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The John Kenney Child Care Center is the fulfillment of a promise made by developer Isaac Heller to the people of Edison. In 1987, Mr. Heller, Chairman of the Board of Heller Industrial Parks, Inc., established the John Kenney Child Care Center as a non-profit corporation. It provides affordable quality child care to children of employees in Heller Industrial Park, as well as Edison residents and Edison employees.

Among Isaac Heller's strongest allies was the family of John and Mary Kenney. Mr. Kenney helped defeat the construction of a garbage dump and incinerator which had been slated for the site. They were the parents of nine children, five of whom were local police officers. Mr. Kenney's civic pride and love of children represented the best of our community.

It is a fitting tribute for our child care center to bear his name.

From opening day, our center has gained national attention as a model for corporate America. Articles about our center have appeared in the New York Times, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. Visitors, from as far away as Japan and Denmark, have come to tour our center.

John Kenney Child Care Center was rededicated on October 9, 2000 to mark its removal from its former site off Mill Road to a newly completed, larger building a few hundred feet away.

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Our Mission

To provide a safe, nurturing environment that encourages learning, boosts creativity, and promotes creativity. With a comprehensive preschool and kindergarten curriculum, children learn the skills they will need for the future.

Our Staff

Every employee we hire is carefully screened and receives yearly training for professional growth. All staff members are CPR and First Aid certified. We select staff members who are enthusiastic about teaching children and have a passion for what we do. To learn more about our staff, click here.

Holiday Closings

As a preschool and kindergarten, we are open all year long except for the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day (January 1st)
  • Martin Luther King's Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
  • Presidents Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Good Friday (Floating Date)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Fourth of July (July 4th)
  • Labor Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Friday after Thanksgiving (4th Friday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25th)

Staff Quality

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Our staff are the single most important aspect of our center. We are extremely proud of all that our staff accomplish on a daily basis.

The staff at our center go above and beyond to make sure your child is in a safe, inviting environment. They know when they have fun, the children will have fun too. We know that listening to children and taking a genuine interest in their needs helps them feel safe and cared for. Our staff go out of their way to make every child feel special, and approach each day with a helpful and gentle attitude.

For more information about our center, staff, programs and services, please contact us today.