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Hayward Road KinderCare

Helena Prentiss, Center Director

90 Hayward Rd. Acton MA 01720
(978) 264-9045 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Off of Hayward Road

Neighborhood:
Route 27 and Charter RD Infront of the Highschool

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Local will bus to center/ will bus to Acton Public, Douglas, Conant, McCarthy- Town, Merriam, and Gates

The Acton KinderCare on Hayward Road is currently enrolling in our Infant through School Age programs. We are located in a convenient yet quiet family oriented area easily accessible from RT 2 and 495. We are a NAEYC accredited school that partners with many charities and local events to promote a sense of community for our families. Come by and visit our outstanding school and our wonderful staff.

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Welcome

At the Hayward Road KinderCare, we constintently strive to not only meet the needs of our families, but to also exceed those needs. We believe that each day we are providing opportunities to play a positive role in the life of a child, and we embrace that opportunity for the honor that it is. As a team of early education professionals we value each and every opportunity to foster children's development, promote exploration and encourage laughter. Our long term teaching team is our biggest strength. The experience and dedication of our teachers make the difference for children and families in our care. We are proud to be a NAEYC Accredited Center. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we're excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning.

Helena Prentiss, Center Director

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Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Teachers & Staff

KinderCare Learning Center in Acton has been recognized for its' longevity of staff. Many of our passionate and dedicated teachers have been here for over fifteen years. All of our teachers have college education and specialized training in early childhood development. Helena Prentiss (Center Director) has been with KinderCare Learning Center since 1992. Kate Boldebook (Assistant Director) has been with the the company since 2007. In addition, our Program Specialist, Kristin St. Hilaire has been with KinderCare Learning Center since 1997. Low staff turnover is an important factor when looking for a quality child care program.

  • Helena Prentiss, Center Director

    Helena is a candidate for a Bachelor's degree in Human Development in Spring 2014.

    Year Started:
    9/1/1992
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
  • Kate Boldebook

    Kate Boldebook, Assistant Director

    I feel that early childhood education is invaluable part of a child's education and essential in starting a child off on the right path. I love coming to work each day and helping teachers create a fun learning environment where children can develop and grow into all of their potential.

    Kate has worked for KinderCare Learning Center for six years. She enjoys spending time with the children and families at the Acton center and supporting teachers in leading a fun, creative atmosphere for children.

    Previous Experience:
    Kate has worked as an assistant kindergarten teacher, a group leader at an after school center, and a lead preschool teacher. Prior to becoming the Assistant Director, Kate worked as a Program Specialist and also has experience working as an Acting Director for KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, DII Certification
  • Ms. Andrea

    Ms. Andrea, Infant & Preschool Classrooms

    I have always loved children. I'm a mom and I love working with children because I love teaching them new things, watching them grow and seeing their faces when they reach their goals. Knowing that I was a part of that makes me happy.

    Ms. Andrea lives in Westminster Massachusetts with her husband and three children. She graduated from Chelmsford High School in 1993 and then went on to Becker College to study Early Childhood Education. Ms. Andrea transferred to Middlesex Community College and graduated in 1996 with an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Andrea is Lead Teacher qualified in all age groups and is Director I qualified. She has been in the teaching field for seventeen years with the last ten and a half years at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Andrea worked as an assistant at an in-home daycare center and as a babysitter.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Director I Credential
  • Ms. Sharon

    Ms. Sharon, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy being a part of a child's life during their first years of life and being part of their developmental growth.

    Ms. Sharon has two girls, one in college and one in fifth grade, and two step children, one in seventh grade and one in sixth grade. She has completed several courses to become Director I certified. She has been with KindreCare for eighteen years. Ms. Sharon enjoys spending time with family, camping or just hanging out at the lake. Ms. Sharon loves working with the Infants.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Sharon worked as an assistant at an in-home daycare center and as a babysitter.
    Year Started:
    10/1/1994
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Director I Certified
  • Ms. Sue

    Ms. Sue, Infant Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Sue has been with KinderCare for 8 years now. She EEC certified with all age groups.
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 yrs experience woking with children
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Toddler & Discovery Preschool Classrooms

    Opening up a child's world, supporting them and watching them become happy, healthy, well rounded individuals gives me great pride.

    Ms. Debbie has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and has been in this field for 25 years. She has been with KinderCare for the past eight years caring for Infants and Toddlers. Entering her classroom you will be amazed at the level of independence these young children exhibit as they explore their environment and interact with one another as caring, supportive members of a group. Be prepared to get messy as the children test their abilities during a cooking project, or express themselves with a variety of creative art experiences.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Debbie worked as a Director of Forge Hill YMCA Children's Center and a Director of Primrose School Kennesaw North Preschool.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Toddler & Discovery Preschool Classrooms

    I am passionate about helping children succeed.

