Stacey Giancioppo, Center Director
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KinderCare has been proudly serving children and families in Braintree for decades. Our bright sunny and spacious center building is a two story facility which allows us to serve Infant and Toddlers on the first floor and Preschool, Prekindergarten and Kindergarten on the second floor, focusing on the developmental needs of each age group. Each floor has a beautiful, secure playground with the additional safety feature of an intercom system linked into the center office.
In addition to a wonderful facility, KinderCare Braintree offers a welcoming, warm, caring and nurturing environment that provides a child and family centered approach. Our award winning curriculum, daily communication sheets, ongoing development observations and regular developmental assessments, individual portfolios and open door policy are some of the important tools in providing care and education for your child. Learning is always happening at KinderCare!
Stacey Giancioppo, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.
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.
KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
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.
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.
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.
Braintree KinderCare teachers are invested in your child's education and care. They are excited to play such an important role in the lives of their young students. Our teachers are dedicated to the field of Early Childhood Education and participate in many training events throughout the year.
I feel that working with children and their families is the most rewarding experience a person can have. I enjoy being part of a child's early years. It is a time of wonder and newness. It is fulffilling to know that we as early childhood educators have the opportunity to help a child develop a life long love of learning. We also serve as a support system and resource for parents as we partner with them through this exciting journey.
Working with children had always been a passion of mine. I love having the opportunity to be a part of a child's life at such an important time in their development. It's rewarding to watch a young child hit a major milestone in their life and know that you are a part of it. I enjoy each day being able to work with amazing teachers that share the same passion for education. I look forward to continuing in the field of early education in the future.
Kaitlyn began her career in Early Childhood Education in 2004 when she joined KinderCare Learning Center as an Assistant Preschool Teacher. Prior to joining KinderCare, Kaitlyn worked as a summer camp counselor with the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office at DARE camp. She attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. After working in finance, Kaitlyn decided to follow her passion of working with children and joined KinderCare. During her first three years at KinderCare, Kaitlyn taught in the Preschool and Kindergarten programs as a teacher. She also taught the Learning Adventures program as well as taking on the role as Program Specialist. In 2007, as the Braintree Center moved into its current location, Kaitlyn became the Assistant Center Director and continues in this role.
I was inspired to become a teacher of young children because I had an amazing teacher who really set a positive tone for me in school! I love being part of a child and family's first educational experience, it is wonderful. I feel that watching children learn and develop new skills is priceless and extremely rewarding!
Melanie has been in the field of education for the last 10 years. She has worked in various settings. Melanie began her career as a teacher of students diagnosed with severe autism. She then focused on special education and behavior. Melanie has also taught gifted children, first grade and fourth grade before serving as a Kindergarten Teacher at the KinderCare in Franklin, Massachusetts.
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.
Our center provides a warm and welcoming environment where parents and children know that they are respected members of our family. We are proud to offer programs that not only challenge and stimulate children's growth but also helps them build great relationships with others. We offer many family events throughout the year and we welcome your input and involvement in our program.
We invite you to take a tour of our beautiful facility and meet our team!
We observe the following holidays:
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 is our first priority. The center has a coded security keypad entry system and our families are informed of our strict policy to check identifications for pick up. The intercom system links the classrooms, gross motor space and the playgrounds directly to the office and throughout the center. This allows us to communicate any needs and offers the ability to respond immediately. Our Health Care Consultant is an RN and is available to answer questions and provide guidance and support. All staff is required to have CPR and First Aid and we provide annual training to ensure that these critical skills are kept updated.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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