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West Center Street KinderCare

Michele Varanese-Lima, Center Director

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

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
"From Rte 24 (Rte 106 toward W. Bridgewater)" next to Exxon Station on right

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 and Williams School.

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!

Michele Varanese-Lima, 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.

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

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!

  • Michele Varanese-Lima

    Michele Varanese-Lima, Center Director

    I love working with children! It is my job and passion to set the educational foundation and I truly appreciate coming to work each day to be a part of their development.

    Michele graduated from the University of Massachusetts with  Bachelor's of Arts in English and Early Childhood Education. She has worked as a Center Director at KinderCare for ten years, overseeing two centers in her tenure. Michele'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. Her favorite part about being a Center Director is spending time with the children and teachers in the classrooms. You can often find Michele in classrooms reading stories or doing activities with the children. This is truly her favorite part of her job!

    Previous Experience:
    Michele started her educational career working as a Preschool teacher, School Age Coordinator and Assistant Director in Rhode Island. From there she directed two centers in Kentucky while stationed at Fort Campbell.
    Year Started:
    1/29/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in English and Early Childhood
  • 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 accomplishemnt 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 assest to the center.  She has a Bachelor's Degree in Elmentary 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 Nusery program; she loves working with our youngest group of students.  For the past year Stacy has taken on a management role as our Acting Assistant Director.  Stacy now has the best of both worlds as a leader and a teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    She has taught Pre - Kindergarten and worked for the Rhode Providence public schools. Stacy also worked as a Prekindergarten teacher in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree Elemantry Education
  • 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:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts
  • Ms. Teresa

    Ms. Teresa, Preschool Classroom

    I have been employed by KinderCare Learning Center since September 2010, which is the most rewarding job any teacher could have. I look forward to coming to the center each day to work with the children and their families within the West Bridgewater KinderCare Learning Center.

    Ms. Teresa began her early childhood career working as a teacher's assistant  for the Pawtucket School Department for five years. She decided to return to college and pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, which she is currently working toward. Ms. Teresa also worked as a teacher's assistant for the Dighton/Rehoboth school district for the school year and as an art director at Handi-Kids camp in Bridgewater, Massachusetts for the summer break before coming to KinderCare Learning Center. She has worked at two KinderCare Learning Centers since 2010; Easton and West Bridgewater. Ms. Teresa adds energy and excitement to the classroom. You can often hear her singing songs to the children during transition times and using a silly voice to tell a story during circle time. Ms. Teresa provides a fun and exciting classroom for her Preschoolers while teaching them at the same time.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Teresa spent five years as a teacher's assistant for the Pawtucket Public School Department in Rhode Island and also worked as a teacher's assistant for the Dighton/Rehoboth School Department during the school year and at Handi-Kids Camp in Bridgewater, Massachusetts as an arts director during the summer break.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Toddler Classroom

    Seeing the excitement on each child's face when they learn something new is the greatest reward of being a teacher.

    Ms. Jenny has been with the KinderCare team for ten years and has worked in each classroom. She has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is EEC certified from Infants all the way to Director II. Ms. Jenny's true passion is working with Preschool age children. Her Preschool 2 classroom is filled with the children's artwork and lots of their quotes. It is fun just walking around Ms. Jenny's room and reading all the funny things the children say and seeing all of their amazing artwork. One of the greatest things about her classroom is all the yummy creations they cook up during their cooking projects. The children love helping Ms. Jenny measure ingredients and mix everything up in a big bowl. The best part is having the finished product for snack that day. She also has an extraordinary circle time. The children are all engaged and ready to learn!

    Year Started:
    12/1/2003
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • 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:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    EEC Certified (Preschool)
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. 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. Ms. Michelle was a teacher for Sylvan Learning Center before coming to KinderCare. She works with Ms. Stacy in our Kindergarten class and enjoys teaching the children science, social studies and fitness. Ms. Michelle can also be found reading stories to children throughout the day and teaching them new words.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Michelle worked at the Sylvan Learning Center.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology
  • Ms. Dalene, Floating Teacher

    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:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    EEC Certified (Preschool)

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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

  • 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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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.

- Mother

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.

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