    Ms. Stephanie has been working at KinderCare for four years. She has a certificate in Early Childhood Education from Ellis University. Currently, Ms. Stephanie is pursuing her Associate's degree from Ashford University.

    Year Started:
    11/1/2008
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Teacher Certified, Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Carmen

    Ms. Carmen, Toddler Classroom

    I am passionate in seeing children grow. I love seeing children learn and master new skills as they develop!

    Ms. Carmen started with the Acton KinderCare in late August. She attended St. Bernard's Central Catholic High School and graduated in 2009. She then attended Mount Wachusett Community College and graduated in May 2013 with an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Carmen loves to music and to do sensory activities in her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Carmen has experience working at the extended day care at St. Leo's School in Leominsiter, Massachusetts. She also has prior experience babysitting.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, Toddler Classroom

    I've always loved working with children, especially very young ones. Nothing feels better than seeing a smile on their faces and knowing you helped to put it there.

    Ms. Nancy has been with KinderCare for almost five years. She has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. She lives in Boxborough with her husband and three dogs. Ms. Nancy also enjoys spending time with family, especially her two granddaughters!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Nancy worked at Nagog Children's center and Mulberry Childcare center.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor's of Science Degree in Sociology & Anthropology
  • Ms. Elena

    Ms. Elena, Toddler, Discovery Preschool & Preschool Classrooms

    Nothing makes me happier than to see a child bloom.

    Ms. Elena has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and has been a part of the KinderCare team for nine years. She spends her days reading stories, creating art experiences and promoting independence. She loves to dance, sing and teach the children Spanish.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2003
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Carrie

    Ms. Carrie, Preschool Classroom

    Watching the reaction on the children's faces and their excitement when they learn something new, makes me excited to teach.

    Ms. Carrie has worked for KinderCare for eleven years. She received her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Middlesex Community College. Ms. Carrie enjoys working in the five-year-old classroom. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three-year-old son.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Carrie worked at Boxboro Children's Center.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Preschool Classroom

    I am excited to watch the children master a skill and have success.

    Ms. Debbie has been with KinderCare for just over 20 years and has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys new and exciting activities for the children to explore as well as cooking projects.

    Year Started:
    9/1/1992
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Lead Teacher Certification
  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, Preschool Classroom

    Children and teaching is a love of mine!

    Ms. Jen has been working with children for fifteen years and has worked for KinderCare since 1999. In her Preschool classroom the kids love to get messy with lots of painting and sensory activities. Children really enjoy her dramatic story time and classroom enhancements.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Jenn worked as a nanny.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1999
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Kristine

    Ms. Kristine, Preschool Classroom

    I strive each day to make a difference in the lives of young children.

    Ms. Kristine has been working with KinderCare for thirteen years. She is the lead teacher in the five-year-old classroom. She has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Sociology with a concentration in Special Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Kristine worked as a District Manager at a newspaper.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Sociology
  • Ms. Sophie

    Ms. Sophie, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Sophie graduated from Nashoba Regional High School in 2010. She has continued her education at Worcester State University for Elementary Education and Mathematics. Ever since a young age, she has loved working with children. She decided to pursue a career in Education. Ms. Sophie has been working with KinderCare since March 2013.

    Year Started:
    3/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Barbara

    Ms. Barbara, School Age Classroom

    A smile on a child' s face when they master a new skill is my reward for doing what I love - Teach!

    Ms. Barbara has over 25 years experience working with young children. She has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education K-6. She has worked with Kindergarten and first grade as a teacher's aide and substitute teacher. Ms. Barbara has been at KinderCare for fourteen years, primarily in the Preschool classroom. She recently moved to the School Age classroom and is enjoying the new challenges. Ms. Barbara enjoys encouraging science exploration, creative arts activities and cooking.

    Year Started:
    12/1/1998
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts and Sciences Degree
  • Ms. Kristin

    Ms. Kristin, Learning Adventures Classroom, Program Specialist

    I believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams!

    Ms. Kristin has been with KinderCare for sixteen years. She has 23 years experience in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Kristin enjoys teaching children to read and enjoys finding ways to help children who might be struggling with transitions.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Kristin worked as a preschool teacher.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1997
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Liz

    Ms. Liz, Kitchen Manager

    I work with a great team here are KinderCare, it's like family!

