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West Center Street KinderCare

Maria Almeida, Center Director

393 W. Center St. West Bridgewater MA 02379
(508) 587-3212 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 10 YEARS
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Neighborhood:
Based on Route 106. Route 24 is right down the Street.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
West Bridge Water; Spring Street School, Rose L. McDonald, Howard School, and Bridge Water; George Mitchell.

Welcome

Welcome to the West Center Street KinderCare! Located in scenic West Bridgewater, our school has provided quality child care for children ages six weeks to 12 years for over fourteen years. We offer a clean, bright, fun-filled environment with a nurturing, highly professional teaching staff. Our award winning curriculum is geared to each and every child's developmental ability with a strong concentration on literacy, math, science, and music. Of utmost importance is communication with our families. We know there are many childcare choices you can make, and we strive to put our families at ease knowing that their child, and yours, will be safe and cared for throughout the day. So, whether your child is six weeks or six years, we will provide the best learning environment to make our school the school of choice in West Bridgewater!

Maria Almeida, 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.

Monthly Activities

May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

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.

Teachers & Staff

Our teachers are some of the best teachers in the early childhood field. Many of them have been with KinderCare for many years and continue to provide exceptional child care to our families. The children in our center have formed friendships with many of our teachers and enjoy coming to school to learn and play. Parents feel comfortable dropping their children off and feel confident that their child is receiving the best education and care. The children learn something new each day and our teachers find a way to make learning fun!

  • Maria Almeida

    Maria Almeida, Center Director

    I enjoy watching the children grow and explore their environment in a safe and nurturing setting.

    Maria graduated from Bridgewater State University. She has been a part of the KinderCare family since 2001 and has been a Center Director for over four years. Maria's role as Center Director is to lead and manage all aspects of the center's day to day activities. Her focus is on providing quality programming for the families and children in her care. Maria's favorite part about being a Center Director is spending time with the children and teachers in the classrooms. 

    Year Started:
    4/1/2001
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15+
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Stacy Flint, Assistant Director

    Teaching the children to read has truly become my favorite part of teaching. Hearing them read for the first time makes me feel like I have done my job and I have provided the children with a skill that will last them a lifetime. Seeing the look of accomplishment on the children's faces and seeing how proud they are reminds me how important my job is.

    Ms.  Stacy has been with KinderCare for almost ten years now and is a great asset to the center.  She has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in mathematics. She has taught Prekindergarten and did student teaching for the Providence Public schools before coming and joining the KinderCare family. Stacy also has vast experience working in our Nursery program; she loves working with our youngest group of students.  

    Previous Experience:
    She has taught Prekindergarten and worked for the Rhode Island public schools. Stacy also worked as a Prekindergarten teacher in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree Elementary Education
  • Ann Turpin

    Ann Turpin, Assistant Center Director

    I love to see the look on children's faces when they have tried something new and have an "aha" moment.

    Ann graduated from Bridgewater State University. She has been a part of the KinderCare family since 1992. Ann loves being part of a child's life as they grow and develop into little people right in front of our eyes!

    Year Started:
    9/19/1992
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24+
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology and in Management
  • Miss Gabrielle Tripolone, Preschool Classroom

    Gabby has her associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Massasoit Community College. She is also certified in American Sign Language (ASL). In addition to working here at KinderCare she is the youth coordinator for the Massachusetts National Guard Family Readiness Group. What Gabby loves most is helping the children grow day by day and seeing their smiling faces when learning something new.

    Year Started:
    5/13/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3+
  • Ms. Joann, Toddler Classroom

    Joann has a vast amount of experience. She is currently one of our toddler teachers but she has worked with a variety of ages both at KinderCare and in her home. Joann enjoys watching each child grow and develop in their own individual way. She loves being a major part of the children's successful educational development.

    Year Started:
    9/14/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6+
  • Miss Christina C., Toddler Classroom

    Christina, or Nina as her toddlers call her, loves witnessing a child learning a new skill. It can be something as simple as saying please and thank you to learning their colors, numbers and alphabet. Christina especially loves seeing the children become proud of themselves and their new accomplishments. One of her favorite moments throughout the day is when she hears her children yell "Nina!" when she comes into the room. She is currently working towards her bachelor's degree at Bridgewater State University.

    Year Started:
    2/3/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10+
  • Miss Jordan, Toddler Classroom

    Jordan is part of our Toddler team. She loves watching the children grow and develop while here at KinderCare. She especially loves the feeling of them learning something new and the special bonds created with each child. Jordan likes how the classroom is always changing and filled with fun activities making every day enjoyable. Jordan is currently attending Framingham State University obtaining a degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Year Started:
    9/10/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7+
  • Mrs. Jasmin, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Jasmin has her bachelor's degree in English and Political Science from Central Philippine University. She is one of our newest additions to the Discovery Preschool team. Jasmin brings her love of literacy to the classroom reading stories to the children and helping them learn their letters and sounds.  

    Year Started:
    11/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    14+
  • Mrs. Eman, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Eman has her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and worked as a Kindergarten teacher for 13 years. She says working with children is her passion. Eman loves being with children and having the opportunity to be a part of their lives.  

    Year Started:
    3/6/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18+
  • Miss Jesse, School Age Classroom

    Jesse currently attends UMass Amherst working towards her bachelor's degree in Psychology. She plans on continuing her education in pursuit of a master's degree in School Psychology. Jesse's favorite part of her job is forming connections with the kids and watching them learn more each day. 

