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Hockessin KinderCare

Denise Orsini, Center Director

6696 Lancaster Pike Hockessin DE 19707
(302) 234-8680 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cooke Elementary, Brandywine Springs, North Star

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

NAEYC Accreditation

Welcome to Hockessin KinderCare

Welcome to Hockessin KinderCare in Delaware! You can find us between Lancaster Pike and Newport Gap Pike–feel free to stop by for a tour of our facility! Our learning programs provide children with a strong, well-rounded foundation for school readiness and lifetime learning. We build a warm, welcoming, and supportive classroom for children of all abilities, backgrounds, and experiences. We love our families and meeting new friends!

We’re proud of the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. And, if you need distance learning support for elementary school kids, grade K-6, we’re here for you. Contact our center director to learn more. We can’t wait to see you soon!

Denise Orsini, Our Center Director

Meet Denise Orsini, Our Center Director

At KinderCare Since: 2008

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Development

Favorite Children's Book: Goodnight Moon

Meet Denise Orsini! She is the Center Director at Hockessin KinderCare in Delaware. Denise attended the University of Delaware, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Development. She has been with KinderCare since 2008, and before that she was a teacher. "Forget a relationship; make it a partnership and build an empire." Outside of work, Denise enjoys spending time with her family. 

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.

SCHOOL-READY

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.

Our 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.

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.)

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!

Our Teachers

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.

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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.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • Hockessin KinderCare has nurtured, taught, and, more importantly, loved our three boys. In the search for the right child care program six years ago, it was clear the center was the place for us.  Our center director, teachers, and staff care and it shows. Our kids have thrived in the rich and stimulating environment they are provided with daily. We love their curriculum and the overall nurturing environment in our center. 

    No daycare will always be perfec,t and we have certainly been through ups and downs, but never hesitated that our children were being cared for lovingly. 

    Maria B. - KinderCare Parent
  • I have two children (ages 2 and 5) at KinderCare who both started as babies. I've had only positive experiences here. I would definitely recommend KinderCare to other families.

    Debbie W. - KinderCare Parent
  • Our son is 5 years old and has been at the Hockessin KinderCare Learning Center since he was 6 months old. My parents had been able to watch my two older children when they were young and I was nervous and skeptical about daycare centers. From our first visit, Sheryl and her staff were kind, patient and understanding. I breastfed our son exclusively for the first year and another year after that. The staff were always supportive and helpful with this challenge. Every stage since the infant room has been stressfree and satisfying. The kindergarten program has exceeded our expectations. Our only "problem" has been keeping up with all the daily activities and comprehensive communications from Ms. Megan. We all love her! Our son will age out of KinderCare in the fall (we still hope to use aftercare) and my search for a new school opened my eyes to the quality and value of our money. The dedication and caring of the Center Director has been unwavering during our time here. We have never regretted our decision to have our son in this community.

    Liz and Steve M. - KinderCare Parent
  • It is a pleasure to be part of this center. The staff is warm, caring, and professional.

    Josephine and Dan D. - KinderCare Parent
  • We are thrilled with our 5-year-old's experience. We love his teacher and the staff. His classroom is a good learning environment and his teacher plans fabulous activities.

    Tara and Mark M. - KinderCare Parent
  • We are fairly new to our KinderCare center, and all we can say is that it has been one of the best decisions we've made for our family.  We did not choose the center because that is was where we wanted our children to go, but in actuality our children fell in love with the place and so did we - so the decision was easy!  Their staff is awesome and their extracurricular programs are great as well!  My husband and I love all the updates and pictures we get sent home with our little ones, which give us a glimpse of their day to day routines.   We will forever be loyal to our KinderCare center and highly recommend it to all friends and family. 

    Yarely D. - KinderCare Parent

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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.

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