    Ms. Liz has been with KinderCare Learning Center for 18 years as a kitchen manager. She plans and prepares snacks and lunch for the children and staff. Ms. Liz has taken and received the Food Safety Certification and The Allergen Awareness trainings. She also writes the center news letter, helps to coordinate family events and covers teachers lunch breaks.

    Year Started:
    12/1/1994
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Certified Professional Food Manager, Allergen Awareness Training

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About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Safety is our our first priority. All staff are certified in first aid and CPR. Our front door is locked and has a key pad entry. Our play grounds are fenced and classroom doors are locked when they are inside.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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We moved to Acton about two years ago and one of my biggest stressors was finding a daycare for my two children. After I toured the Hayward Road KinderCare with Helena Prentiss, the Center Director, and met some of the teachers, I left knowing that my children would be cared for, loved and valued here. I could feel that Helena and her teachers had created something special. Two years later, I was right! If you ask my three-year-old what he likes most about school, he just starts naming his teachers: “Elena, Jen, Andrea, Nancy, Debbie, Stephanie, Carrie, Barbara…” and on it goes. Any teacher who is there at the end of the day gets a big smile, hug, and goodbye from him—he clearly loves them, and I can see they love him too. Yes it is important that he learns his ABC’s, his colors and numbers, and he is, but that his teachers also show him through their actions and words that he is special and valued provides him the foundation for developing his own self-confidence and sense of self-worth and that is invaluable. To me it’s what excellent teachers do.
I could go on with many examples of how Helena and her staff have supported my whole family, in times of work crises, family emergencies and medical scares. But suffice it to say that the Hayward Road KinderCare is a community of support, love and care that I am grateful, and proud my family is part of.

- Mother

Leave my child with a stranger? No way!"
That is definitely the first thought that every new parent has when considering child care.
Two children and five-and-a-half years and later, we can definitely say that the teachers at KinderCare are far from strangers. They have been such a huge influence in both of our kids' daily lives. The teachers and staff at the center have been responsible for helping them grow, shaping who they are, and keeping them safe. It is so important knowing that you can trust the teachers and caregivers that you leave your child with daily and it's reassuring knowing that within no time, they are like part of your family. Both our kids and us value the special connections we have made through KinderCare.

- Parents

Okay, I don’t really know how this KinderCare facility retains its teachers and staff, but I can tell you how grateful the students’ families are that it does! While we may not know what the ingredients are, it’s apparent that there is a certain chemistry and level of standards at this facility that lifts up the students and the teachers and encourages them to stay at that higher level. I can’t think of a single teacher there who has taken the easy road when she was tired or having a hard day. The level of effort and professionalism is really incredible, especially compared to other workplaces I’ve observed that had far fewer challenges.
There is the appreciation I have for Kristin’s cooking class, when I find myself chopping apples (for what seems like hours) in order to replicate those cute little mini apple pies the following weekend. There is the appreciation I have for each of the teachers that my daughter has had the good fortune to be associated with. There is the excellent advice that is always available when I need help with a behavioral or learning pattern. The staff and teachers have to deal with a wide range of personalities among the students and parents, and they do that consistently and kindly. I’m sure there are lots of special requests and “Did you know that…?” conversations from parents, and the staff and teachers are accommodating but honest, based on their years of experience. I hope that the annual Teacher Appreciation Week gives you a sense of how much the parents appreciate wonderful teachers like you!
Lastly, I want to confirm that first impressions during daycare center tours are very important, and in this case they were also correct. Before visiting this KinderCare, I had visited four other centers (after leaving a center because of one grumpy teacher who was, unfortunately, the main “greeter” for parents every morning). I loved the wide range of teacher ages I saw at KinderCare, because it gives you that combination of experience and new ideas. I also liked the fact that the teachers seemed genuine, and didn’t drop everything to come talk to me. They did talk to me, of course, but they were still taking care of the children, and it didn’t look like a performance for visitors. That first impression has proven true through the past 3.5 years: the staff and teachers are genuine but honest, and give it their all every day. Many of you are parents as well, so you know what I mean when I say “it means the world to know your child is in excellent hands”. I have a hard time imagining what it will be like when my daughter moves on to Kindergarten, but I know it will involve a lot of gratitude, excitement and sadness.

- Parent

Our family has been with KLC on Hayward Rd. in Acton for almost 5 years. Both of our boys absolutely love going there, and my husband and I feel fortunate to have such caring and thoughtful teachers looking after them. KLC is loving, stimulating, and safe environment where our sons (and us!) have made many friends, and grown so much.

- Mother
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