Nicole Gortze, Center Director
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Here at KinderCare in Lakeville we strive to provide the highest quality Early Education and Care for all children and their families. We take great pride in knowing that as Early Childhood Educators we have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of each child who attends our program and help them to foster a life-long love of learning.
Nicole Gortze, 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.
Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.
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.
The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.
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.
Our educators take pride in their classrooms and the curriculum they implement on a daily basis. They are here to work as partners with you to promote the best possible outcomes for your children.
Research shows that a student's achievement in school is influenced by their early educational experiences. Their experience is carried with them for many years after a child graduates from our center. This is why I am passionate about my work and strive to provide the highest quality of care and education for each individual child. I enjoy partnering with families to ensure that each child's first school expereince is a positive one that will result in a life long love for learning!
Nicole has been a part of the Lakevile KinderCare team since May of 2013 and is she enjoying the process of building relationships with the children and families here, as well as members of the Lakeville community. Nicole has an Associate's Degree and Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has experience working as a Lead Preschool Teacher, Curriculum Coordinator and Program Director for her previous company.
A child's laughter brings me joy.
Lisa Couto has been working for KinderCare for nine years and has a total of 25 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education industry. She started off as a preschool teacher and worked her way up to Assistant Director. Lisa Couto has obtained her Early Education and Care and Director's Certification from the state of Massachusetts and she is currently working towards attaining an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining KinderCare, Lisa Couto was a Center Director for another company in Florida.
I love teaching children the fundamentals of learning. This is where they learn the basics and watching them grow from here is so exciting!
Rebecca Adams started working for KinderCare in September of 2014. She has a total of 7 years experience in the Early Childhood Education industry. Rebecca graduated from Westfield State University as an Elementary Education major with a minor in psychology and liberal studies. She started off as an assistant toddler teacher then worked her way to becoming a lead Pre - K teacher, and is now the program specialist. Rebecca is getting married in June of 2015!
It's amazing to watch infants grow and achieve new milestones!
Allison Brooks started working for KinderCare in September of 2007. She has been in the child care field for 15 years! Allison is working towards her Bachelor’s in Human Services with ECE concentration. She started as an assistant teacher and then worked to become the lead infant teacher.
I have a love for children and teaching.
Jenny Gerard started working for KinderCare in September of 2001. She has a total of 12 years in Early Childhood Education. She started off as a floater teacher then became a preschool teacher, and is now the lead Toddler Teacher!
Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.
Megan McMurray started working for KinderCare in February 2014, and it was the best thing she has ever done! Megan loves children and all that comes with working with them. She grew up with a huge gamily and a lot of other children. Megan seriously could not ask for a better career.
I love working with children to help them learn and grow.
Sarah Rebello started working at KinderCare in April of 2014. Sarah has three children ages 5, 6, and 8! Sarah is excited to go back to school for her Associate’s degree. She started as a preschool assistant and worked her way to become the Discovery Preschool teacher here at KinderCare!
I love getting to know all the children and families!
Julie Regan started working for KinderCare in November of 2014. Julie worked in a preschool class in high school and has experience working with children of all ages. She teaches dance to children ages 5 – 17 and choreographs for a children’s theater! Julie graduated from Bridgewater State University in May of 2014 with as a member of the Sociological Honor Society. Julie started out as an assistant float and is now the Discovery Preschool Teacher here at KinderCare!
If the children are not learning the way we teach, we need to teach the way they learn.
Collette Shalhoub graduated from Bridgewater State University with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and care, and psychology. She began working at KinderCare in May of 2014. Collette is currently the Co – Teacher in the Pre – K classroom.
It is so rewarding to watch the children in the classroom grown and excel.
Alicia is 20 years old and has been working at KinderCare since May of 2015. She has been working in the early education field for 3 years and has achieved her Associate’s degree from Massasoit Community College. She will be completing her Bachelors degree in earl childhood at Bridgewater State University.
A persons a person not matter how small. – Dr. Seuss
Miss Haley graduated Middleboro High School in June 2015, where she spent my junior and senior year dual enrolled with Massasoit Community College to work toward earning her Early Childhood Teacher Certification. Miss Haley plans to attend Bridgewater State University in the Fall, where she will be an Early Childhood Education and Psychology major. She will also be minoring in Special Education and Child Studies.
Katherine started working for KinderCare in June 2015. Katherine is a senior in high school and will be graduating in May 2016. From there she hopes to attend college in the Fall and major in Early Childhood Education.
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.
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Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
We take great measures to create a safe, healthy and stimulating environment for your children. We have a keypad entry and the code is changed on a regular basis. Our Center is located away from busy traffic areas and has a fenced-in playground that is separated by age group to ensure that the equipment is developmentally appropriate for all children. Our Educators are all trained in CPR and First Aid. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator that is on staff to answer any questions you may have and provide you with current information.
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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