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Mercantile KinderCare

Sandra Valdez, Center Director

117 Atlantic Ave. Boston MA 02110
(617) 248-9775 Contact this center

Ages: 6 WEEKS to 5 YEAR-OLDS
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Located directly across from Faneuil Hall

Welcome

Welcome to the Boston KinderCare Learning Center we are conveniently located in the North End behind the Historical Faneuil Hall. We have been providing the highest quality childcare in the North End since 1990. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth and development socially, cognitively and physically. Our comprehensive curriculum, spacious and bright classrooms make the Boston KinderCare Learning Center a wonderful place for your child to learn and grow. We are pleased to say that our center strives everyday to ensure that our families are satisfied. Please come by or schedule a time to come for a tour of our center.  We would love to meet you and your family!

Sandra Valdez, 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.

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.

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

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

KinderCare teachers are very passionate about your child's happiness, growth and development. They work hard to provide a safe and nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem. For our teachers this is more than a job. It's an opportunity for them to share their passion for life while they inspire, engage, and awaken the wonder inside of each and every child.  Our teachers are dedicated to developing your child's potential and are sensitive to your child's individual needs. Parents feel comfortable dropping their children off and feel confident that their child is receiving the best education and care. Each day the children are learning something new and our teachers find a way to make learning fun!

  • Sandra Valdez

    Sandra Valdez, Center Director

    Sandra Valdez, the Center Director began her journey with KinderCare Education in April of 2004. After spending years at her home center in Stonehman, she realized that a career  in this field was something that she wanted to pursue. She attended Salem State University where she earned her Bachelor's of Arts in Elementary Education and er Psychology in 2010.Over the few years, Sandra focused on her roles of Program Specialist, then Assistant Director, ensuring quality in the program at the center. Since 2012, Sandra has been placed in the role of Center Director. She loves not only the ability to run her own school, but also creating lasting relationships with children, families, and staff.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywait

    Year Started:
    9/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Psychology
  • Lisa Ferrara

    Lisa Ferrara, Assistant Director

    Lisa was recently promoted to Assistant Director. Lisa worked at the Salem KinderCare center since 2012, but worked in the early childhood field for 24 years. She is lead teacher certified from Infants to preschool and is also director certified. Lisa is a proud mother of a teenage daughter. She jumps into the classroom as needed and also helps guide our staff with curriculum planning and classroom management. 

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24
  • Maureen Sherry

    Maureen Sherry, Assistant Center Director

    Maureen was recently  promoted to Assistant Director. Maureen is Lead teacher certified from Infants through Preschool as well as Director certified. Maureen can be often found in the classrooms assisting staff with curriculum and the classes day to day routines. She seizes any opportunity that she can to go into the classrooms and get messy with all of the children. Maureen has her Early Education Associate degree.  

    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Lead Teacher Certified Infants through Toddlers, ECE Associate Degree
  • Ms. Helen

    Ms. Helen, Infant Classroom

    Helen has been working at our center since March. She has spent time in both our Infant and Toddler classroom. Helen is originally from Ireland and currently lives in Revere. Helen enjoys singing to the children and loves getting a good giggle or laugh out of our Infants!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

    Year Started:
    4/10/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Ashley Small

    Ms. Ashley Small, Infant Classroom

    Ashley joined the KinderCare family in April of 2017. She has been working in the childcare field for over 14 years. She started has a volunteer and has worked her way  up to become Director Certified. She has two children who are her pride and joy. She has worked with all age groups and is currently working in the infant room.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Guess How Much I Love You!

  • Ms. Lauren Brogan

    Ms. Lauren Brogan, Infant Classroom

    Lauren joined the KinderCare family in October of 2016. Lauren holds bachelor's degree in Occupational studies from Worcester State. Lauren worked in- home and in school settings providing services to children with Autism. She recently applied to Grad school and is awaiting her response for the Fall 2017 Semester

  • Ms. Jennifer Stevens

    Ms. Jennifer Stevens, Infant Classroom

    Jennifer joined our  center in April of 2016 and has worked in the Early Childhood field for about ten years. She is also the mother of a nine year old daughter. Jennifer loves working with infants because she is able to be apart of many new developmental milestones.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Anything written by Dr. Seuss 

