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Canton KinderCare

Shannon Messina, Center Director

440 Turnpike St. Canton MA 02021
(781) 828-8822 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
on Route 138, 3 miles from Route 93

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Welcome

KinderCare Learning Center in Canton, MA has been in operation since June 1998. We have large bright classrooms with lots of natural light. Our indoor gym ensures plenty of large gross motor activities through out the day, especially on those rainy days when we can't use our playground. Our playground is safely located behind our building. The playground is separated into two areas for our older and younger children. On our playgrounds children can run, climb, ride bikes or paint a picture while outside. Looking for the best care for you child can be a challenge. Finding the right environment is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. We understand that is why we are here to assist you in anyway possible. Our educators have a true passion for what we do which fosters confidence, self esteem, and a love of learning in children. We are conveniently located on Route 138 minutes from interstate 128 and 95. We are open Monday through Friday, 6:30 AM-6:00 PM, 52 weeks a year, with only nine major holiday closings. We look forward to meeting with you, and would love the opportunity to give your family a wonderful childcare experience.

Shannon Messina, 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.

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.

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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

At our center in Canton, Massachusetts, we welcome all children and their families. We strive for success and we believe that all children deserve the best education. Our goal is to provide peace of mind to our families and give you back a better child at the end of the day! Please stop by our center at anytime for a visit!

  • Shannon Messina

    Shannon Messina, Center Director

    I love walking into our center and greeting the children, the families and my wonderful staff!

    Stephanie joined KinderCare in 2010. She has been in the education field since 1999. She is dual certified as an Early Childhood Director and licensed as a School Principle from K-12 grade. Stephanie is extremely passionate about the educating and the well-being of all children. She enjoys spending time in the classroom with the children as well as observing and training her teachers.

    Previous Experience:
    Stephannie has previous experience personalizing curriculum and teaching all groups.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Educational Leadership, Bachelor's Degree in Child Psychology
  • Melinda Flanagan

    Melinda Flanagan, Assistant Director

    Every time I walk into the various classrooms at KinderCare, I'm constantly greeted with lots of hugs and smiles from each of the children. This just brightens my day every time I see those smiles and how enthusiastic they are to learn.

    Melinda has been with KinderCare since January of 2003. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in 2004. She thoroughly enjoys working with all of the children and their families on a daily basis. Her role as an Assistant Director has been a rewarding experience because she is able to work closely with the children and support her teachers. Melinda has a great passion for Early Childhood Education and loves her job.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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

  • French
  • 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

Our center offers a sense of security with key pad entrances at both our front door and our playground door. The children enter our playground directly from our building.

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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My children have been at this center for over 4 months; I can't even begin to tell you how happy we are and, how much the entire staff has been so kind and loving towards my family.  Everyone knows us by first name and there's such a positive atmosphere when we come in both during drop off and pick up.

- Father
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