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Whippany KinderCare

Michele Taglia, Center Director

45 Whippany Rd. Whippany NJ 07981
(973) 428-3724 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
On Whippany Rd., 1/2 mile south of Rt. 10 E. In front of Bayer

Neighborhood:
RT 80, 287, 24, 10, 46

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
No transportation. No bussing for after school.

We offer a variety of parent/child activities throughout the school-year and summer camp! Please see our monthly spirit calendar for the next upcoming event.

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Welcome

Thank you for your interest in Whippany KinderCare! We look forward to supporting your journey into education with our professionally trained and qualified staff members. We invite you to visit our center by scheduling a Center Tour! Please call the center at anytime for more information. :)

Michele Taglia, Center Director

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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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

Teachers & Staff

Our KinderCare team is composed of early childhood educators who are passionate about your child's happiness, growth and education. Our main goal here in Whippany is to provide a nurturing environment that cultivates self esteem. Our teachers are dedicated to developing your child's potential and are sensitive to your child's individual needs. Our staff has gone through a rigorous interview and background check process, completed infant/child CPR and first aid training, and are cleared by the State of New Jersey. All of our teachers are equipped with the necessary early childhood education, which meets or exceeds requirements set forth by KinderCare Learning Center and the State of NJ to fulfill the special role of teaching and caring for young children. But, we don't just stop there, because a license, certificate or degree does not guarantee a great teacher. Our teaching staff must also demonstrate a loving and nurturing heart AND a "calling" to work with young children.

  • Michele Taglia

    Michele Taglia, Center Director

    Children are our most valuable resource." - Herbert Hoover (31st President of the U.S.)

    Michele has been with KinderCare Education since she was 15 years old. She has a passion for children and an excitement for Early Childhood Education.

    Year Started:
    4/1/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Communications with a Minor in Journalism
  • Alicia Solomon

    Alicia Solomon, Assistant Director

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandela

    Alicia has many years experience in the Early Childhood Education field and has even worked in a Public School as a 2nd and 6th grade teacher. She has enjoyed her switch to KinderCare and looks forward to growing with the company for years to come.

    Previous Experience:
    Alicia has previously worked in public school as a 2nd and 6th grade teacher.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Science in Special Education
  • Kelly Gonzalez

    Kelly Gonzalez, Program Specialist

    Don't let what you can't do stop you from what you can do" 
    -- John Wooden

    Kelly  has been with KinderCare for over ten years. She is currently working on the completion of her bachelors degree in Psychology. Her creativity and knowledge has enabled her to acheive her position as a Program Specialist.

    Previous Experience:
    Kelly has been working in the child care industry since 1998. She first began teaching in the Infant classroom untill she worked her way up to Program Specialist.
    Year Started:
    9/5/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor Degree in Progress
  • Ms. Lorraine

    Ms. Lorraine, Learning Adventures Coordinator

    “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
    Aristotle

    Ms. Lorraine is inspired to come to work each day because every day she can teach a child something new and in return, she can learn something new.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Elementary Education certification
  • Ms. Sharday

    Ms. Sharday, Cook

    Cooking with kids is not just about ingriedients, recipes and cooking.  It's about harnessing imagination, empowerment and creativity."
    -- Guy Fieri

    Ms. Sharday is our cook for the building.  She started working for KinderCare as a teacher for different age groups.  She loves helping out in the classrooms as needed.  Ms. Sharday loves hearing how delicious her food is from all of the children!

    Year Started:
    4/4/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Serv Safe Certified
  • Ms. Aida

    Ms. Aida, Infant Classroom

    Children are the world's most valuable resoruce and it's best hope for the future."
    -- John F. Kennedy

    Ms. Aida's biggest inspiration is the babies; their love, smiles and innocence.  She has been with Kindercare for 11 years.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Education, Master's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Infant Classroom

    Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I remember."
    -- Benjamin Franklin

    Donna has been working in the field of child care for over 10 years. . Donna enjoys having the opportunity to get to know each child on a personal level.

    Year Started:
    9/6/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    CDA Certificate
  • Ms. Catherine

    Ms. Catherine, Infant Classroom

    If a child cannot learn the way we teach, we must teach in a way the child can learn."
    -- Unknown

    Ms. Catherine has been a KinderCare employee for over a year.  She has more than 15 years of past experience in the Early Childhood field.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Education:
    CDA Certificate
  • Ms. Carolyne

    Ms. Carolyne, Infant Classroom

    Don't put a limit on anything.  The more you dream, the farther you get."
    -- Micahel Phelps

    Ms. Carolyne comes to KinderCare with many years of experience in early childhood education as well as being a mom.

