Jennifer Gyimah, Center Director
Meet Jennifer Gyimah, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2021
Education: Bachelor's Degree in History and Political Science, Head Teacher's Certificate
Favorite Children's Book: The Giving Tree
Meet Jennie Gyimah! She is the Center Director at House Street KinderCare in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Jennie attended Central Connecticut State University, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in History and Political Science. She has been with KinderCare since 2021, and before that she was an assistant director. Outside of work, Jennie enjoys painting, hiking, being outdoors, and spending time with her family, pets, and friends. Her favorite quote is, "Teamwork makes the dreamwork."
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.
House Street KinderCare Programs
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.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
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.
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.
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.)
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!
Sign Language for Infant and Toddler programs
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!
Last Friday, we made a huge mistake by taking Kenzie out of House Street KinderCare. My commute was 20 minutes longer because I had to drive out of my way to get there, so we found a place that was near our home, similar in price, and seemed great. We felt anxious in the weeks leading up to Kenzie transitioning, knowing how much she was loved by Miss Mary, Catherine, Trish and all the staff who come into contact with her and all the other children they care for. It took us two days to realize that our child, who can't speak, was saying loud and clear that she was not comfortable at the new facility, something we never saw from her at KinderCare. Last night at 5:00 PM, I called Catherine crying, ready to beg for our spot back. I think I was able to get out "the new place is horrible" before she said "come back to us". Kenzie loves KinderCare, and so does our family. It is safe, warm, loving and full of fun (and messy) activities that help my child to learn and grow. I can not begin to express how grateful I am to this center for everything they have provided for us and how well they care for Kenzie. I'll take the 20 extra minutes any day to keep my daughter at House Street.”
Kim B. - KinderCare Parent
I started my daughter at KinderCare when she was three and a half months old. She has learned so much from all the teachers. Donna, Denise Amy, Ashley, Ms. May, Lynne, Trish, Catherine, everyone, I cant remember all their names but they sure know my daughter. All the teachers have something special about them and my daughter loves being in the classroom with them. She has become a little artist, learned her animals, shapes, colors, ABC's and more. She's turning two soon and is my little wild child. All the teachers take a special interest in each child infant to school age and it helps them grow. I can't believe how smart and polite my daughter has become. We practice everything she learns daily at home, even dancing to the songs on the CD from music class. Although I wish I could spend every waking moment with my baby and not miss a thing I know everyday while I'm at work she is in good hands. The group at House Street is so understanding and nurturing, they make all my daughter's Boo Boo's feel better. I also love how they want the families to be apart of the center too from hosting dances, parties, movie night, holiday events, parent conferences, or just hanging out in your child's classroom. I made the right choice by enrolling my daughter in House Street KinderCare!”
Morgan L. - KinderCare Parent
Putting your child in a daycare is hard. And it's not any easier the second time around. When my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our daughter, we were excited. And where better to put her than in a facility where we placed our son when he was two. We already knew everyone and felt comfortable. Or so we thought. A couple of months after placing our four month old daughter in their care, issues starting happening. Right down to not following her outlined schedule or even communicating between each other. Which is very important. We made the decision to start looking for a new facility when there seemed to be an issue happening on a regular basis. Worrying about the welfare of your children while you are at work and wondering what issue is it going to be today is a very scary feeling. Needless to say, they were quickly pulled out before their time was up. I couldn't have been more happy that I found KinderCare. Within an instant of being at the center I was impressed. Not only was I greeted with smiles, but I had that gut instinct that this is where my daughter needs to be. The staff is always smiling. It's such an open and respectful atmosphere. They are so hands on and concerned about not only my daughter's well being, but ask about my family and chat with my son when he comes for drop offs and pick ups. It's such a warm and family loving environment. And I love all the projects and pictures I come home with. Best of all, it doesn't matter what teacher is in the room. My daughter goes to everyone there. Even if she's had little interaction with them, that's how comfortable she is which makes it even easier for me. I know she is in good hands. My daughter started there just before 10 months of age and is now 15 months. Seeing her smiling every day and not wanting to leave when I get her is a great feeling. My husband and I only wish we would have found them sooner. And by the way, the staff rocks!”
Brandy W. - 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at House Street KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at House Street KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.