Barbara Duffy, Center Director
- Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center of Burlington! We are proud to provide children a safe and fun environment that is designed to prepare your child for success in school and beyond. Our programs include some of the most innovative thinking in early childhood development and education. We align standard learning objectives that progress across six developmental domains; language and literacy development, cognitive function, executive function, social and emotional development, creative expression and physical development. On top of all of this we keep things lively and fun with a mix of art, music and lots of hands on experiences. No wonder why KinderCare Learning Center is the only true leader in early childhood education. We take great pride in setting children up for success better than anyone else.
Barbara Duffy, 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.
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.
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.
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.
We have quite an amazing teaching team here at KinderCare Learning Center of Burlington. Our team is made up of nurturing, educated professionals that are truly passionate about Early Childhood Education. Several of our teachers have been with us for well over ten years. They have mastered the art of learning through play. We would love to show you how our enthusiastic teachers make learning a memorable, hands on experience for our students.
Knowing that you have a part in the development and growth of young children is so rewarding. I love to see the smiles and hear the laughter of children when they learn something new.
Barbara has been teaching in the Early Childhood Education field for over 30 years, starting her career as an assistant teacher with KinderCare Learning Center. Discovering her love for the education of young children, Barbara went on to receive her degree in the field. She's taught every age group from Infants to Kindergarten. She then decided to continue her education to earn her Director certification with The Department of Early Education and Care. Barbara accepted a position at KinderCare as an Assistant Director and hopes to use her experience to support the teachers and families of Kinder Care. After a year as an Assistant Director was promoted to Director.
I love walking into work seeing all the smiling children as well as the teachers that are a part of my team.
Laura has worked in the center for eleven years. She started in Toddler classroom, were she worked for nine years while also helping in other rooms as needed. Laura loved to make play-dough for all the classrooms, and loved to see the enjoyment it brought to the children as they played with it. She then worked in the Infant room for a year and a half before being promoted to Assistant Director.
I really enjoy knowing that I help set the foundation for a child's future in education as well as life skills. I also enjoy greeting each family each morning and making connections with them!
Jenn previously worked at a privately owned daycare center in Tewksbury, MA for 7 years. While there, she gained lots of experience working with children ranging in ages from Infants to Pre-K. She attended school while working, in order to obtain her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. During that time, she was also able to work her way up and earn her Director II certification through the EEC. In August 2014, she was invited to come work as an Assistant Director with Knowledge Universe and eventually made her way here at the Ray Ave KinderCare location in January 2015. In her spare time, Jenn enjoys spending time with her three nieces and her nephew. One of her favorite things to do is to go ziplining with friends every year!
We say something nice, or we don't say it at all!
Ms. Maureen grew up in Burlington and attended the Burlington schools. She went to college in Newton, Massachusetts and helped raise her three nephews. Ms. Maureen worked in a family business and as a retail manager, as well as at Jordan Marsh before deciding to change careers. She has now been in this field for 26 years! Her hobbies include zumba, writing journals, and collecting pennies.
Anything can happen, anything can be!
- Shel Silverstein
Roseann is a mother of two grown children, and is happily married to her husband whom lives with her in Wilmington. After an early career in editing/proofreading, she began doing child care in order to be at home with her own kids. She has worked in several private day care settings, and ran her own home day care for 13 years. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, shopping, and the beach!
Stacy enjoys working with children! In High School, Stacy took a Child Development class and is looking forward to obtaining her EEC Teacher Certification as she gains experience with us!
Cherise really enjoys working with the Toddlers, and also loves spending time in the infant room! She is sure to spend some one on one time with each of her children every day and shows how much she really cares about them!
KinderCare Ray Ave has been Tess's first day care teaching experience and she has really enjoyed it so far! Tess loves teaching the children new skills and says seeing them practice those skills on their own is one of the most rewarding parts of her job!
Samantha is a happily married mother of a 14 year old son, and loves being with toddlers!
Miss Deb is a big kid at heart. She loves toys, children's music and especially picture books! As a matter of fact, she has a fantastic collection of nearly 1,000 children's books that she loves to bring to school and share at circle time!
I love watching the children grow in body, spirit, and mind every day.
Joan is a proud Mother of three boys ages 17, 20, and 23. She has worked in child care for just about her whole life and still enjoys it every day!
Prashasti worked as a Graphic Artist for the last 28 years. In 2012 when her company closed, she decided she wanted to take a different route and begin working with children. She decided to join the Knowledge Universe family where she began working at Knoweldge Beginnings. She recently transferred to our Ray Ave KinderCare during the winter of 2015 and is working towards becoming teacher certified this summer! Prashasti has lived in Lexington for the past 22 years and has one son who is currently attending college.
I enjoy working with children, and seeing them develop as they grow and master new skills. It is a gratifying experience working with them everyday, and theri smiles and hugs always brighten up my day.
Veena has been working with KinderCare since 2003. Veena was Educated in India, and has taken various early childhood development classes and certifications at Middlesex Community College. Veena likes to do fun art projects and enjoys story time with the children. Veena encourages children to use their imagination on all projects, and there is no right or wrong. The main thing to do is have fun.
Be who you are. Say what you feel. Beacause those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
- Dr. Seuss
Ms. Liz has been working with KinderCare since 2002. She graduated from Rhode Island college with a Bachelor's degree in English and a concentration in Art Education. Since starting with KinderCare, she has worked with every age group before settling down in the Infant classroom. Ms. Liz loves to create fun art projects even with the youngest babies. In her free time, she enjoys writing, artwork and spending time with her husband and young daughter.
Ms. Liz was born and raised in Rhode Island where she attended R.I. College. She ahs worked for KinderCare since 2002 in many different classrooms and with many ages over the years. She currently lives in Pepperell with her husband, daughter, and pet bunny, Snuggles. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting, writing, reading, and many other art activities.
Everyday is a wonderful day to learn, grow, and share smiles.
Fatima has been working with children for four years. She previously worked for the Town of Arlington, where she was a special needs monitor as well as a Food Service Staff member. She started her job after graduationg from Empire Beauty School in Portsmouth, NH. Fatima is currently attending Middlesex Community College where she is studying Liberal Arts. She enjoys being artistic and creative and most importantly teaching others what she has learned.
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.
New Year's Day
Fourth of July
Day After Thanksgiving
Two of these holidays are reserved for Professional Development where the teachers gather to work on training and developing their skills.
KinderCare Learning Center of Burlington has an open door policy for all parents and guardians. You are invited to stop by at any time to visit your child. Our center also features keypad entry and an attached fenced-in outdoor play area. Our entire teaching team updates their First Aid and CPR certifications annually to help ensure that we are providing your child with the safest learning environment possible.
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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