Barbara Duffy, Center Director
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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.
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.
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 seven 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 KinderCare Education 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!
Lauren is 25 years old and is from Tewksbury, MA. She attended Shawsheen Technical High School where she graduated with her Cosmetology license. She currently is attending Middlesex Community College as she works to obtain a degree in Early Childhood Education. Before working here at KinderCare Ray Ave, Lauren worked at a privately owned day care center in Woburn for six years. Lauren has traveled to many places and considers herself very lucky for being able to do so!
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!
"Love the life you live and live the life you love.
Debora enjoys working with children. She took a child growth and development class in high school to learn more about children as they grow. She is looking forward to building great relationships with the children and families! Debora is actually certified in Medical Assisting!
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!
Ms. Ashley lives in Woburn with her husband and two daughters, one year old and six year old. She has been in the education field since 2008 working with the programs at Hanscom Air Force Base. Ashley loves knowing that she is helping the children learn all things from an early age; especially their excitement when learning something new.
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!
My favorite quote: 'It is what it is!'
Lauren lives in Burlington, MA with her husband and two children. She has a son who is three years old, and a daughter who is now six. Lauren loves being a Mother and a Teacher! She has been working in child care for 25 years and enjoys it very much! When she can, Lauren loves walking on the beach and dancing!
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 KinderCare Education 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.
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 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 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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