Rachel Roben, Center Director
Meet Rachel Roben, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2017
Education: Child Development Associate Credential
Favorite Children's Book: Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom
Meet Rachel Roben! She is the Center Director at Shelton KinderCare in Connecticut. Rachel attended Teachstone, where she earned a Child Development Associate credential. She has been with KinderCare since 2017, and before that she was a teacher and an assistant director. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys shopping and spending time with her family. They like going on walks, trying new restaurants, and going to the aquarium and zoo. "Stay positive, work hard, make it happen."
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.
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!
KinderCare has done a fine job putting together a great group of teachers, along with a great curriculum, to ensure my child’s social and academic development.
Eric - KinderCare Parent
I transferred my child from a previous child care center after touring Shelton KinderCare. I was very impressed with the staff that I met and felt like they truly cared. I was pleased to see the classroom and the curriculum they were using. Since being there, my son's strengths have grown in reading and math. I always look forward to hearing his stories about his day. Each day I am confident that I made the right choice for my son and his educational future. I would like to thank Shelton KinderCare for everything they do for my son and our family. -A Kindergarten Parent”
Jonathan W. - KinderCare Parent
KinderCare is a wonderful daycare center and I highly recommend it to any parent. My daughter is three years old and has been in KinderCare since she was six months. All of her teachers have been great. In infants, the teachers took special care of my daughter. They stimulated her with activities, like sign language, sensory games, and music. When my daughter transitioned to the two's classroom she flourished tremendously with the guidance and support of the wonderful two’s teachers. She mastered potty training, coloring, writing, numbers, etc. Now that she is in the three’s classroom, I feel like the sky is the limit for her! She has developed by leaps and bounds.
Each class, so far, has been pivotal in her learning and development, social skills, and motor skills. One thing my daughter really loves that is offered at KinderCare is the cooking classes. She’s made some tasty treats and dishes. My husband and I believe KinderCare has, and will continue, to help our daughter succeed and be prepared for future chapters in her life.
Aziza and Kevin - KinderCare Parent
I am proud of myself to opt for KinderCare, and lucky too. This is a very important year for my daughter and her Kindergarten readiness. The experiences she is sharing with me each night, it's amazing! Congratulating the staff as you are showing great teamwork.”
Shilpa K. - KinderCare Parent
The summer camp program was fantastic. My daughter had so much fun. All of the field trips kept her occupied and entertained. Our family felt very very comfortable with the staff as well we know (knew) our children will be safe and well taken care of. I would recommend the summer camp program to everyone.”
Jennifer - KinderCare Parent
I couldn't be more pleased with my son's classroom and teachers. The Discovery Preschool teachers have done such a great job helping my child develop. Since he has been there, he has been potty trained, learned all of his colors, letters, and basic numbers. Every time I pick up, there are huge smiles on all of the children's faces. Thank you for being such a big part of my son's growth.”
Allyson D. - 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.