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Whippany KinderCare

Chelsea Benavides, Center Director

45 Whippany Rd Whippany NJ 07981
(973) 428-3724 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
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Neighborhood:
RT 80, 287, 24, 10, 46

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
No transportation. No bussing for after school.

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

NAEYC Accreditation

Welcome to Whippany KinderCare

Welcome to Whippany KinderCare in New Jersey! Our center is located east of Central Park and near the Whippany Railway Museum. We aim to make every part of your child’s learning experience a fond piece of family history. Our classrooms are designed around your child’s unique needs, with a curriculum built from the latest research in early childhood development to help little minds grow into big success stories. Everyone belongs in our circle—we love our families and meeting new friends!

We’re proud of the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. And, if you need distance learning support for elementary school kids, grade K-6, we’re here for you. Contact our center director to learn more. We can’t wait to see you soon!

Chelsea Benavides, Our Center Director

Meet Chelsea Benavides, Our Center Director

At KinderCare Since: 2015

Education: Master of Arts, Bachelor of Arts

Favorite Children's Book: The Day the Crayon Quit 

Meet Chelsea Benavides! She is the Center Director at Whippany KinderCare in New Jersey. Chelsea attended Seton Hall University, where she earned a Master’s Degree in School Counseling. She has been with KinderCare since 2015, and before that, she was a certified school counselor for K–12. Every day, Chelsea looks forward to helping children discover their true potential. "I am enough of a realist to understand that I can't reach every child, but I am more of an optimist to get up every morning and try." – Preston Morgan.  

AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

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.

SCHOOL-READY

What Learning Looks Like

Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

Our 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.

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

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!

Science, Art

Our Teachers

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.

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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.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • We wanted to express our appreciation and gratitude for everything that you and your KinderCare facility have done for us and our daughter, Kira. We especially want to thank Ms. Linsey in the Preschool Room where Kira has been for the past year. We cannot believe the progress that Kira has made, and we are so proud that she can spell and write her name, as well as her friend's names in the class! When Ms. Linsey told us Kira was writing her own name, we did not believe it until I asked Kira to sign a card at home and she actually did it!! We commend Ms. Linsey for her first year teaching and know that she is a great asset to your school. We will miss Ms. Linsey, but are looking forward to all the wonderful things Ms. Jen has in store for Kira! Thank you again.

    Leah and Rob A. - KinderCare Parent
  • Hello,
    Initially, my husband and I were very concerned when Gavin transitioned to a different room. However, Ms. Michele, Ms, Alicia, Miss Kelly, Ms. Merryl and Ms. Tanisha gave us the assurance we need that our son is well taken care and comfortable in his new environment. Since his transition, his motor and language skills have continued to flourish. He knows how to throw things in the garbage, how to blow his nose, eat with utensils... I can keep going. My husband and I just want to communicate to KLC corp that the team in Whippany is outstanding. We just want our appreciation and content to be heard by KLC corp.

    Jenny B. - KinderCare Parent
  • My son attended Whippany KinderCare from the age of six months and continues there in the summer camp program as he moves on to first grade in the fall. Benny talks about "his four year old school" all the time, and has many great memories with friends. I would like to take a moment to mention Ms. Aida who made our beginning transition into day care a wonderful and memorable experience. Her amazing ability to make us comfortable, as parents, is second only to the care and love that she showed to Benny from day one! He still runs into her room for a hug any chance he gets!

    Valerie C. - KinderCare Parent

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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.

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