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Ray Avenue KinderCare

Barbara Duffy, Center Director

18 Ray Ave. Burlington MA 01803
(781) 273-4727 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 7 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
off Rt. 3A, south of Outback Restaurant

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
None at this time No bus for the Summer, all in house

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Welcome

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

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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.

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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

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.

  • Barbara Duffy, Center Director

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Before becoming our Center Director, Ms. Duffy worked as an Assistant Director for KinderCare and as a teacher.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Laura DeAngelo, Assistant 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 becoming the Assistant Director.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Laura worked at the Mulberry Childcare center.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Science Degree
  • Jennifer Desmarais, 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 to obtain her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. During that time, she was also able to work her way up and attain 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!

    Previous Experience:
    Jenn previously worked at a privately owned daycare for seven years with children ranging in ages from Infants to Pre-K.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Jenn's favorite Children's Books are the Froggy Series by Jonathan London
    Year Started:
    8/4/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Maureen, Infants

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Maureen has previous child care experience from when she worked at Puddle Duck in Woburn as well as the Acton Children's Center
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    6/1/1993
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Fashion Merchandising, Early Childhood Education Classes, EEC Certified
  • Rosann, Infants

    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!

    Previous Experience:
    Rosann used to have her own home day care!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    9/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+
    Education:
    BA in Psychology/English, EEC Certified
  • Ms. Cherise, Toddlers

    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!

    Previous Experience:
    Cherise began her Daycare experience about a year ago, but has lots of experience with children; as she has seven children of her own!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    6/2/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    EEC Certified
  • Ms. Samantha, Toddlers

    You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. - Dr. Seuss

    Being a role model and a guide for young children is an amazing opportunity! I love being able to see the children develop and form their own personalities.

    Samantha has always loved children; their waem smiles and bright laughter! In highschool, she was required to do many hours of volunteer work. Although there were many different volunteer opportunities available, she always chose to complete these hours by working with children since it's one of her favorite things to do!

    Previous Experience:
    Samantha has previous volunteer experience working with children as well as tutoring. She also attended Leadership Seminars to learn more!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Oh, the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    2/24/2015
    Education:
    First Aid & CPR Certified
  • Ms. Suma, Discovery

    Suma is EEC certified with all age groups from infants to preschool! She has worked with all age groups and has fun working with the Discovery Preschool age as well!

    Previous Experience:
    Suma has previous experience working in a Montessori classroom for 8 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and Dr. Seuss books!
    Year Started:
    6/3/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    EEC Certified in Infants, Toddlers, and Preschool
  • Ms. Ashley, Discovery Preschool

    I love watching the children grow into such amazing little people. Knowing that you're a part of that growth is something special.

    Ms. Ashley started with KinderCare in March of 2014. She has previously worked with the children and families of the military at Hanscom Air Force Base before taking time off to raise her daughter. Ms. Ashley loves painting with the children and doing lots of craft projects with them. She has worked hard earning credits towards her degree and is starting to earn her Child Development Associate's Credential.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Ashley worked a the Hanscom Air Force Base School Age program and Child Development Center.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Youth Development Credentials
  • Miss Veena, Preschool

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher in all classes from Infant through Kindergarten
    Year Started:
    10/1/2003
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21
    Education:
    EEC certified lead teacher/director
  • Ms. Joan, Preschool

    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!

    Previous Experience:
    Joan previously worked with Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers in many different centers over the years. She also had her own home daycare for 16 years.
    Year Started:
    3/30/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    32
    Education:
    BS in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Prashasti, Preschool

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prashasti has lots of experience in Graphic Arts, but has just recently started working with children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    2/9/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    About 1 year
    Education:
    Graphic Art
  • Ms. Liz, Jr. K

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Liz worked as the Site Director for the YMCA's "School's Out" program in Westerly and Richmond Rhode Island.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen
    Year Started:
    8/1/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Bachelor's with a focus on Art Education, EEC Teacher Certification
  • Miss Rose, All Classrooms

    I love watching the children grow and learn new things. I enjoy floating into different classrooms throughout the day so that I get to see all of the children in the school. It's fun when I walk into a classroom and they come up to me and give me a big hug!

    Rose (Philomena) is the mother of two grown children and a proud Grandmother to a little girl who loves reading books and playing peek-a-boo with her!  Rose loves all the children in the center and enjoys her time in any classroom she is needed in.

    Previous Experience:
    Rose worked at two other day care centers before she joined our team!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
    Year Started:
    6/1/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    EEC Lead Teacher Certified
  • Miss Fatima, All Classrooms

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Special needs monitor for children in Kindergarten to eighth grade
    Year Started:
    1/7/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Billerica Memorial High School, Empire Beauty School and Middlesex Community College
  • Ms. Lizzy, All Classrooms

    I love watching the children grow in body, spirit, and mind every day.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Stacy, All Classrooms

    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!

    Previous Experience:
    Although working in a day care setting is new to Stacy, she does have quite a bit of experience with children. She has done lots of babysitting and has an 18 month of her own!
    Year Started:
    6/10/2015
  • Daniella, All Classrooms

    Daniella lives at home with her eight year old sister who is also her best friend. She recently graduated from Wilmington High School. Daniella has always wanetd to be a teacher and is beyond thrilled to be working here! She will soon be working on gaining her Teacher Certification through EEC!

