Mariella Domajnko-Pugh, Center Director
Meet Mariella Domajnko-Pugh, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2004
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
Favorite Children's Book: Make Way for Ducklings
Meet Mariella Domajnko-Pugh! She is the Center Director at Plainville KinderCare in Massachusetts. Mariella attended Wheellock College, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2004 and was a teacher and an assistant director previously. Outside of work, Mariella enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her family. Together they like playing board games. "Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten." - David Ogden Stiers
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.
Plainville 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.
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.)
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!
At home we are all excited about the new milestone and all the preparations that go with it. At the same time, that excitement comes with a special feeling gratitude, and this is gratitude to your institution. I still tear up to this day whenever I remember leaving her at KinderCare Westwood in her tiny car seat with only 16 weeks of life. Seeing her today, I know I would not have made it without all of you. Yes indeed, it’s a tight financial sacrifice to keep your child at KinderCare, but when people comment on how expensive KinderCare is, I tell them is the best expense one can ever pay. From April 2008 to date I have never had to worry for a minute about leaving her in your care. I literally forget about her at work until it’s time to pick her up. That is what I call a priceless peace of mind, and I’ve been more than happy to pay every dime for it! On that score, and on Stephanie’s behalf, I’ll say thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart, and keep on doing the good job you’re doing out there! You have an incredible staff whose love for the kids is more than obvious in every way. How can we ever forget Ms. Dodi, Ms. Caitlin, Ms. Sam, Ms. Amy, Ms. Stephanie, Ms. Lori, Ms. Sherry, Ms. Nicole, Ms. Caroline, Ms. Erin, Ms. Tammy, Ms. Jen, and all the many others we have met along the way in Westwood and Plainville. They will forever be part of Stephanie’s memory bank as she grows up, and mine too.<br /> <br /> We shall certainly be back to visit on school vacation days, so this is not really a farewell; it is a thank you and see you soon.<br /> <br /> Many regards and God Bless!”
Marilyn - KinderCare Parent
I wanted to take a moment and share a little bit about my family's experience at KinderCare. While my family and I don't live in Plainville, and several other schools are driven past during our daily commute, my family readily came to the conclusion that KinderCare in Plainville was the only viable option for us. From the moment we entered the infant nursery we felt the difference. You see, we had visited several schools in a attempt to find the right place for our premature son, but the teachers here, Mary and Caroline, were just, different. They welcomed us in and listened, really listened, while we unveiled our son's story of triumph over tragedy. They in turn shared their stories of parenthood and all this amazing journey encompasses. They immediately took an honest interest in my son, turning to him and talking to him. They read him stories and cuddled him encouraging him to make his little sound. It was this moment, coupled with so many others, that drew my wife and I to share "the glance". The glance that says…yes. Yes to this place, these people and our sons new home away from home. And from that exchange, until this moment now, my hopes, ideals and expectations have not only been met, they have been surpassed.”
Keith - KinderCare Parent
KinderCare has been an essential part of our family for over a year now, and in that time my daughter has grown immensely. Thanks to her teachers, my little girl has grown in confidence, her ability to relate to others, and knowledge in a variety of subjects. I honestly could not thank the teachers and administrators enough as they have contributed to what has been an extremely positive first school experience for my daughter. We look forward to many more years in this KinderCare family.”
Maggie 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 Plainville 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 Plainville 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.