    Year Started:
    6/7/2016
  • Miss Renae, Preschool Classroom

    Renae has her bachelor's degree from South Carolina State University and she is currently working towards her master's degree in Education. She is one of our Preschool teachers and loves seeing the kids' smiling faces every day. Renae also likes hearing all the witty and funny things the kids say!

    Year Started:
    12/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1+
  • Miss Bre, Preschool Classroom

    Bre is currently working towards her degree at Massasoit Community College. She loves watching the children in her classroom progress and grow.  

    Year Started:
    4/10/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4+
  • Ms. Jessica, Learning Adventures

    Jessica loves being a part of watching children grow, learn and explore every day. She truly enjoys building individual relationships with each child. Jessica has her associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Massasoit College.  

    Year Started:
    10/8/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16+
  • Miss Amalfi, Infant Classroom

    Amalfi is one of our nursery teachers. She is working towards her bachelor's degree at Bridgewater State University. Amalfi loves working with children; helping them achieve their next milestone. She also works hard to create bonds with all her students and their families.

    Year Started:
    11/7/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5+
  • Miss Melissa, Infant Classroom

    Melissa is attending Bridgewater State University earning her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Melissa says her favorite part of working here is the bonds she makes with the children and their families. 

    Year Started:
    5/20/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4+
  • Miss Brianna, Infant Classroom

    Brianna is working towards her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at Bridgewater State University. She loves working in the nursery with the youngest of our children creating strong relationships with them.  

    Year Started:
    9/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4+
  • Ms. Lindsay, Toddler Classroom

    Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each." - Plato

    Ms. Lindsay has been working at KinderCare for five years. She has worked in all classrooms from Infants up to School Age and enjoys each classroom and age group. Ms. Lindsay has an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and many years experience in the field of education. She loves to encourage children to achieve their best and feels most rewarded when a child discovers that something they thought they could never do is done by them. It’s the littlest things that are most triumphant when it comes to fostering independence. All the children know Ms. Lindsay and look forward to her being in their classroom and playing with them. When she is in a classroom she is always engaged and on the floor playing with the children. Whether it be building a castle with blocks, cooking some dinner in the kitchen area or reading a story in the library.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lindsay spent three years as a site coordinator and a School Age teacher.
    Year Started:
    3/10/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts
  • Ms. Beth

    Ms. Beth, Prekindergarten Classroom

    It is both amazing and rewarding watching the children learn and grow at KinderCare. Their enthusiasm and smiles brighten our school every day. It is a privilege to prepare the children for the next step in their educational journey.

    Ms. Beth has worked at KinderCare learning center since 2001 and is currently our Kindergarten Prep teacher. Her classroom is amazing and filled with learning. When visiting the Kindergarten Prep class you will always find a chart that Ms. Beth did with the children about what they learned that day or want to learn. Seeing their responses change throughout the year and seeing their progress is fantastic to see. Ms. Beth fills her classroom with the children's work and writing.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Beth worked at a child care center in Raynham from 1995 to 2001 before coming to KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    3/5/2001
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    EEC Certified (Preschool)
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Preschool Classroom

    Michelle has been at KinderCare since May of 2013 after graduating in January of 2013 from Bridgewater State University. She has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. Michelle says the best part of her job is seeing the children learn and grow. She loves to see all the progress they make in their academic skills.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9+
  • Ms. Dalene, Floater

    Teaching children is a wonderful way of trying to make a difference. I love trying to get them excited about learning.

    Ms. Dalene spent 14 of her 24 year career in Early Childhood Education at a private Preschool and a non-profit Preschool as a Preschool classroom teacher and some time as an assistant. She has been with KinderCare for over ten years and has spent most of her career with the Preschool children. Ms. Dalene is an EEC certified lead Preschool teacher, but helps out in all of the classrooms. All of  the children know her and love when she spends time in their classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Dalene worked at a non-profit Preschool for seven years and private Preschool for seven years prior to working at KinderCare Learning Center.
    Year Started:
    3/13/2003
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    EEC Certified (Preschool)

Upcoming Center Activities

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May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

Monday May 29, 2017
Center Closed for Memorial 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • 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

Keypad to get into the Building, Fenced in Playgrounds and People are Carded if Teachers do not know them, all teachers have CPR, First Aid, and Universal Precausions Training

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.

There are so many of the teachers to thank over the years who have helped mold James into the person he is today. From his days of stealing toys in the Infant room, pulling him off my leg at drop off as a Toddler, running down the hall, his first field trip and Kindergarten. This is a bittersweet day as he moves onto the next stage. Thank you for all you do.

- Parents

Our family has been part of the KinderCare of West Bridgewater family for almost five years. In a safe, loving, creative environment devoted to providing each child with ample opportunities to explore their potential, our children have truly thrived. The teachers are outstanding child development professionals with just the right blend of love and learning. The Center Director is wonderful, helping in every way to ensure that every family experience is a great one. Most importantly for us, our children are happy at KinderCare and truly love going to their school.

- Mother

My daughter was born with an intestinal disease and had to have surgery at nine days old. She was doing well and it was time for me to go back to work. I was nervous about leaving her with anyone including my husband and family members. I came into KinderCare and brought my daughter for a visit to meet the teachers and see the classroom. The teachers in the Infant room were amazing! They listened to all my instructions and communicated with me very well, keeping me up to date on how my daughter was doing. I feel very comfortable leaving her in their care.

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