  • Ms. Abby

    Ms. Abby, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Abby recently joined the KinderCare family working in our Discovery Preschool Classroom. She has been in the early childhood field for eight years. She loves watching the children grow and helping them learn new things. Abby is doing a wonderful job creating projects and implementing curriculum in the classroom.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    6/29/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Jessica has been teaching in the childcare field since September of  2012. She is also the mother of two wonderful children. When Jessica started with KinderCare she decided to join our Infant team. Jessica loved being able to watch the babies as they started to grow and learn about the environment  around them. She is currently the Discovery Preschool teachers and really enjoy building strong relationships with both the children and their families. Jessica is currently enrolled at Fisher College and pursuing her child development associate.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Corduroy by Don Freeman

    Year Started:
    9/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Pursuing her child development associate in Early Education
  • Ms. Nicolle

    Ms. Nicolle, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Nicolle started with KinderCare in June of 2013 and joined our Toddler team. She loves being able to play, explore and assist every child with their growth and development  Nicolle is currently taking online classes to receive her child development associate in Early Childhood Education.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

    Year Started:
    6/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing her child development associate in early childhood education
  • Ms. Charmaine

    Ms. Charmaine, Preschool Classroom

    Charmaine has been with KinderCare Learning Centers for over 14 years now. Over the years, she has worked in the Toddler and Preschool programs and has enjoyed every minute of it!! Charmaine has taken several Early Childhood Education classes at Urban College in Boston.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    8/1/2003
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
  • Ms. Fior

    Ms. Fior, Floater

    Fior joined KinderCare Learning Centers back in 2000 and started at the Cambridge location and then transferred to the Boston location. Fior has experience with Infants up through Preschool, however, she currently works in our Infant classroom.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Baby Beluga by Raffi

    Year Started:
    1/1/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
  • Ms. Brandy Bussiere

    Ms. Brandy Bussiere, Floater

    Brandy has been with the Boston KinderCare for little over a year. She is currently attending Mount Ida College for Early childhood Education. Brandy enjoys being an Early Childhood Educator mostly because she can make a difference in a child's life by helping their mind grow! She loves the moments she gets to spend with them each and every day. 

    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Lakeana Young

    Ms. Lakeana Young, Infant Classroom

    Lakena joined the KinderCare family in April 2016. She holds an associate degree in Early Childhood Education. She is currently attending College for her Masters. Lakeana has been working with Children for 15 years. She loves being an infant teacher so she can watch them grow and reach certain milestones.

  • Ms. Latoya Wilson

    Ms. Latoya Wilson, Floater

    Latoya has been working with young children since she was a teen. She is lead teacher and director certified by the State of Massachusetts. Her experience ranges from Infants to School aged children. Latoya is a Boston Native and is the mother of three children.

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

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

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

At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent / guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

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.

My daughter has attended the Boston KinderCare since February of 2006.  We have had such a wonderful experience that I continue to recommend the center to all my friends and colleagues, so many of them have attended.
 
I first met the center director, Maureen Bird, on her first day at the center. This was also the day when they were transitioning my daughter into the preschool classroom, which was an experience that was not going well because my daughter missed her old classroom.  When Ms. Maureen saw my daughter in distress and crying, she assured me to not worry; they would take their time and transition her slowly.  Her words gave me relief, especially after seeing your child screaming and crying.  Maureen is very experienced and wonderful at working with children on an individual basis, which made me feel such relief when I left my daughter in their care for the day.
 
In regards to the teachers, everyone has provided excellent care to my daughter and thoroughly prepared her for Kindergarten. When she started school, she had an advantage over many of the children by already knowing sight words, the alphabet, phonics, numbers,  how to write her name and socialize with other children. Her teacher commented to us that she could tell when children had attended KinderCare versus no daycare or other daycare centers. She said that children who attended KinderCare already knew how to sit, listen, behave, and they grasped new concepts quickly.
 
Additionally, we enrolled her in KinderCare’s enrichment programs, which had been a great learning experience and a great supplement to what she was already learning. It furthered her development in math, language skills and phonics. These programs are fantastic and certainly will help your children before entering Kindergarten.
 
My daughter continues to attend the Boston KinderCare during her school breaks and summer vacation. However, this will unfortunately be her last year. I do not know what we will do next year, as we will miss everyone so much! The teachers and staff have become not just teachers to us but family as well. I cannot say enough great things about Maureen and the teachers at the center.  It has been an absolutely fantastic experience for our family. My daughter loves going there and really enjoys all the great experiences she has had there. Many thanks to Mercantile KinderCare! You are all awesome and cannot thank you enough for taking such great care of my baby from infancy on through elementary school!

- Mother
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