    Year Started:
    4/25/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Ms. Janell

    Ms. Janell, Infant Classroom

    One of the most important things adults can do for young children is model the kind of person we would like them to be."
    -- Carol B. Hillman

    Ms. Janell has worked for over 15 years in Early Childhood education at other childcare facilities.  She has been with KinderCare for over a year and came to the Whippany KinderCare from a Allen, Texas KinderCare.  She loves the babies and watching them grow and change each day.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    CDA Certificate
  • Ms. Kim B.

    Ms. Kim B., Toddler Classroom

    Set your goals high and don't stop till you get there."
    --Bo Jackson
     

    The children and their smiles and laughter inspire Ms. Kim daily.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts
  • Ms. Kim M.

    Ms. Kim M., Two's Classroom

    If you dream it, you can do it!"
    --Walt Disney

    Ms. Kim has worked with all age groups at different childcare facilities.  Teaching young children is her passion and she loves to watch the little ones grow.

    Year Started:
    1/2/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Ms. Chelsea

    Ms. Chelsea, Two's Classroom

    Be the change you want to see in the world."
    -- Ghandi

    Ms. Chelsea comes to KinderCare with 8 years of experience in Early Childhood Education from other childcare facilities.  She loves children and seeing how excited they get when they learn something new!

    Year Started:
    1/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Ms. Erica

    Ms. Erica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

    --Maya Angelou

    Ms. Erica's inspiration comes from walking into work, seeing their warm and loving smiles, and knowing that she is making a difference in a child’s life.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    CDA Certificate
  • Ms. Brittany G.

    Ms. Brittany G., Jr. PreSchool Classroom

    The best teachers teach from the heart, not from a book."
    --Unknown

    Ms Brittany came to KinderCare with many years of experience in the early childhood field.  She is currently working on her Master's Degree.  She loves children and watching them learn and grow each day!

    Year Started:
    12/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Ms. Linsey

    Ms. Linsey, Preschool Classroom

    To the world you may just be one teacher, but to your students you are a hero!"
    --Unknown

    Ms. Linsey's biggest inspiration is knowing that her class is waiting and ready to learn. She loves the atmosphere that KinderCare provides for children.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree in Visual Fine Arts and CDA Certificate
  • Ms. Laurie

    Ms. Laurie, Preschool Classroom

    Education is the most powerful weapon in changing the world."
    --Unknown
     

    Ms. Laurie has been working for KinderCare for over 3 years. She has been working in childcare for over 17 years. She likes to incorporate her knowledge of Special Education and Early Childhood Education into her lessons in order to make her lesson plans fun, engaging, and exciting.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Laurie previously worked for different as a teacher in a variety of classrooms for other childcare centers, and she worked as a teacher for a special education school.
    Year Started:
    2/6/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Master of Science in Special Education
  • Ms. Juliana

    Ms. Juliana, Floater

    Ms. Juliana began working for KinderCare this year.  She comes to us with prior experience at other childcare facilities.  Ms. Juliana has the opportunity to work with all age groups in the building.

    Year Started:
    1/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Education

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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

  • American Sign Language
  • French

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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

Here at KinderCare, the safety and security of your child is of utmost importance. To ensure the safety and security of your child, KinderCare features a Keypad entry, fenced playgrounds and CPR and First Aid certified staff and management team members.

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.

Hello,
Initially, my husband and I were very concerned when Gavin transitioned to a different room. However, Ms. Michele, Ms, Alicia, Miss Kelly, Ms. Merryl and Ms. Tanisha gave us the assurance we need that our son is well taken care and comfortable in his new environment. Since his transition, his motor and language skills have continued to flourish. He knows how to throw things in the garbage, how to blow his nose, eat with utensils... I can keep going. My husband and I just want to communicate to KLC corp that the team in Whippany is outstanding. We just want our appreciation and content to be heard by KLC corp.

- Mother

My son attended Whippany KinderCare from the age of six months and continues there in the summer camp program as he moves on to first grade in the fall. Benny talks about "his four year old school" all the time, and has many great memories with friends. I would like to take a moment to mention Ms. Aida who made our beginning transition into day care a wonderful and memorable experience. Her amazing ability to make us comfortable, as parents, is second only to the care and love that she showed to Benny from day one! He still runs into her room for a hug any chance he gets!

- Mother

We wanted to express our appreciation and gratitude for everything that you and your KinderCare facility have done for us and our daughter, Kira. We especially want to thank Ms. Linsey in the Preschool Room where Kira has been for the past year. We cannot believe the progress that Kira has made, and we are so proud that she can spell and write her name, as well as her friend's names in the class! When Ms. Linsey told us Kira was writing her own name, we did not believe it until I asked Kira to sign a card at home and she actually did it!! We commend Ms. Linsey for her first year teaching and know that she is a great asset to your school. We will miss Ms. Linsey, but are looking forward to all the wonderful things Ms. Jen has in store for Kira! Thank you again.

- Parents
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