Lisa Glappa, Center Director
Meet Lisa Glappa, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2009
Education: Master's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Love You Forever
Meet Lisa Glappa! She is the Center Director at KinderCare at Branchburg in Somerville, NJ. Lisa attended Rutgers University, where she earned Bachelor's Degrees in History and Political Science. She also attended University of Phoenix, where she earned a Master's Degree in Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2009, and before that was a camp and after school director. “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” - Benjamin Franklin. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys crafting, quilting, and being outside with her two sons.
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.
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!
“I was a scared and nervous mommy walking into Kindercare for the first time with my 10 month old baby who had been at home with me since day one. All I wanted was for my baby to be loved, hugged and played with, which is what any parent hopes for when they are leaving their child in the care of someone else. While looking at different daycares, how could I ever know she would get that? Right away, when we began our tour at Kindercare I just knew, it was like a gut feeling. This was the place my daughter was going to be taken care of the best. Ms. Tirusha, the Center Director, said this would become her “home away from home.” Well, in just 2 short months, she was right, my daughter has a “home away from home” and gets hugged, played with and is loved. We have found that all at Kindercare. She has fallen in love with Ms. Jackie, Ms. Chelsea, Ms. Lucy, Ms. Michelle, Ms. Polina, Ms. Tirusha and many others that are in the infant room. They encourage me to call during the day and anyone who answers is happy to let me know how my baby is doing and gives me a brief description on her day so far. This makes me feel safe and comfortable. Everyone has taken the time to get to know my family and I and are so friendly when we walk in the door! Ms. Jackie and Ms. Chelsea have really gotten to know my daughter. They know her signs for tired and hungry, what to feed her and when. They cater to her needs. I started out with so many fears but they assured me they would do whatever it took to make my daughter comfortable… and they did and still do! The two of them go above and beyond to make sure my baby is happy! I could go on and on about how wonderful everyone at Kindercare has treated my daughter, my husband and I. This is the experience we hoped to have sending our daughter to daycare and we are lucky to have gotten it!”
Jessica B. - KinderCare Parent
Our daughter has been in the KinderCare Branchburg infant room since she was 3 ½ months old and we couldn’t be happier with our choice to place her there. Miss Michelle and Miss Jackie are absolutely amazing care takers and it’s reassuring as a parent to know that our daughter is in great hands during the day – being loved, cared for, learning and ultimately super happy! Both Miss Michelle and Miss Jackie always have a smile on their face and a cuddle waiting for each baby. They take the time to really get to know each baby and cater to all their unique needs. We are very happy our daughter is in their care and it makes it very easy to drop her off each day….especially when we see her huge smile when she enters the room and sees her teachers!”
Melissa H. - KinderCare Parent
One of the most precious things in our lives are our children. Having to send them to daycare is no easy task so making sure you send them to the right one is a big deal. When we started our search for daycares we visited everything from the Big names to the small local places to find the right fit for our son. There were those that looked great but were just too expensive and those that we knew the second we walked in that we would never leave our kids there. That brings us to the Kindercare of Branchburg. I was recommended to this daycare by a colleague of mine and had heard positive things about the place and it’s staff. The moment we walked in our son ran to the Center Director, Tirusha Dave, and gave her a big hug. We knew right then that he had made his choice. As we spoke to Tirusha and her staff we genuinely felt good about the place. Everyone is nice and friendly and they care about what they do. We can honestly say our son likes all the teachers at the daycare and it seems to be consistent amongst all the kids we see there. An important factor for us was that this is not simply a babysitter watching our child but a place that provides more for him with a curriculum and challenges that motivate children to learn and grow as individuals. We knew this was the place for us and in the time that our son has spent at the Kindercare of Branchburg we truly feel they have become a part of our family.”
Zee & Saba - KinderCare Parent
From the first day our daughter has loved going to Kindercare. I don't feel guilty going to work because she is happy when I drop her off and I have trouble getting her to leave with me at the end of the day. She loves everyone and talks about all of her friends and teachers.”
Mary P. - KinderCare Parent
Thank you so much for taking care of my precious cargo. I left them both crying at times (I even left crying sometimes too!) but returned to smiles every day.”
Jenn and Dave - KinderCare Parent
My twins, Samantha and Anthony, have been with Kindercare for two years now. The decision to leave my kids in daycare was very difficult for me but once I saw how well adjusted they were and how quickly they adapted to their teacher, my mind was put at ease. The fact that my kids call me Miss Alisha demonstrates just how comfortable they feel with their teacher and how much they love her. I can truly say that I never worry about them when they are at daycare. The teachers treat them as if they were their own children. Thank you Miss Alisha and all of the staff at Kindercare for making my experience and my children's so wonderful! I truly appreciate all you do for them and our family.”
Christine and Anthony T. - KinderCare Parent
It's hard to believe that we will soon be approaching our one-year anniversary with the KinderCare family. It seemed like only yesterday my little one and I walked into the breakfast room looking like two deer in headlights. I think I had more tears than her on that first day. This past year has been filled with ups and downs. My solace was knowing that my child was being taken care of every time that I dropped her off at KinderCare. I knew Ms. Chelsea would take good care of my girl. Ms. Chelsea had to deal with every single type of meltdown you could think of. She was so patient with my little girl (and with me) and the whole situation. Ms. Chelsea dealt with our schedule being completely changed and to my daughter's persistence with holding on to her sippy cup and/or any other type of tangible item! Ms. Chelsea has been our angel. I cannot begin to express the amount of gratitude and appreciation that I have for Ms. Chelsea and the other teachers that have helped us through this process.Thank you, Ms. Chelsea!!”
Monica - 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.