamburg Turnpike & Valley Rd near Valley National Bank

Rt 23 and Rt 80, Rt 46, Rt 287

Elementary Schools Bussed To:


We are proud to also announce that our center is also 100% CPR & First Aid certified!

Please call today to schedule a tour to meet our loving staff!

We would love for you to become part of our family!

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Our center in Wayne opened in 1998 and has been one of the top-rated childcare facilities in the area. Our staff is first rate and we are happy to say some of our staff members have been here for over ten years! Our curriculum is based on the Early Foundations program created by our Education Department. It combines fun and learning in an enriching environment. All of our staff is trained on the curriculum as well as all policies and procedures both through our company and through the state. You will see evidence of great curriculum in each room you tour! Our center capacity is 187 children. The smaller size allows our staff to really focus on individualized attention. The staff knows each and every child, as well as each and every parent. The center definitely has a very 'family' appeal to it and we would love to make you a part of it.

Julie Widmayer, Center Director

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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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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


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.


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.


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 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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Thank you for stopping by to "meet" our staff - please let us know if you would like to schedule a tour to meet us all in person because we would love to meet you!

  • Danielle Vittorino

    Danielle Vittorino, Assistant Director

    Danielle has been with the KinderCare family since 2003 after graduating from County College of Morris. She started out as a Preschool teacher, but quickly realized she wanted to do more within the company. After being in a classroom for two years and watching her children graduate from Kindergarten; Danielle was asked to become the program specialist. In this position she was able to work in the classroom along side the teachers to help improve the quality of their classrooms. Danielle's son Tyler was born in July of 2012 and is very much a part of the KinderCare family! This position seems to be the best fit for Danielle considering how many relationships she has built over the years with the families. She looks forward to making many more relationships with future families and watching her son grow day each day at the center.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to taking the job of Assistant Center Director, Danielle was a Preschool Teacher and Program Specialist.
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss. Michelle, Cook

    Miss. Michelle is our center cook! She also helps out in the infant room throughout the day!

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Nicole is our Discovery Preschool teacher and a wonderful addition to our team!  Ms. Nicole attended William Paterson University majoring in Biology and Secondary Education. She also has had experiece as a personal aid in a special education class. 

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Sarah has a degree in psychology from The University of Scranton. Ms. Sarah has previous experience working with young child and teaching them how to swim. Ms. Sarah is excited to join our KinderCare team!

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Joanne

    Ms. Joanne, Infant A

    Ms. Joanne has had plenty of experience in the education field, with 32 years as a educator she has a passion for teaching. Ms. Joanne love spending here days tending to the needs of our infant friends!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Farrah

    Ms. Farrah, Infant B

    Ms. Farrah is apart of our Infant B team! She loves working with children and is currently attending Ramapo University for her degree in Sociology.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Maryanne

    Ms. Maryanne, Infant Classroom

    Ms. MaryAnne has been with KinderCare of Wayne for many years. She studied Early Childhood Education at Bergen County Community College. She has two beautiful daughters who have given her the best present ever - three wonderful grandchildren. Her job means so much to her because he knows that she is making a difference in the lives of children and their parents. The dedicated teachers who take care of her special needs grandson inspires her to be the best teacher she can be and knowing that she too will have a positive impact in the life of a child.

    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Toddlers

    Ms. Brittany is currently attending William Paterson University to obtain her degree in Early Childhood Eduation. She used to work for a daycare in Whippany, New Jersey for about three years. Ms. Brittany is very excited to be apart of our team and loves working with children each day!

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Toddlers

    Ms. Nicole is a recent graduate of William Paterson! She has worked with children previously through nanning!  Ms. Nicole is a great addition to our team!

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Melissa F.

    Ms. Melissa F., PreKindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Melissa graduated from Montclair University with a degree in Education and is currently attending graduate school to get her Masters in Educational Technology. Ms. Melissa loves working with children and is very excited to be with our Pre K friends!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Bianca

    Ms. Bianca, Preschool Classroom

    Miss. Bianca graduated from William Paterson University with a degree in Psychology and has worked with children for over five years. She is amazing addition to our team!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Wendy

    Ms. Wendy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    As a mother, we want the best for our children.

    Ms. Wendy has been working at the Wayne KinderCare since 2005. Prior to KinderCare, she worked at another daycare in Newark. She attended Caldwell College where she earned credits for her Child Development Associate's Credential and a few more credits in Child Psychology. She has worked with children of all ages ranging from Infants to Preschoolers. Ms. Wendy has a ten-year-old son who had the opportunity to attend KinderCare starting at the age of eighteen months. She says that it was so rewarding to see his development as he moved to each classroom. Once in a while, her son visits KinderCare and still remembers all of the good memories he had with Ms. Danielle, Ms. Cathy and Ms. Mary Anne.

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Infant B

    Ms. Jessica is currently a student at Montclair University majoring in education! She has had experience babysitting and is very happy to be apart of our KinderCare team!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Filiz

    Ms. Filiz, Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Filiz is a graduate of William Paterson University with a Bachelor's Degree. She also has a certification to teach Kindergarten through 5th grade. She's worked at KinderCare since 2006. She started teaching the Prekindergarten class where she was able to show off her creativity and teaching skills. During that time, she married and gave birth to two wonderful children, Devon and Jasmine. Now Ms. Filiz is our Kindergarten Readiness teacher.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Cathy

    Ms. Cathy, Learning Adventures Classroom

    Ms. Cathy has worked at KinderCare of Wayne since it opened in May of 1998. She has attended Bergen County Community College in Paramus and completed various early childhood training classes. Since joining KinderCare, she has worked in many of the classrooms as a teacher.  Currently she is our Learning Adventures specialist teaching Phonics, Math and Cooking, as well as our Center Trainer. Ms. Cathy lives in Wayne with her husband and is the mother to two daughters, Allison and Caitlyn - and a granddaughter named Hailey.

    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Daniella

    Ms. Daniella, Floating Teacher

    Ms. Daniella worked at a daycare previously in Annandale, New Jersey for three years. She is currently attending William Paterson University and is our Health and Safety Coordinator.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • NAEYC Accredited

    NAEYC Accredited

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year’s Day
Labor Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day
Memorial Day
4th of July

Teacher In-Service Training Days:
Columbus Day
President’s Day

Health and Safety

Here, at KinderCare of Wayne, we are all about the security and safety of each of our children. We have a keypad entry leading in to the building, as well as three separate fenced in playground areas.

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.

To all beautiful and wonderful teachers of KinderCare: I have no words to express my gratitude to all the teachers at the center here in Wayne, New Jersey. You have such enthusiasm and patience, I don't know how you're able to keep it up!! It's not easy to send your first child to school, especially someone like my son. It was really hard the first time he started, and I thought he'd never adjust but the comfort and support I got from all of you at the center, seeing him learn all the new things each day, and enjoying himself makes it a breeze. It makes me forget to give him a visit during lunch time. Thank you so much for all the efforts you put into upbringing our children. You all are gems, and we are proud to have sent our baby to grow into a bright star amongst all of you. A special thanks to Ms. Fernanda, our son's first love at KinderCare who helped him settle in really well. Ms. Jessica and Ms Christine are a very special part of his life. He carries a picture of them from the Winter show and is proud to show his family that they are his teachers who've taught him and continue to do so. Also thank you for coping with all the tantrums he has to throw. Thanks Teachers. You're not just appreciated through this week but all year round

- Mother

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