Michelle Lord, Center Director
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Welcome to KinderCare in Mansfield! We are a small, family-oriented center where you will feel like everybody knows your name!
Michelle Lord, 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.
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.
Our staff are here for you and your children. They love what they do and it shows! Each staff member brings their individual creativity, experience and nurturing ways to their classrooms everyday. They strive to help your child reach their milestones with smiling faces, and they love nothing more than sharing these experiences with you!
Michelle began working for KinderCare in September of 2007. She started as a Preschool Teacher at the Franklin KinderCare and quickly moved up to become part of the management team. Michelle became the Center Director at the Mansfield center in May of 2009. Prior to working at KinderCare Michelle worked in Freeport, Maine as a Kindergarten teacher for two years. She attended Keene State College for her undergraduate degree and continued her education at Wheelock College where she earned her Master's Degree in 2006.
The greetings I get from the children are what make me come to work each day!
Britney starting working in the Early Childhood field in 2007. She started off as assistant teacher at a daycare in CT. In 2008 she started working at the KinderCare in Marlboro, MA. Britney transferred to the Lexington, MA Knowledge Beginnings in September 2013 to join the management team as Program Specialist. She then continued her journey as the Acting Assistant Director at the Milford, MA location and has since become the Assistant Director in Mansfield. Britney has an Associates Degree in Elementary Education and is currently enrolled in Fisher College working toward a Bachelors Degree in Human Services. Britney is Director 2 certified through the Department of Early Education and Care. One of Britney's passions is photography and she also enjoys painting, baking, and spending time with her family. She enjoys watching the children grow and learn new things!
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." ― Benjamin Franklin
After high school Lynn studied at Rhode Island College where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. During her college years she was a third grade substitute teacher, this is when she found her love for teaching. After college Lynn began working at Mullberry (KinderCare now) as a Toddler teacher. She loved working with this age group and was a very dedicated teacher. Three years after teaching Lynn moved up to a Program Specialist position where she helped oversea the Infant and Toddler Programs. Lynn is a very compassionate person and she makes it easy to instantly feel welcome in her presence. She recently became a mom to a beautiful baby girl!
Ms. Michelle is Lead Teacher Certified and is constantly continuing her education in Early Childhood Education. She is currently enrolled in an administration course for EEC at Fisher College. She enjoys reading to her students and bringing in library books to share with them. She loves planning a hands-on curriculum full of fun, creative projects for her little ones! Ms. Michelle is passionate about helping children grow and gain confidence in everything they do!
To know each child and give them all the special care and watching them grow is the most rewarding part of my job.
After graduating from High School, Ms. Doris went to Vesper George School of Art in Boston. She enjoys doing art and crafts with the children. Doris finds this job very rewarding…she has been with the company for 21 years!
Sandy started working for KinderCare 2014. She has been in the Early Childhood Education field since 1998. She has her teacher certification in infant, toddler, and preschool. Sandy ran a home daycare for 9 years and has experience working for other learning centers. She grew up in Rhode Island and joined the Air Force after high school.
Taylor started working with children in 2010. She is currently going to school to obtain a degree in Early Childhood Education. During her free time she loves to play the piano. Taylor said she likes working with children because, "I like it when you can see it really click for them and they start to get it, it is a good feeling."
I love watching the children grow, develop and learn! There's nothing like the smiles and comfort you receive from a child in your care.
Joyce began working with young children as a nanny out of high school. She continued to work with young children as a child photographer for 10 years. When her own children were young she opened a home daycare to spend more time with them. Her daycare ran for 18 years before she decided to close it and pursue her teaching career at Mulberry (KinderCare now). Joyce began at the center as a teacher's assistant in the Preschool classroom. Throughout the years Joyce began her educational journey which led her to gain a teacher certificate and eventually led her to become a Program Specialist at the center. During this time she continued with educational courses and now holds an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Joyce has now joined the Pre-K team for her final years with the company, before retirement.
A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.
Jessie started her career in Early Childhood in 2005. She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Jessie has taught in Maine, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts and is Director I certified through the Department of Early Education and Care. Jessie also has experience of being the director of a before and after school program. She is excited and enthusiastic about teaching young children and she enjoys singing, dancing, arts and crafts, and most of all having fun with children. Jessie is compassionate about meeting each child and the families in her care.
Lisa P started working in the Early Childhood field in 2000. She is lead teacher certified in infant, toddler, and preschool. Lisa stated, “Working with kids is one of my joys in life. Watching them hit milestones is awesome.”
Miss Ally just recently began her journey in Early Education. She likes working with children of all ages and helping them engage and learn new things. Prior to working in ECE, Miss Ally was a nanny to two young children, was a tutor for Middle School students and has experience working with an Elementary School band. She loves playing and listening to music and watching movies during her free time.
Emma started working with children in 2007. She has previous experience as a Nanny and working in a before and after school program. She is working on getting her teaching certificate through the Department of Early Education and Care. When Emma is not working she enjoys reading and going camping. Emma said, "The conversations I have with the children are awesome and I like helping them understand things."
I love to know that I'm making a difference in the lives of the children that I teach and give them the nurturing that they need
Ms. Gina has always been fond of children. Watching their personalities blossom as she has taught them their ABC's and self-help skills has been a fun experience. She is halfway through her Associate's Degree coursework and intends to continue in the future. Circle time in class is always fun because her kids learn their numbers and how to sing through finger play.
I love seeing each child's accomplishments.
Ms. Donna has worked in the childcare field for over 10 years. She has three daughters and has lived in Mansfield for the past 20 years. Ms. Donna worked in the Mansfield Public school as a Special Education Assistant for five years. Her favorite hobby is baseball and going to Red Sox games!
I love that not a day goes by without a student making me laugh.
Ms. Lisa accepted her position here while pregnant with her first son. After her maternity leave she started working in the Prekindergarten and Kindergarten classroom. Lisa loves teaching children to read and write. She says "there's nothing else like seeing the look on a child's face when they read their first book."
Each day I fill my cup with patience, love and laughter. Throughout the day I share my cup with friends forever after.
Ms. Debbie has been supporting children in their learning, growth and development since 1994. After receiving her Bachelor's of Art in Social Psychology from UMass Boston in 2000 and her Master's of Science in Early Childhood Education in 2003, Debbie took some time off to be with her two children. In 2011 Debbie joined the Mansfield KinderCare. Each day Debbie reminds the children that today is truly a new day - an opportunity to begin again and learn something new!
I love watching the kids learn over the years and start learning to talk, seeing them smile and learning their ABC's for the first time!
Ms. Andrea started working at KinderCare a year and a half ago. She took a child development training and practicum course. She is an assistant teacher that works with all of the age groups at the center.
The best part of my job is being a part of their lives and watching them grow!
Ms. Janice had worked for 10 years with the Boston Public schools as a paraprofessional. After leaving to raise her own four children, she returned to work for the KinderCare in Needham, MA. She relocated to the Mansfield center within a year of starting at KinderCare. In the last five years Janice says she can "honestly say [she has] a very rewarding job. It is most enjoyable watching their growth and all the changes".
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.
Our center is closed for the following holidays: New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day.
All of our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified. To ensure the safety of your children we have a keypad entry and all of our playgrounds are fenced in.
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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