Stephanie Sturgis, Center Director
Meet Stephanie Sturgis, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2020
Education: Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: The Giving Tree
Meet Stephanie Sturgis! She is the Center Director at Nashua KinderCare in New Hampshire. Stephanie attended Southern New Hampshire University, where she earned a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a focus in Children and Adolescence. She has been with KinderCare since 2020 and has over 20 years of experience working with children. Every day, Stephanie looks forward to providing a nurturing learning environment for children. "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." - Aristotle. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys traveling and exploring new places 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.
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.
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!
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!
As Hayden’s parents, our goal is always to provide our daughter with a safe, healthy and fun environment. Enrolling her in KinderCare is allowing her to grow and prosper to her full potential.
Hayden was introduced to the infant room in September of 2013, where educated and caring teachers constantly surrounded her. As Hayden developed, she transitioned to the Toddler room and later into Discovery Preschool. After nearly two years at KinderCare, our daughter is blossoming.
Annie O’Brien, the center’s director, is creative, helpful and informative. She makes herself available and is receptive to concerns or suggestions made by parents. The entire teaching staff is a breath of fresh air. They welcome each child and immediately involve him/her in on-going activities, making dropping a child off effortless.
As Hayden grows with the center, she develops friendships with other children there; many are the same children she started with as an infant. We could not be more proud of the little girl she is developing into, and a part of her success is the center and the staff.
Thank you KinderCare for making a great impression on our daughter.”
Brian and Michelle S. - KinderCare Parent
My daughter started KinderCare in June 2014, she had just turned four and had been in previous childcare centers but we wanted a school closer to home as next year she will be in public Kindergarten. I cannot say enough great things about this center. When we started there was a little bit of turnover within the management team, but the new Director assigned Ms. Annie has been nothing but wonderful! You can tell she has invested herself into the center from the minute you walk in the door; she has made so many positive changes for the best interest of the center. My daughter is always greeted by a member of management, either the Center Director or Assistant Center Director when she arrives and leaves, as there is always a member of management at this center from open to close, which I love! Then she runs to her class to be greeted by open arms by her teacher Ms. Mel. Like I said before, she's been at other childcare centers but I don’t know what it is with this center, but my daughter absolutely loves it here. When I pick her up she cries that I am there and ask if we can stay longer, after already being there over 10 hours. The curriculum I can’t say enough about...she comes home with new songs she’s learned, and even started writing numbers and her full name in less than 3 months! All the staff at Nashua KinderCare has been very welcoming and friendly to us and I wouldn’t want my child anywhere else. Thank you Annie & Staff at Nashua KinderCare for making a difficult decision so much easier everyday! I know she’s in good hands when I leave her with you!”
E.M. - KinderCare Parent
"I am writing to inform you that I will be pulling Ryder out of daycare, due to a lack of available shifts with my current employer. My husband and I appreciate all of the loving care that you and your staff have given to the baby. I am hoping that within a few months we will get back on track, and Ryder will be able to return. I prefer having him in school where he can interact with other children and expand his little mind. You have a wonderful staff, and I wouldn't dream of taking him to a different facility. Thank you so much, and we hope to be back by Spring, if not earlier. Sincerely, Melissa P."”
Melissa P. - KinderCare Parent
"We have had and continue to have exceptional experiences with KinderCare of Nashua. The staff is extremely flexible and friendly, great with the children, and very knowledgeable when it comes to educating our children. Had it not been for the staff, our oldest daughter would be struggling in school. The staff identified a potential learning disability prior to our daughter entering public Kindergarten and because of that we had her tested at the start of Kindergarten. After a number of tests, we learned she was in fact identified as having a disability. Our daughter is now in first grade and has made significant strides thanks to the staff at KinderCare."”
Wayne G. - KinderCare Parent
My child has been enrolled at KinderCare for two years. From the very first day, as I walked out of her classroom, into the Assistant Director's office in tears, and she reassured me that both my daughter and I would be okay, I have felt extremely confident in the care there. I am so thankful that I can feel at ease knowing that she is safe and secure at school every single day while being given the opportunity to learn, grow and make new friends. At times over the past two years, my child has required a lot of patience and understanding, and the staff has always gone above and beyond in providing her with gentle re-direction, nurturing guidance, as well as willingly incorporating strategies from her therapist into their classrooms. Her teachers have always been open to my feedback and they have always seemed as excited as I am to see her make any progress! At times over the past two years, there have been many last minute changes in her schedule which have consistently created disruptions in the school's daily schedule, but the staff has always made us feel welcome and been extremely flexible, understanding and supportive. I cannot thank the KinderCare staff, especially the director Miss Annie, for all of the love, support, and guidance they have provided for not only my child and all of the other children they care for, but for myself as well. Her and I both walk into school smiling every single day because we're both happy to be there and much of that has to do with the staff's pleasant, upbeat attitude, and positive environment that they have created. The saying, "It takes a village to raise a child" could not be more true in my heart and I feel very blessed and thankful to have KinderCare as an enormous piece of our village.”
Bryn B. - 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.