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South Main KinderCare

Jill Sparks, Center Director

511 S Main St. Andover MA 01810
(978) 470-3122 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 8 YEARS

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Route 28, only minutes from 93 north and south

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Andover, South, and Bancroft Elementary.

We are currently enrolling for all age groups!

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Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center of Andover. We look forward to meeting you and your family. Our staff are passionate and dedicated to our center, many of them have been with us for over 10 years. We offer many exciting programs for children ages eight weeks to five years old. We also offer an after-school program that accepts children up to the age of eight. As part of our after-school program we offer bus service from the South and Bancroft school in Andover. Our program is offered year-round, this also includes when the public schools are closed for vacations, holidays, inclement weather, and summer break. We look forward to having you join our KinderCare Family.

Jill Sparks, Center Director

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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.

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.


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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Our highly qualified staff is dedicated to the care and education of young children. Many of our teachers have worked at this location for 10 years or more.

  • Jill Sparks, Center Director

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

    Angelica Rowell joined KinderCare Learning Center of Woburn in 2011 as an Assistant Director. She transferred to our Andover location taking on the role of Center Director in August of 2012. Angelica is EEC Director ll certified and has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Middlesex Community College.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Melissa Pitari

    Melissa Pitari, Assistant Director

    We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.

    Melissa has been in the childhood education field for over fifteen years. She has worked in every age group from infants through after school. She is a mother of three children. She has a son who is fourteen, a daughter who is nine, and another daughter that is three. She is married and resides in Methuen, MA. Melissa is certified in every age group and is both Director I and II certified. Melissa is continuing her education in Early Childhood through on line courses. She is very excited to start her new position as the Assistant Director in Andover and to build a strong bond with both the children and their families here at the center.

    Previous Experience:
    Melissa has worked for many other child care centers. The last one was a privately owned center and she was there for over eight years working with all age groups. She originally started with KinderCare Education over 12 years ago.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shelley

    Ms. Shelley, Program Specialist

    The thing I love most about working with children is seeing the excitement on their faces when they accomplish a task!

    Ms. Shelley has been working for KinderCare Learning Center since 1996. She is the lead teacher in the Jr. Kindergarten classroom and the Program Specialist for the Center. Ms. Shelley enjoys all aspects of this age group; She finds the children fascinating and endearing.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shelley has worked with special needs children for two years, provided home day care for five years, and has been teaching preschool for the last sixteen years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon
    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors Degree in Education and Psychology
  • Ms. Rita

    Ms. Rita, Infant Classroom

    I love knowing that I have helped an abundance of Infants reach their developmental milestones.

    Ms. Rita has over 15 years of experience working with children. Her favorite thing about working with young children is experiencing each stage of their development and watching them develop into young ladies and young men. She is a very nurturing, caring, loving infant teacher. Ms. Rita's classroom is very organized, clean, and designed for Infant learning.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    EEC Infant and Toddler Teacher Certified
  • Janette

    Janette, Preschool B

    I love my job because seeing a child's face when they learn something new or make new memories is priceless and makes it all worth it.

    Janette has worked in two different centers and recently moved back home from Meredith NH. She is very excited to be back home and to start working at KinderCare!  Janette enjoys teaching preschool the most but has experience working with children of all ages. She earned her Associates Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Essex and then received her Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at Fitchburg State. Janette likes to incorporate a Spanish curriculum into her classroom because the children really enjoy it and she feels that they can benefit from it in the long run. Janette is very excited to work with her new class and their families!!

    Previous Experience:
    Janette has worked in two different centers in all age groups.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Associates degree in Elementary Education, Bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Ms. Dawn

    Ms. Dawn, Toddler A

    Working with children has always been my dream.

    Coming from a large family with many nieces and nephews, I have always loved being around children. I worked in the waitressing field for over 30 years and I am eager to start a new chapter in my life doing what I have always wanted to do. I am determined to go back to school and further my education by earning a Early Childhood Degree. I have a 11 year old daughter who is my world. I am teaching her to never give up on a dream. It is never too late to shoot for the stars!!

    Previous Experience:
    This is my first time working with children. I previously studied medical assisting and phlebotomy.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon and I Love You
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Toddler Program

    It is a honor being able to have the chance to be a positive role model in the lives of your children, and I look forward to witnessing each and every milestone he/she accomplishes.

    Melissa was born and raised in North Reading Massachusetts moving out of state with her family at age of thirteen. Currently she is a resident of Groveland. She has worked in many preschool, daycare facilities and private homes both in Kentucky and Massachusetts. Melissa is the eldest of four siblings, and caring for children has always been a big part of her life.

    Previous Experience:
    Melissa has experience as an assistant teacher working with the infant and toddler age groups for about 8 years. She has On top of ECE experience she has many more years experience working as a babbysitter and full time Nanny.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Vanessa

    Ms. Vanessa, Toddler A Classroom

    Ms. Vanessa enjoys working with toddlers because this is the time that they begin to develop their individualized personalities. She has three years of experience working with young children and over that time, Ms. Vanessa has had the pleasure in working with Infants, Toddlers, preschool, and in a Kindergarten setting. Vanessa attended Northern Essex Community College where she completed her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Peggy

    Ms. Peggy, Toddler Classroom

    The thing I love most about working with children is that no matter what kind of mood you are in, you forget all about it when you enter the classroom!

    Ms. Peggy has been working for KinderCare Learning Center since February 1996. She is Ms. Nancy's co-Teacher in the 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!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Crayon Box That Talked
    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Infant & Toddler EEC Teacher Certified
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Preschool Classroom

    It's okay to be silly and act like a kid with the children! Get down on their level.

    Ms. Jennifer has been working with young children for over 15 years, She enjoys working with children and knowing that she is an important role in preparing them for their future. Jennifer feels providing the children with consistency, follow through and safety are of the utmost importance.

    Previous Experience:
    Next Generations Children's Center (6 years), Paraprofessional for the Lowell Public Schools, Substitute teacher for Lowell Middle School, Little Sprouts
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar and How Are You Feeling?
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Early Education & Care Certificate (Infant, Toddler, & Preschool)

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Italian

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

Here at KinderCare of Andover Health & Safety is one of our top priorities! We have a security door with a key pad in our front foyer; where only authorized family members will have the code to enter our school. Otherwise a door bell is available to all of our guests. All of our staff members are trained in First Aid and CPR. Our play grounds are fenced in and all doors leading to our playground will remain locked while the children are indoors.

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

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

We consider KinderCare to be like a "second family" for our two girls. The level of care and devotion provided by all of the teachers really goes above and beyond the call of duty. My children have formed such an incredibly strong bond with all of their teachers at KinderCare. Thank you for all your loving care!

- Mother

We have been at KinderCare for almost eight years, starting with our first daughter when she was four months old. The teachers are first rate and the care and education they have provided to has been amazing. They have become like family to us and have helped develop and raise our three daughters.

- Mother

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