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Acton KinderCare

Jean Cleavenger, Center Director

5 Post Office Square Acton MA 01720
(978) 263-1446 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 9 YEAR-OLDS

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Close to Route 2 and Route 495, next to the Post Office

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Acton Public School provide transportation to/from the Center.


Welcome to our Acton KinderCare. Our Center is like "home away from home", where we try to be an extension of your family. There is always someone at the Center that families can talk to. We encourage telephone calls from families wanting to check in on their children. We also plan several family events throughout the year such as spaghetti dinners or summer cook-outs. We consistently strive to not only meet the needs of our families, but also exceed those needs. We believe that each day we are provided opportunities to play a positive role in the life of a child, and we embrace that opportunity for the honor that it is. We provide a balance between choice and structured activities, between group and individual pursuits, and between teacher and child-directed experiences. You can have confidence that your child receives the best care and education possible at KinderCare. As a team of early education specialists, we value each and every opportunity to encourage questions, foster children's development and encourage laughter. We believe that a whole child is a happy child.

Jean Cleavenger, Center Director

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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.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.


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.


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

We at KinderCare are committed to providing the highest quality of child care and early childhood educational services in an environment that is safe, diverse and nurturing. Our programs are developmentally appropriate; providing stimulating experiences, exploration and creativity that will strengthen your child's cognitive, social, emotional and language development. Our team of educators come to work daily with a desire to love and teach children. We appreciate that you have put your trust in us to take care of your most adored treasures. We are committed to introducing a variety of fun and educational experiences to your child daily. We welcome you to come and spend time getting to know us, you will be glad you did!

  • Jean Cleavenger

    Jean Cleavenger, Center Director

    Everyday at KinderCare is a new adventure filled with love, fun and surprises!

    Jean has been working in the early childcare field for over 25 years now. She considers all of the families enrolled at her Center an extension of the KinderCare family. Jean enjoys the fantastic staff of energized teachers who create a wonderful world of learning at KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Mery Buono

    Mery Buono, Assistant Director

    I love spending time with the children and watching them flourish into amazing little people!

    Mery has worked in the KinderCare family since she was 15, and returns year after year because of the amazing children, families and staff. Above all, Mary loves watching the children grow and develop into terrific young people.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    KinderCare Director I and Director II Certified
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Infant Classroom

    I love to watch the babies grow and develop each day.

    Ms. Lauren has been an infant teacher at KinderCare for over five years. She is a very nurturing, caring, loving infant teacher. Her infant classroom is very organized, bright, colorful and a very happy, safe place for the babies to explore and make new discoveries.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Chldhood Education
  • Ms. Mausumi

    Ms. Mausumi, Infant Classroom

    I love to interact with the children and face the new challenges that each day brings.

    Ms. Mausumi started at KinderCare in January 2012, and quickly became part of our family. She co-teaches with Ms. Veronica in the toddler classroom where they keep the children very busy interacting in various learning centers throughout the day. Children's laughter and squeals of delight can be heard coming from her busy toddler classroom. They teach the children self help skills so that they may begin to exert their independence, as well as the basic fundamentals to prepare them for the preschool classroom.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Andrea

    Ms. Andrea, Toddler Classroom

    I love my job because every day is different, and there is never a dull moment!

    Ms. Andrea is very loving and nurturing, and it shows in all of her interactions with the toddlers in her classroom. Ms. Andrea is very creative and plans many fun, messy art projects for the toddlers, (painting, coloring, glueing) to go along with our monthly themes.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Andrea has six previous years working as an Infant and Toddler Teacher.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. Ciera

    Ms. Ciera, Toddler Classroom

    Being a teacher is the most rewarding job! I love the interactions with the children.

    Ms. Ciera and Ms. Maria co-teach in our Toddler room. Singing, dancing and laughter can always be found when entering their toddler classroom. They keep the toddlers busy and engaged in activities throughout the day. Their classroom is a very safe, nurturing environment where the toddlers are able to explore, learn, create, and imagine!

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Toddler Classroom

    I love to see the excitement on the children's faces when they learn something new.

