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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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Neighborhood:
Route 28, only minutes from 93 north and south

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

Welcome

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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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.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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.

Monthly Activities

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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

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.

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

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 degree in Early Childhood Education from Middlesex Community College.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2016
  • Miss Shelley

    Miss Shelley, Prekindergarten Classroom and 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, provided home day care, and has been teaching Preschool/Prekindergarten for the past several years. This year we celebrated her 20th anniversary here at KinderCare!
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Good Night Moon

    Year Started:
    8/1/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education and Psychology
  • Miss Rita

    Miss Rita, Infant Classroom

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

    Ms. Rita has almost 20 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:
    4/1/1997
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Education:
    EEC Infant and Toddler Teacher Certified
  • Miss Janette

    Miss Janette, Preschool Classroom

    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 enjoys teaching preschool the most, but has experience working with children of all ages. She earned her associate degree in elementary education from Northern Essex and then received her bachelor's 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. She is a truly wonderful and dedicated teacher!

    Previous Experience:
    Janette has worked in two different centers in all age groups.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Associate degree in Elementary Education, Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Miss Dawn

    Miss Dawn, Support Staff, Multi-age

    Working with children has always been my dream.

    Dawn comes from a large family with many nieces and nephews and has always loved being around children!  She is determined to go back to school and further her education by earning a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has an 11 year old daughter who is her world. She is teaching her daughter to never give up on a dream. It is never too late to shoot for the stars!!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Good Night Moon and I Love You

    Year Started:
    10/12/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Miss Peggy

    Miss 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!

    Previous Experience:
    This year, Miss Peggy celebrated her 20th anniversary here at KinderCare! We are so lucky to have her!
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Crayon Box That Talked

    Year Started:
    2/1/1996
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+
    Education:
    Infant & Toddler EEC Teacher Certified
  • Miss Jennifer

    Miss Jennifer, Discovery 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, 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:
    4/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Early Education & Care Certificate (Infant, Toddler, & Preschool)

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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.

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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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