Maria Ferrigno, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Near I-95, exit 57
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
None at this time/ Cox Elementary will drop off, and Special Needs bus drops off.
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Maria Ferrigno, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2010
Education: Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
Favorite Children's Book: The Velveteen Rabbit
Meet Maria Ferrigno! She is the Center Director at Guilford KinderCare in Connecticut. Maria has earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2010. Outside of work, Maria enjoys crafting, hiking, and spending time with her family. "The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out." - Bill Gates
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.
What Learning Looks Like
Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.
Guilford 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.
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!
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!
"We have had our son in Guilford KinderCare since fall of 2012 when he was 5 months old. He started in the infant room, and we have watched him travel through three different toddler curriculums/classrooms and now onto preschool. We have been exceptionally happy with the care that is provided to him. The teachers are wonderfully caring and compassionate and we feel they truly have the children's best intersts at heart, and that is reflected in their words and actions."”
Lisa M. - KinderCare Parent
"The teachers at KinderCare play such an important role in creating the feeling I depart with everyday when I drop my daughter off. It is a priceless experience to leave your child knowing she is cared for by a person who treats her with such warmth, love, and comfort. On days when, usually due to lack of a good nights sleep, my daughter tears up when I leave, I have often received an encouraging phone call letting mt know my daughter is just fine. I am pleased to have respect and kindness modeled for my daughter. Her teachers have the most important job in the world, and that is to care for the most important person to me. I truly couldn't be more pleased with the teachers at KinderCare."”
Marissa G. - KinderCare Parent
“"The staff knows how to teach, encourage, nurture and have fun with toddlers of all ages we have found. And now at age 5, our son begged us to sign up for a special summer phonics class so he could have extra Kindercare classes and attention during the day. When I drop him off every morning, there is never a doubt in my mind that he will have a wonderful day and that he will be extraordinarily well taken care of by people who truly love children. "”
Jacoba U. - KinderCare Parent
"We LOVE Kindercare! The teachers are so capable and knowledgeable; they are also warm and caring. It's obvious that our toddler LOVES going to school!"”
Rebecca G. - KinderCare Parent
"My kids love Kindercare! And as parents, we are very happy with the loving, supportive, nurturing environment that Kindercare provides our pre school aged daughter and infant son. Our daughter enjoys telling us about the days lesson and art projects; and my son's happy face at drop off is priceless. The teachers and children at Kindercare are the reasons my kids don't want to leave at the end of that day!"”
Tara T. - KinderCare Parent
"In the past year and a half, particularly the past year, our daughter has grown and matured so much. We attribute a lot of this to her great experience at KinderCare. She loves all the activities, her teachers, and her friends. She enjoys going to school. We feel that this experience will prepare her for kindergarten and make the transition much smoother."
Kerri H. - 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 Guilford 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 Guilford 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.