Leah Franco, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Close to Rt. 80, 46, 10, and on Rt. 53
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Riverview, and Lake View ( Also offer half days kindergarten Care to these schools)
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Leah Franco, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2016
Education: Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, Elementary Education Teacher's Certification
Favorite Children's Book: Where The Wild Things Are
Meet Leah Franco! She is the Center Director at Denville KinderCare in New Jersey. Leah attended the University of Rhode Island, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree. She also attended Saint Peter's University, where she earned a Master's Degree. She also has a teacher's certification in Elementary Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2016, and before that she was a teacher and an assistant director. Her favorite quote is, "What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?" - Winnie the Pooh
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
Kindergarten Programs (5–6 Years)
Welcome to kindergarten: the gateway to grade school and everything that comes next! Offered in select centers, our kindergarten programs have small class sizes and curriculums that mix learning and fun. The basic building blocks of reading, writing, math, and science are key in kindergarten, so we make sure they get lots of practice in all of these areas.
Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)
You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!
School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
Elementary School Distance Learning
Healthy bodies, happy hearts, growing minds. We make distance learning easy on your whole family! Our teachers are trained to facilitate safe and dynamic learning experiences online and in-person. Since every school has their own learning plan, we’ve added flexible enrollment options to meet your family’s needs. Whether you choose to enroll full-time, part-time, or before and after school, we’re here for you!
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
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 to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)
You’ve probably heard a lot about how important STEM education is for your child, but what does that really mean? Our STEM Innovators program takes kids’ natural ability to make sense of the world and applies it to robotics, chemistry, coding, geology, and more. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!
Pre-Phonics (ages 2.5)
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
I'm so pleased with my KinderCare Center that I wanted to send over some praise for the teachers and directors. My daughter, Annabelle, has been at the Denville KinderCare for almost two months now, and my husband and I couldn't be happier! We interviewed one other type of daycare before deciding on KinderCare and this was the right choice. It's the perfect size center and anyone we've come in contact with is very kind and welcoming. I feel secure leaving our daughter with them all week long and enjoy dropping her off and picking her up. You're greeted with smiles, not only from your child but from the staff and other parents. I'd like to acknowledge a few specific people we interact with daily. Karen and Dionne are very hands-on and are so sweet and easy to talk if we have any questions. We LOVE Annabelle's Infant room teachers, especially Ms. Nikisha, Ms. Kara and Ms. Kristin. And our daughter loves them too-greeting them with big smiles and giggles. Once, when I was taking her from Ms. Nikisha to bring her home, she started crying! That's praise for her KinderCare center right from the baby's mouth-she loves her teachers! So kudos to the Denville KinderCare team-they're like extended family!”
Jessica M. - KinderCare Parent
Rohan, my son, joined this center as an infant in 2003 and continued until 2008 where he completed their kindergarten program. At that time, we decided to enroll our son at KinderCare because we got very good feedback from the Better Business Bureau on the center. We are so glad that we decided to enroll him in this center. The teachers worked so hard on the initial stages of the development, whether it is academic or social developmental skill sets. Every time we would get together with friends and families, they would give our son accolades for his intelligence and behavior, which I would sincerely give credit to the teachers of this institution. Ms. Dionne, Ms. Cara, Ms. Hilda and Ms. Karen, just to name a few teachers and staff members, exude excellence in early childhood education. This year my son graduated from Fernbrook Elementary School where he received the President's Award for Educational Excellence. I know Rohan’s teachers at Fernbrook Elementary School worked hard to help him achieve this award, but I would also attribute this award with the staff of KinderCare. They helped to build his early childhood education foundation which helped him achieve this award and get him to where he is today. My sincerest appreciation to Ms. Karen, Ms. Dionne and Ms. Cara for everything you have done for my son, Rohan!”
Leena - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.