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Ashland KinderCare

Beth McAlpine, Center Director

367 Pond St. Ashland MA 01721
(508) 881-2233 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 7 YEAR-OLDS

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We are currently enrolling in all ages, 6 weeks to 6 years. We are an educational environment that encourages children to explore, create and grow! We offer children a variety of experiences each day to develop and express themselves through various outlets.  It is our goal to help create a life-long love of learning within each child.


We offer a nurturing environment where everything’s intended for learning: the classroom, the materials, and the activities. No matter how young your child is, every element is designed so that learning happens in a fun and natural way. Our curriculum is based on the belief that children learn best by doing and playing.

Beth McAlpine, 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.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

Teachers & Staff

We pride ourselves in the longevity of our staff. We have several long term teachers, some who have been here since the very beginning in March of 2000! Our teachers are licensed through the Department of Early Education and Care, and the few Assistants we have are currently working towards their teacher's certification.

  • Beth McAlpine

    Beth McAlpine, Center Director

    To be a successful teacher and administrator you need to be a problem solver. Whether it is figuring out what makes a person tick, or what approach is best for each child, who will work well together or solving a financial issue, it is all about thinking creatively and turning a challenge into an opportunity for growth and learning.

    Beth began as a classroom teacher who has worked with all age groups. She has been a Program Specialist as well as Assistant Director before becoming the Center Director in 2008. Beth enjoys each day being a new challenge and experience.

    Year Started:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Education, minor in Special Education
  • Jen Foss

    Jen Foss, Assistant Director

    Working with children brings a liveliness to my life because it's like seeing adventures, explorations and learning all over again but through the eyes of a child. Each day is different and working with families to ensure the best in health, safety and education for their children is most important. I enjoy being a mentor to my peers and helping run our center to be a thriving and enriching environment for everyone.

    Jen joined the KinderCare team as a Kindergarten teacher in 2002. She has graduated several Kindergarten groups and has spent much time in all other classrooms as an afternoon-teacher and a float teacher. She has worn many hats during her years here! Jen has been the Assistant Director since 2008 and enjoys getting to know all of the families and children of all classrooms!

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Master's Deegree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Amy Balkus

    Ms. Amy Balkus, Program Specialist

    Live each day to the fullest

    Ms. Amy grew up in Holliston and still live in the house she was raised in. She always knew from a young age that she wanted to be a teacher. Her freshman year of college, she attended Keene State in Keene, New Hampshire and started her education classes there. Sophomore year she transferred to Framingham State College (now University) where she continued her education courses, majoring in Elementary Education with a interdisciplinary second major including Psychology, Sociology and Economics.  When she graduated in June of 2003 she worked for two years at Next Generation Children's Center in Sudbury as a Prekindergarten teacher. She wanted a job closer to her house so she made the switch to KinderCare Learning Center here in Ashland in November 2005. She worked two years full time as the Preschool teacher then she went part time to pursue a position working one to one with children with Autism for six years until September 2013. She came back full-time as the Program Specialist and has been taking courses working toward being a director since then. Working here for such a long period of time has shaped the teacher she has become and the director that she wants to be.

    Previous Experience:
    1 year YMCA 1 Year Davitt Center 2 years NGCC
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science Elementary Education
  • Ms. Anne

    Ms. Anne, Infant Classroom

    I love making children happy, teaching them new things and helping them reach milestones. Working with children and being trusted by the families to care for their children inspires me each day.

    Ms. Anne has worked in childcare for over 20 years. She has experience in all age groups. She has found that she loves being with the babies and watching them grow through the first year with us. Ms. Anne is also a mother of two boys, so she has a parent perspective to add to her expertise.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
  • Ms. Debby

    Ms. Debby, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love being with the younger children. They are so filled with amazement and wonder. Seeing children's faces and being able to teach them something new inspires me. They make me feel happy when I make them happy!

    Ms. Debby has experience in all age groups, but found her calling with Prekindergarten. It is a special person that loves groups in this age range! She is also a mother of one to add to her experience.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Preschool Classroom

    What I love most about early childhood is the eagerness and desire the children have to learn. I love their curiosity for life. What inspires me is the smiles and hugs I get each morning. I also love the comments and reminders I get from families letting me know that I made a difference in their child's life.

    Ms. Ashley started at the center as an afternoon high school student. She has grown into a teacher with a wealth of experience and practical knowledge. Ms. Ashley has experience in all age groups but finds her love is with the two year olds.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
  • Ms. Shauna

    Ms. Shauna, Preschool Classroom

    I love being able to see the children learn and grow. I enjoy helping them become confident in themselves. Not only do the children learn from me, but I learn from them. The children inspire me each day. I love walking into my classroom and know that I will get hugs and smiling greetings.

    Ms. Shauna has been in the Preschool classroom for four years. She has also been our dance and creative movement teacher. Ms. Shauna uses music and movement to inspire and teach the children in her class.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Kindergarten Classroom

    I love learning and helping others to learn. Even as a child I knew I wanted to be a teacher. Getting the opportunity to watch children grow and develop, knowing that I made a difference, means the world to me. I am inspired by seeing the children learn, and of course the smiles and hugs are great, too!

    Ms. Sara was originally an Infant teacher in our center. She has proven herself to be versatile and adept in any age group. As our Prekindergarten teacher, Sara has seamlessly adapted to the older age group and has found that she enjoys teaching the older group as much as caring for the Infants.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
  • Ms. Kathy

    Ms. Kathy, Toddler Classroom

    I love coming in each day and seeing the smiling faces.

    Ms. Kathy lives in Framingham with her husband and daughter. She loves listening to music and dancing. She also enjoys going to the park with her daughter. She grew up in Puerto Rico and still enjoy going back to visit her family.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Discovery Preschool

    Children our hands for a while and our hearts forever.

    Ms. Nicole lives in Medway with her husband and two children. She enjoys reading, swimming and spending time at the park with her children. She also enjoys vacationing especially at Disney World.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

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

Your child's safety and security is our number one priority. All of our staff have their CPR and First Aid certifications. We also have a Licensed Registered Nurse as a Health and Safety Consultant and we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site. Entry to the building requires entry of a security key pad in which only authorized personnel have the code.

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.

Deb and I wanted to share with you that we have had the nicest experience with Becky in the infant room. She is absolutely wonderful. We love how she cares for our children, gives them the attention they desire and focuses on their learning & developmental needs. We always know when we come into the Center Becky will work with our children as the true and wonderful professional that she is.

- Parents

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