Debbie Morales, Center Director
Meet Debbie Morales, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2015
Education: Childhood Development Associate Credential
Favorite Children's Book: Where the Wild Things Are
Meet Debbie Morales! She is the Center Director at Milford KinderCare in Connecticut. Debbie attended Southern Connecticut State University, where she earned her degree. She also holds a Child Development Associate credential from Rasmussen College. Debbie has been with KinderCare since 2015 and has worked in the childcare field for over 13 years. Every day, she looks forward to helping to create a safe and nurturing learning environment for children. "Team work, makes the dream work." Outside of work, Debbie enjoys swimming, going to carnivals, and vacationing with her family.
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.
Milford 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.
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.
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!
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!
My son has always had the worst stranger anxiety. He never wanted anyone near him and definitely didn't want anyone to feed him. When he transitioned into his two-year-old class, the teachers did everything, and I mean everything, to make him have the best day. My son refused to talk and it took close to eight weeks before he got comfortable to eat. Now almost six months in his class, he cannot go an hour without talking about school and his teachers. As a parent, it is such a great feeling knowing your child is in such amazing care! The teachers are amazing at what they do and it's not because it's their job, it's because you can tell they love their job and the children in their class.”
Tara - KinderCare Parent
"KinderCare of Milford's staff have been great. Our son started attending when he was three years old. They welcomed him and continue to make his experience a caring, safe, and fun time. The staff cares for all the children and really take the time to speak to me when I need them to."”
Jennifer - KinderCare Parent
"We have been part of the KinderCare family since 2010. We were impressed on our very first visit. The staff was very welcoming and answered all of our questions. We wanted to find a child care center that would give us peace of mind, while providing our children with the best start at education. We knew that KinderCare was the place for us. We now have two children at KinderCare and they are both very happy there. I would love to take credit for all that my children have learned, but the credit goes to the wonderful staff. They are loving and supportive and they make learning fun! They take the time to know each child and their family. At the end of the day, I know that my children are safe, having a good time and learning. Thank you for all you do."”
Kris - KinderCare Parent
"I feel fortunate to have found such a great learning center for my child. He has excelled above and beyond my expectations and I am truly greatful for the wonderful teachers whom have guided him. The staff at KinderCare have become like family and I know that they have my child's best interest in everything they do."”
Catherine - KinderCare Parent
"Deciding on a center for your children is such a stressful thing! When we walked into the Milford KinderCare building for the first time, we felt a huge sense of relief. The rooms are clean, the space is secure, and the classrooms are age-appropriate and bright and fun! Though we have seen some teachers go, there is a consistency in the level of care and concern for our children. They have fun during the day, but they are also learning and thriving. We feel incredibly blessed to be part of this family who loves and cares for our children as their own! No price can be put on our peace of mind or on the amount of love our children receive there every day."”
Amy - KinderCare Parent
"We chose KinderCare Learning Center back in 2005 for our first son because the hours were so great, and it was close to our home and extended family. 6:30 PM pick-up really helps when you work crazy hours, as does their minimal holiday schedule and very few storm-related cancellations. We always know we can count on KinderCare to be there for us when we need them. Also, the fact that KinderCare offered hot lunch and transportation to and from our son's future elementary school was a huge plus for us. Finally, having a summer camp option, phonics and other value-added learning programs available is just another bonus. When we had our second child in 2008, it was a no-brainer to send him to KinderCare as well. KinderCare is a nurturing, safe environment with wonderful teachers and a great curriculum for the kids. We are proud to say our boys are both products of KinderCare."”
Brenda & Tyrone - 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 Milford KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. When the unexpected arises, KinderCare ensures you have access to reliable childcare in a pinch. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and drop-in childcare—you’re always covered with KinderCare.
How does naptime work at Milford 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.