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 Portsmouth 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.
Portsmouth 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.
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
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!
“ Dear Ms. Sherri and the KinderCare family,<br /> Thank you for the kindness, generosity and love you have provided Cory with during the past year. You have made our transition from Rhode Island very easy. Cory has grown close to the staff and the children and it is with bitter sweet emotions that we are leaving the center. We appreciate your attention to safety, keeping us informed of any situations, big or small, and love the memories you have created for the whole family to keep (we’ll treasure the photos for a long time!) We wish you and the staff of the center best of luck in the future and we will miss working with you.<br /> Happy upcoming holiday season!Show more
“ I have been very happy with the service our family has received through KinderCare. My oldest is now five and a half years and he started in the Infant Room and now my nine month-old is following in his footsteps. We are pleased with the courteous staff, the safe and clean building and the learning environments. Our entire family, Yaya's included, feel very welcome there. I would recommend this facility since they care about the children and families.Show more
“ We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone at KinderCare in Portsmouth for taking such good care of our daughter. Our daughter is always welcomed with warmth and affection - it makes our day! All the teachers are so sweet and responsive to the children. Our daughter's teachers are always excited to greet her in the morning. They take her in their arms which makes the drop off time a happy and smooth transition. We would highly recommend KinderCare in Portsmouth to anyone seeking quality childcare for their children.Show more
“ I just want to take a moment to tell you how absolutely thrilled I am with the Infant room at KinderCare in Portsmouth. As you can imagine, one of the hardest things for a new mother to do is to be separated from her newborn and entrust her child's care to others. My son started when he was 14 weeks old and I can say that the staff made this very difficult transition one of the smoothest possible. The Infant Room teachers are absolutely amazing! It is easy to see that they love what they do and they show their love for their jobs through providing exceptional care and attention to the Infants in their care.Show more
“ I was so impressed with the care, commitment and flexibility of the center directors (Courtney and Jen) as well as the classroom teachers. Kindercare provided all daycare for my infant as well as after-school care for my kindergarten aged son. I will admit I was initially a little wary of having my baby at a corporate daycare center because I thought he might not get his needs met as attentively as at a smaller daycare , but Kindercare was completely different! From the beginning the infant teachers (Becky, Jasamin, Amanda, and Natalie) took time to understand our routines and goals and cultivated a partnership in caring for my infant. Whenever I picked up or dropped off there were several adults in the room interacting with the babies. When my older son was having difficulty adjusting to getting off the bus for after-school care, the director, classroom teachers, and other staff offered support with a sweet smiling greeting, giving him a special job, and facilitating visits to see his younger brother. And when I needed to switch days because of schedule changes, they were always willing to check, and often could make it happen.Show more
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 Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth 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.
We're so proud!
AMERICA'S MOST ACCREDITED
What Learning Looks Like
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.
An Educator Dedicated to Making Readers
Soft-spoken, creative, and laser-focused on literacy, Alisha Jackson is a real role model for early childhood educators. “I am being the change I wish to see in the lives of children,” she says. Watch and find out how she helps children find a love of books and reading.
This Top Educator Teaches With Her Whole Heart
Music is learning. It lights up everything” says this award-winning early childhood educator. Attiya Mirza is particularly adept at using music to teach: She recorded a pop album in her native Pakistan and was also the captain of the Pakistani national cricket team (leadership skills are extremely helpful in a class full of three-year-olds)!
Gallup - Great Workplace Award
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.
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.
This Inspirational Family Puts Love First
Music to our ears. Meet the Bachmans, an all-American, multi-racial family from Chicago who show us all what love is really about.
A Family That is Busy with a Capital "B"
When both parents are professionals, carving out some family "together" time can be a serious challenge. See how the Dorazios do it—from Taco Tuesday to trips to the shore.