    Ms. Maria is a very creative, nurturing teacher. She can be found showing her love for music in the classroom by singing and dancing with the children. Ms. Maria co-teaches with Ms. Danielle and they have a very loving toddler classroom. They keep the toddlers busy and engaged in activities throughout the day. Their classroom is a very safe, nurturing environment where the toddlers are able to explore, learn, create and imagine!

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Theology
  • Ms. Veronica

    Ms. Veronica, Toddler Classroom

    I love that everyday is new and exciting and never the same in my toddler room.

    Ms. Veronica received her Infant and Toddler Teacher Certification in July, 2011. She team-teaches with Ms. Mausumi. Their classroom is a fun, busy place for toddlers to explore, learn and make new discoveries. Many hands on learning activities are taking place throughout the day, where the toddlers are learning, sharing and exploring. Whether the toddlers are in their classroom, on the playground or in our indoor playroom, fun and learning is always taking place.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Infant and Toddler Teacher Certification
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Preschool Classroom

    I love to see the excitement in the children's eyes when they have learned a new skill.

    Ms. Sue genuinely just has a very good time with her preschool class. She is a fun, energetic, loving, caring and enthusiastic teacher! Her students create, paint, draw, build and explore together when learning the curriculum, becoming problem solvers and life long thinkers. Ms. Sue proves her value as an educator by keeping the kids constantly engaged throughout the day.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ghada

    Ms. Ghada, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love to see the pride in a child's face after an accomplishment

    Ms. Ghada truly enjoys her classroom of prekindergarten students. She spends her days introducing the children to numbers, colors, letters and shapes all in a hands-on environment. Children can be found gluing, coloring, painting, building and exploring as that is how learning takes place–all the while, Ms. Ghada is teaching valuable social skills. Children leave Ms. Ghada's classroom well prepared for kindergarten.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ashlee

    Ms. Ashlee, Learning Adventures and Preschool Classrooms

    Everyday is a new day full of adventure and wonderment.

    Ms. Ashlee enjoys working with all different age groups of children. Ashlee enjoys teaching the Learning Adventures programs and loves to watch the children each succeed. Ashlee attended Mount Wachusett Community College and then transferred to Fitchburg State College where she majored in Early Childhood Education, graduating in 2010. Ms. Ashlee enjoys spending her personal time with her two-year-old son, reading books and being outside!

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jillian, Support Staff

    I love working with all the children, and it is so exciting to see them grow and change. The children always put a smile on my face.

    Ms. Jillian can be found working in all of our classrooms, infant through prekindergarten. She works very well with children of all ages and enjoys the opportunity to work with and get to know all the children enrolled in our center. When not working at KinderCare, Ms. Jillian can be found attending classes at Middlesex Community College where she is studying Early Childhood Education.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Pursuing Degree in Early Childhood Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • 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

All of our staff go through a rigorous background check that includes not only a state Cori and DCF screening, but a national screening as well. Each member of our team is certified in both First Aid and CPR annually, and medications are administered with written physician/parental consent by certified trained administrators. Our playgrounds are completely fenced in. The health and safety of our children is our utmost priority.

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

The teachers at the facility at Post Office Square in Acton are wonderful. My son and I are very fond of all of the teachers he has had in the five years he has been there. He has grown and learned a lot with their support and guidance. I know the facility is clean and safe. The environment is very positive and fosters learning. I trust the staff. They make themselves available for questions and discussions. I am welcome to drop in during the day if I need to. I usually did not need to, but it was comforting that the option was available to me.

- Parent

The Teachers and Directors make you feel like they are an extension of your family and contributing to the concept of it takes a village to raise a child. I couldn't be happier!

- Parent

My child loves the KinderCare in Acton. He enjoys seeing his friends and teachers daily. Jean is a fantastic and very involved Director. She has a great staff that really cares about the kids there.

- Parent

Jean, Mery and Julie are always smiling, positive and make each child and parent feel like they are #1. Thank you guys. I never worry about my child when they are in their care.

- Parent

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