    Previous Experience:
    Daniella has quite a bit of experience with children under her belt! She hasspent a lot of time babysitting her little cousins, her little sister, and neighbors. The past few summers, she has volunteered with a special needs Tennis Clinic with children aged 4-6.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    6/8/2015
  • Sharmetha, All Classrooms

    You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

    Sharmetha recently graduated from Wilmington High School where she participated in the band, drama club, and rotary community service club. She was also the music director of an a capella group and the senior class treasurer! Sharmetha plans on pursuing her career of becoming a pediatrician at BU in the fall!

    Previous Experience:
    Sharmetha has gained experience working at the Boston Symphony Orchestra's DARTS summer program and babysitting!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    6/8/2015
    Education:
    High School Diploma, BU Pre-Med Undergraduate
  • Nicole, All Classrooms

    Nicole is a senior at Saint Anselm College. She worked in an after school program/summer camp where she gained experience working with children. She also has lots of experience working with preschool aged children as she has been an assistant teacher in preschool classrooms!

    Previous Experience:
    Nicole gained experience with children as a group leader in an after school program and summer camp. She also worked as an assistant teacher in preschool classrooms.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Day the Crayons Quit
    Year Started:
    6/29/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Saint Anselm College

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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

  • Hindi

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

As well as two Professional Development Days a year.

Health and Safety

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.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

  As a first time mom I had a lot of anxiety and concern in placing my daughter in daycare. I had the wonderful opportunity to stay home with her for the first two years of her life. When she turned two, she was eager to learn everything about the world and was showing signs that she wanted to interact with children her own age. My mother, a school teacher, searched many daycares/pre-schools to help me find just the right place for my daughter and her first grandchild. KinderCare in Burlington [Ray Ave] was the place she recommended to me.
  I can remember my first visit to KinderCare back in August. We had to be buzzed into the locked doors of KinderCare. Safety, was definitely one of my biggest concerns. Next, we were greeted by the Director who, with her smile and energy, radiated kindness and confidence. We went to her office and she was so patient and non judgmental of my many questions and concerns. She answered all of them and in a short time, eased my worries. As we took a tour of KinderCare, I could see that it was a very clean, organized, bright colored environment. Everyone we met in the hallways acknowledged us with a smile. As a dance teacher of young children, I know how important a loving, caring teacher can be for a child’s development.
  After my first visit, I decided to give KinderCare a try. My daughter was so used to being with me 24/7. So as you can imagine, this was a big transition for her. On our first day, I was told I could stay with her as long as I needed to help her feel comfortable. She was very shy at first and clinging on to me. We sat together for circle time where each child had their name on a paper that they would place on a board to find out who was here today. The teacher would help each child say the days of the week and weather signs. She engaged my daughter with the ‘sun’ symbol and asked if she was ready to participate. At no time did I feel discouraged. Her teacher said, “That’s okay, take your time.” I was so impressed with the patience and control the teachers had over the class and all the structure and activities they had in the classroom.
  My daughter is a very active child and the last few months before placing her in KinderCare she was having a very hard time falling asleep for naps or at bedtime. I became a very tired mother. I was reassured by the staff that having my daughter attend their program she would grow and learn. Boy were they right! I can not begin to tell you the difference I have seen in my daughter since she began attending. On her first day there without me, I came to pick her up half day and she was napping with all the other children, something I thought she would not be able to do. At first I had her enrolled two days a week for a half day. I was able to call at any time to check up on her and never felt like I was being an over protective mother or a nuisance to the KinderCare staff.
  I can not begin to tell you the difference KinderCare has made not only for my daughter but for us as a family. Before KinderCare, my mother was the only other person I trusted to watch my daughter. Now I honestly feel like KinderCare and all their wonderful staff is a second family. They greet my daughter by her name every morning. She loves her teacher and runs to hug her and has made friends she looks forward to seeing each day. I now am able to return to work knowing I am not abandoning my child, but instead, feeling joy that she is not only being taken care of by loving hands, but learning how to share with others, listen to her teachers, learn her alphabet, how to use the potty etc. I now am able to get my daughter to sleep at night by rubbing her back, something I learned from KinderCare. My daughter will now be enrolled 5 days a week. Something she wanted, she was sad on the days she was not attending. What more proof could a mother want than to have her child want to return time and time again! I could go on and on about how wonderful KinderCare has been for us, but it might turn into a novel instead of a letter. I am beyond pleased and grateful to KinderCare and all it’s staff for their excellent services. I would and will recommend KinderCare of Burlington Ray Ave to any mother looking for a place to bring their child.
 

- Mother

My girls have absolutely loved being here. They have both flourished so much. Even my one anti-social butterfly has definetly sprouted some wings!

- Mother

My children have attended the Burlington KinderCare for the past year and I can't say enough about how great the teachers are. They not only care about the children, but also the parents. Each night when I pick up my kids I am greeted by each teacher with such enthusiasm I can't help but smile at the end of a long day. The teachers always inform me of how the kids did that day but they also stop to ask how I am doing. My son has special dietary needs due to numerous food allergies and KinderCare has gone above and beyond accommodating his needs. Their diligence and caring helped to make a difficult time less stressful. At the Burlington KinderCare I feel like I am part of a family.

- Mother
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